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Barney's Big Surprise

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Barney's Big Surprise
Produced by Solan Coleman
Written by Stephen White
Music by Joe Phillips
Distributed by Lyrick Studios
Release date
  • May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)
Running time
78 Minutes
Language English

Barney's Big Surprise (also known as La Gran Sorpresa de Barney in Latin America) was Barney the Dinosaur's first national tour. The show started in 1996 and played in 60 cities, with a program of 28 old and new Barney songs. Originally planned for theaters (and modeled after the earlier Barney Live in New York City at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, it was revised to become more like a rock concert for young children; most of the venues were small arenas with around 5,000 seats, with some larger arenas used as well. [1] A video of the show, which had been taped at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, was released in 1998.[2]

Cast

The cast list below is taken from the video release and does not show all cast members that have performed in this show.

  • Barney (suit) – Carey Stinson/Josh Martin
  • Barney (voice) – Bob West
  • Baby Bop (suit) – Lee Clark/Jennifer Romano
  • Baby Bop (voice) – Julie Johnson
  • B.J. (suit) – Kyle Nelson/Pat O'Connoll
  • B.J. (voice) – Patty Wirtz

Additional cast

  • Professor Tinkerputt – Barry Pearl
  • Mother Goose – Michelle McCarel
  • Old King Cole – Dewayne Hambrick
  • Kevin – Brent Love
  • Cindy – Mallory Lineberger
  • Rachel – Vanessa Lauren
  • Tony – Trent Gentry

Songs

Act 1 songs

  1. Barney Is A Dinosaur
  2. If You're Happy And You Know It
  3. Welcome To Our Treehouse
  4. The Baby Bop Hop
  5. Happy Birthday To Me
  6. The Airplane Song
  7. My Kite
  8. Car Sing-Along Medley (In The Car And Having Fun, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Mister Sun)
  9. Mr. Knickerbocker
  10. Tinkerputt's Song
  11. We Are Little Robots
  12. The Rainbow Song

Act 2 songs

  1. Hey Look At Me! I Can Fly!
  2. Ducks That I Once Knew
  3. Happy Birthday To Me (reprise)
  4. If All The Raindrops
  5. Old McDonald Had a Farm
  6. I'm Mother Goose
  7. Nursery-Rhyme Medley (Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe, Sing A Song Of Sixpence)
  8. Old King Cole
  9. Happy Birthday To You
  10. I Love You

Reception

Los Angeles Times critic Lynne Heffley noted that the "feel-good formula" for the stage show was similar to a Barney television episode: "hugging, singing, dancing, more hugging and a little advice", and she found the result to be "lively, expertly staged and a lavish visual treat", although she suggested earplugs given the loud volumes.[3] In the Chicago Tribune, Eric Fidler commented that "Judging Barney through the eyes of an adult is pointless. For an adult unable to relax and suspend judgment, the show was a vision of some twisted hell. But kids were in heaven."[4]

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