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[[Image:Muppet_Theatre_GO_TO_MOVIES.jpg|thumb|300px|The Theater in ''The Muppets Go to the Movies''.]]
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[[Image:Muppettheatre-outside.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theater, exterior, in ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie''.]]
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[[Image:Muppet_theatre_landmark.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Pepe the King Prawn|Pepe]] registers a document certifying the Muppet Theater as an historical landmark.]]
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[[Image:Theatre_front_2011.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theatre (British spelling) exterior as it appears in ''The Muppets'']]
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[[Image:Muppet_theatre_dirty.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theater in disrepair, as seen in ''The Muppets''.]]
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[[Image:theater4.png|thumb|300px]]
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[[Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-TheOtherBox.jpg|thumb|300px|The rarely seen balcony, opposite Statler & Waldorf's box.]]
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[[Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-TheaterCurtainRailSystemInstalledOnJimHensonsBirthday.jpg|thumb|300px|The theater's curtain rail system, installed on the day Jim Henson was born.]]
   
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'''The Muppet Theater''' is the setting for ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' -- a grand old [[Vaudeville|vaudeville]] house that has seen better days. In [[Episode 106: Jim Nabors|episode 106]], [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] identifies the name of the theater as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater, although by the time of ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'', it is simply called "The Muppet Theater."
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According to ''[[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater]]'', the theater was built by a stage actor named [[John Stone]] in 1802. At some point a production of ''[[Hamlet]]'' ran in the theater, with Stone playing the title role. An alternate exterior is also shown in the book. The original exterior can be seen at the end of ''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]''. It was renovated by the time of ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie''.
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Locations seen in the Muppet Theater are [[Backstage|backstage right]], the [[Guest Star's Dressing Room|dressing rooms]], the [[The Attic|attic]], the [[The Canteen|canteen]], the [[The Prop Room|prop room]], the [[Beauregard's Storing Room|storage room]], the [[boiler room]], the [[Muppet Theater Stage|stage]], the house, the [[Reception|stage door lobby]], and the [[The Stage Door|back alley]]. In ''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]'' and ''[[Bo Saves the Show]]'' there is also a cellar where the monsters stay in.
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[[Scooter|Scooter's]] uncle [[J.P. Grosse]] owns the theater, and rents it to [[the Muppets]], as Scooter is only too happy to remind [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]]. In a deleted scene from ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie'', Kermit reveals that J.P. has passed away and left the theater to the Muppets. This would have taken place sometime after [[1997]], as J.P. can be seen (and referred to as such by [[the Head of the Network|the head]] of the [[KMUP]] network) in ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' [[Episode 102: Garth Brooks|episode 102]] and was last seen at KMUP in [[Episode 206: Paula Abdul|episode 206]].
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According to the events of ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie'', as of December 24, [[2002]], the theater is an Official Historical Landmark. It can never be torn down nor changed. It will always remain the Muppet Theater, no matter who owns it.
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In ''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson]]'', [[Rizzo the Rat]] and his team of [[rats]] have torn it down in their search for the Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson.
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The theater also appears in the 2011 film ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'', where it's located next door to Muppet Studios. The exterior of the [[El Capitan Theatre]] served as The Muppet Theater exterior during filming, providing it with the British English spelling, "The Muppet Theatre." Production designer [[Steve Saklad]] was charged with re-creating the theatre interior. The set itself was reworked from a 1925 set built for ''[[The Phantom of the Opera]]''. Of the task, Saklad said:
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{{Quote|They go into the theater, and really the heart of our movie is the transformation of the theater from the way they first find it, which is completely desolate, condemned by the board of health, pigeons are flying around in the open holes in the ceiling.
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Eventually they transform this — this nasty looking place into the sort of glory days of the Muppet Theater. Now I should explain, the — the theater was very important to us to get right. In the old TV show, there’s a simplified version of a kind of Muppet Theater. It’s kind of sweet and quaint; not very real looking. Our story is this: Once, there was a real Muppet Theater; great old, 100-year-old, [[Vaudeville]] Theater with ghosts and history, and these great acts that had always played there.
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We’ll show you the full front of the audience, all the on-stage workings with the pin rails and the dimmer boards, and all the backstage areas and the dressing rooms all in one great space, so that you can go anywhere within that theater. You can go from the front of the audience up onto the stage, over to Kermit’s table, and then up the stairs and go right into Piggy’s dressing room, and it will all — always all be right there. So this was the sketch I did to transform a standing set that exists at Universal Studios for the ''Phantom of the Opera''. This set was built in 1925. It’s still there. It’s a — it’s a relic that we — that — it’s historical, you know, sort of, it’s a space that no one can touch.
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So we went in, transformed it into a classic, [[Broadway]]-style theater, front of house. We built a proscenium, we built everything behind the proscenium, which this model shows to encompass our backstage. And here are some of the shots of the very decrepit first look at the theater, and then how it gets transformed into the shiny, sparkly, ready-for-opening-night look.<ref>[http://www.sippycupmom.com/2011/11/the-muppets-interview-with-production-designer-steve-saklad.html The #Muppets: Interview with Production Designer Steve Saklad. www.sippycupmom.com. November 13, 2011.]</ref>}}
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Special tribute was paid to Muppets creator [[Jim Henson]], with the theater's curtain rail system donning the installation date of September 24, 1936, the day Henson was born. The date can be spotted briefly in a scene that shows the Muppets sleeping on the rafters and in hammocks on stage.
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==Rooms==
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<gallery widths=149 orientation=square spacing=small captionalign=center position=center hideaddbutton=true>
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TmsAttic.jpg|[[The attic|Attic]]|link=The attic
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Image:Theater1.png|[[Muppet Theater Auditorium|Auditorium]]|link=Muppet Theater Auditorium
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TmsBackstage2.jpg|[[Backstage]]|link=Backstage
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Boilerroom.jpg|[[The Boiler Room|Boiler Room]]|link=The Boiler Room
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VMX-FinaleCast.jpg|Box Office
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Canteen.jpg|[[The Canteen|Canteen]]|link=The Canteen
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Dressingroom.jpg|[[Guest Star's Dressing Room]]|link=Guest Star's Dressing Room
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Piggydressingroom.jpg|[[Miss Piggy's Dressing Room]]|link=Miss Piggy's Dressing Room
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Orchestrapit.jpg|[[The Muppet Orchestra|The Orchestra Pit]]|link=The Muppet Orchestra
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Proproom.jpg|[[The Prop Room|Prop Room]]|link=The Prop Room
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Reception.jpg|[[Reception]]|link=Reception
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RockMusic1.jpg|[[The Recording Studio|Recording Studio]]|link=The Recording Studio
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The Muppets Theater (2).jpg|[[Muppet Theater Stage|Stage]]|link=Muppet Theater Stage
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Location.stagedoor.jpg|[[The Stage Door|Stage Door]]|link=The Stage Door
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Storage.jpg|[[Beauregard's Storing Room|Storing Room]]|link=Beauregard's Storing Room
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105-17.jpg|[[Statler and Waldorf's Box]]|link=Statler and Waldorf's Box
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</gallery>
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==Staff==
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[[Image:Muppet-Stage-Hooray.jpg|thumb|300px]]
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[[Image:theater2.png|thumb|300px]]
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[[Image:theater3.png|thumb|300px]]
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[[Image:The Muppets Theater (3).jpg|thumb|300px]]
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*[[Kermit the Frog]]: Host, performer
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*[[Pops]]: Doorman, box office
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*[[Scooter]]: Go-fer
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*[[George the Janitor]]
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*[[Beauregard]]: Janitor and stagehand
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*[[Beaker]]: Stagehand, lab assistant
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*[[Hilda]]: Wardrobe
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*[[Gladys (Muppet Show)|Gladys]]: Canteen staff
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*[[The Swedish Chef]]: Canteen staff, performer
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*[[Fozzie Bear]]: Stand-up comedian
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*[[Gonzo]]: Stunt Performer
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*[[Miss Piggy]]: Performer
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*[[Lew Zealand]]: Performer
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*[[Wayne and Wanda]]: Singers
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*[[Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem|The Electric Mayhem]]: House band
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*[[Nigel (Muppet Show)|Nigel]]: Conductor
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*[[The Muppet Orchestra]]
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*[[Security Guard]]
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*[[J. P. Grosse]]: owner
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*[[Rachel Bitterman]]: owner
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==Appearances==
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* ''[[The Muppet Show]]'', all episodes except [[Episode 308: Loretta Lynn|episode 308]] (1976-1981)
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* ''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'' (1981)
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* [[Polaroid]] commercials (1981)
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* [[:Category:Playhouse Video|Playhouse Video series]] (1985)
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* ''[[Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear]]'' (1988)
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* ''[[The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson]]'' (1990)
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* ''[[Muppet Classic Theater]]'' (1994)
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* [[V-Chip]] commercial, The Toreador Song (1999)
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* Weezer's "[[Keep Fishin']]" music video (2002)
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* ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'' (2002)
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* [[CanTeen]] commercial (2005)
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* ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'' (2011)
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* ''[[LittleBigPlanet]]'' (2012)
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==Illustrated appearances==
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* ''[[The Muppet Show Book]]'' (1978)
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* [[Advent Calendar]] (1979)
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* ''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]'' (1979)
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* [[The Muppets (comic strip)|''The Muppets'' comic strip]] (1981-1986)
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* ''[[Bo Saves the Show]]'' (1982)
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* ''[[Two for the Show]]'' (1982)
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* ''[[Jim Henson's Bedtime Stories]]'' (1989)
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* ''[[Foo-Foo, Where Are You?]]'' (1991)
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* ''[[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater]]'' (1991)
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* ''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book]]'' (2009-2010)
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* ''[[I Am Kermit the Frog]]'' (2011)
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* ''[[The Muppets: Meet the Muppets]]'' (2011)
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* ''[[The Muppets: Theater Stage Set]]'' (2011)
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<gallery orientation=portrait position=center>
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TheComicMuppetBook-TheMuppetTheater-(1979).jpg|The Muppet Theatre [BE spelling], exterior, as depicted in ''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]''.
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Theatre-phantombook.jpg|''[[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater]]''
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Pegleg4b.jpg|In ''[[The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson]]'', [[Rizzo]] destroys the theater, resembling the illustrated version in ''The Phantom of the Muppet Theater''.
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</gallery>
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==Sources==
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Revision as of 23:09, March 29, 2012

Muppet Theatre GO TO MOVIES
The Theater in The Muppets Go to the Movies.
Muppettheatre-outside
The Muppet Theater, exterior, in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
Muppet theatre landmark
Pepe registers a document certifying the Muppet Theater as an historical landmark.
Theatre front 2011
The Muppet Theatre (British spelling) exterior as it appears in The Muppets
Muppet theatre dirty
The Muppet Theater in disrepair, as seen in The Muppets.
Theater4
TheMuppets-(2011)-TheOtherBox
The rarely seen balcony, opposite Statler & Waldorf's box.
TheMuppets-(2011)-TheaterCurtainRailSystemInstalledOnJimHensonsBirthday
The theater's curtain rail system, installed on the day Jim Henson was born.

The Muppet Theater is the setting for The Muppet Show -- a grand old vaudeville house that has seen better days. In episode 106, Kermit identifies the name of the theater as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater, although by the time of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, it is simply called "The Muppet Theater."

According to The Phantom of the Muppet Theater, the theater was built by a stage actor named John Stone in 1802. At some point a production of Hamlet ran in the theater, with Stone playing the title role. An alternate exterior is also shown in the book. The original exterior can be seen at the end of The Muppets Go to the Movies. It was renovated by the time of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Locations seen in the Muppet Theater are backstage right, the dressing rooms, the attic, the canteen, the prop room, the storage room, the boiler room, the stage, the house, the stage door lobby, and the back alley. In The Comic Muppet Book and Bo Saves the Show there is also a cellar where the monsters stay in.

Scooter's uncle J.P. Grosse owns the theater, and rents it to the Muppets, as Scooter is only too happy to remind Kermit. In a deleted scene from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Kermit reveals that J.P. has passed away and left the theater to the Muppets. This would have taken place sometime after 1997, as J.P. can be seen (and referred to as such by the head of the KMUP network) in Muppets Tonight episode 102 and was last seen at KMUP in episode 206.

According to the events of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, as of December 24, 2002, the theater is an Official Historical Landmark. It can never be torn down nor changed. It will always remain the Muppet Theater, no matter who owns it.

In The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson, Rizzo the Rat and his team of rats have torn it down in their search for the Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson.

The theater also appears in the 2011 film The Muppets, where it's located next door to Muppet Studios. The exterior of the El Capitan Theatre served as The Muppet Theater exterior during filming, providing it with the British English spelling, "The Muppet Theatre." Production designer Steve Saklad was charged with re-creating the theatre interior. The set itself was reworked from a 1925 set built for The Phantom of the Opera. Of the task, Saklad said:

They go into the theater, and really the heart of our movie is the transformation of the theater from the way they first find it, which is completely desolate, condemned by the board of health, pigeons are flying around in the open holes in the ceiling.

Eventually they transform this — this nasty looking place into the sort of glory days of the Muppet Theater. Now I should explain, the — the theater was very important to us to get right. In the old TV show, there’s a simplified version of a kind of Muppet Theater. It’s kind of sweet and quaint; not very real looking. Our story is this: Once, there was a real Muppet Theater; great old, 100-year-old, Vaudeville Theater with ghosts and history, and these great acts that had always played there.

We’ll show you the full front of the audience, all the on-stage workings with the pin rails and the dimmer boards, and all the backstage areas and the dressing rooms all in one great space, so that you can go anywhere within that theater. You can go from the front of the audience up onto the stage, over to Kermit’s table, and then up the stairs and go right into Piggy’s dressing room, and it will all — always all be right there. So this was the sketch I did to transform a standing set that exists at Universal Studios for the Phantom of the Opera. This set was built in 1925. It’s still there. It’s a — it’s a relic that we — that — it’s historical, you know, sort of, it’s a space that no one can touch.

So we went in, transformed it into a classic, Broadway-style theater, front of house. We built a proscenium, we built everything behind the proscenium, which this model shows to encompass our backstage. And here are some of the shots of the very decrepit first look at the theater, and then how it gets transformed into the shiny, sparkly, ready-for-opening-night look.[1]

Special tribute was paid to Muppets creator Jim Henson, with the theater's curtain rail system donning the installation date of September 24, 1936, the day Henson was born. The date can be spotted briefly in a scene that shows the Muppets sleeping on the rafters and in hammocks on stage.


Rooms

Staff

Muppet-Stage-Hooray
Theater2
Theater3
The Muppets Theater (3)

Appearances

Illustrated appearances

Sources

  1. The #Muppets: Interview with Production Designer Steve Saklad. www.sippycupmom.com. November 13, 2011.

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