Even though many actors on The Flash and Supergirl series on The CW have sung before, some fans heard them sing for the first time Monday night during the long-awaited musical-crossover episode “Duet” on The Flash.
The songs included covers and originals and were revealed as Barry (Grant Gustin), Kara (Melissa Benoist), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), and guest stars Music Meister (Darren Criss), Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), and Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) sang them.
Music Meister visited Supergirl first to whammy her with his hypnotic, spiralling eyes. She woke up as a ’20s moll about to go on stage. Mon-El (Chris Wood) and J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) followed Music Meister to The Flash’s Earth, but the tuneful mischief-maker proved too fast for the heroes and whammied Barry as well.
In their own minds, Kara and Barry conjured a world of a movie musical, thanks to Barry’s childhood love of Singin’ in the Rain and Kara’s of The Wizard of Oz. She had also suggested Funny Face for a movie night with Mon-El on the Supergirl episode “Star-Crossed” the previous night. Sans powers, Barry and Kara had to follow the musical script, with Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), Cisco, Merlyn, Stein, Joe and Iris West (Candice Patton) playing different characters in the story.
So what did the fan think of the show-stopping numbers? Here are some standout reactions to each performance.
UPDATE: Music from the episode is now available to purchase on iTunes.
Kara got the first solo of the night and threw down the gauntlet for the next hour!
Melissa Benoist singing "Moon River" is my Kryptonite.
— Sebastian (@SebastianPeris) March 22, 2017
— (HAT-tee) Naomi (@hatie123) March 22, 2017
— KC A (@twittsfromKC) March 22, 2017
This song goes back to Jackie DeShannon’s 1969 recording, but everyone remembers it most from Scrooged. When Bill Murray finally learns to stop being a Scrooge, he leads the entire cast in a cover on live television. In “Duet,” Criss led Barrowman and Valdes in a new rendition.
There's a #flashmusical connection to SCROOGED(!) but I'm holding off until after the West Coast has had a chance.
— (((Ivan Cohen))) (@ivanmcohen) March 22, 2017
— Christy W. Gates (@ChristyWGates) March 22, 2017
— 👁️ɿɘlʇʇiɈƧ•James👁️ (@Lyve_Wire) March 22, 2017
From Guys and Dolls, one of the only classic Broadway musicals Garber hasn’t already done.
a Martin/Garber/Barrowman rendition of "More, I Cannot Wish You" ?!? Holy cow… pic.twitter.com/5LeOTPfBQb
— Whitney McIntosh (@WhitneyM02) March 22, 2017
— Will McKinley (@willmckinley) March 22, 2017
— Sis (@OSilvias) March 22, 2017
Not everyone was impressed, though.
— Jeff S. (@tinmanic) March 22, 2017
An original! Flash fans today may have grown up with the Super Friends cartoon, a kiddie version of The Justice League. Kara also set this up with a “Super Friends” high-five on this week’s Supergirl. This is also the tap dance number Gustin told Rotten Tomatoes about.
— The_Nerdstir (@TheNerdstir) March 22, 2017
Kara and Barry: I'm your super friend
Me: YOUR SUPER FRIEND pic.twitter.com/vbNBxFLn9r
— Dont. (@NahMate420) March 22, 2017
Although it was maybe a little too on the nose for some:
was really hoping for something edgier / more clever than "I'm Your Superfriend" in #flashmusical 🤦🏾♂️#lame
— Alan Smithee (@ShyHustler) March 22, 2017
Barry didn’t let waking up from the musical to top him from singing. He had this original cued up to sing to Iris. Get it? Because The Flash runs fast! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom co-wrote both “Super Friends” and “Running Home to You.”
— fowsia (@iriswestallens) March 22, 2017
— #loveisloveislove 🌈 (@tammyyim1) March 22, 2017
That song at the end was almost worth the break up. So beautiful!!! ❤️❤️❤️ #TheFlash
— Tabatha Treadway (@tabsthewitch) March 22, 2017
— Andrew P. Stewart (@YaBoySpitfire) March 22, 2017
But dude, that proposal is going to be a tough act for regular guys to follow.
#TheFlash now that is how you propose to your love.
— Hailey hof (@Haileyhofauer) March 22, 2017
he proposed by sing a song i am so happy #TheFlash
— paige (@barnesrodgers) March 22, 2017
So that’s all the songs, but each singer made an impression too. Here’s what the fans had to say about each of the Arrowverse stars.
Before her first number ended, Benoist had her fans rapt.
— Doug T. (@OneTrueCripple) March 22, 2017
— Matt Wittlinger (@TheMattHatt3r) March 22, 2017
Some had a fan theory about how Gustin’s natural vocal talents make sense with Barry’s super powers. This is one power Gustin has in real life too.
— steve szymanski (@SteevnSysmanzki) March 22, 2017
— elsa (@ofzefandoms) March 22, 2017
— Carlo Dimailig (@CarloDimailig) March 22, 2017
Criss may have gotten the most love of the night by live tweeting along with the fans.
@DarrenCriss Im so happy for you, the music meister is perfect cause your voice is magic and heavenly… Success! P.S. you look very cute 😍
— rinna quintana (@rinna_q) March 22, 2017
— Christina Reynolds (@cpreynoldsict) March 22, 2017
@DarrenCriss I would say you enjoyed your part in the musical too much but my husband's laughing at my enjoyment lol!!!!!
— Liadian Dervil (@Liadian) March 22, 2017
More than his pipes, fans appreciated Jordan’s piano playing.
Jeremy Jordan on piano is just 😍 always! #flashmusical
— Dana Rector (@LostLoVer90) March 22, 2017
If the occasional episode of #Supergirl were just Jeremy Jordan and a piano for an hour, I'd be totally cool with it.
— Joy Givens (@joyeilene) March 22, 2017
But his pipes too.
— Andrew (@prenerk) March 22, 2017
— Jen Tucker (@TheArtistJen) March 22, 2017
— Christina C. (@Christinajobs) March 22, 2017
Valdes is developing a loyal following for his band Tha Los, and they came out to support him tonight.
— Charlie (@charlottcharles) March 22, 2017
Just casually blushing because Carlos Valdes was singing and dancing on my TeeVee. #TheFlash
— Jessi G. (@ThatJessiGal) March 22, 2017
And when Cisco asked for a GIF, the fans were there to provide.
— Almost Melissa (@MelxGarcia) March 22, 2017
Barrowman has a legion of fans who’ve followed his singing since before and after the Doctor Who days.
— Whimsy (@WhymsyWynx) March 22, 2017
— Hurley Girlie (@littleal612) March 22, 2017
— Alison Sky Richards (@AliSkyRichards) March 22, 2017
They may have their own fans on Broadway, but they shared a duet, and shared the love on “Duets.”
— Sis (@OSilvias) March 22, 2017
— T Anthony Auld (@TAnthonyAuld) March 22, 2017
— Melissa French (@misslissafrench) March 22, 2017
I'm LIVING for this duet right now #FlashSupergirl
— Mister (@MisterDev3reaux) March 22, 2017
— Brigid Rice (@sjello14) March 22, 2017
Which performance was your favorite in “Duet?” Vote in the poll and tell us why in the comments!