We know that after almost a year and a half of waiting, you have aired all eight episodes of the second season of The Bridgertons in one sitting and, although a third and fourth installment and even a spin-off have been confirmed, now it’s time to wait again until the airy dirty laundry of Regency London’s most famous family hits Netflix. Meanwhile you can entertain yourself listening to The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical on loop, the unofficial musical of the series that has just won a Grammy for best album in the category of stage musicals. A story as crazy as the one the series tells.
It all started in January 2021, with a song that imagined what The Bridgertons would be like if the series were a musical and that went viral on TikTok. A) Yes, what started out as a joke by singer-songwriters Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear became a US Recording Academy award-winning album just a year later. This is what happened in between: After the success of the first song, there was a second and the users of the social network began to ask for more songs inspired by the famous period series. It was then that Barlow and Bear decided to take it seriously and in six weeks they composed the musical together, which, although it has never been performed on Broadway, came in just two hours after its release to #1 iTunes streams in the US and top 10 worldwide.
With the kind permission of the series cast and crew, Barlow and Bear ewrote, produced, performed and recorded 15 original songs exploiting the untapped potential, thus far, of The Bridgertons to be a musical. Following influences from musical theater, but also contemporary and pop music, the songs intersperse dialogues that place listeners at the exact moment of the fiction to which the theme alludes. Julia Quinn herself, author of the books on which the series is based, has given the album her blessing and has declared that she loves it. Although it has also received good reviews from media such as Forbes, The Guardian or Deadline. Part of the great success of this musical lies in the fact that its composers transmitted live and in real time the creation process, generating dialogues and debates with fans through social networks. This made the audience feel part of the development and conception of the album that can be heard on streaming platforms. Photos | Netflix and Barlow & Bear