Welcome in the new year with a fairytale musical from the makers of Tangled
If you’ve ever thought The Princess Bride would make a great TV show don’t miss Galavant – a high concept series cut from the same quirky cloth. Created by writer Dan Fogelman ( Tangled) with composer Alan Menken ( Little
Shop Of Horrors) and lyricist Glenn Slater ( Tangled), Galavant charts the exploits of the eponymous, down- on- his- luck hero ( Joshua Sasse) through song, splendour and a whole lot of cheek.
In an exclusive chat with Red Alert, Fogelman admits that he’s nervous to see what audiences make of the eight- episode first season. “I’m excited and interested to see what the response is going to be because this is very different. It’s probably the most different thing that’s been attempted in a network half- hour space in a long time.
“But with that being said,” Fogelman continues, “It’s very strong. Alan has written 30 songs and it’s all set in a fairytale landscape. There’s a lot of fairytale in it, a lot of the Disney/ Pixar movies, and elements of The Princess Bride and Monty Python. It’s mixing a lot of genres but it feels like its own thing and doesn’t feel as crazy when you watch it. When you see it, you go, ‘ Wow this is great and so different,’ but you don’t go, ‘ This is bat- shit crazy!’” he laughs.
Shot on location in the UK, Galavant looks like a traditional fairytale, but is driven by something a little different. “I did Tangled and two musical episodes of The Neighbors, but I’m not a musical theatre junkie whatsoever,” Fogelman confesses. “I’ve probably seen two musicals in my life so we leaned heavily on Alan and Glen which is what I think makes [ the show] unique.”
Fogelman adds that the cast also manages to ground their performances in reality which makes the potentially conflicting genres work. “I’m a Game Of Thrones addict and so you watch them and realise when you are trying to create something you have to own it,” he explains. “You have to live inside this place
“It’s probably the most different network halfhour in a long time”
in your head where you have a vision of the world and as long as the rules are followed and you take everything seriously then you’re good.”
Asked how much magic will define Galavant’s world, Fogelman says, “We don’t have a ton of magic just yet, although it’s something we’re talking about introducing more if we make a second season. We are talking about adding bits and pieces as we continue but we are trying to let people fall into the show a little bit before we take all of the restraints off.”
But that doesn’t mean Fogelman hasn’t attracted a lot of familiar genre faces. The likes of Anthony Head ( Buffy), Timothy Omundson ( Xena) and even the legendary Rutger Hauer ( Ladyhawke) have been brought in to populate the series.
“With Rutger, we actually shot an homage to Blade Runner which we probably won’t put into the show but it’s really crazy,” Fogelman teases. “Rutger was awesome as a total bad guy. He’s such an eccentric, odd guy and it works really well on the show. He has a big part where he comes into the last three episodes to end our season. We also have Weird Al Yankovic who plays a monk in an a cappella group of monks and it’s very funny. Tony Head was awesome and plays Galavant’s father in a flashback and has a big song and that was incredible. We also have Hugh Bonneville and John Stamos all squished into eight episodes.”
Galavant airs on ABC in the US from Sunday 4 January. A UK channel has yet to be announced.
Joshua Sasse allows the sun to witness the side of his magnificent face.