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The human and Muppet cast, Muppet performers and special guests on-set for the special.


DVD cover

Sesame 50th special script pages

Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration! is an upcoming primetime special celebrating Sesame Street's 50th anniversary is set to air in November 2019 on both HBO and PBS.[1][2] The special will be released on DVD soon after on December 3.[3]

The special was announced as early as July 2018, where it was said to feature celebrity guests, along with "new takes on classic segments" and "visits from Sesame Street icons,"[1] while also focusing on "the show’s cultural impact."[2] Later, shared plot details on its product page for the DVD release:

Sesame Street's 50th year is the perfect opportunity for a music- and memory-filled special for the entire family. It's the biggest celebration ever on The Street, and lots of friends are on hand to share in the fun. But the celebration could be derailed if it's discovered that the iconic Sesame Street sign has mysteriously gone missing. It's up to some resourceful Muppets to try to find out what has happened to the sign and try to get it back without disrupting the festivities.[3]

The special, written by Christine Ferraro, began production the week of May 14, 2019.[4] A secondary special celebrating the anniversary will also debut in the fall for PBS' pledge drive season.[5]

Cast and guests

Celebrity guests include Norah Jones, Sterling K. Brown, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Itzhak Perlman, Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, and Meghan Trainor.[6]

In addition to appearances from current human cast members Alan Muraoka, Chris Knowings, and Suki Lopez, known returning cast members include Sonia Manzano, Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Loretta Long, Linda Bove, Alison Bartlett, Olamide Faison, and Nitya Vidyasagar.

Muppet performers in the special include Pam Arciero, Jennifer Barnhart, Tau Bennett, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Frankie Cordero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ryan Dillon, Stacey Gordon, Christopher Hayes, Eric Jacobson, Peter Linz, Spencer Lott, Paul McGinnis, Noel MacNeal, Carmen Osbahr, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman and Matt Vogel.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sesame Workshop Press Release February 4, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 PR Week "Leaving the Neighborhood" by Diana Bradley, July 27, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amazon product listing
  4. Sesame Street Instagram post
  5. "‘Sesame’ characters hit the road for 50th-birthday bash with stations",, May 21, 2019
  6. Primo Artists on Instagram

See also

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