Sweet Home Cooper-Alice, Lord, I’m coming home.
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Brush that horn Riverdale-classification of musical performances and get ready for the best high school musical performance since … Ben Platt does “I Sing the Body Electric” at the Grammys, I suppose. Teen-TV mastermind Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced the latest musical that the Riverdale gang will perform after the murderous and cult productions of the fictional high school of Carrie and heather in past seasons. This time they’re doing the John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask classic Hedwig and the angry thumb, and they become extra-meta-conceptual. Because a musical episode about a high school musical takes place on a show where characters already spontaneously launching into the song all the time was just too easy. We live in a post–High School Musical: The Musical: The Series world now, after all. Here is the summary, of Decision maker:
After the previous debacles of Carrie and heather, Kevin Keller has decided to revive the tradition of Riverdale High of hosting a variety show! But when Mr. Honey forbids him to interpret a number Hedwig and the angry thumb, Kevin and our gang are rallying against their principal – each performing a Hedwig, transforming the variety show into a full-fledged musical that, as always, reflects the inner lives and struggles of our characters. And in the midst of all the drama, a forbidden “staging” begins to flourish …
There’s also some eye-catching promotional art, which teases Ethel Muggs doing Madame Papillon:
This is precisely the kind of chaos we love to Riverdale. So, and listen to us, that might actually be good. Hedwig ‘s mix of narrative musical number and rock is what Riverdale excels at (see: Veronica and the Pussycats performing “Outside tonight“of Rental). Dark Betty could take out the bob once again for “Wig in a Box”. Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz could make a super cute “Origin of Love”. What about Archie? Archie can be a manager. Aguirre-Sacasa told Decider, “When we heard that Stephen Trask was a fan of Riverdale, we thought – is there a way to do Hedwig and have they always linked it to the stories we tell? So the episode seems to have Trask’s blessing. The episode airs April 8 at 8 p.m. on The CW, so you still have time to mentally prepare for Veronica to sing “Sugar Daddy” while making direct and unhappy eye contact with Hiram.