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Why are there so many songs about Muppets?

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Bring your kids, but only if they have good taste in singing puppets.

Many adults — some of them parents — who remember Kermit’s soft delivery and Monster’s guttural wisdom can enjoy the classic hits from the Muppets’ adventures, including their 1979 and 2011 movies, and the televised “Muppet Show,” live at the Prospect Park Bandshell, courtesy of a pop tunes cover band, the Loser’s Lounge.

The 11-piece band will feature seven different singers, singing up to seventeen songs such as “I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog,” by Peter, Paul, and Mary, from the first season of the Muppet Show, or the bizzare “Hugga Wugga,” also from the show.

“We’re approaching the songs for the good songs that they are,” said Joe McGinty, band leader and co-founder of the Loser’s Lounge.

“We have some excellent singers.”

These crooners include Robin Goldwasser, who has performed with They Might be Giants, Anna Copa Cabanna, whose rendition of “It’s Not Easy Being Green” can be found on YouTube, and psycho-cabaret singer and co-founder of Loser’s Lounge, Nick Danger, doing his best Kermit the Frog, Fozzie the Bear, and Rowlf the Dog.

Kids will enjoy the show for sure, but adult audience members who grew up with the Muppets are bound to find the band as much in love with the neurotic puppets as they are.

“I think if you’re in a certain age group, you definitely grew up loving them,” said McGinty. “I consider myself a fan, the original movie is still a classic, and I’m a Paul Williams fan, too, who wrote for the original movie’s score.”

After the live music is over, the original “Muppet Movie” will screen, giving some kids a chance to meet the Muppets for the first time while longtime fans can relive their youth.

The Loser’s Lounge play the Muppets, and “The Muppet Movie” (1979) at Prospect Park band shell [Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope. (718) 683–5600.] July 28, 6:30 pm. Free.

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