Sesame Street Live! was a hexad of live stage shows occurring between late winter and late fall 2021. The first show took place at Madison Square Garden in New York from Feb. 14-15, the second show was at Staples Center in Los Angeles from Apr. 12-13, 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. 18-19.
Ernie and Bert are the hosts of a two-hour variety show (directed by Prairie Dawn with assistant Trevor Monster) featuring their Sesame Street friends. 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 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. 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 Jason Isaacs, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Moynihan, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Rosie O'Donnell, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, John Ratzenberger, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Trejo, The Wiggles (Greg Page, Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field) and Friends, Elvis Costello, Paul Williams, Hayden Christensen, Steve Burns (of Blue's Clues fame), Randy Rainbow, Michael Buble, Billie Eilish, Celine Dion, Sia, Ryan Reynolds (reprising his role as Deadpool), and Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker.
The shows were produced by Sesame Workshop in collaboration with the Jim Henson Company, HIT Entertainment, Sirius Thinking Ltd., WGBH Educational Foundation, FilmRise, and Scholastic Media (a rare instance of a Scholastic-produced project that isn't a media adaptation of their trademarked books); the current Sesame Workshop logo, the 1992 Jim Henson Productions logo (with "Productions" replaced with "The Jim Henson Company"), the 2001 HIT Entertainment logo, the Sirius Thinking Ltd. logo, the 1977 WGBH logo, the classic FilmRise 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 their respective local PBS stations (WNET, KOCE, and WUCF-TV), as well as on PBS Kids and Universal Kids, on Jan. 18, 2022, 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 very next day. The following week, in a rare move for a Sesame Street production, they were shown on PBS' WGBH station, 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.
All six shows were released on DVD, Blu-ray, Ultra-HD Blu-ray, and digital download by Shout! Factory in May 2022, 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 2022, as well as on the Noggin mobile streaming app.
Guy Smiley ("America's favorite game show host") introduces the show and the acts that the audience is about to see.
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!"
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.
Ernie spotlights the numerous 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 commercial mascots (MSG), comic book supervillains (Staples), American theme parks (Amway), children's TV characters (Wembley), professional wrestling (Rogers), and the nations of the world (ICC Sydney), but the idea is shot 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 the Grouch sings "I Love Trash", while some other Grouches present the trash mentioned in the song. Grundgetta, Slimey the Worm, a rebuilt Bruno the Trashman, Oscar's mother, and Irvine also make appearances.
Zoe leads Julia and some monster friends, and the audience, in a performance of "A Very Simple Dance".
Elmo leads Trevor Monster (and the audience) in a performance of "Sing After Me". Since Ryan Dillon performed both Elmo and Trevor, Trevor was performed onstage 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 Trevor Monster, 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, Trevor and the Count ask 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). Several Sesame Street Muppets make cameos during the song, including Slimey (referencing a story arc from the show's 29th season in which Slimey became one of five worms to fly to the Moon), a Martian, Wanda Cousteau, some Muppet goldfish, Chicago the Lion, Herb the Dinosaur, Shivers the Penguin, some Muppet penguins, Gladys the Cow, Alfred Duck, Buster the Horse, Fred the Wonder Horse, some Muppet dogs, Little Murray Sparkles, Chip and Dip, some Muppet pigeons, and Iago the Donkey.
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 a 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 ala 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.
Backstage, Trevor Monster finds Prairie Dawn in her dressing room, and asks if she's ready for the next number. Prairie claims not yet, as she wants to paint her toes a jet black color, to compliment her dress. Trevor tells her, one, he doesn't see why Prairie would want her toes painted, and that they're beautiful just the way they are (he almost finishes before being shot down by a dirty look from Prairie), then informing her that each toe would require its own bottle of nail polish (and Trevor only has one left), and two, she's needed onstage right now. A shocked Prairie instantly runs off. (This scene was only performed at MSG and Staples Center)
Prairie Dawn (MSG, Staples), Rosita (Amway, Wembley) and Abby (Rogers, ICC Sydney) sing "Copacabana" with The Oinker Sisters as backup singers, and Anything Muppets taking on the roles of Lola (Lavender), Tony (Green) and Rico (Pumpkin). Prairie's era-appropriate outfit consists of a black bowtie atop her head, bronze earrings, a maroon dress cut down to the top of her legs, and silver rings decorating her toes. Rosita's attire includes a Carmen Miranda-inspired hat, a frilly dress that stretches to her legs, and blue fabric attached to her arms (resembling her original winged arms from pre-2004). Abby wears a flashy fairy dress and a ring on her pinky finger. Character cameos include Guy Smiley, Louie, Mae, Freddy, Roosevelt Franklin, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Humphrey, Ingrid, Leo the Party Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats, The Amazing Mumford, Barkley, Watson, 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, Monty, Herbert Birdsfoot, Benny Rabbit, Colambo, Lulu, Deena, Pearl, Stinky the Stinkweed, Madame Chairbird, Meryl Sheep, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, Dexter, Placido Flamingo, Elizabeth, Sonny Friendly, Leo Birdelli, Tough Eddie, Aristotle, Sherry Netherland, Bug, Narf, Mel, Googel, Phoebe, Roxie Marie, Merry Monster, Ruby, Leslie Mostly, some Pesties, Biff and Sully. Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance in the background.
Ernie and Rosita perform "El Patito", a parody of "Despacito", about Rubber Duckie.
In a backstage segment, Lloyd Ahlquist and Peter Shukoff teach Oscar how to vent out his grouchiness with a rap battle. (This sketch was only performed at Staples Center).
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 song "Healthy Food", joined by a Muppet pineapple, apple, loaf of bread, pear, and broccoli. Later, they're joined by a Muppet tomato, banana, lettuce, potato, ear of 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.
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.
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 Paul Williams (who wrote the song), and the other Sesame Street Muppets on backup.
The Wiggles perform a medley consisting of: "Big Red Car", "Get Ready to Wiggle", "Fruit Salad", "Hot Potato", "Can You Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?", "Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep on His Pirate Ship", "Dorothy the Dinosaur", "Wags the Dog", "Move Your Arms Like Henry", "Do the Monkey", "Balla Balla Bambina", and "Do the Wiggle Groove".
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)
Ernie, some backup monster singers (including Trevor Monster), 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, Rosita, Prairie Dawn, Trevor, Bert, Oscar, Grover, Cookie Monster, The Count, Herry, Telly, Baby Bear, Snuffy, Hoots, the Two-Headed Monster, Gonger, Little Bird, Roosevelt Franklin, Betty Lou, Louie, Mae, 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 a trailer for 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 (Amway), Star S'mores: The Rise of Piewalker (spoofing Star Wars' ninth film installment) starring an older Luke Piewalker and Princess Parfaita, and two new Muppets; Brulee (a parody of the character Rey from the sequel trilogy) and Kylo Creme (spoofing Kylo Ren) (Wembley), a Sesame interpretation of The Producers starring Oscar as Max Bialystock, Telly as Leo Bloom, The Count as Franz Liebkind, Rosita as Ulla, and 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 in charge of caring for wildlife and their habitats, in The Cookie Hunter: Call of the Wild.
A 20-second "Parade of Classic Sesame Street Muppets" which marches by Ernie and Bert (in lieu of the parade of international characters). The Muppet characters in the parade vary from show to 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, Professor Hastings, Kingston Livingston III, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Polly Darton, Sonny Friendly, Forgetful Jones, Clementine (Amway); Roosevelt Franklin, Little Bird, Placido Flamingo, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Frazzle, Sam the Robot, 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, Ruby, Humphrey, Ingrid, Sherlock Hemlock, Betty Lou, Leo the Party Monster, Forgetful Jones, Deena (ICC Sydney)
The Michael Jackson Muppet returns, this time 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.
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 "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), attempting to become the first monster to successfully jump over the Moon (Staples Center), revealing his mastery at card manipulation (Amway Center), 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), Big Bird (ICC Sydney) and some Anything Muppets perform "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). In each version, the main singer uses the AM's attire and accessories to figure out what their job is.
Ernie and Hoots the Owl perform "Put Down the Duckie" with Mama Bear and the Monsters.
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.
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 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, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Oh! Calcutta!, Oklahoma!, Paint Your Wagon, The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, 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 select 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, Monsters, Inc., Mulan, 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 "Car Wash". (This sketch was only performed at Wembley Arena)
A Muppet marionette, performed by special guest puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, dances to "The Harlem Shake". (This sketch was only performed at Rogers Centre)
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 retorts, "Slept? Who slept?" 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 exasperated 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, Ralphie the Parrot, Athena the Owl, Shelley the Turtle, a Muppet bear, fish, sheep, goat, frog, chicken, pig, horse, gnu, camel, alligator, toucan, penguin, duck, robin, woodchuck, mouse, kangaroo, cricket, gorilla, moose, beaver, koala, zebra, ostrich, snake, crow, rooster, raccoon, skunk, polar bear, and the Twiddlebugs sing "We Are All Earthlings".
Big Bird leads the audience in singing "Sing" and "One Small Voice" as part of the closing melody. For the third song in the melody, Ernie, Abby, Elmo, Bert, Prairie Dawn, and the other Sesame Street Muppets perform "Just One Person".
For an encore, the Sesame Street Muppets and guest stars sing "The Street I Live On", with Ernie thanking the guest stars before the final verse. After the song, the Muppet performers take their bows, with the main performers receiving a roll 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 just 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, "Wonderful 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
Pam Arciero as Grundgetta, Oinker Sister
Jennifer Barnhart as Zoe, Maggie Cadabby, Mama Bear, Gladys the Cow, Granny Bird
Bill Barretta (Staples Center and Amway Center only) as Louie
Warrick Brownlow-Pike as Gonger
Tyler Bunch as Louie, Ricardo, Jackman Wolf, Benny Rabbit, Chewie the Cookie, Firefighter
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph as Abby Cadabby, Rosa, Parfaita, Oinker Sister, Rose, Harley Quinn puppeteer
Kevin Clash (Staples Center and Amway Center only) as Elmo, Hoots the Owl
Frankie Cordero as Rudy
Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Prairie Dawn, Mae, Brulee, Lead Oinker Sister
Ryan Dillon as Elmo, Trevor Monster, Kylo Creme, "Fat Cat" Fat Blue Singer, Cleaner, Bert understudy
Dave Goelz (Amway Center only) as Sly the Secretary Bird
Stacey Gordon as Julia
Christopher Hayes as Hoots the Owl
Brian Henson (Staples Center only) as Sly the Secretary Bird
Eric Jacobson as Bert, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Two-Headed Monster, Guy Smiley, Baker
Peter Linz as Ernie, Herry Monster, Daniel, Luke Piewalker, Zostic, Horatio the Elephant
Joey Mazzarino as Murray Monster
Carmen Osbahr as Rosita, Ovejita
Martin P. Robinson as Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sly the Secretary Bird (MSG), Slimey
David Rudman as Cookie Monster, Baby Bear, Two-Headed Monster, Freddy, Chicago the Lion
Matt Vogel as Big Bird, Count von Count, Mr. Johnson, Male Teacher, Ernie understudy
Steve Whitmire (Amway Center only) as Weldon the IT Guy
Additional Muppet Performers: Anthony Asbury, Heather Asch, Billy Barkhurst, Jake Bazel, Nate Begle, Tau Bennett, Cheryl Blaylock, Rickey Boyd, Lindsey Briggs (Dalia), Lisa Buckley, Bruce Connelly (Barkley), Austin M. Costello, Alice Dinnean (Trash Collector), Jamie Donmoyer, Olga Felgemacher, Mark Gale, Cameron Garrity, Louise Gold (Funella Furchester, Newsdealer), BJ Guyer, Ingrid Hansen, Liz Hara, Andy Hayward, Mick Ignis (Sly body performer), Haley Jenkins (Karli), Avery Jones, Camille Kampouris ("Fat Cat" Lavender Singer puppeteer), James Kemp, Vicki Kenderes-Eibner, John Kennedy (Bip Bippadotta, "Fat Cat" Lavender Singer, Dentist), Kathleen Kim (Elena), Adam Kreutinger, Jim Kroupa, Tim Lagasse, Aria Linz, Mica Linz, Weston Chandler Long, Spencer Lott (Samuel), Rick Lyon (Barber), Lara MacLean, Noel MacNeal (Dr. Thad, Postman), Jim Martin (Grocer), Paul McGinnis (Clem), Anney McKilligan Ozar, Andrew Moriarty, Alison Mork, Kathryn Mullen (Female Teacher), Karen Prell (Bus Driver, Joker puppeteer), David Quesal, Joey Rudman, Andy Stone, John Tartaglia (Doctor, "Fat Cat" Green Singer), Gabriel Velez, Jack Vogel, James Wojtal, Eric Wright, Bryant Young (Snuffy back end performer)
Additional Muppet Performers (N.Y./Florida): Connor Asher, Lawrence Basgall, Carol Binion, Ronald Binion, Matthew Brooks, Brian Carson, Ceili Clemens, Josh Cohen, Melissa Creighton, Carole D'Agostino, Bill Diamond, Ben Durocher, Jodi Eichelberger, David Matthew Feldman, David Fino, Galen Fott, Matthew Furtado, Aymee Garcia, Rob Gardner, Noah Ginex, James Godwin, Patrick Holmes, David Hosay, Jason Jacoby, Ulysses Jones, Liz Joyce, Joe Kovacs, Mary Robinette Kowal, Michael Latini, Matthew Lavin, Michael Lisa, Amanda Maddock, Ed May, Megan McNerney, Tracie Mick, Jason Murphy, Adam Pagdon, Chris Palmieri, Annie Peterle, Marc Petrosino, Bill Remington Hubner, Abby Roderick, Benjamin Schrader, Michael Schupbach, Michael Schwabe, Thom Stanley, David Stephens, Lisa Sturz, Ian Sweetman, Daniel Weissbrodt, Chad Williams, Evy Wright, "Lucky" Matt Yates
Kim Allen, Drew Allison, Evy Berman, Mary Brehmer, Beau Brown, Lee Bryan, Michael Bush, Jessica Carleton, Mindy Escobar-Leanse, Bob Fappiano, Preston Foerder, Jenny Hann, Joshua Holden, Greg Jarnigan, Robb Killen, Tiffany Lange, Jonathan Little, Wayne Martin, Cathy McCullough, Jim Napolitano, Sarah Nolen, Eric Novak, Tim Parati, Christina Rodriguez, Benjamin Siemon, Jessica Simon, Christina Stone, Jay Tyson, Cynthia Von Orthal, Stacey Weingarten, Steven Widerman, Susan Widerman, Teddy Yudain
Additional Muppet Performers (L.A./Florida): Brad Abrell, Grant Baciocco, Greg Ballora, David Barclay, Tim Blaney, Julianne Buescher, Kevin Carlson, Raymond Carr, Kristin Charney, Brian Clark, Nathan Danforth, Dorien Davies, Artie Esposito, Peggy Etra, Genevieve Flati, Thom Fountain, Alex U. Griffin, Sam Koji Hale, Terri Hardin, Rachel Herrick, John Jennings, Patrick Johnson, Scott Johnson, Sean Johnson, Brian Jones, Donna Kimball, Bruce Lanoil, Len Levitt, Jayden Libran, Paul Louis, Darci Lynne Farmer, Drew Massey, Jess McKay, Ted Michaels, James Murray, Michael Oosterom, Brett O'Quinn, Christine Papalexis, Mike Quinn, Carla Rudy, Paul Rugg, Nicolette Santino, Michelan Sisti, David Skelly, Colleen Smith, Allan Trautman, Art Vega, Jack Venturo, Alex Villa, Russ Walko, Robin Walsh, Chase Woolner, Victor Yerrid
Rachel Appelbaum, Steve Axtell, Taylor Bibat, Rachel Burson, Roberto Ferreira, Molly Fite, Dan Garza, Chris Heady, Kelvin Kao, Kate Katz, Jonathan Kidder, Doug Kincaid, Erik Kuska, Scott Land, Frank Langley, Derek Lux, Greg Manion, Russell Nauman, Sarah Oh, Jared Ramirez, Steven Ritz, Andy Rocco Kraft, Rob Saunders, Tomas Seidita, Joe Selph, Pam Severns, Jeff Speetjens, Kenny Stevenson, Miles Taber, Norman Tempia, April Warren, Mark Bryan Wilson, Scott Woodard, Michelle Zamora
Additional Muppet Performers (Florida): Kaitlin Bellamy, Sarah Berman, Rodrick Blackman, Kelsey Ann Brady, Madison Chambers, Tracey Conner, Jeff Conover, Jennifer Himes, David Jordan, Calvin Mack Lester II, Denise Lucich, Aileen J. Millan, Nicholas Parks, Felix Pire, Jose A. Rodriguez, Mark Sherlock, James Silson, Katie Silson, Scott Silson, April Tennyson, Jonathan David West V
Additional Muppet Performers (U.K.): Don Austen, William Banyard, Michael Bayliss, Daisy Beattie, Susan Beattie, Mikey Brett, Simon Buckley, Sarah Burgess (Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz), Dave Chapman, Tim Cherry-Jones, Sheila Clark, Marcus Clarke, Richard Coombs, Paul Currie, Sue Dacre, Phil Eason, John Eccleston, Josh Elwell, Iestyn Evans, Damian Farrell, Geoff Felix, Phil Fletcher, Julia Frost, Lesa Gillespie, David Greenaway, Andy Heath, Beccy Henderson, Brian Herring, Mark Jefferis, Chris Kendall, Steven Kynman, Ronnie Le Drew, Mark Mander, Alison McGowan, Rebecca Nagan, Wim Oppenheimer, Angie Passmore, Nigel Plaskitt, Sally Preisig, Colin Purves, Gillie Robic, Garry Rutter, Helena Smee, Katherine Smee, Andrew Spooner (Furgus Fuzz), Neil Sterenberg (Harvey P. Dull), Yvonne Stone, Dave Taylor, Olly Taylor, Chris Thatcher, Heather Tobias, William Todd Jones, Rob Tygner, Julie Westwood, Victoria Willing, Mak Wilson (Sly the Secretary Bird), Michael Winsor, Phill Woodfine, Sarah Wright, Patrick Comerford, Matthew Crowfoot, Andrew Davenport, Barnaby Harrison, Rachel Leonard, Tony Lymboura, Steve Nallon, Lynn Robertson Bruce, Robin Stevens, Mark Alexander Todd, Ian Tregonning, Josh Wilmott, Francis Wright
Additional Muppet Performers (Canada): Terry Angus, Lee Armstrong, Adam Behr, Jamie Bradley, Stephen Brathwaite, Jeny Cassady, Morris Chapdelaine, Kanja Chen, Ben Deutsch, Todd Doldersum, Kathryn Durst, Ali Eisner, Matt Ficner, Myra Fried, Tim Gosley, Kellie Haines, Kira Hall, Paul Hooson, Jason Hopley, Bruce Hunter, Nina Keogh, Helen King, Jani Lauzon, Trish Leeper, Jordan Lockhart, Benton Lowe, Kathy MacLellan, Alexander Mantia, Bob Martin, Frank Meschkuleit, Rob Mills (Sly the Secretary Bird), Sue Morrison, John Nolan, Pier Paquette, John Pattison, Colin Penman, Mike Petersen, Ann Powell, David Powell, James Rankin, Dan Redican, Geoff Redknap, Shawna Reiter, Gord Robertson, James Rowley, Sandra Shamas, Jamie Shannon, Ron Stefaniuk, Marty Stelnick, Fred Stinson, Bob Stutt, Jeff Sweeney, Karen Valleau, Tom Vandenberg, Cheryl Wagner, Karen Waterman, Wende Welch, Daniel Wood, Eric Woolfe, Noreen Young
Additional Muppet Performers (Australia): Winston Appleyard, Danielle Baker, Katy Bowman, Megan Cameron, Daniel Carlisle, David Collins, Will Conyers, Janette Dalgliesh, Emma De Vries, Jamie Dunn, Liss Gabb, Graeme Haddon, Andrew Hansen, Brett Hansen, Mal Heap, Frank Italiano, Ingrid Maganov, Malcolm Martin, Sean Masterson, Rob Matson, Matthew McCoy, Heath McIvor, Roy McNeill, Avril McQueen, Tim Mieville, Phillip Millar, Heather Monk, Richard Mueck, Ron Mueck (Sly the Secretary Bird), Amber Parry, Bob Parsons, Rod Primrose, 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, L. Peter Wilson, Peter J. Wilson, Annie Wylie
Special Guest Appearances: "Epic" Lloyd Ahlquist, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Tony Bennett, Tom Bergeron, Jack Black, Michael Buble, Steven Burns, Alessia Cara, Jim Carrey, Christopher Cerf, Hayden Christensen, Cleto and the Cletones, Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Celine Dion, Billie Eilish, Jessie Eisenberg, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Alan Grier, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Isaacs, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jimmy Kimmel, Jared Leto, Bobby Moynihan, Rosie O'Donnell, John Oliver, Jim Parsons, Jordan Peele, Randy Rainbow, John Ratzenberger, Daisy Ridley, Guillermo Rodriguez, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, "Nice" Peter Shukoff, Sia, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Danny Trejo, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Doug Walker, Jodie Whittaker, and Paul Williams, with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, and Mark Hamill as the Joker
The Wiggles: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
Wiggly Friends: Lachlan Gillespie as Henry the Octopus, Paul Paddick as Captain Feathersword, Simon Pryce as Wags the Dog, Emma Watkins as Dorothy the Dinosaur
Muppet Marionette Puppeteers: Ronnie Burkett, Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo, Barnaby Dixon
Animation Puppeteers: David Barclay, Rickey Boyd, Craig Crane, Erik Kuska, Anthony Lymboura, Mike Nawrocki, Karen Prell, Mike Quinn, David Skelly, Dave Taylor, Robert Tygner, Phil Vischer, Robin Walsh, April Warren, Mak Wilson
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, Benny Rabbit, Bernie Broccoli, Bert, Bertina, Betty Lou, Biff, The Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Big Jeffy, Billy Monster, Bip Bippadotta, Bluejay, Brad, Bruce Monster, Brulee, Bruno the Trashman, Bug, Bunnie Bear, Buster the Horse, Butch, Cactus, Camel, Cats, Captain Vegetable, The Cheese, Chewie the Cookie, Chicago the Lion, Chickens, Chip and Dip, Chrissy, Clancy, Clementine, Colambo, Cookie Monster, Corny the Corn, The Countess, Count von Count, Cow, Cricket, Crow, Curly Bear, 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, Elena, Elizabeth, Elmo, Elmore, Ernestine, Ernie, Ex-Ray, Farley, Fenwick, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, 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, Goldilocks, Gonger, Googel, Granny Bird, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Grouches, Grover, Grover's Mother, Grundgetta, Gulliver, Guy Smiley, Hansel and Gretel, Harry Monster, Harvey Kneeslapper, Harvey Monster, Harvey P. Dull, Helena, Henrietta Honker, Herb, Herbert Birdsfoot, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Horatio the Elephant, Horse, Humphrey, Iago, Ingrid, Irvine, Jackman Wolf, Jake the Polar Bear, Joey and Davey Monkey, Julia, Kasey the Kangaroo, Kermit the Forg, Kingston Livingston III, Kylo Creme, Lavender Frazzletone, Lefty the Salesman, Lenny the Gorilla, Leo Birdelli, Leo the Party Monster, 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, Mel, Merry Monster, Meryl Sheep, Michael Jackson Muppet, Monty, Morton the Beaver, Mouse, Mr. Chatterly, Mr. Honker, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Crustworthy, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Mrs. Grouch, Murray Monster, Narf, Natalie the Cow, The Oinker Sisters, Old MacDonald, Old McDougal, Oscar the Grouch, Osvaldo el Grunon, Ovejita, Papa Bear, Parker Monster, Pearl, Penguins, Pesties, Phoebe, Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz, Pigeons, Pigs, Placido Flamingo, Poco Loco, Polly Darton, Porcupine, Prairie Dawn, Preposterous, Preston Rabbit, Princess Parfaita, Professor Hastings, 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, Rudy, Sam the Robot, Samuel, Segi, Sheep, Shelley the Turtle, Sherlock Hemlock, Sherry Netherland, Shivers the Penguin, Simon Soundman, Singing Food, Slimey, Sly the Secretary Bird, Snake, Sonny Friendly, Spider, The Squirrelles, Stinky the Skunk, Stuie Monster, Stuntkip, Sully, Telly Monster, Tessie Twiddlebug, Thomas Twiddlebug, Timmy Twiddlebug, Tina Twiddlebug, Toucan, Tough Eddie, Trevor Monster, Turkeys, Two-Headed Monster, Wanda Cousteau, Warren Wolf, Watson, Weldon the IT Guy, Wolf, Wolfgsng the Seal, Zoe, Zostic
Executive Producer: Benjamin Lehmann
Produced by 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
Head Writer: Joey Mazzarino
Written by Christine Ferraro
The Jim Henson Company N.Y. Puppet Workshop
Workshop Manager: Jason Weber
Workshop Supervisor: Connie Peterson
Project Supervisor: Paul Hartis
N.Y. Puppet Captain: Matt Vogel
L.A. Puppet Captain: Kevin Clash
FL Puppet Captain: Jeff Conover
U.K. Puppet Captain: Mak Wilson
CA Puppet Captain: Rob Mills
Puppeteer Captains: Cheryl Henson, Heather Henson, John Lovelady, Daniel Seagren
N.Y. Workshop Captain: Ed Christie
L.A. Workshop Captain: Bill Barretta
Puppet Design Captain: Michael K. Frith
Puppet Design Consultants: Paul Andrejco, Ed Eyth
Puppet Supervisor: Jane Gootnick
Workshop Crew: Heather Asch, Carol Binion, Ronald Binion, Erin Slattery Black, Marc Borders, Mary Brehmer, Matthew Brooks, Michael Bush, Brian Carson, Melissa Creighton, Carole D'Agostino, Andrea Detwiler, Ben Durocher, Richard Dyar, Victoria Ellis, Henri Ewaskio, James Godwin, Tyler Hall, Liz Hara, Michelle Hickey, Joshua Holden, Ann Marie Holdgruen, Doug James, Rollie Krewson, Jim Kroupa, Janet Kuhl, Kari Love, Lara MacLean, Cathy McCullough, Anney McKilligan Ozar, Casey Miller, Tom Newby, John Orberg, Jane Pien, Stephen Rotondaro, Kate Rusek, Sierra Schoening, Michael Schupbach, Jessica Simon, Polly Smith, David Valentine, Stacey Weingarten, James Wojtal
Workshop Consultants: Bob Flanagan, Joanne Green, Jan Rosenthal, Norman Tempia
N.Y. Puppet Wranglers: Alex Ferguson, Vanessa Gifford, Tim Lagasse
L.A. Puppet Wranglers: Gretchen Crookes, Scott Johnson, Peter MacKennan
FL Puppet Wranglers: James and Scott Silson
U.K. Puppet Wranglers: Janet Knechtel, Tim Rose, Darryl Worbey
CA Puppet Wranglers: Britta Morden, Joan Parkinson, Jean-Guy White
Puppeteer Performance Coordinators: Phil Baron, Alex U. Griffin, Christine Papalexis, William Todd Jones
Puppet Assistants: Gene Barretta, Kerry Butler, Shannon Clash, Annie Evans, Bob Fappiano, Debbie Goelz, Cheryl Henson, Frank Langley, Aria Linz, Mica Linz, Craig Marin, Adam Rudman, Joey Rudman, Paul Rudolph, Mia Sara, Craig Shemin, Kenny Stevenson, Jack Vogel, Melissa Whitmire
For The Jim Henson Company: Jill Colley, Carolyn Fanelli, Lisa Henson, Joseph Roddy, Jason Seck, Halle Stanford
For Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Peter Abrahamson, Deborah Ambrosino, Greg Ballora, David Barrington-Holt, Robert H. Bennett, Peter Brooke, Tamara Carlson-Woodard, Joe Colwell, John Criswell, Brad Elliott, Jeff Forbes, Patrick Gerrety, BJ Guyer, Brian Haimes, Eric Hayden, James Hayes, Jane Howell, Marian Keating, Niki Lyons, Michael MacFarlane, Tamara McKinnon-Miller, Joelle Newton-Mold, Michael Oosterom, Lisa Rocco, Mike Scanlan, David Skelly, Jill Thraves, Russ Walko, April Warren, Kristen Willet, Julie Zobel
For Puppet Heap Workshop: Jane Andrejco, Margaret Andrejco, Owen Andrejco, Lauren Attinello, Megan Bailey, Matthew Brennan, Kelli Burton, Stephanie Cathro, Ceili Clemens, Isabelle Dufour, Anthony Grosso, Deb Hertzberg, Lisa Howard, Jean Marie Keevins, Laura Manns, Tom McLaughlin, Colette Nickola, Danielle Obinger, Anna Paniccia, Diana Schoenbrun, Brendan Yi-Fu Tay, Sally Thomas, Mari Tobita, Laureen Vierno, Nate Wilson, Cynthia Woodie
Grover's Card Magic performed by Shin Lim
Special Thanks: Lindsey Aikens, Ernie Albritton, Christian Anderson, Billy Aronson, Ivy Austin, Carla Bandini-Lory, Matthew Barnette, Andrew Williams and Soapbox Films, John E. Barrett, James and Joan Barton, Chris Bergoch, Bill Berner, Lewis Bernstein, Jeanette Betancourt, Frank Biondo, Molly Boylan, Fran Brill, Patrick Bristow, Fred Buchholz, David Bulbeck, Frank Campagna, Jerry Cancel, Caelan Cavanaugh, Carl Chadd, April Chadderdon, Denise Cheshire, Geri Cole, Joan Ganz Cooney and the executives and directors at Sesame Workshop, David Crespin, Warwick Davis, Bobby Del Russo, John Derevlany, Ken Diego, Victor DiNapoli, Melissa Dino, Dave Driscoll, Jeff Dunham, Sarah Durkee, Bonnie Erickson, Paul Fusco, Louise Gikow, Meegan Godfrey, Dean Gordon, Rowell Gormon, Jerome Green, Makeda Mays Green, Tom Guadarrama, David Gumpel, Tanya Haden, Gary Halvorson, Shaun Harkins, Jocelyn Hassenfeld, Dave Hulteen Jr., Peter Hurst, Karen Ialacci, Paul Jacobs, Ian Ellis James, Todd E. James, Brown Johnson, Gary Jones, Francis Kane, Nancy Kanter, Nick Kellington, Emily Perl Kingsley, Dave Kinnoin, Mitchell Kriegman, Chris and Christy Knowings, Karen Kulik, Judith Lawrence, Vito Leanza, Pui Fan Lee, David Letterman and Worldwide Pants, Jim Lewis, Mallory Lewis, Michael Loman, Jon Ludwig, Sharon Lyew, Bob Lynch, Edna MacNeal, Josh Macrow, Magnetic Dreams, Dick Maitland, Sonia Manzano, Boitumelo Betty Maretele, Hugh Martin, Karen Maruyama, Ted May, Deborah Mayer, Debbie McClellan, Brian Meehl, Alan Menken, Dan Milano, J Milligan, Pat Minietta, Ed Mitchell, Louis Henry Mitchell, Nat Mongioi, Blake Norton, Dionne Nosek, Jodi Nussbaum, Jimmy O'Donnell, Amanda Oleander, Pete Ortiz, Frank Oz, Mike Pantuso, Carol-Lynn Parente, Jack Parker, Michael Paul, Lexi Pearl, Ian Petrella, Janine Pibal, Joseph Pipher and JoLee TV Entertainment, Megan Piphus, Bill Prady, Gordon Price, Mark Radice, Simon T. Rann, Kip Rathke, The Raynor Family, Chris Renaud, Mark Renaudin, Mike Renzi, Mo Rocca, Bart. P. Roccoberton Jr., Alex Rockwell, Michael Rooney, Cathi Rosenberg-Turow, Mark Saltzman, Sam - "The Zing Zongs", Neal Scanlan, Judith Schwomeyer-Sladky, Josh Selig and Little Airplane Productions, Karin Young Shiel, Larry Solomon, Spiffy Pictures, Debra Spinney, Rob Stefaniuk, Jocelyn Stevenson, David Strassman, John Styles, Richard Termine, Kirk Thatcher, Blair Thomas, Dave Thompson, 3/Design Studio, Tom Trbovich, Steve Troop, Rosemarie Truglio, Chuck Tutino, Amy Van Gilder, Chuck Vinson, Andy Walmsley, Ron Washburn, John Wheatley, Mark Whitman, Vanessa Whitney, Caroly Wilcox, Mo Willems, Anne Wood and Ragdoll Productions, Evy Wright, Paul Zaloom, Paul Zerdin, Autumn P. Zitani-Stefano, 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), Michael Earl Davis (1959-2015), Eric Engelhardt (1966-2007), Franz "Faz" Fazakas (1918-2013), Tony Geiss (1924-2011), Jane Henson (1934-2013), John Henson (1965-2014), Richard Hunt (1951-1992), Jerry Juhl (1938-2005), Kermit Love (1916-2008), Tim Miller (1944-2019), Jeffrey Moss (1942-1998), Jerry Nelson (1934-2012), Joe Raposo (1937-1989), Matt Robinson (1937-2002), Donald Sahlin (1928-1978), Carroll Spinney (1933-2019), Jon Stone (1931-1997), Nikki Tilroe (1941-2005), and Mark Zeszotek (1954-2004). Thank you for giving so much life to our favorite Muppets.
While Louise Gold is credited as a primary Muppet performer for the Wembley Arena show as her Furchester Hotel character Funella, she also performed several background Muppet characters for the other five shows, and is credited as an additional Muppet performer in their programs.
Matt Vogel and Ryan Dillon sometimes understudied on Ernie and Bert, usually performed by Peter Linz and Eric Jacobson, throughout the show, and are credited as such in programs for the shows.
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 received a "thank you" credit in programs for the shows.
Despite Christopher Hayes and Stacey Gordon being listed as main Muppet performers, they're generally treated as additional performers, as they don't take a bow during the roll 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 roll call, and are in fact credited as additional Muppet performers in the Wembley program.
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. 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, while the final line of "Just One Person" replaces "Then maybe, even you/Can believe in you, too" with "And maybe, even you/Can believe in you, too".
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 during "People in Your Neighborhood" were performed by: Alice Dinnean with assistance from Austin Costello (trash collector), Rick Lyon with assistance from Spencer Lott (barber), Peter Linz (barber's customer), Noel MacNeal with assistance from Vicki Eibner (postman), Tyler Bunch with assistance from Jim Kroupa (firefighter), Matt Vogel with assistance from Eric Wright (male teacher), Kathryn Mullen with assistance from Tau Bennett (female teacher), Louise Gold with assistance from Lara MacLean (newsdealer), Jim Martin with assistance from Haley Jenkins (grocer), John Tartaglia with assistance from Paul McGinnis (doctor), Pam Arciero (doctor's patient), John Kennedy with assistance from Carmen Osbahr (dentist), Tim Lagasse (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), Eric Jacobson with assistance from Christopher Hayes (baker), and Ryan Dillon with assistance from Kathleen Kim (cleaner). Other occupational ideas included lifeguard and policeman, librarian and builder, farmer and shoemaker, fisherman and pilot, astronaut and woodsman, carpenter and newsman, and zookeeper and painter. Another unused 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, Avery Jones, Noel MacNeal, Tau Bennett, John Tartaglia, Ronald Binion, and Nate Begle. At Staples Center (Los Angeles), they were performed now by Allan Trautman, Kevin Carlson, Tim Lagasse, Bruce Lanoil, Colleen Smith, Grant Baciocco, and Ted Michaels. Likewise, the puppeteer for the Michael Jackson Muppet changed between shows, being performed by David Rudman and assisted by Paul McGinnis in the Madison Square Garden show, Karen Prell with assistance from Donna Kimball at Staples Center, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph with assistance from Lara MacLean at Amway Center, Noel MacNeal with Carmen Osbahr at Wembley Arena, John Tartaglia with Tim Lagasse at Rogers Centre, and Ryan Dillon with assistance from 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 Jones, Karen Prell, Grant Baciocco (Amway Center), Andy Heath, Vicki Eibner, Warrick Brownlow-Pike (Wembley), John Kennedy, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Fred Stinson (Rogers), Heath McIvor, Heather Asch, 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-bodied costume, inhabitated by actor Mick 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.
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 right-handed for 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 PBS airings of the MSG, Staples Center, and Amway Center shows were funded by Scholastic (who helped produce the shows), McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, Chuck E. Cheese, Sears, Earth's Best, Walmart, American Greetings, Macy's, Target, The Ford Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and "contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you. Thank you!"