Lorne Michaels (‘Saturday Night Live‘, ‘30 Rock‘) is the producer of this hilarious series directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key. ‘Schmigadoon!‘arrives with the first two episodes to Apple Tv+, which will be followed by a new one every Friday. Prepare the popcorn and dancing shoes.
The last time I saw ‘The wicker man‘(The Wicker Man), with the late Robin Hardy presenting the final cut, I thought how terrible life would be if it were like live in a musical. That vital nightmare, so far removed from the happy musicals of Hollywood’s golden age, is in part the epicenter of a series that, moreover, does not hesitate to spend that bullet in its first episode.
This parody of classic Hollywood musicals tells the story of a couple on a backpacking trip, one of those used to strengthen a relationship that is not going through its prime. Lost in a storm they will end up with their bones in a magical town that lives in a musical of the 40s and that will test their relationship and also their nerves when discovering that they will be able to leave it until they find true love.
Why would it be a good idea to spend the day singing and dancing in the rain or on a yellow brick road? The truth is that if you think about it, it doesn’t seem like the healthiest option for the ideal life. A musical, perhaps with the exception of ‘Popstar‘doesn’t sound like the ideal life plan to anyone in their right mind. If you are also caught against your will in a musical stale and you have to survive a brutal relationship crisis, you are probably lost.
The stars of ‘Schmigadoon!’, The new series from showrunners Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (‘Gru: Despicable Me‘) they live this particular hell. That the direction of the entire series falls into the hands of Barry Sonnenfeld (‘Men in Black‘) is no accident: the director had already produced a reboot of’ Fantasy Island ‘or the extraordinary’A series of catastrophic misfortunes by Lemony Snicket‘.
Paul had the idea for the series more than 20 years ago, although at that time there were two men who were with a musical. According to the showrunner, by changing his starting point to that of a couple trapped there until they can find true love, he was clear that he had a potential series. In addition, Cinco Paul is also in charge of the original music for the series.
The series works, among many other things, because it has a sensational lead couple. Cecily Strong, who is also a producer, and Keegan-Michael Key, one of the funniest guys you can see on a screen right now, they have great chemistry That even improves the worse your relationship is. Between flashbacks of the past, happy? of the couple and a technicolor present full of musical ornaments, the comic that emerged from ‘Saturday Night Live’ demonstrates her bestial multidisciplinary ability to hold such an ambitious project on her shoulders. For the six episodes that make up the season of ‘Schmigadoon!’ they also parade Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Fred Armisen o Martin Short.
But despite that detail, we cannot ignore that we are talking about a musical from the 40s, even if it is a joke. ‘Schmigadoon!’ looks and shines from simplicity and naturalness. Despite how fun their songs are and how colorful their musical numbers are, the series always seems to be told through the eyes of a child throwing thug. And that aspect is also due to its director, who is once again the one who made us enjoy with ‘The Addams family‘or the one who photographed such emblematic titles as’Panic at three‘ O ‘Arizona Baby‘.
A musical series that is actually a parody of old titles almost a century ago it does not seem that in theory it will be the platform’s greatest public success, since it seems that currently people are more aware of YouTube than of quality content, but Apple TV is progressing by leaps and bounds and supposes a gratifying relief from the harsh reality of spending a season without ‘Ted Lasso‘. Blessed aperitif before the arrival of the true Special One.