After the series 3 finale of Downton Abbey left more than one nation in tears, and with U.S. audiences having to wait what seems like an eternity for season 4 to start, there’s a creative choice by some well-known Downton fans putting a bright spot on the Crawleys’ world and tiding us over until next winter – a Downton musical!
In the parody video below, filmed at the legendary Studio 54 in New York, actor and comedian Colin Andrew Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) plays Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes (billed in the video as Julian Alexander Kitchner-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), who explains his decision to create a Downton musical in between cuts of songs that would fit perfectly into Edwardian England.
“The guys and I were all Downton Fans and while spitballing ideas, we said ‘Well Buffy & Grey’s did a musical episode,’ and we thought of Julian Fellowes in a room with Shonda Rhimes and Joss Whedon trying to plan out the inevitable Downton Abbey Musical Episode in season 4,” producer Kevin Duda told EW.
Carson sings about tea, while Mrs. Hughes tries to get him to embrace a newfangled way of making his favorite drink. Mary and Tom sing sad songs while they hold their babies, and Mary Stout, who portrays Mrs. Patmore/Lesley Nicol reveals it’s been a lifelong dream of hers to play Mrs. Lovett (of Sweeney Todd fame).
“So watch out Daisy,” she says with wild eyes and a maniacal laugh.
Check out the video here: