Sesame Street Live comes to Philips Arena

If you go

• What: Sesame Street Live — “Elmo Makes Music”

• When: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Philips Arena, One Philips Drive, Atlanta

• Cost: $17 to $90

• For more information: Visit www.philipsarena....


Photo: TM/(c) 2012 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photographs courtesy of VEE Corporation. The cast of Sesame Street stops by Philips Arena in "Elmo Makes Music" this weekend.

ATLANTA -- A sunny day is sweepin' the clouds away while you're on your way to Philips Arena. This weekend, Elmo and his buddies stop by Atlanta for a musical adventure in Sesame Street Live's "Elmo Makes Music."

Elmo, Big Bird, The Count, Cookie Monster and others take the stage as they help their new friend and music teacher, Jenny. When she moves to Sesame Street, Jenny loses all of her instruments and the gang learns that every day objects can make music, including rubber duckies, trash can lids, tapping your feet and snapping your fingers.

"The general message I would say that you don't have to use the classic music set for music ... everything makes music," Chris Ellis said, who has been performing as Big Bird for a decade. "The way you tap your feet or bang two sticks ... anything can be made music. We use tap dancing and so many other things to incorporate it into the show to teach the children."

Sesame Street has been in the lives of millions of children since it first aired in 1969. It has become a timeless classic because parents can trust the content, according to Ellis.

"The children, the education ... the parents know the children are going to learn," he said. "Nowadays, parents need to be parental with what their kids are watching, but with Sesame Street, they can feel safe about it."

Tickets are still available for the performances. There are multiple shows on each day.

"If you're looking for something to do with your children and to be entertained, this is it -- it's fun -packed," Ellis said. "I always play the Atlanta show and every time we get there, the crowd is amazing."

The show runs until Sunday.