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Wiggly Old Party

Grown-ups dig the kiddie crooners.

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The Wiggles are a Sydney-based band that plays for adoring preschoolers—four Australians in colored shirts who perform songs like “Stop at the Light” and “Fruit Salad (Yummy, Yummy).” They played three sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre on October 21, delighting thousands of screaming kids and more than a few dancing, giggling, and occasionally blushing grown-up groupies, who call themselves Wiggleheads. The Wiggles always point in photographs; naturally, so do the Wiggleheads.


COLLEEN LENAHAN
32, from Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Came with: “I’m here by myself.”
Wiggles shows: 126.
You brought props. My Wags the Dog hat and my Wiggles backpack. My shirt’s of guitar legends. Murray [the “red” Wiggle] is surrounded by Jimi Hendrix, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. What’s the farthest you’ve traveled for a show? To Sydney, Australia. I would go again in a heartbeat.


ROSEMARY GROSSE
42, from Bushwick
Came with: cousins Jasmine, 4, and Noah, 10 months.
Wiggles shows: “Too many to count, but fewer than Colleen.”
Who are your favorite bands? Kiss, Van Halen, Judas Priest, and the Wiggles.
Do you ever go alone? Sure.
Do you get up and dance? I sit in my seat because I’m an adult and I’d block the kids’ view. I’m not to the point where I knock down children.


CINDY STALNAKER
49, from Buckhannon, West Virginia
Came with: daughter Savannah, 12.
Wiggles shows: 27.
What was your best time at a Wiggles show? We went to a concert in August, and we all met up and all stayed together at hotels.
How was your first one? It fell on my 25th wedding anniversary. My husband didn’t go.
So you’re pretty much a groupie. Absolutely. And proud of it.


Fan photographs by Jill Weiner; Wiggles images courtesy of Rob Bailey Communications  

CHRISTINE RICCARDO
40, from Cresskill, New Jersey
Came with: son Alex, 4½.
Wiggles shows: 26.
Got props? I brought fruit-salad hats to tease the Wiggles. It’s kind of become a running joke.
Have you been to shows without the kids? Only two.
Did you feel silly? Oh, yeah. It’s all about being silly.
What’ll happen when Alex gets older? He’ll probably grow out of the Wiggles, but so what. I’ll still go to shows.

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