SCHMIGADOON! tied everything together in its finale with an entertaining, honest look at life and what makes a happy ending. The episode had show-stopping solos and exciting “save the day” moments. It was memorable and great fun. 

SCHMIGADOON! began with a jaw-dropping song featuring Ariana DeBose. This woman has pipes, showmanship, talent, and style. The lighting effect towering over her head was spectacular. It begged the question, “What’s stopping you from living the life you want?” The entire ensemble was able to answer for the first time, which triggered a glorious, surprising, and satisfying conclusion.

Martin Short, as a leprechaun, made another humorous appearance. It all added to the final musical production number, where the cleaver had a lusty moment as well. A good lesson shared was to turn the other cheek, while a “kaput” was inevitable. The writers were able to say and do it all. I smiled as a corner was turned in real-time. 

SCHMIGADOON! was a blast and added so many new, fabulous layers to the first season. I am not sure where they can go from this point, but I am hoping it is a “happy beginning” for the entire ensemble. It is available to stream 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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