Gilmore Girls was given a lengthy feature in this month’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, set to hit newsstands on Friday, though some early editions have been spotted. In the article, we are given a hint that there will be a Stars Hollow Musical. From NEW details, we can share they are exploring eras and that we know more about the cast and score of the musical.
In this photo, we see Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory) coming up to the Audition table for Stars Hollow: The Musical where Sally Struthers (Babette) and Liz Torres (Miss Patty) are seated. In the background is young Mitchell Gregorio, who is likely to be playing one of Lane & Zach’s twin boys (Stevie or Kwan) and shared his own on-set photos from this day.
Casting notices for Gilmore Girls called for a scene with “a whole bunch of hippies at a commune,” and it appears we’ve found some context for that scene. Perhaps Stars Hollow: The Musical explores a hippie era?
From Ausiello, we have new details direct from Dan and Amy Sherman-Palladino, with Dan noting we will see a musical history of Stars Hollow in “enticing chunks,” though not in its entirety.
“It’s one of those things we’ve wanted to do for a while — a small town reaching beyond its means and its talent to put on a musical,” he says.
The scenes will involve Sutton Foster, who has an obvious dance and singing background and would fit in well with a musical. This is obviously the “special part” Amy hinted at before! Joining Sutton are two additional Broadway stars (which I explore in this post) Christian Borle and Kerry Butler. Amy notes:
“It’s all my pals I’ve worshipped from Broadway. We’ve ripped them out here.”
According to the article in Entertainment Weekly, the three from Broadway will be the “three stars of Stars Hollow: The Musical.” Jeanine Tesori will pen the score with Amy and Dan writing the lyrics about the “ridiculous story of the town of Stars Hollow.” Amy gushes:
“It’s my most exciting thing! We get in these demos and sheet music. The songs are ludicrous and insane. We’re listening and wondering, ‘Is the Tony on the piano while she’s doing this? Is she in a room surrounded by awards?’ She’s mad, mad, mad in the best possible way.”
Update: Sutton Foster recently added that her character is a struggling actress getting her “break” in this musical:
“I can tell you that her best gig that she’s gotten so far in life is the lead in the Stars Hollow musical.”
The final production is being performed at Miss Patty’s dance studio. There will be 4 songs.