Sunnydale is alive with the sound of music as a mysterious force causes everyone in town to burst into full musical numbers, revealing their innermost secrets as they do. But some townsfolk are dancing so much that they simply burst into flames, and it becomes clear that maybe living in a musical isn't so great after all. Written by
Did You Know?
On the DVD commentary for this episode, Joss Whedon
says that many of the songs he wrote for this musical were conscious references to different musical theater styles and composers. For instance, Whedon characterizes "Going Through The Motions" as an "I want" song in the tradition of the opening numbers sung by heroines of Ashman-Menken Disney musicals such as "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid
and "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast
(albeit with what he calls a Stephen Schwartz ending). He says that "I'll Never Tell" is his 1930s "Astaire/Rodgers" number, and he likens "Walk Through The Fire" to the four-part "Tonight Quintet" that introduces the climactic moments of the end of the first act of "West Side Story." See more
Tara's arms change position in each shot after the trio dance break in the "Life's a Show" number. See more
And we are caught in the fire/The point of no return/So we will walk through the fire/And let it/Burn/Let it burn.
This episode features a unique 32-second opening in which the actors' name appears beside a short clip of them in a bubble. See more
References The Music Man
"Something To Sing About"
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sarah Michelle Gellar
and James Marsters See more