musicals

Schmigadoon! pulls out all the stops for season two finale [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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Jane Krakowski, Jaime Camil, Tituss Burgess, Dove Cameron, Aaron Tveit, Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming in ★★★★☆
The Schmigadoon! season two finale was great. Will we get a season three?
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! wraps its second season with an action-packed episode this week entitled “Over and Done.” Josh and Melissa are being held captive, and unless some unlikely people decide to change their ways and recover from past wounds, they’ll be killed or married — or both!

It’s a lovely little wrap to the big-hearted show’s second season.

Our Schmigadoon! heroes find success in Schmicago [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Cecily Strong makes a strong showing this week on Schmigadoon!
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! finds love in all the wrong places this week. Melissa goes from nobody to somebody, and Josh finds his calling as a spiritual leader, which is the last thing they need right now.

In their quest to make things right in Schmicago, they tangle things up worse than ever — and they clearly don’t have a clean exit strategy. The episode, entitled “Famous as Hell,” is a rousing chapter of the Schmigadoon! saga.

Schmigadoon! uncorks a showstopper this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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Now that's a legal defense!
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! lets its hair down this week as Josh goes on the lam and Melissa goes on the hunt for clues. Plus, Jane Krakowski gets an MVP moment that caps a very fun outing for the cast and writers.

The musical numbers in this week’s episode, entitled “Bells and Whistles,” prove stellar. And Schmigadoon! delivers more laughs per minute than usual, which means the second season of the feather-light show totally found its groove.

Schmigadoon! taps ’70s musicals for darker season two [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Episode 1. Jane Krakowski, Jaime Camil, Dove Cameron and Alan Cumming in ★★★
The mean streets of Schmicago don't look anything like the small-town fantasyland of Schmigadoon.
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TV+ Review Apple TV+ musical Schmigadoon! is whistling a brand-new tune. Our heroes find themselves not in the 1950s musical world of Schmigadoon, but in the bleaker, ’70s-style Schmicago.

The whimsy of the show’s first season is replaced with a sarcastic darkness in its second season, which debuts today. The songs get racier, but the show remains much the same. Schmigadoon! is still one of the better shows on Apple’s streaming service.

Spirited will haunt you with the ghost of Christmas crap [Apple TV+ review] ☆☆☆☆

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Spirited review Apple TV+: There's plenty of singing and dancing in ☆☆☆☆
There's plenty of singing and dancing in Spirited, but do you really expect jokes in your musical comedies?
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TV+ Review Spirited, the Apple TV+ musical comedy remake of A Christmas Carol, is a depressingly literal, overly sarcastic and nightmarishly unfunny look at the lives of the people who work from beyond the grave to make Christmas cheer.

In the film, which hits the streaming service today, Will Ferrell plays a spirit who’s lost his mojo when he meets a man who’s more persuasive than he is. The laughs never start and the songs never stop in this gaudy waste of money and talent.

The musical comedy of Central Park returns to Apple TV+ in March

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The musical comedy of ‘Central Park’ on Apple TV+
Central Park returns with eight all-new episodes on March 4.
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The interrupted second season of Central Park will resume on March 4. The Apple TV+ musical comedy has eight more episodes with the madcap adventures of the Tillerman family.

The series has garnered multiple Emmy nominations, and the first half of the second season has a amazing 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

New Carpool Karaoke season heads for Apple TV+

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Miss Piggy rides shotgun with Jason Sudeikis in the second season of Carpool Karaoke.
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Carpool Karaoke: The Series is reportedly getting fifth season and is becoming part of Apple TV+. The Emmy-winning program by James Cordon debuted years before Apple’s streaming service was around but now the two are coming together.

Come from Away Broadway musical flies onto Apple TV+ on Sept. 10

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‘Come from Away’ Broadway musical flies onto Apple TV+ on Sept. 10
The Apple TV+ version of Come from Away includes an cast with members of the original and current Broadway productions.

The filmed version of the Tony-winning hit musical Come from Away will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on September 10. It will star a cast led by members of the Broadway show, and be directed by Christopher Ashley, who directed the original Broadway production.

Central Park season 2 will bore you with the worst of Broadway [Apple TV+ review]

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Central Park season 2 review: Can things really get worse?
Can things really get worse in season 2? Of course they can.
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Central Park, the Apple TV+ animated musical about a family living and caring for the titular New York park, returns for more arbitrary, up-with-people high-jinks in its second season.

Nothing brings out the worst impulses in a writer’s room like encouragement. And the second season of the show — created by Bob’s Burgers duo Nora Smith and Loren Bouchard along with Josh Gad (Frozen) — is aggressively larger and more precious than the first. If it’s not your thing, you’ll be looking for the nearest open window.