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Elmo the Musical is a Sesame Street segment that began airing in Season 43. The segment was featured in every episode until Season 46, where it alternated with "Elmo's World." Although the segment stopped production after that season in favor of a revamped version of "Elmo's World," the segment is occasionally featured in new episodes of the show.

In each eleven-minute segment, Elmo teaches math skills while imagining himself in different musical situations, such as "Sea Captain the Musical," "Mountain Climber the Musical" and "President the Musical." Joining Elmo in his adventures is Velvet, a talking set of curtains, and a series of animal and Anything Muppet friends (see Elmo the Musical Characters).

The segment's theme song was composed by Adam Schlesinger, while the legal registration ascribes lyrics to six of the Elmo the Musical staff writers: Molly Boylan, Annie Evans, Belinda Ward, Joey Mazzarino, Luis Santeiro, and Christine Ferraro. The song was nominated for the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards in the "Outstanding Original Song - Children's and Animation" category, along with "I'm the Queen of Nacho Picchu" from the "Guacamole the Musical" segment.

For a time, interactive games based on three of the segments ("Pizza," "Prince Elmo," and "Cowboy") were found on, featuring some unique video footage not used in the aired pieces. A version of the segment was incorporated into the Sesame Street Live show Can't Stop Singing. A stage show version of the segment was added to Sesame Place in 2014. An illustrated segment, "Elmo's Dinosaur the Musical," appears in the Sesame Street comic book Blast from the Past.

Starting in the fall of 2015, segments used in the half-hour edits of re-run episodes and new episodes premiering in season 46 now run around seven minutes long.


Behind the Scenes[1][]


Sesame Street The Making of Elmo the Musical

The Making of "Elmo the Musical"


Alternate designs for the opening title. The top left logo was ultimately chosen.


Filming of "Mountain Climber"


International title card.

Replacing Elmo's World[]

Production on the "Elmo's World" segments had ceased in the late 2000s, the last new segment airing as part of the 2009 season. The segment was meant to appeal to kids younger than the target age of the show (two years and younger). Executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente was not too pleased with the success it received, as it was targeting an age the show's curriculum was not designed for. The "block format" experiment of season 40 proved to be a ratings hit, attracting more children between the ages of 3-4,[2] leaving the "Elmo's World" segment as the youngest-skewing portion of the program, something Parente wished to change even before production halted.


In June 2011, Joey Mazzarino and the other writers began developing new ideas for the new segment. One idea was to have Elmo go on road trips using his tricycle. Mazzarino stated Elmo's character was all about his excited view of the world and large imagination and they decided to go with an idea based on those characteristics. The idea of a musical segment came around and with the success of musical programs like High School Musical and Glee, the writers decided it was a good idea to move forward with.


Each episode took a day to film; the initial segments were filmed between January and February 2012.[3] All the material was filmed in front of a bluescreen, with the performers dressed in blue to allow characters like Elmo to appear full-bodied. Magnetic Dreams, known for producing other animated segments for the show, provides the CGI elements of the segment, including the backgrounds and animated characters. Each episode costs approximately $275,000 to produce.


In late 2013, the segments began airing on ABC Kids in Australia as well as in Germany on KI.KA as a separate mini-series. In 2014, the segments began airing in Dutch as part of the Sesamstraat mini-series, 10 voor.


Starring the Muppets Of Sesame Street




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