Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Emmet Otter" Stage Show Takes Shape

As reported back in February, The Jim Henson Company has partnered with iTheatrics to develop a musical stage adaptation of the classic holiday special "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas." The original theatrical show will feature a mix of stage actors, puppet characters and classic heart-warming songs.

The story follows the holiday adventures of Emmet and his mother as they each secretly enter the Waterville talent show in hopes of winning enough money to buy a special Christmas gift for the other. Award-winning song writer Paul Williams, who wrote the songs for the original special, is involved in the project and is writing several new songs specifically for the stage show.

While the show's opening date and other production details have not been confirmed, The Jim Henson Company has announced that the show is currently in early development workshops. Tim McDonald and Christopher Gattelli adapted the story for the stage, and Gattelli is directing the production.

Brian Henson, co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company, commented on the new show stating, "'Emmet Otter' is a beloved story that has remained a favorite with fans around the world. I continue to admire the work of Tim McDonald and iTheatrics, as they create highly entertaining and faithful stage adaptations which stay true to the heart and spirit of the original material. Having Paul Williams on board to write our new songs ensures that our musical production stays true to Emmet's story."

I will be sure to keep you updated as the premiere draws near and more information on this exciting stage show continues to surface.


frogboy4 said...

I am very excited. Sounds good! This story is more beloved than I had originally thought with the late 30-50s crowd so I am sure there will be many parents who want to take their kids while they wax nostalgic in all that is Emmet Otter.

Vaughn Michael said...

Man I really hope this comes true and isn't just another dream like the new dark crystal movie or the fraggle rock movie. :\
And seriously new paul williams music! I'm so there! hehe

Anonymous said...

This is great news indeed for our family. Emmet Otters Jug Band Christmas is a movie that my daughter Heather grew up on. She is going to be 30 years old this year and still watches this movie every year. We were on a hunt this year around Christmas time buying up all the DVD's we could find so she could give them to all her girlfriends. They all get together every year and start their holiday season with Emmet!! Please keep us informed about the upcoming show. Thanks very much!!

SpeedScruff said...

Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas is the most prized posession in my DVD collection. I try to tell all of my friends.... (well, I only have one friend) about how awesome the movie is. You can be assured we'll be front row when this production rolls out.

Anonymous said...

get tickets fast! I did a while back and scored a bunch for front row !!!