National ‘Glee' tour takes show to its Gleeks
Here are the dates for the national “Glee” concert tour, which is visiting four states. Some dates have both an afternoon matinee and an evening show.
May 16 — The Dodge Theatre, Phoenix.
May 20-22 — Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk, Los Angeles.
May 25-26 — Rosemont Theatre, Chicago.
May 28-30 — Radio City Music Hall, New York.
PHOENIX (AP) — School’s out, but the “Glee” kids haven’t stopped believin’.
The cast making up the popular Fox show’s band of singing teens launched its four-city tour Saturday in Phoenix, anxious to bring the theatrics of a major network show to a relatively smaller stage.
While the show’s battling adults, played by Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, were not part of the stage production, their absence was filled by taped messages to the audience. After an opening act by the excellent dance troupe Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, Lynch took to the screens snarling that the night’s entertainment was about to make the audience ill.
“You will be barfing,” she promised.
It was the start of an evening that only a fan would appreciate. Casual or non-viewers who paid upward of $75 per seat surely wondered why they spent so much to see costumes mostly comprised color-coordinated street clothes, or a backdrop of bleachers made to resemble a music classroom. Or perhaps pondered why the set list seemed so disjointed.
The connecting spirit of the show was deeply rooted in fan appreciation, starting with a list of song favorites from the TV show and going all the way to the cast’s dash through an ecstatic crowd as Lea Michele, in character as glee club co-captain Rachel Berry, belted out “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”
“This whole thing kind of feels like a big ‘Thank you’ to the fans because they have made the show such a success so quickly and so early on,” Kevin McHale, who plays the wheelchair-bound Artie, told The Associated Press. “So this is like giving back.”
But while the cast is happy to give the show’s rabid fans, who call themselves Gleeks, what they want, it also served up reminders that actors are behind the characters. When Corey Monteith drums during Mark Salling’s “Sweet Caroline,” Salling announces the talent as Monteith’s, instead of that of his character Finn.
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