Musicals Thread (Television)

Welcome! The purpose of this thread is to talk about all things related to the wonderful world of musical theatre. Each week (or so) I will post a thread with a topic/question for everyone to respond to. This is also a great place to mention any new musicals you’ve discovered and/or general recommendations for other musical fans. Heard/seen any good shows lately? Have any theatre news to share? Tell us about it!

I have a couple more old Musicals Thread themes that I want to revisit before coming up with some new prompts, so this week the theme is an old favorite: TV Musicals! That is, either musical episodes of non-musical TV shows (consider, for example, the Community episode “Regional Holiday Music”) or full-blown musical TV shows (something like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). So, this week I’m curious to know what you all think of this special kind of musical theatre. Do you like musical TV shows? What about them do you like/dislike? What are some of your favorites shows/songs? Do you think we’ll get more musical shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend?

As I said in my original thread, I’m a fan of all things musical, and that includes TV shows. But I’m terrible at finishing TV shows lately, so here’s a huge confession: I still haven’t seen the last season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I know. The shame! Who am I to run the Musicals Thread when I’m so far behind? *sigh* I have failed all of you. Maybe reading your responses to this week’s thread will give me the motivation I need to finish the show.

One of the reasons I’m always behind is that I’m too busy watching Adventure Time, again. While I love everything about that show, I’m particularly fond of the music. I recently purchased the complete soundtrack on vinyl—yes, I’m that big of a fan—and I’ve been listening to it A LOT. There are so many good songs, but even after all these years my favorite “musical” episode is still “What Was Missing”. It’s not strictly a musical, but it is a music-filled episode! The characters are required to sing their honest feelings in order to retrieve their most treasured possessions, and so they end up singing about their relationships with one another. If you’re interested, I’ve included two songs from the episode below.

So, enough about my obsession with Adventure Time….What musical TV shows do you enjoy? Are there are songs/episodes in particular that you really enjoy? Would you like to see more musical TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? Of course, as always, feel free to discuss anything related to the wonderful world of theatre!

And just for fun, if you want to smile, watch this and remember “Glee is the answer when questions are wrong”: