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The Wiggles' original members partying it up for one last time before passing the torch

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Date published: 10/4/2012



Tickling funny bones and eliciting giggles and jiggles from youngsters throughout the world, the Wiggles have launched an international Celebration! tour that will touch down at Washington's Warner Theatre next Tuesday.

For this tour, all four of the original Wiggles will be together again--for one last hurrah before Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt pass along their red, yellow and purple duds to others after 21 years of sparking the imaginations of thousands of little fans.

"This tour has been a joy," Cook said of the reaction to appearances by the widely popular children's band. "We see young adults in the audience who used to come when they were children who are now bringing their own children to see us. And we see teenagers who grew up with the Wiggles coming out for this closing show."

Cook explains that although this is a final tour for the original four, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field will stay on and will be joined by three new performers, as well as longtime favorites Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.

"The four of us are lifelong friends, and we will continue to be connected," he said, "and we'll continue to write for the Wiggles and, from time to time, we may do a few songs where we play the instruments.

"We tell the children that there will be new Wiggles, and even bring them onstage to do a couple of songs," Cook adds. "Kids understand change or are learning about change, and we are always honest with them about what's happening and they are fine with it. Though there was one little boy who asked Anthony, 'When Murray and Greg and Jeff leave, will my Wiggles DVD still work?' We thought that was great and put it into the show."

The Wiggles' consistent global popularity is due, in part, to the joyful atmosphere rooted in their longstanding friendship as well as the background in early childhood development shared by the members. Cook, Field and Page met at Macquarie University in Sydney while studying early childhood education.

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What: The Wiggles: Celebration! When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Where: The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW, Washington Cost: $17.50-$82 Info: 800/745-3000; ticketmaster.com