Elmopalooza! is a Sesame Street special that aired on ABC on February 20, 1998. It was taped in the middle of the 29th season of Sesame Street and featured songs by celebrity guests.

About the showEdit

The show is a musical that takes place at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, featuring performances from guests Jon Stewart, David Alan Grier, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Estefan, En Vogue, the Fugees, Kenny Loggins, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy Buffett and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to celebrate Sesame Street's 30th anniversary.

At the beginning of the show, Elmo accidentally traps Jon Stewart, the producer Prairie Dawn, and the crew for the show in a dressing room when he closes the broken door, locking them inside. David Alan Grier doesn't take this well and constantly yet harshly rebukes Elmo for this mistake, and doing the same to Telly for his neurotic behavior, who openly had a freakout over the country being doomed and was calmed down by Elmo. The Muppets decide to produce the show themselves, with Elmo hosting.

Meanwhile, Grover, Susan, Gordon, Gina, Bob, Michael, Lexine, Tarah, and Mr. Handford get lost on the way to Radio City Music Hall, and they end up in Roswell, New Mexico, having picked up chickens, penguins and the Yip-Yip Martians as hitchhikers.

Despite a few malfunctions, the show goes on successfully as planned, until, during a duet with Elmo and Rosie O'Donnell, O'Donnell accidentally causes Elmo to be sent flying towards backstage and straight onto Telly, Zoe, and Rosita, causing them to accidentally ruin the stage setting, and shaming Elmo into running away and hiding, feeling he has failed to make the show better. As Slimey rescues the crew and Jon Stewart finally breaks out of the dressing room, they have Kenny Loggins and Big Bird sing "One Small Voice" to motivate Elmo to come out of hiding. Elmo heads back on stage, feeling a lot better. Elmo, Grover, Susan, Gordon, Gina, Bob, Michael, Lexine, Tarah, Mr. Handford, and the cast sing a medley of Sesame Street songs at the end. Then, as the credits roll, the cast and performers perform, "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?".

Song listEdit



Special guest appearancesEdit

Sesame Street Muppet PerformersEdit

Additional Muppets performed by Brad Abrell, Pam Arciero, Julianne Buescher, Lisa Buckley, Kevin Carlson, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy, Peter Linz, Rick Lyon, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Drew Massey, Don Reardon, Joe Selph, John Tartaglia and Matt Vogel.


The CD and cassette was released on March 3, 1998. This special was released on VHS and DVD on April 14, 1998.

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