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Dame Julie Andrews, of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins fame, is set to star in a new Netflix-produced kid’s show. Julie’s Greenroom will feature Julie, an assistant (Giullian Yao Gioiello), and a series of puppet characters, called Greenies, from The Jim Henson Company.
The show is said to rival Sesame Street, as it is also aimed at the preschool demographic.
In a special announcement, Julie explained, “This project represents the fulfillment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts.”
Julie’s character will play a teacher who teaches the puppets all about the performing arts, including the creation of a stage show that utilizes music, dance, improvisation and singing among other elements.
Judy Rothman-Rofé, the producer/writer/lyricist of children’s media for The Jim Henson Company, helped create the series with Julie and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Some of the guest stars have already been announced including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, and Idina Menzel.
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Julie and her daughter have already penned over 30 children’s books, so Julie’s Greenroom was a natural progression for them. Netflix has recently focused more on original programming, including a large amount of children’s shows aimed at preschoolers.
Director of children’s content at Netflix, Andy Yeatman, explained, “Julie Andrews is the rare personality that can span multiple generations of people who love and adore her.”
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Despite the fact that Julie cannot sing like she used to due to a botched throat operation in 1997, the Oscar winning star may still perform in some aspect on the show. Ultimately, though, the majority of singing will be done by the musical guests and the Greenies.
The show has been picked up for a 13-episode season, premiering in 2017. Seeing as Sesame Street will no longer be available on Netflix due to their deal with HBO, Julie’s Greenroom will be a welcome addition to the streaming platform.