Yup. I got five whole reasons for you to watch a musical. Yes, I’m actually recommending that you watch a musical and this is it’s as odd for me as it is for you. Because if you’ve watched even 30 seconds of our show, you know, I hate musicals. For me to recommend this must seem like very left field. Its OK, its weird for me too ….
Number five. Lorne Michaels, Lorne Michaels is the producer of Schmigadoon. Now you probably know that name and if you’re not familiar with Lorne Michaels , then well, Saturday Night Live, does that ring a bell? That’s right. He’s the one of the founding reasons why Saturday Night Live was ever Saturday Night Live. He’s also behind the Kids in the Hall, and The Tonight Show since 2014. He’s also produced movies like Tommy Boy, Wayne’s World, and that’s just to name a few. He has a deep history in comedy. Lorne Michaels automatically adds credibility to this project.
Number four. It’s got a strong cast and when I say strong, I mean Cecily Strong. See what he did there? I can be punny … All right, just kidding. But yeah … Cecily Strong and Keegan Michael Key are the the lead roles of Melissa and Josh. But they are flanked by some by some star power for sure. There’s Martin Short, there’s Kristin Chenoweth, there’s Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Jane Krakowski and more. There are there are Tony Award winners in this musical, which, if you’re not, again, if you don’t know what a Tony Award is, Tony Award is like the equivalent of an Oscar but for musicals. It’s, it’s the highest honor that you could give someone in the musical field. These Tony Award winners add instant credibility again, to the cast, what’s going on and what they’re trying to create here.
Number three. It’s silly. Lorne Michaels has never been one to shy away from silly comedy, you know, sight gags, and jokes and, and all these different things. And yet, even with all of that, in the show, it still finds a way to be charming, still finds a way to be relatable still finds a way to be enjoyable. So that alone gives it another reason as to why you should watch it. It’s funny. It’s silly. It’s charming.
Number Two. Highly relatable characters, not just because the acting strength is Cecily Strong, and Keegan Michael Key, but because the way that they’re written, you can easily identify with. I, for one, identified clearly and easily in episode one with Josh. Josh, who’s played by Keegan Michael Key, hates musicals. And here he is stuck in a musical and trying to figure out how to get away from it, how to move away from it, how to save himself and his mind and get away from the songs. Matter of fact, there’s one point in the season the first or second episode, where everybody’s breaking out into song and Keegan Michael keys character Josh reminded me of the tower scene in Monty Python’s Holy Grail where the king is trying to stop this son from singing going “not like that, not like that”.
Number One. Even if you don’t like musicals, you’re going to be walking away from the show singing the songs. They are earworms. I dare you to listen to the song corn pudding and not walk away from it singing, it won’t happen. And then there’s also a bunch of original songs. There’s parody songs. And there’s one that I think that should be played in every middle school in high school from here on out, and every sex education class. It’s a parody of the song “Do-Re-Me” from the “Sound of Music” called “Va-Gi-Na” . It’s an instant classic and yeah, needs to be heard. Kids need to understand what’s going on and how things work because clearly sex education classes are not working. Anyway, that’s the top five reasons why you should be watching this show on Apple TV+ …. Schmigadoon! (plus its just stupid fun to say!)