7/24/1975 – ‘Fly to Dallas – talking about B’way.’

Historical information provided by The Jim Henson Company Archivist:

By 1975, Jim had been developing ideas for a live stage show for about four years. He filled a large accordion file until it bulged with drawings, script ideas, lists of concepts, and even a small acetate shadow puppet. Most were in his hand, but there were also contributions from Jerry Juhl, Dave Goelz, and others among the pages. One section held colorful polished images meant for presenting to potential backers. Jim worked with various collaborators into the 1980s on these ideas, but he did not ultimately get to produce his Broadway Show. The ideas, however, did not go to waste – many of the concepts for large or abstract puppets were put to good use on The Muppet Show and appeared in other forms in Jim’s fantasy films and special appearances. Here is a peek into that accordion file and Jim’s imagination:

Jim’s concept for a musical number featuring just feet, 1970s.


Jim’s sketch of puppets that became known as Clodhoppers on The Muppet Show, 1970s.


A small frog shadow puppet from Jim’s Broadway Show file, 1970s.


Dave Goelz’s design for abstract walk-around puppets, 1970s.


A page from Jim’s presentation book used to pitch his Broadway Show, 1970s.


The finale of the Broadway Show as drawn by Jim for his presentation book, 1970s.

For more detailed information about the Broadway Show, see journal entries for:
March 7, 1973
June 19, 1981

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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