It was fabulous. Just ask my 1 1/2 year old daughter who nearly suffered a fainting spell because she hyperventilated when she first saw Elmo hit the stage. No, I'm serious. Her jaw dropped and her eyes nearly popped out of her pretty little head when the curtains drew and there was Big Bird, quickly followed by Elmo, right there in front of us. "Ahhhhhh oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" All that I could do (and the people around us, for that matter) was laugh hysterically.
The theme was "When Elmo Grows Up" with a supposed plot - who wants to be a forest ranger when they grow up, or a police officer, yadda yadda yadda - but mostly R and I took in S's expressions when she saw the characters dance to songs such as "I Love Trash" or when S couldn't believe that Dorothy, Elmo's goldfish, or Mr. Noodle, Elmo's sidekick, were really here.
The show was two 45 minute halves with a 15 minute intermission. I was shocked that S sat, mesmerized, for the whole first 45 minutes without revolting. We had to leave 1/2 through the second half because at that point S was overstimulated, dancing off the seat and onto the floor and nearly rolling in the cherry snow cone that I had R buy a little while earlier.
The pictures that we took were technically terrible but absolutely memorable and altogether priceless. Camcorders weren't allowed so all we have are stills, but you get the gist. To see how happy it made S to see all of her friends up close and live made the show worth every single penny.
Arriving at the arena.
S had some suspicion about what happened next because of the huge Sesame Street banner we saw outside.
Eyes glued to the stage.
This picture is the BEST. Girl is flipping out right here. And she just keeps going!
Big Bird and Elmo (not sure why they're wearing cowboy gear... missed that memo.)
Oh my gosh...!
Abby and Elmo, the dynamic duo.
Papa and Pea...
S was beside herself, clearly.
Even R was enjoying the show.
Mommy and Pea...
Bird's eye view of the stage as we were exiting...
If Sesame Street Live comes to your town and you have little ones, I definitely recommend the show. It was well produced and I have never seen such a captivated group of kids before (no small feat). My mother took me to see Sesame Street Live when I was a child and it was fun to be able to continue that with S tonight. We had a wonderful time.