Personally, I feel that you never really grow out of the Muppets, except for that weird twilight when you're a teenager and you hate everything. But then you quickly go back to realizing how awesome the Muppets are, and it's hard not to love Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, and Fozzie all over again.
Their popularity is evident in their films that are released every so often — often a spoof on already-beloved tales, but sometimes, as with the 2011 movie "The Muppets," a completely original story. So is it really that strange there's a rumor the Muppets may head to Broadway?
Recently, Variety reported that Disney Theatrical Productions held a stage show of the Muppets at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater to explore the possibility a full Broadway production. The show included a few sets and 85 Muppets, performing pre-existing Muppet material.
Should the show head to Broadway? Well... how about a pros and cons list?
- The Muppet Theater — a grand old vaudeville house — is the setting for The Muppet Show, which means the Muppets would be at home on Broadway.
- Much like their 2012 film, a stage show would introduce a new generation of kids to Muppets, who have been around since the 1970s.
- "The Phantom of the Muppet Theater" has already happened, so a stage show isn't that far off base. They tackled the longest running, and one of the most iconic, theater shows of all time. I think the Muppets would do fine telling their own story.
- It would bring another Disney production to Broadway! I think whatever Disney touches is pure gold, so I am confident a theater show would be very successful.
- Muppets make everything better. Check out their spoof of "The Hunger Games" trailer.
- Mahna Mahna — on stage!
- It could possibly be Muppet overkill, what with their new film, "Muppets Most Wanted," slated for release in 2014. (Who am I kidding? There's no a such thing as Muppet overkill.)
- How exactly would they pull it off? We don't necessarily want to be seeing the people behind the puppets, a la Avenue Q. I want to keep some of the magic. Is it possible to keep the puppeteers concealed, maybe with some creative sets?
- The size ratio of puppet to ginormous theater. By its very definition, a Broadway show has 500 or more seats. That sometimes means it can be difficult to be the person sitting all the way at the top and still feel like you can see what's happening on stage. Since we know the Muppets are much smaller than humans (as we've seen them interact with countless people and their sizes remain unchanged), will they really be suitable for the stage?
Forget the cons because I want the Muppets on stage. The rest will sort itself out! What do you think? Should the Muppets have a show on Broadway? Would you see it?