by Diana Vaccarelli
“Once Upon a Time, there was a knight named Galavant who loved the beautiful maiden Madalena….”
With these simple words, the ABC mini series musical GALAVANT opens, sweeping us into – well, I was going to say “Into the Woods,” but instead I’m ging with “into a kingdom of musical delight.” The show follows Galavant in his quest for revenge against the evil King Richard, who stole Madalena from him.
This show has it all singing, dancing, humor, betrayal, and, most importantly, love. The show’s creator-writer Dan Fogelman and composers Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz have given us a series that reminds me of the great old Monty Python and Mel Brooks films.
The classic scene of the Black Knight refusing to give up no matter how many limbs he loses in MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL wouldn’t be out of place in GALAVANT. Neither would just abouit any scene from Brooks’ ROBIN HOOD, MEN IN TIGHTS. All contain the same kind of sarcastic, outrageous humor, which I for one appreciate greatly. For better or for worse, this is my kind of funny.
Joshua Sasse plays the ruggedly handsome Galavant with such charm and ease that I’ve already made him my Prince Charming. Timothy Omundson plays the ruthless King Richard as a petulant child who is always asking his second in command, Gareth, what he should do, which makes him not only funny and dangerous but also genuinely pathetic.
And these two aren’t even my favorite characters. My Number One is Madalena, a feisty and materialistic Queen so over the top evil that’s it’s impossible not to laugh. Mallory Jansen plays this role perfectly. And, yes, Your Majesty, you definitely steal every scene you are in.
If you’ve watched GALAVANT you know what I’m talking about, If you haven’t, I highly suggest you get to programming your DVR. You won’t want to miss another episode.