Getting trapped in a town where all the musicals seem to take place. The place in question is called Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+), a fantasy setting where melodies are dedicated to the corn pudding, the ladies wear pastel-colored petticoats and the men jump like the brothers who courted seven brides in the Stanley Donen classic. The point is that the leading duo of this delivery of six episodes he is fully aware of his captivity in the most divisive of genres. The only way out of artificial purgatory? Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) y Melissa (Cecily Strong), who are going through a crisis as a couple, must find true love.
The argument of Schmigadoon! it is more of an excuse to hand over an artifact with various readings and games. The spiritual retreat for the main characters will become through a spell? A dream? Does it matter? in a loop of frames full of references to the golden age of musicals and compositions by Rodgers and Hammerstein. She longs for a Gene Kelly dancing prince while he just wants to get out of that starchy place he describes as a mix of Glee with The Walking Dead. The proposal by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (responsible for the animation saga My favorite villain), then, is a comedy of re-infatuation halfway between the wet dream of any Broadway fan and the parody of all that paraphernalia where a leprechaun sings enraptured about a region in which “every day is a musical” and of which ” no one leaves soon ”.
“When they handed me the script I said to myself ‘Wait, is this as wacky and silly as I think it is?’ This is a world that I can understand. But the highlight of this show is in the characters. Especially in the protagonist. She is a woman who loves musicals, wants to rekindle their relationship and her desire turns into a nightmare. That gives rise to a lot of humor. She is the key to the proposal ”, he assures her Kristin Chenoweth a Page 12. The owner of a Tony is one of the faces – and visible voices – of the proposal. The cast that features figures from Broadway (Ariana DeBose), the West End (Alan Cumming), Saturday Night Live (Fred Armisen) and extremely versatile performers like Jane Krakowski or Martin Short.
To Jaime Camil, in charge of a doctor who will take Melissa’s sleep, the most special thing about this proposal is its multiple layers. “All the characters help the main couple to go through their obstacles to overcome. That is the base. But it also has impressive paintings, a very well written script and you don’t have to be a geek of the musical to understand it. It is full of easter eggs to the genre but also from jokes to the classics troops of musical comedies. It is a false world but with a lot of sense ”, assures the actor of Jane The Virgin. And this includes male characters about to come out, complaints that music is coming out everywhere, and jokes that most female characters are little more than decorated.
The greatest achievement of the series go through that fresh and shameless rereading of all the saints and signs of the musical more than a sharp mockery of their codes. There is a comparison with what a movie proposed as Pleasantville (Gary Ross, 1998) or the series The Good Place, in the sense that American candor and innocence have their fine print. The Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld gives him a very successful visual pastiche for this universe. While the more sardonic side appears on the side of the productor Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock). Which makes Schmigadoon! in an accurate declaration of love to that enchanted hell that solves existential problems between songs and choreographies.