Julie Andrews to star in preschool puppet show ‘Julie’s Greenroom’

Julie Andrews stars in 'Julie's Greenroom,' set to premiere on Netflix in early 2017. Netflix

Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews is set to star in Julie’s Greenroom, a new preschool show from The Jim Henson Company, that features an all-new puppet cast of kids learning about the performing arts.

The series will be available to all Netflix members, including Canadians, in early 2017.

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Andrews, who created the series with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and Judy Rothman-Rofė, will executive-produce and star as Ms. Julie — the director of the Wellspring Center for the Performing Arts in which she teaches performing arts workshops in the theatre and its “greenroom.”

Ms. Julie and her devoted assistant, Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello), bring the performing arts to a new generation of kids known as the “Greenies,” played by original puppet characters built by the renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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The Greenies are a diverse group of kids, mesmerized by all that the arts and creativity has to offer. Over the course of the season, with Ms. Julie’s guidance and inspiration from the visiting guest artists, the kids create an entirely original new show, a mash-up of all the performing arts including mime, music, dance, improv, circus arts and voice.

Most episodes will feature an original song, and every episode will feature a guest star who engages the kids in a specific area of the performing arts. The array of confirmed guest stars include Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show), Chris Colfer (Glee), Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Idina Menzel and many more.

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“This project represents the fulfillment of a long-held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts,” said Andrews. “I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time co-author, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-Rofė. We could not be more honoured to be working with the extraordinary Jim Henson Company.”

Julie’s Greenroom began shooting in May in Long Island, New York. The thirteen 30-minute episodes will premiere in early 2017.

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