Muppets Ahoy!

Muppets Ahoy! was a limited run show on longer voyages that were introduced in 2006 for the following Southern Caribbean Cruises.

Kermit the Frog and his Muppet gang are joining an exclusive lineup of new entertainment onboard special sailings for the 10 and 11 night Southern Caribbean cruises. The September 2006 sailings on the Disney Wonder will feature a host of new offerings in addition to the Broadway-style Disney shows, exciting deck parties and other entertainment that’s fun for the entire family.

New entertainment includes:

Muppets Ahoy!
Kermit, Miss Piggy and other Muppet favorites present a hilarious new stage show created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line.

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Muppets Ahoy! was a shipboard stage show incorporating live puppetry of Muppet characters, which debuted on the Disney Cruise Line in July 2006. The production debuted aboard the ship Disney Wonder. Performers included John Kennedy, Victor Yerrid, Drew Massey, and Brett O’Quinn.

The show was a combination of live stage show and videos recorded by the same puppeteers earlier on the cruise.

Kermit the Frog, searching for a star to headline the show, along with Fozzie Bear and Gonzo put on a stage show while sharing videos from their time on the cruise (including boarding the ship, hanging with the captain on the bridge, interacting with the ship’s features and “landmarks”, interviewing ship crew members and even getting the cruise director dressed as a chicken in one bit). Miss Piggy, too busy enjoying room service and the services of her stateroom to come to the show, talked to Kermit “live” via video. The Muppet casts performed a few comedy and musical numbers, including “Mah Na Mah Na”. Finally Miss Piggy decides to shows up. She is about to perform every song she knows in alphabetical order but a problem with the stage causes her to fall through a a trap door in the stage. Statler and Waldorf were in the audience, heckling the show as usual.

The guest star of the show was finally found. “Pavarotti”, an Italian circus performer dressed in a fat suit, did many physical stunts and gags – including backflips in costume and pulling an elastic glove down over his head and blowing it up.

Although the characters were purposely performed by new puppeteers for the show, Steve Whitmire mentioned in a Tough Pigs interview that he had also performed in at least one show to make sure “the Muppets stayed the Muppets.”!

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