Seeing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in Concert Just Drove Home How Much I’ll Miss This Show
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the kind of show that I thought I was going to hate when it started, mainly because the title almost felt like it was going to be a show making fun of women. What I got was a show that felt like a feminist dream and gave us an escape from this world.
Fast-forward to last night, when I went to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s live concert at Radio City Music Hall, only to find out about the passing of Alabama’s horrible anti-abortion bill after watching a live concert where a woman openly talks about periods, the cycles of the girls in the cast, and what it’s like to be a woman. It was quite a shocking change of pace, but it drove home why I’m going to miss this show.
CEG follows the life of Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), who leaves her law firm in New York City to move to West Covina, California, because her theatre camp crush, Josh Chan, came to town and left again. Is it wild that Rebecca moves across the country for a man? Absolutely, but the show did a great job of exploring the signs that women receive from men and how many of us examine those signs.
Sure, the show went on to explore so much more about mental health and finding your own path despite what your parents layout for you, but it also brought up a lot of fears that women, in particular, have. For me, watching as Rebecca navigated how men speak to her and treat her felt like I was looking at my own experiences through a lens, and I loved it.
So watching the live show and seeing my favorite characters (or, well, the actors) bring to life their iconic songs meant the absolute world to me.
While I thought that Skylar Astin was underused (because really, if you have Skylar Astin, you could just let him sing the phonebook to us for 4 hours), I loved that the concert gave him his Bruce Springsteen moment once more and brought to life “I Hate Everything But You.”
Was there any question of whether or not Rachel Bloom would sing “You Stupid Bitch” with a spotlight on her at Radio City Music Hall? She did, it was perfect, and we all sang along with her. Maybe I cried, maybe I listened to it on repeat on my way home, maybe I’m still listening to it. Verdict: unknown.
Surprise, shock, and awe—all emotions I felt when “Don’t Be A Lawyer” started, because what a bop! But it is great, fun, and perfect live.
I pretty much got every song I love. There was even a point where Rachel Bloom sang a bit of “Oh My God I Think I Like You,” which is my favorite song from the series. (At that point, I did scream and sing along without shame because my life goal is to find somewhere to sing the song that isn’t just my shower.)
And the one song I missed?
I’m going to miss this show so much, and while last night featured Rachel Bloom with her boobs out on the same stage that Liberace performed his last concert on, it also drove home the fact that it was a miracle this show ever existed, and I’m so glad it did.
Thank you, Rachel Bloom, for bringing us Rebecca Bunch, but also, please make more musical television shows.
(image: Greg Gayne/The CW)
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