In the segment, Elmo teaches math skills while imagining himself in different musical situations. Segments include "Sea Captain the Musical," "Mountain Climber the Musical," "Prince Elmo the Musical" and "President the Musical." Joining Elmo in his adventures is Velvet, a talking set of curtains, and a series of animal and Anything Muppet friends (see Elmo the Musical Characters).
The segment's theme song was composed by Adam Schlesinger and the lyrics were written by Joey Mazzarino, Belinda Ward, Christine Ferraro, Luis Santeiro, Annie Evans and Molly Boylan. The song is currently nominated for the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards in the "Outstanding Original Song - Children's and Animation" category, along with "I'm the Queen of Nacho Pichu" from the "Guacamole the Musical" segment.
|Guacamole the Musical (First: Episode 4301)
Chef Explorer Elmo travels to Nacho Picchu and meets the Queen. The Queen is looking for a big dip for her big tortilla chip and Elmo must deliver or else!
|Athlete the Musical (First: Episode 4302)
Elmo imagines himself as an athlete competing against a large monster, Enormous Athlete, to win a pair of golden shoes.
|Sea Captain the Musical (First: Episode 4303)
Sea Captain Elmo and his chicken crew try to find the elusive whale, Moby Pink.
|Pizza the Musical (First: Episode 4305)
|Airplane the Musical (First: Episode 4307)
A penguin bride-to-be needs airplane-pilot Elmo to take her to the South Pole by 11 o'clock for her wedding, constantly making pit stops for things she needs for the wedding.
|Circus the Musical (First: Episode 4308)
Elmo tries to find the perfect act he can do for the circus, replacing the various performers who fall out. Elmo becomes discouraged and nearly gives up his dream of joining the circus until a chicken urges him to "Keep on Clucking." (Audra McDonald provides the singing voice of the chicken.)
|President the Musical (First: Episode 4311)
Elected President of the United States, Elmo become the first monster to command the White House. He must solve a problem facing the country - all the "firsts" (the First Lady, the First President photo, first base, etc.) are going missing!
|Cowboy the Musical (First: Episode 4313)
Elmo becomes a cowboy, nick-named the Count By Two Kid, and must escort six kitty-cows to the Double Double Dude Dude Ranch Ranch.
| ||Prince Elmo the Musical (First: Episode 4315)|
| || Detective the Musical (First: Episode 4318)
Detective Elmo is searching for a cube who has been causing people to sneeze.
| Mountain Climber the Musical
This segment was mentioned in the earliest of press materials for season 43, but did not air during the season and is unknown if it will the following.
Behind the Scenes
Replacing Elmo's World
Production on the "Elmo's World" segments had ceased in the late 2000's, the last segment airing as part of the 2009 season. The segment was meant to appeal to kids younger than the target age of the show (two years and younger). Executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente was not too pleased with the success it received, as it was targeting an age the show's curriculum was not designed for. The "block format" experiment of season 40 proved to be a ratings hit, attracting more children between the ages of 3-4, leaving the "Elmo's World" segment as the youngest-skewing portion of the program, something Parente wished to change even before production halted.
In June 2011, Joey Mazzarino and the other writers began developing new ideas for the new segment. One idea was to have Elmo go on road trips using his tricycle. Mazzarino stated Elmo's character was all about his excited view of the world and large imagination and they decided to go with an idea based on those characteristics. The idea of a musical segment came around and with the success of musical programs like High School Musical and Glee, the writers decided it was a good idea to move forward with.
Each episode took a day to film; the initial segments were filmed between January and February 2012. All the material was filmed in front of a bluescreen, with the performers dressed in blue to allow characters like Elmo to appear full-bodied. Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio, known for producing other animated segments for the show, provides the CGI elements of the segment, including the backgrounds and animated characters. Each episode costs approximately $275,000 to produce.
Sesame Street musical director Bill Sherman helms music production for the segment.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 'Sesame Street Adds 'Elmo the Musical'. NYTimes.com. September 13, 2012
- ↑ Originally reported by blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom (now defunct); back up at fanforum.com
- ↑ 'Sesame Street' Has Best Ratings Since 2007. Huffingtonpost.com. May 25, 2012
- ↑ Stephanie D'Abruzzo's official site