Krakowski advised TV Insider all that went into the creation of the show-stopping quantity, which manages to suit references to a number of songs from Chicago and a nod to Stephen Sondheim‘s Company. The quantity opens with the Schmicago lawyer descending into the courtroom on a trapeze swing. That was to be the one trapeze act, however the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt alum tells us she requested extra.
“I simply was so excited after I noticed that that was my quantity. The very first thing it says is that she comes down from the ceiling on a trapeze, and I used to be like, ‘Oh, OK, nice. I’m signing on,’” she says. “She was supposed to only get off the trapeze, and I keep in mind having a chat with Cinco [Paul, the present’s co-creator and composer], and I used to be like, ‘Do you assume if I discovered some stuff on the trapeze, I might keep on it longer and do just a few extra tips or no matter I might decide up?’ So I went to trapeze college and I discovered no matter I might earlier than my day of filming got here up and obtained to throw in just a few extra bells and whistles on the trapeze.”
Krakowski performed a key function within the references made by means of the choreography, which features a white “not responsible” scarf pulled out of Josh’s (Keegan-Michael Key‘s) mouth and the blindfolded Lady Justice in homage to the Oscar-winning Chicago film musical. But it additionally pulls from the dance stylings of legendary Broadway performers.
“The day was actually particular for me. We movie the musical numbers in a day or half a day. They go fairly shortly,” she says. “And so, first attending to work with [choreographer] Chris Catelli within the rehearsal corridor is among the highlights for me. He’s so sensible and so intelligent. And we needed to provide you with as many steps that we might that have been on homage to the ladies that starred in these musicals on the time, like Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera. We needed to throw a bit of Chorus Line in there, so any of these references that we might pull that we needed, that we might put into the quantity, we tried. And they’re all purposeful.”
“I really like that the present lives on that airplane the place we will try this,” Krakowski continues. “And it simply was a kind of days the place I felt like the entire forged and crew noticed what we have been making an attempt to realize within the small period of time that we had, and everyone simply stepped up and needed to attempt to make the very best product. It was actually one of many nice days I’ve had filming, and I’m so grateful to everyone within the forged and crew that actually pulled collectively to attempt to get each shot that we presumably might to make ‘Bells & Whistles’ occur.”
Should Schmigadoon! get extra seasons, Krakowski says she’s all in for an additional solo showstopper.
“For positive I’d be signed on if we’re fortunate sufficient to get a Season 3,” she shares. “I really like being one among Cinco’s merry gamers. I really like that all of us get to change roles every season. That’s an actual present that you simply don’t get fairly often.”
Her concepts for the potential third season’s theme: “Schmondheim — an all-Sondheim present,” “Schment,” or “Schpring Awakening.”
Schmigadoon!, Wednesdays, Apple TV+