Wiggles bring joy to young fans
Youngsters pack the Regent to see The WigglesTALIA SHADWELL
Australian entertainers the Wiggles arrived in Palmerston North to the kind of reception befitting rockstars from their legions of toddling fans.
The original Wiggles cast - Greg, Murray, Jeff and Anthony - were together in Palmerston North at the Regent on Broadway yesterday for the last time as part of their final New Zealand tour, as all but Anthony prepared to retire their brightly coloured T-shirts for a new cast which will include a woman, when they hand over at the end of this year.
Performing to a full house at the Regent, the foursome had an audience of hundreds of preschoolers squealing with delight at their every caper.
With a little help from Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword, they played all the classics - Big Red Car, Wake up Jeff, and Dorothy the Dinosaur had the audience on its feet and dancing in the aisles.
The Aussie entertainers, in New Zealand for the last time as they prepare to step aside from the multimillion-dollar brand they created in the early 90s, were resplendent in their rainbow uniforms, with Greg returning in yellow for a swansong after a six-year hiatus, guitar-strumming Murray in red, narcoleptic Jeff in purple, and Anthony, who likes to eat, in blue.
Nicky Wallace made the road trip with son Luke all the way from Hawke's Bay to see the original Wiggles together for the last time.
"We had to," she said. "He's a very excited 2-year-old. It's the last finale for the three original members. He's loved them since he was about 10 months old."
Palmerston North preschoolers from Lovely Lotus childcare centre toddled along to the show.
"They have been asking for the past two weeks: ‘When are we going to the Wiggles?'," said teacher Sheila Beer.
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