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Primetime Musical ‘Galavant’ Reps Bold Venture for ABC

6 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Producing a TV series with original songs in every episode is always an ambitious undertaking. And precious few of them have succeeded.

ABC’s landmark Robert Morse musical “That’s Life” (1968) managed to last one season, NBC’s “Smash” (2012-13) limped along for two, while ABC’s infamous “Cop Rock” (1990) managed just 11 episodes.

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

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TV Review: ‘Galavant’

2 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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