Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?
Last week was the 40th anniversary celebration of Sesame Street. First off, I love anything-Muppets. So does Josh. And at work, the majority of us in our little group love Muppets as well. So, Josh and I, and my friend were pretty excited to go to the Lincoln Center B&N on Thursday night. Why do you ask?
Well, I knew about this event from a few weeks ago. But it wasn’t until very recently that I found out who would be there: Carroll Spinney, Maria, and Fran Brill…..!!!!!!!! Even more reason to go: getting a chance to see the man “inside” Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
The event was to begin at 7:30pm and my friend and I left work just a little bit before 5, in anticipation of a line at the store to get seated. At one point the subway stopped in the tunnel and wasn’t moving and we looked at each other, saying “Doesn’t the train know we have to get to Sesame Street?” We made it to the store and we were the 4th and 5th persons there on line. Phew! Soon after, Josh joined us and we patiently waited. Once they started to let us in to the event space, we headed straight for the front row. The space was packed! The events coordinator for the store came out to introduce the event, and he showed a montage of the last 40 years of Sesame Street (it can be found on the dvd that is in the book). I admit, I was tearing up while watching it. After that, the author of the book and a woman who has worked on the show for 20 or so years came out. AND THEN…
Maria came out (Check out those leather pants! She looks great!)…Followed by Carrol Spinney !!!!!
And then the lovely and cute Fran Brill came to join them.
I tried my hardest to take down any notes but it was quite hard cause I was so enthralled by them! But here are just a few small snippets of stuff I was able to take down:
*Fran was the first female puppeteer. She originally thought she was auditioning for voice-over work. She ended up doing a two-week long workshop with Frank Oz and Jim Henson. The rest is history.
*”Dead Puppets Society”–where Bruno the trashman is housed cause the muppet started to deteriorate and it costs about $20,000 to make a new muppet.
*”Maria is me on purpose”–when asked how much of herself is in the character of Maria.
*”Everyone thought he was a fig newton of my imagination”–Carroll Spinney on when Snuffleupagas was revealed to be real.
Well, that’s all I have. But here are some great pictures:
Oh hey look….I wonder what’s in those duffle bags!??
Oscar wants to know why he was disturbed…
But wait…there are more muppets! Here’s Zoe!
The kids were so happy that they went up and they walked right up to Zoe and started talking to her. And then Oscar came out to hang out with the kids. This was probably one of the best moments of the entire evening because the kids were happily going about their business, talking to Zoe and Oscar, giving each other high-fives…and it was as if the adults holding the actual muppets didn’t even exist. Oh childhood!
Then it was time for the signing! Carroll Spinney, ever the nice fellow, made sure to sign each person’s book with a drawing of Big Bird, cause as he said, each one was special!
And one of the other highlights of the night….getting to take a picture with Carrol and Oscar!
The three of us were so giddy afterwards. Truly a great night. We are so glad we skipped out on bar night