Carnegie Hall’s Third Annual Notables Family Party hosted a concert benefit for families called Jim Henson’s Musical World, with two performances celebrating “the whimsical music and magical world of puppetry created by Jim Henson.” The two-performance concert was hosted by renowned puppeteer John Tartaglia, known for his work on Avenue Q and Sesame Street, and was written by Craig Shemin. Performers in the concert included The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke, as well as Tony-Award nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo and Saturday Night Live alumna Rachel Dratch, among others.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as Kermit the Frog sang “The Rainbow Connection” at the show. Brooke Shields served as the honorary chair at the sold out event, with co-chairs Lyss Stern, Caroline Rocco Dennis, Christin Barringer Rueger, Amy Tarr, Sarina Sassoon Sanandaji, and Mary Wible Vertin. June Ambrose and Jennifer Maanavi were also in attendance.
All proceeds for the event went directly to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, serving over 300,000 people each year.
Check out Kermit singing “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets Movie: