Millions of us learned how to sing with her rendition of “Doh-Re-Mi” in The Sound of Music, and now Dame Julie Andrews wants to teach a whole new generation.
She’s teamed up with The Jim Henson Company, who created The Muppets and all the creatures in fantasy movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, on a new show for Netflix called Julie’s Greenroom, where she stars as the head of a stage school that teaches kids (read, puppets) about all aspects of performing arts, from dance to mime, circus acts to singing and acting.
Think Sesame Street crossed with Fame. And just like in that children’s classic, she’ll be helped by star guests including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Josh Groban, Ellie Kemper, and Tituss Burgess.
Here she is introducing the show, helped by a few of her students and her assistant Gus, played by The Carrie Diaries‘ Giullian Gioiello:
It’s the first time in 12 years Andrews has had a starring role on film or TV, the last being her performance as Anne Hathaway‘s grandmother Queen Clarisse in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Although Netflix notes that “most” episodes will include an original song, it’s unclear whether Andrews herself will be singing.
Either way it’s good to see her back, and in such fine fettle. The announcement comes two days after Emily Blunt was confirmed as the new Mary Poppins in an upcoming sequel to the classic movie, which just goes to prove the saying: you can’t keep a good dame down.Read More