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
(1989) and "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast
(1991) (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
The demons that Buffy kills in the Bronze disappear and reappear, and change positions, between shots as she dances. See more
[about her duet with Xander, "I'll Never Tell"
It's just, clearly our number is a retro pastiche that's never going to be a breakaway pop hit.
Features a happy, lighthearted 1960's TV show-style opening sequence with the cast members' faces, and ends with the Mutant Enemy monster singing his trademark "Grrr Aargh!" rather than growling it. See more
References Anchors Aweigh
Under Your Spell/Standing (Reprise)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Amber Benson
and Anthony Head
(as Anthony Stewart Head) See more