SPOILERS for those not caught up on Riverdale ahead.
To be fair, Cheryl has pretty valid reasons to be extra dramatic (even by her standards) at the moment. Cheryl had barely revealed her sexuality to Toni Topaz before she learned that her mother Penelope and supposed uncle Claudius are scheming to remove her (and Nana Rose) from the equation, one way or another. When Cheryl then confronted her mother about this in a perhaps ill-advised move, Penelope responded by shipping her off to become an unwilling member of the Sisters of Quiet Mercy's (highly illegal) conversation therapy program.
A musical where the main character takes fiery revenge against those that've wronged her (including, her abusive parent) should at least provide Cheryl with some catharsis, now that she's escaped the Sisters and is ready to fight back against her mother and uncle. Nothing is ever that simple on Riverdale though (if you can call that simple), and the trailer for 'A Night to Remember' reveals that someone is trying to hurt Cheryl and sending threatening letters, demanding that she be kicked out of the Drama Department's show.
It seems the reason Jughead won't be singing in Riverdale High's musical extravaganza is because he will be busy playing detective (again), and trying to figure out who's after Cheryl this time. Meanwhile, Kevin should have plenty of non musical theater-related drama on his plate to deal with, the threats against his leading lady aside. Josie McCoy is costarring in Carrie: The Musical and will need to talk to Cheryl about the elephant in the room, now that she knows about Cheryl's unhealthy obsession with her. Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge are also on the outs, so having to work together on the musical could lead to some fence-mending between the former BFF duo (or just more clashing, like in the trailer).
Not only is Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa an admitted Carrie: The Musical fanatic, he even wrote the 2013 film adaptation of King's original book, starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Given his adoration of the source material, Aguirre-Sacasa and his writing staff are as qualified as anyone to try and bring the Carrie stage musical to life successfully on the small screen. And if there's any show on television that a Stephen King high school musical performance makes sense for, it would likewise have to be Riverdale.
Riverdale is going on a hiatus, but will continue Wednesday, April 18 with 'Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember' on The CW.
Source: The CW