You know those things that you really looked forward to as a kid? Things like ice cream after dinner, the playground on a spring day, Chuck E. Cheese. Well as a parent, you get to look forward to them all over again. And guess what, those things are still as awesome—if not more—as they were when you were a kid, mostly because now you get to do them with your kid.
My husband and I had such a moment tonight when we took our son to see Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing at the Powers Auditorium in Youngstown. I actually posted on Facebook yesterday that I was more excited than a normal adult should be for the show. I could not wait to see my son’s reaction when he saw his favorite characters, especially Elmo and Cookie Monster, right in front of him. The show, and his reaction, did not disappoint!
I received free tickets to see Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing to facilitate this post.
Like everything Sesame Street does, the show is full of life, music, dancing and learning. In Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing, Elmo wants to hear all of his friends sing. So he uses his pal Abby’s magic wand to make it happen- but something goes wrong. Along the way, he learns about being a good friend, telling the truth and finding the power each of us has inside to make things happen. The whole Sesame Street gang – Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar, Grover, Rosita & Zoe – they all get to share their song.
One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Sesame Street (the TV show) is how they take popular and well-known songs, TV shows and movies and adapt them to speak to kids. Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing has a lot of that too, like Cookie Monster’s ‘Raining Cookies’ and Bert & Ernie washing clothes to the tune of ‘Shout!’ Not to mention Murray’s fun rap of the letter of the day, number of the day and word on the street. So while it’s clearly for the kids, it appeals to parents as well.
My son is almost two so he’s not really picking up on the themes of the show, but he was really into the music and the dancing, the lights and the fun. Every time Elmo or Cookie was on stage, he pointed and clapped. We had fun dancing and clapping along in our seats, along with every other kid who was there.
The show is the perfect length, too. It runs 90 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission. It’s just enough time to keep even the littlest kid interested, but not too long that they’re going to be cranky on the way home. And for the older kids, they won’t feel like it was over too soon. And don’t sneak out early because the finale is a blast, literally!
Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing is a great show for the whole family and I would highly recommend it. It’s full of fun and energy and you’re all sure to leave with a smile on your face. I’m already looking forward to taking him next year!
If you want to check out the show, it will be in Cleveland and Columbus over the next few weeks. Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing will be at Playhouse Square in Cleveland March 20-23 and at Columbus’ Palace Theatre March 29 & 30.
There are two other shows touring right now, too: Elmo Makes Music and Make A New Friend. Elmo Makes Music is at the Canton Memorial Civic Center March 29 & 30. Make A New Friend is not touring in our area.
Tickets to all shows range in price from $10-$70 and can be purchased online.
To learn more about all the shows, see clips and meet the cast, visit SesameStreetLive.