‘Glee Live In Concert’ Coming This Spring
The Fox Network recently announced that the cast of Glee will perform live in a few select American cities this spring. Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, and the rest will first take to the stage May 18 in Phoenix, Arizona.
What took Fox so long?
With the popularity of Glee as high as it is, it’s a surprise that Fox hasn’t turned the franchise into a Saturday morning cartoon, an amusement park, and a Forex trading platform.
As it is, it’s taken the fourth network nearly a year to turn the hit musical dramedy into a live event (i.e. money printing machine).
This spring Glee fans, or as Land of Punt calls them “Gleeks,” will be able to experience their favorite singing 30-year-olds posing as high schoolers in comfort of their nearby theatre and/or music hall.
Now, if you think Phoenix is an odd place to start a huge tour like this just remember that the capital city of Arizona is now the fifth most populated in America.
After P-town, Glee Live In Concert plays at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on May 20 and 21.
From there it’s the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago for shows on May 25 and 26.
Finally, the cast wraps up their four-city, seven-show tour with a two night stand at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on May 28 and 29. Does anyone smell a Regis and Kelly appearence?
Expect the full cast of “high schoolers” but do not expect Mr. Schuster or Sue Sylvester. The actors who play those characters, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, are not scheduled to appear.
“The response of the fans to our little show has been so immediate and so gratifying, we wanted to get out and thank them live and in person,” said show creator Ryan Murphy. “And what show lends itself more to a concert than ‘Glee’? We can’t wait to take this show on the road and the actors couldn’t be more excited to perform live for audiences in these four cities.”
The sentiment is lovely, but Land of Punt is dubious about the quality of the upcoming Glee concert tour. While we don’t doubt the awesomeness of seeing Heather Morris live, LOP thinks that this jaunt is nothing more than seven pain-in-the-a cappella engagements to the cast.
After all, being on an hour long drama is hard. Being on an hour long musical-drama is grueling. Throw a tour on top of that and you have a hospital-inducing, TMZ-headline-grabbing, topic-for-a-week-on-The-View, mental breakdown waiting to happen.
There will be no way these “kids” will be able to fully commit to a live show… unless they skip sleeping, eating and tweeting. And by “commit” we mean both physically, emotionally, mentally, and sartorially.
Therefore LOP predicts the reviews for “Glee Live in Concert” will fall along the lines of “hurried,” “incomplete,” “thrown together,” “could have been better,” and “was the tribute to Glenn Beck really necessary?”
Also will Kevin McHale perform in a wheelchair?
Scheduled To Appear
Lea Michele (Rachel)
Cory Monteith (Finn)
Amber Riley (Mercedes)
Chris Colfer (Kurt)
Kevin McHale (Artie)
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
Mark Salling (Puck)
Dianna Agron (Quinn)
Naya Rivera (Santana)
Heather Morris (Brittany)
Harry Shum Jr. (Mike)
Dijon Talton (Matt)
Songs Likely To Be Performed
“Don’t Stop Believin”
“Somebody To Love”
“Don’t Rain on My Parade”