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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. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I like to think the re-building of puppets is Henson's own way of saying "we're going to get this movie made and we're pushing for it this way" and using the new Fraggle puppets for assorted things leading up to a hopeful greenlight. But that's just me speculating.
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  2. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Was it the acoustics of the place, or did Clash's Elmo voice sound higher? Like he had inhaled lots of helium. Haha.
  3. wembleyfraggle

    wembleyfraggle Well-Known Member

    Do you have the full filmed Fraggle Part??? Im trying so hard to find someone who actually has it!
  4. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I'm sad more of a big deal wasn't made before hand for this event. I honestly don't think people realized how special and insane this thing would be. Or the fact that YES, this really did feature a tonnnnnnnn of Muppets, from the Muppet show to Sesame Street to rebuilt Fraggle Rock and Emmet Otter. Heck I think I saw one of the Bear puppeteers there. I mean $9, crazyness.

    Despite the strict no camera usage role, tons of pix and tons of video

    Im very happy I can say Ive been to the only two public live Muppet shows ever(2001 and this one) Just wish I coulda met more fans!
  5. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Ah, beaker's here at last!

    But yes, I think some of us did write this thing off a bit early but when people found out about this, they found out. :) I'm quite content with the amount of people I met, fan-wise and Henson-wise, it would have been worth you guys sticking around even sitting at the stage door for an hour but oh well.
  6. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I wonder if anyone else traveled far? Over 3000 miles for me, but it was worth it!

    Yeah I was a bit bummed I didnt get to meet too many other muppet fans. I did get to meet and hang with (gah, forget his handle...bob pizza dude?) and I met the guys who run tough pigs. I made a post of how we should all have a meetup before or after the shows(I was at the 12:30 show, but stuck around to see who'd come for the 3:30)
    I think a lot of Muppet fans are a bit on the shy/aspie/etc side so maybe a meetup wouldnt be prudent. It was great seeing so many children there, including even a field trip from a class.

    I saw a youtube video where Clash, Baretta, etc were signing autographs outside of carnegie hall after the 3:30 performance!

    Oh yeah did anyone head to FAO Schwarz to go to Muppet Workshop? Small but I loved it
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  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It seems this could have been an honorary second "Muppet Show Live", but with exclusive focus on the music, less characters, and more representation of Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock.
  8. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Me too! When I first heard of this (in a separate thread here on MC), I thought it was just The Pops playing a bunch of Muppety music, which, don't get me wrong, is awesome! It just wasn't something I'd fly out there for (I'm lucky to live in a small town where the local city and high school bands have always and still regularly play Muppet/any John Williams scores and songs... and they're actually GOOD!), unless it was going to be something extra special (like this turned out to be!). If only they'd said something like "full of live performances by so-and-so and their-respective-character", or something, ha ha.

    Maybe it's something they did on purpose to avoid giant stampeding crowds full of foaming-at-the-mouth crazed Muppet fans who can never have enough? Lol. Man, they coulda hiked the ticket prices and sold out a weeks worth of shows if they really wanted to. I can say in all honesty, that if I knew what this show was actually going to be, I would be raving about my own experience in this thread too! :sigh: BUT, I'm insanely happy for all you who were able to attend such a beautiful event!! :D

    P.S. Awesome pic of you in your Fozzie hat! Keeping Muppet Pride alive and well across the U. S.! :fanatic:
  9. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    My mom, the biggest Muppet fan Ive ever met, was tearing up too...and she was only on the phone(called her so she could hear during the rainbow connection/magic store medley)

    It was a thrill seeing so many families. It's definitely solidified my feeling that I just could never date or marry someone who wasnt a big muppet fan as I wouldnt feel right.

    Ha that rocks. Surprised that kid isnt officially part of Sesame Street yet. I dug his moxy in the documentary
  10. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Yes! Totally agree! Marrying the perfect Muppet fan and raising little Muppet freaks is the best!
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  11. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Well yeah I mean, that's what it simply was billed as. An "evening of the pops paying instrumental tribute to the magic of Jim Henson" or something. I mean, hey, cool...but fly 3000+ miles for cool? Not really. Even if it was another Kermit with Elmo and Zoe or Gonzo ribbon cutting a library thing, I couldnt justify flying that far out.

    Truth be told I had no clue Fraggle Rock would be there. I mean I was guessing Red might make a cameo. But for Fraggles to have a big part of the show blew me away. Its definitely been over two decades since we saw all three Henson worlds on stage or in the same room for something.

    The truth is there, I noticed a number of empty seats. Now, I know the site claims some seats are "obstructed", but I feel every seat shoulda been filled. If muppet fans knew how awesome itd be way ahead of time, I think more woulda made the trek out there for it

    I agree. I don't know why they didnt announce this as having actual performers/muppets til the last minute, but Im glad I was able to nab a $240 plane ticket from California. Muppet live show/muppetfest weekend was amazing, but it definitely(except elmo) lacked Sesame Street and any hint of Fraggleness. So to me this was a whole other enchilada. The fact they incorporated a storyline was magnificent. I love how Statler and Waldorf were in the balcony with people. It was shocking(in a good way) to see Wembley and Matt..and of course the Emmet Otter crew.

    Hey! There ya are. Ok forgot your handle. Here's the pix of you btw

    So lucky ya got to go to the second show, I heard they resolved some of the sound issues and some performers came out afterward
  12. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Yeah there was no official filming, and the staff were very strict with telling people to stop filming. But, the entire thing does seem to have been filmed overall by a few people(tho not all of it closeup) I could barely see anything (bad eye sight/very top nose bleed balcony) so its like seeing it all for the first time! People in the front area=lucky!
  13. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I got from your original post that your instinct was saying none of them would show up.
    I just assumed the best way to meet some of the performers/crew would be outside Carnegie itself post 3:30 show. I had to leave by 3, so wasnt able to stick around but cool to see some of us here got to meet people. Im sad Spinney wasnt there, he and his wife are so insanely nice. Also wish Marty coulda been there, but still shocked how many of the Muppet/Sesame crew were able to make it
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  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    The part where Williams spoke so fondly of Jim, and seeing those quotes...and then the whole rainbow connection part...really made me tear up. Im so glad Im old enough to have enjoyed every moment of his work in the 80's, but I feel this world sure could use Jim today more than ever and Im glad his work continues on.

    ....eeeeenteresting ^____^;;
  15. Avilos

    Avilos Well-Known Member

    While obviously they been planning a Fraggle Rock movie for years. It easy to imagine that the overall resurgence of the Muppets would benefit the Henson Company's own projects. Like "Stuffed and Unstrung" on Celebrity Apprentice. Or this tribute at Carnegie Hall. (I wish I could have been there) The timing of it post new movie can't be a coincidence.

    While legally all the branches of Jim's creative family tree are now separate. They are still linked in the minds of the public. But also there are still strong connections with shared performers as this event shows.
  16. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Much appreciated.

    And yeah, I still can't believe I got into the second show free. And yes, for the most part the sound issues were resolved. It was still difficult to understand what Elmo was saying when he wasn't singing but still, you can't beat an experience like this. We were there for a good hour and a half after the show out back just hanging out, it was great.

    Oh, and some nice video on YouTube has been found, really just bits of the show, but still looks great.

    There's more on this guy's channel if you look around.
  17. capman

    capman Active Member

    Hey, that is correct, nobody from the show came to the "Afterparty" Luckly, i got refunded the $125 after stating my case.

    I really should have sought them out as they were walkign around on the 2nd floor doors just hanging out in between shows. Spinney should be at the chiller convnetion in Nj in Oct. as he has gone the pst three October's there. Super nice guy.
  18. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Not really, and what I filmed came out so bad, so I won't post it, but believe me, it's a bad recording.

    That was you?! Obviously I took notice of the hat, but I saw you there and overheard you talking and thought, "This guy HAS to be from some site because he knows his stuff." I would have said hello if I knew!

    I personally did not even know there would even be any special guests let alone actual Muppets until the day before. I just bought the tickets back in November because I thought it would be a fun concert. Having said that and having talked to a bunch of people, I got the impression that because of how busy all the performers were, nothing was set in stone, hence why Steve Whitmire's name appears nowhere on the poster.
  19. wembleyfraggle

    wembleyfraggle Well-Known Member

    Bad as in Video or sound? I want to hear it. I can put a picture up and not watch the video. I want to hear the songs and hear the Fraggles voices!
  20. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh man ya shoulda said hey. What do you look like? Im sure others were there I didnt recognize or were too shy.

    Yeah the show (as in THE show) was either last minute or kept under wraps. Im just grateful flights were so cheap pre summer.

    Yeah I shook my friends with my wikipedia like zeal for the Muffins...I mean Muppets. Most dont get it, and I rarely meet Muppet fans (as in more than just a passing "Oh I like Fonzie" sort)

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