Somehow, between finding serial killers, reducing gang violence, and browsing a Godfather– design mobster household, the citizens of Riverdale are discovering time to place on a high school musical.
In the April 18 episode of The CW hit, Kevin Keller will be directing Archie, Betty, and the rest of the gang in a production of the well-known Broadway flop Carrie, with Cheryl Blossom in the title function. Carrie, which is based upon the Stephen King book of the very same name, closed on Broadway in 1988 after simply 5 efficiencies. Ever since, the musical has actually ended up being something of a cult-classic following a revamp and 2012 off-Broadway revival.
Riverdale developer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa talked about the episode in a current press Q&A. “On some level, Riverdale is a secret and a criminal activity and a pulp program, however there is a component of coming-of-age and of high school, undoubtedly. And doing the school musical is such an initiation rite that we wished to do that.”
In January, The CW launched the musical’s cast list, that includes Alice Cooper as Mrs. White, and Jughead Jones as “The Beak”– however do not anticipate Cole Sprouse to sing.
“When we really thought about the character of Jughead, he felt like the one character who probably wouldn’t be in the school musical,” stated Aguirre-Sacasa. “However, when you see the episode, he’s very much an integral part of it, and he’s doing something we think is quintessentially Jughead during the musical. Except he doesn’t sing.”
” Cole and I discussed it a while earlier, and I stated, ‘How do you feel about musicals?’ I believe at that time, we were going to do Little Shop of Horrors And he essentially stated, ‘Listen, I never ever sang for Disney [Sprouse starred on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck with his twin bro Dylan] It would take a lot.'”
As it ends up, Sprouse isn’t really much of a vocalist off-screen either. Inning accordance with Aguirre-Sacasa, at the season 1 wrap celebration, “the bulk of the party was the entire cast and crew [doing] a variety show. Literally every cast member sang but Cole. Every parent, every kid, every crewmember sang… except for Cole. So it was like, ‘OK, got it.’”
The Riverdale episode will include 11 tunes from the Carrie, musical, which implies the remainder of the cast will have sufficient chance to display their singing skills– which ended up being a fortunate coincidence for Aguirre-Sacasa. “The only character we auditioned musically was actually Josie. We asked Archie– this was when we believed Archie was going to be actually bought his music profession– and KJ is a wonderful guitarist, so we understood those 2. It wasn’t a huge part of the audition. We didn’t ask Camila [Mendes], and she is totally a triple hazard. They revealed that they’re remaking West Side Story, and I called Camila and stated, ‘Camila, you need to remain in West Side Story‘”Related youtube video: (not from post)