Compared to the earlier, more innocent landscape of “The Muppet Movie”, 1984's “The Muppets Take Manhattan” is a veritably gritty soap opera. Consider the plot points: the Muppets graduate from college and move to New York anticipating instant Broadway fame, but run out of money in the meantime and are forced to take crappy jobs. Kermit gets hit by a cab and wakes with amnesia. Miss Piggy tricks him into marrying her onstage. And it doesn’t take a film degree to see that Piggy’s curly blonde ’80s coif is a clear precursor to Glenn Close’s psycho-mane in “Fatal Attraction”.
This Thursday, come to Boerum Hill for a special fundraiser screening of this Gotham-based epic to benefit the Puppetry Arts performance non-profit. Not only is this the first big-screen showing of MTM in years, it’ll be hosted by none other than “Sesame Street”’s Gordon, Roscoe Orman himself. You can also expect giveaways and a performance by the cast from the Puppetry Arts musical “Anthropomorphic”, set to run this December 12 and 13 at the Court Street Regal Cinemas. Finally – if this summer’s BAM screenings of “The Muppet Movie” are anything to go by, the audience will include far fewer kiddies than you’d think.
Regal Entertainment presents “The Muppets Take Manhattan” to benefit Puppetry Arts
Thursday, November 12, 8PM
Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106 Court Street, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-246-7459
$15 adults/$10 children under 12
More info and tickets at puppetryarts.org