When we arrived, Em saw the show's characters on the theater's marquee and got so excited. She even got upset when we tried to turn her away from the sign and around for a pic.
We planned to meet up with our friends Jenny, Kelly, DG and all their kiddos before the show. While we loitered around the theater entrance for them, we spotted Leslie Hall, a recurring guest on YGG. So we scurried over to snap a pic with her and Em.
She seemed genuinely touched when we explained that we've been fans of hers long before we saw her on YGG. We even saw her perform live a few years ago.
We hadn't heard from our pals, so we headed inside. In the lobby we ran into some other friends. Even though Em talks about her toddler pal all the time, they both played shy when we tried to get them to pose together. We eventually talked them into a quick hug, which lasted a hilarious minute and a half.
We went to find our seats, which were next to Jenny and her daughters, the Bean and the Teen.
As we waited for the show to start, Em kept asking, "Where's Yabba?" (Yabba = Yo Gabba Gabba.) Her anticipation was building, and it was adorable.
Then it was time for the show to start. Safe to say that she was a fan.
The live show featured many of the same regular segments from the tv series, including the Super Music Friends Show.
Each show on the tour includes a different musical guest. Ours was OK Go, most famous for their viral treadmill music video. They performed their song, This Too Shall Pass. (I love that song, and not just because the video speaks to the band geek in me.)
Leslie turned out to be the Dancey Dance guest, presumably replacing celebs Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz, as previously announced on YGG's Facebook page. Obviously we weren't too broken up about the replacement.
The show also included the song There's a Party in my Tummy, my personal favorite. I loved the giant slide for the food.
Biz Markie came out for his segment, Biz's Beat of the Day. He was like a big ol' beatboxing Santa Claus. Some kids up front took turns sitting on his lap, and he'd ask each of them his name and give them various beats to repeat.
At one point a cute little boy said his name was Kingston, and the woman behind us lost her mind. "Oh my god, that's GWEN STEFANI'S SON!" Sure enough, the little boy went back to sit with super cute Gwen. I didn't see her hubby, my longtime crush Gavin Rossdale, sadly. We also saw Jessica Alba and her family.
After the show we took a pic of Em, the Bean...and a photobombing Teen dressed as YGG's DJ Lance. Such a lovable dork.
The hour-long show included a brief intermission, during which the mother of the family next to us mentioned that she loved watching Em as she seemed to be having such a great time, singing and dancing along.
She truly was captivated, and I'm so glad we took her to the show. She may be too young to remember it, but it's something we won't soon forget.
"I think about the time when I was younger. And the older that I get the more that I feel wiser, with the love of friends and family get stronger and it carries me on through." - Lovely, Love My Family, Yo Gabba Gabba