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Jim Henson’s Musical World!

April 17, 2012

Last Saturday I went to an awesome concert: Jim Henson’s Musical World. First of all, it was my first time ever at Carnegie Hall (sad, I know). Second, John Tartaglia, one of my favorite performers in the whole world, was the host. Third, Statler and Waldorf appeared in the balcony just as my boyfriend and I hoped they would!

The concert featured the New York Pops orchestra, as well as Essential Voices USA singing backup, and of course, a slew of Muppet performers. The Big Three (Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock) were all well-represented, and all of the human inhabitants of Sesame Street performed as well.

Confession (not about me though): My boyfriend is obsessed with a little-known Jim Henson Christmas special, Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. It’s not only little-known, it’s actually older than we are. I was wondering if they would play anything from it (especially after they played “Pass It On” from my favorite little-known Jim Henson Christmas Special, Muppet Family Christmas). Amazingly, Paul Williams, who wrote many songs for Henson productions including The Muppet Movie, sang a medley of songs from Emmet Otter! My boyfriend and I cheered with excitement as the kids around us asked their parents if it was time for intermission yet (there wasn’t one).

The concert was part of their children’s series, but I think it might have been better marketed to people in their 20s and 30s, because I had a total blast!

Jim Henson's Musical World



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