A lollipop pastel, candy-floss of a musical series (six thirty-minute episodes) that is, within its lightweight content, fun and oddly appealing.

Looking to reinvigorate their relationship, Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) get lost on a hike and stumble into the town of Schmigadoon. Only they cannot leave until they each understand the true meaning of love. It’s all very silly as the two, not able to leave together, assume they must find love with someone else. Musical references galore as the all-singing, all-dancing town-dweller chorus provide plenty of pointers as the closeted gay Mayor (Alan Cumming) helps Josh and Melissa deal with finding a way out – and confront the local bigot Mildred Layton (Kristin Chenowith).

It may be centred around the Lerner & Loewe musical Brigadoon, but Schmigadoon is chock-full of Broadway and West End references from The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King & I and more as well as the recent Dolly Parton TV special Christmas in the Square. And, with its live and let live message, Schmigadoon does have something to say among all that sugar-coated candy.

Rating: 60%


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