“Lovestruck The Musical” brings body-switching fun to ABC Family

Lovestruck: The Musical
Sunday, April 21
ABC Family, 8pm ET

Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother can be tough enough, but imagine trying to actually compete with your mother’s younger self as she tries to seduce your fiancé in order to prove he’s no good for you.

That’s the premise of Lovestruck The Musical, ABC Family’s first foray into the genre, and it stars Sara Paxton (Aquamarine) as Mirabella, a dancer who can’t quite muster up the courage to tell her Broadway legend mother Harper (Jane Seymour) that she doesn’t want to follow in her footsteps. Instead, she wants to settle down with the man of her dreams, the reformed playboy Marco (Alexander DiPersia).

But something funny happens on the way to the wedding that Harper tries to crash. She drinks an elixir meant to make people look younger, and it works so well that Harper takes on the exact form of herself 30 years earlier, embodied by Chelsea Kane (Baby Daddy). Then Harper’s ex-husband, Mirabella’s father Ryan (Tom Wopat), shows up and recognizes Harper right away.

It’s all a big, zany mess — especially when Ryan takes a hit of the potion himself — broken up by songs from the likes of Lady Gaga, Usher and Whitney Houston, with a couple of original tunes thrown in.

For Paxton, who started out in family-friendly projects but has spent the past few years on the opposite end of the spectrum in horror films like The Last House on the Left and Shark Night 3D, it was a welcome change of pace.

“I was really pumped to change it up and not be, like, screaming and covered in blood,” Paxton says. “Instead I get to wear pretty outfits and dance and sing and be all romantic, so it was a blast.”

Sara Paxton Lovestruck: The Musical ABC Family

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