Show #287: The Muppets on Broadway!

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Lots to cover in this episode! Some incredible things are happening this summer in Muppets, and we talk about all of it this week!

First of all, congratulations to the Jim Henson Company as they open Puppet Up Uncensored at the Venetian in Las Vegas! Call (702) 414-9000 for tickets, or visit Venetian.com/Puppet-Up.

Bob McGrath recently announced that he, along with the rest of the original human cast members of Sesame Street, have been let go from the show (special thanks to Guy Hutchinson for the audio). The entire MuppetCast audience thanks Bob and the entire cast for decades of memories, and countless lessons we and our children have learned from them. The Street will never, ever be the same.

Despite its cancellation from ABC, The Muppets has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Production Design for a Half Hour or Less Narrative Program. Congrats to the Muppets team!

Get ready for PizzeRizzo, coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Pizza Planet will soon be replaced by the new Muppet-themed eatery. Exciting Disney Park news!

Brian Henson will produce Wee Free Men, a feature film adaptation of author Terry Pratchett’s first book in the Discworld series. No casting or release date news to report, but Pratchett fans will definitely be looking forward to this.

The Jim Henson Company will host an evening raising funds for the Center for Puppetry Arts and celebrating the career of longtime puppeteer and MuppetCast guest Dave Goelz! Stay tuned for ticket information.

Sesame Workshop is getting involved with the IRC to make a difference for preschool children and their parents in refugee camps around the world.

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Thanks to Darrin Granter (name spelled correctly) for these pics, accompanying his story on the show about meeting Caroll and Debra Spinney!

Thanks also to Renee Angely for sending links to John Denver’s last song, “Yellowstone (Coming Home).”

This is the documentary the song was written for:

The music from this episode came from the YouTube channel showing video from the recent event “54 Below Celebrates the Muppets.” Click to watch some of Broadway’s best sing the most Muppetational songs ever!

Thanks For Listening!

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Have a great week!

Steve

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Steve Swanson is a musician, podcaster, producer, and WordPress web designer. He is the host and producer of The MuppetCast, and the owner of Flipper Media. He cannot play basketball, baseball, nor volleyball, but can most probably whoop you at badminton.

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