There were so many musical numbers on the first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that the show spawned two cast albums — the second of which, with 32 total tracks, was released Friday. But does that mean the cult CW series could eventually live on as a Broadway musical featuring star and co-creator Rachel Bloom?
Speaking at Vulture Fest on Saturday night, Bloom, co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna, and executive music director Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne fame), said a stage version wasn’t all that likely just yet.
“On television you get seen by millions, where as on stage, you get seen by hundreds,” Schlesinger said when asked about a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend musical.
“It’s just a question of what the purpose is. I think we wouldn’t have time to do it right now… but, of course,” Bloom said of the possibility, adding the show had “too many songs.”
Of the impressive amount of tracks written and produced for the 18-episode first season, Schlesinger joked that McKenna “had no idea you’re not supposed to do 50 songs in six months.”
“I’ve worked on one Broadway show, and it took eight years. Literally eight years. From the time of the first phone call to the time it was on Broadway was eight years. That’s normal in that world. You end up with 15 songs,” he said. “We do that in a month.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was renewed by The CW for a second season. The show will shift nights in the fall, moving from Mondays to Fridays.