Friday, May 13, 2011

VEE Corporation Announces A Musical & Imaginative 2011-2012 Tour Season

Including 1st Sesame Street Live Tour to Mainland China

As VEE Corporation raises the curtain on its 32nd touring season, we are delighted to announce Elmo and friends will be coming back to Grand Rapids. “Elmo Makes Music” will be taking the Van Andel Arena Stage from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13.

Tickets are $14.50, $18.50, $24.50, $32.50 (Gold Circle), and $57.50 (Sunny Seats). However, opening night tickets are all $14.50 excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 16 at 10am. Tickets may be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets,, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a $3 discount per ticket (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats). For group discounted tickets, please call 616.742.6185 or email

For this first time in its distinguished history, Sesame Street Live will also commence an eight-week tour of Mainland China with “Elmo’s Green Thumb”. Opening June 26, Sesame Street Live will perform at the finest theatres in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Chongqing, Wuhan, Henan, Hefei, Changzhou, Wenzhou, Qingdao and Yantai. Performances will be presented in Mandarin and/or English based on local preferences. The production will then transfer to Singapore for a multi-show run in that territory where it has toured previously.

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, produced in partnership with VEE, is an around-the-world tour exclusively for military families on bases. The fifth installment kicked off on April 14 in Columbus, Ohio with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. This USO tour, created to help military children deal with the challenges of deployment and homecomings, is based on Sesame Workshop’s award winning Talk, Listen, Connect (TLC) initiative. Stops on this tour include Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Spain.

VEE is proud to continue its longstanding partnership with Sesame Workshop to create and produce Sesame Street Live, the longest running touring production for children in history. Like the award-winning television show on which it is based, Sesame Street Live uses the power of Muppets to teach critical skills such as literacy, math, healthy habits, and respect for others – all while entertaining in a positive, family-friendly way.

For the most up-to-date information, visit For a full schedule of the performances in Grand Rapids, go to