Sesame Street Live! is a series of live stage shows occurring between late winter and late fall 2020. The first show took place at Madison Square Garden in New York from Feb. 18-19, the second show was at Staples Center in Los Angeles from Apr. 14-15, the third was at Amway Center in Orlando from Jun. 10-11, the fourth at Wembley Arena in London from Jul. 20-21, the fifth at Rogers Centre in Toronto from Sept. 16-17, and the final show at International Convention Centre Sydney from Nov. 12-13.
Ernie and Bert are the hosts of a two-hour variety show (directed by Prairie Dawn with assistant Trevor Monster, who debuts in this show) featuring their Sesame Street friends, and presenting new performances of classic Sesame Street songs and sketches, as well as covers of musical classics such as "Send in the Clowns", "Clap for the Wolfman", and "Copacabana". Unlike other Sesame Street live shows, these shows utilized the official puppets used on the show itself rather than walk-around costume versions. The puppeteers, clad all in black, are exposed to the audience, while two large screens loom over both sides of the stage, both of which frame only the Muppet characters (however, the performers reveal themselves during the curtain call). Unusual for a live show, the Muppet performers both spoke and sang live, making the experience slightly different for each show.
In addition, celebrities make cameos throughout the show (who vary from show to show), including Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Whoopi Goldberg, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Tom Bergeron, Bobby Moynihan, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Michael Buble, Howie Mandel, Randy Rainbow, Steve Harvey, Celine Dion, Sia, Lloyd Ahlquist and Peter Shukoff, Ryan Reynolds (reprising his role as Deadpool), ALF (performed by Paul Fusco), and Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker.
The shows were produced by Sesame Workshop, the Jim Henson Company, HIT Entertainment, Sony Wonder, Sirius Thinking Ltd., Fred Rogers Productions, WGBH Educational Foundation, FilmRise, Big Idea Entertainment, and Scholastic Media (a rare instance of a Scholastic-produced project that isn't a media adaptation of their books); the current Sesame Workshop logo, the 2002 Jim Henson Home Entertainment logo (with "Home Entertainment" replaced with "The Jim Henson Company"), the 2001 HIT Entertainment logo, the 1995 Sony Wonder logo, the Sirius Thinking Ltd. logo, the Fred Rogers Productions logo, the 1977 WGBH logo, the classic FilmRise logo, the 1999 Big Idea Entertainment logo, and the 2003 Scholastic logo are all seen during the beginning of each show. The MSG, Staples Center, and Amway Center shows aired on local PBS stations (WNET, KCET, and WUCF-TV), as well as on PBS Kids and Universal Kids, on Jan. 18, 2021, while the Wembley Arena, Rogers Centre, and ICC Sydney shows aired on BBC and CBeebies, YTV and Treehouse TV, and ABC and ABC Kids in Australia, respectively, the next day. WGBH in Boston, WQED in Pittsburgh, ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, HBO and HBO Family, FOX, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, CBBC, Citytv, TBS, TNT, the CW, Boomerang, Paramount Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Freeform aired them the following week.
All six shows received positive reviews from critics and audiences. Reviewing the Madison Square Garden performances, The New York Times lauded Sesame Street Live! as "a children's concert with something to please all ages." The Los Angeles Times similarly praised the Staples Center shows as "a hilarious blast from the most famous puppets on television," while, speaking of the Wembley Arena shows, The Sun opined, "Big Bird, Elmo and company are as popular as ever!"
All six shows were released on DVD, Blu-ray, Ultra-HD Blu-ray and digital download by Shout! Factory in May 2021, complete with bonus material, including behind-the-scenes footage, bios on the Muppet characters and their performers, a photo gallery, a sing-along feature, trailers for other Shout! Factory titles, and more. They were also released on the HBO Max streaming service in early August 2021, as well as on the Noggin mobile streaming app.
Oscar the Grouch opens the show by singing the "Grouch Anthem" with some other Grouches. (This song was performed at Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and Amway Center)
A Muppet version of Queen Elizabeth II (performed by Louise Gold) tries to find her seat before the show starts. (This was only shown at Wembley Arena)
An Anything Muppet Mountie (performed by Eric Jacobson) leads the audience in singing "O, Canada". (This song was only performed at Rogers Centre)
A Muppet kangaroo named Keeshan (performed by Matt Vogel) goes over a few safety instructions for the audience before the show starts. (This was only shown at ICC Sydney)
Trevor Monster, Prairie Dawn, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Count von Count, and Elmo sing a medley comprised of: "Somebody Come and Play", "Sesame Street Theme", "Rubber Duckie", "Doin' the Pigeon", "C is for Cookie", "ABC-DEF-GHI", "Song of the Count", "Elmo's Song", and "Welcome!" (joined during the last song by Telly Monster and Baby Bear)
Ernie explains the history of Sesame Street, including its co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney, the influence of Jim Henson and his Muppets, the importance of music on the show, and the topics it has tackled over the years, from healthy habits and social skills to emergencies and death. Telly Monster interrupts Ernie in the MSG show, frantically searching for the bathroom (not to go, but to search for his hairbrush), where Ernie tells him is at the end of the hall leading to the stage to the right. He is interrupted by Grover in the Staples Center show, who explains that he missed the tour bus to the arena, so a "pretty limo driver" named Marissa (played by Colleen Smith) drove him instead. Grover asks Marissa to drive him around L.A., since he won't be needed in the show for a while. In response, she drags him away by his nose. In the Amway Center show, Abby Cadabby interrupts Ernie by magically appearing and disappearing constantly to mess with him. When asked why she is doing this, Abby confesses that she wanted to play hide-and-seek with him.
Ernie spotlights the many co-productions of Sesame Street from around the world, including Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt, India, Spain, France, Brazil, China, Japan, Bangladesh, Russia, South Africa, Canada, Indonesia, Palestine, Portugal, Norway, Turkey, Poland, Northern Ireland, and Britain (The Furchester Hotel). He and Bert originally scheduled a parade of international Muppets, but according to Prairie Dawn (who's barefoot throughout the show because her shoes are being shined and her socks are "this week's dirty laundry"), no one from the international streets could make it, citing time concerns and travel costs. Ernie wonders if they could instead stage a salute to professional wrestling (MSG), comic books (Staples), American theme parks (Amway), children's television characters (Wembley), the animal kingdom (Rogers), and the nations of the world (ICC Sydney), but the idea is shut down by Prairie.
A Lavender AM caricature of Michael Jackson lip-syncs to Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel", with backup by three Anything Muppet singers.
Oscar sings "I Love Trash", while other Grouches present the trash mentioned in the song. Grundgetta, Slimey the Worm, a rebuilt Bruno the Trashman, Oscar's mother, Irvine, Fluffy, Lassie, Iago, Spot, and Preposterous also make appearances. At the song's end, Oscar tries to feed his 13-month-old newspaper with fish filling to a Muppet raccoon, animals that Oscar calls "a Grouch's best friend", who happily chows down...on everything in Oscar's trash can.
Zoe leads an excited Julia and some monster friends, and the audience, in a performance of "A Very Simple Dance". Zoe and Julia end up exhausted after the song.
Elmo leads Trevor Monster (and the audience) in a performance of "Sing After Me". For performances where Ryan Dillon performed Elmo, Trevor was performed on-stage by another puppeteer, lip-synching to Dillon's live vocals.
The Two-Headed Monster spells out a word and demonstrates its meaning (BOOM at MSG, DANCE at Staples, SWIM at Amway, RUN at Wembley, FLY at Rogers, and DUCK at ICC Sydney).
Prairie Dawn leads the Count and the audience in a rendition of "Beep". Like in the original song, while Prairie demonstrates how to remember simple numbers by saying "beep" that number of times, the Count asks about higher and higher numbers, until Prairie grows frustrated and runs off.
Ernie, clad in his pajamas, sings and tap dances to "Dance Myself to Sleep" with some Muppet sheep while playing his bugle, even inviting Abby Cadabby and Prairie Dawn (calming down after the "Beep" fiasco) to dance with him. Abby is instantly eager to join in, while Prairie is initially reluctant, but after Ernie offers her dancing advice ("Let your feet feel the beat and your body does the rest."), she and Abby get so caught up in tap dancing that they continue even after Ernie heads for bed ("This is so much fun, I don't think I'll ever fall asleep!" exclaims Prairie). The scene was executed in front of a black background, with nine puppeteers, three for each Muppet, dressed all in black and invisible to the audience.
In Ernie's dream, he sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" with Christopher Cerf (MSG), Randy Rainbow (Staples), Michael Buble (Amway), Billie Eilish (Wembley), Celine Dion (Rogers), and Sia (ICC Sydney) (but only during opening performances; for repeat and matinee shows, Ernie would sing alone or with another Sesame Street character, i.e. Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Big Bird, or Bert). Several Muppets make cameos, including Slimey (referencing a story arc from the show's 29th season in which Slimey was one of five worms to fly to the Moon), a Martian, Wanda Cousteau, some Muppet fish, a Muppet shark, a Muppet octopus, a Muppet oyster, a Muppet clam, Chicago the Lion, Herb the Dinosaur, Shivers the Penguin, some Muppet penguins, Wolfgang the Seal, Old MacDonald, Gladys the Cow, Alfred Duck, Buster the Horse, Fred the Wonder Horse, some Muppet chickens, some Muppet dogs, Little Murray Sparkles, Chip and Dip, and Iago the Donkey. The moonbeam that Ernie dances on during the song was achieved through an overhead light projection, and the shooting star that he wishes to return home on was animated on one of the CGI environments featured through the song.
Murray Monster makes his triumphant return, and plays "One of These Things" (changed to "Three of These Things" in the Staples Center, Amway Center, and Wembley Arena shows) with his old friend Ovejita the lamb, using scissors, a sheet of paper, a bottle of glue, and a rock (MSG); Murray, Ovejita, and two other monsters (Staples); a cat, a dog, a mouse, and a tiger (Amway); a towel, a rubber duck, a bar of soap, and a pillow (Wembley); a kiwi, a pineapple, a plum, and a jellybean (Rogers); and a baseball, a basketball, a golf ball, a tennis ball, and an American football (ICC Sydney).
In Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck, Cookie Monster and Chef Gonger prepare beef Stroganoff (MSG), seven-layer dip (Staples), watermelon gazpacho (Amway), hasenpfeffer (Wembley), cordon bleu (Rogers), and cabbage rolls (ICC Sydney).
Ernie introduces the audience to "the bathtime boogie that's sweeping the nation" as he invites them to "Do De Rubber Duck", sung by Zoe instead of Ernie himself, who originally sang the song (though he does provide duckie squeaks). She's soon joined by Telly, Oscar, Abby (singing Kermit the Frog's verse from the original version), the Count, Grover (singing Biff's verse), Guy Smiley, Gladys the Cow, and Hoots the Owl. While not getting verses, Elmo, Rosita, Baby Bear, Little Bird, Rudy, and Julia also appear in the bathroom. At the end of the song, the other characters disappear a la getting sucked down the drain.
After a spirited introduction from Mr. Snuffleupagus, The Oinker Sisters perform "A New Way to Walk".
Accompanied by four AM Monsters on piano, guitar, saxophone, and flute, Trevor Monster sings "Bein' Green". Throughout the song, he lampshades the oddity of a yellow monster singing a song about the color green, lamenting that he's the wrong color before singing ("Oscar didn't want to sing it, so...") and changing one of the final lyrics from "I'm green, and it'll do fine" to "If I were green, it would do fine".
The Honkers dance and honk to "Honk Around the Clock", until they destroy the clock offstage.
Rosita sings "Copacabana" with The Oinker Sisters as backup singers, and Anything Muppets taking on the roles of Lola (Lavender), Tony (Green) and Rico (Pumpkin). Her attire includes a Carmen Miranda-inspired hat, a glittery dress that stretches to her legs, and blue fabric attached to her fur (similar to her pre-2004 wings). Muppet cameos include Hoots the Owl, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Louie, Mae, Freddy, Maggie Cadabby, Roosevelt Franklin, Prairie Dawn, Betty Lou, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Humphrey, Ingrid, Leo the Party Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, Forgetful Jones, The Amazing Mumford, Polly Darton, Lefty the Salesman, Little Bird, Don Music, Mr. Honker, a Dinger, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Little Jerry and the Monotones, Professor Hastings, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Sam the Robot, Captain Vegetable, Harvey Kneeslapper, Simon Soundman, the Busby Twins, Monty, Herbert Birdsfoot, Benny Rabbit, Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats, Colambo, Lulu, Deena, Pearl, Clementine, Stinky the Stinkweed, Madame Chairbird, Kingston Livingston III, Meryl Sheep, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, Dexter, Lily, Placido Flamingo, Elizabeth, Sonny Friendly, Leo Birdelli, Aristotle, Sherry Netherland, Bug, Narf, Mel, Googel, Phoebe, Roxie Marie, Merry Monster, Ruby, Leslie Mostly, some Pesties, Biff and Sully. The Two-Headed Monster appears as a waiter. Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance in the background.
Prairie Dawn, reading a book, sings "In My Book" with the characters mentioned in the song, including Butch the Tiger, Chicago the Lion, a Muppet alligator, an Orange Gold pirate, and a Fat Blue Live Hand sorcerer.
Ernie and Rosita perform "El Patito", a parody of "Despacito", about Rubber Duckie. Ovejita and Herry, both operated by different puppeteers, provide background music.
Elmo sings "In Your Imagination". Wolfgang the Seal and Hoots also make appearances.
Abby sings "Imagine That". Other characters in the song include Ernie (who originally sang the song) as a king, the Muppet horse used as Pferd on Sesamstrasse, a Muppet dragon, and Elmo as a sea captain.
Cookie Monster sings the hip-hop/rap song "Healthy Food", joined by a Muppet pineapple, apple, bread, pear, and broccoli. Later, they're joined by a Muppet tomato, banana, lettuce, potato, cheese, corn, eggplant, bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, peach, beet, zucchini, and pumpkin.
The Count and some Muppet sheep perform "Lambaba". Mary from "Mary Had a Little Lamb", Little Bo Peep, a Muppet ram, duck, cow, chicken, and dog also make appearances.
To slow down the show's pace, the Sesame Street Muppets perform a medley of "nice and easy" songs. Ernie sings "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin (with the orchestration being a slowed down, low-tone version of Jimmy Durante's cover), Trevor sings "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra (the music is from Sinatra's cover, albeit slowed down and low-tone), and Hoots sings "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Telly, Rosita, Prairie Dawn, Baby Bear, and Rudy are the backup singers.
In a diner setting, Bert, seated at an otherwise empty table, sings "Send in the Clowns" as he waits for a potential date, accompanied by a band consisting of Ernie on trumpet, Elmo on violin, Prairie Dawn on piano, Hoots on saxophone, Rosita on acoustic guitar, Baby Bear on flute, Telly on tuba, Herry on bass, Trevor on clarinet, and Abby on harp. The tragic scene is juxtaposed with footage of Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Gonger, the Two-Headed Monster, Rudy, Murray Monster, Ovejita, a Honker, and several AM Monsters dressed as circus clowns, as a literal pun on the song's title. The orchestration and pitch of the song are taken from Frank Sinatra's cover.
Abby and Zoe sing a duet of "Little Things" and "Picture a World", while admiring Muppet butterflies, flowers, and other forms of nature.
Oscar sings "Mad World" (sung to a slowed-down instrumental of Gary Jules' cover), with lyrics changed to be about Oscar lamenting his failure in making everyone feel as grouchy as he is.
Telly, alone onstage, sings "All By Myself" and "My Heart Will Go On". The orchestration and pitch of both songs are taken from Celine Dion's covers.
Big Bird sings "When the River Meets the Sea", accompanied by Prairie Dawn on piano, Elmo on violin, and Rosita on acoustic guitar. He is soon joined by the other Sesame Street Muppets on backup, and in the Staples Center show, by Paul Williams (who wrote the song).
To lighten the mood, Grover, Herry and Cookie Monster sing "Fuzzy and Blue". Elmo enters, wanting to join them despite being fuzzy and red. The three give in, and change the song to "Fuzzy and Blue (and Red)".
The Michael Jackson Muppet takes the stage again, this time lip-synching to Jackson's "Thriller".
Rosita, backed by a band that includes Louie on bass, Prairie Dawn on piano, Big Bird on maracas, Gonger on bongos, Ovejita on trumpet and Trevor on saxophone, plays guitar and sings "Conga". During the song, she is greeted by a conga line of Muppets including Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Abby, Zoe, Telly, Cookie Monster, Herry, The Count, Grover, Baby Bear, Rudy, Julia, Roosevelt Franklin, Betty Lou, Roxie Marie, Murray, Biff, Sully, Mumford, and a Honker. In the MSG show, Rosita is joined by Gloria Estefan, who originally sung the song.
The Wiggles perform a medley of "Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car", "Big Red Car", "Here Come The Wiggles", and parts of "Get Ready to Wiggle", "Fruit Salad", "Hot Potato", "Can You Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?", "Rock-a-Bye Your Bear", "Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep on His Pirate Ship", "Wiggly Party", "Hey Now, Let's Have a Party!" and “Do the Wiggle Groove". During "Here Come the Wiggles", instrumentals of "Dorothy the Dinosaur", "Move Your Arms Like Henry", "Wags the Dog", and "Go Captain Feathersword, Ahoy!" are heard as the Wiggly Friends are introduced.
During intermission, Weldon the Internet troll appears, and attempts to drive the audience away from the theater. (This sketch was only performed at Amway Center). The intermission music is "Pinball Number Count".
Ernie, some backup monster singers, Cookie Monster and Gonger sing a humorous parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody", called "Cookie's Rhapsody". The song is about Cookie Monster as he becomes wrecked with guilt after he eats a flan that was meant for Gonger, with the singers not helping him feel better at all. Near the end, Gonger arrives and tells Cookie he's not angry at him; he doesn't even like flan. Cookie smiles, then breaks down in quiet tears as Gonger comforts his friend.
Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie, Abby, Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Trevor, Rosita, Bert, Oscar, Grover, Cookie Monster, The Count, Herry, Telly, Baby Bear, Snuffy, Hoots, the Two-Headed Monster, Gonger, Little Bird, Roosevelt Franklin, Betty Lou, Barkley, Alice Snuffleupagus, and Mr. Johnson all sing "What's the Name of That Song?"
In a new installment of "Monsterpiece Theater", Alistair Cookie reviews humorous film parodies: a film based on the Super Morphin Mega Monsters (themselves parodies of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise) starring Elmo, Zoe, Telly Monster and Rosita (MSG), Grouch (a parody of the Todd Phillips-directed Joker) starring Oscar (Staples), Batmonster & Red Robin (a spoof of the 1960s' Batman TV series and tie-in movie) starring Cookie Monster and Elmo as superheroes battling Muppet versions of the Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, and Harley Quinn, voiced by Tara Strong, with the help of Super Grover and Commissioner Prairie Dawn (Amway), Star S'mores: The Rise of Piewalker (spoofing Star Wars' ninth film installment) starring an older Luke Piewalker and Princess Parfaita, and seven new Muppets; Brulee (a parody of the character Rey from the sequel trilogy), Kylo Creme (spoofing Kylo Ren), Fin the Fish (a take on Finn), unnamed expies of C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8, and the evil Emperor (a spoof of Emperor Palpatine) (Wembley), The Producers starring Oscar as Max Bialystock, Telly as Leo Bloom, The Count as Franz Liebkind, Rosita as Ulla, Bert and Ernie as Roger De Bris and Carmen Ghia (Rogers), and a documentary film starring Cookie Monster spoofing Steve Irwin as "The Cookie Hunter" (with Zoe as a parody of Terri Irwin), a famous conservationist defending wildlife and their habitats against a vicious game hunter who seeks to kill every animal in a jungle, in The Cookie Hunter: Call of the Wild (ICC Sydney).
A parade of classic Sesame Street Muppets marches by Ernie and Bert. The parade Muppets change each show: Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, The Amazing Mumford, Farley, Rodeo Rosie, Merry Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Forgetful Jones, Barkley (MSG); Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Biff, Sully, Harvey Kneeslapper, Don Music, Forgetful Jones, Lefty the Salesman (Staples); Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, Ruby, Elizabeth, Lulu, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Leo the Party Monster, Forgetful Jones, Deena (Amway); Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, Placido Flamingo, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Frazzle, Kingston Livingston III, Wolfgang the Seal, Forgetful Jones, Simon Soundman (Wembley); Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, Roxie Marie, Dr. Nobel Price, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Baby Natasha, Alice Snuffleupagus, Forgetful Jones, Benny Rabbit (Rogers); Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, Professor Hastings, Herbert Birdsfoot, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Polly Darton, Sonny Friendly, Forgetful Jones, Clementine (ICC Sydney).
The Michael Jackson Muppet returns for a third performance, lip-synching to "Billie Jean".
Prairie Dawn plays a slower, lower-pitched version of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" on her piano.
The Count and some backup Anything Muppets sing "Clap for the Wolfman", with Jackman Wolf providing witty quips. The music is played by a monster band consisting of Elmo on acoustic guitar, Telly on tuba, Herry on bass, Murray on electric guitar, the Two-Headed Monster on keyboard, Gonger on drums, and Trevor on saxophone.
Grover performs "Monster in the Mirror" with some other monsters. The twin Grover in the mirror was achieved with an identical spare Grover puppet behind a mirror frame, lip-synched to Eric Jacobson's vocals by another puppeteer. Backup singers include Maurice Monster, Clancy, Kermit the Forg, Harvey Monster, Harry Monster, Bruce Monster, the lavender Frazzletone, and Billy Monster.
In perhaps their first time in a duet, Zoe and Prairie Dawn sing "Loud and Soft"; Zoe enjoys singing loud, low, and long, while Prairie prefers to sing soft, high, and short. They're soon joined by Big Bird and Snuffy, with Big Bird singing loud, high, and long, and Snuffy singing soft, low, and short. They all agree on one thing, though; they like to sing good. Details about Zoe and Prairie are revealed before the song (for instance, whereas Zoe is fond of ballet, Prairie prefers to tap dance; and while Prairie likes to play the piano, Zoe loves to play music on a trombone).
Ernie invites the audience (and Bert) to play three rounds of "Guess What's Next", first using household items to create a shape pattern (circle, square, triangle), fruits and vegetables to create a color pattern (red, orange, yellow, green), and finally Muppet animals (duck, sheep, penguin, chicken, cow). The sketch ends with Horatio the Elephant running amok and the entire cast running for their lives.
Dr. Thad and the Medications sing "The Ten Commandments of Health" while their patient, Mr. Johnson (Harvey P. Dull in the Wembley Arena show) repeats the commandments.
Stunt Monster Grover attempts a dangerous act or unnatural magic trick: cutting through a pineapple on Telly's head while blindfolded (MSG), trying to become the first monster to successfully jump over the Moon (Staples), revealing his mastery at card manipulation (Amway), shooting a laser beam arrow through an apple atop Mr. Johnson's head (Wembley), using mind powers to reverse time to the first episode of Sesame Street (Rogers), and assisting Prairie Dawn in creating a real-life version of a comic book character (ICC Sydney).
Bert (MSG), Ernie (Staples), Telly (Amway), Grover (Wembley), Elmo (Rogers) and Big Bird (ICC Sydney) sing "People in Your Neighborhood", spotlighting a trash collector, a barber (MSG), a postman, a firefighter (Staples), teachers, a newsdealer (Amway), a grocer, a doctor (Wembley), a dentist, a bus driver (Rogers), a baker and a cleaner (ICC Sydney), all played by Anything Muppets. In each version, the main singer uses the AM's attire and accessories to figure out what their job is.
Backed by a jazz band of Anything Muppets, Hoots sings "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", with "Grinch" changed to "Grouch" to make the song about Oscar.
Hoots next performs "Put Down the Duckie" with Ernie, and backup by the AM jazz band.
The Count and his bats teach "The Batty Bat", a dance that he reminisces of learning as a boy in his ancestors' castle in his native Transylvania, to the audience.
Backed by Mama Bear and the Monsters, Grover sings "New York, New York". (This song was only performed at MSG)
Cookie Monster and Gonger take the stage to sing "Immigrant Song". Ovejita and Trevor supply background music. (This song was only performed at Staples Center)
Bert takes the stage to sing "Can't Stop the Feeling". (This song was only performed at Amway Center)
The Sesame Street Muppets sing "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". (This song was only performed at Wembley Arena)
Riding motorcycles, Cookie Monster and a gang of biker monsters sing "Born to Be Wild". (This song was only performed at Rogers Centre)
Mama Bear and the Monsters perform "Waltzing Matilda". (This song was only performed at ICC Sydney)
In a remake of a classic Sesame Street sketch, Bert becomes annoyed by a letter repeating itself on his TV while he was watching his favorite show (S in MSG, R in Staples, C in Amway, P in Wembley, G in Rogers, and M in ICC Sydney). Ernie offers to fix the TV, but after he unplugs the set, he checks in the set and pulls out things that begin with said letter. In the MSG show, Ernie pulls out a shoe (stuffed with a sock), a spoon, a saw, a strawberry, a snake, a spatula, a sandwich, a star, a sailboat, a shark, a shovel (covered with sand), and a sheep. In Staples, Ernie releases a rock, a radio, a raisin, a rooster, a roll, a raccoon (the same one from "I Love Trash"), a rug, a rake, a ring, a ruler, a rattle, and a rabbit. In Amway, he finds a can, a car, a cane, a chain, a crayon, a cow, a cookie, a camera, a cup, a chair, a a chicken, and a cat. The Wembley show sees Ernie reveal a pair of pants, a pencil, a plane, a plant, a paperclip, a slice of pizza, a penguin, a a sheet of paper, a pig, a plate, and a puppy. The Rogers show features a glove, a bottle of glue, a guitar, a gumball, a grape, a gorilla, some gum, a goose, a grasshopper, a pair of glasses, a garlic, and a tank of gasoline. In the ICC Sydney show, Ernie pulls out a mask, a marker, a mailbox, a monkey, a mop, a milkshake, a moose, a mug, a marshmallow, a magazine, a mirror, and a mouse. After the set is fixed, Ernie turns the TV back on, only to find it repeating the letter following the one featured. Bert seems to enjoy it, though.
In a park, Oscar, Grundgetta, and a chorus of Grouches sing "I'm Sad Because I'm Happy" as characters like Baby Bear, Telly, Trevor, Rosita, Abby, Grover, Herry, Elmo, Zoe, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Gonger, Prairie Dawn, Roosevelt Franklin, Betty Lou, Little Bird, and Benny are blown away in a hurricane. (The Staples Center version replaces Grover with Mr. Johnson, since the former is still yet to leap over the Moon)
The Sesame Street Muppets perform a "Salute to Broadway", which consists of excerpts of select songs from A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Annie, Annie Got Your Gun, Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Cabaret, Carousel, Cats, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Gypsy, Hair, Hairspray, Hamilton, Hello Dolly!, Into the Woods, The King and I, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia!, Man of La Mancha, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Paint Your Wagon, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Spamalot, West Side Story, Wicked, and The Wizard of Oz, among other shows. (This sketch was only performed at Madison Square Garden)
The Sesame Street Muppets perform a "Salute to Disney", consisting of excerpts of songs from 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, The Black Cauldron, Cinderella, Coco, Dumbo, The Fox and The Hound, Frozen, The Great Mouse Detective, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Mulan, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Pocahontas, The Princess and the Frog, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Song of the South, Tangled, Tarzan, Toy Story, and Winnie the Pooh, among other films. (This sketch was only performed at Staples Center)
Muppet-style marionettes, performed by special guest puppeteers the Chiodo Brothers, dance along to "I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)". (This sketch was only performed at Amway Center)
A Muppet marionette performed by special guest puppeteer Barnaby Dixon dances to "Bad Romance". (This sketch was only performed at Wembley Arena)
In a disco setting, Zoe, in an attire inspired by John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever, and Abby, with an attire patterned after Ginger Rogers, dance to songs including "I Will Survive", "Car Wash", "Celebration", "That's the Way I Like It", "Funky Town", "YMCA", "Got to Be Real" and "Sesame Street Fever", while other Muppets watch and cheer them on. (This sketch was only performed at Rogers Centre)
Elmo and Zoe dance with robotic versions of themselves to "One Click Headshot". (This song was only performed at ICC Sydney)
Ernie, three Honkers, and a Dinger perform "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree".
Bip Bippadotta and three Anything Muppets sing "Fat Cat". As in the original version, Bip runs up and annoys the other three with a fast scat that combines the four main rhymes in each verse and others.
In a remake of a classic Sesame Street sketch, Ernie and Bert invite the Count to a sleepover at their apartment, with Bert offering to sleep on the couch so the Count can take his bed. However, the Count finds he is unable to fall asleep, so Ernie suggests counting (Muppet) sheep as they jump over a (CGI) fence, which the Count does, complete with his trademark thunder and lightning, which startles and frightens Ernie. The next morning, the Count wakes up feeling cheerful and energetic, leading Bert to believe the Count had slept well last night, to which the Count reveals that he didn't sleep at all. It soon becomes apparent that the Count had kept Ernie awake all night long with his counting, as Ernie is now sleepwalking and counting in a monotonous voice. The Count asks Bert if he can have another sleepover, to which an exhausted Ernie collapses.
Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Chicago the Lion, Butch the Tiger, Horatio the Elephant, Kathleen the Cow, Dawg the Dog, Chip and Dip, Poco Loco, the Big Bad Wolf, Joey and Davey Monkey, Iago the Donkey, Athena the Owl, Jamie Fox, Preston Rabbit, Shelley the Turtle, a Muppet bear, fish, sheep, goat, frog, chicken, pig, horse, gnu, camel, alligator, toucan, penguin, duck, turkey, spider, robin, porcupine, woodchuck, mouse, bee, kangaroo, grasshopper, gorilla, moose, squirrel, shark, beaver, pigeon, koala, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, snake, ant, crow, rooster, raccoon, skunk, and polar bear sing "We Are All Earthlings". During the song, a montage plays of various different habitats and animals, at one point showing Big Bird in his nest. The song ends with sunlight entering the arena. This performance of the song combines the pitch of the original version with the pace of the 2002 remake sung by Jill Scott, and a new, more powerful orchestration, making the song sound more heartfelt and even bittersweet, topped off with a gospel choir that appears during the climax of the song.
Big Bird leads the audience in singing "Sing" and "One Small Voice" as part of the closing medley. For the third song in the medley, Ernie, Abby, Elmo, Bert, Prairie Dawn, and the other Sesame Street Muppets perform "Just One Person".
As an encore, the Sesame Street Muppets sing "The Street I Live On". (This song was performed at every arena except Amway Center)
As an encore, the Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, and Bear in the Big Blue House characters all come together to sing "We Are the World". (This song was only performed at Amway Center)
After the song, the Muppet performers take their bows, with the main performers receiving a curtain call. Toots Thielemans' classic harmonica instrumental of the Sesame Street theme song plays as the audience leaves the theater.
As the music ends, Ernie tells one final joke. In the Madison Square Garden show, he says, "Thank you, everyone! We just love being at the Garden. There's just one thing it needs: flowers!" At Staples Center, the joke is, "Ah, Los Angeles! The people here are so nice! Of course, when you're called "the City of Angels", it comes with the territory." At Amway Center, the joke is, "I tell ya, there isn't a place lovelier than right here, in Orlando, Florida! Of course, I also love Miami. And my uncle." The Wembley Arena joke is, "London, England. I'm glad we put on a show across the pond. After all, we're already mainstream." The joke at Rogers Centre is, "Toronto, Canada, home of the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. I'm kinda disappointed they don't also have the Keeshan Arena." (a joke about Fred Rogers AKA Mister Rogers and Bob Keeshan AKA Captain Kangaroo) The ICC Sydney joke is "Sydney, Australia. Everything about it is just so top-notch beautiful. Too bad it's sometimes called "the land down under." After the joke, Ernie does his signature laugh and walks off.
The Sesame Street Muppet Performers
Zoe, Abby's Mom, Mama Bear, Gladys the Cow, Granny Bird
Jackman Wolf, Rosita's Dad, Chewie the Cookie, Firefighter, Elmo's Dad understudy
Abby Cadabby, Rosita's Mom, Brulee, Oinker Sister, Raccoon, Rose, Harley Quinn puppeteer
Elmo, Hoots the Owl, Benny Rabbit
Prairie Dawn, Elmo's Mom, Lulu, Oinker Sister, Curly Bear, Princess Parfaita, Doctor Patient
Trevor Monster, Baker, Hunter puppeteer, Elmo understudy
Sly the Secretary Bird (Amway Center)
Sly the Secretary Bird (Staples Center)
Bert, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Guy Smiley, Kylo Creme, Mountie, Two-Headed Monster understudy
Ernie, Herry Monster, Julia's Dad, Luke Piewalker, Cleaner
Murray Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Papa Bear, Stinky the Stinkweed, Zostic
Martin P. Robinson
Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sly the Secretary Bird (MSG), Slimey, The Emperor
Cookie Monster, Baby Bear, Two-Headed Monster, Rudy's Dad, Chicago the Lion
Big Bird, Count Von Count, Mr. Johnson, Fin the Fish, Keeshan the Kangaroo, Murray understudy
Weldon the IT Guy
Pam Arciero (Grundgetta, Oinker Sister, Dentist Patient), Anthony Asbury (Barber), Heather Asch, Connor Asher, Billy Barkhurst, Gene Barretta, Jackson Barretta, Jake Bazel, Nate Begle, Tau Bennett (Tamir), Ronald Binion, Carol Binion, Rickey Boyd, Cheryl Blaylock, Lindsey Briggs (Dalia), Lisa Buckley, Julianne Buescher (Female Teacher), Raymond Carr, Bruce Connelly (Barkley), Geri Cole, Austin M. Costello, Melissa Creighton, Alice Dinnean (Barber Customer), Bill Diamond, Jamie Donmoyer, James Duncan (Sly performer), Jodi Eichelberger, David Matthew Feldman, Olga Felgemacher, Galen Fott, Matthew Furtado, Mark Gale, Aymee Garcia, Cameron Garrity, Rob Gardner, James Godwin, Louise Gold (Funella Furchester, Queen Elizabeth II Muppet), Jerome Green, BJ Guyer, Ingrid Hansen, Liz Hara, Zach Haumesser, Christopher Hayes (Hoots understudy), Andy Hayward, Patrick Holmes, Cedwan Hooks, Dave Hulteen, Morgana Ignis (Sly double), Haley Jenkins (Karli), Avery Jones, Camille Kampouris, James Kemp, Vicki Kenderes-Eibner, John Kennedy (Bip Bippadotta, Green Medication, Dentist), Kathleen Kim (Julia's Mom), Joe Kovacs, Adam Kreutinger, Jim Kroupa, Tim Lagasse ("Fat Cat" Lavender Singer, Male Teacher), Michael Latini, Aria Linz, Mica Linz, Michael Lisa, Weston Chandler Long, Spencer Lott (Samuel), Rick Lyon (Trash Collector), Lara MacLean, Noel MacNeal (Dr. Thad, Postman, Big Bird double), Amanda Maddock, Boitumelo Betty Maretele, Jim Martin (Grocer), Wayne Martin, Ed May, Paul McGinnis (Clem, "Fat Cat" Fat Blue Singer, Pumpkin Medication), Anney McKilligan Ozar, Annie Peterle, Tracie Mick, Andrew Moriarty, Alison Mork, Kathryn Mullen (Newsdealer), Marc Petrosino, Karen Prell (Bus Driver, Joker puppeteer), Megan Piphus (Gabrielle), Mike Quinn, David Quesal, Adam Rudman, Joey Rudman, Phoebe Rudman, Joe Sabatino, Sam of The Zing Zongs, Michael Schupbach, David Stephens, Andy Stone, Lisa Sturz, John Tartaglia ("Fat Cat" Green Singer, Doctor, Lavender Medication), Gabriel Velez, Jack Vogel, James Wojtal, Eric Wright, Bryant Young (Snuffy back end performer)
Additional MSG Muppet Performers
Drew Allison, Anthony Stokes, Lawrence Basgall, David Bizzaro, Matthew Brooks, Jessica Carleton, Brian Carson, Arlee Chadwick, Ceili Clemens, Josh Cohen, David Corris, Carole D'Agostino, Ben Durocher, Elizabeth Ann Berg, Mindy Escobar-Leanse, Evy Wright, David Fino, Barrett Foa, Jessica Simon, John Cody, Sarah Frechette, Noah Ginex, Sam Jay Gold, Sarah Goone, Gretchen Wylder, Jenny Hann, David Liebe Hart, Joshua Holden, Keri Horn, David Hosay, Brenda Huggins, Jason Jacoby, Brodrick Jones, Ulysses Jones, Liz Joyce, Katie Boren, Matt Dengler, Will Keating, Robb Killen, Veronica J. Kuehn, Maggie Lakis, Marta MacRostie, Anika Larsen, Matthew Lavin, Vito Leanza, Lee Bryan, Jonathan Little, Brendan Malafronte, Emily Marsh, Matt Yates, Rob McClure, Cathy McCullough, Megan McNerney, Kirsty Moon, Jason Murphy, Jim Napolitano, Sarah Nolen, Adam Pagdon, Chris Palmieri, Bakari Prigg, Bill Remington, Sebastiano Ricci, Mary Robinette Kowal, Christina Rodriguez, Amy Rush, Kelli Sawyer, Christine Schisano, Benjamin Schrader, Michael Schwabe, Thom Stanley, Steven Widerman, Sarah Stiles, Ian Sweetman, Amanda Villalobos, Aretta Baumgartner, Daniel Weissbrodt, Chad Williams, Teddy Yudain, Darren Bluestone, Harrison Bryan, Melvin Campbell, Julia Darden, Bradley Freeman Jr., Lexy Fridell, Charles Hubbell, Matthew Krygier, Fergie L. Philippe, Abby Roderick, Liz Sanford, Noel Williams
Additional MSG Muppet Performers (DVD framing material)
Kevin Abrams, Clay Achee, Matt Acheson, Jamie Agnello, Angelo Aiello, Jacob Albarella, Nehprii Amenii, Dolph Amick, Michael Antico, Danny Bacher, Josh Bacher, Rachel Bailey, David Benoit, Bonni Benton, Todd Berkich, Toby Billowitz, Kerri Brackin, Kate Brehm, Lute Breuer, Vince Broelmann, Beau Brown, Nate Brown, April Brucker, Leanne Brunn, Michael Bush, Justin Campbell, Jonathan Carlucci, Frank Cesario, Bruce Chesse, Alanna Chuyan, Clare Clauson, Spencer Cohen, Alexandria Compo, Dan Cook, Deborah Costine, Todd Coyle, Madison J. Cripps, Mauree Culberson, Tyler Culligan, Gavin Cummins, Leo Daignault, Oliver Dalzell, Elizabeth Dapo, Ann Davidson, Emily DeCola, Chris DeVille, Donato De Vito, Sheila Devitt, Charlotte Anne Dore, Sophie Doyle, Ben Elling, Bob Fappiano, Neal Figueroa, Preston Foerder, Robin Frohardt, Honey Goodenough, Mandy Goodwin, Cat Greenfield, Admiral Grey, Scott Hitz, Jon Hoche, Leah Holleran, Kristi Hughes, Chris Ignacio, Kyle Igneczi, Monica Ila, Garrett Ingraham, Chandler Jackson, Dave Jadico, Dorothy James, Greg Jarnigan, Kirsten Kammermeyer, Reay Kaplan Maxwell, Jean Marie Keevins, Douglas Keyes, Rachel Kimberlin, Diane Kordis, Harry LaCoste, Sarah Lafferty, Tiffany Lange, Aaron Lathrop, Matt Leabo, Nick Lehane, Gina Leigh, Kim Lettiere, Jon Levin, Kate Lippstreu, Michael Liscio Jr., David Lloyd Olsen, Rowan Magee, Andy Manjuck, Alex May, Robin May, Matthew McGee, Neil McNally, Meghan Miller, Jamie Moore, Sharon Murphy Boski, Megan Murtha, Nathan Neorr, Eric Novak, Judith O'Hare, Sara Outing, Tim Parati, Justin Parker, Michael Patrei, Nicholas Patrei, Rj Pavel, Amanda Petefish-Schrag, Kevin Pittman, Barbara Pollitt, Alexandra Posen, Nate Puppets, Brittany L. Reid, Jed Resnick, Seth Rettburg, Jon Riddleberger, Nancy Riggs, Aaron Roberge, Amy Robinson, Chuck Robinson, Gwendolyn Rooker, Gregory Scott Mirell, Jessica Scott, Kelley Selznick, Howie Michael Smith, Anna Sobel, Kristofer Sommerfeld, Scott Sorensen, Christina Stone, Justin Thomas, Drew Torkelson, Emily Tucker, Russell Tucker, Basil Twist, Jay Tyson, Gregg Van Laningham, Chaz Vance, Liz Vitale, Cynthia Von Orthal, Stacey Weingarten, Rachel Wickham Shane, Susan Widerman, Emma Wiseman, Isaac Woofter, Keaton Wren, Emmanuelle Zeesman, Emily Zemba, Dante Zuccaro, Jeffrey Zwartjes
Additional Staples Center Muppet Performers
Brad Abrell, Grant Baciocco, Greg Ballora, David Barclay, Tim Blaney, Kevin Carlson, Catherine Adell, Kristin Charney, Brian Clark, Nathan Danforth, Dorien Davies, Artie Esposito, Peggy Etra, Genevieve Flati, Roberto Ferreira, Thom Fountain, Dan Garza, Alex U. Griffin, Sam Koji Hale, Terri Hardin, Rachel Herrick, Gwen Hollander, John Jennings, Patrick Johnson, Sean Johnson, Scott Johnson, Brian Jones, Donna Kimball, Bruce Lanoil, Erik Kuska, Scott Land, Len Levitt, Jayden Libran, Paul Louis, Darci Lynne, Drew Massey, Jess McKay, Ted Michaels, Danny Montooth, Russell Nauman, James Murray, Michael Oosterom, Brett O'Quinn, Sarah Oh, Christine Papalexis, Phil Baron, Sarah Berman, Rachel Appelbaum, Jared Ramirez, Steven Ritz-Barr, Carla Rudy, Paul Rugg, Nicolette Santino, Michelan Sisti, Joe Selph, Pam Severns, Chad Shohet, David Skelly, Colleen Smith, Allan Trautman, Jack Venturo, Janine Pibal, Amber Reeder, Andy Rocco Kraft, Art Vega, Alex Villa, Russ Walko, Robin Walsh, Vanessa Whitney, Mark Bryan Wilson, Chase Woolner, Victor Yerrid, Christian Anderson, Joe Annabi, Mary Faber, Molly Fite, Alissa Hunnicutt, Carl J. Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Derek Lux, Kevin Noonchester, Zoe Palladino, Chris Patstone, Felix Pire, Rachel Redleaf, Rob Saunders, Benjamin Siemon, Jeff Speetjens, Tony Urbano, Cheri Vanden Heuvel
Additional Staples Center Muppet Performers (DVD framing material)
Keiko Agena, Richard Bay, David M. Beach, Evy Berman, Taylor Bibat, Aaron Bonilla, Tyler Bremer, Rachel Burson, Michelle Chaho, Neil Cicierega, Jody Cieutat, Anita Coulter, David Crespin, Aran de la Pena, Audrey Densmore, Terry Fator, Bryan Forrest, Rachel Gibas, Leila Ghaznavi, Meegan Godfrey, Art Grueneberger, Chris Heady, Kevin Johnson, Kelvin Kao, Kelsey Kato, Kate Katz, Chris M. Kaufmann, Jonathan Kidder, Doug Kincaid, Tim Kopacz, Frank Langley, Adrian Rose Leonard, Todd Gerson Levin, Lauren Lux, Greg Manion, Karen Maruyama, Todd Mattox, Shaun McNamara, Risa Mei, Randal J. Metz, Michael Munoz, Heiko Obermoller, Kyle Pacek, Michael Paul Ziegfeld, Lexi Pearl, Sarah Kay Peters, Ian Petrella, Eli Presser, Casey Pyke, Melissa Roja, Misty Rosas, Emory Royston, Nicole K. Scott, Tomas Seidita, Daniel Selon, Eugene Seregin, Kenny Stevenson, Trey Stokes, David Strassman, Miles Taber, Norman Tempia, Zachariah Tolchinsky, Winston Tong, Steve Troop, Paul Turbiak, Russ Vick, April Warren, Jonathan C.K. Williams, Scott Woodard, Dana Michael Woods, Michelle Zamora
Additional Amway Center Muppet Performers
Brad Abrell, Catherine Adell, Jacob Albarella, Drew Allison, Nehprii Amenii, Christian Anderson, Joe Annabi, Rachel Appelbaum, Grant Baciocco, Greg Ballora, David Barclay, Lawrence Basgall, Aretta Baumgartner, Richard Bay, Daniel Becker, Kaitlin Bellamy, Elizabeth Ann Berg, Sarah Berman, David Bizzaro, Tim Blaney, Darren Bluestone, Katie Boren, Kelsey Brady, Lute Breuer, Matthew Brooks, Beau Brown, Harrison Bryan, Lee Bryan, Melvin Campbell, Jessica Carleton, Kevin Carlson, Brian Carson, Frank Cesario, Arlee Chadwick, Melissa Chaho, Kristin Charney, Bruce Chesse, Neil Cicierega, Brian Clark, Ceili Clemens, John Cody, Josh Cohen, Spencer Cohen, Jeff Conover, David Corris, Anita Coulter, Carole D'Agostino, Nathan Danforth, Julia Darden, Dorien Davies, Emily DeCola, Aran de la Pena, Matt Dengler, Audrey Densmore, Charlotte Anne Dore, Ben Durocher, Mindy Escobar-Leanse, Artie Esposito, Peggy Etra, Mary Faber, Bob Fappiano, Terry Fator, Roberto Ferreira, David Fino, Molly Fite, Genevieve Flati, Barrett Foa, Thom Fountain, Sarah Frechette, Bradley Freeman Jr., Lexy Fridell, Matthew Furtado, Dan Garza, Leila Ghaznavi, Noah Ginex, Meegan Godfrey, Sam Jay Gold, Sarah Goone, Cat Greenfield, Alex U. Griffin, Art Grueneberger, Sam Koji Hale, Jenny Hann, Terri Hardin, David Liebe Hart, Chris Heady, Rachel Herrick, Cheri Vanden Heuvel, Jennifer Himes, Jon Hoche, Joshua Holden, Gwen Hollander, Keri Horn, David Hosay, Charles Hubbell, Brenda Huggins, Alissa Hunnicutt, Chris Iannuzzi, Chris Ignacio, Kyle Igneczi, Jason Jacoby, John Jennings, Carl Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Scott Johnson, Sean Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Brian Jones, Brodrick Jones, Ulysses Jones, David Jordan, Liz Joyce, Chris M. Kaufmann, Will Keating, Robb Killen, Donna Kimball, Doug Kincaid, Mary Robinette Kowal, Andy Rocco Kraft, Matthew Krygier, Veronica J. Kuehn, Erik Kuska, Maggie Lakis, Scott Land, Frank Langley, Bruce Lanoil, Anika Larsen, Matthew Lavin, Vito Leanza, Adrian Rose Leonard, Calvin Lester, Len Levitt, Jon Levin, Todd Gerson Levin, Jayden Libran, Michael Liscio Jr., Jonathan Little, Rob Lott, Paul Louis, Derek Lux, Darci Lynne, Marta MacRostie, Rowan Magee, Brendan Malafronte, Greg Manion, Emily Marsh, Karen Maruyama, Drew Massey, Todd Mattox, Rob McClure, Cathy McCullough, Jess McKay, Neil McNally, Shaun McNamara, Megan McNerney, Risa Mei, Randal J. Metz, Ted Michaels, Danny Montooth, Kirsty Moon, Jason Murphy, James Murray, Jim Napolitano, Russell Nauman, Sarah Nolen, Kevin Noonchester, Eric Novak, Sarah Oh, Michael Oosterom, Brett O'Quinn, Kyle Pacek, Adam Pagdon, Zoe Palladino, Chris Palmieri, Christine Papalexis, Chris Patstone, Ian Petrella, Fergie L. Philippe, Janine Pibal, Felix Pire, Kevin Pittman, Eli Presser, Bakari Prigg, Nate Puppets, Jared Ramirez, Rachel Redleaf, Amber Reeder, Bill Remington, Sebastiano Ricci, Jon Riddleberger, Steven Ritz-Barr, Julio Robles, Abby Roderick, Christina Rodriguez, Misty Rosas, Emory Royston, Carla Rudy, Paul Rugg, Amy Rush, Liz Sanford, Nicolette Santino, Rob Saunders, Kelli Sawyer, Christine Schisano, Benjamin Schrader, Michael Schwabe, Tomas Seidita, Joe Selph, Eugene Seregin, Pam Severns, Chad Shohet, Benjamin Siemon, James Silson, Scott Silson, Jessica Simon, Michelan Sisti, David Skelly, Colleen Smith, Howie Michael Smith, Anna Sobel, Scott Sorensen, Jeff Speetjens, Thom Stanley, Sarah Stiles, Anthony Stokes, Ian Sweetman, Miles Taber, Allan Trautman, Steve Troop, Basil Twist, Tony Urbano, Chaz Vance, Art Vega, Jack Venturo, Alex Villa, Amanda Villalobos, Liz Vitale, Russ Walko, Robin Walsh, April Warren, Stacey Weingarten, Daniel Weissbrodt, Melissa Whitmire, Vanessa Whitney, Steven Widerman, Chad Williams, Jonathan C.K. Williams, Noel Williams, Mark Bryan Wilson, Dana Michael Woods, Chase Woolner, Evy Wright, Gretchen Wylder, Matt Yates, Victor Yerrid, Teddy Yudain, Emmanuelle Zeesman
Additional Amway Center Muppet Performers (DVD framing material)
Kevin Abrams, Clay Achee, Matt Acheson, Keiko Agena, Jamie Agnello, Angelo Aiello, Dolph Amick, Michael Antico, Danny Bacher, Josh Bacher, Rachel Bailey, David M. Beach, David Benoit, Bonni Benton, Todd Berkich, Evy Berman, Taylor Bibat, Toby Billowitz, Rodrick Blackman, Aaron Bonilla, Sharon Murphy Boski, Kerri Brackin, Kate Brehm, Tyler Bremer, Vince Broelmann, Nate Brown, April Brucker, Leanne Brunn, Rachel Burson, Michael Bush, Justin Campbell, Jonathan Carlucci, Madison Chambers, Alanna Chuyan, Jody Cieutat, Clare Clauson, Alexandria Compo, Tracey Conner, Dan Cook, Deborah Costine, Todd Coyle, David Crespin, Madison J. Cripps, Mauree Culberson, Tyler Culligan, Gavin Cummins, Elizabeth Dapo, Ann Davidson, Chris DeVille, Sheila Devitt, Sophie Doyle, Ben Elling, Jack Fields, Neal Figueroa, Preston Foerder, Bryan Forrest, Robin Frohardt, Rachel Gibas, Alan Gibson, David Goboff, Honey Goodenough, Mandy Goodwin, Admiral Grey, Scott Hitz, Leah Holleran, William Horne, Monica Ila, Garrett Ingraham, Chandler Jackson, Dave Jadico, Dorothy James, Greg Jarnigan, Kevin Johnson, Kirsten Kammermeyer, Kelvin Kao, Kelsey Kato, Kate Katz, Jean Marie Keevins, Douglas Keyes, Jonathan Kidder, Rachel Kimberlin, Tim Kopacz, Diane Kordas, Harry LaCoste, Sarah Lafferty, Tiffany Lange, Gregg Van Laningham, Aaron Lathrop, Matt Leabo, Nick Lehane, Gina Leigh, Kim Lettiere, Kate Lippstreu, Michael Liscio Jr., Denise Lucich, Reay Kaplan Maxwell, Matthew McGee, Aileen J. Millan, Meghan Miller, Gregory Scott Mirell, Jamie Moore, Michael Munoz, Megan Murtha, Nathan Neorr, Heiko Obermoller, Judith O'Hare, David Lloyd Olsen, Cynthia Von Orthal, Sara Outing, Tim Parati, Justin Parker, Michael Patrei, Nicholas Patrei, Nicholas Parks, Rj Pavel, Lexi Pearl, Amanda Petefish-Schrag, Sarah Kay Peters, Barbara Pollitt, Alexandra Posen, Casey Pyke, Brittany L. Reid, Jed Resnick, Seth Rettburg, Nancy Riggs, Aaron Roberge, Amy Robinson, Chuck Robinson, Jose A. Rodriguez, Melissa Roja, Gwendolyn Rooker, Brandon Ross, Jessica Scott, Nicole K. Scott, Daniel Selon, Kelley Selznick, Rachel Wickham Shane, Mark Sherlock, Katie Silson, Kristofer Sommerfeld, Kenny Stevenson, Trey Stokes, Christina Stone, David Strassman, Norman Tempia, April Tennyson, Justin Thomas, Zachariah Tolchinsky, Winston Tong, Drew Torkelson, Emily Tucker, Russell Tucker, Paul Turbiak, Jay Tyson, Russ Vick, Jonathan David West V, Susan Widerman, Emma Wiseman, Scott Woodard, Isaac Woofter, Jody Wren, Keaton Wren, Michelle Zamora, Emily Zemba, Michael Paul Ziegfeld, Dante Zuccaro, Jeffrey Zwartjes
Additional Wembley Arena Muppet Performers
John Alexander, Louise Alexander, Ian Allen, Jamie Anderson, Kez Anderson, Nicholas Anscombe, Joshua Archer, Samantha Arends, Derek Arnold, Julie Atherton, Don Austen, Laura Bacon, Mason Ball, William Banyard, Chris Barlow, Lauren Barrand, James Barton, Michael Bayliss, Daisy Beattie, Susan Beattie, Jamie Bell, Sarah Bennett, Danny Blackner, Nikki Bond, Emma Boor, Victoria Bovingdon, Mikey Brett, Scott Brooker, Simon Buckley, Sarah Burgess (Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz), Becky Burford, Ritchie Burgess, Lauren Burton, Michael Byrch, Finn Caldwell, Derek Campbell, Joni-Rae Carrack, Jasper Cartwright, David Cauchi, Carl Chadd, Chris Chapman, Dave Chapman, James Charlton, Ashleigh Cheadle, Tim Cherry-Jones, Charles Clarke-Devonald, Sheila Clark, Marcus Clarke, Richard Coombs, Patrick Comerford, Aidan Cook, Liam Cook, Emily Cooper, George Coppen, Cavin Cornwall, Matthew Crowfoot, Laura Cubitt, Paul Currie, Nathalie Cuzner, Sue Dacre, Andrew Davenport, Annabelle Davis, Fred Davis, Warwick Davis, Helen Day, Mark Dean, Elisa de Grey, Matt Denton, Keith De'Winter, Elisa Ditta, Christopher Dobson, Sam Dodd, Charlotte Dubery, Bobbie Dutton, Phil Eason, John Eccleston, Mike Edmonds, Edie Edmundson, Peter Elliott, Josh Elwell, Sophia Ereminowicz, Fern Evans, Iestyn Evans, Barbara Fadden, Abigail Farmery, Damian Farrell, Cecily Fay, Geoff Felix, Kerry Fermor, Brian Fisher, Phil Fletcher, Hannah Flynn, David Forman, Josie Forman, Michael Fowkes, Kain Francis, Julia Frost, Richard Garaghty, Craig Garner, Lesa Gillespie, Simon Gleave, Joe Greco, David Greenaway, John Gregor, Robin Guiver, Will Harper, Barnaby Harrison, Jack Harrold, Claire Roi Harvey, Richard Hay, Andy Heath, Beccy Henderson, James Henri Thomas, Brian Herring, Neal Holmes, Chad Horton, Stephanie Houtman, Naomi Huggins, Phil Hulford, Emma Humpston, Matt Hutchinson, Rebecca Hyland, Malik Ibheis, Victoria Jane, Mark Jefferis, Paul Jomain, Lee Edward Jones, Katy Kartwheel, Paul Kasey, Ian Kay, Nick Kellington, Chris Kendall, Robin Kingsland, Jeremiah Krage, Varpu Kronholm, Steven Kynman, John Leader, Ronnie Le Drew, Rachel Leonard, Avye Leventis, Simon Lipkin, Charlotte Louise Baker, Emerald Lutkin, Tony Lymboura, Matthew Lyons, Simon Lyshon, Mark Mander, Phill Martin, Lewis McCabe, Anna McCaughtry, Ellis McFarland, Alison McGowan, Dilu Miah, Stan Middleton, Zoe Midgley, Maja Miszker, Joan Morris, Ross Mullan, Rebecca Nagan, Robert Nairne, Steve Nallon, Suzi Neale, Cassie Newby, Suzanne Nixon, Mohsen Nouri, Aiysha Nugent-Robinson, Brad Oakley, Toby Olie, Elizabeth Oliver Kirk, Wim Oppenheimer, Edd Osmond, Adrian Parish, Jack Parker, Claire Parry, Jay Parsons, Angie Passmore, Amber Rose Perry, Jane Pickworth, Nigel Plaskitt, Jake Pogson, Kelly Poulter, Sally Preisig, Colin Purves, Hugh Purves, Gillie Robic, Lynn Robertson Bruce, Richard Robinson, Jon Robyns, Gemma Rogan, Laura Jayne Ross, Deep Roy, Garry Rutter, Jonny Sabbagh, Ross Sambridge, David Sandham, Ali Sarebani, Fatemeh Sarebani, Hasit Savani, Kim Scopes, Allan Scott-Douglas, Arti Shah, Kiran Shah, Paul Sheridan, Rob Shiels, Stephanie Silva, Sarah Simmons, Trovy Simpson, Sema-Tawi Smart, Helena Smee, Katherine Smee, Janina Smith, Neil Alexander Smith, Aaron Spendelow, Andrew Spooner (Furgus Fuzz), Lisa Stark, Neil Sterenberg (Harvey P. Dull), Robin Stevens, John Stevenson, Yvonne Stone, Paul Sturgess, Lydon Sutcliffe, Katie Swann, Hassan Taj, Dee Tails, Dave Taylor, Olly Taylor, Chris Thatcher, Ben Thompson, Josephine Timmins, Heather Tobias, Mark Alexander Todd, David Todd Jones, William Todd Jones, Lee Towersey, Mandy Travis, Ian Tregonning, Rob Tygner, Matt Tyler, Rebecca Van Cleave, Jimmy Vee, Pamela Virgo, Dilpreet Kaur Walia, Paul Warren, Sara Jane Waters, Julie Westwood, Mark Whitaker, Sophie White, Ian Whyte, Spencer Wilding, Victoria Willing, Mak Wilson (Sly the Secretary Bird), Josh Wilmott, Latesha Wilson, Toby Wilson, Tom Wilton, Michael Winsor, Edmund Wood, Phill Woodfine, Fran Wright, Francis Wright, Liam Wright, Sarah Wright, Paul Zerdin
Additional Rogers Centre Muppet Performers
Roselynn Akulukjuk, Ashley Amar, Terry Angus, Lee Armstrong, Yolanda Barnes, Adam Behr, Patrick Beland, Jamie Bradley, Stephen Brathwaite, Sarah Burakowski, Ronnie Burkett, William Cabana-Marshall, Jeremy Cacho-Lim, Jeny Cassady, Morris Chapdelaine, Kanja Chen, Enosh Cheng, Denise Cheshire, Champagne Choquer, Neil Christopher, Ben Deutsch, Todd Doldersum, Maxwell Dowie, Trevor Duffy, Kathryn Durst, Randi Edmundson, Ali Eisner, Matt Ficner, Myra Fried, Ippiksaut Friesen, Tim Gosley, Jon Graham, Kellie Haines, Kira Hall, Justin Heymans, Paul Hooson, Jason Hopley, Bruce Hunter, Sharon Kamiel, Biljana Karadzic, Sandy Katz, Nina Keogh, Helen King, Celeste Koon, Fred Kroetsch, Jani Lauzon, Judith Lawrence, Trish Leeper, Cheryl Lewis, Patricia Lewis, Jordan Lockhart, Benton Lowe, Kathy MacLellan, Alexander Mantia, Bob Martin, Peter McCowatt, Kevin McGrath, Suzanne Merriam, Frank Meschkuleit, Rob Mills (Sly the Secretary Bird), Felix Mirbt, Sue Morrison, Kaitlin Morrow, Jeff Moulton, John Nolan, Caitlin O'Reilly, Pier Paquette, John Pattison, Mike Petersen, Colin Penman, Darren Pickering, Nicholas Podbrey, Ann Powell, David Powell, Adam Francis Proulx, James Rankin, Dan Redican, Geoff Redknap, Shawna Reiter, Gord Robertson, James Rowley, Sylvia Segal, Sandra Shamas, Denise Shanker, Jamie Shannon, Shuyuan Shun, Ron Stefaniuk, Marty Stelnick, Fred Stinson, Bob Stutt, Jeff Sweeney, Jamie Swettenham, Mary Sword, Bronwyn Szabo, Jake Thompson, Rebecca Elmire Tremblay, Karen Valleau, Tom Vandenberg, Johan Vandergun, Jennifer Van Der Put, Vicki Veenstra, Maren Vsetula, Cheryl Wagner, Ron Wagner, Michelle Warkentin, Karen Waterman, Wende Welch, Glenn Williams, Gordon Wong, Dan Wood, Eric Woolfe, Dan Van Wyck, Noreen Young, Gayle Zack
Additional ICC Sydney Muppet Performers
Winston Appleyard, Asphyxia, Danielle Baker, Michala Banas, Katy Bowman, Megan Cameron, Daniel Carlisle, David Collins, Will Conyers, Steve Coupe, Janette Dalgliesh, Julia Davis, Emma De Vries, Jamie Dunn, Liss Gabb, Fiona Gentle, Graeme Haddon, Andrew Hansen, Brett Hansen, Richard Hart, Mal Heap, Frank Italiano, Jhess Knight, Chris Lynch, Jonathan MacMillan, Ingrid Maganov, Malcolm Martin, Sean Masterson, Rob Matson, Matthew McCoy, Lochie McIntyre, Heath McIvor, Sharon McLean, Roy McNeill, Avril McQueen, Tim Mieville, Phillip Millar, Danny Miller, Heather Monk, Richard Mueck, Ron Mueck (Sly the Secretary Bird), Roslyn Oades, Alice Osborne, Brian Parker, Amber Parry, Bob Parsons, Ruth Pieloor, Rod Primrose, Simon T. Rann, Helen Rickards, John Rogers, Liz Rule, Terry Ryan, Gavin Sainsbury, Peter Seaborn, Hugh Simpson, Michele Spooner, Mary Sutherland, Liza-Mare Syron, Neville Tranter, Maeve Vella, Sue Wallace, Kelly Wallwork, Jacob Williams, L. Peter Wilson, Peter J. Wilson, Annie Wylie, Kay Yasugi
Special Guest Appearances
Lloyd Ahlquist, Steve Austin, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Tony Bennett, Tom Bergeron, Jack Black, Fran Brill, Matthew Broderick, Michael Buble, Steve Burns, Alessia Cara, Jim Carrey, John Cena, Christopher Cerf, Hayden Christensen, Cleto & the Cletones, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Elvis Costello, Bryan Cranston, David Cross, Johnny Depp, Celine Dion, Robert Downey Jr., Taran Egerton, Billie Eilish, Jessie Eisenberg, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Fallon, Sia Furler, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Alan Grier, Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Harvey, Hulk Hogan, Jason Isaacs, Kevin James, Dwayne Johnson, Angelina Jolie, Keegan-Michael Key, Jimmy Kimmel, Patti LaBelle, Nathan Lane, John Legend, Jared Leto, Howie Mandel, Ewan McGregor, Seth Meyers, Alfred Molina, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bobby Moynihan, Fred Newman, Rosie O'Donnell, Gary Oldman, John Oliver, Frank Oz, Jim Parsons, Jordan Peele, Kevin Perjurer, Randy Rainbow, John Ratzenberger, Daisy Ridley, Guillermo Rodriguez, Seth Rogen, The Roots, Adam Sandler, Jason Segel, Peter Shukoff, J.K. Simmons, Sam Smith, Will Smith, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Jon Stewart, Chrissy Teigen, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Kenan Thompson, Danny Trejo, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Doug Walker, Patrick Warburton, Reggie Watts, Jodie Whittaker, Kristen Wiig, Paul Williams, with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Tara Strong as the voice of Harley Quinn, Clancy Brown as the voice of the Hunter, Paul Fusco as ALF, and Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker
Personal Assistant to ALF: Linda Fusco
The Wiggles: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
Wiggly Friends: Lachlan Gillespie as Wags the Dog, Paul Paddick as Captain Feathersword, Simon Pryce as Henry the Octopus, Emma Watkins as Dorothy the Dinosaur
The Sesame Street Band: Randy Cohen (on keyboards), Michael Croiter (on drums), John Deley (on keyboards), Doug Derryberry (on guitar), Joe Fiedler (on trombone), Rob Jost (on bass), Gary Meyer (on reed), Kenny Rampton (on trumpet), Antoine Silverman (on violin), Anja Wood (on cello)
Muppet Marionette Puppeteers: Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo, Barnaby Dixon
Muppet Animation Puppeteers: David Barclay, Rickey Boyd, Luke Coleman, Craig Crane, Galen Fott, Jake Hovell, Erik Kuska, Tony Lymboura, Mike Nawrocki, Karen Prell, Mike Quinn, Benjamin Siemon, David Skelly, Dave Taylor, Rob Tygner, Phil Vischer, Liz Vitale, Robin Walsh, April Warren, Mak Wilson
Super Morphin Mega Monsters, Grouch and Batmonster & Red Robin Stunt Performers
Sammy Al Moukadeh, David Batchelor, Jody Cieutat, Doug Farrell, Mark Hulsewe, Papy Lusilu, Molly Miller, Mark Munoz, Michael Munoz, Kyle Pacek, Dana Michael Woods, Christophe Zajac-Denek
The Rise of Piewalker Stunt Performers
Chidi Ajufo, Charlotte Aldhouse, George Appleby, Rachelle Beinart, Richard Blenkiron, Ritchie Burgess, Lauren Burton, Michael Byrch, Chris Chapman, Tony Christian, Penny Clapcott, Charles Clarke-Devonald, Sophie Corcoran, Tom Cotton, Joe Crosk, Arie Dekker, Elisa Ditta, Denise Dove, Cecily Fay, Hannah Flynn, David Forman, Josie Forman, Kain Francis, Nadia Hansell, Abbie Harris, Alex Heaton, Janos Horvath, Lee Edward Jones, Ian Kay, Sarah Knowles, Paul Lowe, Lauren McDonnell, Dilu Miah, Zoe Midgley, Lauren Okadigbo, Kevin O'Leary, Edd Osmond, Deep Roy, Hasit Savani, Kiran Shah, Matt Symonds, Matt Tyler, Jimmy Vee, Andy Wareham, Larissa Webb, Dean Whatton, Ian Whyte, Charlotte Williams
The Producers Stunt Performers
Jeremy Crawford, Cheryl Lewis, Korina Rothery, Alex Sazonov
The Cookie Hunter Stunt Performers
Sharon McLean, Ravi Narayan, Dane Noonan, Conan Stevens
Muppet Motion Capture: Terry Notary
Grover's Card Magic: Shin Lim
Ava Acres, Isabella Acres, Charlie Adler, Matt Adler, Lori Alan, Carlos Alazraqui, Keith Anthony, Diedrich Bader, Laura Bailey, Dee Bradley Baker, Troy Baker, Greg Baldwin, Heather Bambrick, Ogie Banks, Kathleen Barr, Eric Bauza, Jeff Bennett, Greg Berg, Bob Bergen, Gregg Berger, Jeff Bergman, J.B. Blanc, Brian Bloom, Susan Blu, Steven Blum, David Boat, Duncan Brannan, Ali Brustofski, Steve Bulen, S. Scott Bullock, Rodger Bumpass, Max Burkholder, Steve Burns, Corey Burton, Barry Carl, Catherine Cavadini, Garry Chalk, Juan Chioran, Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Jonathan Cook, Antonio Raul Corbo, Jesse Corti, Alyson Court, John Cramer, Peter Cullen, Brian Cummings, Jim Cummings, E.G. Daily, Michael Daingerfield, Matt Danner, Jennifer Darling, Eddie Deezen, Brian T. Delaney, Debi Derryberry, Jessica DiCicco, John DiMaggio, Ben Diskin, Holly Dorff, Robin Atkin Downes, Chris Edgerly, Paul Eiding, Gideon Emery, Richard Epcar, Bill Fagerbakke, Bill Farmer, Keith Ferguson, Jeff Fischer, Quinton Flynn, Sandy Fox, Pat Fraley, Will Friedle, Soleil Moon Frye, Donald Fullilove, Nika Futterman, Elisa Gabrielli, Teresa Ganzel, Barbara Goodson, Grey DeLisle Griffin, Khamani Griffin, Todd Haberkorn, Mark Hadlow, Jennifer Hale, Jess Harnell, Melanie Harrison, Dan Hennessey, Kate Higgins, Bridget Hoffman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Brian Hull, Sirena Irwin, Danny Jacobs, Nick Jameson, Bob Joles, Walter Emmanuel Jones, Tom Kane, John Kassir, Danny Katiana, David Kaufman, David Kaye, Josh Keaton, Mikey Kelley, Tom Kenny, Steve Kramer, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Sam Lavagnino, Carolyn Lawrence, Katie Leigh, Julie Lemieux, Patricia Lentz, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Jason J. Lewis, Riki Lindhome, Phil Lollar, Yuri Lowenthal, Sherry Lynn, Tress MacNeille, Danny Mann, Jason Marsden, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Scott McNeil, Scott Menville, Matthew Mercer, Jim Meskimen, Piotr Michael, Kate Micucci, Lara Jill Miller, Mark Moseley, Rene Mujica, Bill Mumy, Liliana Mumy, Pat Musick, Mike Nawrocki, Laraine Newman, Nolan North, Joe Ochman, Raymond Ochoa, Peter Oldring, Alan Oppenheimer, Jordan Orr, Colleen O'Shaughnessey Villard, Ken Page, Devika Parikh, Donovan Patton, Rob Paulsen, Chris Phillips, Patrick Pinney, Phil Proctor, Hal Rayle, Enn Reitel, Peter Renaday, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sam Riegel, Kaitlyn Robrock, Justin Roiland, Roger Rose, Neil Ross, Will Ryan, Andrew Sabiston, Tabitha St. Germain, Lia Sargent, Charlie Schlatter, Noah Schnapp, Kevin Schon, Ben Schwartz, Mariel Sheets, Armin Shimerman, James Sie, Susan Silo, Jenny Slate, Christopher Corey Smith, Roger Craig Smith, David Sobolov, Andre Sogliuzzo, Kath Soucie, Jason Spisak, Stephen Stanton, Brian Stepanek, Mindy Sterling, April Stewart, Chantal Strand, Karen Strassman, Tara Strong, James Patrick Stuart, Nicole Sullivan, Cree Summer, Shane Sweet, Christopher Swindle, Jill Talley, Fred Tatasciore, Catherine Tate, Courtenay Taylor, James Arnold Taylor, Robert Tinkler, Lee Tockar, Samuel Vincent, Phil Vischer, Kari Wahlgren, Hynden Walch, BJ Ward, Jim Ward, Steven Weber, Marc Weiner, Frank Welker, Claudette Wells, Billy West, Colette Whitaker, Diamond White, Mae Whitman, Joe Whyte, Scott Whyte, Tyler James Williams, Debra Wilson, April Winchell, Mick Wingert, Wally Wingert, Michael Winslow, Ariel Winter, Sam Witwer, Matthew Wood, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jo Wyatt
ADR Loop Group
Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Steve Alterman, Stephen Apostolina, David Arnott, Kirk Baily, John Eric Bentley, Blake Bertrand, Ranjani Brow, Doug Burch, William Calvert, Joe Cappelletti, Kate Carlin, Mitch Carter, Robert Clotworthy, Will Collyer, Cooper Cowgill, David Cowgill, Makenna Cowgill, Wendy Cutler, Caitlin Cutt, Alex Daniels, Terri Douglas, Moosie Drier, Chad Einbinder, Rylee Fansler, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Aaron Fors, Rebecca Forstadt, Leigh French, Eddie Frierson, Spencer Lacey Ganus, Jackie Gonneau, Nicholas Guest, Tania Gunadi, Isa Hall, Barbara Harris, Jason Harris, Brian Herskowitz, Dominic Hoffman, Wendy Hoffmann, Matthew Ford Holt, April Hong, Jacob Hopkins, Sherry Hursey, Rif Hutton, Wolfgang Hutton, Daniella Jones, Cohl Kenneth Klop, Ilana Klusky, Marsha Kramer, Ashley Lambert, Hope Levy, Anne Lockhart, Jessie Marion, Jeremy Maxwell, Caitlin McKenna, Ginny McSwain, Christie Mellor, Edie Mirman, Richard Miro, Randall Montgomery, Daniel Mora, Dylan Naber, Drake Carter Nelson, Paula Jane Newman, Jonathan Nichols, Jason Pace, Paul Pape, Isabella Peregrina, Paige Pollack, Alex Puccinelli, Michael Ralph, Lynwood Robinson, Al Rodrigo, Michelle Ruff, Sam Sako, Philece Sampler, Joshua Seth, Frank Sharp, David Sheinkopf, Justin Shenkarow, Bridget Sienna, Georgia Simon, Aaron Spann, Kelly Stables, Steve Staley, Pepper Sweeney, John Hans Tester, Randy Thom, Gail Thomas, Nancy Truman, Marcelo Tubert, Floyd Van Buskirk, Audrey Wasilewski, Andreanna Weiner, Sean Whalen, Lennon Wynn, Michael Ann Young, Lynnanne Zager, David Zyler
Abby Cadabby, Alexis the Giraffe, Alfred Duck, Alice Snuffleupagus, Alligator, The Alphabeats, AM Monsters, The Amazing Mumford, Ant, Anything Muppets, Aristotle, Arthur, Athena, Baby Bear, Baby Natasha, Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk, Barkley, Bart, Bats, Bear, Bee, Benny Rabbit, Bernie Broccoli, Bert, Bertha, Bertina, Betty Lou, Biff, The Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Big Jeffie, Billy Monster, Bip Bippadotta, Blue Jay, Brad, Bruce Monster, Brulee, Bruno the Trashman, Bug, The Busby Twins, Buster the Horse, Butch the Tiger, Butterflies, Cactus, Camel, Captain Vegetable, Cats, The Cereal Girl, The Cheese, Chewie the Cookie, Chicago the Lion, Chickens, Chip and Dip, Chrissy, Clancy, Clem, Clementine, Colambo, Cookie Monster, Cookie Monster's Mommy, The Countess, Count von Count, Cousin Monster, Cows, Crow, Curly Bear, Dalia, Dani, Daniel, David Attenbird, Dawg the Dog, Deena, Dexter, Dimples the Dog, Dingers, Dogs, Don Music, Dr. Nobel Price, Dr. Thad and the Medications, Dragon, Ducks, Duke the Horse, Elena, Elizabeth, Elmo, Elmore, The Emperor, Ernestine, Ernie, Ex-Ray, Farley, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, Fin the Fish, Flora the Koala, Fluffy, Forgetful Jones, Francine Lloyd Wright, Frazzle, Fred the Wonder Horse, Freddy, Frog, Funella Furchester, Furgus Fuzz, Gabrielle, Gary Grouch, Georgie, Gladys the Cow, Gnu, Goat, Gonger, Googel, Granny Bird, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Grouches, Grover, Grover's Mommy, Grundgetta, Gulliver, Gus Hopper, Guy Smiley, Harley Quinn Muppet, Harry Monster, Harvey Kneeslapper, Harvey Monster, Harvey P. Dull, Helena, Henrietta Hamster, Henrietta Honker, Herb, Herbert Birdsfoot, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Horatio the Elephant, Humphrey, The Hunter, Iago, Iguana, Ingrid, Irvine, Jackman Wolf, Jake the Polar Bear, Jamie Fox, Jared the Tiger, Joey and Davey Monkey, Joker Muppet, Julia, Karli, Kathleen the Cow, Keeshan the Kangaroo, Kermit the Forg, Kingston Livingston III, Kylo Creme, Lefty the Salesman, Lenny the Gorilla, Leo Birdelli, Leo the Party Monster, Lily, Little Bird, Little Bo Peep, Little Chrissy, Little Jerry, Little Murray Sparkles, Louie, Luke Piewalker, Lulu, Lydia the Ostrich, Madame Chairbird, Mae, Maggie Cadabby, Mama Bear, The Martians, Mary, Masha, Maurice Monster, Mel, Merry Monster, Meryl Sheep, Michael Jackson Muppet, Monica the Musk Ox, Monty, Morton the Beaver, Mountie, Mouse, Mr. Chatterly, Mr. Honker, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Mrs. Crustworthy, Murray Monster, Narf, Natalie the Cow, Octopus, The Oinker Sisters, Old MacDonald, Old McDougal, Oscar the Grouch, Oscarina Grouch, Osvaldo el Grunon, Ovejita, Papa Bear, Park Ranger Squirrel, Parker Monster, Pearl, Penelope Penguin, Penguins, Pesties, Phoebe, Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz, Pigeons, Pigs, Placido Flamingo, Poco Loco, Polly Darton, Prairie Dawn, Preposterous, Preston Rabbit, Princess Parfaita, Professor Hastings, Queen Elizabeth II Muppet, Raccoon, Ralph the Moose, Ralphie, Ram, Randall the Zebra, Ricardo, Robin, Rockin' Richard, Rocky the Cat, Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Rooster, Rosa, Rose, Rosita, Roxie Marie, Ruby, Rudder Rabbit, Rudy, Sam the Robot, Samuel, Segi, Shark, Sheep, Shelley the Turtle, Sherlock Hemlock, Sherry Netherland, Shivers the Penguin, Simon Soundman, Singing Food, Slimey, Sly the Secretary Bird, Snail, Snake, Sonny Friendly, Spider, The Squirrelles, Stinky the Skunk, Stinky the Stinkweed, Stuckweed, Stuie Monster, Stuntkip, Sully, Super Chicken, Tamir, Telly Monster, Tessie Twiddlebug, Thomas Twiddlebug, Timmy Twiddlebug, Tina Twiddlebug, Toucan, Trevor Monster, Turkeys, Two-Headed Monster, Wanda Cousteau, Warren Wolf, Watson, Weldon the IT Guy, Wolf, Wolfgang the Seal, Zoe, Zostic
"We Are the World" Muppet Characters
Aanchoo, Abelardo Montoya, Abigail, Afghan Hound, Amber O'Neill, Andy and Randy Pig, Animal, Annie Sue, Archie, Argyle McSock, Azibo the Monster, a Baby, Baby Sinclair, Bag, Baily, Baskerville the Hound, Basil, Basma, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Bear, Beauregard, Beautiful Day Monster, Behemoth, Bel, Big Mean Carl, Bill (frog), Blue Frackle, Bobby Benson, Bobo the Bear, Boober Fraggle, Boombah, Brosh, Bubba the Rat, a Bunny, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Businka, a Cactus, Camilla the Chicken, Chamki, Chaos, Chelli, a Chicken, Chip, Crazy Harry, Denise, Dr. Teeth, Dodi, Doglion, Domby, Droop, The Early Bird, Esther, Filfil, Finchen, Floyd Pepper, The Flying Zucchini Brothers, Fozzie Bear, a Frog, Garibaldo, Gil, Gobo Fraggle, Googly, Gonzo, Green Frackle, Grorie, Halum, Haneen, Happy Yellow Creature, Haseen O Jameel, Hilda the Hare, Howard Tubman, Hu Hu Zhu, Ieniemienie, Ikri Mikri, Jad, Janice, J. G., Jill (frog), Dr. Julius Strangepork, Juljul, Junior Gorg, Kami, Kareem, Katie, Kermit the Frog, Khokha, Kippi Ben Kippod, Kit, Kubik, Lenny the Lizard, Lew Zealand, Lily the Tiger, Link Hogthrob, Lips, Lola, Louis, Luncheon Counter Monster, Lyle the Dog, Lyle the Sock, Ma Bear, Mahboub, Mahna Mahna, Mancie O'Neill, Marvin Suggs, Ma'zooza, Mean Mama, Meg, Melsoon, Mildred Huxtetter, Miss Piggy, Miss Poogy, Mo Frackle, Moishe Oofnik, Mojabo, Mokey Fraggle, Moshe, a Muppaphone, a Mutation, Nac, The Newsman, Nigel, Nimnim, Noah, No'Man, Norman, Ojo, Ollie, Pancho Contreras, a Penguin, Pepe the King Prawn, Pferd, Pierre (frog), Pino, Pip and Pop, Pokey, Pops, Potto, Purk, a Raccoon, a Rat, Raya, Red Fraggle, Rizzo the Rat, Robin the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Rumpel, Sam the Eagle, Samson, Scooter, Shakey Sanchez, Shams, a Sheep, Shiku, Sivan, The Snowths, Sofie, Spamela Hamderson, Sprocket, Statler and Waldorf, The Swedish Chef, Sweetums, Tantan, The Tea Time Monsters, Teena, Thog, Tiffy, Tingo, Tommie, Tonton, Toto, Treelo, Trumpet Girl, Tuktuki, a Turkey, Tutter, Uncle Deadly, Uncle Travelling Matt, Walter, Wayne and Wanda, Wembley Fraggle, Whatnots, Wolle, Xiao Mei Zi, Yolanda Rat, Zari, Zeerak, Zeliboba, Zikwe, Zippity Zap, Zoot, Zuzu
Executive Producers: Brown Johnson and Kay Wilson Stallings
Co-Executive Producer: Benjamin Lehmann
Produced by Olexa Hewryk and Ken Scarborough
N.Y. and CA shows directed by Matt Vogel
L.A. and FL shows directed by Kevin Clash
U.K. and AUS shows directed by Jack Jameson
On-Location Directors: Shannon Flynn (Staples), Jack Jameson (Wembley), Rob Mills (Rogers), Alan Muraoka (MSG), John Tartaglia (Amway)
Head Writers: Joey Mazzarino (MSG/Staples/Amway), Ken Scarborough (Wembley/Rogers/ICC Sydney)
Written by Christine Ferraro
The Jim Henson Company
N.Y. Workshop Manager: Jason Weber
N.Y. Workshop Supervisor: Connie Peterson
N.Y. Puppet Captain: Matt Vogel
N.Y. Assistant Puppet Captain: Martin P. Robinson
L.A. Puppet Captain: Kevin Clash
L.A. Assistant Puppet Captain: Bill Barretta
FL Puppet Captain: Jeff Conover
FL Assistant Puppet Captain: Brett O'Quinn
U.K. Puppet Captain: Mak Wilson
U.K. Assistant Puppet Captain: Warrick Brownlow-Pike
CA Puppet Captain: Rob Mills
CA Assistant Puppet Captain: Cheryl Wagner
AUS Puppet Captain: Ron Mueck
AUS Assistant Puppet Captain: Richard Mueck
Puppeteer Captains: Brad Brewer, Cheryl Henson, Heather Henson, Lynn Hippen, John Lovelady, Brian Meehl, Daniel Seagren
N.Y. Workshop Captains: Ed Christie, Caroly Wilcox
L.A. Workshop Captains: Jane Gootnick, Kirk Thatcher
Puppet Design Consultant: Michael K. Frith
Puppet Design Captain: Ed Eyth
N.Y. Workshop Crew
Paul Andrejco, Heather Asch, Carol Binion, Ronald Binion, David Bizzaro, Erin Slattery Black, Marc Borders, Mary Brehmer, Matthew Brennan, Matthew Brooks, Michael Bush, Brian Carson, Ceili Clemens, Frankie Cordero, Melissa Creighton, Carole D'Agostino, Andrea Detwiler, Isabelle Dufour, Ben Durocher, Richard Dyar, Victoria Ellis, Henri Ewaskio, Rob Gardner, Joel Gennari, James Godwin, Muriel Stockdale Grabe, Tyler Hall, Liz Hara, Paul Hartis, Deb Hertzberg, Michelle Hickey, Joshua Holden, Ann Marie Holdgruen, J. Douglas James, Rollie Krewson, Jim Kroupa, Sarah Lafferty, Molly Light, Kari Love, Lara MacLean, Amanda Maddock, Laura Manns, Cathy McCullough, Anney McKilligan Ozar, Casey Miller, Tom Newby, John Orberg, Jane Pien, Kip Rathke, Lily Rosen, Stephen Rotondaro, Kate Rusek, Sierra Schoening, Michael Schupbach, Jessica Simon, Polly Smith, Keely Snook, Matt Stoddart, David Valentine, Stacey Weingarten, Julie Wigg, Matt Witham, James Wojtal
Special Puppet Construction: Lisa Buckley, James Kemp, Adam Kreutinger, Michael Latini, Spencer Lott, Marc Petrosino, Eric Wright
"Sly the Secretary Bird" designed by Martin P. Robinson
Rise of Piewalker creatures designed and created by Neal Scanlan
Workshop Consultants: Bob Flanagan, Joanne Green, Janet Kuhl, Jan Rosenthal, Norman Tempia
N.Y. Puppet Wranglers: Alex "Jurgen" Ferguson, Rob Gardner, Vanessa Gifford Gillis, Phoebe Kreutz, Richard Termine
L.A. Puppet Wranglers: Gretchen Crookes, Brad Elliott, Scott Johnson, Tim Lagasse, Peter MacKennan
FL Puppet Wranglers: James Silson, Scott Silson
U.K. Puppet Wranglers: Janet Knechtel, Darryl Worbey
CA Puppet Wranglers: Britta Morden, Sarah Morden, Joan Parkinson, Jean-Guy White
Puppeteer Performance Coordinators
David Barclay, Jasper Cartwright, Jeff Conover, James Duncan, Alex U. Griffin, Christine Papalexis, Toby Philpott, Tim Rose, William Todd Jones
Ben Barretta, Cristina Barretta, Gene Barretta, Jackson Barretta, Kerry Butler, Shannon Clash, Annie Evans, Bob Fappiano, Julia Gunn, Andy Hoey, Mary Jacobson, Frank Langley, Aria Linz, Mica Linz, Craig Marin, Chris Rafinski, Adam Rudman, Joey Rudman, Phoebe Rudman, Paul Rudolph, Ammar Sorour Sabban, Mia Sara, Craig Shemin, James Schiller Paul, Kenny Stevenson, Hunter Vogel, Jack Vogel, Kelly Vogel, Melissa Whitmire
For The Jim Henson Company: Jill Colley, Jonathan Ehrich, Carolyn Fanelli, Lisa Henson, Joseph Roddy, Jason Seck, Halle Stanford
For Jim Henson's Creature Shop L.A.
Peter Abrahamson, Deborah Ambrosino, Greg Ballora, David Barrington-Holt, Robert H. Bennett, Peter Brooke, Tamara Carlson-Woodard, Joe Colwell, John Criswell, Lisa Davis, Artie Esposito, Jeff Forbes, Patrick Gerrety, BJ Guyer, Brian Haimes, Eric Hayden, James Hayes, Jane Howell, Marian Keating, Frank Langley, Niki Lyons, Michael MacFarlane, Tamara McKinnon-Miller, Joelle Newton-Mold, Michael Oosterom, Lisa Rocco, Tim Rose, Mike Scanlan, David Skelly, Jill Thraves, April Warren, Haley Who, Kristen Willet, Julie Zobel
For Puppet Heap Workshop
Jane Andrejco, Margaret Andrejco, Owen Andrejco, Lauren Attinello, Megan Bailey, Kelli Burton, Stephanie Cathro, Bob Fappiano, Anthony Grosso, Lisa Howard, Jean Marie Keevins, Tom McLaughlin, Colette Nickola, Danielle Obinger, Anna Paniccia, Diana Schoenbrun, Brendan Yi-Fu Tay, Sally Thomas, Mari Tobita, Laureen Vierno, Nate Wilson, Cynthia Woodie
Lindsey Aikens Hefter, Ernie Albritton, Christopher Alender, Matthew Barnette, Andrew Williams and Soapbox Films, Ian Allen, Francine Anderson, Billy Aronson, Ivy Austin, Steve Axtell, Martin G. Baker, Carla Bandini-Lory, A. Winslow Barger, John E. Barrett, Cheryl Bartholow, Lou Berger, Chris Bergoch, Bill Berner, Dr. Lewis Bernstein, Jeanette Betancourt, Frank Biondo, Andy Blythe and Marten Joustra, Laryssa Bonacquisti, Molly Boylan, Patrick Bristow, Candace Brown, Ginger Brown, Fred Buchholz, David Bulbeck, Frank Campagna, Jerry Cancel, Joe Carroll and Peter Thom, Caelan Cavanaugh, April Chadderdon Coleman, Patsy Coffin, David Steven Cohen, Joan Ganz Cooney, Lloyd Morrisett, Steve Youngwood and the executives, producers and directors at Sesame Workshop, Gary Cooper, Erica Crooks, Warwick Davis, Tim DeHaas, Alexis de la Rocha, Marsian De Lellis, Bobby Del Russo, John Derevlany, Danette De Sena, Ken Diego, Victor DiNapoli, Melissa Dino, Susan Dixon, Dave Driscoll, Jeff Dunham, Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sarah Durkee, Carol Ennis, Bonnie Erickson, Joe Fallon, Matias Farias, Jack Feldman, Steve Feldman, Dina Fraboni, Gabriel Galdamez, William Gaminara, Michael Giacchino, Louise Gikow, Meegan Godfrey, Debbie Goelz, Bob Golden, Dean Gordon, Rowell Gormon, Makeda Mays Green, Carin Greenberg Baker, Keith and Tom Guadarrama, David Gumpel, Tanya Haden, Ken Haines, Gary Halvorson, Cheryl Hardwick, Peter Harris, Shaun Harkins, Jocelyn Hassenfeld Fine, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Heather and Niki Hulteen, Peter Hurst, Michael Elizabeth Huston, Karen Ialacci, Paul Jacobs, Sabrina and Scarlett Jacobson, Ian Ellis James, Todd E. James, Gary Jones, Dirk Joseph, Francis Kane, Nancy Kanter, Gudmundur Thor Karason, Glenngo King, Emily Perl Kingsley, Dave Kinnoin, Mitchell Kriegman, Chris and Christy Knowings, Marty and Sid Krofft, Karen Kulik, Judith Lawrence, Stephen Lawrence, Pui Fan Lee, Danny, Jim, Judy and Mary Grace Lewis, Mallory Lewis, Patricia Lewis, Yvonne Lewis, Danysha Ligon, Jonah Linz, Margaret Loesch, Phil Lollar, Michael Loman, Ronn Lucas, Jon Ludwig, Sharon Lyew, Bob Lynch, Edna MacNeal, Josh Macrow, Magnetic Dreams, Dick Maitland, Sonia Manzano, Hugh Martin, Ted May, Deborah Mayer, Debbie McClellan, Johnie McGlade, Alan Menken, Dan Milano, J Milligan, Pat Minietta, Ed Mitchell, Louis Henry Mitchell, Nat Mongioi, Sam Moran, Steve Morrell, Bill Myer, Allan Neuwirth, Tanya Nixon-Silberg, James Nobes, Blake Norton, Dionne Nosek, Jodi Nussbaum, Jimmy O'Donnell, Amanda Oleander, Jesse Oliver, Pete Ortiz, Mike Pantuso, Carol-Lynn Parente, Bob Payne, Joseph Pipher and JoLee TV Entertainment, Kevin Pittman, Bill Prady, Scott Preston, Gordon Price, Mark Radice, Carol Anne Raffa, The Raynor Family, John and Megan Regan, Chris Renaud, Mark Renaudin, Mike Renzi, Mo Rocca, Bart. P. Roccoberton Jr., Alex Rockwell, Joanne Rogers, Michael Rooney, Cathi Rosenberg-Turow, Coren, Kylie and Noah Rudman, Blythe Russo, Mark Saltzman, Thomas Sanford, Luis Santeiro, Jonathan Saville, Bill Scott, Josh Selig and Little Airplane Productions, Bill Sherman, Karin Young Shiel, Michael and Patty Silversher, Stephanie Simpson, Jennifer Skelly, Judy Sladky, Leigh Slaughter and The Muppets Studio, Larry Solomon, Spiffy Pictures, Debra Spinney, Rob Stefaniuk, Jocelyn Stevenson, Benedict Stewardson, Norman Stiles, Bob Stineman, Todd Stockman, John Styles, Mark Taylor, Ian Thom, Blair Thomas, Dave Thompson, 3/Design Studio, Loren Toolajian, Tom Trbovich, Dr. Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., Mary Turner, Chuck Tutino, Amy Van Gilder, Chuck Vinson, Flynn and Lyla Grace Vogel, Andy Walmsley, Belinda Ward, Ron Washburn, John Weidman, Ellis Weiner, Teri Weiss, John Wheatley, Mark Whitman, Mo Willems, Simon Williamson, Anne Wood and Ragdoll Productions, Paul Zaloom, Autumn P. Zitani-Stefano, M.A., Nadine Zylstra, the families of the puppeteers, and the many cast and crew members who helped make Sesame Street what it is today
Dedicated with respect and admiration to the memory of our mentors and friends, Jim Henson (1936-1990), Pat Brymer (1950-2020), Eric Carle (1929-2021), Rod Coneybeare (1930-2019), Michael Earl (1959-2015), Eric Engelhardt (1966-2007), Faz Fazakas (1918-2013), Tony Geiss (1924-2011), Jane Henson (1934-2013), John Henson (1965-2014), Richard Hunt (1951-1992), Jerry Juhl (1938-2005), Bob Keeshan (1927-2004), Christopher Leith (1942-2015), Kermit Love (1916-2008), Shari Lewis (1933-1998), Tim Miller (1944-2019), Jeff Moss (1942-1998), Jerry Nelson (1934-2012), Joe Raposo (1937-1989), Don Reardon (1964-2004), Peter Robbins (1953-2009), Fred Rogers (1927-2003), Don Sahlin (1928-1978), Caroll Spinney (1933-2019), Jon Stone (1931-1997), Nikki Tilroe (1941-2005), and Mark Zeszotek (1954-2004). Thank you for all the memories.
There were initially talks of getting Fran Brill out of retirement to voice Prairie Dawn and Zoe once more, but the other Muppet performers successfully argued that Brill would be happy staying retired. She instead made an in-person guest cameo during the backstage segments, alongside Frank Oz.
Despite Stacey Gordon being listed as a main Muppet performer, she's generally treated as an additional performer, as she doesn't take a bow during the curtain call. Similarly, while Andrew Spooner, Neil Sterenberg, and Sarah Burgess perform Furgus, Harvey P. Dull and Phoebe in the Wembley Arena show, they also don't take a bow during the curtain call, and were, in fact, credited as additional Muppet performers in the Wembley program. Ironically, Louise Gold, who was also credited as an additional performer, is part of the curtain call from the Wembley Arena show, as a main performer.
Marissa the chauffeuse was played by actress Colleen Smith, who is also a professional puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company and for the Staples Center and Amway Center shows. After her on-screen cameo appearance, Smith decided to remain in her Marissa outfit, even while puppeteering, for the remainder of the Staples Center shows, having grown fondness for it.
Grover's card trick at Amway Center was a rare instance of the character being shown with live-hands, puppeteered by card magician Shin Lim, as opposed to his usual rod-hands. This created a challenge for Lim, as he now had to pull off his famous tricks without looking at the cards and wearing furry, gloved arms. Luckily, he was able to do them successfully, even making the cards disappear and reappear in the Grover puppet.
A few lyrics for the songs are slightly altered. For example, "I've wrapped fish inside it; it's smelly and cold" from "I Love Trash" becomes "There's fish wrapped inside it; it's smelly and cold" to better match the beat of the song. Likewise, "But that was 30 years ago" in "Copacabana" becomes "But that was very long ago" to reflect the timeline.
Famed voice actress Tara Strong provided Lola's crazed laughter during "Copacabana", right when the lyrics, "She lost her youth, she lost her Tony/And now she's lost her mind!" are sung.
The Anything Muppets from "People in Your Neighborhood" were performed by Rick Lyon with assistance from Jake Bazel (trash collector), Anthony Asbury with assistance from Spencer Lott (barber), Alice Dinnean (barber's customer), Noel MacNeal with assistance from Vicki Eibner (postman), Tyler Bunch with assistance from Jim Kroupa (firefighter), Tim Lagasse with assistance from Eric Wright (male teacher), Julianne Buescher with assistance from Tau Bennett (female teacher), Kathryn Mullen with assistance from Lara MacLean (newsdealer), Jim Martin with assistance from Haley Jenkins (grocer), John Tartaglia with assistance from Paul McGinnis (doctor), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (doctor's patient), John Kennedy with assistance from Carmen Osbahr (dentist), Pam Arciero (dentist's patient), Karen Prell with assistance from Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (bus driver), Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Alison Mork, Lindsey Briggs, Heather Asch, Rickey Boyd, Frankie Cordero (bus passengers), Ryan Dillon with assistance from Christopher Hayes (baker), and Peter Linz with assistance from Kathleen Kim (cleaner). Other occupation ideas included lifeguard and policeman, librarian and builder, farmer and shoemaker, fisherman and pilot, astronaut and woodsman, carpenter and anchorman, and zookeeper and painter. Another idea involved Grover singing about a superhero and waiter while in his respective personas.
Depending on the arena in which it's played, background and assistant puppeteers for a certain sketch change each show. "Honk Around the Clock" is a good example of this. At Madison Square Garden (in New York), the Honkers were performed by Karen Prell (Henrietta), Avery Jones (Mr. Honker), Noel MacNeal (purple), Tau Bennett (blue), John Tartaglia (turquoise), Ronald Binion (pink), and Nate Begle (orange), while at Staples Center (in Los Angeles), they were performed by Allan Trautman (purple), Kevin Carlson (orange), Tim Lagasse (Henrietta), Bruce Lanoil (blue), Colleen Smith (turquoise), Grant Baciocco (Mr. Honker), and Ted Michaels (pink).
Likewise, the Michael Jackson Muppet changes puppeteers between shows, being performed by David Rudman and assisted by Paul McGinnis in the Madison Square Garden show, Karen Prell with assistance from Colleen Smith at Staples Center, Kevin Clash with assistance from Alice Dinnean at Amway Center, Noel MacNeal with Carmen Osbahr at Wembley Arena, John Tartaglia with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph at Rogers Centre, and Ryan Dillon with Pam Arciero at ICC Sydney. The backup singers were performed by Matt Vogel, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Ryan Dillon (MSG), Tyler Bunch, Alice Dinnean, Bruce Lanoil (Staples Center), Brian Clark, Colleen Smith, Grant Baciocco (Amway Center), Andy Heath, Kathryn Mullen, Warrick Brownlow-Pike (Wembley), John Kennedy, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Fred Stinson (Rogers), James Kemp, Vicki Eibner and Avery Jones (ICC Sydney).
The Joker and Harley Quinn Muppets required up to six people to operate each. In the case of the Joker, his lead puppeteer (Karen Prell) performed his head and left hand, with a second performer operating his right hand. Another operator, working offscreen, controlled the puppet's lips via radio-control. Finally, three additional puppeteers were in charge of his eyelids, pupils, and eyebrows, all of which were also operated by animatronics.
The Sly puppet was the most complicated of the show's cast to perform. Firstly, the puppet was mainly a full-body costume, inhabited by puppeteer and creature performer James Retter Duncan, doubled by character actress Morgana Ignis. Its lead puppeteer controlled the beak using a radio-control system situated backstage, while a team of ten additional performers assisted in operating the face, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, tongue, wings, tail, and talons, all controlled using animatronics.
While Big Bird is primarily performed by Matt Vogel, for instances where he has to leave and return to the stage quickly, or whenever Vogel has to perform another character, Noel MacNeal puppeteers the Bird, lip-synching to Vogel's live vocals.
Ventriloquist Darci Lynne was originally meant to be a guest star for the Staples Center show, having her puppet Petunia the Bunny sing a song. However, because the show already ran long enough and the puppeteers were slightly short in numbers, Lynne was instead offered to perform as an additional puppeteer, to which she gleefully accepted. She performed and assisted on several background characters throughout the show, and operated the penguin puppet originally used as Shivers in "The Street I Live On" finale. Lynne would serve in the same capacity for the Amway Center show a few months later.
The various unnamed creatures seen in The Rise of Piewalker trailer were created by a team of special effects designers and technicians headed by Neal Scanlan, who also created the various creatures seen in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and were played by many of the same creature actors, puppeteers and stunt performers who had worked on those films.
A few of the main performers' children, including Joey and Phoebe Rudman (David Rudman's son and daughter respectively), Jack Vogel (Matt Vogel's son), Jackson Barretta (Bill Barretta's son), and Aria and Mica Linz (Peter Linz's daughters), were recruited to help puppeteer some of the characters. Other relatives, including Annie Evans (writer and wife of Martin P. Robinson), Craig Shemin (writer and husband of Stephanie D'Abruzzo), Kerry Butler (actress and wife of Joey Mazzarino), Matt Vogel's wife Kelly, Steve Whitmire's wife Melissa, and Mia Sara (actress and wife of Brian Henson), were credited as "assistants", and others, including Dave Goelz's wife Debbie, David Rudman's son Noah, and Matt Vogel's son Hunter, were given "special thanks" credits.
Several ideas for the shows were pitched, but never used. Some were ideas for new "Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck", featuring Cookie Monster and Gonger cooking different dishes with another Muppet as a guest; chocolate fondue (with Miss Piggy as a guest), chef's salad (guest-starring Red Fraggle), and triple berry pie (with Bear from Bear in the Big Blue House). While Sesame Workshop did secure the rights to those characters, these sketches were never performed onstage. However, rehearsal footage of these skits were included as bonus features on home video releases. Another involved an appearance by Kermit the Frog, who would've performed "Bein' Green". Another idea involved Lefty the Salesman trying to sell Elmo a "DANGER" sign, which he claims will keep him safe from standing below low-hanging planes, opening zoo cages, and walking across circus tightropes. Footage of this sketch, which has Lefty puppeteered by John Tartaglia to Ryan Dillon's vocals opposite Dillon as Elmo, can be found on video releases as an "Easter egg".
An early idea for the Amway Center show was to have the Sesame Street characters, the Disney Muppets, Fraggle Rock characters and Bear in the Big Blue House characters sing "We Are the World", a song originally written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and sung by USA for Africa. While the staff had enough additional puppeteers for such a number, writer Christine Ferraro was concerned that they couldn't afford the rights to use them. Luckily, both Disney and the Jim Henson Company allowed the use of their licensed characters, and "We Are the World" replaced "The Street I Live On" as the closing number for the Amway show.
Another idea would've seen a medley based on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, featuring performances of "Won't You Be My Neighbor", "It's You I Like", "Sometimes I Wonder If I'm a Mistake", "Garden of Your Mind", "There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You", and "It's Such a Good Feeling". However, being a Sesame Street live show, the medley would've been out of place and would've slowed the pace too much. Connections to Mister Rogers are still apparent, though; the shows were co-produced by Fred Rogers Productions, and Fred, who died in 2003, received a dedication credit at the end.
Other songs, like "Adventure", "The Birdcall Boogie", "Bones", "The Boogie-Woogie Piggies", "Count it Higher", "Dancing Shoes", "Different People, Different Ways", "Frazzle", "Get Along", "Girl of the World", "Has Anybody Seen My Dog?", "How Do You Do?", "If Moon Was Cookie", "I Want a Monster to Be My Friend", "I Wish I Had a Friend to Play with Me", "Ladybugs' Picnic", "The Lovable Monsters of Sesame Street", "Nearly Missed", "One and One Make Two", "One Fine Face", "Songs", "Ten Tiny Turtles", "Transylvania 12345", "What Do I Do When I'm Alone?", "What is Friend?", "Windy", "With a Little Help From My Friends", and "Zig Zag Dance" were also considered for inclusion in the show, but were dropped late in production. Rehearsal footage of "Girl of the World" (with Abby Cadabby singing Betty Lou's parts), "One Fine Face", "Ladybugs' Picnic" (sung by Ernie and Abby), "I Wish I Had a Friend to Play with Me" (with Bert backed up by three Anything Muppets), "Has Anybody Seen My Dog?" (with Julia's father Daniel asking Grover if he's seen his dog Rose, and Grover presenting a mouse, duck, cow, frog, and wolf), "With a Little Help From My Friends" (with Telly singing lead), "Windy" (with Ernie singing lead and Grover, Abby and Trevor as backup singers who are blown away by an offscreen fan), "The Boogie-Woogie Piggies", "If Moon Was Cookie", "Dancing Shoes", "How Do You Do?", "I Want a Monster to Be My Friend" (sung by Prairie Dawn), "Get Along" (with lead vocals by Elmo), and "Ten Tiny Turtles" (sung by Grover and ten Muppet turtles performed by Matt Vogel, Kathryn Mullen, John Kennedy, John Tartaglia, Tim Lagasse, Paul McGinnis, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Tyler Bunch, and Spencer Lott) were featured as bonus features on home video. In the new version of "I Want a Monster", the controversial lines "I'll let him do whatever he wants to/Especially if he's bigger than me" are changed to "I'd let him do whatever he wants to/Unless he was much bigger than me".
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