I am positively giddy!!! Many readers know that I trained as an actor, singer and dancer before falling into my current career. I can sing most songs from most Broadway shows, and have studied choreography from Jerome Robbins by watching films and live performances over and over again until I memorized the moves.
Even before ‘Frozen’ fame, Idina Menzel was an extreme girl-crush of mine. And Julie Andrews? I can’t even bear to sing along to the Sound of Music because I may drown out her beautiful voice. Think of it: Musical Theatre on Netflix. The streaming company has announced that Ms. Andrews will star in ‘Julie’s Greenroom‘, a new preschool show from The Jim Henson Company that features an all-new puppet cast of kids learning about the performing arts. The series will be available exclusively to Netflix members globally in early 2017.
For me, this is a huge brand statement in belief in the future of performing arts. Bravo, Netflix. This demonstrates a true commitment to programming for everyone and helping to propel the performing arts into more of a mainstream venue, much like it naturally exists in Europe.
The show will bring the performing arts to a new generation of kids known as the “Greenies,” a diverse group of kids who are mesmerized by all that the arts and creativity has to offer.
Most episodes will feature an original song and every episode will feature a guest star. The incredible array of guest stars includes Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Erwin, Ellie Kemper, Idina Menzel, Tiler Peck, and Stomp.
Anyone else fainting right now? Those preschoolers will have to arm-wrestle me for a seat in front of the stream. Or.. maybe I will just stream on every device at the same time so I hear it all in stereo!!