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Sara Ramirez Shines, But 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical Gets Mixed Reviews

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 1st 2011 8:22AM
Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres), 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical EpisodeSara Ramirez's performance in last night's musical episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' set the Twitterverse afire. But, while she garnered positive reviews all-round, the much-anticipated episode itself had a more mixed reception.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ramirez rocketed into the Top 10 trending topics on Twitter as fans immediately Tweeted their reactions to her performance. A typical one reads: "This is gonna be HUGE for Sara Ramirez. She's a freakin superstar!"

However, Twitter lovers were less unanimous in their assessment of the episode as a whole, with opinions ranging from "Major #fail," to "disappointing," via "BEST EPISODE EVER!!!!!!."

Some, coming late to the party, wondered if the whole thing was an early April Fool's prank.

TV Squad's own Denise Warner summed up the episode this way: "Did 'Grey's' jump the proverbial shark? Probably not. Did it go out of its way to remind us how great it used to be? Definitely. And that's a bit of a problem."

The musical episode was built around Ramirez's character, Dr. Callie Torres, and showcased her formidable singing chops. Ramirez got her start in musical theater and appeared in several big name Broadway productions before landing the role of the Lady of the Lake in 'Spamalot' in 2004.

Ramirez got rave reviews for 'Spamalot' and went on to win a Tony Award in 2005. She was then cast in the second season of 'Grey's Anatomy' as a recurring character, before being upped to series regular for Season 3 in 2006. We've heard her singing voice before on the drama -- she sang 'Silent Night' in a 2009 Christmas episode.

'Grey's Anatomy' airs Thursdays, 9PM ET on ABC.

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Tristan Tandberg

here is a funny joke I saw about Grey’s Anatomy, http://ponderingstuff.com/2012/01/17/relationships-medical-dramas/

January 17 2012 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SANDY 10842

Grey Anatomy is going from bad to worseMeridith has turned into the whineyest, most uninteresting character,..her best friend isjust a bitch with very little redeeming qualities The lesbians all over the hospital is gross(who the hell cares) Most of the males have no balls at all! I finially stopped watching. LOVED OFF THE MAP and the ******** took that off the air..**** it, I'll get a book

May 30 2011 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hadn't seen the show in a while, and was caught off guard! It took a moment, but then I allowed myself to just melt into it ...and LOVED IT! I thought the directing was awesome. There is a moment when Sara is on the gourney and going through the double doors...the camera took the background out...it was cutting edge cinema (rather than tv). I was impressed by the craftsman-ship and the skilled choreography. The actors put on great performances...especially excited that we got to see Ellen Pompeo get the emotional lines that reminded us of why we fell in love with Grey's Anatomy in the first place. Grey's Anatomy crew! You guys got me back... I know you can't do that same thing, but I know when you find the next, new, creative, 'out of the box' idea...you'll have the balls to GO FOR IT! Thanks so much!

April 15 2011 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Grey’s Anatomy is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. It is a medical drama that has very interesting storylines, a good cast, and the medical parts of the story are always crazy. When it first became popular the casts was always keeping you interested in who was hock up with who and they always make you wonder what is going to happen in the next episode. The medical parts of it are crazy because you never what is going to come in the ER doors next a man incased in concrete or someone that has been a severe car accident. Even the most recent episodes still keep interested after 7 seasons on being on the air. They also have a really good time slot making it easy for people to be able watch each episode. It is not really early and not too late for most viewers.

April 04 2011 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought that the music totally took away from the emotions of the show. Every time I started to connect emotionally the music would start adn I shut off. It was really terrible, whether the performances of the individual actors were good or not. I think that was the worst episode EVER, and I am a die hard fan of GA. I give them credit for trying something new, but this was not the episode to try it with! I kept thinking that I would boycott GA if Callie died on the episode, because it was just so bad.

April 04 2011 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim Humphries

My husband an I are big fans, loved the show and would even like to see a follow up.

April 03 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought Sara Ramirez did a fantastic job as did the one's that are not Broadway Stars. I think it was touching. I really was surprised how well Sara could sing. You know when you are unconcious it is all like a dream so I guess in some ways it could make sense. I enjoyed the show and I enjoyed it more the 2nd time since I knew for sure Callie and the baby would live.

April 02 2011 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ms vegas

Sara, singing was great, but did everyone haVE TO SIGN DIDN'T LIKE ALL THE SINGING

April 02 2011 at 2:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just watched this show again for a second time and I loved it! Great Job Some people might say verbiage is important but I think music just expresses it 10 times more! Great job Sara and to everyone else in the cast! Cant wait for next thursday!

April 02 2011 at 1:51 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Linda Smith

Just watched this episode for the 2nd time and was moved even more than the 1st time. I TOTALLY admire all the actors who were willing to put their voice out there to express their emotions & feelings during an extremely traumatic event. I appreciate the "real-ness" of their voices - even the ones who weren't actually Broadway material - it was real and I appreciate that. Amazing. I will watch it again!!!!!

April 01 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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