It’s been mooted for a while, but Shonda Rhimes has now confirmed Grey’s Anatomy will air a musical episode.
“Nobody is going to be dancing and singing down the halls; that’s not our show,” Rhimes tells TVGuide.com. “Our show is known for its music. I very much wanted to do something that was musical without being a musical.”
That means stars like Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres), who won a Tony, and singer Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will be written heavily into the storyline.
“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. Also, some people won’t be singing because it doesn’t go with the story,” says Rhimes.
“It’s definitely a Callie-heavy story, but it’s a story that we would’ve told whether there was singing or not. It’s always nice to have a Tony winner on deck to do a little singing,” she adds.
Rimes says she was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s musical episode, to a certain extent. Scrubs is another to have aired a musical episode.
“The storyline is in very early stages. We’re not going to have an episode where you turn on the television and people are singing for no reason. It has a reason, there’s a story underneath it and there’s a point to the whole thing. I’m still nervous about it, because you can do something like this and it can come out not the way you intended. I have been working on this very carefully because I want it to still be our show, but also heighten it,” explains Rhimes.
As opposed to singing Broadway songs Rhimes says the show will be singing songs that Grey’s Anatomy has made famous.
Source: Hollywood Reporter