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I was intrigued with ABC’s new show Galavant the moment I saw the first trailer. When I first found out that I would be previewing Galavant as part of my ABCTVEvent I was excited to learn more. My husband and I love watching tv together and this seemed like the kind of show that we could really enjoy together. Galavant is a comedy which is always on the top of my list, but what really intrigued me about it, was that it is also a musical. Galavant is described as, ““It’s like Monty Python and The Princess Bride had a baby.” This really appealed to me because I grew up loving both Monty Python and Princess Bride so I knew that Galavant would be a great show.
Here is a little background information about Galavant “A powerhouse trio — screenwriter Dan Fogelman, award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater — have teamed up to create an epic musical comedy fairy tale. Once upon a time, a dashing hero named Galavant embarks on a quest to restore his “happily ever after” when he loses Madalena, the love of his life, to evil King Richard. Galavant is prepared to use his many skills to win back his beautiful lady and avenge her, but he is surprised by the twists and turns he encounters along the way.”
While in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to screen the Pilot and now the episode “Joust Friends”. Musicals always seem to be hit or miss so I was very excited to laugh my way through the hilarious show, Galavant. Not only is it a lot of fun and the music is very creative, but the creative team behind Galavant is very talented. With a team like that, it is sure to be a hit. We had the amazing opportunity to interview not only Joshua Sasse who plays Galavant, but also Glenn Slater who was the show lyricist, Dan Fogleman the Executive Producer and Alan Menken the Composer.
I am sure you will recognize some of these names from the impressive resume including: Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman who is known for “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Tangled,” and “Cars”. Alan Menken who is known for “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and lyricist Glenn Slater who is known for “The Little Mermaid,”and “Tangled”.
Here are some fun facts I learned from our interview:
- John Stamos Guest stars in the second episode.
- Being in England really gives it an authentic flavor.
- Lots of really fun guests stars in the 8 episodes!
- Alan and Glenn wrote initial song for Galavant and it all came together.
- They have written about 33 musical moments for the 8 episodes.
- They mapped out the episodes, then talked about the song moments they wanted in the episode.
- Everyone in the cast really sings.
- They use a lot of live singing so it really feels real!
- It took 2-3 days to write each episode.
- There is a lot of humor that is written that kids won’t get but will be really fun for adults.
- Joshua didn’t realize it was a musical. They had him sing in his audition which he didn’t expect. He said, ” I was going to die.”
- Joshua sang a song from Into the Woods for his audition piece and blew them away.
- The best musicals are very economical.
- To make a musical you have to have the willingness to throw things out. Don’t get emotionally attached to anything.
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“Galavant” will premiere on SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) with two 30 minute episodes, back-to-back on the ABC Television Network. The eight episode series will run through Sunday nights in January.