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If you’re like me, you’re probably missing Galavant. While we eagerly wait to hear whether or not it will be picked up for a season two, here are some other things you might find enjoyable.
There are so many reasons why Galavant might have appealed to you, and I’m going to do my best to break it all down for you as best as I can!
First and foremost, the number one film that you should add to your list– if you haven’t already seen it, is Tangled. True, it’s animated, and maybe ‘cartoons’ aren’t your thing. But Galavant basically, more or less, is a product of Tangled. Not only is it a musical comedy fairytale, but it’s also where Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, and Glenn Slater all came together for the first time. Also a bit of Galavant trivia for you, Zachary Levi, who voiced Flynn Rider, the hero of Tangled was originally who they wanted to play the title character of Galavant. However, Levi’s schedule conflicted with the filming dates, and he was unable to commit. I love Zachary Levi as much as the next Nerd, but I am actually glad that he was too busy to be a part of Galavant because otherwise, we might not have ever known the gloriousness that is Joshua Sasse. And I do love me some Sasse.
Tangled is the closest thing to what Galavant is. After Tangled, though, you’re all on your own.
Galavant is a mixture of a lot of entertaining elements. Here’s the breakdown:
If you enjoyed the whole “Medieval Comedy” aspect of Galavant, here are some films you might like:
1. Tangled  – Check out the trailer here. Dan Fogelman wrote the screenplay. Alan Menken and Glenn Slater teamed up on the music. I don’t want to give anything away, but Flynn Rider, voiced by Zachary Levi (Chuck, Tiny Commando, Heroes Reborn), is a thief and this is what happens when you help Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) escape the tower and experience the real world for the first time.
2. Monty Python and The Holy Grail  – and yes. That’s the actual original trailer for the movie. It’s pretty ridiculous (in a good way). And there are musical numbers! And evil rabbits! And British wit and humor! It stars Graham Chapman (Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life), John Cleese (A Fish Called Wanda, Life of Brian), Eric Idle (Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life), Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Life of Brian), and Terry Jones (Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life).
3. The Princess Bride  – The trailer doesn’t do it justice. But if you haven’t seen this movie before, it should definitely be on your list, regardless. It’s a cult classic starring Cary Elwes (Psych, Saw, Twister), Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, House of Cards), Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fright Night), Andre The Giant, Christopher Guest (This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland, Criminal Minds, Dead like Me), and Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc., When Harry Met Sally, Analyze This) among a lot of other really great faces and names! And as the trailer says, it has something for everyone: true love, miracles, sword fighting, revenge, monsters, etc.
4. Robin Hood: Men In Tights  – This is easily one of my favorite movies (in case my user name didn’t give away the fact that I’m a Mel Brooks fan). It’s silly. It has musical numbers about men in tights, a rap theme song, it makes fun of itself, and it breaks the fourth wall– all things that Galavant did. It spoofs the entire Robin Hood genre, but more specifically ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves‘, which was released two years earlier in 1991. It also stars Cary Elwes (I sense a pattern), in addition to Dave Chappelle (Chappelle’s Show, Half Baked, Block Party), Amy Yasbeck (The Mask, Pretty Woman), Richard Lewis (Leaving Las Vegas, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Isaac Hayes (Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, Southpark), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men), Roger Rees (The Prestige, The Scorpion King), and Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show, Tracey Takes On…, Into The Woods).
5. A Knight’s Tale  – Complete with training montages, jousting, and knights! No musical numbers, though. Sadly. It does star the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), and gives us nerds Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Paul Bettany (The Avengers), and James Purefoy (The Following), though!
6. Enchanted  – So this is a musical comedy about what would happen if the animated Disney fairytales we grew up with collided with the real world. It stars Amy Adams (Man of Steel, American Hutle), Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy, Transformers: Dark of The Moon), James Marsden (30 Rock, Hairspray, X-Men), Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Idina Menzel (Frozen, Rent, Glee), Timothy Spall (Hary Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), and Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins). And Alan Menken did the music!
7. Ella Enchanted  – All I can say is baby Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, Confessions of A Shopaholic). He’s a prince that has a fan club. Ella is under a spell, and in order to keep the prince safe, she must hide from her wicked step family. Naturally. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Dark Knight, The Devil Wears Prada) stars. Also Cary Elwes (You know him), Eric Idle (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian), Joanna Lumley (The Wolf of Wall Street, Absolutely Fabulous), Steve Coogan (Philomena, Downton Abbey, Alan Partridge), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, The Riches, Grosse Pointe Blank), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day, Batman & Robin), and Jim Carter (Downton Abbey, The Golden Compass, Shakespeare In Love).
From the beginning, everyone has said, if you mixed all of these films together, you’d get Galavant as a result. I’ll let you watch and decide!
If you want more “Medieval” Comedy Fairytale Musicals to listen to, check out the original cast recordings of these shows…..
8. Spamalot  – It’s based off of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, and personally? I love it a LOT more than the movie! Eric Idle, original member of Monty Python, wrote the book, the lyrics, and collaborated with John Du Prez on the music. The original Broadway cast included Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Psych), Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Friends), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) , Christian Borle (Smash, Peter Pan Live!), and Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical, Pushing Daisies). Here are a few videos to give you an idea of what it’s like:
“Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”
The Monty Python’s SPAMALOT performance at The 2005 Tony Awards
9. Shrek The Musical  – Based off of, you guessed it, the 2001 Dreamworks animated film of the same name, Shrek. I’ve always thought that King Richard had a little bit of Lord Farquaad to him. This musical mainly shares the fairytale aspect of Galavant, but it’s also pretty damn funny, and you can currently stream it on Netflix. The Original Broadway cast included Brian D’arcy James (Smash, The Big C), Sutton Foster (Flight of the Conchords, Bunheads, Psych), Christopher Sieber (Pushing Daisies), and Daniel Breaker (Submissions Only).
Shrek The Musical’s performance at The 2009 Tony Awards, “What’s Up, Duloc?”
Sutton Foster and cast perform “I Know It’s Today” from Shrek The Musical
Brian D’arcy James performing “Who I’d Be” from Shrek The Musical
10. Into The Woods  – Listen to the original Broadway cast recording– pretty sure your local library has a copy. It IS also a movie. You can check it out in theaters, now… However, I would also recommend the professionally filmed version of the original Broadway cast of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical starring Bernadette Peters (The Jerk, Annie), Chip Zien (Howard The Duck, All My Children), and Joanna Gleason (The West Wing, The Good Wife, The Newsroom). It’s a little bit of a darker twist to the fairytales you may have grown up with, and it isn’t afraid to make fun of itself and the genre.
Into The Woods performance at The 1988 Tony Awards
Robert Westenberg and Chuck Wagner perform “Agony” from Into The Woods
If you enjoyed the collaborative musical talent of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, Check out these original cast recordings:
11. Leap of Faith: The Musical  – Though short lived on Broadway, I find the music to be incredibly catchy and heartwarming. The musical is based off of the 1992 film Leap of Faith, which is a dramedy about a fake faith healer who ends up stranded in a small town. The film version starred Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Liam Neeson, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The original Broadway cast starred Raul Esparza (Hannibal, Law & Order: SVU), and included Jessica Phillips (Next To Normal, Priscilla Queen of The Desert), Krystal Joy Brown (Motown the Musical), Kecia Lewis-Evans (Big River, Once On This Island, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone), and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Smash, Red Tails, Person of Interest).
Raul Esparza performing “Step Into The Light/Leap of Faith” over a montage of scenes from Leap of Faith: The Musical
Another montage of scenes from Leap of Faith: The Musical
The original Broadway cast of Leap of Faith: The Musical performing at The 2012 Tony Awards
12. Sister Act: The Musical  – Yet, another musical based off of a movie– but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. When I was fortunate enough to catch the tour of this musical, I had a ridiculously fun time– and from the front row, no less! My Grandma still raves about this show. Once again, it’s a lot of fun, and the lyrics and tunes are catchy and will make your heart grow three times, like the Grinch’s. The Original Broadway cast starred Patina Miller (Pippin), Victoria Clark (Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Fred Applegate (Young Frankensten, La Cage Aux Folles), Sarah Bolt (Wicked), John Treacy Egan (The Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie), and Chester Gregory (Tarzan, Cry-Baby).
Patina Miller and the cast of Sister Act: The Musical performing at The 2011 Tony Awards
Patina Miller performing “Fabulous, Baby!” from Sister Act: The Musical
Since the majority of the Disney movies that Alan Menken did the music for are more commonly known, I wanted to give you some movies and musicals you might not have had a chance to see or hear, yet. And Though Glenn Slater did not work with Alan Menken on these projects, check out these other soundtracks and cast recordings:
13. Little Shop of Horrors  – It’s a movie! It’s a musical! It’s Menken! This is definitely a comedy, though it started out as a B-horror movie by Roger Corman in 1960, starring Jack Nicholson. The musical comedy version of the film was released in 1986 and starred Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters, Spaceballs), Ellen Greene (The Walking Dead Webisodes, Pushing Daisies, Heroes), and Steve Martin (The Jerk, Three Amigos). Imagine Louis Tully raising a man-eating plant– that’s all I’m going to tell you. The rest, you’ll have to see for yourself. The original Broadway cast starred Hunter Foster (Sutton Foster’s brother, Urinetown, The Bridges of Madison County) , Kerry Butler (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), and Douglas Sills (The Scarlett Pimpernel).
Rick Moranis performs “Grow For Me” from Little Shop of Horrors
Hunter Foster, Kerry Butler, and the original Broadway cast of Little Shop Of Horrors performing at the 2003 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
14. Newsies  – Once again, it started out as a movie, and now it is also a Broadway musical about the New York City newsboy strike in 1899. The film version starred Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, American Psycho), Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Torchwood), and Ann-Margret (Tommy, Bye Bye Birdie). The original Broadway cast was lead by Jeremy Jordan (Smash, The Last Five Years), and included an entire chorus of dancing boys (and girls!)!
“King of New York” from Newsies 
The Original Broadway Cast of Newsies performing on The 2012 Tony Awards
15. The Neighbors [2012-2014] – This TV series was created for ABC by Dan Fogelman, and only lasted for two seasons. The show’s premise surrounded a New Jersey family that moved into a neighborhood of extra-terrestrials, and hilarity, of course, ensues. Joshua Sasse (Galavant) had a 3 episode arch on the series, George Takei (Star Trek, Archer) showed up for a stint, and the show had a lot of other fun guest stars including Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire), Bill Nye (Bill Nye The Science Guy), Jerry Springer (The Jerry Springer Show), Mark McGrath (Scooby-Doo, The Office), and Rhea Perlman (Cheers, Matilda, The Mindy Project). So if you enjoyed the humor and the characters created by Dan Fogelman– check it out!
The Original Trailer for the TV Series
I hope this list helps calm your nerves while we wait for any sort of announcement about season 2! Do you have any other movies, musicals, or TV shows that you’d like to add to this list? Let me know! And if you’ve made it this far, I totally commend you! Here’s a cookie.