Julie Andrews and The Jim Henson Company are teaming for a new Netflix show, but who cares if it's aimed at preschoolers, it's Julie Andrews and Jim Henson puppets!
In Julie's Greenroom, which will premiere in early 2017, Andrews will teach an all-new puppet cast of kids learning about the performing arts. She'll play Ms. Julie, the director of Wellspring Center of the Performing Arts. Andrews created the series with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and Judy Rothman-Rofe. She'll also executive produce.
Giullian Yao Gioiello also stars as Gus, the devoted assistant to Andrews' character. The puppets are called "Greenies," a new generation of diverse kids who are into the arts.
Guest stars include Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Erwin, Ellie Kemper, Idina Menzel, Tiler Peck and Stomp.
In a statement, Andrews said that "this project represents the fulfillment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts. I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time coauthor, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-Rofė. We could not be more honored to be working with the extraordinary Jim Henson Company. We are equally delighted to be premiering as a Netflix original production."
The new series starts shooting this May in Long Island, New York. Thirteen 30-minute episodes are set for early 2017.
"The best of the best have joined together to bring Julie's Greenroom to Netflix," Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, said in a statement. "Our award-winning director, Tony-nominated puppeteers, Broadway composer, and accomplished guest artists, led by the incomparable Julie Andrews, together will inspire kids to explore, appreciate and celebrate all forms of performing arts."