Ancora, the problem with this sort of exercise — conceived by animated-movie veterans Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, working with director Barry Sonnenfeld — hinges on sustaining it, and the series perhaps inevitably drags in the middle, a little too self-satisfied with the premise and its cleverness in evoking the past.
“Women were so underwritten in early musicals,” Melissa muses, recognizing the thinness of one of the characters. Dopo, she reassures Josh that “nobody dies in a musical,” before rattling off a long list of all the characters that do.
In poche parole, it’s sporadically fun but a little too cute for its own good. Working in the confines of streaming affords “Schmigadoon!” the luxury of appealing almost exclusively to the high-school-drama geek contingent, a reasonably small if generally desirable demo.
The series also happens to tread the boards in a year that will see an inordinate number of musicals hit movie theaters
— “West Side Story”
e “Dear Evan Hansen
” tra loro — after the disappointingly tepid box-office reception for “In the Heights” despite stellar reviews
Somewhat spared from traditional commercial pressures as a streaming entry, it’s nice that an outfit like Apple had the latitude do produce “Schmigadoon!,” even if the project feels fairly disposable.
With its playful title and trappings, “Schmigadoon!” is designed to get attention. As for whether a significant number of people actually watch it, like the show’s leads, a streaming service can afford to cross that bridge when it comes to it.
“Schmigadoon!” anteprime luglio 16 su Apple TV +.