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The Sow of Music.

Grover's hill is alive.

Elmo Goatherders

The Lonely Goatherd.

The Muppets comic strip from May 5, 1986.

The Muppet Show Comic Book alternate cover.

The Sound of Music is a Broadway musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II that was based on the biography of Maria von Trapp, which had previously inspired a German film in 1956. The musical opened in 1959 and ran continuously until 1963, with Mary Martin in the lead. The Academy Award-winning film version was released in 1965, starring Julie Andrews and featuring a puppetry sequence by Bil Baird.

Songs Performed in Muppet Productions

-Judy Collins and Rowlf the Dog, episode 205 of The Muppet Show
-Kermit, and a chorus of Muppets, episode 310 of The Muppet Show
-Miss Piggy and Michelle Pfeiffer, the first episode of Muppets Tonight
-Bob, Bob Sings!
-Miss Piggy and Michelle Pfeiffer, the first episode of Muppets Tonight
-Julie Andrews and the Muppets, episode 217 of The Muppet Show
  • "Edelweiss"
-Bob, Bob Sings!
-Sesame Street Music Box Record Player


  • When Julie Andrews appeared on The Muppet Show, Rowlf makes reference to one of her most famous roles as Maria in the 1965 film. In a sketch with Andrews which evokes similar imagery to that of the film, he mentions that he's seen the movie twice.
  • In Episode 0593 of Sesame Street, Big Bird refers to the snowflakes as "these little white things that keep falling on my nose and eyelashes".
  • Gonzo makes a reference to "My Favorite Things" on episode 512 of The Muppet Show.
  • On episode 515 of The Muppet Show, Carol Burnett references the episode in which her friend Julie Andrews appeared and mockingly sings, "The hills are alive, with the sound of music!"
  • On Sesame Street, the "Monsterpiece Theater" version of The Sound of Music involved Grover, dressed in a German outfit on a hill, listening for the sound of music. Once he finally hears it, the hill literally becomes alive.
  • The Muppets comic strip from May 5, 1986, features Miss Piggy discussing the titular lyrics with Kermit, before the hills (mountains, really) offer their opinion.
  • In the "Power" episode of The Jim Henson Hour, Gonzo tries to convince Kermit to endorse his new act, which he claims is the definitive roller-poultry version of The Sound of Music and includes an organ version of the music from the film.
  • In a Sesame Street sketch where Mr. Johnson makes the mistake of hailing Grover's taxi, Grover remarks that the library has music to listen to, such as The Sound of Music soundtrack and he begins singing part of the titular song (erroneously saying "the air is alive"). He later mentions the movie theater, where one can watch The Sound of Music.
  • Miss Piggy and Michelle Pfeiffer vie for the starring role of Maria, while performing "Do-Re-Mi" as part of a medley of songs from the film. Andy and Randy Pig and Lew Zealand were amongst the von Trapp children in this sketch from the first episode of Muppets Tonight.
  • In "Elmo's World: Music," The Music Channel shows a documentary about the very first music played in the entire world ever. It then advertises that coming up next is The Music Man, The Sound of Music and Name That Tune.
  • In the Elmo's World installment "Families," Dorothy imagines an Elmo Goatherd Family. The scene alludes to The Sound of Music through costuming, concept, and especially Father Elmo (referred to as "Elmo Von Trapp" in the script), whose first line is "The hills are alive with the sounds of music!" (with a swaying hill in the background).


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