There’ll be no sleeping in bus lockers for Elmo, Cookie, and the gang this year. They’re about to take that A Train from Sesame Street to 42nd Street for a new Off-Broadway show opening up for a limited run this fall, appropriately titled Sesame Street: The Musical!

The new show is announced to feature all our favorite friends from the show (except, I dunno, Farley maybe) as they put on their own musical, with new and old songs, plus some special celebrity guests from the world of Broadway. The musical, playing at Theatre Row, is slated to begin previews on September 8th, officially opening on the 22nd and running through November 27th. Tickets go on sale beginning later this month.

It’s not clear right now what kind of show this will be. Is going to be a bunch of human actors pretending to be Grover or Oscar like in that Ernie and Bert musical from a decade ago? Or Avenue Q-style with the authentic puppet characters onstage? And if so, will their regular performers be joining them or will we get people performing to a pre-recorded track? The production company behind this new show, Rockefeller Productions, is responsible for such recent Off-Broadway shows Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation, Paddington Gets in a Jam, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. All of those are puppet-based with the performers doing the voices and singing, so I’m hoping we get the real Muppet Performers on stage. And hey, if Matt Vogel can’t make it one night, I think I’d make for an excellent Martian #2!

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By Shane Keating

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