In Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, Neil Patrick Harris takes center stage for one of the film’s best sequences — the highly choreographed and riotously funny “Mustache Song.”
“I do always feel like everything that I do should have some sort of musical component,” MacFarlane told EW. “If you can get a song in there, it’s just a nice Hollywood tradition.”
His comedy might be irreverent, but the key to success in a musical number, MacFarlane says, is treating your material with the utmost seriousness. Even as a self-described “non-dancer,” MacFarlane knows how to assemble the right team for a showstopper. Not only did he adapt a song from the period, but he also hired a veteran choreographer and an army of Broadway dancers for the sequence. MacFarlane also relied on veteran singer and two-time Grammy nominee Amick Byram to do the vocals.
“Monty Python’s ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ is sort of the best example I can think of,” he said. “It’s just…it’s a song about sperm, and yet they treat it with such legitimacy in their orchestration and their vocal performance and their choreography, and it’s this huge number with what looks to be over 100 dancers on screen. It just makes it that much funnier. Like, ‘My God, you put all this work and all this time and all this artistry into a song about sperm?'”
Check out the interactive photo below for more details on the scene.
A Million Ways to Die in the West hits theaters on May 30.