The story of a teenager became a murderous queen of the ball: the whole season of "Riverdale" went down with it – a hunt for a broken serial killer, the football team as a local militia, Archie and the gang high on a drug called Jingle-Jangle – Which hardly ranks a compelling B-action on a particular episode.
However, singing and dancing about the horrors of high school is a very special episode of the hit series CW.
The episode of Wednesday, the series's first official push into the depths of the musical-in-the-television genre, revolves around a teenage production of "Carrie: The Musical." Adapted from the classic 1
But with buckets of porcine blood missing a certain visual appeal in 2018, the cast of "Riverdale" gives the story a terrible new lease on life. (Spoiler alert!) Instead of simply living out King's well-known finale, teens experience a real murder when a student is stabbed several times on stage without any public knowledge. Leave it to Riverdale to open the camp and the crazies for a musical episode we've never seen before.
The episode was brought to life by the creator of the series, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The man who once staged an unauthorized production of the musical episode "Buffy" in the Gold Standard as a Yale drama student. Aguirre-Sacasa actually saw "Riverdale" as a music series in the early stages of development. He has since planned a complete production.
"Originally we always thought that there would be a stronger musical element and the kids would do school musicals, but as the show developed, it became more of a crime and noir show," he told HuffPost. "But even at that point, even the superhero shows had musical episodes, so I think the network was that if we had these shows done, we'd let the show be musical through high school kids."
Musical episodes on TV, like the high school musicals of real life, have actually become a rite of passage. What was once a set-your-DVR-or-Regret-it event is now an increasingly regular milestone for shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Scrubs," and "The Flash." (Not to mention "crazy ex-girlfriend" This gives the world a mini-musical every week. "As a result, it's never harder to stand out.
Of course," Riverdale "slips easily into his new skin as Archie (KJ Apa ), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Cheryl (Madelaine Pestch) get in touch with their inner theatrical children Cheryl, the city's fire station, takes on the role of Carrie White, a socially outlawed telekinetic girl born of Betty, of course, plays the good girl Sue Snell, who at first harasses Carrie but suffers remorse Veronica personifies Chris Hargensen, the titular tyrant's torturer, and finally Archie fits in nicely with the boys-by-the-door slot as Tommy Ross, Carrie's unfortunate prom.
Dressed in a robe of the 70s, the musically inclined actors meander through 11 songs from the musical a particularly bee indoctrinal opening number, "In," which requires each of the performers to perform their singing chops and a serious choreography. In the meantime, Jughead, not necessarily the song and dance guy, is filming a behind-the-scenes documentary after actor Cole Sprouse has left musical moments behind.
"He's a Broadway Scrooge," joked Casey Cott, who plays the director of the musical Kevin Keller. "I saw him making karaoke and I saw him dancing on the dance floor, this kid can move."
1988, as " Carrie: The Musical "first appeared more than a decade after the Brian De Palma movie in theaters, the production was discontinued after some performances due to scathing reviews. "Carrie ends with fireworks like the Hindenberg," a New York Times theater critic wrote in a particularly gruesome takedown at the time. However, the show found its audience years later, accumulating a cult that followed to see revivals in London and Los Angeles.
This audience included Aguirre-Sacasa, a self-styled megafan of the "Carrie" story who wrote the screenplay for a lukewarm remake of 2013 Chloë Grace Moretz, whom he described as "very delicate" ordeal  "It was not the most artistically satisfying or enjoyable experience in my career," he said. "I'll spare you the bloody details, it somehow reminded me of Carrie." I feel that this musical has allowed me to return it as something I love and feel good after not feeling good for years
Aguirre-Sacasa's team considered staging other productions such as "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Sweeney Todd." He even considered using songs from an original musical based on Archie Comics characters. before becoming the chief designer of the company officer in 2014.
"It was never produced, but it has really good songs. I thought for a moment, if we could not get the rights to "Carrie", we would & # 39; Archie: The Musical & # 39;
But the catastrophic prom sag seemed almost tailor-made for the series, which is why Aguirre-Sacasa stuck to the script in the first place, except for the addition of a few "Riverdale" smells – mostly that twist end, the secret of the black Hood, the city's deathly serial killer.
The musical is "literally about a girl who goes crazy and kills everyone with blood all over her face," Cott said. "Cheryl do that, and no one is surprised. "
Overall, the musical feels skillfully appropriated Mark the show's biggest attraction: the four main characters In a season that runs at breakneck speed, the lion's share of the plot of "Riverdale" is a whirlwind of murder puzzles, mayoral elections, long-lost Geschwis dedicated to corruption and corruption scandals. This episode gives the series a much-needed opportunity to breathe, finding crucial moments to re-live some of the relationships that made the series successful in the first place.
In one of the most inspired plot distractions of the episode, Betty sings "You Shine," a love song from the original musical, to Veronica instead of her stage parody as a peace offer after a particularly ugly fight.
"Even though there is this great, shocking ending, the musical allows us to focus exclusively on the friendships we do not always do because we are so hectic in telling other stories," said Aguirre-Sacasa  With "Riverdale" heading for the season finale, perhaps this is the lesson it should take to heart before Season 3. (Netflix has also recently recorded two seasons of a "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" spinoff.) Sure, the show thrives on crazy storylines (remember: the city was eventually founded on maple syrup blood money), but like on new and interesting ways The iconic characters of Comiclore will always be his lifeblood.
And if the musical experiment proves to be a success, the powers have the intention to make this a tradition for the show, which has no incentive to form.
"Every week, Riverdale is different, Aguirre-Sacasa said." In a week it's a serial killer show or, The Godfather's in a small town and next it's a polite thriller or a tribute to, The Wrestler & # 39 ;. "
" The show is naturalistic, but it also exists in this weird area where the musical episode comes in and makes total sense, "added Cott." It's not all & # 39; glee & # 39; or noticeable. It's really weird and such a 'Riverdale' story.
Next time, Cott has some suggestions: "One day, we're going to put Cole in a musical episode. In Season 3 he can take the lead. "