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Riverdale Set Photo Teases Musical Episode, Confirms Air Date

Our first sneak peek at the Carrie: The Musical-inspired Riverdale episode has arrived, alongside confirmation regarding when it will air on The CW. Bringing the theatrical adaptation of Carrie to the small screen, The CW series is set to breathe new life into the narrative based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The musical episode will feature a slew of characters from Riverdale performing 11 songs from the Broadway flop, which was revitalized in 2012 after a short-lived run in the late '80s.

The upcoming special was first announced in late January to the delight of fans. Considering that we've seen both KJ Apa's Archie lean into his musical interests and even Camilla Mendes' Veronica and Lili Reinhart's Betty Cooper carry some tunes, it was only a matter of time before Riverdale put on a musical-themed show. Interestingly, the decision to adapt Carrie felt right as it mirrors the overall series narrative to both explore the “dark-yet-catchy cautionary tale exploring the gritty realities of small-town high school life.” 

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Riverdale star, Mädchen Amick, who plays the role of Betty and Polly's mother, Alice Cooper, has shared our first look at the much-anticipated episode. Taking to her official Twitter account, the Twin Peaks alum shared a photo of her on the set of the show with the production's poster on the background. Along with the snap, she confirmed that the Riverdale offering will hit the airwaves on April 18.

The high school premise of Riverdale makes incorporating a musical episode a lot easier via a school production. And while we've seen some of the cast members exhibit their musicality, this is the first time a musical spectacular will be the focal point of a whole episode. Directed by Betty's good pal, Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), the show will feature Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) playing the lead role of telekinetic outcast Carrie White. Meanwhile, Veronica will take on the role as villainous Chris and of course, Betty and Archie will play the couple, Sue and Tommy. Unfortunately, Cole Sprouse isn't much of a singer, so it's best we don't expect Jughead belting a tune during the show.

A musical episode has somewhat become a signature for The CW as several of their TV series have once taken on this route just to shake things up and offer something new for fans. Gossip Girl did some variations of this during its run. Jane the Virgin occasionally comes up with a good musical or dance performance, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical rom-com, and even the Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) both belted out some tunes during their crossover episode. So it just makes sense that the network's hottest new show follows suit.

Riverdale continues Wednesday, March 7 with ‘Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes’ on The CW.

Source: Mädchen Amick/Twitter

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