I’m sure by now you’ve realized I’m a huge theater fan (evidence: here, here and here) and after watching the first few episodes of this season’s Glee, where they are putting on West Side Story, I realized there couldn’t be any more perfect timing to talk about The Muppet Show and its own West Side Story history.
Pretty awesome, isn’t it?
Rita actually won an Emmy for her guest appearance on The Muppet Show.
Here’s a clip of Rita in the West Side Story film. She’s in the purple dress. One of my favorites. Music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by another favorite of mine, Stephen Sondheim.
As a bonus… a bit of Disney trivia related to West Side Story, too. When James and I were on our honeymoon cruise, Bobby Podesta, supervising animator of Toy Story 3, shared that the scene where Maria and Tony first meet inspired the scene where Ken and Barbie first lock eyes. I thought that was pretty fascinating!
I love how theater has influenced (ever so subtly) Disney, Pixar, and the Muppets. It’s just about all my favorite things are rolled into one… all that’s missing is a cupcake.