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Is Euphegenia Doubtfire bound for Broadway? Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken revealed on Thursday, Jan. 22, that he's currently hard at work on a musical based on the 1993 Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. Menken — whose music has provided the soundtracks to several classic Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tangled — dropped the news casually in an interview with EW Radio about ABC's new series Galavant. The fairy-tale-themed show features original songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who [...] »
Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are turning from the medieval knights of Galavant to a Hollywood cowboy. Producers today announced that Menken and Slater are writing the music and lyrics for Happy Trails, a new musical heading to Broadway about Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans. Marshall Brickman, who won an Academy Award for co-writing Annie Hall with Woody Allen, is responsible for the book, and Tony winner Des McAnuff will direct. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Producing a TV series with original songs in every episode is always an ambitious undertaking. And precious few of them have succeeded.
With “Galavant,” which debuted Jan. 4 in the “Once Upon a Time” slot, ABC jumps back into the risky musical business with some very high-powered talent. Billed as “a medieval musical fairy tale,” it offers a handsome knight (Joshua Sasse) who teams up with a princess (Karen David) to win back his true love (Mallory Jansen) from the evil king (Timothy Omundson) who has married her.
The songs are by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, best known for his Disney scores “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and others; and lyricist Glenn Slater, Menken’s songwriting partner on Disney’s “Tangled” and, »
- Jon Burlingame
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: January 4, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This musical comedy series comes from animated musical veterans Dan Fogelman (writer), Alan Menken (composer), and Glenn Slater (lyricist). It revolves around a dashing hero who once lost the love of his life to an evil king. It's now time for the hero to exact his revenge and restore his "happily ever after."
ABC cued up Galavant, its musical-comedy “extravaganza” on Sunday night. Did the first two episodes of the midseason series leave you whistling a happy tune?
Exec-produced by Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) and with music from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (Tangled), Galavant stars Joshua Sasse (Rogue) in the title role, as a knight whose armor loses its lustre after his lady love, Madelena (Mallory Jansen), gets kidnapped by — and then agrees to wed — the wealthy King Richard (Psych‘s Timothy Omundson).
From scores featuring Horrible Bosses, Marvel Agents, and Knights to movie soundtracks starring Kevin Hart and more Kevin Hart, Christopher Lennertz hasn’t slowed his TV/film composing pace since we last interviewed him during the release of Think Like A Man Too.
With audiences embracing Horrible Bosses 2 after its November 2014 opening (as of Dec. 28, 2014: $93M worldwide), I recently spoke with Lennertz about the sequel, his upcoming films The Wedding Ringer and Ride Along 2, as well as composing for ABC’s new musical comedy, “Galavant” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter.”
Cl: It’s getting really great feedback. The Nsfw red-band trailer is absolutely hilarious. The movie is described as The Hangover meets Something About Mary. The funny thing about it is it looks like »
- Michelle McCue
The four-week series follows the adventures of a dashing knight, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), as he attempts to rescue his true love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), from the clutches of the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Galavant teams up with his squire Sid (Luke Youngblood) and Isabella (Karen David), a princess looking to save her parents from King Richard’s dungeons.
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- Itay Hod
Arrive to ABC’s event series “Galavant” with all the skepticism you can muster. I surely did. A musical comedy that will be instantly compared to the iconic Monty Python productions? I prepared myself for the worst.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t believe that we had the talent today to pull off the delicate balance of a comedic musical fairy tale series set in medieval times. Then, throw in the challenge of a hardened audience and the feat becomes even more difficult.
“Galavant” arrives as the networks are trying to provide year-round programming between the hiatuses of »
- Jethro Nededog
If you've watched ABC at all in the past several months, you'll already know something of their new single-camera series Galavant. It's a musical (of sorts) packed into a comedy format (of sorts) that takes its plot cues from The Princess Bride, and its thematic guidance from Mel Brooks. This oddball creation comes from Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors), with the help of famous film composer Alan Menken (creator of every song you know from Disney in your past) and Menken's lyricist cohort Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid and many others). Hit the jump for whether you should watch, or just go to Medieval Times. Galavant follows the adventures of the dashing knight -- Galavant (Joshua Sasse) -- as he attempts to rescue his lady love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen) from the clutches of the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). But early on there's a subversion to this trope, and instead, Galavant »
- Allison Keene
Owing a strong debt to Monty Python and a lesser one to spoofs like “When Things Were Rotten,” “Galavant” largely overcomes the challenges that have traditionally bedeviled TV musicals with rambunctious energy, cheeky lyrics and music, and — significantly — a half-hour format, thus condensing the need to create songs into a manageable task. Granted, this ABC series is so unlike anything else on the network’s lineup that the only lead-in the network could think of, ultimately, was itself, airing back-to-back episodes. Whether this inspired silliness has legs beyond musical-theater geeks and TV critics is anybody’s guess, but “Galavant” hits the ground running.
From the opening number (and good luck getting the Alan Menken-written title tune out of your head), “Galavant” serves notice that the derring-do will involve more word play than swordplay, as the narrator sings, “Now at last begins a true adventure. Epic, wild, a real butt-clencher. »
- Brian Lowry
A couple of seasons ago, ABC debuted a show called "The Neighbors" where the pilot seemed less like a sitcom than a practical joke ABC boss Paul Lee was perpetrating on TV critics and the audience at large: We're ABC, and we can schedule anything we want after "Modern Family"(*) and have it do okay! Even a sitcom about aliens named after famous athletes! (*) Technically, "The Neighbors" only aired a couple of times after "Modern Family," as Lee blinked at the last minute and slid it to Wednesdays at 8:30, then moved it to Fridays for its second and final season. But "The Neighbors" turned out to be a fine example of the phenomenon where a bad pilot can lead to a good show, as I discovered later in that season when the series did a musical episode called "Sing Like a Larry Bird." The collaboration between "Neighbors" creator Dan Fogelman, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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