Schmigadoon! season 2 features new takes on old characters as they move on from the Golden Age musicals to mock the ’60s and ’70s musicals set in Schmicago. premieres on Apple TV+ with Josh and Melissa returning to the titular town and discovering that it has undergone significant changes since their last visit. Features nearly every actor portraying a different role to accommodate the show’s setting and historical period shift.
Josh and Melissa appeared to get their happy ending in the Schmigadoon! Season 1 finale, but after returning to their regular lives and realizing they needed a change, they traveled back to the enchanted musical kingdom. Schmigadoon! Season 2 took a much darker turn, lampooning numerous ’60s and ’70s musicals (Chicago, Pippin, Hair, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and more).
Josh and Melissa had a hard time first putting the Schmigadoonians they encountered into context. Guide to the Schmicago cast in season 1 and the Schmigadoon character roster. Viewers of Season 2 will be able to do the same.
Melissa Gimble Played By Cecily Strong
Schmigadoon! season 2 features Cecily Strong as Melissa Gimble, an obstetrician and musical theater fan. Strong just left Saturday Night Live following a 10-year career. She has since married Josh, and the couple has settled in New York City but is having difficulty conceiving.
She is more well-versed in music theory than Josh is. The Search for Evidence of Intelligent Life in the Universe, a one-woman piece initially starring Lily Tomlin, will be revived Off-Broadway in 2022 with Strong in the lead role.
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Josh Skinner Played By Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael In Schmigadoon! season 2, Key reprises his role as orthopedic surgeon Josh Skinner, who, unlike Key, does not share his now-enthusiasm wives for musicals. Despite this, Josh longs to immerse himself in the musical world of Schmigadoon.
The Key is well-known for his work as a comedian, writer, and producer and as an actor on Key & Peele. Before, he has offered his vocal talents to the big screen, most notably in Netflix’s The Prom film.
The Narrator Played By Tituss Burgess
One of the few new cast members in Schmigadoon! Season 2 is Tituss Burgess, who plays The Narrator, a character that is a spoof of The Leading Actor in Pippin. In his musical interludes, he advances the plot and reminds viewers of what’s going on with Josh and Melissa between episodes.
Before his breakthrough performance as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Burgess earned his mark on Broadway in musicals including The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls.
Octavius Kratt Played By Patrick Page
Schmigadoon! season 2 also features Patrick Page as the villainous Octavius Kratt, Schmicago’s wealthiest and most powerful businessman. Kratt is based on Sweeney Todd’s Judge Turpin, with additional influences from Jesus Christ Superstar’s Caiaphas.
Page is primarily a theatrical performer, and his low bass voice and original parts in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hadestown have made him well-known in the theater community.
Jenny Banks Played By Dove Cameron
Based on Ado Annie from Oklahoma, Dove Cameron played a teenage waitress named Betsy McDonough in the first season of Schmigadoon! named Josh was the object of her affection. In Schmigadoon! season 2, Cameron plays Jenny Banks, a character modeled after Sally Bowles from Cabaret.
Banks, in typical Bowles flair, is an enthusiastic and approachable performer at the club. Cameron began her acting and singing career on the Disney Channel in such shows as Liv & Maddie and the Descendants films.
Emcee Played By Ariana DeBose
After winning an Oscar for her supporting role in West Side Story, Ariana DeBose reprises her role as Emcee in Schmigadoon! Season 2, is a parody of the Cabaret character of the same name.
Compared to season 1’s Emma Tate, who was Josh’s more serious love interest and the schoolteacher inspired by Marian Paroo from The Music Man, DeBose’s Emcee has a smaller position in the nightclub where Banks works.
In addition to starring opposite Key in The Prom on Netflix, DeBose was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
Topher Played By Aaron Tveit
Topher, played by Tony Award winner Aaron Tveit, is the head of a bunch of hippies in Season 2 of Schmigadoon! who want to oppose the powers that be in Schmicago with parables and nudity. Topher parodies the leads of Pippin, Hair, and Godspell.
Tveit played Danny Bailey, one of Melissa’s love interests in the first season of Schmigadoon!, who was viewed as a rapscallion by the villagers, much like Billy Bigelow was in Carousel. Tveit has starred in several musical productions, including on stage in shows like Next to Normal and Moulin Rouge! and films like Les Misérables and Grease: Live.
Sergeant Rivera Played By Jaime Camil
Jaime Camil plays Kratt’s nephew Sergeant Rivera in the second season of Schmigadoon! As Kratt’s right-hand man, he is a law and orders fanatic akin to Beadle Bamford from Sweeney Todd.
In the first season of Schmigadoon!, Camil played Doc Jorge Lopez, one of Melissa’s potential suitors, who was recently widowed, beautiful, but not particularly forward-thinking when it came to women. Captain von Trapp modeled him from The Sound of Music. Camil’s breakout role on Jane the Virgin was as Rogelio de la Vega.
Miss Coldwell Played By Kristin Chenoweth
Season 2 of Schmigadoon! features Kristin Chenoweth as Miss Coldwell, a complex character who is a pastiche of Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd and Miss Hannigan from Annie. Mildred Layton, the preacher’s wife who ran for mayor on a platform of conservative values, was played by Chenoweth in the first season of Schmigadoon!, who was inspired by Mrs. Shinn from Mrs. Shinn.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Wicked were two of Chenoweth’s first Broadway roles; she then appeared on The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Glee, and other television shows.
Dooley Flint Played By Alan Cumming
Season 2 of Schmigadoon! features Alan Cumming as Dooley Flint, a spoof of Sweeney Todd, opposite Chenoweth. Cumming has come a long way from his first-season portrayal as Schmigadoon’s closeted mayor, Aloysius Menlove.
Cumming is another actor who has appeared on stage, most notably in the revival of Cabaret, for which he won a Tony Award, and on-screen, in The Good Wife, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
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Madam Frau Played by Anna Harada
In the first season of Schmigadoon!, Harada played the mayor of Florence Menlove’s wife, who was both supportive and loving of her husband but s*xually dissatisfied by his lack of interest in her. Harada takes on a more serious tone in Season 2 of Schmigadoon! as Madam Frau, the landlady of Schmicago and a parody of Fräulein Schneider from Cabaret.
After becoming well-known for playing Christmas Eve in the original Broadway production of Avenue Q, Harada went on to star in the likes of Cinderella and the latest revival of Into the Woods.
Schmigadoon! is now available for streaming, only on Apple TV+
Schmigadoon! Season 2’s Supporting Cast & Characters
Martin Short As Leprechaun
Based on Og from Finian’s Rainbow, Short acts as Schmigadoon’s imp of magic and is important in the town’s success. Short is presently appearing in Only Murders in the Building, but she has appeared in countless other films, TV episodes, plays, and musicals.
Karin Konoval As Barfly
Barfly makes multiple cameos throughout Schmigadoon! Joanne’s immortal “I’ll drink to that!” from Company is delivered in season 2 with a drink in hand. Snowpiercer and The Good Doctor both featured Konoval in reoccurring roles.
Alex Gullason As Alex, Marisa Gold As Marisa & Michael Delleva As Michael
Topher’s band of hippies is primarily comprised of followers Alex, Marisa, and Michael, who are all looking for a leader. Delleva and Gold both made appearances in Zoey’s Incredible Playlist, and Gullason was a member of the ensemble cast in the first season of Schmigadoon!
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