Get ready to shake your tail feathers with Big Bird and his friends Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Telly, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and more at “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance” at the Erwin Center through Sunday.
Elmo tries to name his favorite dance, but, of course, there are so many he loves, including the robot dance to the tune of “Mr. Roboto” — this one’s for you, parents.
Then Bert comes onto the scene and he doesn’t dance. There’s a whole song about that. So he and the whole monster crew head to the dance studio, where Cookie Monster is the instructor and he does a whole G-rated routine to “Maniac” from “Flashdance” — again, for you, parents.
Eventually, Bert, too, becomes a dancing machine.
All along the way, there are dance parties that break out. Kids are encouraged to get up and dance, and the characters come out to the floor seats and dance. We saw a couple of kids really love that and actually dance in the aisles with the monsters. Other kids, who probably have fear of mascot-type costumes, were afraid and hid.
It’s a fun show for the right age group — 3- and 4-year-olds. Younger than that, and you might be taken them to the bathroom or bouncing them up and down to keep them engaged. The show is an an hour and 25 minutes because of a 15-minute intermission that wasn’t necessary. Keep it at an hour with no intermission and the natives would not be restless. Add the intermission, and the natives want things, get cranky or just want to go home.
The intermission became an opportunity for “Sesame Street Live” to sell you things: cotton candy, snow cones and helium balloons in the shape of Cookie Monster and Elmo’s head. There’s even a store up front by the stage and vendors patrol the aisles constantly. It’s hard to say, “No,” when every other kid is picking up something, so set your parameters ahead of time or be prepared to bring a wad of cash with you.
One other tip: Let’s remember that the area around the Erwin Center is under construction. With that and this morning’s rain, we saw several families and school groups arriving late. Plan for plenty of travel time and walking time from parking to the center. You can find more parking information at http://www.uterwincenter.com/about/location.
Sesame Street Live: “Let’s Dance!”
7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $18-$67. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. http://www.uterwincenter.com.