It's nearly impossible to not know about The Wiggles. With a TV
show airing in more than 120 countries, 27 video/DVD releases, 12
sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and their own amusement
park (Wiggles World at Dreamworld in Australia), The Wiggles are
everywhere-and have been loved by millions of children for the last
Yes, you read that correctly. The Wiggles have been making
children sing and dance for 20 years, and to celebrate they are
heading to the U.S. and Canada on their Big Birthday Tour. Sam
(Yellow), Murray (Red), Jeff (Purple) and Anthony (Blue) can't wait
to celebrate with their biggest, err, littlest, fans, and they're
bringing along their friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the
Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and the Wiggly
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The Wiggles are taking over Rosemont Theatre on July 30 with
shows at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. To get ready, Chicago Parent talked
with Murray Cook to find out more about the group and the big
When you co-founded The Wiggles with Anthony Field and
Greg Page (who left the group in 2006), what did you hope The
Wiggles would do for kids? Why did you want to create a children's
We weren't really intending to do something ongoing. We were
preschool teachers and when we finished university we felt we
should use what we had learned. We recorded an album appropriate
for young children. It started to sell and we did a few little
shows and it built and built. Our main aim was to help children
experience the joy of music. We've written a lot of songs to help
children with development. There is an educational background; we
try to put in songs a positive message, like healthy eating ("Fruit
Salad"), and elements used in teaching. There's also entertainment
When The Wiggles first started out, did you believe it
would become the phenomenon it is today?
A: No, we thought it was going to be one album. We are
constantly surprised by the success that we have had and we never
take it for granted. We feel privileged to do what we do. When we
moved to touring other parts of the world (after singing throughout
Australia), we were blown away.
On this upcoming tour The Wiggles are celebrating their
20th birthday. What does reaching that milestone mean to
Twenty years is a long time to be doing anything and doing what
we do, in the entertainment field, it's a real achievement. We feel
proud of what we've done and amazed by what's happened in the 20
years. It's a celebration for us to have done what we love doing
for so long.
What is your favorite part of being a member of The
One is playing in the live shows-walking out on stage and seeing
the joy on children's faces. The other part I love is we often do
meet-and-greets before shows, usually for families with children
with special needs. To hear the families' stories and know you've
made their lives easier or happier, that's really rewarding. It's
What can parents and kids expect from the show coming up
It's mostly going over the last 20 years and what people love
the most. There will be the usual Wiggles things: lots of songs,
our characters will be there and we have extra dancers. There will
be some acrobatics. It's elements of music, theater and circus. We
actually are having a competition to find the fifth Wiggle. In each
city we'll get someone up on stage who has sent us a video and they
can get up and sing "Fruit Salad" with us. (To enter, visit
youtube.com/thewiggles. The deadline for Chicago's concert is July
16. Entrants must be 18 or older.)
Anna Carlson is an intern at Chicago Parent.
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