In November of 2004, The Jim Henson Legacy and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) held a program at BAM Rose Cinemas, entitled "Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy". This series, focusing on the film and video work of Jim Henson, quickly became one of the most successful series in BAM's history, selling out nearly every program. The program included not only classic Henson films but also rare video excerpts, commercials, and experimental work from the private Henson archives. Due to the success of this series and the tremendous interest in it from around the world, the Jim Henson Legacy and BAM have joined forces to produce a traveling version of this immensely popular series.
The "Muppets, Music & Magic" tour has since traveled around the country making recent stops in Cleveland, OH and Boston, MA. The tour features rare films and short programs from the Henson archives, many of which are unavailable anywhere else – films include "The Dark Crystal", "The Muppet Movie", "Labyrinth", "Timepiece" and other television specials and episodes; plus excerpts from early television appearances, videos of Henson's experimental puppetry and animation work, rare commercials, and behind-the-scenes footage.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is set to run "Muppets, Music & Magic" screenings and events from June 21-July 1 with very special guest Dave Goelz. The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington Long Island will be hosting the tour on August 10-12 with a huge slate of special guests. There are also plans for a smaller presentation at the George Eastman House in Rochester to follow.
More information on the specific screenings, events, film schedules and programs, can be found by contacting the particular show venue. There are many additional venues (in such locations as Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Ithaca, and Los Angles, among others) that are considering hosting event screenings in the near future. I will keep informing you about booked venues as they are locked in and confirmed. If you are nearby any of these tour locations you might want to mark your calendars, round up a group of friends and prepare to go and check out some great Muppet films and presentations.