‘Glee Live! In Concert!’ Plots North American Tour For May, June

‘Glee Live! In Concert!’ Plots North American Tour For May, June

Super Bowl XLV drew 111 million viewers making it the most watched American television program of all-time. The show on immediately after Fox’s super Super Bowl broadcast, Glee, failed to hold that audience. Still, they did pretty well for themselves.

Glee’s post-Super Bowl episode was seen by nearly 27 million people. It was the most watched scripted program of the last three years and the most watched Glee episode ever.

Sure, the close Packers-Steelers game helped, but Glee is still an incredibly popular brand. After all, what other scripted television show goes on tour? NCIS? Criminal Minds? Castle? No, just Glee.

The cast of Glee has announced the 2011 leg of their Glee Live! In Concert! Tour. The highly anticipated road trip begins May 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada and concludes June 18 in Uniondale, New York.

“The cast and I were so moved by the love and enthusiasm of our fans at last year’s concerts that we knew we had to do it again,” explained Glee creator Ryan Murphy. “There is something magical about thousands of ‘Gleeks’ coming together to share a special night with our cast, and this tour is one way we can thank them for their unbelievable support from the beginning.”

In total, the cast will visit 16 cities in the United States and Canada. Major tour dates include May 28 in Los Angeles, June 6 in Boston, and June 11 in Toronto.

Last year, the tour visited theaters but this time around it’s nothing but arenas for the students of William McKinley High. I guess that’s what happens when you draw nearly 30 million people.

Glee tickets go on sale to the public Feb. 19. If you’re an American Express cardholder you can buy tickets starting Feb. 11.

It’s doubtful anyone but hardcore Gleeks will enjoy “Glee Live!” The show is more of a personal appearance with microphones than a standalone music concert. That is of course understandable, or least expected.

Producing 22 hour-long episodes of a primetime musical-dramedy takes a lot of hard work and long hours. The same can be said for a major arena tour with a hefty concert schedule. It would take a Herculean effort, or at least the ability to skip sleeping and eating, for the Glee cast to make their stage show anything more than a victory lap.

2011 Glee Touring Cast
Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray)
Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel)
Darren Criss (Blaine)
Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams)
Lea Michele (Rachel Berry)
Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson)
Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce)
Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans)
Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones)
Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez)
Mark Salling (Noah “Puck” Puckerman)
Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang)
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang)

Lea Michelle and Amber Riley are by far the best live performers. Fortunately for Glee concert goers at least one of them (for the most part) is always on stage. The cast is supposed to be in character (i.e. Kevin McHale [Artie] is in his wheel chair) although some critics have complained that they too easily slip in and out of their Glee personas.

A pre-recorded greeting by Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) begins each concert. The cast, working both as an ensemble and as individuals, perform songs from the show like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Defying Gravity” and “Bad Romance.”

Just like in 2010, Mathew Morrison (Will Schuester) is not part of the festivities.
The tour’s opening act is Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) , a dance troupe featuring Glee cast member Harry Shum, Jr (Mike Chang).

Everyone from the first leg will be performing in the second leg with the exception of Dijon Talton (Matt Rutherford). New to the tour are Darren Criss (Blaine) and Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans).

“Joining the cast this year has been like hopping on a fast-moving train,” said Chord. “I have already had so many incredible experiences, but the chance to perform live on stages across the U.S., Canada and Europe takes the cake. This is too cool.”

Glee 2011 Schedule
>>May 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center
>>May 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
>>May 24 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
>>May 27 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
>>May 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
>>May 29 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
>>June 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
>>June 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
>>June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
>>June 6 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
>>June 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
>>June 11 – Toronto, Canada @ Air Canada Centre
>>June 13 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
>>June 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
>>June 16 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
>>June 18 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
>>June 22-23 – Manchester, England @ MEN Arena
>>June 25-29 – London, England @ O2 Arena
>>July 2-3 – Dublin, Ireland @ O2 Arena

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