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The Muppet Show Live - Script Rundown

Dear friends,

On December 9, 2001, the first annual MuppetFest fan convention culminated with one of the most special events a Muppet fan will ever see. For the first time ever on a live stage, "The Muppet Show Live" was performed before our very eyes.

The energy and enthusiasm in the crowd was truly electric. You were left with the incredible feeling and reassurance that even through all the changes over the years that the Jim Henson Company still knows the classic characters that we love and hold dear.

What you are about to read is the official script for "The Muppet Show Live". It's broken down into an overview of each sketch with a listing of performers in the script rundown, along with the line-by-line details of both Act I and Act II.

We are thrilled to be able to share this wonderful evening with you if you weren't able to attend. Special thanks to all the wonderful people at the Jim Henson Company for their support and for giving us fans one of the most wonderful weekends of our lives.

- Phillip Chapman, Muppet Central Webmaster

 

THE MUPPET SHOW - LIVE!
"One Night Only"
Sunday, December 9, 2001

TV Director: Chris Berry
Stage Director: Bill Barretta
Producer: Martin Baker
Writers: Craig Shemin & Jim Lewis
Act 1
  1. INTRODUCTION - SAL
    Puppeteers: Brian Henson (Sal)
    Segment Time 1:20


  2. VIDEO: MUPPET SHOW PITCH TAPE
    Segment Time 2:52

  3. STATLER & WALDORF
    Puppeteers: Jerry Nelson (Statler) and Dave Goelz (Waldorf)
    Segment Time 0:30


  4. MUPPET SHOW OPEN - LIVE
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit)
    Segment Time 0:15


  5. VIDEO: MUPPET SHOW TITLE SEQUENCE
    Segment Time 1:14

  6. BACKSTAGE
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Bill Barretta and Bruce Lanoil (Rowlf)
    Segment Time 0:25


  7. WELCOME - KERMIT
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit)
    Segment Time 0:45


  8. SONG: MAHNA MAHNA (track)
    Puppeteers: Bill Barretta (Mahna Mahna), Dave Goelz and John Kennedy (Snowths)
    Video: Mahna Mahna in Hollywood
    Segment Time 2:20

  9. BACKSTAGE
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Dave Goelz and John Kennedy (Snowths), and voice over Bill Barretta (Mahna Mahna)
    Sound Effect: Phone
    Segment Time 0:10

  10. MUPPET NEWSFLASH - "GOLF BALL"
    Puppeteers: Brian Henson and Alan Trautman (Newsman)
    Props: Ping Pong Balls
    Segment Time 0:30

  11. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "VET'S HOSPITAL (SICK BUNNY)"
    Segment Time 1:37

  12. BACKSTAGE
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Bill Barretta (Pepe), Dave Goelz and Bruce Lanoil (Bunsen), Kevin Clash and Drew Massey (Beaker)
    Segment Time 2:30

  13. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "FOZZIE VENT ACT"
    Segment Time 1:40

  14. GONZO COMEDY SKETCH (Jon Voight)
    Puppeteers: Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Jerry Nelson (Camilla), Kevin Clash, Bill Barretta, Brian Henson, John Kenndy (Chickens)
    Segment Time 2:00

  15. SONG: "BEIN' GREEN"
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire and Drew Massey (Kermit)
    Segment Time 2:30

  16. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "JAVA"
    Segment Time 1:30

  17. MUPPET NEWSFLASH - "FOOTBALL"
    Puppeteers: Brian Henson and Alan Trautman (Newsman)
    Props: Footballs
    Segment Time: 0:30


  18. SONG: "WHAT HAPPENED TO SHOW BUSINESS" with Video
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Bill Barretta (Pepe), Brian Henson (Sal), Kevin Clash (Clifford), Jerry Nelson (Lew Zealand), Dave Goelz (Gonzo), All (Others)
    Video: "Ethel Merman"/Montage of Guest Stars
    Segment Time 2:34


  19. INTRO: JOE PASQUALE
    Puppeteers: Dave Goelz (Gonzo)
    Segment Time: 0:30


  20. GONZO & JOE PASQUALE SKETCH
    Puppeteers: Dave Goelz (Gonzo)
    Segment Time: 8:00

  21. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "MUPPET LABS"
    Segment Time 1:28

  22. SONG: "IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS"
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Jerry Nelson (Robin), Kevin Clash (Clifford), Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Bill Barretta (Pepe), Brian Henson (Sal), John Henson (Sweetums), All (Others)
    Special Effect: Snow
    Segment Time 3:00

  23. INTRO: AUCTION
    Puppeteers: Kevin Clash (Clifford) and Steve Whitmire (Rizzo)
    Segment Time 1:00

  24. AUCTION
    Puppeteers: Kevin Clash (Clifford), Steve Whitmire (Rizzo), John Henson (Sweetums) and Alice Dinnean
    Segment Time 10:00


  25. TOSS TO INTERMISSION
    Puppeteers: Kevin Clash (Clifford) and Steve Whitmire (Rizzo)
    Segment Time 0:15

Intermission

Act II

  1. WELCOME BACK - MARIA BELLO
    Segment Time 1:30

  2. STATLER & WALDORF
    Puppeteers: Jerry Nelson (Statler) and Dave Goelz (Waldorf)
    Segment Time 0:15

  3. VIDEO: "HERD OF COWS" FRAWLEY TEST
    Segment Time 1:12

  4. INTRO: JIM HENSON TRIBUTE
    Brian Henson, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, and Jerry Nelson
    Segment Time 3:00


  5. JIM HENSON TRIBUTE - PUPPETEERS
    Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, and Jerry Nelson
    Segment Time 5:00


  6. VIDEO: JIM HENSON TRIBUTE
    Segment Time 3:40

  7. SONG: "WHERE YOU AT"
    Puppeteers: Jerry Nelson (Floyd) and Dave Goelz (Zoot)
    Segment Time 2:00


  8. SONG: "CAN YOU PICTURE THAT" (track)
    Pupeteers: John Kennedy and Steve Whitmire (Dr. Teeth), Jerry Nelson (Floyd), Dave Goelz (Zoot), Kevin Clash (Janice), Bill Barretta and Drew Massey (Animal)
    Segment Time 2:23

  9. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "PIGS IN SPACE"
    Segment Time 2:05

  10. SONG: "NEVER BEFORE AND NEVER AGAIN" with Video (Brooke Shields)
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit) and Dave Goelz (Gonzo)
    Video: "Piggy and Kermit" 1:38
    Segment Time 3:30


  11. SONG: "SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES" (Brooke Shields)
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Bill Barretta (Bobo), Jerry Nelson (Floyd), All (Others)
    Segment Time 3:30


  12. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "SWEDISH CHEF & LOBSTERS BIT"
    Segment Time 1:14

  13. MUPPET NEWSFLASH - "BOULDER"
    Puppeteers: Brian Henson and Alan Trautman (Newsman), John Henson (Sweetums) and Alice Dinnean
    Segment Time 0:45


  14. VIDEO: MUPPET MOMENT - "PAUL WILLIAMS - FROM THE EL SLEAZO"
    Segment Time 0:14

  15. SONG: "MOVIN' RIGHT ALONG" (Paul Williams)
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit)
    Segment Time 2:30


  16. SONG: "I'M GOING TO GO BACK THERE SOMEDAY" (Paul Williams)
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit) and Dave Goelz (Gonzo)
    Segment Time 2:45


  17. SONG: "BLESS US ALL" (Paul Williams)
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Dave Goelz (Gonzo), and Jerry Nelson (Robin)
    Segment Time 1:50


  18. SONG: "I HOPE THAT SOMETHING BETTER COMES ALONG" (Paul Williams)
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Jerry Nelson (Robin), Brian Henson (Sal), and Bill Barretta (Rowlf)
    Segment Time 1:50


  19. SONG: "WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA" (Paul Williams)
    Puppetteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Jerry Nelson (Robin), Brian Henson (Sal), Bill Barretta (Rowlf), Kevin Clash (Elmo), All (Others)
    Segment Time 2:30


  20. SONG: "RAINBOW CONNECTION" (Paul Williams)
    Puppeteers: All (Full Cast)
    Superimpose: Lyrics
    Segment Time 2:45

  21. CURTAIN CALLS
    Puppeteers: Steve Whitmire (Kermit), All (Full Cast)
    SONG: "MAGIC STORE"
    Segment Time 2:00


  22. MUSIC: CLOSING THEME
    Segment Time 0:15

Total Time 1:25:49

 
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