Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Sunny Day! “Sesame Street” Musical Coming to off Broadway This Fall for Limited Run

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Next year’s Obie Award for Best Actor may go to… Elmo!

“Sesame Street: The Musical” is set for a limited run off Broadway this fall at Theater Row.

Elmo will star in it along with Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Gabrielle, and a host of Honkers, Martians.

The show is produced and directed by Jonathan Rockefeller of Rockefeller Productions, who seems to have a long association with Winnie the Pooh.

Considering all the Muppets movies and on over the years it’s amazing there’s never been a proper Sesame Street movie. It’s certainly good news for estates of Jim Henson and Joe Raposo. I hope.

No word yet on the plot, whether Miss Piggy will get an 11 o’clock number, or how Bert and Ernie will be involved.

Producer and Creator Rockefeller, who is Australian, says in a statement, “We are so honored and proud to partner with Sesame Workshop to bring Sesame Street’s first original Off-Broadway musical, along with its iconic characters, to the stage. We believe it will be a production for children and fans of ALL ages to embrace and enjoy.”

“As the world begins to open up, families and fans are looking forward to live, high-quality in-person experiences with their favorite brands, and Sesame Workshop is answering the call with the expansion of our themed entertainment offerings,” said Jennifer Ahearn, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Themed Entertainment. “With its critically-acclaimed productions and keen eye for presenting beloved stories, we’re thrilled to collaborate with Rockefeller Productions on a stage show that will have the young and young-at-heart singing, dancing, and celebrating with their Sesame Street friends.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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