Many of Universal Studios Singapore’s fans didn’t expect that “Monster Rock” would have its final curtain call on 31st August and Sesame Street’s “When I Grow Up” show would move into the Pantages Hollywood Theater on 20th September 2014.
I went to check out the show on its official opening day at the theatre as I was curious to see if there were any changes to this show which was previously performed in front of the Library at New York.
The audience is greeted with this sight upon entering the theatre.
The familiar iconic Sesame Street lamppost can be found on one side of the stage.
I was surprised to see peddlers selling Sesame Street merchandise in the theatre!
It was time for the show to begin and this lady host appeared on stage and kept asking the audience various questions (targetted at kids) on what they wanted to be when they grow up!
The curtain finally opened to reveal a colourful Sesame Street set and even Mr Hooper’s Store is represented! TV screens were later lowered and various animated clips were shown as an add-on to the scenes being performed.
A cute Elmo animation was displayed when Elmo went for a quick costume change…
…and came back to do his cowboy scene.
I thought it was a clever idea to add a police car to the set when Grover revealed that he wanted to be a police officer.
As you can see, the displays on the TV screens change according to the different scenes.
Even Cookie Monster had a fire engine appear on the set when it was his turn to sing!
The part where Bert and Ernie wanted to be paleontologists was briefly mentioned in the old show but in this theatre version, two new songs had been added to their segment! This is how the set looks when they did “Bones, bones, bones…”
We then were asked to stand up and “do the dino groove” as Bert wanted to teach the audience how to dance like a dinosaur. I didn’t really photograph this part but you can watch it in the video at the bottom of this post. It was nice to see some of the characters offstage trying to get the audience to do the dance.
Alas, it was time for the finale…
Soap bubbles were released at the end of the show…
…and many in the audience (both young and old!) were later found waving their hands about, trying to catch or pop the bubbles!
Here’s my video of the show:
Overall, the storyline is basically the same with some revised dialogue, additional songs and audience participation. It should better for staff welfare as this theatre is air-conditioned and should be cooler for the costumed cast members – I couldn’t imagine how they survived dancing around outdoors in those costumes in Singapore’s hot and humid weather, when they performed the old 12min show outdoors!
I must say that I prefer this indoor version of the show, with its new colourful set, the animation on the TV screens and of course the soap bubbles! ^_^
(Check out the previous show at the Library in New York if you want to do a comparison)