Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Reboot (with Sutton Foster, Christian Borle, and Kerry Butler)

(I will not be discussing the final four words of the series or any major plot events, so enjoy my article about Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Reboot theatrical rabbit trail).

Eight years ago the Gilmore Girls series finale aired. After a few years the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, also created a television show called Bunheads.  Bunheads was very similar to the Gilmore Girls as it was set in a town very similar to Stars Hollow, with many of the same actors, except instead of Lauren Graham being the fast-talking lead, Tony award winner Sutton Foster was. Despite Bunheads only lasting one season, it helped Sutton Foster make the transition from stage to television. (Not familiar with Sutton Foster? Check out my blog dedicated to her, here, after reading this one).

(left to right) Lauren Graham and Sutton Foster sharing the screen in Netflix's Gilmore Girls Reboot
(left to right) Lauren Graham and Sutton Foster sharing the screen in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Reboot

The Gilmore Girls reboot successfully brought back 37 of the original cast members, plus some from Parenthood (the television show Lauren Graham did after Gilmore Girls), a few familiar faces from Bunheads (including Sutton Foster), and Broadway actors Christian Borle (Falsettos, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten!, Peter and the Starcatcher, Legally Blonde the Musical, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Spamalot, and Footloose) and Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Rock of Ages, and Catch Me if You Can).

In the reboot, the residents of Stars Hollows decided to put on a musical to increase tourism. In the Netflix reboot Kerry Butler auditioned but was not cast as the lead because Sutton Foster was.

Sutton Foster auditioning for the Stars Hollow musical in Netflix's Gilmore Girls reboot.
Sutton Foster auditioning for the Stars Hollow musical in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls reboot.

While many critics did not enjoy the outrageous detour of the Stars Hollow: the Musical, I did. It showcased the talent of real-life ex-spouses Sutton Foster and Christian Borle. It spotlighted the composition of Tony Award winner (for Fun Home) Jeanine Tesori. It was nice seeing Brad Ellis (pianist in the television show Glee) play the piano once again in Stars Hollow. I also appreciated the witty Broadway references to Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Violet (produced by Gilmore Girl‘s creator and starring Sutton Foster), The Book of Mormon, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, The Lion King, School of Rock, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Beautiful – the Carole King Musical (“I Feel the Earth Move” was sang by Carole King herself) while the advisory council reviewed the musical. Sutton Foster’s final heart-gripping song performed in the reboot, “Unbreakable” is what propelled Lorelai Gilmore to the next part of the plot.

(left to right) Christian Borle and Sutton Foster in Stars Hollow: the musical in Netflix's Gilmore Girls reboot
(left to right) Christian Borle and Sutton Foster in Stars Hollow: the musical in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls reboot

In an effort to not give away any of the plot, I will stop there. So, stream Netflix’s Gilmore Girls reboot, now, on Netflix!

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