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A feud between Melissa and Josh sets the stage for a grand duet — and a (possibly) age-inappropriate date — in schmigadoon! Episode 2.
After Danny Bailey “wins” a drunken Melissa at a picnic basket auction, Cecily Strong’s character succumbs to the town’s charms and gets her own musical number.
The Summer stock-inspired “Enjoy the Ride” follows Melissa and Danny as they sing and dance through a carnival for two. Sound wise, this duet is unlike any song that precedes it: Melissa is both fully aware that she’s getting her own musical number and fully embrace the theatrical of it all. That duality appealed to Strong, who says she, like Melissa, was a music theater nerd who made her wildest dreams come true.
“That’s why I felt good at the [imperfect] dance because I’m not one of these artists,” she tells TVLine in the video above. “I’m really, in real life, a woman who really loves musicals and is pumped to get her own song… It was kind of liberating knowing I didn’t have to be able to dance like Aaron [Tveit] and still be able to dance next to him. It’s more about, like, ‘Look how much fun she’s having and see how liberating it is.’”
Broadway veteran Tveit looks back on the routine and tips his hat to the series’ choreographer Chris Gattelli. “I think just as the music borrows from these beautiful classics, Chris really let classical dance and classical choreography influence all of these things. [original numbers],” he says. “We talked a lot about… this great song from” Summer stock with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, which was one of our great references [here].” (Click here to see how Gattelli choreographed the opening song in Episode 1.)
As Melissa and Danny make their way through the Tunnel of Love, Melissa’s ex-boyfriend Josh embarks on his first date with dumb farmer’s daughter Betsy. As the temptress tries to appeal to her lover with a variety of suggestive picnic snacks, Josh becomes increasingly concerned about her real age.
“I think that’s one of the funnier parts of the character,” says portrayer Dove Cameron. “[The age ambiguity trope] is something I would never have said before watching a musical, but it’s so true.
“The funniest thing is that Betsy is a non-person, so there wasn’t really anything to deconstruct,” Cameron notes. “The whole joke is that she’s, like, a… idea [of a person].”
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