After former Glee stars Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist nabbed the heroic lead roles on The CW series The Flash and Supergirl, it certainly didn’t take long for fans to start dreaming up a musical crossover for the DC Comics characters.
Alas, those hopes ultimately came to fruition when such an event was officially announced last year. But while it has been expected to air sometime during the 2016-17 season, details have remained scarce, as The CW marketing machine has so far focused more on its ambitious four-part storyline uniting its all of its interconnected DC Comics series.
Now that the second half of the television season is gearing up, the network has finally revealed much more about what fans can expect from the Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover.
The two-part event will be set up in Episode 16 of Supergirl‘s second season, according to DCComics.com, before fully entering the musical realm on The Flash the following night. Titled “Duet,” Dermott Downs will direct the episode, which centers on the arrival of the villainous Music Meister, a character previously voiced by Neil Patrick Harris in a 2009 episode of animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
In addition to Gustin and Benoist, a host of supporting players from throughout the Arrowverse will perform in the episode, including The Flash co-stars Jesse L. Martin and Carlos Valdes, Supergirl‘s Jeremy Jordan, Legends of Tomorrow‘s Victor Garber and Arrow‘s John Barrowman. Supergirl co-stars David Harewood and Chris Wood also will journey over to The Flash for the episode, though neither will sing.
Although fans may be disappointed that early rumors about Joss Whedon’s involvement turned out to be false, the crossover does present a potent opportunity to explore a different side of their favorite characters, especially seeing as the actors appearing in the episode have extensive musical theater experience.
Martin, for instance, was a part of the original cast of Rent, and Garber is a stage veteran best known for playing Jesus in Godspell.
Moreover, Jordan has appeared in shows like Rock of Ages and Newsies since 2009, while Barrowman’s theater career goes back to the late 1980s, as well as his famous rendition of “Springtime for Hitler” for the 2005 musical remake of The Producers.
Needless to say, fans of Supergirl and The Flash alike have something to look forward to. The only major mystery left is the question of who will play the Music Meister when the episodes air this spring.
Here’s hoping Harris is able to reprise the role he originated in animated form, as many fans have speculated.
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