Meet the Cast of 'Schmigadoon!,' the People Responsible for Bringing This Truly Bizarre Concept to Life

Becoming trapped against your will in a town that exists as a musical from the 1940s might sound like a horror premise, but the new Apple TV+ series Schmigadoon! promises that it’s not. Even if star Cecily Strong does say at the end of the trailer, “Nobody gets killed in a musical! Except Oklahoma… and Carousel… and South Pacific… Oh, hello, West Side Story.

Really, though, Schmigadoon! is a musical-comedy, and it’s a surreal one. Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star as a couple struggling with their relationship, who happen upon a very small town (167 people, to be exact) called Schmigadoon during a hike. But then, they find out they’re stuck there until they find true love. With each other? With someone else? That’s to be determined. Also, everyone in the town operates as though they are in an old-timey musical, meaning it’s full of song and dance and period costumes and bright colors.

This is definitely a show where the details of the concept should reveal themselves once you actually watch. (Do these people know they’re in a musical town? Do they know what year it is? Can they leave?) So, for now, let’s get to know the cast. It’s full of comedians and stage stars alike.

Cecily Strong

Schmigadoon! character: Melissa Gimble

Age: 37

Instagram: @cecilystrong

Best known for: Starring for nine seasons on Saturday Night Live

Keegan-Michael Key

Schmigadoon! character: Josh Skinner

Age: 50

Instagram: @keeganmichaelkey

Best known for: Starring in five seasons of Key & Peele, which he co-created with Jordan Peele

Fred Armisen

Schmigadoon! character: Reverend Howard Layton

Age: 54

Instagram: @sordociego

Best known for: 11 seasons on Saturday Night Live; co-creating and starring in Portlandia

Dove Cameron

Schmigadoon! character: Betsy McDonough

Age: 25

Instagram: @dovecameron

Best known for: Starring in the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie; the Disney Channel movie series Descendants

Jaime Camil

Schmigadoon! character: Doc Lopez

Age: 47

Instagram: @jaimecamil

Best known for: Playing Rogelio de la Vega on Jane the Virgin

Kristin Chenoweth

Schmigadoon! character: Margaret/Mildred Layton

Age: 52

Instagram: @kchenoweth

Best known for: Originating the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked; winning a Tony for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; the TV series Pushing Daisies

Alan Cumming

Schmigadoon! character: Mayor Aloysius Menlove

Age: 56

Instagram: @alancummingsnaps

Best known for: Many plays in London theater and on Broadway, including Cabaret, for which he won a Tony; films including Emma and GoldenEye

Ariana DeBose

Schmigadoon! character: Emma Tate

Age: 30

Instagram: @arianadebose

Best known for: Being cast as Anita in the upcoming West Side Story remake; originating the role of The Bullet in Hamilton

Ann Harada

Schmigadoon! character: Florence Menlove

Age: 57

Instagram: @iamannharada

Best known for: Originating the role of Christmas Eve in the Broadway musical Avenue Q

Aaron Tveit

Schmigadoon! character: Danny Bailey

Age: 37

Instagram: @aarontveit

Best known for: The Broadway plays Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can, and Moulin Rouge!; playing Enjolras in the movie adaptation of Les Misérables, and, maybe most notably, playing Tripp van der Bilt in Gossip Girl

Jane Krakowski

Schmigadoon! character: Countess Gabriele Von Blerkom

Age: 52

Instagram: N/A

Best known for: Starring as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock

Martin Short

Schmigadoon! character: Leprechaun

Age: 71

Instagram: N/A

Best known for: The movies Three Amigos!, Innerspace, and Father of the Bride; the comedy sketch shows SCTV and Saturday Night Live

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