Any viewer of Family Guy, whether you’re a hardcore or casual watcher, can pick up on the fact by now that creator Seth MacFarlane is a pretty big fan of musicals. From The Sound of Music to Little Shop of Horrors, theatrical numbers have been scattered throughout the seasons, often sung by MacFarlane himself. He is planning now, however, to take his passion past the confines of the show (via Hollywood Reporter).
MacFarlane announced on Thursday’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno that he has made a deal with Universal Republic Records to release an album of 1940s and 1950s classic show tunes. The fully orchestrated record, planned to be in a big band style, will include music from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe. That might not mean much to many of you, considering the types of music we generally cover most often on this website, but as a musical fan myself, that’s pretty damn cool. We’ve already had some of those duos’ music lampooned on Family Guy, so it’ll be interesting to see MacFarlane sing it for real.
The album, which will be produced and arranged by film and television composer Joel McNeely, is set to come out later this year, with more detials and a tracklist to follow shortly. Personally, I can’t wait to hear these songs coming out of the mouth of something that isn’t a fat man, a dog, or a baby.