ABC-TV’s New “Galavant” Musical Is Too Childish for Adults and Too Adult for Kids [Berkshire on Stage]

January 9th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Galavant the musical by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater on ABC Sunday nights in January.

Galavant the musical by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater on ABC Sunday nights in January.

By Larry Murray

In their infinite stupidity, the television networks continue to use the truly American form of the musical comedy as a punch line, and the new ABC-TV series Galavant is a prime example. It reminds me a bit of Camelot, because it is all about an on-the-rocks knight trying to win his lost love away from an evil king. This early preview begins sensibly enough, but by the last minute, we see that they don’t trust their audience and regress to lowest-common-demoninator humor based on yuk-yuk Three Stooges level writing. The plot doesn’t thicken, it congeals.

GALAVANT is a musical fairy tale that both satirizes, and capitalizes on, the genre’s tried and true tropes. At times, those efforts work, but more often than not, it just leads to adequately entertaining clichés in a half-baked presentation. – Matt Tamanini, Broadway World

I suppose we have to give ABC credit for trying something different to improve its ratings, but as hard as everyone may be trying, little about this hybrid is quite as good as it needs to be — or nearly as good as the multiple spoofs (Spamalot, Monty Python) it seems to be copying, in part because it never seems to be quite sure about what exactly it’s spoofing.

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