See the cast and critters of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas in rehearsal.

Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

iTheatrics in association with The Jim Henson Company
from New York, New York

December 11, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Recommended Ages
For everyone 5 and up
Tickets start at $25
What Kind of Show?
Musical theater with puppetry; cheery and heartfelt
Running Time
75 minutes with no intermission
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our ticketing system. Please contact our box office at 646.223.3010 in order to purchase tickets at this time.

Sensory-Friendly Performance

About the Show

With the health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff as our top priority, New 42 regrets to announce that all remaining performances of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas are now canceled.

Treasure a new holiday tradition with Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas! Based on Jim Henson’s beloved television special, this tuneful tale takes us to Frogtown Hollow where Ma and Emmet Otter risk what little they have to make each other’s holiday dreams come true. Featuring a lovable cast of performers with puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and a toe-tapping score by legendary songwriter Paul Williams, this very merry musical will warm the hearts of a new generation for winters to come!

A lovable mix of performers and Jim Henson’s puppets warms the hearts of a new generation.

To provide the safest possible experience, we cannot accommodate kids under 4 at the theater at this time.

Did You Know?

  1. This is a stage adaptation of Jim Henson’s popular classic holiday special, which first aired on television in 1977. The TV special was based on the beloved children’s book by Russell and Lillian Hoban, who took inspiration from author O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi.”
  2. This show features music and lyrics by Paul Williams, the songwriter who co-wrote Kermit the Frog’s famous “The Rainbow Connection” tune for The Muppet Movie.
  3. iTheatrics has created musicals for family audiences such as Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and The Ant and the Elephant.

About the Companies

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and 9 Grammy Awards.

The mission of iTheatrics is to ensure that young people everywhere have access to quality musical theater programs. iTheatrics develops new musicals for family audiences, produces the annual Junior Theatre Festival, and adapts Broadway musicals for performance by elementary, middle and high school students.

Creative Team

Timothy A. McDonald and Christopher Gattelli

Music and Lyrics
Paul Williams

Scenic Design
Anna Louizos

Costume Design
Gregg Barnes

Lighting Design
Jen Schriever

Sound Design
Matt Kraus

Musical Direction
Larry Pressgrove

Dan DeLange

Dan DeLange and Larry Pressgrove

Christopher Gattelli

Based on the illustrated book by Russell Hoban & Lillian Hoban


Colin Trudell as Emmet Otter and Cass Morgan as Ma Otter. Photo: Richard Termine
The cast and critters of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas. Photo: Richard Termine
Doc Bullfrog puppet. Photo: Richard Termine
Colin Trudell as Emmet Otter with squirrel puppets. Photo: Richard Termine
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band puppets. Photo: Richard Termine
The company of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Photo: Richard Termine
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band: Jakeim Hart as Harvey, J. Antonio Rodriguez as Will Possum, Colin Trudell as Emmet Otter, Steven Huynh as Wendell Porcupine. Photo: Richard Termine
The Riverbottom Nightmare Band: Matthew Furtado as Stan Weasel, James Silson as Fred Lizard, Jordan Brownlee as Chuck Stoat. Photo: Richard Termine
Steven Huynh as Wendell Porcupine, Colin Trudell as Emmet Otter, Cass Morgan as Ma Otter, J. Antonio Rodriguez as Will Possum, Jakeim Hart as Harvey. Photo: Richard Termine
Squirrel puppets gather around a Christmas tree with the silhouetted cast of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Photo: Richard Termine


Pa Otter puppet and owl puppet inside the Jim Henson Creature Shop.
Go behind the scenes of Jim Henson's Creature Shop as the puppets prepare for their New Victory stage debut!
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New Victory Arts Break: Songwriting and Music-Making

Warm up your voice and turn the hidden talents of your family and friends into celebratory song lyrics in this week’s New Victory Arts Break.

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Production Funding & Support

Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas is supported, in part, by a Presenter’s Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.

Pictured in artwork for Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas at top: Kevin Covert as Mayor and Laura Woyasz as Mrs. Fox.
Photos: Richard Termine