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The Muppets have succeeded where few pop cultural phenomena have, maintaining their relevance and celebrity status among both adults and kids from the moment they first landed on the scene in the late 1950s. In a world in which almost everything invented pre-iPhone has been eclipsed by something shinier and sleeker, the Muppets have never lost their unflappable charm and indefatigable ability to entrance audiences young and old.

While their voices have changed over the years (and the puppeteers inside them), and there have been crises of character along the way (Kevin Clash, the original voice of Elmo, was accused and later cleared of sexual abuse charges), Jim Henson’s zany gaggle of whimsical, hilarious, furry friends have remained iconic, inimitable and downright cool.

Which is why the Hollywood Bowl Friday night was filled to the hilt with moms and dads — some tipsy on chardonnay; others designated sober carpoolers — and children, in »


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