Sesame Street Stays Up Late! is a 1993 New Year's Eve television special spun off from Sesame Street, featuring guest appearances of characters from the international versions of the show. This special aired on December 29, 1993 on PBS. It was released on home video as Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World.


Everyone on Sesame Street is preparing to celebrate New Year's Eve. However Telly Monster quickly discovers that this means that the current year ends and he is happy with the year as it is. Because he gets afraid that he soon will enter an unknown year, he starts a campaign to prevent the new year to come to Sesame Street.

In the meantime, Elmo is the host of the monster news that shows how New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world. This is done by showing segments created by the Sesame characters from the different co-productions around the world.

Also, during the special, Wolfgang the Seal balances a beach ball on his nose because he was hired to be the Time Square ball. Near the end of the special, the cast did the countdown and Wolfgang removes the ball in slow motion.


  • Carlo Alban - Carlo
  • Ivy Austin - Tita (voice)
  • Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly - Gina
  • Linda Bove - Linda
  • Ruth Buzzi - Ruthie
  • Annette Calud - Celina
  • Emilio Delgado - Luis
  • Savion Glover - Savion
  • Angel Jemmot - Angela
  • Loretta Long - Susan
  • Sonia Manzano - Maria
  • Bob McGrath - Bob
  • Roscoe Orman - Gordon
  • Jou Jou Papailler - Jamal
  • Tarah Schaeffer - Tarah
  • Lily Tomlin - Ernestine the Telephone Operator

Muppet PerformersEdit

Additional Muppets performed by Pam Arciero, James Kroupa, Peter Linz, Rick Lyon, Noel MacNeal, and Alison Mork

Songs Edit

  • We're Gonna Stay Up Late and Party
  • Mexican Folk Song
  • Oshogatsu
  • Bashanah Habaah
  • Rummel Pot Song
  • It's New Year's Eve
  • New Year Chorale for Six Grouches
  • Faces That I Love


  • Cast: Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Annette Calud, Emilio Delgado, Savion Glover, Angel Jemmot, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Jou Jou Papailler
  • The Muppet Performers: Carroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Kevin Clash, Martin P. Robinson, Fran Brill, David Rudman, Jerry Nelson, Joey Mazzarino, Steve Whitmire, Carmen Osbahr, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Pam Arciero, Bryant Young, Jim Martin, Jim Kroupa, Alison Mork, Rick Lyon
  • Production Designer: Victor DiNapoli
  • Lighting Designer: Bill Berner
  • Costume Designers: Bill Kellard and Terry Roberson
  • Muppets, Costumes, & Props by: Ed Christie, Mark Zeszotek, Peter MacKennan, Stephen Rotondaro, Laurent Linn, Mark Ruffin, Carlo Yannuzzi, Fred Buchholz, Connie Peterson
  • Creative Consultant: Kevin Clash
  • Segment Producer: Ellen Goosenberg Kent
  • Associate Producer: Susan Milano
  • Production Manager: Harvey S. Wilson
  • Associate Director: Ted May
  • Assistant To The Executive Producer: Nina Shelton
  • Production Coordinator: Chrissy Ferraro
  • Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
  • Songs by: Lou Berger, Stephen Lawrence, Christopher Cerf
  • Graphic Designer: Mike Pantuso
  • Set Decorator: Nat Mongioi
  • Art Director: Bob Phillips
  • Make-Up: Lee Halls and Janet Arena
  • Hairstylists: Karen Specht and Phyllis Della
  • Wardrobe: Colleen Noe and Marilyn Bishop
  • Production Stage Manager: Chuck Raymond
  • Stage Manager: Chris Kelly
  • Assistant To The Producer: Danette De Sena
  • Children's Casting: Nina Shelton
  • Animation: Al Jarnow
  • Choreographer For Portuguese Segment: Julio Leitao
  • Engineer In Charge: Tom Carey
  • Technical Director: Ralph Mensch
  • Sound Effects: Dick Maitland
  • Audio: Blake Norton and Tim Lester
  • Video: Dick Sens
  • Camera: Frank Biondo, Dave Driscoll, Manny Gutierrez, Miguel Armstrong
  • Videotape Editor: John R. Tierney
  • Mixer: Ken Hahn
  • Off-Line Editors: Rick Fernandez, Riva Freifeld, Emma Joan Morris, Ken Roeser
  • Assistant On-Line Editor: Andy Turits
  • Sound Editors: Pam Bartella, Grant Maxwell, Regina Mullen
  • Post-Production Facilities Provided by: Unitel Video and Sync Sound
  • Technical Facilities Provided by: NEP
  • Assistant Vice President For Production Research: Valeria Lovelace, Ph.D.
  • Group Vice President For Production: Marjorie Kalins
  • Senior Vice President For Programming & Production: Franklin Getchell
  • Videotaped At Lifetime Television & Kaufman Astoria Studios In New York
  • Produced In Association With: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Israel Educational Television, NHK, Televisa S.A. de C.V., Norsk Rikskringkasting, Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, S.A.
  • Children's Television Workshop


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