Poor Jenny! What’s a music teacher without her instruments? Turns out, she can become a better teacher then ever! The “Citizens Business Bank Arena” in Ontario and Sesame Street LIVE are proud to present, “Elmo Makes Music”, in town for this weekend only before moving on to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jenny shows her new Sesame Street friends that ordinary household items can actually be inventive instruments that make great music. She then explains how your voice can be considered an instrument, and invites the audience to help sing the scales, using numbers.
Elmo and the crew feel bad about Jenny’s lost instruments and devise a way to cheer her up, inviting the audience to join in on the secret. Throughout the musical, our favorite characters run on and off stage, finding items that can be used as instruments to replace Jennys.
After a brightly lit and incredibly upbeat cookie rumba (led by the one and only Cookie Monster), the audience was asked to sing the “ABC” song in different musical stylings. Every kid in the theatre sang along, clapping like crazy and bursting with pride when the song they were asked to help out with ended.
For an unexpected treat, glow in the dark dancing shoes! Ok, those shoes turn out to be attached to neon dancers, but the visual effect caused a simultaneous “Ooooo!” from the audience. Don’t worry parents, there is still enough light in the room where it shouldn’t bother kids who have a fear of the dark.
Very quickly we find ourselves in “La, la, la, la….la, la, la, la…..Elmos World!” The kids were thrilled when they saw Elmo in the same setting they see on TV, even conversing with his pet goldfish, Dorothy! The best part was when his shade was pulled back, and who do you think was standing there? “Mr. Noodle!” everyone shouted, laughing. Mr. Noodle does his usual high energy silly stunts, sending waves of giggling through the crowd.
After a 15 minute intermission, we were treated to “Saturday Night Fever Bert”. No one in the audience could resist “doing the Hustle” with Bert & Ernie. Keeping with the fun “vintage” vibe, colorful feathers filled the stage as birds in sunglasses flapped along to Big Birds version of “Rockin’ Robin.” Not to be outdone, our old friend “The Count” serenaded us about the number of the day. The play ends with – that would be a major spoiler alert wouldn’t it?
“Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music” is a fantastic show for kids! My two year old sat enthralled the entire time. The show has a lot of upbeat musical numbers, bright costumes, and familiar characters. Any fan of Sesame Street, will be a fan of the show! Tickets are $15-40/person. Any child who has reached their first birthday must have a ticket. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, AXS, or in person at the box office. Parking is $10. Please visit the official website for more information.