I have to admit that this year’s Sesame Street Live performance is the best one we’ve seen in a while.
I’ve been attending Sesame Street Live performances for years now. That’s what you do when you have 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 – 15! We attend the show every year when it makes its way to Honolulu, usually sometime in the summer, but we’ve also seen it performed in Colorado Springs.
Every year Sesame Street Live has a new story to tell. This year’s theme was all about MUSIC, hence the title “Elmo Makes Music”.
This year’s show revolves around “Jenny” a music teacher who has just moved into the neighborhood.
When Jenny introduces herself to the various folks in the neighborhood (Ernie, Burt, Big Bird, Elmo, and the gang) they are all thrilled that she will be there to teach them how to play their favorite instruments. But there’s a problem, of course there is! The truck bearing Jenny’s instruments hasn’t arrived and everyone is worried and a bit sad.
So Jenny teaches them that you don’t really need real instruments to make music. You can use anything you have around including hands, feet, pots, cookie jars, and more.
Once the monsters on the street learn that anything and everything can make music they decide to make to each make Jenny a surprise musical welcome gift, just in case the real instruments fail to arrive.
Now remember this is Sesame Street so the show also has a letter and a number of the day. This year it’s the letter “J” (for Jenny) and the number 8 (the musical scale has 8 notes).
I’m sure by now you’re wondering why I said this year’s show is the best one I’ve seen so far. Sure the past shows were all entertaining and educational for the kids, but this year even the adults were entertained.
This year’s show showcased a variety of music genres. From Broadway to Disco, Rock N’ Roll to Hip Hop; this show covered music that was familiar to most of the audience no matter their age. Of course the lyrics were altered to fit the show.
So along with all time favorites including the Sesame Street theme song and the Alphabet Song you’ll sing, stomp, or clap along to many types of songs.
In one segment the monster and Ernie busted out on stage doing the “Hustle”.
Then you had Burt channeling John Travolta in his rendition of “Staying Alive”, the song made popular in the Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever.
And everyone loved Big Bird’s rendition of the popular 50’s classic Rockin’ Robin!
For Carpenter’s fans they did a lively performance of “Sing” as well as many other songs from different genres.
I’m fairly sure everyone had a great time, I know we did! My 2 year old granddaughter, Harper, spent the entire show dancing and singing on her seat, her twin brother, Sadi, was enthralled. I caught my 9 year old grandson, Devon, and his friend, Chase, tapping their feet and clapping to the beat of the music. (They weren’t really sure they wanted to be their in the first place and to this day refuse to admit they had a good time!). And I have to confess the show had me chuckling more than a few times!
So if you and the kids want to have a great time don your Sesame Street T-shirts (the twins did) and get ready for an hour and a half of great music and wholesome family entertainment when you go see Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music!
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