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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Julie Andrews to star in "Julie’s Greenroom" with help from The Jim Henson Company

From The Guardian

The Sound of Music star to star in Julie’s Greenroom, which will teach pre-school children about the performing arts

Netflix will be alive with the sound of music next year with a new series starring Julie Andrews as the head of a stage school.

Millions of children learned how to sing through her rendition of the song Doh-Re-Mi and now Andrews is aiming to teach a new generation about all the different areas of the performing arts in a show she has created with her daughter and The Jim Henson Company.

Julie’s Greenroom features Andrews overseeing 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 – helped by star guests including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Josh Groban and Tituss Burgess.

Andrews will play Ms Julie, the director of the Wellspring Centre for the Performing Arts and give workshops to the puppet children in the school’s theatre and advice backstage in the “greenroom”, helped by her assistant Gus, played by Giullian Gioiello.

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

Aimed at pre-school children, Julie’s Greenroom will undoubtedly also rekindle some of the favourite things from their parents’ own early television memories such as stage school show Fame and The Muppets.

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-Rofė. 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.”

Julie’s Greenroom will air worldwide on Netflix in early 2017 and is part of the global streaming service’s strategy to create more family viewing for its more than 81 million subscribers.


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