“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Cast Debuts New Song at Vulture Festival LA
Rachel Bloom and the cast of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” took the stage at Vulture Festival LA to sing seven songs from the show, celebrate the 100 tunes they’ve released, and debut a new song that has not yet aired.
Along with Bloom, the panel included showrunner and co-creator of the show Aline Brosh McKenna, David Hull (“White Josh”), Vincent Rodriguez III (“Josh Chan”), choreographer Kat Burns, Pete Gardner (“Darryl Whitefeather”), Scott Michael Foster (“Nathaniel Plimpton III”), Donna Lynne Champlin (“Paula Proctor”), Gabrielle Ruiz (“Valencia Perez”), Vella Lovell (“Heather Davis”), and Adam Schlesinger (co-songwriter).
The stars of the show sang these songs live and debuted a very special one from Paula’s character at the end.
Song 1: “Friendtopia”
“Friendtopia” is a Spice Girls parody about nefarious women taking over the world. Valencia is the “czar of torture.” How perfect is that?
Rachel Bloom: “We were talking about all the girl empowerment songs like of course ‘Spice Up Your Life.’ The music is literally kind of ‘Blade Runner’-esque dystopia, but like a fun one! All of these girl power phrases are like ‘Take over the world… no one can stop us.’ Who is trying to stop you? ‘You can’t come between me and my friends…’ I’m not trying to.”
When she and Schlesinger wrote this song, Bloom said: “We just thought of the most hyperbolic dystopia tropes.”
Song 2: “Let’s Generalize About Men”
This 1980’s throwback comes in after Rebecca Bunch desperately wants to get back at Josh Chan for standing her up at their wedding in the previous season.
Bloom talked about how weird the timing was of this song since it came out during the Harvey Weinstein fallout. She thought, men might all be terrible: “Maybe we can generalize?”
Song 3: “Gettin’ Bi”
Darryl comes out as bi in this ’80s-like dance tune. During the live performance, Pete Gardner danced around the room and encouraged the audience to sing along. He said he was happy to be able to bring up bisexuality on the show and dispel some myths about it.
Song 4: “Let’s Have Intercourse”
“Let’s Have Intercourse” was when Foster first got to show off his singing and dancing chops.
On stage, Bloom and the cast grilled Foster on whether or not he watched the show prior to coming on during the second season. They even mess with him, making up things that happened on the show.
Foster said, “You come into a show that already has its rhythm and everyone knows each other and they’re friends. When you come into the show as the new guy, it’s scary.”
Song 5: “West Covina”
“West Covina,” an homage to Broadway/classical musicals, was originally shot when Bloom and Brosh McKenna thought Showtime was going to pick up the show. It was the most expensive song they produced for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and yes, the pretzel is real.
Song 6: “The First Penis I Saw”
A parody of Abba’s “Mamma Mia,” the new tune “The First Penis I Saw” has not yet premiered on the show. It’s all about Paula’s first boyfriend Jeff, and it’s pretty darn funny. Stay tuned to see it.
Song 7: “California Christmastime”
Though the panel went into overtime, Bloom pushed for a final song, “California Christmastime,” which is a loving song about California during the normally snowy season. SoCalers can definitely relate.