March 15, 2017
What happens when you put Julie Andrews, Giullian Yao Gioiello, five kids (really Henson puppets), a dog, and a duck (more puppets) into a room? You get Julie’s Greenroom, a new series debuting on Netflix this Friday, March 17th. The series is the brainchild of Ms. Andrews, her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and others, and is being brought to fruition by the team at The Jim Henson Company, spearheaded by Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson.
The premise is that Ms. Julie (the character played by Ms. Andrews) and her assistant, Gus, lead a program for young kids at an arts center. The kids, a diverse group of delightful, brand new puppets, learn about stagecraft, acting, dancing, singing — everything they need to know about putting on a play, which each episode of the show builds up to.
Guest stars, such as violinist Joshua Bell, singer Idina Menzel, actor Alec Baldwin, and others, teach master classes to the kids — one guest star per episode.
And there is a dog and a duck. I’m particularly eager to see the duck. As Ms. Julie says, “Every theater needs a duck,” and this duck looks especially endearing.
Mark it on your calendars — March 17th. Netflix.
Here’s more about the show, from the New York Times.
And here’s the trailer, from The Jim Henson Company’s website. (You get to see the duck in the trailer!)