All tagged The Muppets

Binge-Watching Christmas Songs from the Stage and Screen

It’s that time of the year again. For some, it has already started. For others, it will be ushered in with Thanksgiving. It is time to play Christmas music: merrily, joyously, incessantly. Growing up in my home, we had a rule that Christmas carols could not be played until after Santa Claus arrived at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nowadays, it seems we are pelted with them like soggy snowballs from the minute Tiny Tim climbs on the school bus in September. But who am I to be such a Scrooge when we are so close to Thanksgiving, even the curmudgeonly Theatre Guy’s heart grows a few sizes and he embraces the yuletide when it comes around. With that in mind (and heart), I thought I’d put together a collage of Christmas Caroling clips of songs from movies, television and stage musicals for all of us to celebrate the countdown to December 25th.  It’s guaranteed to put you in the mood for the season.  

Are the Muppets Still Relevant?

I was reading through an article about how Disney World might jettison its Muppet 3-D Theatre from its Hollywood Studios park (this alone broke my heart), and the piece was accompanied by a string of comments debating the relevancy of the Muppets, not just in the parks, but as a part of our culture in general. It had never occurred to me that the Muppets would ever go out of fashion, that what I had always considered timeless did come with an expiration date. This led me to my own internal discussion “Are the Muppets still relevant?”