Seeing 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live'

Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:01 PM Written by 

Crazy Ex Live

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's one thing to be a fan of a TV show, it's another to attend a concert based on that series. Not that many such concerts exist. I remember there was once a "Glee" concert tour and I'm sure there have been others in TV's past but I'd never been to one before seeing "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live" Saturday night.

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The closest "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live" gets to Pittsburgh is a show in Philadelphia Saturday night but it's sold out as are all the other shows in the short, 8-city tour.

The Portland show featured series star Rachel Bloom, at her potty-mouthed best, singing songs from The CW series with assistance from fellow cast members Vincent Rodriguez III (Josh Chan), Gabrielle Ruiz (Valencia), Pete Gardner (Daryl), Scott Michael Foster (Nathaniel) and David Hull (White Josh) along with songwriter Jack Dolgen. (Alas, Carnegie Mellon grad Donna Lynne Champlin wasn't at this appearance but will join the tour in Chicago Wednesday night.) Bloom said co-star Vella Lovell (Heather) is too busy getting jobs to do the tour and predicted Lovell's career is on the rise, joking that the rest of the "Girlfriend" cast may have hit their peak with this series.

The live concert, which ran almost two hours, was a mix of song performance, some stand-up patter and local commentary (Bloom is over Portlanders and their allegiances to rival doughnut shops).

While Bloom is the star, she gave each cast member and Dolgen an opportunity to shine. Surprisingly, perhaps, the cast never broke out any of the show's theme songs (there's a new variation each season) or the "West Covina" tune from the pilot that launched the show. The balance of the playlist leaned heavily on songs from the show's most recent season with Hull gamely singing Donna Lynne Champlin's part on several tunes.

Songs included "Horny Angry Tango" (seaosn 3, episode 10), "Sex with a Stranger" (Season 1, episode 4), "Women Gotta Stick Together" (season 1, episode 9), "Fit Hot Guys Have Problems Too" (season 3, episode 9), "Sexy French Depression" (season 1, episode 7), "Friendtopia" (season 2, episode 6), "Heavy Boobs" (season 1, episode 16), "We Should Definitely Not Have Sex Right Now" (season 2, episode 1), "Buttload of Cats" (season 3, episode 12), "I've Got My Head in the Clouds" (season 3, episode 2), "I Love My Daughter (But Not in a Creepy Way)" (season 1, episode 5), "Let's Generalize About Men" (season 3, episode 1), "Gettin' Bi" (season 1, episode 14) and "You Stupid Bitch" (season 1, episode 11). 

The CW has not renewed "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" for an expected-to-be-final, fourth season but with the network's expansion to Sunday night, it opens up more spots on the schedule. I'll be surprised if "Crazy" fails to earn a fourth, final season. It certainly deserves it. Hearing the show's smart, clever songs in concert just offered a reminder of what a truly original series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is.

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