It’s just been announced that Julie Andrews, who has soundtracked the lives of children the world-over since 1965’s The Sound of Music, is furthering her legacy by bringing a new kids’ show to Netflix. And it’s going to have puppets made by the Jim Henson Company.
Julie’s Greenroom will star Andrews as Ms. Julie, who is the director of the fictional Wellspring Center for the Performing Arts. There, she instructs children — puppet children! — in the ways of the performing arts, including mime, dance, improv, and circus arts. Apparently, as the children, known as the Greenies, hone their talents, they develop a kind of show within the show. Or, at least, they create and perform to songs original to the show.
Andrews is assisted on the show by Giullian Yao Gioiello’s Gus, as well as a remarkable list of guest stars that includes Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Erwin, Ellie Kemper, Idina Menzel, Tiler Peck, and Stomp. Yeah, you read that correctly: Stomp!
The show was created by Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, as well as Judy Rothman-Rofė. Here’s what Andrew said about the project, via a very exciting press release:
“This project represents the fulfillment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts. I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time coauthor, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-Rofė. We could not be more honored to be working with the extraordinary Jim Henson Company. We are equally delighted to be premiering as a Netflix original production.”
Julie’s Greenroom will be available exclusively on Netflix in early 2017.