Everything We Know About Season 2 of SCHMIGADOON! So Far

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Schmigadoon! | Photo: Apple TV+

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Dan Meyer
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January 19, 2023 10:55 AM
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It’s time to head back to a musical land where bursting out into song in public is completely normal—and no, we’re not talking about Marie’s Crisis. Schmigadoon!, Apple TV+'s musical series, is returning for a second season and we’ve got all the details ahead of its April 7th premiere date.

The setting will now move to Schmicago, a world reimagined in the razzle-dazzle of musicals from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Think Chicago (obviously), but also Cabaret, and also anything else Kander and Ebb dreamt up back in the day. What we don’t know is how deep of an inspiration those two decades will factor in beyond the dynamic duo. Sweet Charity, Hair, The Wiz, A Chorus Line, and Sweeney Todd all came out during the same era…could we see homages to those shows as well?

As for returning stars, we’ll have Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key playing (SPOILER ALERT!) the reconciled couple Melissa and Josh. After spending Season 1 exploring their own needs, they ended up hand-in-hand attempting to cross the bridge back into the real world. While it was never revealed whether they made it…chances are they did not.

Also coming back, but likely in different roles due to the new atmosphere of Schmicago, are 2022 Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, Only Murders in the Building star Martin Short, and 2023 GLAAD Media Award nominee Dove Cameron, along with Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski, and Aaron Tveit. Two beloved Broadway stars, Tituss Burgess and Patrick Page, are joining the cast for Season 2.

Co-creator Cinco Paul again serves as showrunner for Season 2. He wrote all of the original songs for the series, having won an Emmy Award last year for his song “Corn Puddin’” in Season 1.

More details will be revealed as the release date draws nearer. In the meantime, Apple TV+ will premiere several new shows with theatre vets. A therapy comedy Shrinking (January 27), features Michael Urie; the retro-future traveling salesman dramedy Hello Tomorrow! (February 17) stars Tony winner Billy Crudup; and the climate change anthology series Extrapolations (March 17) features Tony winner Daveed Diggs, along with Meryl Streep and Sienna Miller. 

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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