The Verdict: Critics Review Alan Menken Fairytale Musical TV Series "Galavant"

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Alan Menken Fairytale Musical TV Series "Galavant"
 
The upcoming television musical fairytale series "Galavant," featuring songs by Tony Award winner Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, will premiere Jan. 4, 2015, on ABC. Critics have begun reviewing the new fairytale series.
Joshua Sasse as Galavant
Joshua Sasse as Galavant

"Galavant" stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid.

The series will premiere with back-to-back episodes in the 8 PM slot. 

The critics have begun to file their reviews and Playbill.com will continue to update as they are published.

A.V. Club

Examiner

HitFix

IGN.com

New York Daily News

New York Times

SFGate

Slate

TVLine.com

USAToday

Variety

Vulture

The Wrap

Yahoo

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Watch live performances of songs from "Galavant" here.

Click here to read the Playbill.com feature in which Menken and Dan Fogelman discuss its creation.

"Galavant" is written by Dan Fogelman, who also serves as executive producer. Executive producers also include Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Chris Koch. "Galavant" is directed by Chris Koch. Abbey C Studios Ltd. produces "Galavant" for ABC Studios.

Here's how it's billed by ABC: "Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman ('Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Tangled,' 'Cars') teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning musical team — composer Alan Menken ('The Little Mermaid,' 'Aladdin,' 'Beauty and the Beast') and lyricist Glenn Slater ('Tangled')—for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions. Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his 'happily ever after.' But it won't be without a few twists and turns along the way."

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