MAMARONECK, NY – Will you be at the Emelin Theater this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of WPIX11’s hit TV show, “The Magic Garden,” with Carole and Paula live on stage?
If you were a kid in the New York metro area in the 70s or early 80s (or any of the areas where the show was syndicated), you probably watched “The Magic Garden,” which aired from 1972 to 1984. It was described by The New York Times as “a cheerful, low-budget, inadvertently psychedelic half-hour show in which Ms. Janis and Ms. Demas sat on giant mushrooms, talked to flowers, sang songs and told stories.”
The stars of the show, Carole Demas and Paula Janis, have been friends since they met at the age of 14 in 1954. In 1972, “Le Jardin Magique” was born. The show received critical acclaim and millions of fans over its 12 years on the air as the two combined their talents to perform and educate. They brought stories, songs, games, lessons and laughs to a wide audience and earned equal or better ratings than Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, according to the promoters. The quirky style of the show made it entertaining for adults and children alike.
An extraordinary number of adults show up for live performances by Carole and Paula to reconnect with their memories of life lived in the garden, among the mushrooms. With three albums, a popular DVD, a Grammy nomination and quotes from Actions for Children’s Television and the Children’s Television Workshop, plus two additional one-hour specials: “A Magic Garden Christmas” and “Magic Garden-Still Growing”, “The Magic Garden’s legacy is sealed.
In 2021, it was announced that Hot Spaghetti Productions was running a crowdfunding campaign for an animated version of the show titled “The New Magic Garden”, featuring younger versions of all the characters and featuring the voices. of Demas and Janis.
Cary Antebi, the creator, operator and voice of the original Sherlock, the show’s peanut-loving squirrel puppet, will also join Carole & Paula at the Emelin.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. shows.