The great Julie Andrews is coming to Netflix. The streaming service announced Thursday that she will star in a children’s TV series, to begin next year. Along with Andrews, the pre-school series, “Julie’s Greenroom,” will be co-produced by her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, a veteran children’s book author, who’s also on the faculty of Stony Brook Southampton.
Per Netflix, the show is about “Ms. Julie and her devoted assistant Gus [Giullian Yao Gioiello] bringing the performing arts to a new generation of kids known as the ‘Greenies,’ played by original puppet characters built by the renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The Greenies are a diverse group of kids who are mesmerized by all that the arts and creativity has to offer.”
Alongside her celebrated career on stage and screen, Andrews has also built a successful (and prolific) parallel career as a children’s book author: “The Very Fairy Princess” series, co-written with Hamilton, has been a bestseller, while there have been dozens of other books over the years (including her first ones, “Mandy” and “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles,” which remain in print). Andrews has largely avoided TV, appearing in a handful of movies, while her only series — the eponymous “Julie” — aired briefly on ABC in 1992.
In a statement, Andrews, 80, said, “this project represents the fulfillment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts. I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time coauthor, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-Rofė.”
Rothman-Rofė is a veteran of the children’s TV scene, and has written dozens of shows for Disney Channel, PBS and the Jim Henson Company.
Netflix said “Julie’s Green Room” will feature special guests, including Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess and Carol Burnett.