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Your Thoughts: Jim Henson's Musical World at Carnegie Hall

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by Phillip, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Walter White

    Walter White Member


    Definitely. Wembley was spot on, absolutely perfect.

    Another thing I didn't mention was that Fozzie got some good laughs. His best line was when John said he asked him for the past week to go to the library and research Jim Henson. He asked what he learned, to which Fozzie replied, "I learned they don't allow bears in the New York Public Library."
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  2. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Also, in case it wasn't mentioned, Jerry Nelson did all the announcements. Pre-recorded, I'm assuming.
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  3. Walter White

    Walter White Member

    Jerry was there, but I don't know if he was doing the announcements live.
  4. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    WHAT?! I didn't see him. Wow. Now I really wish I had been able to go to the after party! I'm glad I was able to go to the event itself though.
  5. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member


    I got to go to both shows due to pure luck. (I got into the second one free due to getting a ticket from someone desperately trying to get rid of there's) I got to meet a lot of great people fan-wise and performer-wise (finally figured out where the stage door was at the last possible second). I spent a lot of time in particular with our own long-time member Beaker and his friend who willingly let me follow them through FAO to find the Whatnot Workshop (you guys rock!) and a nice woman from Iowa named Lisa (I know you're reading this, Lisa... :p). But overall, it was awesome, especially chatting with a ton of Muppet fans outside the stage door. We were there for a good hour and a half after the show just shooting the breeze about Muppets. I also got to meet a lot of awesome Henson/Sesame alumni, which is always great. John Tartaglia truly is one of us, people. :)

    And I feel kind of awesome that when Brooke Shields randomly came out the stage door with her kids, I told people to clear the way and let her be. She was grateful and gave me a polite "Thanks."
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  6. Borples

    Borples Well-Known Member

    Well, now that I'm done reading through and liking all of the first hand accounts... :) THANK you, everyone, for giving us the details! It sounds like the most marvelously muppety time imaginable. The few video clips available have filled me with glee.
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  7. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    that is amazing
  8. the80sdrummer

    the80sdrummer Well-Known Member

    The show was incredible! I went to the first one. Yes, the sound was pretty bad in some spots but the show itself made up for it. It was great to see most of the Sesame Street people there. Luis and Caroll Spinney were mysteriously missing. I was lucky enough to get a 6th row right up front just like Walter White. Heck, maybe we were sitting together! It really fulfilled a dream of mine to see the Muppets perform live as well as seeing the performers. I'm kicking myself for not getting a later bus ticket back to MD. I had to leave right after the show. I wish I could have had the opportunity to meet the performers afterwards as well as see the 2nd show.

    And I'm pretty sure I saw Jerry Nelson. Was he in a wheelchair? If so then it was definitely him. I didn't want to be rude to him as he and his wife (I guess that was her) were going right by me so I didn't say anything.
  9. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Supposedly, Luis is in a play in Florida right now and Caroll is at a horror movie convention in Hollywood this weekend. :confused: Yeah, I don't get it either.
  10. Walter White

    Walter White Member

    Row F, seat 111 for me. That would be funny if we were sitting next to each other.

    He wasn't when I saw him, but he was siting down then, so maybe he got in one to move about.
  11. Walter White

    Walter White Member

    I'd think they both would have been there but probably made their other commitments before the show was scheduled.
  12. Muppetfan44

    Muppetfan44 Well-Known Member

    I totally wish I would have been able to go to this- sounds like it was pure magic! They totally should have done a huge televised special for this- I'm sure the ratings would go sky high!
  13. capman

    capman Active Member

    I was at the 3:30 show at in row F seat 103. It really was a happy, magical, tearful show that I was honored to be at and possibly never happen again. The show was layed out nicely with adding as much as they could of Jim career within an hour . I have to admit, I got teary eyed when the SS crew came out. I don't know how it sounded in the upper seats, but even 6th row, it was very hard to hear.

    Met Joesph Bailey in the hall and told him how I loved his book. He seemed very shocked that i recognized him and very humble.

    Now, Iwent to the after after, witht he exception of Brooke Sheilds showing up for 15 min., NO ONE , as I have figured within 20 min of theparty, from any part of the cast showed up ( I took my chances, got a nice gift bag though with a fantastic poster saying "The Art Of Muppets" that appears to be a reproduction from 1980, let me know if you want me to scan it).

    SO I asked the vent person, it appeared truly sad, as she was waiting for them as well. I took a chance. HOWEVER, there was a certain ex-wife who wheeled by me to go backstage in the party, yes Jane Henson, who sadly looks to be in bad condition, was whisked away backstage.

    I finally said" Oh crap, run tot stage door", only to see Johnny still there and Roscoe ( Gordon) there. I met Rosocoe , he signed my Xmas eve on SS insert and we talked for 10 min - class act and very gentle. Then spotted Kevin Clash across the street, he signed for me, very much in a hurry, understandably. Then was told by toher fans, who were waiting for Steve W., that most of the SS had left ( Sonia looked super hot on stage to this 40 year old!)

    For the most part, this show, seeing the muppets live with most of the SS crew was a dream. You would think there would be cameras shooting for a PBS special, but I did not see any. I would have taped with my camera, but their were pages all over telling people to stop taking pictures.

    One last thing: for those who saw Jerry Nelson, was he at the 12:30 or the 3:30?

    Let us know if you ahve any questions! really fun time!
  14. BIGMuppetFan

    BIGMuppetFan Well-Known Member

    This sounds like it was an Awesome Event!! If I was in New York I would so have to attend, I understand the crying and happiness of meeting Muppets, I met David Rudman and Cookie Monster last December 2011 and was a great experience for me. I really wish they taped this show so all us Muppet Fans could have a chance to see it and Possibly own it for ourselves.

    Thanks for all the reviews and sharing your experiences with us!! :)
  15. Kelonzi

    Kelonzi New Member

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm new to the forums here, but not new to Henson by any stretch of the imagination! Like so many people have said ahead of me, this concert was absolutely amazing... so amazing that I just had to chime in on this topic!

    All the recaps have been fabulous (and, frankly, helped jog *my* memory of events, so thanks for that, btw...). I won't do another full recap- just add a few tidbits here and there that I can recall.

    I was lucky to get tickets for both performances today with my husband. We're huge fans of Fraggle Rock, so seeing Red, Uncle Matt and (I heard it mentioned- the recently rebuilt?) Wembley was fan-tastic! :coy: A few things I can remember for you fellow Fraggle lovers:

    1) Uncle Matt was narrating 'facts' about "Carnegie Cave" to Red and Wembley in his usual fractured style. Mention of it being a large Doozer construction completed 6 weeks ago, used as a summer home for Ma and Pa Gorg (IIRC).
    2) To test if it was a Doozer construction or not, Wembley started nibbling on the railing (for the record... it didn't taste good!)
    3) To the best of my memory, (and my scribbling in the dark) the medley was:
    "Follow Me"/"Pass it On"/"Workin'"/"Let Me Be Your Song"/"Wemblin' Song"/"Closing Theme" <-- Red sang the Gobo parts in "Wemblin'" and Matt sang lead on "Let Me Be Your Song"
    4) The image of Jim holding Cantus was hilarious and touching at the same time. Uncle Matt: "Cantus is being kidnapped by a Silly Creature!"

    I also wanted to add on the sound issue- 12:30 was pretty bad, but they did get things ironed out for 3:30. Actually, it seemed in general everything went smoother the second go-around.

    Oh! Also, a great little ad-lib in the second show-- during "Rubber Ducky" the squeaks weren't coming through on the microphone, so Kevin Clash was making Elmo "SQUEAKY-SQUEAK!" in place of them. This happened in both performances, but during the second one, Steve Whitmire... "altered" the lyrics a bit (making Kevin crack up):

    "Rubber Ducky, joy of joys!
    When I squeeze you, Elmo makes noise!" :p

    I'll post more if I can think of anything!
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  16. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Will this be on TV?
  17. Stagemaven

    Stagemaven New Member

    I was at the 3:30 show. I honestly think this was the best hour of my life. I used to spend hours listening to my Sesame Street records as a child. There was one song I used to sing over & over. It was a duet between Grover (who I was sad wasn't there) & Madeline Khan. I'd sing be my echo for hours. After the Rachel Dratch as SM segment John asked her if she'd like to know how to sing in Carnegie Hall. She said sure and they sang Be My Echo with Rachel doing the echo part along with the audience. I got to sing my favorite song in Carnegie Hall. I feel very lucky. I sat in the third row on the side. It was pretty amazing.
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  18. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    The show was AWESOME!!! It was a real special and emotional tribute to Jim Henson. :) I loved all the Muppet, Sesame and Fraggle appearances!!!

    My Ma actually cried during Rainbow Connection
  19. thecompman

    thecompman New Member

    I was at the 3:30 show as well. Thank god MuppetCentral sent out an email about this 2 weeks ago. I scored tickets in the high balcony. But...after check again and again almost every night I got a ticket in....Row A right on the center aisle!!!!

    What an amazing show, and vantage point. All the performers both human and muppet were literally just a few feet away from me.

    Previous posters on this thread have given excellent recaps, better than I ever could so I'll just tell you about after the show. My wife is little and cute and therefore people like to give her information when she asks and it's tough to say no to her. So on our way out she asked where to go to meet the performers.

    We were standing right at the stage door, we got talk with and get autographs from David Goelz, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson, Kevin Clash (got photos with him too), then we saw most of the sesame cast as they walked out.

    Got to shake hands with Sonia, Loretta, and Allison. Then we spotted Roscoe he was outside being very gracious and spending time talking with people, signing autographs, and taking pictures, so we got pictures with him.

    Then...my wife turned around and spotted Bob and his wife sneaking away, so she ran across the street and we got photos and his autograph as well. His wife is super sweet!

    I don't know who could've possibly been at the after party because we got practically everyone on the way out immediately following the concert.

    Totally the best 2 hours of my life, it was such an amazing experience, absolutely Once in a Lifetime!
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  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    sometimes I bet the Muppet performers don't realize how famous they really are.
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