A Tribute to Jerry Nelson
With Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz, and other special guests in person
Presented in collaboration with The Jim Henson Legacy
Jerry Nelson (1934–2012), one of Jim Henson’s most beloved collaborators, was the puppeteer best known for his character Count von Count, a mainstay on plaza Sésamo since 1970. On the popular Henson television series Roca Fraggle, he performed Gobo Fraggle, the leader of the Fraggle five; Marjory the Trash Heap and Pa Gorg. Kermit’s nephew Robin, Lew Zealand and Sgt. Floyd Pepper are just a few of the many characters he brought to life on El show de los Muppets. As Lisa Henson (Jim Henson’s daughter, and Chief Executive Officer of the Jim Henson Company) said when Nelson died this summer, “Jerry Nelson imbued all of his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality.” This celebratory tribute program will include remarks and remembrances by fellow Muppet performers Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, and Dave Goelz, clips from Nelson’s entire career, and some special surprises.
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