Coming soon as a documentary from Focus Films, The New York Times bestselling account of the story behind one of the most influential, durable, and beloved shows in the history of television: Sesame Street. “Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book . . . Finally, we get to touch Big Bird's feathers.” —The New York Times Book Review Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created. Today, it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the United States and countless others in 140 countries around the world. Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.
What Research Indicates about the Educational Effects of Sesame Street
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With his instantly recognizable face, Roscoe Orman has become the personification of the perfect male friend and father figure while performing the roll of Gordon Robinson on Sesame Street for more than thirty-two years. He is an experienced performing artist who provides an exemplary model in his television role, its influence evident by the recognition and love he sees on the faces of all who recognize him (even when hes not with Big Bird or Oscar).At the same time, he has also made significant contributions to Black Theater in America and continues to practice his craft in live theater performances, most recently in The Confessions of Steppin Fetchit. Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor traces a lifetime of performances, punctuated by the events and movements that define the decades in between.While cast in these roles, Orman has come into contact with many celebrities with whom he has established friendships. Sesame Street Dad pictures a number of these artists, either in their appearances on Sesame Street or on other occasions. He is quick to credit Sesame Street Workshop, a confluence of amazingly dedicated and talented television writers, producers, actors, puppeteers and behind-the-scenes people who have contributed to the long-lived popularity of this amazing program.Roscoe Orman has lived a most enviable life, achieving success both personally and professionally. This book leaves a legacy of his work and constitutes a tribute to all of those who worked with him in the early years and who continue to influence his work.