A Few Gleek-tastic Musings

I have been promising everyone here a Glee-related post for far too long.  Here it is…

Where to begin:

  1. The “Rumours” episode was by far a highlight of the second half of Season 2. I loved Brittany’s webcasts, Fondue for Two, featuring “Lord Tubbington”. I continue to be impressed with Santana’s character’s evolution. Naya Rivera’s portrayal is sensitive and it resonates with so many of us. Here is Santana’s version of “Songbird”
  2. The “Prom Queen” episode played out as I predicted, but Kurt’s being crowned Prom Queen was from an entirely different angle than I thought. I had guessed that Kurt would be crowned, but not as a “joke”. It was heartbreaking to watch. Overall some pretty intense scenes played out in this episode.
  3. The biggest surprise of this season was the “Funeral” episode. Seeing Sue Sylvester vulnerable and more human brought me to tears. New Directions’ version of “Pure Imagination”, paired with childhood pictures of Sue’s sister, was beautifully produced and touching
  4. The Season Two finale was generally underwhelming given all of the potential subplots that could have been developed/highlighted. I am looking forward to continued development of the Brittana pairing.
  5. Oh yea, I went to see Glee Live on Tour in Philly in June – No.Big.Deal.

The Glee Live show was the most entertaining two hours I’ve had in a long, long time. I think that the age range of me and my friends put us more firmly in the “parental” demographic, but we held our own and managed to scream like fan girls several times. The sheer volume of pubescent shrieking still has my ears ringing. Thanks to a high school friend who works at Live Nation we scored pretty amazing seats.

The opening act, League of Extraordinary Dancers, was a refreshing surprise. They have an online dance series on Hulu. Com. You should check them out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrxOBxlQmho.

With the start of the Glee portion of the evening, the crowd (20,000+) jumped to its feet and stayed there for the duration. What impressed me most about this performance was how engaging and connected the cast members were with the audience. In such a HUGE arena, I half expected that the intimacy of the show would be impossible to pull off. Not true. Thirteen of the cast members performed relentlessly for 2 hours – giving teens in the pit/front row “high fives” and shaking their hands throughout. They ran through the aisles of the floor of the arena MANY times – pretty gutsy, if you ask me, given the sheer amount of teenagers who were “out of their minds” excited to be that close to characters like Puck and Blaine.

A secondary stage at the back of the floor was active with songs and dance numbers – including one of my favorite “Come On Get Happy/Happy Days” with Chris Colfer and Lea Michele. GORGEOUS in spite of the SCREAMING fans. This stage also featured the introduction of the Warblers and an encore performance of “All the Single Ladies”. The crowd went nuts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S35pz9rB3k&feature=related.

Another surprise was Artie’s performance of “The Safety Dance” – he rose from his wheelchair and proceeded to blow the crowd away with mad dance skills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHjw1vhhI8M&feature=youtu.be

Early on in the set, Brittany stepped out and interacted with Mr. Shue (via a huge video screen) before breaking into a tribute to her idol, Britney Spears – at which point the entire audience’s jaws hit the floor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSdSmCQlNy0&feature=youtu.be. Heather Morris is one of the most talented dancers I’ve seen in a while. She comes alive when she’s dancing. She managed to dance for most of the show – whether she was in the spotlight, accompanying another cast member during his/her song, or simply passing time in the background. She was adorable.

It was refreshing to see that the cast really seemed to be enjoying the experience – they were constantly poking fun at one another in the background, laughing out loud and just soaking it all up. I imagine the experience of having 20,000+ screaming fans focus their attention on you has to be completely surreal for them.

The production of this show was TOP NOTCH! The audience got their money’s worth and then some. There were pyrotechnics, fog machines, confetti machines, a stage set-up that allowed the cast to interact firsthand with the audience, many costume changes and a house band that ROCKED!

Another highlight was the cast’s performance of “Born This Way” followed by Lea Michele singing “Firework”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebrP2E_ZSNo&feature=youtu.be

Here are a couple of pictures I snapped with my cell phone:

Naya Rivera performing “Valerie”

The entire cast during the encore

Did any of the TBA Gleeks make it to one of the Glee Live shows this go ‘round?


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