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Musical mayhem from Muppets

Fozzie and Piggy no-show, but Henson & co. put on fun show

Six hundred guests were treated Sunday night to the first live performance of “The Muppet Show” in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary. More than $60,000 was raised for the Save the Children charity, with $1,850 bid for a shadowbox of Miss Piggy’s personal items: lavender feather boa, elbow-length gloves, pearls and a bottle of her signature perfume Moi.

“My father (Muppet creator Jim Henson) was about celebrating life and goofing around,” Brian Henson said at the Palace Theater in Hollywood. And the live show did just that — with plenty of improvising by the puppeteers.

The show featured the wisecracking Statler and Waldorf in the box seats at stage left, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker creating X-ray glasses and Kermit the Frog singing “Rainbow Connection” with composer Paul Williams.

Those movin’ right along to the familiar tunes provided by the Electric Mayhem Band featuring drummer Animal included Gonzo, Rowlf (the piano playing dog), Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Rizzo the Rat and Elmo who found his way from “Sesame Street.” Noticeably absent were Frank Oz’s Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy.

Now, this is what we call “The Muppet Show.”

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