Jane Krakowski, a veteran of theatre and cinema, returns to ‘Schmigadoon!’
Krakowski stars as Bobbie, a trial lawyer who sings and dances while rollerblading blindfolded, holding sparklers in her hands, and performing splits and flips on a trapeze bar in the second season of Apple TV+’s musical comedy.
“With the exception of trapeze, we sought to choose activities that I was previously familiar with. So I was permitted to go to trapeze school for a week and have five classes before we shot,” Krakowski told Variety on the red carpet at the FYC event in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Krakowski’s number, shot in two days, was cinematographer John Coffin’s favourite. “She was incredible and full of energy. “That was kind of contagious,” Coffin added.
“I’ve always wanted to learn ‘Chicago’s’ ‘Hot Honey Rag,'” Krakowski stated. “I really wanted to learn the moves of those fantastic ladies who started that show.” [Choreographer] Chris Gattelli incorporated some of that into my number, which was great.”
Season 2 digs into the darker side of musical theatre, showcasing moments and songs from musicals from the 1960s and ’70s, including “Chicago,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Hair,” and “Pippin.” Season 1 was inspired by the brighter and more hopeful musicals of the early half of the twentieth century.
With the Broadway debut of the blockbuster NBC musical “Smash,” might “Schmigadoon!” be next? Variety quoted co-creator Cinco Paul as saying, “From your lips to the Broadway god’s ears.” “Nothing would motivate me happier that”
While a third season has yet to be confirmed, Variety polled the actors to see who they’d want to see appear on the programme.
Dove Cameron expressed her desire to visit Annaleigh Ashford. “I’d want to get her for Season 3.” Annaleigh Ashford in ‘Sweeney Todd’ is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen. Tony is her name. Tony. Tony, Tony, Tony
“Annaleigh would be fantastic,” Aaron Tveit said. She’s hilarious.”
Not to mention the Broadway divas. “I adore Billy Porter, Faith Prince, Bernadette Peters, and Alex Newell,” Cecily Strong said. “I’m just like everybody else that wants to do it. Come do it.”
Michael Keegan-Key added a couple more selections. “I’d love to see Audra MacDonald and Laura Benanti,” he expressed his desire. “I believe it would be fantastic if they could be a part of our world.”