Nigel Lythgoe (b. 1949) served as floor director on The Muppet Show and also choreographed a few fifth season episodes, such as episode 507, with Glenda Jackson's piratical jigs. He recalled his time on the series in the 2005 BBC documentary I Love Muppets. He also served as executive producer of the reality series PopStars and its American counterpart, American Idol.
He is co-founder of the Lythgoe Family Panto, located in Pasadena, California, which presented, The Wonderful Winter of Oz in 2018. The production featured Marissa Jaret Winokur, Mackenzie Ziegler and Kermit the Frog as the Wizard of Oz.
- TV Guide: In addition to producing So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol, your resume also includes a stint choreographing The Muppet Show. But Muppets don't have legs.
- Lythgoe: It's all these guys with their hands up these little puppets' arses! You look at the [scene] and you stage it. 'Miss Piggy, will you go a little to your right?'