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  • Angela Allyn

SCHMIGADOON! is lively insider fun

SCHMIGADOON! is a perfect film for actors or audiences who love musical theater. The material is lovingly crafted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, chewing up non-stop show biz bits as the laughs and songs pile up.

Cecilly Strong and Keegan-Michael Key stars as lovers, who - just as Gene Kelly and Van Johnson did in the classic Brigadoon – cross a bridge into a magical place in which sudden musical introductions cue unexpected songs. The cast is a who’s-who of Broadway and Hollywood royalty, including Fred Armisen and Alan Cumming as the closeted preacher and mayor, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Krakowski, Martin Short, and Aaron Tveit, leading a very enthusiastic ensemble of singin’ and dancin’ townsfolk!

There are lovers’ spats, secrets revealed, babies born and old folk dying, and of course resolution, as in all good musicals. Some of the lyrics and songs are extremely clever, while others leave you thinking you could have done better in any piano bar after a few shots. But the spirit – while sometimes naughty, and perhaps not great for kids (watch out for the Sound of Music parody you probably don’t want to hear the kids singing with their friends) but it is very inclusive and well-intended.

If you like musicals, and tear up and cheer at the end, then SCHMIGADOON! will be a perfect treat for you. You can watch it all on Apple+.

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