The long-running show, ‘The Simpsons’ to kick off Season 33 with the ‘most musical episode’ on September 26.
Fox’s animated comedy show – ‘The Simpsons’ will present its most musical episode they have ever done. This was revealed by the show’s producers in a Comic-con video panel. The episode is titled ‘The Star of the Backstage’, and will premiere on September 26. It is “almost wall-to-wall music,” executive producer Matt Selman said while speaking about the episode. “It’s like a Broadway musical of an episode with all original songs.”
In addition to this, the ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Good Place’ star Kristen Bell will be featured as Marge’s singing voice. She also guest-starred in an episode of Season 27 on the show. “We’ve got Kristen Bell playing the role of Marge’s singing voice,” Selman added. “We all love Marge’s voice, but this is the singing voice that’s different, let’s just say.”
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“Marge has amazing memories of being the stage manager of her high school musical, Y2K: The Millennium Bug, and decides to restage it with everyone 20 years later for one last show,” Selman told Entertainment Weekly of the plot. “But when her old high school nemesis comes to town, she realizes that her high school memories aren’t what she thought they were.”
He also explained to EW in more detail how Bell plays into the story, “The only place Marge sang beautifully was in her head, so she has a magical inside singing voice that only we can hear”. “When she sings, it comes out beautiful, like Kristen Bell,” he said. Kristen Bell also hosted Disney+ reality series Encore, and ‘The Simpsons’ musical episode was inspired by its concept.
List of ‘The Simpsons’ episodes with musical numbers
This isn’t the first time ‘The Simpsons’ are dabbling in musicals and musical numbers. They’ve done this over the years, for a bunch of episodes like –
- ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’ – Season 4
- ‘A Streetcar Named Marge’ – Season 4
- ‘Homer’s Barbershop Quartet’ – Season 5
- ‘Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious’ – Season 8
- ‘New Kids on the Blecch’ – Season 12
- ‘The President Wore Pearls’ – Season 15
- ‘Homer of Seville’ – Season 19
- ‘Elementary School Musical’ – Season 22
- and, yes, season 9’s clip-show package “All Singing, All Dancing.”
More about season 33
Meanwhile, ‘The Simpsons’ exec producer Al Jean also revealed a few more tidbits about season 33 in the Comic-con panel, including that this year’s annual Halloween terror trilogy, ‘Treehouse of Horror’, will break form and feature five segments. He said, “[We’ll have] five segments on this year’s Halloween show for the first time”. In other fall episodes, “We have a romance that may come to stick in Moe’s life, and we explore the greatest tragedy Homer ever faces with guest star Rachel Bloom,” Jean said.
According to Selman, the upcoming season’s premiere ‘The Star of the Backstage’ represents the show’s most ambitious musical stab. It is not a parody of an existing musical but a fresh story with all original songs. The episode was written by Simpsons writer-producer Elisabeth Kiernan Averick. She also previously served as a writer and producer on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Averick co-wrote the lyrics with CXG composer Jack Dolgen, who wrote the music for this episode.
Selman said this season will also have a two-part episode in the fall for the fourth time ever! He refers to ‘A Serious Flanders’ as an “epic love letter to the show Fargo, prestige crime dramas, and the world of streaming television.” Guest stars in the same feature Timothy Olyphant, Cristin Milioti, and Brian Cox. Selman made a witty remark saying, “It’s like nothing we’ve ever done before, and I hope it makes sense”.