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Program Date: March 19, 1994

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Released in a slightly different form on video as Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years on October 29, 1993, the special was shelved for its broadcast premiere on PBS until 1994, during pledge drive season, and in many markets, aired as part of a marathon block with Sesame Street Visits the Firehouse, Put Down the Duckie, and A New Baby in My House. In "Where Do Ducks Come From?", this song was sung by Jotta to the tune of this Christmas tune "The First Noel" then The Animal Parade. When the windmill was about to stop spinning, means Clover was doing The Ten Second Tidy. The special was a companion to the prime-time network special, Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! The broadcast and home video versions have the same linking footage but different clips. Clumsy Ballet from the episode "Sticks and Stones" and then after that The Ten Second Tidy whenever you're done doing on the cassette player just like Molly and Loonette used to do. Sesame Street Jam focused on celebrity segments, many coming from segments filmed for the 25th season; A Musical Celebration replaced most of these segments with classic Sesame Street songs. However, they both end with the cast and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing "Sing".

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SCENE 1

Big Bird, Prairie Dawn and Telly watch as everyone expresses themselves with music, dance and other talents. Big Bird is reminded of a quote his Granny Bird told him, "The whole world is a stage." Prairie gets the idea to put on a show. Prairie assures them that their search will be an adventure!

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Song

En Vogue sings "Adventure."

(EKA: Episode 2951)

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SCENE 2

They split up their duties - Telly and Prairie will look for dancers and musicians, while Big Bird looks for "la-la"-ers. Telly and Prairie come across Jamal, Angela, Celina, Carlo, the kids and other Muppets singing an a capella version of "Do-Op Hop." They've found their singers for the show! Big Bird has formed a "LA LA LINE" to audition la-la-ers. After a failed audition by Humphrey and Natasha, the Count steps up, not wanting to la-la, but to count those in line. Big Bird thinks his day will drive him batty, cuing the next song...

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Song

Little Richard sings "Rubber Duckie." (introduction cut)

(EKA: Episode 3309)

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SCENE 3

Telly and Prairie report to Big Bird that they've found some singers. Big Bird responds he's having some trouble finding his la-la-ers. Telly wonders if it's as hard as finding a letter C, the third letter in the alphabet.

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Song

Marilyn Horne sings "C Is For Cookie."

(EKA: Episode 3189)

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SCENE 3 cont'd

Big Bird is glad Telly found is letter and wonders when he'll have the same success in finding la-la-ers.

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Song

Maya Angelou sings "My Name" with Carlo, Elmo and Lexine.

(EKA: Episode 3139)

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SCENE 4

Big Bird's next audition is with a duck. The duck happens to belong to The Amazing Mumford, who knows a spell that will make everyone la-la. Although, when he tries it, the spell instead makes them quack.

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Song

Ernie and Aaron Neville sing "I Don't Want To Live On The Moon."

(EKA: Episode 3242)

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SCENE 5

Mumford tries his trick again, but makes people "baa-baa" like sheep. Telly and Prairie now find a jam session going on and think they're the musicians they need. Elmo, playing the drum, comments that playing it is almost as easy as using the letter O, their favorite letter in the alphabet.

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Song

Queen Latifah sings "That's the Letter O" with Merry Monster and Prairie Dawn while Telly finds his letter. (some sound effects added)

(EKA: Episode 3066)

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SCENE 6

Telly and Prairie ask Big Bird if he'd like to help them find dancers, but he's busy with his line. The next auditions don't do well, and Big Bird remarks he'll go bananas. Joey and Davey Monkey pop up at the mention of "bananas." Prairie and Telly run into Jason and Savion while looking for dancers. Savion tells them that there are dancers everywhere in the park. Prairie comments at all the people dancing. He simply states, "And monsters, too!"

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Song

Grover sings "Monster In The Mirror" with celebrities singing along.

(EKA: Episode 2835)

This scene cuts off with The Simpsons at the end

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SCENE 7

Big Bird shows Telly and Prairie Dawn the la-la-ers he's chosen - The Martians. He tells them they're going to become stars, causing the Martians to vanish for the stars in space.

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Song

"New Way To Walk with The Oinker Sisters

(EKA: Episode 3233)

Clumsy Ballet from the episode "Sticks and Stones" and then after that The Ten Second Tidy.

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SCENE 8

The next la-la-ers in Big Bird's line is a man who plays accordion, while a chicken clucks. Big Bird begins to lose hope.

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Song

"Elmo And The Lavender Moon" with Los Lobos.

(EKA: Episode 3101)

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SCENE 9

Big Bird's line is now empty. Mumford tries his trick again, but no one's around to be entranced by it. Big Bird slinks over to a bench and begins singing "Sing" to himself. Ladysmith Black Mambazo immediately answers with a chorus of la-las, exactly what Big Bird's been searching for. Mumford tries his trick again, summoning all of Big Bird's friends to sing with him.

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