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The Story Behind ‘Magnificent’ Meryl Streep’s Show-Saving ‘Only Murders’ Duet With Ashley Park (Exclusive)

In the final episode, the actresses collaborated on “Look for the Light,” written by Sara Bareilles in collaboration with “Dear Evan Hansen” powerhouses Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season 3 Episode 3 of Hulu’s Only kills in the building.

Meryl Streep is known for imbuing all of her performances with emotion, and duetted with costar Ashley Park on Tuesday’s episode of Only kills in the building was no exception.

In the latest installment of the Hulu series, the two actresses teamed up for “Look for the Light,” a sweet tune written by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Sara Bareilles in collaboration with songwriter-producers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

“As she knows, we are generally always looking for any reason to work with Sara Bareilles, and this really felt like the perfect opportunity to do just that,” the Oscar- and Tony-winning composers tell us exclusively. to PEOPLE. “To write a song together, for Meryl Streep, was beyond our wildest dreams. It was the honor of a lifetime to watch a legend, both magnificent and humble, at work.”

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said Bareilles The New York Times last week that she relished the chance to adapt the song to Streep’s strengths. There was so much tenderness in it [Meryl’s] vulnerability. She let that speak through her singing.”

Pasek and Paul agree. “Her performance in this song is equal parts emotional, tender, vulnerable, and filled with her signature quiet strength,” they tell PEOPLE. “It’s incredibly unoriginal, but nonetheless very true to say that when the opportunity to work with Meryl presents itself, you just jump.”

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Bareilles also told PEOPLE in a statement that the “invitation” to participate in such a “joyful and undeniable” collaboration was a good idea.

“I’m such a fan of the Only kill and from Pasek & Paul, so the idea of ​​writing together for the first time, especially to offer someone like Meryl Streep something, really felt like a dream,” she said.

She said of working with the actresses, “Meryl was gentle and focused, and I loved her musicianship and her willingness to share her process. Ashley Park’s glorious counter-melody was added later and I got goosebumps when I first heard it. It really couldn’t have been a more seamless experience – how lucky to be a part of it!

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In Tuesday’s episode of OMITBBroadway director Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) made a last-ditch effort to salvage his floundering new play by transforming it into the song-and-dance extravaganza known as Death Rattle Dazzle.

After Oliver tinkered with the melody of “Look for the Light” during the episode, the song literally took center stage at the end of the hour when unproven star-in-the-making Loretta (Streep) stepped forward to belt it out. feed. completely for the first time. The touching performance marked a turning point as cast, crew and investors finally agreed that the show would actually have a chance at success.

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To add to the magnetic moment, the ingenious Kimber (Park) joined Loretta towards the end of the song, their voices blending seamlessly. But the beauty was belied by a more sinister undercurrent when Oliver’s podcasting partner Mabel (Selena Gomez) and cameraman Tobert (Jesse Williams) uncovered a seemingly pivotal piece of evidence in this season’s murder mystery that led them to suspect that Kimber might, in fact, be behind the death of the show’s protagonist, Ben (Paul Rudd).

It was literally a handkerchief moment, not only because of the sobbing song, but also because the investigation led by Mabel, Oliver and Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin) may depend on the fact that a handkerchief was holding Ben when his body was discovered may may have been his last attempt to provide a clue to his killer’s identity. Coincidentally, Kimber was the only cast member missing her handkerchief when this week’s episode ended.

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“Look for the Light” is just one musical number that will appear in Season 3A strange loopMichael R. Jackson of Michael R. Jackson will also provide new material Hair spray visionaries Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman alongside Pasek and Paul, who are known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman and La La Land.

Related: Surprise! Meryl Streep Joins ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 3 as Steve Martin Reveals Filming Has Started

Back in January, OMITB star Steve Martin revealed that Streep would be joining Rudd for season three with a photo shared on Twitter.

The black and white photo was a selfie with Martin, Streep, Rudd, Short and Gomez.

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“The recordings of season 3 of Only kills in the building has begun!” Martin, 77, captioned the post at the time. “A cast to dream of.”

Gomez, 31, also joined in the excitement shortly after Martin’s announcement by posting a video to her Instagram showing the stars welcoming Rudd, 54, and Streep, 74.

“Hey guys, we’re on set! What are we filming? Season 3! The gang is back!” Gomez said as she turned the camera to her Martin and Short, 73. “Yay! Can this really get any better? Oh wait!”

She then turned the camera on Rudd and finally Streep, excitedly revealing the entire crew working on the third season.

Related: Paul Rudd Still Letting ‘Only Murders’ Screen Time With Idol Steve Martin Sink In: ​​’How Lucky Am I?’

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“Look for the Light” is now available to stream on Apple and Spotify. New episodes of Only kills in the building drop Tuesdays on Hulu.

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