Muppet Wiki

Elmo the Musical

26,858pages on
this wiki
Revision as of 03:38, September 24, 2013 by Oscarfan (wall | contribs)

Sesame Street Season 43 Sneak Peek - Elmo The Musical - Sea Captain(00:31)
"Sea Captain the Musical" clip
Sesame Street Season 43 Sneak Peek - Elmo The Musical - Guacamole(00:46)
"Guacamole the Musical" clip

Elmo the Musical is a Sesame Street segment that began airing in the 43rd season. 10 segments were intially produced (with five additional segments set to debut 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 Elements of the segment (including Velvet) appear in the Sesame Street Live show, Can't Stop Singing.


Picture Description

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!

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

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.

  • "Cheerleader Song," "The Golden Shoes," "End Zone Dance," "The Good Guy Athelete Anthem"

Video: Elmo the Musical


Sea Captain the Musical (First: Episode 4303)

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

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

Video: Elmo the Musical


Pizza the Musical (First: Episode 4305)

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

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

Online: (SSvideo)


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.

  • "I'm Getting Married at Eleven," "Elmo's a Pilot," "Flapping Song"

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.)

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

Video: Elmo the Musical


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!

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

Video: Elmo the Musical


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.

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

Online: (SSvideo)


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.

  • "Prince Elmo," "Over Under Through," "Froggy Quintet," "Dragon Breath," "Stinky Things"
  • Molly Boylan and Justin Paul

Video: Elmo the Musical
Online: (SSvideo)


Detective the Musical (First: Episode 4318)

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

  • "Sneeze Sneeze," "The Magnifying Glass Song," "Everybody Needs a Cube"

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.

Mountain Climber the Musical

Behind the Scenes[1]

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

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[2], 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[3]. 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.


Starring the Muppets Of Sesame Street



  1. 1.0 1.1 'Sesame Street Adds 'Elmo the Musical'. September 13, 2012
  2. 'Sesame Street' Has Best Ratings Since 2007. May 25, 2012
  3. Stephanie D'Abruzzo's official site

External links

Start a Discussion Discussions about Elmo the Musical

  • Elmo the Musical lyrics note

    • For the record, I just took out a passage when adding credits from the DVD release of Elmo the Musical, accessible as a PDF file (that's becom...

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki