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VeggieTales Live!: On Stage

Michael Barnard


Phil Vischer
Mike Nawrocki

Music by

Kurt Heinecke
Christopher Davis


January 29th -
November 17th, 2002

VeggieTales Live! On Stage was the very first VeggieTales Live! show in 2002, touring during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 tour seasons. The show was produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, which is now known as IHeartMedia.


In VeggieTales Live!, Bob, Larry and other favorite characters like Junior Asparagus and French Peas, Jean Claude and Phillipe, recreate the best-selling video Dave and the Giant Pickle, a unique retelling of David vs. Goliath. The Veggies play the roles of David, Goliath, the Israelites and Philistines. They also recreate Josh and the Big Wall!. Amazing set design, unusual costumes (the characters don’t have arms or legs), lively musical numbers and Monty Python inspired humor make the show appealing for kids and adults.


List of People That Got Interviewed

List of shows

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: Tuesday, January 29th, 2002 through Sunday, February 3rd, 2002 at the State Theatre
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: Tuesday, February 5th, 2002 through Sunday, February 10th, 2002 at Texas Hall
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/Camden, New Jersey: Wednesday, February 13th, 2002 through Sunday, February 17th, 2002 at the Tweeter Centre (now known as BB&T Pavillion)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Tuesday, February 19th, 2002 through Sunday, February 24th, 2002 at the Murat Theatre (now known as Old National Centre)
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: Tuesday, February 26th, 2002 through Thursday, February 28th, 2002 at Memorial Auditorium
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Friday, March 1st, 2002 through Sunday, March 3rd, 2002 at the Palace Theatre
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: Tuesday, March 5th, 2002 through Sunday, March 10th, 2002 at Welsh Auditorium (now closed)
  • Omaha, Nebraska: Tuesday, March 12th, 2002 through Sunday, March 17th, 2002 at Orphreum Auditorium
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Tuesday, March 19th, 2002 through Sunday, March 24th, 2002 at the Taft Theatre
  • Denver, Colorado: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 through Sunday, April 7th, 2002 at Fillmore Auditorium (presumed, as venue was just listed as "Auditorium" on Big Idea's website.)
  • Orlando, Florida: Wednesday, April 10th, 2002 through Sunday, April 14th, 2002 at the Bob Carr Theater
  • Kansas City, Missouri: Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 through Sunday, April 21st, 2002 at the Midland Theatre
  • Detroit, Michigan: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 through Sunday, April 28th, 2002 at the Fox Theatre
  • Greenville, South Carolina: Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 through Sunday, May 5th, 2002 at the Peace Center
  • Columbus, Ohio: Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 through Sunday, May 12th, 2002 at the Palace Theatre
  • Chicago, Illinois: Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 through Sunday, May 19th, 2002 at the Rosemont Theatre
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Thursday, May 23rd, 2002 through Sunday, May 26th, 2002 at the Fox Theatre
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: Thursday, May 30th, 2002 through Sunday, June 2nd, 2002 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
  • Houston, Texas: Tuesday, September 17th, 2002 through Sunday, September 22nd, 2002 at the Hobby Center
  • San Antonio, Texas: Tuesday, September 24th, 2002 through Sunday, September 29th, 2002 at the Majestic Theatre
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Tuesday, October 1st, 2002 through Sunday, October 6th, 2002 at the Dodge Theatre (now Arizona Federal Theatre)
  • Universal City, California: Tuesday, October 8th, 2002, through Sunday, October 13th, 2002 at Universal Amphitheatre (now closed)
  • Sacramento, California: Wednesday, October 16th, 2002 through Sunday, October 20th, 2002 at Memorial Auditorium
  • Cupertino, California: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002 through Sunday, October 27th, 2002 at the Flint Center (now closed)
  • Spokane, Washington: Tuesday, November 5th, 2002 through Thursday, November 7th, 2002 at Spokane Civic Theatre (Big Idea's website lists the venue as Civic Opera House, athough theoretically no venue named Civic Opera House has ever been in the city, so there is a possibility they meant Spokane Civic Theatre instead.)
  • Portland, Oregon: Friday, November 8th, 2002 through Sunday, November 10th at the Rose Garden Theater of the Clouds (now known as Moda Center)
  • Seattle, Washington: Tuesday, November 12th, 2002 through Sunday, November 17th at the Paramount Theatre

Fun Facts


  • Junior's costume in the original 2002 tour was operated by Kristin Towers-Rowles. She ultimately ended up pushing a disc in her back due to wearing the 50 lbs costume so much that she never appeared onstage again until 7 years later.
  • A behind-the-scenes featurette of this is found on Josh and the Big Wall!.
  • According to an interview in the "From Screen to Stage" feature, there were some issues that arose in the first run through that involved characters’ costumes getting deflated and their mouths being taped shut in order for them to stay inflated. Larry was said to be an example of this and in some footage, Goliath was shown to have had the same problem.
    • There were also issues involving characters’ pupils falling off, which can be seen with Bob in the same feature.
  • In the audio commentary of Dave and The Giant Pickle, Mike Nawrocki mentions that Dave’s rock missed Goliath by six feet during the debut of the live show in Minneapolis. Goliath still fell down regardless.
  • As heard in the "From Screen to Stage" feature, Bob’s costume measures 5 feet tall, Larry’s costume measures 9 feet tall and 3 feet across, and Goliath’s costume measures 14 feet tall.
  • This is the only live show for several things:
    • The only live show that Mr. Lunt doesn’t appear in, as his costume was not yet made and he is instead seen on a giant fabric hand fan at the end of the show.
    • The only live show that Goliath appears in.
    • The only live show to recreate episodes of the show, as all other live shows onward were song compilations.
  • According to Joshua Gunther's website, there was a 2-minute long animated intro before the show started. What happened in this intro is unconfirmed.
  • Three original songs were written for the show: A Friend is a Friend, I'm Dave, and What A Sight!. A Friend is a Friend was the only song from the show that was ever released on an album (Bob and Larry's Backyard Party, as well as Junior's Playtime Songs), while the other two songs were never heard of again, thus making them lost VeggieTales songs. 
    • What A Sight!, however, was downloadable on Big Idea's former website, when the page for the original show was still up.




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