SCHMIGADOON! finale was a master class in how to solve the world’s problems. With one huge musical number, we learned that if we “reinvent and re-examine,” change is possible. Cue the tears. Yank our emotional heartstrings.

Don’t get me wrong, I love SCHMIGADOON! The writing is clever, fast-paced, and humorous. The explanation of “what is love” was spot-on for anyone “in love.” The musical numbers actually do propel the storyline of Josh and
Melissa‘s strained relationship forward. The entire ensemble is sheer perfection. The blackout ending left viewers wanting more.

The only problem for me was so much of this final episode was wrapped up almost too quickly. I wanted to be a part of the denouement. I needed to have more time and more layers pulled apart. Even though I felt and shed those tears, SCHMIGADOON! could have taken me to an even higher level.

The blocking of the final number “Change” was choreographed as a curtain call…right down to the close-up face shots of each character. Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key made their entrance right down the middle. Broadway would be proud.

SCHMIGADOON! is rumored to be coming back for a second season with the original cast. I am a fan who will be waiting in line to take my seat. “Can I have a cackle ladies?”

It is available on Apple TV+.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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