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This really stands as a testament of Hugh Jackman's star power. The curtain rises on his performance of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!, but then he vanishes for a while and the show starts to fizzle a bit while introducing all the other characters. When he appears again, it's like life walked back onto the stage. The rest of the cast is fantastic as well (particularly Josefina Gabrielle) but there's an unparalleled level of magnetic, sunny charisma which he brings to this production while also being the absolute biggest dork.
Bret McKenzie, I love your songs! (It truly makes me so happy that he is an Oscar-winning composer for the previous Muppets film.) We started out just watching a couple of scenes, and then I was like, "LET ME SEE THIS WHOLE MOVIE!" Some of the music carried strong Flight of the Conchords energy, and all the celeb cameos felt extremely 2014 in a dated-though-enjoyably-nostalgic way. I never really watched any Muppets stuff as a kid, but this was cute/fun!