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About the showEdit
The show is a musical that takes place at 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, Jon Stewart, the producer Prairie Dawn, and the crew for the show get stuck in a dressing room when the door won't open. The Muppets decide to produce the show themselves, with Elmo hosting, until Horatio the Elephant appears on stage, to tell Elmo and Grier that he wanted to be part of the show.
Meanwhile, Grover, Susan, Gordon, Gina, Linda, Bob, and Mr. Handford get lost on the way to Radio City Music Hall, and they end up in Roswell, New Mexico, having picked up penguins and the Yip-yip Martians as hitchhikers.
Despite a few malfunctions, the show goes on successfully as planned, as the cast sings 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?
- "Just Happy To Be Me" with the Fugees
- "Mambo I, I, I" with Gloria Estefan
- "The Zig Zag Dance" with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
- "I Don't Want To Live on The Moon" with Shawn Colvin and Ernie
- "I Want a Monster to Be My Friend" with En Vogue
- "Nearly Missed" with Rosie O'Donnell and Elmo
- "Caribbean Amphibian" with Jimmy Buffett and Kermit the Frog
- "One Small Voice" with Kenny Loggins.
- Songs (medley) with Jon Stewart, Elmo and the cast:
- Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? - all performers and muppets
See main article Elmopalooza! (soundtrack)
- Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly - Gina
- Linda Bove - Linda
- Ruth Buzzi - Ruthie
- Emilio Delgado - Luis
- Loretta Long - Susan
- Sonia Manzano - Maria
- Bob McGrath - Bob
- Roscoe Orman - Gordon
- David Smyrl - Mr. Handford
Special guest appearancesEdit
- Tyra Banks
- Richard Belzer
- Tony Bennett (archive footage)
- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
- Shawn Colvin
- Cindy Crawford
- Gloria Estefan
- The Fugees
- David Alan Grier
- Kenny Loggins
- Madonna (archive footage)
- Conan O'Brien
- Rosie O'Donnell
- Chris Rock
- Jada Pinkett Smith (archive footage)
- Will Smith (archive footage)
- Jon Stewart
- En Vogue
- Jimmy Buffett
- Lamb Chop (archive footage)
- Richard Harris (archive footage)
- Andy Richter
- Alec Baldwin
- Wayne Knight
- Kenan Thompson
- Kevin Clash - Elmo
- Fran Brill - Zoe, Prairie Dawn
- Joey Mazzarino - Horatio the Elephant
- Jerry Nelson - Count von Count, Biff, Two-Headed Monster (Left Head), Frazzle
- Carmen Osbahr - Rosita
- Martin P. Robinson - Mr. Snuffleupagus, Slimey the Worm, Telly Monster
- David Rudman - Baby Bear, Sparky the Stuntman, Two-Headed Monster (Right Head), Sully
- Caroll Spinney - Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch
- Steve Whitmire - Kermit the Frog, Ernie
- Bryant Young - Rear End of Mr. Snuffleupagus
- Frank Oz - Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover
Additional Muppets performed by Brad Abrell, Pam Arciero, Julianne Buescher, Lisa Buckley Kevin Carlson, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Alice Dinnean, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy, Peter Linz, Rick Lyon, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Drew Massey, Don Reardon, Joe Selph, John Tartaglia and Matt Vogel.
- When Telly was reacting to the country being doomed if there is no show making the people sad and the economy collapsing, it is clearly a reference to the Great Depression in real life.
The CD and cassette was released on March 3, 1998. This special was released on VHS and DVD on April 14, 1998. A reprint with the 1996 Sesame Street videos trailer and the 1996 Sesame Street Magazine promo came out later that year. Also later that year, a reprint with the 1996 Sesame Street videos trailer and the 1999 Sesame Street Magazine promo came out.