It’s no coincidence that when Broadway finally got around to producing a musical that spoke to our generational ennui, it starred Muppet-like puppets. For those reared on Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show—those few things that unite Generation X, Y, Now, etc.—Avenue Q is the ironic equivalent of a Happy Days reunion. The Jim Henson creations are of such a time and place that to see Cookie Monster or Big Bird or Fozzie Bear or Kermit the Frog is to be instantly reminded of one’s childhood—and, well, how little has changed. Sure, we may be older, but we would still prefer to be sitting in front of the TV with a juice box and a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich (no crust, of course). And we still love our toys!
Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema is offering the rare opportunity to share in this joy with others—presumably of our same age group—with midnight screenings of The Muppets Take Manhattan on May 25, 26 and 27. It is the last of the live-action trilogy that also includes The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, in which the gang tries to get a musical produced on Broadway. It features (and ends) with the first marriage between frog and pig. I’m sure you can guess which two I mean. Some things you never forget.
Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street, www.moviefone.com