On Oct. 27, Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic! will be live in concert at the Xcel Energy Center!
Tickets are on sale soon!
As a public service for interested parents, I started to search for an actual date that tickets go on sale, but gave up relatively quickly. But, soon!
For parents who have not yet experienced Sesame Street Live, here’s a rundown of one show from their 2013 tour—Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Super Heroes!—at the Mayo Civic Center.
And if you’re wondering what makes me an expert, consider this. During one five-year stretch, I spent money to also see Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Green Thumb!; Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 ... Imagine!; Sesame Street Live: Elmo Gets Healthy!
I've now seen Elmo in concert four more times than I've seen the Beastie Boys.
So, yeah, I’m an expert.
Here’s the timeline from 2013.
1:05 p.m.: Bert and Ernie open the show, but, right away, there are glitches. A purple monster interrupts the opening act to announce that Super Grover has lost his superness. When he tries to fly, he just falls all over the stage.
1:09 p.m.: More problems. When the Count announces that the letter of the day is "K," a human woman, maybe my age, comes on stage. Her name, coincidentally, is Kay. I'm not completely sure if this is part of the show or if this woman just came out of the audience when she thought the Count called her name. Either way, she sings along with the Muppets to "We Need A Hero," which sounds suspiciously derivative of Bonnie Tyler's "I Need A Hero."
1:21 p.m.: In a series of scenes, each of the four Muppets who are trying to help Grover get his superness back complete tasks to help others. One of them shows Oscar the Grouch the importance of hygiene. One teaches Big Bird the importance of taking naps.
1:38 p.m.: A purple female monster talks Cookie Monster into eating vegetables, and, almost instantly, he starts rapping about how he loves broccoli more than cookies. While I understand that teaching kids to eat vegetables is important, this seems like political correctness gone too far. And I find his motivation for such a major lifestyle change to be not very believable.
1:46 p.m.: Grover sings a touching ballad about how tired he is. And how out of shape. And how dirty his fur feels. As he mournfully holds that last note, you can actually hear crying from the crowd. Though much of that may be coming from audience members who have wet diapers.
1:49 p.m.: Son Henry, 11, leans over to tell us he just realized that Grover, in order to regain his superness, will need to take a bath, eat healthy foods, exercise, brush his teeth, and take a nap. My wife, Lindy, seems surprised at this revelation. As if she were expecting some bizarre plot twist, like "The Sixth Sense" or "The Crying Game."
2:08 p.m.: That Kay woman is back on stage, and she's wearing bloomers and singing some version of Madonna's "Vogue." Pretty sure now that she's actually with the production company.
2:11 p.m.: Grover is still falling down. The four superheroes can't figure out how to work together as a team to help Grover. Finally, Kay spells it out for them. It's a plot much like "The Avengers," except instead of destroying Loki's Chitauri warriors and closing the space portal, the Muppet superheroes have to give Grover a sponge bath and force him down for a nap.
2:30 p.m.: For the last song of the show, my daughter Emma, 5, starts dancing like she's in a mosh pit at a Clash concert. She's so excited that she asks the older two kids to dance with her. And while they're probably mortified to be there (I mean, Hadley is a teenager), both of them start waving their arms and singing.
I spend the last song watching my youngest daughter dancing and singing along as her two older siblings at least play along and I think that, yeah, this was a pretty cool concert.