First Look: ‘The Simpsons’ Pays Homage to ‘Chicago,’ ‘Wicked’ & More in Season 33 (Photos)

First Look: ‘The Simpsons’ Pays Homage to ‘Chicago,’ ‘Wicked’ & More in Season 33 (Photos)
Start the overture: For Season 33, Fox’s animated sitcom The Simpsons is staging its first Broadway-style all-musical episode with seven songs, plus reprises! And blue-haired matriarch Marge is leading the charge. In the installment, titled “The Star of the Backstage,” Marge relives her high school stage manager gig by reviving the Rent-inspired Y2K: The Millennium Bug, a musical taking place on New Year’s Eve, 1999. Executive producer Matt Selman calls it, “an end-of-the-world musical… [and] a funny little cultural flashback.” But it doesn’t all go well for stage manager (or should we say “mom-ager”) Marge. “She’s nostalgic for a time when she was more than a mom,” Selman notes. “And then, in restaging the show, she realizes, ‘Oh god, I was the [theater group’s] mom.’ Which to me, that’s the special emotional weirdness, true, sad, real thing, that is the ...
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