Grab your glad rags and your dancing shoes, Fringe is only going to have a musical episode. According to TVGuideMagazine, the FOX show is
thinking dancing outside of the box with an all-singing episode, titled “Overture” on April 29th.
Have we been sucked into a parallel reality where nightmares come to life, or is this actually true? Head past the jump, and yeah, you might want to bring those dancing shoes.
It looks like this is happening. Here are more details by way of TVGuideMagazine (spoiler alert):
“Oh, it’s gonna be a blast,” enthused Lance Reddick, who plays Fringe Division tough guy Phillip Broyles. “It’s basically Walter telling a bedtime story to Olivia’s niece and so it has these extreme versions of [the cast].” Among the highlights we can reportedly expect from the nourish fantasia are Reddick’s Broyles tickling the ivories and taking on a Traffic tune, Jasika Nicole’s Astrid performing a ditty from “A Chorus Line,” and Anna Torv’s usually stoic Agent Olivia Dunham vamping it up as a private eye…as well as being serenaded by the last person you’d imagine. “I sing a song to Olivia, which is certainly confusing,” laughs Blair Brown, clearly relishing the oddity of her tech-firm bad-ass Nina Sharp breaking into song.
UPDATED with more info and quotes 20/3/10:
The episode, set to air during a Glee-themed week of musical programming in May, will have the regular cast—including, no doubt, Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson—breaking into song and dance.
No, it’s not some Broadway-themed virus or a Sondheim-style alternate-universe storyline: The musical numbers, which cover popular songs, represent a hallucination by the show’s resident mad scientist, Walter Bishop (John Noble).
“None of us ever thought that it was really going to happen,” said musically trained co-star Jasika Nicole, who plays loyal FBI agent Astrid Farnsworth, in an interview on the show’s set in Vancouver, Canada, last week. “It was just a joke. We were like, ‘Oh, yeah, Fringe should be a musical.’ Dancing and singing and goofing off and stuff. And then John says, ‘So, you know, there’s going to be a musical episode,’ and I was like, ‘Ha, ha, John,’ and he was like, ‘No, really, have you read the script?'”
Nicole adds: “When I first read that, I thought, ‘How are they going to pull this off? This is really weird.’ And it makes complete sense within the story. It’s essentially Walter kind of manifesting his idea. He’s trying to get his mind off of, you know, what’s going on because he’s just waiting to see what’s going to go on with Peter. And essentially he’s kind of created this little world in his head. And so everything is super-symbolic so all the characters embody the qualities that he notices about them the most, which is really neat. And it happens in the 1940s. Everybody’s in 1940s dress, but they still have cell phones and stuff. So it’s just his brain, because he’s telling a story to someone. Sort of like a bedtime story to help ease his anxiety. So we get to sing in it.”
[via SciFi Wire - click for more]
OK FOX, I know that I’ve taken the ‘you know what’ out of Glee in the past, but this is cruel, just cruel!
I have to say though, I do love the way that Fringe is constantly trying new things – Remember the Twitter episode and the airing of a season 1 episode in the middle of season 2. LOL, the controversy those two stunts received – never a dull moment in Fringeland, eh?
I must admit, I am strangely looking forward to this musical episode. Perhaps it’s the Lowatus in me speaking, but there’s something about the idea of Nina serenading Olivia that makes it a MUST WATCH, out of sheer curiosity more than anything.
My main concern is that I don’t want this to replace a ‘proper’ episode of Fringe – you know, the type without sing-along frolics. April 29th is when we should be getting episode 2.19, so if FOX insist of going all Glee on us, I would hope that we’ll get this musical episode in addition to a normal episode, and not instead of one. I guess it could even be a 10 minute warm up to an episode? We’ll update when we have more information.
What do you think – are you looking forward to the musical episode of Fringe?