According to an Oct. 4 post from FOX News, world-renowned pre-school act, The Wiggles, kicked off the final leg of their 2013 North American tour with a lively set at NYCB Theatre in Westbury, New York.
Their Oct. 4 performance in Westbury was both a celebration of the past and a glimpse into the future, as the band effortlessly blended older material with selections from Taking Off!, the debut studio album with the band's new lineup.
The Long Island show will go down in history as the first time new Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins performed in front of a Nassau County crowd, but local concertgoers welcomed her as if she had been a part of the band since its early days.
Drawing heavily from 1991's iconic self-titled album, The Wiggles revved up the crowd with classic gems such as "Rock A Bye Your Bear" and "Romp Bomp A Stomp," before delivering fan favorites "Fruit Salad" and "Big Red Car" from 1998's Toot Toot!
Surprisingly, there was no letdown in intensity when the band performed newer tunes such as "Do The Propeller," one of the band's first songs recorded with Ms. Watkins and company.
The Long Island crowd appeared to know all the words, and embrace the new tunes with open arms and ears. Children of all ages, joined by their parents and siblings, lined the aisles at NYCB Theatre, shaking their sillies out and pointing their fingers while doing the twist.
"The great thing about the show is it's a mixture of the original Wiggles songs like 'Hot Potato' and 'Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga' mixed with all the new stuff like 'Do the Propeller,' which is on the 'Taking Off' album," Watkins said in a phone interview with Newsday.
Watkins is in just her first year as Yellow Wiggle, but it's not surprising she has become so adored by fans. Her warm personality and bright yellow bow strikes a chord especially with the young girls in the crowd, so it was clearly a brilliant idea from a marketing perspective to introduce a female into the band.
"Being a Wiggle is a role where you really essentially get to play yourself. So it's nice that the children start to learn your name," Watkins said. "We have so many children yelling things out during the show, a song request or a question, and you never know what they're going to be. We're always changing the show up and improvising on stage and that's something that's really fun.
Besides Watkins, the new Wiggles lineup includes Simon Pryce and Lachlan Gillespie, along with Wiggles co-founder Anthony Field, who has been with the band since 1991.
The new look Wiggles did not disappoint. Children in the audience didn't seem to notice that Wiggles stalwarts Jeff Fatt and Sam Moran are no longer part of the show. In fact, it seems the parents in attendance may have had a more difficult time with the transition.
All in all, The Wiggles are more "bowtiful" than ever.