Thursday, April 20, 2000

Young 'Barney' fans have a super-dee-duper time

BY Linnea Eschenlohr
Enquirer contributor

        It was a young and very excited crowd Tuesday evening for the opening of Barney's Musical Castle tour at the Firstar Center. One preschooler even threw himself on the stage before the Purple One began his show. Luckily his parents were able to pull the enthusiastic youngster down before the curtain was raised.

        When the lights went down, the opening of this 75-minute program featured a group of children playing as a stuffed Barney doll sat on the sidelines. As the children sit in a sandbox, talking about castles, the scene suddenly changes. The imaginary Barney becomes big as life and bursts through a giant castle, to cheers and delight of the audience.

        “Are you ready to have a super-dee-duper time?” he shouts. “Yeah!” is the roar from the crowd waving Barney castle flashlights (available for $15. Mom and Dad, bring your wallets.)

        After Barney launches into several songs, including “Everyone is Special” and “If All the Raindrops” with parents and kids enthusiastically singing, clapping and dancing through every number, he introduces his new “friends” — the four children who will join him on his trip through the forest.

        BJ and Baby Bop soon join the group, helping to find a crown that they decide should be returned to the king. The scenery changes to a bright woodland with a castle in the background and bubbles rain down from the ceiling over the audience seated on the floor — obviously a cool effect, judging by the kid's oohhs and aahhs.

        After a 20-minute intermission, the fun continues with the group traveling from the castle's great hall and performing a nursery rhyme medley to finally tracking down the elusive king.

        A rousing finale features songs including “Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom De-Ay” and Barney's trademark “I Love You” had the kids and parents singing and swaying.

        A swirl of multicolored confetti rained down on the audience after one giant kiss from Barney to close the show.


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