The Muppets Developing A Live Stage Show! The Actual Muppets! Live! Hurrah!

muppet showAfter a few years of teasing hints and off-stage whispers about the possibility, it might soon be time to start the music and light the lights. For real.

Variety report:

Disney Theatrical Prods. has quietly initiated early explorations of a live stage show featuring the Muppets, commencing late last month with a short but elaborate presentation directed by Alex Timbers [that] incorporated a handful of sets and more than 85 Muppets.

Timbers directed Pee-Wee Herman’s 2011 comeback and the well-loved Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He’s got the stuff, I understand.

The last time I wrote about this, I think, was when Disney registered the URLs THEMUPPETSONBROADWAY.COM and THEMUPPETSONTOUR.COM. That was almost a year ago, but I’ve been excited by the possibility all the while.

Even something as stripped down as a press conference with Piggy and Kermit commanded a room full of jaded hacks when the last Muppets threw a junket here in the UK. I can’t even imagine how joyful a full-on show would be.

You know, I don’t care how expensive the tickets turn out, I’m buying a whole pile of them.

Interestingly, the plot of The Muppets… Again! involves a tour by Kermit and company. If the possible marketing synergy between that film and a booking at, say, the Palladium convince Disney to push ahead with the stage show, then great. Do it, Disney.

Here’s a stripped-down, relatively simple live performance by The Muppets from Montreal’s 2012 Just For Laughs festival.

YouTube Preview Image

Robin Has A Way To Take Out Superman In Justice League Vs Teen Titans Trailer

macgyver

MacGyver Reboot Film To Exist Alongside New Television Show

Steve Oliff’s One-Of-A-Kind Akira Colour Guides From $40 Each

Wrath Of The Villains – First Teaser For The Return Of Gotham

besson

Luc Besson Shares On-Set Photos From Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Marvel Had Twice DC’s Marketshare In January, But Walking Dead Outsold Secret Wars

Ghost In The Shell To Add Michael Pitt

Saga Appears On The Big Bang Theory Over *That* Cover… (Art Ops UPDATE)

The Time Masters Offer Rip Hunter A Way Out In Legends Of Tomorrow Preview

12512324_997966530241035_3013661541653842136_n

“Up Yours Angoulême!” – The Cry From 100 Women Making Comics As The New London Exhibition Opens