Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Netflix Musical You’ll Love
If you need a fix of musical theatre but can’t make it to a show, it’s the middle of the night or you’re on your lunch break, there’s a show that might just hit the spot. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a New York lawyer who gives up everything to move to California win the hopes of winning back childhood sweetheart, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez). She flushes her anxiety and depression medications down the toilet, quits her job and packs her bags for a musical number filled adventure.
In an attempt to cosy up to Josh and wedge herself into his life, Rebecca buddies up to Greg (Santino Fontana), Josh’s best friend, who finds himself in an awkward love triangle with the pair. And then there’s Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), who is way too invested in her new best friend Rebecca’s life, which is a great way to distract herself from her disastrous marriage.
Co-created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh-McKenna, writer of The Devil Wears Prada, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been nominated and won a bunch of awards, including a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Best Actress award for Bloom. The regular cast is insanely talented, but the show has also had some really amazing guest stars, like the legendary Patti Lupone and Tovah Feldshuh. Here they are reminding Rebecca to respect her Jewish heritage.
And Amber Riley, currently starring in the fabulous Dreamgirls, appeared in a song called “Dream Ghosts”, where she joins Michael Hyatt and Ricki Lake in a fantasy sequence to give Rebecca some much needed advice.
There are also homages to Les Misérables in “Flooded With Justice” and Gypsy in “Everything I’ve Done For You”. To see more songs from the show, check out this YouTube playlist but beware, not every song is safe to play without your headphones plugged in!
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was just renewed for a third season, so before there are so many episodes that you feel like you’ll never be able to catch up, check it out now while it feels manageable. It’s a hilarious mix of surreal comedy, pop, rock and legit musical theatre talents, and you can catch it all on Netflix.