Review: The Wiggles at the IZOD Center in NJ

Here’s my quick and dirty stab at reviewing The Wiggles show at the IZOD Center in NJ. This was our third year in a row seeing The Wiggles. My daughter just turned 4 this Summer and has been talking about going to see them since last year’s show. She specifically wanted to make a “zign” (sign) for Anthony to see. We were actually surprised she wanted to go since she watches and listens to them less and less. I guess she’s finally outgrowing The Wiggles, but tonight she let loose, dancing and singing all night long.

First we parked in the parking garage outside the arena. It was $15.00, which I thought was a huge ripoff. We got there around 5:30 and had a picnic in our car before going in. We walked into the arena and found our seats, located in the 13th row of section 125. The seats were good because only half the arena was used for the show. This tour is called The Wiggles Wiggly Circus, so the stage was setup with a big-top background, props for acrobatics, along with the usual drums, keyboard and guitar on the side of the stage. The show opened with some unfortunate news that Murray (the red Wiggle) had to go back to Australia due to family commitments. He had a stand-in named Ringo. This guy was 6′ 5″ and had a super deep voice. Another odd thing was Anthony having a shaved head. There’s nothing wrong with a shaved head, but I guess from watching the DVDs so much, you get used to a certain look for these guys.

I didn’t take great notes, I just tweeted the songs I recognized in between holding my daughter on my lap. The song list included Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car, Rock-A-Bye Your Bear, Yellow Bird (never heard this one), Hoop Dee Doo, Five Little Joeys, The Shimmie Shake, Getting Strong, The Monkey Dance, Fruit Salad, Quack Quack Song, Twinkle Twinkle, Hot Potato. There was also  a lot of background songs while they did acrobats and skits. Some I recognized from previous shows and some I didn’t.

Overall it was a typical Wiggles show, but I felt this show was dull compared to previous years. Don’t get me wrong… my daughter was going nuts in her seat for almost the entire show. She even got to hand Captain Feathersword a rose for Dorothy the Dinosaur and a bone for Wags the Dog. Something seemed weird though. Maybe it was our seats being further away than last year? Maybe it was Murray not being there? I did notice the cast was significantly less than previous years, so maybe that was it? I don’t know. I just thought it lacked the energy and excitement I felt in  previous shows. Maybe I’m the one outgrowing them???

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