AceShowbiz - Acting vet %cJulie Andrews% is sharing her talent for a new children's program on Netflix. The Academy Award-winning actress will produce and star on "Julie's Greenroom", a 30-minute pre-school series from The Jim Henson Company that features "an all-new puppet cast of kids learning about the performing arts."
The "Mary Poppins" actress will play Ms. Julie, a teacher and director at the Wellspring Center, a school for the performing arts. With the help of her assistant Gus (%cGiullian Yao Gioiello%), she teaches arts workshops in the theater and its "Greenroom" to a diverse group of kid puppets, known as The Greenies.
Andrews also created the series along with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and Judy Rothman-Rofe. She announced the new series in a video that also introduces the puppet characters. A bunch of renowned celebrities such as %cAlec Baldwin%, %cSara Bareilles%, %cJoshua Bell%, %cTituss Burgess%, %cCarol Burnett%, %cChris Colfer%, %cRobert Fairchild%, %cJosh Groban%, %cDavid Hyde Pierce%, %cBill Erwin%, %cEllie Kemper%, %cIdina Menzel%, %cTiler Peck% and %cStomp% have been booked to guest star.
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 co-author, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-Rofe. 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."
Filming will begin this May in Long Island, New York. The 13 thirty-minute episodes will be available on the streaming service in early 2017.