These Ain’t Your Mama’s Musicals

Season 2 will probably have a very different vibe from the silly fluff of the first season, given the fact that musicals of the 1960s and 1970s are a lot darker and more adult than the musicals of the decades before. Unlike the simple problems of something like “Brigadoon,” the pair are staring down musicals like “Hair,” “All that Jazz,” “Cabaret,” and, of course, “Chicago.” That means lots of sex, murder, and mayhem, which doesn’t sound like what they wanted to try and find when they went back into the forest. This distinctly different season will have a different director, too, with “Legally Blonde” helmer Robert Luketic helming all of the episodes. 

Returning to the cast alongside Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key are Ariana DeBose, Kristin Chenowith, Alan Cumming, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski, Ann Harada, Aaron Tveit, and Martin Short as a leprechaun! Tituss Burgess (of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” fame) will be joining the cast in what looks like a substantial role, along with “Hadestown” star Patrick Page.

It will be a blast to see how the “Schmigadoon!” creative team tackle more mature musicals, and updating the town through time each season is a brilliant way to continue the series and keep it feeling fresh. Season 3 could even potentially see them taking on “Cats,” “Rent,” and “Les Misérables,” which would be truly incredible.

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