This past Friday in Los Angeles, the Muppets put on a big show, The Muppets Take the Hollywood Bowl. At the end (right before the finale), it should not come as a shock, Kermit sang the signature song, "The Rainbow Connection," written by Paul Williams and Kenny Asher.
It's one of the more heart-warming performances of the number -- which is saying a lot, since anytime Kermit sings "The Rainbow Connection," it's pretty heart-warming. But this time, things were ratcheted up a bit because halfway through the number, Paul Willams himself came on stage to join him in a duet.
The other Muppets popped in later, as well. (By the way, the bearded-human who comes on stage towards to end to participate, is Bobby Moynihan, formerly of SNL, who was the evening's host.)
One small thing occurred to me with Kermit's introduction. I've heard him sing the song countless times, and I don't recall hearing him ever credit the song's writers, as he does here. I have a feeling that's to give a sort of advance notice to the audience so that they'd know it's Paul Williams when he walks out on stage, if they're from a few recent generation who doesn't recognize the singer.
This is a rough video posted on YouTube, but you still get a pretty good version of it all. A lovely performance all around.
9/11/2017 07:07:25 pm
Other than Walter, were all of the Muppets in the show from "The Muppet Show" and earlier?
9/12/2017 08:17:46 am
I have no idea. But from the videos I saw, it appears that most -- if not all -- Muppets from the "Muppet Show" were there. Don't know about "earlier," though I did see Rowlf, who came before. And of course Kermit is earlier...
Anne M Perry
9/12/2017 05:59:43 am
It was so awesome to hear that song again. Noelle and Nathan loved it when they were kids. Thanks for posting. I will listen several more times!
Anne M Perry
11/17/2017 05:18:29 am
Still listening to Rainbow Connection almost every day!Thanks
11/17/2017 12:36:10 pm
It's the gift that keeps on giving...
Anne M Perry
11/17/2017 02:57:31 pm
I still feel badly that my first encounter with you was growling at you because I thought you were criticizing Ali Velshi! I was wrong. Still sorry! :+(
11/18/2017 06:18:57 pm
Life is full of surprises... And your apology is long-since paid for and deposited.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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