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Cole Sprouse Won’t be Singing in the Riverdale Musical Episode – Here’s Why!

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The Riverdale musical episode is less than two months away, and fans can't wait to see how the show will take on Carrie: The Musical. However, if you're still holding out hope that Cole Sprouse‘s Jughead Jones will sing, then you're going to be a little disappointed. Instead, Jughead will be behind the camera since the episode is framed as a behind-the-scenes documentary about the high school theatre production. TBH, it's good enough for us! If Cole is happy then we're happy.

Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed that the actor won't be showing off his vocal talents like the rest of the Riverdale gang. “Cole and I talked about it a while ago, and I said, ‘How do you feel about musicals?’” Roberto explained. “At that time, we were going to do Little Shop of Horrors. And he basically said, ‘Listen, I never sang for Disney. It would take a lot.'”

Cole never showed off his pipes when he was on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody from 2008 to 2011, and clearly his aversion to singing will continue throughout Riverdale‘s tenure. Regardless, his character doesn't seem like the singing type anyway. Roberto soon realized that they made the right choice.

“When we really thought about the character of Jughead, he felt like the one character who probably wouldn’t be in the school musical,” he said. “When you see the episode, he’s very much an integral part of it, and he’s doing something quintessentially Jughead during the musical. Except he doesn’t sing.”

Roberto even admitted that he noticed Cole's dislike for singing during a Riverdale wrap party. “[The party had] some tiki bar that had a stage, and the bulk of the party was the entire cast and crew [doing] a variety show.” he revealed. “So literally every cast member sang but Cole. Every parent, every kid, every crew member sang… except for Cole. So it was like, ‘OK, got it.'”

In past interviews, Cole hasn't been shy about discussing his lack of interest in singing. “I just survived a Disney career without singing and I don't want to fall back in,” he joked. Watch below!

Aside from the fact that Madelaine Petsch was “overjoyed” with the news that Cheryl Blossom would be playing the lead role, Roberto also revealed why he chose Carrie: The Musical.

“I’m a huge fanatic of Carrie, the novel and then the movie,” he told reporters via TVLine. “I was obsessed with the Broadway flop of Carrie: The Musical. Five or six years ago, one of my good friends revived it off-Broadway, and he revealed it to be the gem that I always knew it was. So we thought, ‘This would thematically be a great musical for Riverdale to do.'”

“That show also has archetypes like the good girl next door, the nice boy who takes Carrie to the prom… it felt like we could play with these archetypes,” Roberto added.

Even though we're very curious about Cole's singing voice, we can accept and respect that the guy's got boundaries. We're still super excited to see everyone else perform. Riverdale‘s musical episode airs Wednesday, April 18 on The CW!

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