Anyone who has ever seen a Disney film has certain standards when it comes to fairy tale characters. Namely, that they can sing and move across a glistening dance floor reasonably well. So the fact that Once Upon a Time is already well into its second season and no one has broken out into a song or dance number is nigh unforgivable. I mean, if some of those Dancing With The Stars contestants can do it, why not the OUAT cast?
However, if we’ve learned anything from television’s recent obsession with musical episodes, it’s that not every television actor can be a triple threat. (Though there are a fair few populating your favorite non-musical shows. We’re looking at you, Sara Ramirez.) How would the cast of OUAT fare in a musical episode? And what classic Disney melodies should they sing?
The Family Charming
There’s hope! According to a 2011 interview with E! Online, cast members Josh Dallas (David Nolan/Prince Charming), Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White), and Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) can all carry a tune.
"We all sing," Jennifer divulged. "Josh Dallas, Ginny Goodwin, me. I don't know if Robert Carlyle sings. He probably does. I feel like we have a lot of musically inclined people in the cast. We'll see!"
Here’s to hoping for a Charming family number, made all the more sweeter by the fact that Ginnifer and Josh are sweethearts in real life! Our pick for a possible tune is “I’m Wishing/One Song,” a duet between Snow and Charming. With lyrics like “I’m wishing for the one I love to find me,” it wouldn’t be too hard to fit into the plot - OUAT loves splitting those two up!
Mulan and Aurora
Jamie Chung (Mulan) tried out her windpipes in Sucker Punch and Sarah Bolger (Aurora) did an adorable rendition of “Desperado” in In America when she was only 10, so we think a Mulan/Aurora duet could be pretty awesome.
What we’re really hoping for is a bootcamp-style “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” scene showing Mulan whipping Aurora into fighting shape, but we’d also settle for a “Once Upon A Dream”/”Reflection” mash-up.
Beauty and the Beast
Looks like Jennifer was right about Robert Carlyse (Rumple): he can sing! In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Robert chatted about his new film, California Solo, in which he plays a struggling rock ’n’ roller.
“I do play the guitar in the movie and I do sing as well,” said Robert. “You see a little bit of that. I enjoyed opening my mouth and singing for the first time in years.”
We’re not sure if Aussie actress Emilie de Ravin (Belle) is a crooner, but she does have some training as a ballerina, so if worst comes to worst, she can always do some pirouettes around the room.
There are so many Beauty and the Beast classics to choose from, but we think “Something There” or “Be Our Guest” could fit nicely into the OUAT plot now that Belle’s lost her memory (“Beauty and the Beast” might be a bit too intense at this stage of the game - Rumple’s already coming on a bit too strong). And, while everyone likes a good rendition of “Belle,” those “Good morning, Belle!”s could get kind of awkward now that Belle can’t remember any of her fellow townspeople.
Good news! Captain Hook actor Colin O’Donoghue plays guitar and sings for a band called “The Enemies” (fitting considering Hook’s recent behavior!).
We’re all for Colin performing a rendition of “Hook’s Waltz.” The lyrics “I’m the greatest villain of all time!” and “Who says that his hook isn’t cute?” seem on par with the smuggery of his OUAT character thus far. Now all he needs is a band of pirates to sing back-up. Something tells us Smee (Christopher Gauthier) isn’t up to the task considering the last time we saw him, Rumple had just turned him into a rat. Then again, we’ve seen many an enchanted rodent sing a tune in the Disney counterparts of these characters’ universe!
What do you think? Would you be up for a musical episode of OUAT? If so, what songs would you like to see the characters/cast sing? Post your comments below!
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.