These two artists won almost every major acting award in existence over their multi-decade careers. This film catches them during some of their finest moments.

The Museum of the Moving Image will present The Muppet Show: Julie Andrews and Rita Moreno daily at 11 a.m. from Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 5.

With a running time of about 50 minutes, the video is technically a mashup of Muppet Show Episode 217, which first aired on Christmas Day 1977 with Andrews as the invited star, and Episode 105, which first hit television screens on Sept. 12, 1976, with Moreno as the guest of honor.

Andrews opens her chapter by singing “The Lonely Goatherd” from “The Sound of Music” with Kermit dressed as a prince. A bit later, Kermit discovers a cow backstage, and hilarity ensues. The Swedish Chef wants to cook it. The Flying Zucchini Brothers want to add the animal to their act. Gonzo falls in love. But nobody can figure out how it got into the studio.

At other times, Andrews does “Song for Kermit” in her dressing room and “I Whistle a Happy Tune” with some monsters. In the final act, Andrews, whose career includes starring roles in “The Sound of Music,” “Marry Poppins” and “The Princess Diaries,” complains to Kermit that she’s lost her cow just before a cannon fires in the background.

Moreno won an Emmy for her appearance. The star of “West Side Story,” “The King and I” and “The Electric Company” had an image as a combative diva at the time. She plays it up by getting into fights with Miss Piggy, Animal and a large unnamed humanoid Muppet. Meanwhile, Fozzie Bear milks a running gag with an exploding backstage phone.

For the closing number, Moreno delivers a memorable version of “Fever,” assisted by Animal on percussion. True to the theme, Animal bites her, and she smashes his head with two cymbals.

Tickets cost $15 with discounts for seniors, students and children.

The Saturday screening is “sensory friendly.” The lights will be dimmed – but not completely off – and the volume will be lower than at other times.

The Muppet Show: Julie Andrews and Rita Moreno overlaps two ongoing series at the museum. Summer Kids Matinees screens family-friendly films daily from Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. The upcoming schedule features “Princess and the Frog” on Aug. 8-12; “Muppet Labs: Really Weird Science” on Aug. 15-19; and “Black Panther” on Aug. 22-26.

Moreno and Andrews are also in See It Big!, an annual showcase of classic films which runs until Sept. 9. Currently, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is showing through Aug. 5. The rest of the schedule follows.

  • The Sound of Music: Aug. 4, 6 p.m. and Aug. 5, 2 p.m.
  • West Side Story: Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; Aug. 11, 3 p.m.; and Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Hello, Dolly!: Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 12, 3 p.m.
  • Lifeforce: Aug. 17, 7 p.m. and Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.
  • Cleopatra: Aug. 18, 1 p.m. and Aug. 19, 1 p.m.
  • Phantom Thread: Aug. 23, 7 p.m.; Aug. 24, 7 p.m.; Aug. 26, 3 p.m.; Aug. 26, 6 p.m.; Sept. 1, 7 p.m.; Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m.; and Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.
  • The Master: Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 7, 7 p.m.; and Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

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