Here it is! I hope you will agree the wait was worth it!
Blue's Clues Live: The Most Spectacular Place
Preshow and Act I:
Okay, explanation first. After you read this, a lot of you will probably be asking: HOW does he remember so much? The truth is: I don't know. Something about this show stuck in my mind, and there are large chunks that are as clear as the day I saw them in my head. It also doesn't hurt that Mom snuck a video camera in and filmed little pieces of it (My younger brother was into the show at that time) and that I kept the two important souvenirs (which I'll describe later as I get to them. First, of course:
SPOILER ALERT! I plan to go through the whole entire show, so if it's coming to your area (which it might, who knows) and you don't want to spoil it, do NOT read further!
And if you want to hear snippets of the songs I mention, go here:
Click on Songs with the speaker at the top of the page, and you will get the samples, some with Steve, but most from the demo recording (with nick Balaban and Mike Rubin, I assume.) J
With that out of the way, let's begin:
After I showed my ticket, the
usher handed me Souvenir #1, the notebook. This was given to every person who entered the theater-props to them for that-but, it doesn't look like
Steve's. It looks more like one of those rectangular legal pads you get at the store, with a green cover featuring a picture of Blue holding Steve's
notebook. Why they went this direction, I have no idea-maybe so the pages were bigger? The crayon looks like Steve's-however, it's a literal green
crayon, not a green striped crayon that draws in black. This is not so much of a problem, as you'll see later. So I get in my theater seat and immediately
notice something-they brought their own curtain. It's obvious because it has the Blue's Clues swirls decorating it all around. I'm thinking,
"Oh, okay-strange." During the wait, for the show (Blue's Clues background music is playing (which you can hear by clicking on Preshow in the
aforementioned samples.) After the standard theatre announcements, the show starts and the curtain opens his eyes. Yep, you heard me. In retrospect, I should
have guessed that.
He introduces himself as Curtain, Curt for short, and asks why we're all here. There's an eruption of noise from the kids. Curt picks up on it. "To see Blue's Clues?" he asks. He says in order for the show to start, we'll have to tell him to open up on the count of three by saying, "Open up, Curtain!" Well, we can't refuse an order like that. J We do as he says, and he slowly opens with a burst of dramatic music to reveal-nothing. Well, nothing except for an obviously cardboard TV that Steve is sticking his head out of. (He's not holding it; it's big enough that he can move around behind it. A word about Steve in this production. Thomas Mizer (I also bought the program-Souvenir #2.)
did a very nice job in this show. However, my opinion is he made his voice too high. He almost sounded like Steve would if he were 8. That, however, is only a minor quibble, and it really was not annoying. Anyway, so we have Steve stuck in the television wanting to come out and join us. He wishes there were some way he could. "If only I could….skidoo or something," he says. We encourage him with the idea and he decides to go for it, encouraging us to sing with him, "Steve skidoo, out to you!" It takes three attempts, and on the third try, he starts spinning in place, lights flashing behind the TV. As he continues spinning, the black backdrop falls away to reveal a replica of the front yard of the blue's Clues house. Steve stops spinning, doing his trademark stumble. He then realizes what has happened, and he's ecstatic. He starts running all over the place, leaning over to talk to the kids in the front row. (I remember him saying to one, 'Nice shirt!" I can only assume the kid was wearing a Steve replica.
After about a minute of joy, Steve realizes there's one thing missing: where's Blue? He asks us for help calling her, which leads to the first song, "Can You Help Me Today?" (This song was originally on the blue's big Treasure album, and it's a perfect opening number. The only problem: during the song, none of the kids are doing the actions because Blue keeps peeking out from various places on stage, and they're trying to point out where she is. Bad move, I thought. Let her remain hidden till the end.) When she finally emerges, youd've thought they resurrected Elvis. The place went nuts. About the Blue costume. It looked very good, but, yes there was another minor quibble. The way it was designed, she acted more like a dog than she ever does on the show. Yes, I know it's theater, and some things are hard to do, but they could have imbued the costume with a little more personality. It was odd. Quibbles over.) Steve starts to show Blue that they're out of the TV, when something registers in his brain. He turns to the audience and says, "Are we on a stage?" Response. "Are we in a theater?" With that response, Steve stands amazed. He explains to blue why he had that reaction-he's heard the theater is magical. Anything can happen here! This leads into the song, The Magic of Theater, which includes snow and rain falling from the ceiling, as the lyrics describe. After that song, he turns to Blue and says, "Oh Blue, I bet there's nowhere more spectacular than (he drops to his knees in a dramatic pose) the theater." Blue shakes her head and barks. Steve looks at her, puzzled. "Blue, you know somewhere more spectacular than (dramatic pose) the theater?" Blue nods. "Wow that must be the most spectacular place! Where is it?" With that, Blue turns and exits stage left. Steve is left standing bewildered on stage for a moment, commenting to us, "That is one fast puppy!" Here's the thing though-everybody in the audience knew what was coming next. You could feel the tension in the crowd. It was kinda cool. Then, 5 seconds later, we heard-and saw---Blue's signal pawprint… as it floated onto stage left, up in the sky. (The pawprints, by the way---all 4 of them-were made out of blue spotlights. They were awesome.) Why they put the signal up in the sky, no clue. But the kids didn't care, they went nuts again. So Steve went into standard beginning -of-game mode. "Great idea, Blue! We'll play Blue's Clues to figure out… " etc. After doing the .."will be on the clues" bit, Steve did something strange. He said, "But we better go inside to play," and started walking towards the front door-leaving the pawprint uncleaned, up in the sky. He took a long time to get there though, which leads me to wonder if he was waiting for the kids to remind him he hadn't removed the pawprint yet. No one did, so when he finally reached the front door, the living room literally dropped into the background---thump. It was pretty funny. Steve then did the next usual step. "So, what do we need for Blue's Clues?" With that response, he pulled out the notebook from his pocket. (No Sidetable in this production. Understandable, as the actor or actress would probably have had one or two lines.) He then tells everyone to hold up theirs. A sea of notebooks pops up, and he smiles. "Fantastic! Look at all those notebooks!" I'm sitting by a family with young kids, and they, and my brother, are loving it. . So is Mizer, you can tell. Anyway, this leads to the rules song, done just like on the TV show, and our search for the most spectacular place begins. As Steve begins searching for clues, he walks across the stage, and the background moves with him. It's pretty cool. We visit several friends, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Shovel and Pail, etc. and each one gets their own introduction song. (A couple of these are in the samples.) We head for the bathroom, and receive the mail. I'm not making this up. Mailbox comes into the BATHROOM to give us the mail. Why? Why not? I remember something about Slippery being excited about the mail, and the letter saying something like. "Steve and Blue, I'll meet you in the most spectacular place." No signature. Who's it from? Dun dun dunnnnn….. Steve decides we better find those clues--fast! We resume our search and eventually end up in the bedroom. Steve goes off to do something (I forget what) and Blue wanders into the room. Tickety says, "Blue, are you going to leave your first clue?" Blue nods, crosses over to the base of the bed, and sticks her paw out. A spotlight pawprint appears on the bed, and I don't know what Tickety's next line was, because you couldn't hear it over the kids alerting Steve. He comes running back in, eventually (with his usual mishearing) finding the clue. He pulls out his notebook, encouraging the kids to do the same with theirs, and sits down to draw. Two things happen then. On stage, instead of Steve describing the bed, he sings a song that ends with this line. "It doesn't matter how you draw your clues, as long as you know what it is!" Cool. J Second, as he's singing that on stage, the houselights have come up, so that everyone can draw the clue in their notebooks. Double cool. After the drawing is complete, a giant version of the notebook descends, and a bed, drawn in green, appears on it. Nice touch. We then are led into a new place in the house, the skidoo room. Yeah. (Steve even acknowledges it, saying, "I didn't know we had a skidoo room.' LOL. ) This is a room with picture frames all over the walls, all leading to different places. It also had warning signs. (Only one I remember: No Skidooing Past Bedtime!) Well, Steve decides to skidoo. (I seem to remember that he didn't pick a location, he just started the skidoo.) Again, it takes three attempts (I remember vividly Steve, on the first attempt, running and smacking his head on the frame.) and on the third attempt, Steve and Blue both spin their way into storybook Forest. Right after they arrive, however, Curt comes down-it's the end of Act I. He says he'll see us in 15 minutes. J