Thursday, June 2, 2016

Julie Andrews Joins Henson Company for New Netflix Kids' Show!

The legendary Julie Andrews is once again working with the Jim Henson Company, this time on a new kid's series for Netflix.

Coming in 2017, Julie’s Greenroom will star Andrews as Ms Julie, the director of the Wellspring Centre for the Performing Arts where she oversees a cast of puppet children as they create a show and learn about disciplines ranging from dance to mime, circus acts to singing and acting. She's helped in the “greenroom” by her assistant Gus, played by Giullian Gioiello.

Guest stars announced include Carol Burnett, Josh Groban, Alec Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, David Hyde Pierce, Idina Menzel, Bill Irwin, and Ellie Kemper.

Andrews created the series with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Judy Rothman-Rofe. In recent years Andrews, Hamilton and Rothman-Rofe have also penned a series of children’s books.

Check out the announcement for the series below:

The diverse cast of puppets are called the “Greenies,” and have been created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

Aimed at pre-school children, Julie’s Greenroom aims to rekindle some of the magic from from shows such as Fame and The Muppet Show.

Andrews said she has always wanted to make a show about all the elements of the performing arts.

“This project represents the fulfilment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts. I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time coauthor, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-RofÄ—. We could not be more honoured to be working with the extraordinary Jim Henson Company. We are equally delighted to be premiering as a Netflix original production.”

“This show is all about awakening children’s interest in the performing arts while introducing a new era of puppets to the viewers,” said Netflix director of global kids content Andy Yeatman. “It’s been an incredible treat to work with Julie on this project.”

“The best of the best have joined together to bring Julie’s Greenroom to Netflix,” said Lisa Henson, chief executive of the Jim Henson Company. “Our award-winning director, Tony-nominated puppeteers, Broadway composer, and accomplished guest artists, led by the incomparable Julie Andrews, together will inspire kids to explore, appreciate and celebrate all forms of performing arts.”

“The best of the best have joined together to bring ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ to Netflix,” said Henson Co. CEO Lisa Henson.

Andrews, Hamilton and Lisa Henson are exec producers with and Steve Sauer and Halle Stanford. Joey Mazzarino is co-producer and director, Tom Keniston is producer. Bill Sherman will serve as the series’ composer.
Thanks to our friend Craig Shemin, we know that behind the scenes and under the the cast are many other Henson veterans including his wife Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John Tartaglia, Jennifer Barnhart, Tyler Bunch, Frankie Cordero, John Kennedy, Dorien Davies, Kenny Stevenson, Paul McGinnis, Halle Stanford, Stacey Weingarten, Tom Guad, Rollie Krewson, Alexandra Rockwell, and Robin C. Both.

Julie’s Greenroom will air it first 13 episodes worldwide on Netflix in early 2017. 

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