New ABC TV Comedy Extravaganza “Galavant” Is Hilarious – #ABCTVEVENT #Galavant

During my trip to Los Angeles in November 2014 I had the opportunity to visit the ABC Studios and attend a press event for Galavant.  At the event our group of bloggers were able to speak with Executive Producer Dan Fogelman, songwriter, Disney Legend and Executive Producter Alan Menken, lyricist and Executive Producer Glenn Slater and Galavant himself Joshua Sasse.

What is Galavant?

Galavant is a new 30 minute Medieval musical comedy on ABC Television Network and will premiere on SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) with two 30 minute episodes, back-to-back. The eight episode series will run through Sunday nights in January.

Galavant LogoGalavant’s Executive Producer Dan Fogelman previously worked on the movie Tangled with songwriter Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Later while Dan was working on the ABC show Neighbors he collaborated again with Alan and Glenn for a musical episode.

They worked really well together and Dan wanted to work with Alan and Glen again.  Dan had the idea for a Monty Python meets Princess Bride type of television show, Alan and Glenn wrote the title song and the show Galavant was born.

Galavant Interview with Dan Fogelman

Galavant’s Executive Producer Dan Fogelman

The musical portion of the show was written as a collaboration between the writers, Dan, Alan and Glenn. Before shooting began on the series they mapped out all of the musical numbers, what type of song it should be and who should sing it. When it was time to film an episode they revisited their song list to make any final adjustments for the musical numbers.

Alan Menken explained that writing music for a TV show is easier because it is a shorter format since the scrip is lyric and then a scene. He further explained that working on Galavant has been a good experience because he and Glenn worked with Dan before so they are familiar with each other’s working style.  

ALAN MENKEN

Alan Menken (Photo Credit ABC/Ida Astute)

According to Alan the secret to having a successful musical movie or TV show is that everyone involved needs to realize that it is all about the storytelling and staying true to the form and the characters.  If a musical number needs to be cut then so be it.

All episodes are shot on location in England so when you see a castle, it really is a castle. The actors are also really singing during their acting /singing performance and most times that is the version you hear in the episode.  Sometimes they do need blend the live performance and the studio performance for a bolder musical result.  For more about the making of Galavant visit abc.go.com. 

The Cast

JOSHUA SASSE

Joshua Sasse as Galavant

“Galavant” stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid. Some of the guest stars are John Stamos, Rickey Gervias, Weird Al Yankovic.

I think that Joshua Sasse looks like Flynn Rider, what do you think?

FlynnRiderGalavant

You can also follow the cast on Twitter, I am sure they will be tweeting when the show airs.

Galavant-Blogger Group - #Galavant

Joshua Sasse is Galavant (L to R: Kate, ME, Donna, Jen, Cori, Becca – Front: Leanette, Staci)

 

About the First Episodes

In the pilot the heroic, charming and handsome Sir Galavant loses his true love, the beautiful Madalena, to evil King Richard’s wealth and power, he falls into a deep and drunken despair.

Galavant - Madalena

Galavant - King Richard

Just as our hero hits rock bottom,shows up with a quest to save her kingdom, defeat the despicable King Richard, and provide an opportunity for Galavant to reclaim Madalena.

Galavant - Princess Isabella

Galavant is off to become a hero again and strike a blow for true love…but first, Galavant has to fit into his old hero pants.

In the second episode titled “Joust Friends” Galavant enters a jousting tournament against a boastful rival, Sir Jean Hamm (guest star John Stamos), to test his return to heroic form (and win some much-needed traveling money and a really nice rooster).

Dan Fogelman, John Stamos and Galavant cast

Dan Fogelman, John Stamos and Galavant cast. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

But it quickly becomes clear that Galavant is a long shot to win. Meanwhile, King Richard asks Gareth to help him become a bit more macho so that Madalena won’t despise him quite so much.

“Galavant” will premiere on SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) with two 30 minute episodes, back-to-back on the ABC Television Network. The eight episode series will run through Sunday nights in January.

Follow Galavant on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter (#Galavant), and Instagram. Visit the official Galavant show site too!

Disney invited me to Los Angeles to attend a media event for Galavant.  All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.

Interview photography provided by Staci Salazar of 7OnAShoeString

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

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