Originally Posted by gwsat
To enjoy any story told with music one must suspend a somewhat higher quotient of disbelief than is required when watching an ordinary dramatic show. After all, we are not likely to see folks breaking out in song and dance in real life, at least not in my experience. If a story is effectively told with music, I go with the flow and don't get tied up in criticizing the technical details unless they are truly awful.
The technical details **WERE* truly awful.
Having worked in musical theater for many, many years in my youth, I'm a little sensitive to this issue. It's much easier to suspend disbelief if it feels plausible that the person moving the lips is actually singing the song, and if the audio mix matches the environment. The sound mix and instrumentation for the dance numbers was so wrong in almost every case, it threw me right out of the story. Somebody made some terrible choices in post production.
The exception was the three Cherios singing "Say A Little Prayer". That worked better than the rest. And those three girls are spectacular dancers. Their performance was perfect in just about every way. They really nailed the choreography like they had been rehearsing it for years.
Even though the other song numbers were flawed, this is still an enjoyable show and so different than anything else on network television that I feel compelled to watch just to support the effort.