Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.Many fans continue to wonder what they can expect from the upcoming "Grey's Anatomy" musical episode, which has generated plenty of hype since being announced shortly after Season 7 began last September. Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes has offered a variety of spoilers regarding the issue through interviews and tweets on Twitter. "Entire [Grey's Anatomy] cast is on set. Doing medicine and singing at the same time has everyone giddy and excited. Love these people. Love my job," she tweeted on February 23, 2011. You can follow Shonda Rhimes' verified Twitter account @ShondaRhimes.
Rhimes sat down with TV Guide last November and one of the major topics during the interview was the upcoming musical episode. Rhimes, who has mentioned in several interviews that one of the inspirations for the "Grey's Anatomy" musical episode was the special episodes of TV shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," was careful to clarify that fans can expect something different at Seattle Grace. "[Ours] is sort of the opposite of that in a weird way," Rhimes told TV Guide. "They did an all-out, show-stopping, Broadway kind of musical. This is very different."
But which members of the "Grey's Anatomy" cast can fans expect the best performances from? Surely, not every member of the Seattle Grace staff comes from a musical background. "You will be very surprised to discover that some people sing quite well. That's sort of a little gift to the fans, to discover that people who are not necessarily known for singing have pretty great voices," she explained during the interview. "Also, some people won't be singing because it doesn't go with the story."
Kate Walsh, who originally played Addison Montgomery during the early "Grey's Anatomy" seasons before landing the spin-off "Private Practice," is making an appearance specifically for the musical episode. According to Starpulse, Walsh was one actress less than thrilled about the singing: "I had to take lessons and it was a traumatic experience for me, tears were shed," she said during an interview with Good Morning America. "I went in for lessons and ... put it this way, after the first lesson with the vocal coach and the musical director was there, he came up to me and was like, 'You know, you don't have to do this'. I was like, 'No, wait! I really (want to).'
As for the musical score itself, Rhimes didn't offer any specific examples of the pieces "Grey's Anatomy" fans can expect to see on the highly anticipated episode. "We're simply singing songs that 'Grey's Anatomy' has made famous," she explained. "Grey's Anatomy" is one hit TV show known for a phenomenal assortment of up-and-coming music, landing its own Pandora station several years ago. "Part of the way I figured out that we could do this was to take the songs that our show has made iconic and have them be sung by our cast members, as opposed to singing Broadway songs or singing some songs by a known artist."
It appears fans won't be seeing a "Glee" inspired episode of "Grey's Anatomy" after all, and the musical numbers are likely to be much more subdued or subtle. However, there is little doubt that the "Grey's Anatomy" musical episode will be one of the most memorable of Season 7.
- Grey s Anatomy
- Kate Walsh
- Shonda Rhimes
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Addison Montgomery
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