Don't be sad that the second season of Schmigadoon! has ended, instead be glad that we now have a full soundtrack of tunes from the Apple TV+ musical series. A sort of "happy beginning," if you will. The 27-track album dropped on May 3, coinciding with the Season 2 finale episode. Stream the six-episode series on Apple TV+ and get the soundtrack on all digital music platforms.
The first season of Schmigadoon!, which premiered in July 2022, centered on a modern couple, Josh and Melissa (played by Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong), who have grown complacent in their relationship. On a couple’s retreat in the woods, they stumble upon the magical town of Schmigadoon as it appears from the fog. They are trapped there, inside a world of Golden Age musicals, and cannot escape until they find true love.
Josh and Melissa are back for a second season. This time, though, when out searching for Schmigadoon, they find Schmicago, a darker place filled with murder and jazz. And hippies. Like the musicals of the 60s and 70s.
Both seasons lovingly spoof the musical worlds in their settings, referencing several well-known Broadway shows, oftentimes in mashups that brilliantly blend tunes and characters parodies.
If you haven't been able to catch the full series yet, Apple TV+ is giving you a little test of what goes on when you press play. The streamer has dropped one song video per episode each week of the series. We've collected all six below. And you can catch up on our recaps, in which we point out all the musical theatre references we could find, also linked below. Enjoy!
"Do We Shock You?"
In the first episode, Josh and Melissa have dinner at the Kratt Klub, Schmicago's stand-in for the Kit Kat Club from Kander and Ebb's long-running hit Chicago. The showgirls sing "Do We Shock You?" with choreography reminiscent of Fosse's from "Sweet Charity." See what other references you can spot in the number.
"My Doorway to Where"
In Episode 2, we meet Topher (played by Tony winner Aaron Tveit), the leader of The Tribe, a band of hippies similar to those seen in Godspell, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar. In his first appearance here, he sings "My Doorway to Where," a pretty direct parody of Pippin's "Corner of the Sky."
"Bells and Whistles"
Episode 3 gives us a big number from Tony winner Jane Krakowski. She plays lawyer Bobbie Flanagan (a sort of Billy Flynn) trying to get Josh acquitted of the murder of one of the showgirls. This showstopper pulls out all the...bells and whistles, showcasing not only Krakowski's stellar special skills (splits! roller skates!), but also the deft songwriting from the show's creator, Cinco Paul. You'll see nods to "Dance 10, Looks 3" from A Chorus Line, "Not Getting Married" from Company, and "We Both Reached for the Gun" from Chicago, and more!
"Good Enough to Eat"
Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming play a pair of devious denizens living on Quick Street, "the seedier side of Schmicago." He's a Sweeney Todd-type who owns a butcher shop and she's the Mrs. Lovett/Miss Hannigan-esque caretaker at the orphanage next door. Of course, there's a meat shortage and those orphans are a pain in her neck...a plot is brewing. "Good Enough to Eat" is full of puns and wordplay as it mashes up Sweeney Todd's "A Little Priest" with a few dancing orphan Annie's.
"Maybe It's My Turn Now"
Cecily Strong's character Melissa steps out of the chorus line for this solo number in the fifth episode of Season 2, "Famous as Hell." While the episode as a whole borrows a lot from Jesus Christ Superstar to illustrate Melissa and Josh's rise to fame in town, she onstage at the Kratt Klub and he as the new leader of The Tribe. However, this number seems to give a nod to Sally Bowles' sultry anthem "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret.
"Over and Done"
Ariana DeBose is back! She's been pretty busy this year, what with her new friend Oscar and all, so scheduling conflicts led to limited appearances this season. In the finale episode, she returns to the stage of the Kratt Klub to perform "Over and Done," a number referencing the Dreamgirls tune "Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love."