New Apple TV+ series sends up theater with tongue in cheek

Welcome to “Schmigadoon!” – a new series on Apple Television + that includes Broadway’s very best and Broadway references galore. The title “Schmigadoon!” is a nod to the Lerner and Loewe typical “Brigadoon.” In the present, couple Josh and Melissa – played by Keegan-Michael Vital and Cecily Robust – are owning trouble in their partnership, so they head to a retreat in the woods wherever they explore the mystical land of Schmigadoon. Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth performs the buttoned up and self-righteous Mildred Layton, who channels Harold Hill from “The Music Gentleman.”

“You know, I adore Mildred. I have to find a way to love her Frank or I are unable to perform her,” claimed Chenoweth. “I mentioned, ‘Listen, I have got to have the Mildred Pierce hairdo. I’ve got to have the Joker lips. She’s maniacal. I want a mole.’ I did not acquire that struggle.”

Musical stage star–turned musical screen star Ariana DeBose plays ingenue Emma Tate. DeBose went from Ryan Murphy’s “The Prom” to “Schmigadoon!” and she will shortly take on Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Tale.” She claims the time for musicals on the big and tiny screens is now.

“Songs and dance is this sort of a stunning way to allow commentary on certain topics in the entire world,” claimed DeBose. “It tends to make it palatable. It rushes through your overall body in a genuinely cathartic way. And so that is genuinely thrilling. I imply, you know me: my target is to make The usa dance all over again.”

And if you imagine you need to be a Broadway aficionado to love “Schmigadoon!” – Jaime Camil, who performs Doc Lopez, says think once again.

“You do not have to be a theater geek to enjoy,” he said. “I was talking to a reporter that said, ‘I’ve by no means observed a Broadway show in my daily life.’ And I told him, ‘Well very first, you happen to be dead to me.’ And then he claimed, ‘But I appreciate the fact that I get pleasure from the demonstrate so much I have viewed it two times by now.’ So there you go.”

“Schmigadoon!” is now streaming on Apple Television+.