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Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration is a special produced for Sesame Street’s 25th anniversary. Released in a slightly different form on video as Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years in October 1993, the special was shelved for its broadcast premiere on PBS until 1994, during pledge drive season, and in many markets, aired as part of a marathon block with three show episodes. The special was a companion to the prime-time network special, Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

The broadcast and home video versions have the same linking footage but different clips. Sesame Street Jam focused on celebrity segments, many coming from segments filmed for the 25th season; A Musical Celebration replaced most of these segments with classic Sesame Street songs. However, they both end with the cast and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing "Sing".

There was at least one difference between the broadcast and video versions (besides title and segments): When Savion points out to Telly Monster and Prairie Dawn that there are dancers everywhere, on the broadcast version Telly says "and pigs, too", leading to "A New Way to Walk", but on the video release, after Savion says that there are dancers everywhere, Elmo appears and says, "And little red monsters, too!", leading to "Happy Tapping with Elmo".

Segments

Cast

Muppets:

Big Bird, Telly Monster, Prairie Dawn, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Herry Monster, The Amazing Mumford, Davey Monkey, Joey Monkey, Count von Count, Merry Monster, Humphrey Monster, Baby Natasha, the Martians

Background Muppets:

Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Forgetful Jones, Buster the Horse, Roxy Marie, Kingston Livingston III, The Oinker Sisters, Hoots the Owl, Madame Chairbird, Two-Headed Monster, Polly Darton, Homer Honker, Dinger, Henrietta Honker, Kathleen the Cow, Leo Birdelli, Rosita, Barkley, Penguins, Chickens, Ducks

Human Cast:

Savion, Jamal, Angela, Gina, Maria, Celina, Carlo, Bob.

Muppet Performers:

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, James Kroupa, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, and Bryant Young

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