The 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street is a special milestone for children everywhere. For the last fifty years, Sesame Street has been entertaining children and parents alike with its wide range of educational lessons and videos that bring the world around us to life. In collaboration with director Michael Greig, the legendary puppeteer has been able to create a show that continues to entertain children for decades. And at the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration, Sesame Street will once again reach new heights with new video offerings.
The 50th Anniversary celebration will feature a number of classic videos and classic one liners, as well as other classic Muppet style characters. Featured in the celebration will be Mr. Roger owner of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, his lovable dog, Sylvester, and Marchie, as well as many other familiar faces from the series. Additionally, in preparation for the celebration, a new recording of all-time favorite Sesame Street themes will be featured. A preview of this track, featuring musical numbers from each of the featured characters, will be available for purchase at the iTunes store.
Another recording from the series will be showcased in the post-production section of the celebration. This recording, entitled Simply Fabulous, will feature the previously released Kermit the Frog performing his signature theme song. Other featured guests include Jimmy Gulzar, Kevin Clash, and Kurt Russell, who have all appeared on the series at some point. Additionally, several vintage Muppet cast members will be featured in a few select spots. This will mark the second year that Jim Henson's creation will be featured on the big screen, following the release of the movie Finding Nemo.
Theater composer Peter Darling will also be lending his talents to the celebration. An original sketch of his work from the television show was designed to be used as the background for a special live performance by The Big Bad, which will take place at the Emotion Factory located in New York City. Also featuring performances by The Big Bad, The Monkees, and The Pink Flamingos, the concert will allow children to meet one of their favorite stars and be able to enjoy his or her own music.
A number of other notable Muppets will also be joining in on the celebration. For example, Kermit the Frog will be doing a couple of shows at the Emotion Factory. Regular Big Bird and Bert and Ernie will also be joining the Street as well. And, finally, puppeteer Jimmy Van Der Magne will also be joining in on the celebration. His musical selections will be featured in a number of different places, including a number of television spots and an accompanying performance by The Big Bad.
The Anniversary celebration is also commemorated with a number of different parties. For example, the Big Bad will be hosting a party at his own restaurant in New York featuring special appearances by guest stars. There will also be a number of other events, including a Kids Celebration at the United Nations Plaza in New York, featuring musical performers. Additional events include a dinner featured by United States President George W. Bush and a Kids Celebration in front of the White House.