The Big Surprise.
"Wake up Jeff!"
The concert began with a video message from Jeff Wiggle. Heart surgery has kept Jeff (Fatt) home in Australia, as he had to have a pace maker to correct arrhythmia. He reassured the children that he is feeling better and missed being on tour. Jeff Fatt's role as the Purple Wiggle, was played by Brad Carroll.
"Brad (Carroll) understudied with the Wiggle's and is performing for this three week leg of the tour."
Direct quote from Anthony (Fields) 2011/07/27
More information about Jeff Fatt and his recovery:
I wish I had known a little bit more about the special opportunities available during this concert. Research would have saved me some disappointment. First, I didn't know that the Wiggle's and friends would come down into the audience to collect roses for Dorothy the Dinosaur and bones for Wags the Dog. Sam Wiggle literally walked right by us, but we had nothing to give him. Second, there was a "Fifth Wiggle" contest inviting parent's to submit a video audition. A winner was being chosen for each tour stop, and would get to sing and dance on stage during the Fruit Salad Song.
|Yes, I was a little star struck. Sam was 2 people away!|
All in all, those missed opportunities were just a minor down-note, on a super, fantastic, laughter-filled, fun, family night! The stage was set with a simple backdrop, and props. I have never been to a concert with as much audience interaction. In between songs and costume changes, Murray and Sam took turns reading out each and every poster that was loving made by children and parents. While collecting roses and dog bones, Murray was late getting back to start the next set, because he was lingering with his young fans. There were no "dead" times even with delays to starting the next round of songs. Anthony, the lovable goof-ball, was always ready to do something like, Simon Says, or build a human pyramid with the other dancers and Character Friends. One of the stunts could have ended terribly. Most of the cast took turns jumping up onto a jumbo ball. Captain Feathersword missed the crash mat on his landing, but jumped up and went on with the show. Phew, I held my breath for a few seconds. He assured everyone that he was fine, but I'm sure he would have had a headache later. The video is posted below.
Speaking of characters, they were all there. Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, and costumed dancers all helped add to the exuberance of the show. We had a new Character added to the crew as well. Ringo the Ringmaster sang with the Wiggles, and helped in a lot of the antics after opening the show. The only background information given on Ringo was that he actually used to perform in Phantom of the Opera (Australian Production). I think he might be Simon Pryce?
Listen, I know that these are professional entertainers. But honestly, it is one thing to keep young children (and tired adults for that matter) entertained on a 15 minute TV show, to keep everyone listening and engaged for 90 minutes is a special talent. And to also be sincere and genuine when interacting with your fans, well, that really made me love them. By the end of the night, I left feeling as though I had spent 90 minutes with a group of people that really enjoyed spending time together. It was heart-warming to see that they actually had fun too. Twenty years is a LONG time to work with the same group of people. That is something to CELEBRATE.
I missed out on this one. A chance to be the "Fifth Wiggle" during the Fruit Salad Song/Dance. For those that are interested, I believe it is open to North American tour dates only. The Fifth Wiggle Contest Video and Entry Links.
If you would like to see the concert for yourself, there are still a few Canadian Tour Dates (what's left).
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