After much anticipation, the “Once Upon a Time” musical episode aired May 7 on ABC, just at the tail-end of the Emmy eligibility period. In the episode, titled “The Song in Your Heart,” the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest all break into song after Ginnifer Goodwin‘s Snow White wishes upon a star for her daughter Emma to have a happy ending. Though there are eight original songs in the episode, it’s the opening ballad “Powerful Magic” by Goodwin and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) that has been submitted for Emmy consideration, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. Watch the music video above.
The musical episode is written by David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss and directed by Ron Underwood. All original songs are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, while Mark Isham is the show’s main composer. We’ve also learned that Isham submitted the Season 6 premiere, “The Savior,” on the 2017 Emmy ballot in the category of Best Music Composition.
Will “Powerful Magic” from the musical episode help “Once Upon a Time” earn additional Emmy bids this year? So far the fantasy drama has amassed six nominations: Best Costumes (2012, 2013, 2014), Best Prosthetic Makeup (2012), Best Visual Effects (2012) and Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup (2013).
Speaking about the challenges of singing in the musical episode, Lana Parrilla, who plays the Evil Queen, recently told Gold Derby, “If I suck, it’s her fault, not mine! I can hide behind the Evil Queen’s voice.” Parrilla sang the standout rock anthem “Love Doesn’t Stand a Chance,” complete with dance moves. “It woke up the young dancer in me. I danced for many years in my late teens and twenties. It was fun to go back to that, I had a blast. I would love to do another musical episode, or any Broadway musical production in my future.”
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