If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, then a educational children's show hosted by Julie Andrews is the best prescription for pre-school age kids.
With Julie's Greenroom, Andrews—along with a cast of original Jim Henson Company puppets, called "Greenies"—hopes to teach preschoolers all about the performing arts.
The 81-year-old actor and dream nanny/grandma to millions of people created the series with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Lisa Henson, the widow of famous muppeteer Jim Henson. Each episode will feature Andrews, or Ms. Julie as she's called on the show, teaching a different performing arts skill to the seven Greenies with the help of some incredible guests and original music.
Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess and Sara Bareilles, all join Andrews and the Greenies to sing the praises of the arts.
"It was a dream list," Andrews said during a Netflix press event for the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "People kind of fell into place and had a ball."
With President Trump saying he'd like to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, promoting arts education is more important than ever. Both Andrews and her daughter Hamilton—an arts advocate and the inspiration for the show—say they are more than willing to take up the cause.
"The arts are a bridge between countries and cultures," said Andrews. "You can find your identity."
Added Hamilton, "It teaches us about ourselves. It teaches tolerance and empathy."
Julie's Greenroom can be a beginning—and as we all know, a beginning is a very good place to start.
Julie's Greenroom premieres on Netflix on March 17.