Ryan Murphy Says There Will Be No Musical Numbers in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’
American Horror Story has some loyal, diehard fans. I know because I’m one of them. So when one aspect of the series starts making those fans question the direction of the show, it’s got to be noticed.
Such was the case with the addition of musical numbers to last year’s Freak Show. The first musical number in the series showed up during season 2, Asylum, but was understandable as part of a delusion, but when multiple acts by several of the show’s stars made their way into Freak Show, the fans took notice.
The numbers split the fandom down the middle, with some understanding why they were included and others accusing Murphy of trying to turn the show into American Horror Story: Glee. Deadline recently had the opportunity to asked Murphy about whether or not there will be musical numbers in this year’s American Horror Story: Hotel, and he had this to say:
People, keep saying to me, “What numbers are they singing, what numbers are they singing,” and I say there will be no numbers. The interesting thing is we cast a lot of singers this season but I like that singers, for the most part, are always great actors because they know how to sell a story through song, through a scene. I’m excited about that and I think that’s why Gaga was excited about it; it’s not something that she’s ever done before. It’s a pure acting part. I think people expect that she’s going to be sitting in a bar in a white silk gown sort of singing songs — she is not. The upcoming season that we’re doing is much more horror-based; it’s much more dark. It’s about a theme and an idea that’s very close to my heart that I’ve always wanted to do that’s a little bloodier and grislier I think than anything that we’ve done before; it’s straight horror this year.
As we know, the upcoming season of AHS: Hotel will see the return of AHS vets Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Finn Wittrock, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, and the addition of with newbies Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson and Max Greenfield.
Production of the 13-episode season of AHS: Hotel will begin in Los Angeles in late summer, and will premiere on FX in October.
Are you surprised to hear there will be no musical numbers with the addition of Gaga to the cast? Will you miss them? Talk to us in the comments below!