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Would You Watch a Musical "Ugly Betty"?

Would You Watch a Musical "Ugly Betty"?


First "Buffy" did a musical episode, then "Scrubs," now ... "Ugly Betty"? The show's cast and crew said this week that a singing, dancing "Betty" is in the works.

Cast members have been talking about doing a musical on the show's podcast for a while now, but I always assumed it was a joke. Earlier this week, though, star America Ferrera told an audience at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that the cast had been begging to do a musical episode since day one — and the show's executive producer confirmed that a musical is being planned.

While I have mixed feelings about gimmicky TV in general, "Ugly Betty" might be the rare show that can pull off a musical. We've already heard Justin (Mark Indelicato) belt one out in the subway, and Vanessa Williams was a singer first. "Betty" is pretty campy already, and I'm not sure characters breaking into song would even feel out of place.

Meanwhile, the lucky folks in the audience when ABC announces its fall schedule this month will get a bit of a preview: Michael Urie, who plays Marc, has said that he, Mark Indelicato and Becki Newton will be performing a song-and-dance number.

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