Imagine an alternate reality where zombies are the stars of all children’s entertainment. All this video needs to follow it is an undead Statler and Waldorf to give them hell.
The quality of the video is awful (and quite bootleggish, I shouldn’t doubt), but it’s worth watching for a couple of reasons. Avenue Q won the Tony for Best Musical and, unlike many recipients of that award, actually deserved it. I’ve been on stage and I find it hard enough work just being able to deal with my own body. What this video will show you, albeit jerkily, is something you can’t appreciate listening to the soundtrack: the skill of the performers in working with these puppets. Not only are they performing but they’re performing through the puppets. And the puppets in this show that require two performers–I can’t be coordinated with just me, so these folks, all of them, impress the hell out of me. Just watch how they move.
If there’s any way possible for you to get to New York and see this, or catch it when it tours, make sure you do so. In the meantime, console yourself with the soundtrack. Here’s the show’s official site.
Update: The video’s gone, but here’s the song itself.
Basically, here’s the deal. Your favorite Muppet performers are going to be replaced. How do we know this? Because auditions are being held right now to that end. Jim Henson’s idea was that only one performer would bring each Muppet to life…this way, you had an actual character instead of Kermit or Fozzie being brought to life by just whoever happened to be closest to the puppet at the time.
Now, of course, since Brian Henson has sold his father’s legacy, it’s really well within Disney’s rights to do whatever the hell they want with the characters. This is not in question. However, by doing so, they run a very real risk of mismanaging the property into oblivion. Because they’re taking away the one thing that still makes the Muppets special. Or, to be this bluntly in exec-speak, the one thing that still makes us want to buy product based on those characters.