Barry Sonnenfeld Interview: Directing AppleTV+'s Schmigadoon – /Film

In the opening minutes of the forthcoming AppleTV+ series Schmigadoon!, New York City residents Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) find themselves lost in the woods on a camping trip. But just like the protagonists of the 1954 MGM movie Brigadoon, they suddenly stumble into a mystical town that seems to appear out of nowhere. Melissa and Josh quickly realize that they’re trapped in this town – one in which the residents break out into elaborate song and dance numbers as if they were characters in classic Hollywood musicals of old. The couple can’t escape until they find true love…so it’s unfortunate that their relationship is on the rocks.

Veteran filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) directed all six episodes of Schmigadoon!, and I had the pleasure of speaking with him about incorporating different visual styles into this series, injecting a sense of reality into heightened scenarios, the surprising fact that he is “not a musical guy,” and more.

Schmigadoon! debuts on AppleTV+ on July 16, 2021.

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