The Royal Variety Performance (1977)

-The Silver Jubilee Royal Variety

- in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke Of Edinburgh

Louise Gold featured as a Muppeteer (Puppeteering Big Mama), at the London Palladium on Monday 21 November 1977, in aid of the Entertainment Artistesí Benevolent Fund

  Cast and Production Team information, from the "Royal Variety Performance programme reproduced by permission of "The Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund"...)

Cast

The Host - Bob Hope

 

Performing: Julie Andrews, Paul Anka, Pam Ayres, Harry Belafonte, Brotherhood Of Man, Tommy Cooper, Alan King, Cleo Laine with John Dankworth and John Williams, Little And Large, Shirley Maclaine, Jim Hensonís Muppets, Rudolph Nureyve

 

Also Appearing:

Brotherhood Of Man - Roger Greenaway, Tony Burrows (14-4-42), Johnny Goodison, Sunny Leslie and Sue Glover

Little And Large - Syd Little and Eddie Large

Jim Hensonís Muppets - Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold

 

Production Team

Presented by - Lew Grade and Bernard Delfont

Producers - Carry Smith and Dwight Hemion

Musical Director - Jack Parnell

Stage Director - Robert Nesbitt

  Cast and Production Team information, from the "Royal Variety Performance programme reproduced by permission of "The Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund"...)

 

Note, the Cast listing is also more or less the running order.

Although they do not appear to be credited anywhere in the programme, it appears that the performance also included three dancers from The Royal Ballet Company. It is likely that these may have been: Michael Coleman, Graham Fletcher, and, Julian Hosking.

 

It really has to be noted that Prince Charles, The Prince Of Wales, was also amongst the Royal Party.

Surprising as it may seem, Louise Gold appeared on The Royal Variety again five years later, in her actressís guise, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in The Royal Variety Performance (1982) as a member of The Pirates Of Penzance cast. 

The Muppet puppeteers: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and Louise Gold were all puppeteers on The Muppet Show (although five months into her puppeteering career, Louise Gold was still very much the new girl). All six puppeteers went on to: feature in the documentary Of Muppets And Men, perform on the film The Great Muppet Caper, and TV special The Muppets Go To The Movies and have featured on the Muppet albums: The Muppet Show Music Hall, The Muppet Show 2, For What Itís Worth, The Muppet Show Music Album, The Great Muppet Caper (Soundtrack album), John Denver & The Muppets A Christmas Together, John Denver & The Muppets Merry Christmas 45RPM, Christmas For Kids, John Denver Christmas, Jim Henson Presents Silly Songs, Favorite Songs From Jim Hensonís Muppets, Put Some Zing In Your Spring, Muppet Music Sampler, Muppet Hits 1, Muppet Hits 2, Muppet Music Mix (although Louise Gold was not credited), and, Music Mayhem And More (although Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold were not credited). Jack Parnell was also the Musical Director for The Muppet Show (and various other Lew Grade television comedy productions), and conducted the band on tracks on most of the above albums.

In addition several of the other performers taking part in this Royal Variety, namely: Rudolph Nureyve, Cleo Laine, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, and, Harry Belafonte were Guest Stars on The Muppet Show, mostly during the second series.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Gold also sang on Elmoís Lowdown Hoedown.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Gold also sang on Born To Add.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to work on the television programme Sesame Street (in the early 1990s), and on filmsThe Muppet Christmas Carol , and, Muppet Treasure Island, and they sang on The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack album).

As Muppeteers Louise Gold and Jerry Nelson (with an introduction by Jim Henson) sang on the compilation albumJerome Kern The First 100 Years (although they were only credited as ĎThe Muppetsí)

Cleo Laine and Julie Andrewís recording credits also include: Jerome Kern The First 100 Years

Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Gold also appeared on stage in The All Time Get Around Sometimes Play Together Every Other Friday Night Vaudeville Show.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold also puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for which Jerry Nelson did some voice-work.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Dave Goelz also puppeteered on Labyrinth.

Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz made a guest puppeteering appearance.

Bob Hope, Julie Andrews,.Harry Belafonte, Cleo Laine and Rudolph Nureyve have all been guest stars on The Muppet Show at one time or another.

Louise Gold, Jim Henson, and, Richard Hunt all went on to puppeteer on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.

Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz (besides puppeteering on Fraggle Rock itself) went on to do voice-work on the UK Co-Production of Fraggle Rock, on which Louise Gold puppeteered.

Cleo Laine and John Dankworth went on to appear in A Time To Start Living, and, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.

Cleo Laine went on to appear in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, for which John Dankworth provided an orchestration.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, and, Harry Belafonte went on to take part in Jim Hensonís Memorial Service.

This was probably the first time Louise Gold appeared at The London Palladium, she has gone on to appear there in: the musicals Ziegfeld and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as a one night charity gala called Kids At Heart.

Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Secret Life Of Toys, their recording credits include A Green And Red Christmas.

Louise Gold and Richard Hunt went on to puppeteer on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.

Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Goldís recording credits include The Countís Countdown, however there has been some debate as to whether Louise Gold actually sang on it.

Cleo Laineís recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold, along with Julie Andrews, and, Cleo Laine went on to take part in the television documentary I Love The Muppets.

 

Critics Comments

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Links about The Royal Variety Performance

Observer Newspaper article about British Puppeteers, Louise is one of the puppeteers featured in it: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jun/14/whatever-happened-to-gordon-the-gopher-and-all-the-other-tv-puppets

The Royal Varietyís website: http://www.eabf.org.uk/rvp1.htm

Kermitageís Charter Guide part B (have a look for Big Mama on it): http://www.kermitage.com/html/characterindex/tms/characterb.html

Muppet Wikiís entry for the show (includes a description of what The Muppets actually performed on it, and photographs of them performing): http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Royal_Variety_Performance#1977

 

 

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