Julie and the Phantoms is our new musical obsession. Yes, that right – we are 100% addicted to this delightful, sweet, ghost band show on Netflix! It’s got incredible music, adorable ships, and strong friendships that give us the warm, fuzzy feels we all need right now.
If you are like us, you have watched the episodes and you still want more, so here are some fun facts you may not know and some Easter eggs from this gem of a show!
#1 There is a missing poster of Luke
You may not have noticed in the first episode, but when the band is sitting on the couch (and eating the tainted hot dogs), there is a Missing Person poster of Luke behind them. This adds even more emotional depth to the relationship and pain that we see between Luke and his parents. It wasn’t just a fight, Luke was a runaway! BRB, gotta go watch “Unsaid Emily” and sob some more.
#2 The cast are really playing and singing
No faking it here – this cast plays and sings and acts! The four “band members” even went to a month long musical “boot camp” to really learn how to be a band. According to Netflix, the camp consisted of “rigorous acting, singing, dancing, and instrument training.” It’s legit.
#3 Reggie sounds familiar for a reason
Fun fact time! Jeremy Shada, who plays Reggie was the voice of Finn from Adventure Time! According to Netflix, Madison Reyes (who plays Julie) even fangirled about it when they first met.
#4 You aren’t imagining those Dirty Dancing references
Kenny Ortega is known for his work on High School musical and Descendants, but what you may not know is that he also choreographed Dirty Dancing! There are a few references to the iconic dance flick in Julie and the Phantoms. “Perfect Harmony” draws a lot of inspiration from Dirty Dancing with it’s choreo, but also Luke’s slicked back, puffed up hair. So very Swayze. Also, when the band books the gig at the Orpheum, the boys recreate the classic DD lift!
#5 SAVE FERRIS!
Ortega is also the man responsible for the choreography in another 80’s classic, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off! The marching band in Julie’s imaginary and GIANT musical number, “I’ve Got the Music” is a nod to the epic parade that Ferris takes over.
#6 Dirty Candi
We love to hate her, but there is no denying that Carrie and her group, Dirty Candi, is absolutely amazing. According to Netflix, their choreography was inspired on the girl group, Fifth Harmony. Also, the members of the group each have a designated color that they stick with on and off the stage.
Julie and the Phantoms Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix
(Easter eggs and fun facts were obtained from the Netflix press kit)