A couple in trouble decides to give themselves a chance to revitalize their relationship and embarks on a backpacking trip, arriving in a magical town that lives inside a 1940s musical. After thinking that it is a joke, Josh and Melissa discover that by The more attempts they make cannot leave the place unless they find true love.
‘Schmigadoon!’ is the new musical series that Apple TV premiered (with new chapters every Friday) and that features the performances of Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key in the leading roles. “The difficult thing for me was playing a character who doesn’t like musicals, doesn’t understand them, doesn’t want to be part of this, and I love musicals. The biggest challenge was the director, who kept shouting: ‘Cut! Stop moving your foot! You can’t laugh! ‘ (Laughs) It was very difficult because they did these great choreographies in front of us, so it has been the biggest acting challenge I have had in my career ”, confesses actor Keegan Michael-Key in an interview with La República through Zoom.
For the 50-year-old, Emmy winner (Key & Peele), the great attraction of the series “is that we have these people and how they were portrayed at that time and, on the other hand, this couple who are trapped here and how they see the world. Melissa likes it because she knows about musicals, she knows the rules, but she makes comments that women are always in one dimension and other things related to women that are generational and that we are still dealing with. I think an interesting thing about the series is that we laugh at what they do, but we are also alerted to how dangerous their version of the world is. “
‘Schmigadoon!’ also talks about the fear of commitment …
Yes, it goes more to the fear of what you can commit, of what you are truly scared, you are afraid to show your emotions, your vulnerability, give yourself to someone else. The reason for the lack of commitment is that something inside you resists and what you resist is what is going to free you, I think that is the key to everything. The message is go out and give your all, because otherwise we cannot find true love.
The series is a tribute to the Hollywood musicals of the 40s, do you have any favorite musicals?
My favorite is Sweeney Todd, It is very dark and there is an interesting sense of travel, but also the music is wonderful, the song ‘Pretty Woman’ is one of the most beautiful lyrics that I have heard in my life. I think there is something magical in those musicals where there is an unsolicited love, that affects me in a personal and profound way.
Do you think that through classic humor you can make political humor?
A colleague always said: “As long as you can do something funny, do it and use whatever it is, especially in this environment that we currently live of being politically correct.” This type of humor was so well treated in the 40s that I think that if you are careful and aware of what you are talking about, making fun of or parody, you can be funny.
What would you like to see in new musicals that will last for generations to come?
I think that before there was no such tendency to be in shock and now people do everything to go into shock, but it is not necessarily clever or humorous. Suddenly I would like to see more skill as there was in the 40s, puns, the journey in lyrical content or themes, things that are not seen. That form is still very pure.
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