While ComicBook.com is primarily focused on New York Comic Con this weekend, we took some time out to talk to New York native Jesse L. Martin, currently working on The CW's new hit series The Flash in British Columbia.
Martin, who famously appeared in Rent, is one of at least four actors currently appearing on The Flash with a strong musical background.
Series star Grant Gustin appeared on Glee and also toured with the national tour of West Side Story. Guest star Andy Mientus starred on Smash with Martin, and currently performs in Les Miserables on Broadway. Victor Garber is a Broadway legend most famous as part of the original off-Broadway cast of Assassins, the original Broadway cast of Sweeney Todd, and for playing the role of Jesus in the film version of Godspell.
(Mientus will play the Pied Piper, while Garber will play Dr. Martin Stein, one half of the Firestorm matrix.)
We asked whether the prospect of a musical episode of The Flash is one that would make him excited.
"You know what, yeah? Why wouldn't I?" Martin said. "Of course, I'd have a blast with it. We joked about i for a long time. WE'd make up jokes on set about what it could possibly be if The Flash did a musical episode and we all just thought it was funny and a lark. But the more it gets talked about, I think the more seriously Greg [Berlanti] and Andrew [Kreisberg] take it. And they've been prodded in many ways by many different people: Why don't you guys do something? You've got all these actors who can do it so you guys should probably think about doing it. So -- you never know, it might happen."
He added, "I don't know how they'd do it, but they certainly have the resources if they want to do it. I mean, you've got all of these super-talented people on the set. So if they wanted to do it, we could really knock out a great musical episode."
During a recent Q&A following a screening of The Flash's second episode, "The Fastest Man Alive," Martin's co-star Tom Cavanagh joked about the songs that Martin and Gustin make up on set.
"Maybe not on-camera but I guarantee you that if you come to our set anytime the three of us are there," Cavanagh said when ComicBook.com's Emily Donn asked whether a musical episode was coming. "We do a lot of singing on set, a lot of dancing. It's true -- it'll be like, 'Can you guys stop tap dancing so we can shoot the scene?'"
Added producer Andrew Kreisberg, "One of the big differences between Arrow and Flash is that on Flash, people go out for drinks at the end of the day. They're all friends and they all care about each other so there has been some talk about ending an episode with everybody getting in a karaoke bar."
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Check back soon for the rest of our interview with Jesse L. Martin.
Emily Donn contributed significantly to this story, both by asking the original question and by providing background on the actors' stage credentials.