James Monroe Iglehart and Taran Killam Among Stars Saluting the Muppets at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Cabaret & Concert News   James Monroe Iglehart and Taran Killam Among Stars Saluting the Muppets at Feinstein’s/54 Below
 
Richard Kind will host the evening.
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Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, soon to join Hamilton) and Taran Killam (Hamilton) will join Lesli Margherita and Tony nominees Richard Kind and Emily Skeggs in celebrating the Muppets May 8 at 7 PM at Feinstein’s/54 Below supper club in New York.

The show will consist of covers of songs from the Muppets’ canon. Click here to order tickets.

The club first saluted Jim Henson’s google-eyed puppet creations with a pair of sold-out shows in summer 2016. Kind will host this encore engagement, which will also feature performances by puppeteer Rick Lyon (Avenue Q), Gerard Canonico (Groundhog Day, Spring Awakening), Lilli Cooper (The SpongeBob Musical, Wicked), Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen), Monet Sabel (Sweeney Todd), Natalie Walker (Cabaret), and others to be announced.

The concert will be produced and directed by Philip Romano with music direction by Ben Caplan.

Watch a clip from the summer 2016 show, including a performance by Iglehart:

The Muppets have had a long connection with Broadway. Their 1984 movie The Muppets Take Manhattan told the story of how they wanted to come to New York and put on a Broadway musical. The long-running TV series The Muppet Show was structured like a vaudeville variety show, ostensibly taking place in a live theatre, complete with backstage scenes and a pair of hecklers in the box seats.

The May 1 Feinstein’s show will recreate the latter gag as two “hecklers” from the side table, playing the roles originated by the Muppets' Statler and Waldorf, will harass host Kind.

Disney was reported in 2013 as testing the idea of a Muppet stage project.

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