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Laughs shall not be vanquished in 'Galavant'
Published in 2-1-2015
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Fairy tales, fractured or intact, never seem to go out of style, and the evidence is right in front of us with the new film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and ABC's effectively ridiculous music spoof, "Galavant," an eight-episode series kicking off with two episodes on Sunday. Galavant (Joshua Sasse) is a gallant, predictably self-centered knight who falls in love with the beautiful Madelena (Mallory Jansen), only to lose her to the evil but mostly absurd King Richard (Timothy Omundson), who fancies himself a deft stand-up comic. Since he's the king, everyone laughs at his childish attempts at humor. There are other things Gal doesn't know, especially about Isabella, but off he goes to rescue his damsel in presumed distress, accompanied by his squire, Sid (Luke Youngblood) and Isabella. In the case of "Galavant," as in life, it's about the journey, not the destination, and this journey finds the trio stopping at a monastery populated by monks who have taken a vow of singing: