We recently took our twin girls to see Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music in downtown LA and they loved it! They are newly interested in Sesame Street (mostly Elmo), after a tiresome infatuation with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I welcomed the change. However, I was skeptical about taking them to a live theatre show, worried about the length of time and their age appropriateness. Luckily, we found tickets half price on Groupon, so I figured we didn’t have anything to lose. Overall, I am so glad we took them to see Sesame Street Live and I’ll highlight those reasons below!
It wasn’t too long.
I was really concerned that a live show might be too long. My girls aren’t even 2 years old yet, and rarely sit down for lengths of time. Luckily the run time was only 75 minutes so they weren’t sitting there for hours.
It was appropriate for little ones their age.
I was really pleased to see that the bulk of kids who went to see the show were 3 or under. Lots and lots of toddlers. Some elements of the show are a little advanced for them right now but this stage performance was perfect for them.
It was entertaining.
There were lights, special effects, and creative set design that made it extra entertaining and interactive. The audience is also encouraged to sing along or shout out answers, which is fun for kids.
The music and choreography were on point.
When I tell you Telly can break it down, I mean it. I was astonished by the choreography in this show! Usually with costumed characters that size, there’s a limited range of motion and they nod, wave & bob their heads, similar to a school mascot. They did a Tango, they tap danced, Elmo did a cartwheel, and Telly stole the show with his hip-hop moves. Some of the music was the same songs from Sesame Street, some were covers of popular hits like “Fame” and “Dance to the Music”. The genres ranged from disco, to ballads, to gospel and jazz.
It included familiar elements from the show.
I was pleased to see Elmo’s World with Mr. Noodle and Dorothy, the letter of the day and the number of the day. It made parts of the show recognizable and familiar to the kids.
It included many characters from the show.
As a long-time fan of Sesame Street myself, I love that they included both new and old characters. This show included Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, The Count, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar and Telly as well as Elmo, Baby Bear, Rosita, Zoey and Abby. There was an adult (human) character as well.
It had an intermission.
Another concern was making it more than an hour without needing to take a break, so luckily there was a 15 minute intermission. We were able to get fresh diapers and a quick snack before the show began again!
It had large screens for audience members.
This may vary by venue, but our performance had 2 LED screens with closeups of what was going on onstage. It was nice that all the kids get to see the performance, regardless of where their seats are.
Souvenirs weren’t an arm and a leg.
I was expecting ridiculous prices like $50 T-shirts, but the souvenirs were pretty reasonably (or at least not outrageously) priced. They had all kinds of items like plush dolls, toys, light up wands, souvenir photographs and t-shirts.