With the first surge of raised arms and shrieking, we knew we were in for a fantastic show. DJ Lance Rock and the whole Yo Gabba Gabba gang led a full house through dancing, games, and a full-on party at The Wellmont Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Kids and the grown-ups they brought along shook the sillies out with laughter and fun for Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
The kids loved hearing old favorites like “There’s a Party in my Tummy” and “I Like Bugs.” And it was clear from the older generation of shouts and hoots that the care-takers fully appreciated Biz Markie – both for nostalgia’s sake and for his sweet manner with the children on stage. He was a wonderful highlight of the show. Other highlights included Mike Park on saxophone – Jump! Jump! – and both bubbles and confetti shared with the audience. The clear enthusiasm, and even apparent camaraderie of the performers was infectious.
Both of my children really enjoyed the show. We thought that the kindergartener might be too old for the antics, but there wasn’t one dance or game he didn’t participate in. Another Montclair parent, Molly Brennan, said the same about her kindergartner. “He was dancing like crazy, which surprised me because I thought he would feel too cool for the show.” My preschooler also loved seeing DJ Lance Rock and Foofa on stage, but the show was a little loud for her, especially in the beginning. Ear plugs for the kids are a good idea, just in case. It’s also a very good idea for the grown-ups to let go of their inhibitions and just dancey-dance with the best of them. Our section of the audience had lots of adults who were game for some jumping and dancing, but others could have used a little more silliness to begin with.
The Gabba crew performed two energetic and fun-filled shows at The Wellmont Theatre yesterday, and now they are on to other venues in warmer climes. If you’re willing to travel, or if you’ll be nearby during next week’s holiday, it’s a show that’s definitely high in entertainment value for both kids and parents. It runs approximately 80 minutes including a 10-15 minute intermission. For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, and a preview of the show, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com.
As soon as they began to sing “Goodbye” to the audience, my daughter started asking when we could go again. And, I’ll readily admit, I was thinking the same thing. So, the next time they’re in the area, we hope to see all of you shaking out the sillies along with the whole lot of us!