Sesame Street Live Comes to Boston

Posted May 2, 2015 by Jon Erik Christianson in Theater & Arts
Sesame Street Live

“Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street?”

For this weekend only, the answer to those lyrics’ question is 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, Massachusetts—the address of the historic Orpheum Theater.

Sesame Street Live, the touring musical production based on the long-running, hit children’s show Sesame Street, is bringing four performances of its Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend production to Boston from May 2nd-3rd. Sesame Street Live is now on its 35th year in production, while the television show is on its 46th year.

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend celebrates the joys of friendship when the Sesame Street team welcomes a new friend to town, Grover’s friend Chamki. Hailing from halfway around the globe, Chamki is one of the stars of Galli Galli Sim Sim, India’s co-production of Sesame Street. She’s a curious school girl who loves learning languages, solving mysteries, and meeting new friends.

All of the usual Sesame Street suspects will be gathered to meet Chamki and introduce her to the studio audience, including Big Bird, Abby Cadabby Elmo, Rosita, Grover, Count von Count, Bert, Ernie, and the rest of the gang. Kids of all ages will delight in seeing their favorite Sesame Street denizens singing, dancing, and performing alongside Chamki on stage.

As with all of Sesame Street‘s productions, the event promises to be both fun and educational, with this show placing an emphasis on inter-cultural learning and communication. The show promises a lesson plan with dazzling lights, crooning chickens, and even dancing cookies. Continue your child’s education with some added weekend pizzazz.

Now that this year’s unrelenting and unwelcoming weather has finally let up, it’s time to explore Boston and celebrate. Though its orchestrated with the little ones in mind, Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend boasts enough infectious energy and raucous entertainment to excite family members of any age. It can also be a great reason to reunite the entire family for a day-long adventure. Grab brunch at a local diner beforehand, enjoy the show, and picnic in a park afterwards. It’s important to create magical moments with kids before they grow up too fast and these opportunities whiz by.

The Orpheum Theater, home to these performances, is one of the oldest remaining theaters in the United States. Built in 1852, the Orpheum was the original home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since its creation, it has served host to many concerts, musicals, plays, and historic Boston events.

Both Saturday and Sunday offer two performance times at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Orpheum Theater currently has tickets available in all three of its seating sections: Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony. Though Sesame Street Live ordinarily runs a “Sunny Seats” VIP package for its shows, that offer does not seem to be available for these performances. There may still be opportunities for meet-and-greets or photos opportunities; it’s best to ask Orpheum Theater staff directly about it. Tickets for the performances may be purchased here.