Keegan-Michael Key and ‘Schmigadoon!’ cast on ‘privilege’ of performing showtunes during the pandemic

Keegan-Michael Key and ‘Schmigadoon!’ cast on ‘privilege’ of performing showtunes during the pandemic
“There was a heightened sense of privilege that we got to do this for the world, at this time when there was this very specific restriction that affects people spiritually and emotionally,” explains “Schmigadoon!” star Keegan-Michael Key. The actor and his castmates Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, and Jane Krakowski joined Variety’s Jazz Tangcay for a love-filled discussion about what it meant to create a musical series at a time when Broadway’s lights were dimmed.

Chenoweth (a recent Critics Choice nominee for her role of the pious Mildred Layton) says pointedly of the series: “We needed it.” The actors came on board while the global pandemic was still raging, which heightened their appreciation of the material since these triple-threats had no stage on which they could perform. “It came out at a time when you couldn’t go see musical theatre,” notes Krakowski, who was
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