Nod to Theatre in “Jane the Virgin” (Season 3, Episode 5)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend starring, written, and created by theater-veteran, Rachel Bloom, has taken the CW by storm. It is a story following Rebecca Bunch (played by Rachel Bloom) on her quest to find love. What makes this television show wonderfully unique are its musical theater songs that propel the story forward. Another CW television show, Jane the Virgin, took a page out of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s book and included a theater parody in its most recent episode.

To set up the scene, Jane’s mom (played by Andrea Navedo, who has been in Off Broadway shows) was trying to figure out her career path. She figured out that what made her heart sing was giving dance lessons, so her daughter Jane (played by Gina Rodriguez), her mother (Ivonne Coll) and her ex-lover and father of her daughter (Jaime Camil) sang “Open a Dance School” parodying “Beauty School Drop Out” from Grease.

(from left to right) Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil, and Gina Rodriguez during the "Go Start a Dance School" parody of Grease's "Beauty School Dropout" on Jane the Virgin.
(from left to right) Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil, and Gina Rodriguez during the “Go Start a Dance School” parody of Grease’s “Beauty School Dropout” on Jane the Virgin.

What some may not realize is that these actors have been on stage before. Jaime Camil was on Broadway in Chicago: The Musical as the attorney, Billy Flynn. Ivonne Coll was in various Off Broadway productions before she was recruited for a minor role as a singer in the movie, The Godfather II, which greatly helped put her career on the map. In addition to many accolades, Ivonne is a Tony Award nominated actor. Even though Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez has not been in a Broadway or Off Broadway stage production, she attended performing arts schools, took Salsa Dancing lessons for years, and held her own in this scene.

Kudos to Jane the Virgin for utilizing the multiple talents of their actors. I am sure fans of this show would continue to welcome witty theater parodies to break up the drama of this light-hearted telenovela. Don’t miss Jane the Virgin on the CW, Mondays at 9 p.m. or you can watch episodes online on the Jane the Virgin website.

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