Ali By May 21, 2017 0 Comments

In February of this year Julie did a guest appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her new series Julie’s Greenroom. I have added captures to our gallery.

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Classic Julie Andrews > CAPTURES > 2017 > February 17 | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Ali By May 18, 2017 0 Comments

The Julie’s Greenroom star is advocating for the arts and acceptance alongside her daughter and collaborator, Emma Walton Hamilton, on their Netflix children’s show.

For many years, Julie Andrews dreamed of creating a show with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, which would impart an appreciation of the arts to children. This year she got her wish. The Jim Henson Co., famous for its Muppets, contacted Andrews and asked if she would be interested in partnering for a production with this very concept.

“My heart leapt,” Andrews told The Advocate. “I said yes! I have! And that would appeal very much, because both Emma and I are passionate advocates of the arts and try to speak for them whenever we can. So this was a no-brainer.”

Julie’s Greenroom, a new Netflix series, is the fruit of this collaboration. It premiered in March and is now introducing a new generation of young people to the magic of the theater as well as the behind-the-scenes of how it is staged. It’s the latest creative effort from the mother-and-daughter team, who together have written over 30 children’s books and produced several plays at a regional theater cofounded by Walton.

Andrews and Hamilton love working together for many reasons. “If you have about three hours, I could go over her many virtues,” Walton said of her mother, with a laugh. “Because we’re mother and daughter, because we’ve worked together for so many years, we intuitively know what the other one is thinking [and] feeling. We’re able to finish each other’s sentences. But we do have very different and complementary strengths.”

In addition to teaching kids, one of the reasons Hamilton and Andrews created Julie’s Greenroom was to advocate for the arts, particularly in an era when they are under attack. “They are the first thing to be cut in budgets and schools and of course at the administrative level,” Hamilton bemoaned. “So from our point of view, we really wanted to advocate for them, because we are so aware of how essential they are.”

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Ali By May 16, 2017 0 Comments

I was able to make captures of the first episode of Julie’s Greenroom titled The Show Must Go On and have added them to our gallery.

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Classic Julie Andrews > Julie’s Greenroom {2017 – Present} > Season One > Episode Captures > 01×01 | The Show Must Go On

Ali By May 09, 2017 0 Comments

I have added images to our gallery from Julie’s new Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom.

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Classic Julie Andrews > Julie’s Greenroom {2017 – Present} > Season One

Ali By May 09, 2017 0 Comments

Variety announced that the Hampton’s Film Festival will be honoring Julie with their Lifetime Achievement Award in October.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will honor actress Julie Andrews with the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of its 25th anniversary festival, running Columbus Day weekend from Oct. 5-9.

The awards presentation will take place Oct. 7 after a screening of Oscar-winning film “Victor/Victoria,” which stars Andrews, presented by HIFF and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Andrews will be present to receive the award as well as participate in a post-screening conversation with HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin.

“Julie Andrews is a true icon and captured the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike the moment she first appeared on screen in ‘Mary Poppins,’” Baldwin said. “Since then she has never ceased to amaze and stands as a true role model and inspiration. We are proud to honor her at the festival and celebrate her incredible career.”

Andrews rose to prominence with her iconic Broadway roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot.” She went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her film debut as the titular character in “Mary Poppins,” as well as a Golden Globe for her role as Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” She is also a Kennedy Center Honoree, Disney Legends inductee, and recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 for her services to the performing arts.

Andrews is also a children’s book author with over 30 publications. She recently began a Netflix series “Julie’s Greenroom,” which introduces children to the fine arts.

Ali By May 08, 2017 0 Comments

I have added images to the gallery from the events that Julie has attended this year so far.

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Classic Julie Andrews > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2017

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Julie recently did a photoshoot for the Herald Sun in Australia as part of her promotion for My Fair Lady.

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Classic Julie Andrews > PHOTO SHOOTS & PORTRAITS > Outtakes > 2017 > 003

Ali By May 08, 2017 0 Comments

If you aren’t watching Julie’s Greenroom you need to, and Parade Magazine is giving you five reasons to tune in!

The entire first season of Julie’s Greenroom is now streaming on Netflix. Though Greenroom is aimed at preschoolers, it’s a tremendous achievement, and here are five reasons that everyone, regardless of age, should check it out.

1. It’s Fun and Educational (Really!)

Greenroom is a passion project of Julie Andrews, which she co-created with her daughter, actress and author Emma Walton-Hamilton, as well as Judy Rothman Rofé, to teach children around the world about the importance of the arts—and specifically, the work that goes into producing an original musical theater show. Andrews stars as “Miss Julie”, the esteemed director of the Wellspring Center for the Performing Arts, a school for artistically inclined children she calls her “Greenies”, who happen to be puppets. Over the course of 13 episodes, Miss Julie and her “Greenie-graduate” (he’s a human) assistant, Gus (Guillian Yao Gioiello), take the Greenies on an elaborate master class in putting on a show. Each episode is a workshop in a particular area of creation and performance.

2. Celebrity Cameos

There’s an A-list veteran (or two) to guide the Greenies (and viewers at home) along in every department. Among them: Alec Baldwin teaches acting, and Glee alum and bestselling author of The Land of Stories Chris Colfer talks writing and where to find inspiration. Josh Groban shows the Greenies how to sing with their diaphragms and Idina Menzel (Wicked, Frozen) stops by to instill healthy backstage mentality and the meaning of “the show must go on”. In my favorite episode, Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) gives a crash course in improv comedy and the concept of “Yes, and…”. I never thought I’d see the day that we started teaching improv to preschoolers. Improv is all about listening to what other people have to say, and working as a team, so I’m all for it! Carol Burnett appears in the final episode as Wellspring benefactor Edna Brightful, who has a Southern drawl and is allergic to duck feathers. It’s hilarious. Oh, and good luck getting the very catchy Julie’s Greenroom theme song out of your head once Sara Bareilles performs it. It’s impossible!

3. The Jim Henson Company Does the Puppetry!

No one does puppets better than the Jim Henson Company, and the Greenies themselves are a marvel of performance and technical ingenuity. What’s more, this class of Greenies is remarkably inclusive: Hank (John Tartaglia) is a gifted pianist who happens to be paraplegic, and Perri (Stephanie D’Abruzzo) is a bubbly, but delightful and genuine girly-girl who wears a lot of pink. High-energy Fizz (Dorien Davies) is Hispanic and loves to talk about her heritage, while Spike (Frankie Cordero), who is black and has a knack for words, is more introverted. The writing of Julie’s Greenroom is incredible, and in one of the show’s most touching scenes, Spike confesses that he is shy because he hasn’t seen very much in the way of representation of people who look like him. Riley (Jennifer Barnhart), is the first gender-neutral character in an American children’s television show. “The theater doesn’t discriminate,” says Miss Julie, and she even allows a duck named Hugo (Tyler Bunch) into the class. The puppetry and voice acting is top notch, and each Greenie is given a thoughtful arc over the show’s 13-episode run.

4. This Is a Career High For Julie Andrews

Andrews has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Following such success, it is clear that Andrews is ready to give back, and Julie’s Greenroom is a priceless contribution on her part—a fun, accessible, goldmine of knowledge for artistically inclined children. The information that Julie’s Greenroom teaches will be relevant as long as the theater exists, and this show will be a resource in schools and in homes for years and years to come.

It’s also worth mentioning that Andrews’ performance in Julie’s Greenroom is great—not that it should surprise anyone. Major props also to Gioiello, who does much of the heavy lifting when it comes to singing on the program (Andrews tragically lost her singing voice in a botched 1997 throat operation). Gioiello has a beautiful voice, and the Daniel Day-Lewis-level commitment that he and Andrews give to acting opposite a bunch of puppets is extraordinary. In one episode that’s all about musical instruments, Andrews forms a drumline with the cast of STOMP—her percussion instrument of choice being a porcelain tea cup and spoon; it’s absolutely mesmerizing. Kids will love to watch and learn from Miss Julie, and this ambitious, powerfully informative show is so good that it has the potential to be what she’s remembered for the most.

5. Julie’s Greenroom Has Something to Teach All of Us, Not Just Kids

Films and television shows about school-age children have a history of playing up rivalry and fighting among kids for the sake of drama. Turn on the Disney Channel right now and you’ll see a bunch of young people being very sassy and snarky to one another. There’s something quietly revolutionary about Julie’s Greenroom, and a quintet of kids from very different backgrounds working together and helping each other in the way that the Greenies do. The release of Julie’s Greenroom could not be more timely. For the first time since its inception in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is at risk of being de-funded. Miss Julie’s creation reminds all of us that art is essential, because it brings us together and helps us to understand each other. It’s no use wishing this sublime show were around when I was a kid, so instead I’ll just be thrilled for the children of today.

Ali By May 08, 2017 0 Comments

The Herald Sun ran an article of the Australian revival of the hit musical My Fair Lady which is directed by Julie.

WE HAVE grown accustomed to her face. Accustomed to the blossom in her cheeks, the bluish twinkle in her eyes.

But Dame Julie Andrews still has the sort of star power no amount of familiarity can erase.

Slipping into her seat at the opening of My Fair Lady in Brisbane, wearing dark glasses, the beloved stage and screen star was easily spotted. And, as the lights dimmed ahead of
the overture, ripples of applause swelled into a tsunami of affection.

A sustained roar that had the original Eliza Doolittle — not to mention Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp — standing briefly and waving back with embarrassed thanks.

“Goodness me, what an ovation,’’ the 81-year-old says the morning after.

But Andrews — directing an Australian revival of Lerner and Loewe’s classic Broadway musical — is quick to swivel the spotlight.

“This Australian company, they work so hard and give me everything I could possibly ask for,’’ she says. “I think of them almost as my second family.’’

Andrews — sauntering into a hotel anteroom in floral jacket, black slacks and suede shoes — seems especially taken with Anna O’Byrne, the Melbourne singer (Love Never Dies) cast as Eliza in her acclaimed 60th anniversary production.

“Anna is wonderful,’’ she says. “Her voice is gorgeous and she’s finding things in the role that I’m thrilled about, things I would never have thought of.’’

Andrews was only 20, with just one big show under her belt (The Boyfriend), when she landed the coveted role of Eliza opposite Rex Harrison’s Professor Henry Higgins. They were the toast of Broadway after My Fair Lady opened in New York on March 15, 1956. Audiences seeing the show on London’s West End were just as ecstatic.

“I did My Fair Lady for almost 3½ years, eight performances a week,’’ Andrews recalls. “It was a marathon.’’

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The first film I remember watching as a child is Mary Poppins. This is where my great love for the talented Julie Andrews started and grew as I watched other shows featuring her talents. I now share that love of Julie with my daughter as we watch Julie’s Greenroom together.

This site is a small tribute to the talents of this gifted actress, singer, and writer. Stay tuned as the site continues to grow as I will be adding images, a detailed filmography, and more. Be sure and follow us on twitter @ClassicJulie to see when ever we update.