Jim enjoyed live theater and took advantage of opportunities to see a show when he was in New York and London. He had spent many years exploring ideas for a Broadway show featuring his own characters and was interested in how others stretched the possibilities of the stage. Jim attended shows with puppets, like American Hurrah off-Broadway around 1966, and shows with extravagant musical numbers. Nicholas Nickleby, based on the Dickens novel, was, perhaps, Jim’s most ambitious as an audience member – the show ran eight and a half hours over two evenings – quite a commitment from even the most ardent and experienced theater-goer.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.