Rogers: The Musical Track Now Available Online

The full musical number from Rogers: The Musical, which appeared in the first episode of Marvel Studios' Disney+ series Hawkeye, is now available online.

Titled "Save The City," the ensemble number appeared in the fictional Rogers: The Musical, much to the dismay of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the pilot episode of the series, "Never Meet Your Heroes."  The song was written by real-life Tony Award-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, who wrote the lyrics and music for 2002's Broadway musical Hairspray, and clocks in at over four minutes long.

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"Save The City" features the voices of the "original Broadway cast" of Rogers: The Musical, namely real-life Broadway star Adam Pascal, who appeared in the original production of Rent. Other cast members include Ty Taylor, Rory Donovan, Derek Klena (Anastasia), Bonnie Milligan, Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical) and Shayna Steele (Hairspray). The musical was initially only meant to appear on a billboard in the background of a scene, or simply mentioned in passing by one of the characters in the show. Series director Rhys Thomas even revealed that the musical began as a joke that he never expected anyone to take too seriously, let alone Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

"Kevin kind of seized on it, much to my surprise," Thomas said. "Then I started backtracking. Suddenly it was like, 'Shit. What is a musical in the MCU and what are fans going to expect? How do we do it?' Kevin wouldn't let go of it. 'It's going to be good.' That's when you go, 'OK, who am I going to do this with?' It being Marvel, Marc Shaiman picked up the call, and Scott Wittman. Together we figured it out."

Based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Steve Rogers/Captain America, "Save The City" is a musical retelling of the Battle of New York from the 2012 film, The Avengers, which included Broadway versions of the characters Bruce Banner/Hulk, Tony Stark/Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and even Loki alongside the star, Captain America. According to Thomas, the musical was designed with the intention to both annoy Clint Barton, not only because he had "this image of Jeremy's world-weary face sitting in a Broadway theater watching it," but to bring the character some discomfort regarding the death of his friend and crime-fighting partner, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff.

"Obviously, deeper down, [watching the musical] eventually conjures up the emotional connection with Natasha and that trauma [of losing her]," Thomas said. "That was the fun line with that scene, I think -- having this kind of light exterior and a fun sequence but ultimately digging at that other level of Clint that's going on."

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The first two episodes of Hawkeye are now available to stream on Disney+.

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