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Singing the praises of 'Schmigadoon!' and Cinco Paul's songs
Last Edit: WaymanWong 03:57 pm EST 01/13/22
Posted by: WaymanWong 03:53 pm EST 01/13/22
In reply to: re: Surprise! SAG nominations are nearly tone-deaf to movie musicals - portenopete 08:36 am EST 01/13/22

Cinco Paul, who co-created the series with Ken Daurio, has said that ''Schmigadoon!'' originally was supposed to be 8 episodes long, but Apple would greenlight only 6. As a result, the show had to cut down the plot and shorten the arcs of certain characters. That said, it's still a miracle it got made. Where else were you gonna see a parody of Golden Age musicals starring so many Tony winners, including Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski, Martin Short and Aaron Tveit, alongside Ariana DeBose and Ann Harada? With dances by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli.

I'm assuming ''Schmigadoon!'' was no ratings blockbuster, but I hope the music branch of the Emmys remembers to nominate one or two of Paul's toe-tapping songs. I fondly recall the season's touching finale, ''How We Change,'' and I loved DeBose teaching her classroom of kids ''With All of My Heart.'' And if I had to submit only one song, I'd go with ''Cross That Bridge,'' the series' salute to Frank Loesser's gospel-sounding showstoppers.

Just out of curiosity, I checked Paul's Twitter to see what he's doing next. And he's got a new musical, ''A.D. 16,'' making its world premiere (Feb. 4-March 6) at the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Md. It's a musical comedy about a teenaged Mary Magdalene (played by Phoenix Best) who ''falls in love with the carpenter's song next-door, who happens to be a kid named Jesus'' (played by Ben Fankhauser of ''Newsies''). Info: olneytheatre.org.
Link 'Schmigadoon!: 'Cross That Bridge' (singalong video)
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