From Leprechauns to Corn Puddin ‘: all the musical references in’ Schmigadoon! ‘

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Friday, Schimgadoon! —An absurd and catchy musical comedy series — has made its way to Apple TV +. Created by Cinco Paul and Ken daurio, Schmigadoon! is a love letter to the musicals of yesteryear, absolutely saturated with references to musicals from the golden age like Carousel and Oklahoma! Cecily strong and Keegan Michael Key play as Melissa and Josh, a medical couple whose romantic relationship falls apart when they accidentally fall into a magical world of musical theater from which they cannot escape.

There’s no Mean, Hamilton, or Dear Evan Hansen in this universe. Schimgadoon! is exclusively obsessed with your grandmother’s favorite musicals, The sound of music at The man of music. Watch Schmigadoon! is to be transported into the choir of your high school’s problematic production The king and me. So put on those character shoes and start a ‘red leather, yellow leather’ chorus, because we take a trip down memory lane and demonstrate how these golden age musicals overlap with their parody pastiche covers. .

Episode 1

The central premise is based on Brigadoon (1954)

If you couldn’t tell from the title, Schmigadoon! is a modern parody of the Golden Age musical by Lerner and Loewe Brigadoon– most famous for presenting the now classic jazz standard “Almost Like Being in Love”. Brigadoon tells the story of two American tourists, Tommy and Jeff, who stumble upon the mysterious titular Scottish village, which appears just one day every 100 years.

Although the town of Schmigadoon is not in the Scottish Highlands, it seemingly appears out of nowhere and traps the two protagonists of the series in a mysterious musical village until they both find true love. (Sigh, if only it was that simple.) Brigadoon hasn’t been relaunched on Broadway since the ’80s, but those curious about the source material can check out the 1954 film adaptation starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, which is chock-full of gorgeous dance, bagpipes and music sequences. tons of tartan.

“Schimgadoon! Is “Oklahoma!”

Schmiiiiiiiiiiiiii-gadon! The opening number that describes Schmigadoon, “where the sun shines from July to June / and the air smells like a macaroon,” is not, as Melissa suspects, an interpretation of Colonial Williamsburg, but rather a consignment. of the title. song of Oklahoma! (first created in 1943).

From the melody to the smiling and dancing chorus to the hyper-elongated first vowel, “Schmigadoon” parodies “Oklahoma” brilliantly, describing a specific place with great pride (“Schmigadoon: where men are men and cows are cows”) and presenting the original characters of the city (“he does unspeakable things to pigs “) with the same verve and the same joyful spirit as the closest Rodgers and Hammerstein, often parodied. While Josh is definitely not in it, any fan of music from the Golden Age will stomp and rehearse the final, repetitive chorus of “schmiga, schmiga” and sing “Schmigadoon” for days to come.

Aaron Tveit’s Danny Bailey is Billy Bigelow of Carousel (1945)

Perhaps the most striking parody of a beloved musical theater archetype, the Tony contestant. Aaron Tveit‘s Danny Bailey is a direct send of Carousel prominent man Billy Bigelow, down to his carnival barker job and reputation as a city resident bad boy. In true musical theater fashion, the brooding, masculine, but incredibly non-threatening (see: page boy cap, turtleneck, and high waisted pants) Danny Bailey falls in love with Melissa, but sings a song and a number delicious dance on how it’s meant to be a lifelong bachelor called “You Can’t Tame Me”.

There are many more examples of men singing about how they refuse to fall for a girl in a musical just to do so, but thematically this particular song has a lot in common with ” Never Will I Marry “from the 1960 musical Green willow. Stylistically, the song’s soft-shoe vibe and dreamy yet upbeat tempo, as well as cheesy choreography, have more in common with “All I Need Is the Girl” from the 1959s. Gypsy.

“Corn Pudding” is “A Real Nice Clambake” by Carousel

An absurd song on a delicious dish, SchmigadoonThe knee-snap number of “Corn Pudding” is the closest to another gem from the aforementioned Carousel: “A real good Clambake.” “You put the corn in the pudding, put the pudding in the bowl. You put the bowl in the belly, because it’s good for the soul, sing the anonymous townspeople of Schmigadoon after Dove CameronBetsy McDonough’s waitress asks Josh to order the city’s famous corn pudding dish.

In Carousel, the locals decide to open Act II by singing about how good their clambake was, naming all the delicious seafood they presumably ate during the intermission. Corn pudding is really of this ilk. It’s silly, silly, and completely irrelevant to the plot, but a tumultuous good time. Think “Shipoopi” of The man of music, or “Oom Pah Pah” from Olivier ! for other examples with an absolutely unnecessary but undeniably flippant air.

The Leprechaun is Og of Finian’s rainbow (1947)

At the end of the pilot episode, Martin runs appears naturally as a singing pixie explaining Schmigadoon’s magic (and curse) to Josh and Melissa. While you might assume there weren’t any Golden Age musicals featuring magical belted elves, you would be wrong. Lerner and Lowe’s musical in 1947 Finian’s rainbow is actually about a leprechaun named Og and his attempt to recover his stolen pot of gold.


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