What’s the Point of the “Riverdale” Musical Episode if Jughead Won’t Sing?

Matthew Loffhagen
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“Riverdale” has an upcoming event episode in which the whole cast will be rolled up in a musical, as the high school puts on a bizarre all-singing, all-dancing play about Stephen King’s “Carrie”.

Well, almost the whole cast. Apparently, Jughead is going to be keeping quiet, for reasons unknown.

According to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa:

“When we really thought about the character of Jughead, he felt like the one character who probably wouldn’t be in the school musical… when you see the episode, he’s very much an integral part of it, and he’s doing something quintessentially Jughead during the musical. Except he doesn’t sing.”

Okay, sure, fine. Jughead isn’t really a character who you’d expect to sing a little song.

Except that’s the whole reason why a musical episode would be so entertaining!

Apparently, Cheryl Blossom is going to be taking center stage for the musical, and will do the lion’s share of the singing. This isn’t exactly a rare occurrence or anything special, as we’ve seen her sing plenty of times before.

Getting Jughead to sing would give us something novel; something to make the musical episode stand out.

To emphasize this point, please enjoy Exhibit A:

That’s the grumpy punk vampire Spike, singing a grumpy love ballad in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” musical episode, arguably the first show to pull of the musical TV show formula with gusto.

A big part of the fun here is that Spike isn’t the kind of character you’d imagine to sing a song, so when he does, it’s one of the most memorable pieces in the entire episode.

Ready for Exhibit B?

Admittedly, the Doctor Cox song from “Scrubs” isn’t by any means the most memorable number from the episode (nothing can beat “Guy Love”), but it does have its own charm in large part because it’s a very grumpy character singing about how grumpy he is.

Come on, this kind of thing would be perfect for Jughead! “Riverdale” is a wonderful show, but sometimes it feels like if the writers would just push things a little further and have just a little more fun with the premise, it would be phenomenally better.

But, no, instead we’ve got Betty crying over a corpse in the woods, because drama.

In the meantime, at least we can all enjoy previous wonderful moments from television musicals.

Here, enjoy this. You’re welcome.