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[[File:Sesame Street Season 43 Sneak Peek - Elmo The Musical - Sea Captain|thumb|300px|"Sea Captain the Musical" clip]]
 
[[File:Sesame Street Season 43 Sneak Peek - Elmo The Musical - Guacamole|thumb|300px|"Guacamole the Musical" clip]]
 
   
'''Elmo the Musical''' is the newest ''[[Sesame Street]]'' segment that began airing in [[season 43 (2012)|the 43rd season]]. 10 segments have been produced (with five additional segments appearing the following season)<ref name="times">[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/arts/television/sesame-street-adds-elmo-the-musical.html?pagewanted=all 'Sesame Street Adds 'Elmo the Musical']. NYTimes.com. September 13, 2012</ref>.
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'''Elmo the Musical''' is a ''[[Sesame Street]]'' segment that began airing in [[Season 43 (2012-2013)|the 43rd season]]. 13 segments were initially produced (with 10 airing in season 43, and 3 debuting during [[Season 44 (2013-2014)|the following season]]).<ref>[http://www.magneticdreams.com/2013/08/elmo-the-musical-2/ Featured Work - Elmo the Musical]. August 27, 2013. MagneticDreams.com</ref>
   
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 of the United States|President]] the Musical." Joining Elmo in his adventures is [[Velvet]], a talking set of curtains, and a series of animal and [[Anything Muppet]] friends.
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In the segment, [[Elmo]] teaches math skills while imagining himself in different musical situations, such as "Sea Captain the Musical," "Mountain Climber the Musical," "Prince Elmo the Musical" and "[[President of the United States|President]] the Musical." Joining Elmo in his adventures is [[Velvet]], a talking set of curtains, and a series of animal and [[Anything Muppet]] friends <small>(see [[:Category:Elmo the Musical Characters|Elmo the Musical Characters]])</small>.
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The segment's theme song was composed by [[Adam Schlesinger]] and written by [[Molly Boylan]], [[Annie Evans]], [[Belinda Ward]], [[Joey Mazzarino]], [[Luis Santeiro]], and [[Christine Ferraro]]. The song was nominated for the [[Daytime Emmy Awards#2013|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.
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Interactive game versions of some of the segments appear on [[Sesamestreet.org]]. Elements of the segment (including Velvet) appear in the ''[[Sesame Street Live]]'' show, ''[[Can't Stop Singing]]''.
   
The segment will inspire new online content for [[Sesamestreet.org]]. Elements of the segment (including Velvet) appear in the ''[[Sesame Street Live]]'' show, ''[[Can't Stop Singing]]''.
 
 
 
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==Segments==
 
==Segments==
 
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|[[Image:ETM-Guac01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Guac02.png|250px|center]]
 
|[[Image:ETM-Guac01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Guac02.png|250px|center]]
 
|'''Guacamole the Musical''' {{first|4301}}
 
|'''Guacamole the Musical''' {{first|4301}}
Chef Explorer Elmo travels to Nacho Picchu and meets [[the Queen of Nacho Picchu|the Queen]]. The Queen is looking for a big dip for her big tortilla chip and Elmo must deliver or else! The [[Rhombus of Recipes]] appears and tells Elmo that he has to sing, “We want guac!” and he will receive a recipe. Elmo sings and is led to [[Nose McDonald]]'s Whistling Nose Garden to find 14 avocados, then to the Temple of Spoons to get three tablespoons of onion. The bowl of avocadoes and onions transforms into guacamole. Measuring worked! Elmo gives the Queen of Nacho Picchu the guacamole to taste and she loves it.
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Chef Explorer Elmo travels to Nacho Picchu and meets [[the Queen of Nacho Picchu|the Queen]]. The Queen is looking for a big dip for her big tortilla chip and Elmo must deliver or else!
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*"I'm the Queen of Nacho Picchu," "We Want Guac" (with reprise), "Sniff Sniff Sniff," "Guacamole"
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;Writers/Composers
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*[[Joey Mazzarino]], [[Chris Jackson]] and [[Bill Sherman]]
   
 
|- <div id="athlete" />
 
|- <div id="athlete" />
 
|[[Image:ETM-Sports01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Sports02.png|250px|center]]
 
|[[Image:ETM-Sports01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Sports02.png|250px|center]]
 
|'''Athlete the Musical''' {{first|4302}}
 
|'''Athlete the Musical''' {{first|4302}}
Elmo imagines himself as an athlete competing against a large monster, [[Enormous Athlete]], to win a pair of golden shoes. Enormous Athlete wins the first two games, but he falls down during the hurdle race. Elmo ultimately decides to help him get back up to finish the race, realizing that good sportsmanship matters more than winning.
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Elmo imagines himself as an athlete competing against a large monster, [[Enormous Athlete]], to win a pair of golden shoes.
   
'''Notes'''
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;Songs
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*"Cheerleader Song," "The Golden Shoes," "End Zone Dance," "The Good Guy Athelete Anthem"
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;Writers/Composers
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*[[John Weidman]] and [[Alex Lacamoire]]
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;Notes
 
*[[Matt Vogel]] directed this segment.
 
*[[Matt Vogel]] directed this segment.
*This segment features a truncated version of the theme song.
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*A preview of the segment which was shown on ''[[Good Morning America]]'' featured a cameo by GMA anchor [[Josh Elliott]].<br>{{Sketchrelease|Video: ''[[Elmo the Musical (video)|Elmo the Musical]]''}}
*A preview of the segment which was shown on ''[[Good Morning America]]'' featured a cameo by GMA anchor [[Josh Elliott]].
 
   
 
|- <div id="sea" />
 
|- <div id="sea" />
 
|[[Image:ETM-Sea01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Sea02.png|250px|center]]
 
|[[Image:ETM-Sea01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Sea02.png|250px|center]]
 
|'''Sea Captain the Musical''' {{first|4303}}
 
|'''Sea Captain the Musical''' {{first|4303}}
Sea Captain Elmo is on a ship that sets sail to find Moby Pink, a giant pink whale. With the help of eight chicken sailors, Elmo is off! As Elmo and the chickens begin to look for Moby Pink, a bottle flies into the boat and informs them that if they want to find Moby Pink, they must sail to the Bermuda Octagon, a shape with eight sides and eight angles. They come upon a shape, but count only three sides and three angles. It’s the Bermuda Triangle and not the Bermuda Octagon, so they keep looking. They come upon another shape and this time Elmo counts eight sides and eight angles and determines that it is the Bermuda Octagon. Elmo and the crew continue to sail and they finally find Moby Pink! She keeps rocking their boat and explains that she can’t stop because she has eight barnacles on her back that are making her itchy. Elmo suggests that they try to solve the problem by doing subtraction.
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Sea Captain Elmo and his chicken crew try to find the elusive whale, [[Moby Pink]].
   
'''Notes'''
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*This segment was considered the pilot by the writers.
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*"Captain Elmo," "Heave Ho," "Look 'n Flap," "Eight is Great," "Barnacle Subtraction," "Dancing with a Whale"
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*[[Molly Boylan]], [[Annie Evans]], Joey Mazzarino, [[Kathryn Raio]], [[JP Rende]], [[Luis Santeiro]], [[Eli Bolin]], Christopher Jackson, Tom Kitt and [[Belinda Ward]]
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*This segment was considered the pilot by the writers.<br>{{Sketchrelease|Video: ''[[Elmo the Musical (video)|Elmo the Musical]]''}}
   
 
|- <div id="pizza" />
 
|- <div id="pizza" />
 
|[[Image:ETM-Pizza01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Pizza02.png|250px|center]]
 
|[[Image:ETM-Pizza01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Pizza02.png|250px|center]]
 
|'''Pizza the Musical''' {{first|4305}}
 
|'''Pizza the Musical''' {{first|4305}}
Pizza Astronaut Elmo has to deliver a pizza to [[the Martians]]. So he takes off in his rocket, but makes a sharp turn and the pizza slices start flying out of the box. Velvet tells Elmo it’s because there is no gravity in space. When a star shoots straight into Elmo’s rocket and forms a hole, Elmo decides to use one slice of pizza to cover the hole and it works! He now only has three slices left! Elmo keeps going, but [[Darth Chicken]] blocks his way with his spaceship and he traps Elmo in his laser beams. Elmo uses three pizza slices to cover the holes again. He stops the lasers and the spaceship flies away! Elmo realizes that he has zero slices left! The Martians don’t mind because they are thrilled to do the "Pizza Box Dance" instead. {{Sketchrelease|Online: [[Sesamestreet.org]]: {{SSvideo|2f7f41b8-e6b5-4d36-816d-8485dc9b2b5a}}}}
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Pizza [[Astronauts|Astronaut]] Elmo has to deliver a pizza to [[the Martians]] on Mars.
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*"Number 10 Pizza," "Zoo Zoom Zoom," "Space Chicken," "Pizza Box Song"
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*Luis Santiero, Kathryn Raio and JP Rende
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{{Sketchrelease|Video: ''[[Arts and Crafts Playdate]]''<br>Online: [[Sesamestreet.org]]: {{SSvideo|2f7f41b8-e6b5-4d36-816d-8485dc9b2b5a}}}}
   
 
|- <div id="plane" />
 
|- <div id="plane" />
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|'''Airplane the Musical''' {{first|4307}}
 
|'''Airplane the Musical''' {{first|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.
 
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.
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*"I'm Getting Married at Eleven," "Elmo's a Pilot," "Flapping Song"
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;Writers/Composers
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*[[Emily Perl Kingsley]] and [[Eli Bolin]]
   
 
|- <div id="circus" />
 
|- <div id="circus" />
 
|[[Image:ETM-Circus01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Circus02.png|250px|center]]
 
|[[Image:ETM-Circus01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Circus02.png|250px|center]]
 
|'''Circus the Musical''' {{first|4308}}
 
|'''Circus the Musical''' {{first|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."
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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.)
   
[[Audra McDonald]] provides the singing voice of the chicken.
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*"To Join the Circus," "Ring Master Song," "The High Wire Song," "In Betweeny Song," "Keep on Cluckin'"
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*Molly Boylan, Kathryn Raio and JP Rende<br>{{Sketchrelease|Video: ''[[Elmo the Musical (video)|Elmo the Musical]]''}}
   
 
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|- <div id="president" />
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|'''President the Musical''' {{first|4311}}
 
|'''President the Musical''' {{first|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!
 
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!
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*"Hail to the Chief," "First Second Third," "Number Two Song," "Tango"
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;Writers/Composers
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*Christine Ferarro and Alex Lacamoire<br>{{Sketchrelease|Video: ''[[Elmo the Musical (video)|Elmo the Musical]]''}}
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|- <div id="cowboy" />
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|[[Image:ETM-Cowboy01.png|250px|center]]<br />[[Image:ETM-Cowboy02.png|250px|center]]
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|'''Cowboy the Musical''' {{first|4313}}
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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.
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*"The Count By Two Kid," "Meow Moo Count By Two March," "Giddy Up," "Stand Shake Push," "Double Double Dude Dude Ranch Ranch"
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*Annie Evans, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen<br>{{Sketchrelease|Online: [[Sesamestreet.org]] {{SSvideo|6a6c82e2-3d79-4c85-92dc-950e8eb5de0c}}}}
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|- <div id="princeelmo" />
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| [[Image:ETM-Prince01.png|250px|center]]<br />[[Image:ETM-Prince02.png|250px|center]]
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| '''Prince Elmo the Musical''' {{first|4315}}
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Prince Elmo and his [[Royal Guards|mice assistants]] travel the land to conquer [[The Dragon|a dragon]] with stinky breath who's been scaring the residents of Tottentot.
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*"Prince Elmo," "Over Under Through," "Froggy Quintet," "Dragon Breath," "Stinky Things"
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*Molly Boylan and [[Justin Paul]]<br>{{Sketchrelease|Video: ''[[Elmo the Musical (video)|Elmo the Musical]]''<br>Online: [[Sesamestreet.org]] {{SSvideo|ee43bc32-5d2b-43d2-99a4-d8004c3bad7a}}}}
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|- <div id="detective" />
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| [[Image:ETM-Detective01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Detective02.png|250px|center]]
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| '''Detective the Musical''' {{first|4318}}
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Detective Elmo is searching for [[The Cube (character)|a cube]] who has been causing people to sneeze.
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*"Sneeze Sneeze," "The Magnifying Glass Song," "Everybody Needs a Cube"
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*John Weidman and [[Jason Robert Brown]]
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| [[Image:ETM-Bird01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Bird02.png|250px|center]]
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| '''Bird the Musical''' {{first|4401}}
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Elmo imagines himself as a bird and follows [[Mama Bird]]'s egg to bring it back to the nest.
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;Songs
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*"Flying Song," "Sitting on an Egg," "The Most Unusual Watermelon," "I Feel Ducky," "Play Ball"
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*Belinda Ward and Chris Jackson
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| [[Image:ETM-Repair01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Repair02.png|250px|center]]
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| '''Repair Monster the Musical''' {{first|4410}}
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Repair Monster Elmo must fix things broken in half by the accidental magic of [[The Great Halfini]].
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*Eli Bolin
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| [[Image:ETM-Mountain01.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:ETM-Mountain02.png|250px|center]]
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| '''Mountain Climber the Musical''' {{first|4418}}
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Elmo and his sheep sherpa scale Mount Biggest Everest, though everyone tries to warn him about the Yeti at the top. {{Sketchrelease|Online: [[SesameStreet's YouTube Channel]] {{youtube|AaTxDFN-bek}}}}<br />'''Note:''' This segment premiered on [[Germany|German]] co-production ''[[Sesamstrasse|Sesamstrasse's]]'' official website [[Sesamstrasse.de]] before it aired in the [[United States of America|US]].
   
 
|}
 
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*'''Cowboy the Musical'''
 
*'''Mountain Climber the Musical'''
 
*'''Prince Elmo the Musical'''
 
*'''Detective the Musical'''
 
   
==Behind the Scenes<ref name="times"/>==
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==Videos==
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<gallery widths=300 position=center captionalign=center>
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File:Sesame Street Season 43 Sneak Peek - Elmo The Musical - Sea Captain|"Sea Captain the Musical" clip
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File:Sesame Street Season 43 Sneak Peek - Elmo The Musical - Guacamole|"Guacamole the Musical" clip
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</gallery>
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==Behind the Scenes<ref name="times">[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/arts/television/sesame-street-adds-elmo-the-musical.html?pagewanted=all 'Sesame Street Adds 'Elmo the Musical']. NYTimes.com. September 13, 2012</ref>==
 
[[File:Sesame Street The Making of Elmo the Musical|thumb|300px|The Making of "Elmo the Musical"]]
 
[[File:Sesame Street The Making of Elmo the Musical|thumb|300px|The Making of "Elmo the Musical"]]
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[[Image:ETM-Logos.jpg|thumb|300px|Alternate designs for the opening title. The top left logo was ultimately chosen.]]
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[[Image:ETM-International.png|thumb|300px|International title card.]]
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[[File:Elmo-TheMusical-MountainClimber-TheMusical.jpg|right|310px]]
 
===Replacing Elmo's World===
 
===Replacing Elmo's World===
Production on the "Elmo's World" segments had ceased in the late 2000's, [[Elmo's World: Frogs|the last segment]] airing as part of [[season 40|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<ref>[http://www.aoltv.com/2010/05/25/sesame-street-best-ratings-since-2007/ 'Sesame Street' Has Best Ratings Since 2007]. Huffingtonpost.com. May 25, 2012</ref>, leaving the "Elmo's World" segment as the youngest-skewing portion of the program, something Parente wished to change even before production halted.
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Production on the "Elmo's World" segments had ceased in the late 2000's, [[Elmo's World: Frogs|the last new segment]] airing as part of [[season 40|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<ref>[http://www.aoltv.com/2010/05/25/sesame-street-best-ratings-since-2007/ 'Sesame Street' Has Best Ratings Since 2007]. Huffingtonpost.com. May 25, 2012</ref>, leaving the "Elmo's World" segment as the youngest-skewing portion of the program, something Parente wished to change even before production halted.
   
 
===Development===
 
===Development===
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===Production===
 
===Production===
Each episode took a day to film. All the material was filmed in front of a greenscreen, with the performers dressed in green 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 new character Velvet. Each episode costs approximately $275,000 to produce.
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Each episode took a day to film; the initial segments were filmed between January and February 2012<ref>[http://www.stephaniedabruzzo.com/stephaniedabruzzo.com/whats_old.html Stephanie D'Abruzzo's official site]</ref>. 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.
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===International===
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In late [[2013]], the segments began airing on [[Australian Broadcasting Corporation|ABC Kids]] in [[Australia]] and well as in [[Germany]] on KI.KA as a separate mini-series.
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==Cast==
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:'''[[:Category:Muppet Performers|Starring the Muppets Of Sesame Street]]'''
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*[[Pam Arciero]]
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*[[Jennifer Barnhart]]
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*[[Fran Brill]]
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*[[Tyler Bunch]]
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*[[Leslie Carrara-Rudolph]] (as [[Velvet]] and others)
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*[[Stephanie D'Abruzzo]]
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*[[Ryan Dillon]]
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*[[Eric Jacobson]]
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*[[John Kennedy]]
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*[[Peter Linz]]
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*[[Jim Martin]]
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*[[Joey Mazzarino]]
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*[[Paul McGinnis]]
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*[[Carmen Osbahr]]
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*[[Martin P. Robinson]]
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*[[David Rudman]]
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*[[Caroll Spinney]]
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*[[John Tartaglia]]
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*[[Matt Vogel]]
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*And [[Kevin Clash]] as [[Elmo]]
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==Credits==
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*Executive Producer: [[Carol-Lynn Parente]]
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*Co-Executive Producer: [[Kevin Clash]]
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*Coordinating Producer: [[April Chadderdon]]
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*Supervising Producer: [[Nadine Zylstra]]
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*Senior Producer: [[Tim Carter]]
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*Line Producer: Stephanie Longardo
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*Producer: Benjamin Lehmann
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*Directors: Kevin Clash, [[Ken Diego]], [[Joey Mazzarino]], [[Scott Preston]], [[Matt Vogel]]
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*Head Writer: Joey Mazzarino
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*Writers/Lyricists: [[Molly Boylan]], [[Annie Evans]], [[Christine Ferraro]], [[Emily Perl Kingsley]], [[Joey Mazzarino]], [[Luis Santeiro]], [[Belinda Ward]], [[John Weidman]]
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*[[Jim Henson’s Creature Shop]]: [[Mary Brehmer]], [[Matthew Brennan]], [[Andrea Detwiler]], [[Muriel Grabe]], [[Elizabeth Hara]], [[Michelle Hickey]], [[Doug James]], Ulysses Jones, [[Rollie Krewson]], [[Lara MacLean]], Colette Nickola, [[Anney McKilligan Ozar|Anney Ozar]], [[Connie Peterson]], [[Jane Pien]], [[Joey Roddy]], Jason Seck, Rebecca Sloane, [[Polly Smith|Polly P. Smith]], [[Jason Weber]] [[Stacey Weingarten]]
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*Music Director: [[Bill Sherman]]
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*Music Director - Arrangements and Orchestrations: [[Joe Fiedler]]
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*Music Director – Vocals: [[Paul Rudolph]]
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*Composers: [[Michael Aarons]], [[Eli Bolin]], [[Jason Robert Brown]], [[Chris Jackson]], [[Tom Kitt]], [[Alex Lacamoire]], [[Chris Miller]], [[Justin Paul]], [[Kathryn Raio]], [[JP Rende]], [[Nathan Tysen]], Bill Sherman
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*Lighting Designer: [[Dan Kelley]]
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*Production Designer: [[Bob Phillips]]
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*Prop Coordinator: [[Keith Olsen]]
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*Creative Director: [[Rickey Boyd]]
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*Art Direction/Graphics: Michael Lapinski
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*Compositor: Rhea Borzak
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*3D Animator: Andrew Atteberry
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*VFX Supervisor: Julian Herrera
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*Editing Supervisors: [[Tim Carter]], Todd E. James
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*Associate Directors: Tim Carter, [[Emily Cohen]], Ken Diego, Benjamin Lehmann
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*Sound Effects: [[Dick Maitland]], C.A.C.
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*Technical Director: [[Tom Guadarrama]]
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*Cameras: [[Frank Biondo]], Jerry Cancel, Saun Harkins, Anthony Lenzo
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*Scenic Artist: Margaret Ryan
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*Vice President of Education and Research: [[Rosemarie Truglio|Rosemarie T. Truglio]], Ph.D.
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*Taped at [[Kaufman Astoria Studios]]
   
 
==Sources==
 
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==External links==
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*[http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/theshow/episodes/elmo-the-musical 'Elmo the Musical' page at Sesamestreet.org]
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*[http://mlapinski.blogspot.com/search/label/Elmo%20the%20Musical Concept art by Michael Lapinski]
 
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Elmo-The-Musical

Elmo the Musical is a Sesame Street segment that began airing in the 43rd season. 13 segments were initially produced (with 10 airing in season 43, and 3 debuting during the following season).[1]

In the segment, Elmo teaches math skills while imagining himself in different musical situations, such as "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 written by Molly Boylan, Annie Evans, Belinda Ward, Joey Mazzarino, Luis Santeiro, and Christine Ferraro. The song was 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.

Interactive game versions of some of the segments appear on Sesamestreet.org. Elements of the segment (including Velvet) appear in the Sesame Street Live show, Can't Stop Singing.

SegmentsEdit

Picture Description
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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!

Songs
  • "I'm the Queen of Nacho Picchu," "We Want Guac" (with reprise), "Sniff Sniff Sniff," "Guacamole"
Writers/Composers
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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.

Songs
  • "Cheerleader Song," "The Golden Shoes," "End Zone Dance," "The Good Guy Athelete Anthem"
Writers/Composers
Notes


Video: Elmo the Musical

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Sea Captain the Musical (First: Episode 4303)

Sea Captain Elmo and his chicken crew try to find the elusive whale, Moby Pink.

Songs
  • "Captain Elmo," "Heave Ho," "Look 'n Flap," "Eight is Great," "Barnacle Subtraction," "Dancing with a Whale"
Writers/Composers
Notes
  • This segment was considered the pilot by the writers.


Video: Elmo the Musical

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Pizza the Musical (First: Episode 4305)

Pizza Astronaut Elmo has to deliver a pizza to the Martians on Mars.

Songs
  • "Number 10 Pizza," "Zoo Zoom Zoom," "Space Chicken," "Pizza Box Song"
Writers/Composers
  • Luis Santiero, Kathryn Raio and JP Rende


Video: Arts and Crafts Playdate
Online: Sesamestreet.org: (SSvideo)

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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.

Songs
  • "I'm Getting Married at Eleven," "Elmo's a Pilot," "Flapping Song"
Writers/Composers
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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.)

Songs
  • "To Join the Circus," "Ring Master Song," "The High Wire Song," "In Betweeny Song," "Keep on Cluckin'"
Writers/Composers
  • Molly Boylan, Kathryn Raio and JP Rende


Video: Elmo the Musical

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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!

Songs
  • "Hail to the Chief," "First Second Third," "Number Two Song," "Tango"
Writers/Composers
  • Christine Ferarro and Alex Lacamoire


Video: Elmo the Musical

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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.

Songs
  • "The Count By Two Kid," "Meow Moo Count By Two March," "Giddy Up," "Stand Shake Push," "Double Double Dude Dude Ranch Ranch"
Writers/Composers
  • Annie Evans, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Prince Elmo the Musical (First: Episode 4315)

Prince Elmo and his mice assistants travel the land to conquer a dragon with stinky breath who's been scaring the residents of Tottentot.

Songs
  • "Prince Elmo," "Over Under Through," "Froggy Quintet," "Dragon Breath," "Stinky Things"
Writers/Composes


Video: Elmo the Musical
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Detective the Musical (First: Episode 4318)

Detective Elmo is searching for a cube who has been causing people to sneeze.

Songs
  • "Sneeze Sneeze," "The Magnifying Glass Song," "Everybody Needs a Cube"
Writer/Composer
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Bird the Musical (First: Episode 4401)

Elmo imagines himself as a bird and follows Mama Bird's egg to bring it back to the nest.

Songs
  • "Flying Song," "Sitting on an Egg," "The Most Unusual Watermelon," "I Feel Ducky," "Play Ball"
Writer/Composer
  • Belinda Ward and Chris Jackson
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Repair Monster the Musical (First: Episode 4410)

Repair Monster Elmo must fix things broken in half by the accidental magic of The Great Halfini.

Writer/Composer
  • Eli Bolin
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Mountain Climber the Musical (First: Episode 4418)

Elmo and his sheep sherpa scale Mount Biggest Everest, though everyone tries to warn him about the Yeti at the top.
Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)
Note: This segment premiered on German co-production Sesamstrasse's official website Sesamstrasse.de before it aired in the US.

VideosEdit

Behind the Scenes[2]Edit

Sesame Street The Making of Elmo the Musical(07:51)
The Making of "Elmo the Musical"
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Alternate designs for the opening title. The top left logo was ultimately chosen.
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International title card.
Elmo-TheMusical-MountainClimber-TheMusical

Replacing Elmo's WorldEdit

Production on the "Elmo's World" segments had ceased in the late 2000's, the last new 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[3], leaving the "Elmo's World" segment as the youngest-skewing portion of the program, something Parente wished to change even before production halted.

DevelopmentEdit

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.

ProductionEdit

Each episode took a day to film; the initial segments were filmed between January and February 2012[4]. 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.

InternationalEdit

In late 2013, the segments began airing on ABC Kids in Australia and well as in Germany on KI.KA as a separate mini-series.

CastEdit

Starring the Muppets Of Sesame Street

CreditsEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. Featured Work - Elmo the Musical. August 27, 2013. MagneticDreams.com
  2. 'Sesame Street Adds 'Elmo the Musical'. NYTimes.com. September 13, 2012
  3. 'Sesame Street' Has Best Ratings Since 2007. Huffingtonpost.com. May 25, 2012
  4. Stephanie D'Abruzzo's official site

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