TV: Schmigadoon! – Season 1

Premiered: July 16, 2021

On: Apple TV+

Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ariana DeBose, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski, Liam Quiring-Nkindi, Martin Short & Aaron Tveit

With witty writing, great performances and callbacks to Broadway past, Schmigadoon! is the perfect musical comedy for theater lovers – and even some others.

In the modern day, doctors Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) are having relationship issues and go on a weekend getaway. While on a hike, they end up trapped in the musical town of Schmigadoon where they must discover true love to get out.

The show takes its main plot from Brigadoon and has countless references to Carousel, The Music Man and The Sound of Music, amongst others. With original music that parodies these shows, the all-star cast features many Broadway veterans with Kristin Chenoweth and Ariana DeBose having memorable numbers.

Playing against the stereotypes of musicals past, the show is not afraid to criticize while paying homage.

Final say: Truly delightful. ★★★★★

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