Friday, March 26, 2010

Glee Returns April 13, 2010 - Can't Wait!

I may not be in the demographic that is supposed to watch this show, but I love Glee.  It makes me happy.  Yup, I'm a Gleek!  Last September, I had the pleasure of going to the season premiere party for Glee, thanks to an invitation from a friend (this may be a little late, but THANK YOU Kimberly).  This was unlike any Hollywood premiere I have ever been to.  First off, it was held at a small private school in Culver City.  They set up the premiere like you were arriving for a high school event with cheerleaders, free popcorn, red vines and slushies.  The guests all piled into the gymnasium, which was set up like a school assembly with even rows of metal folding chairs and home-made banners on the walls.  After we sat through the introduction of the cast, they lowered a screen and showed the first episode of the series.  I fell in love with the show right then and there.  The dialogue was laugh-out-loud funny.  The cast was likeable and outrageously talented and the music was extremely well produced.  The after-party was just as fun.  They set up the catering like a school cafeteria, where we had to all grab plastic lunch trays and move through a buffet line selecting our food and placing it on the tray.  They we sat down on picnic-style lunch tables outside in the school yard.   After we ate, the DJ started playing some great tunes and the cast and crew hit the dance floor and partied late into the night.  I can't tell you how adorable it was and so unpretentious (just like the show). 

After the premiere, I became a loyal viewer of the show and loved each and every episode.  I think it doesn't matter who you are, you can relate to one of the lovable misfit kids of the glee club at William McKinley High.  The overachieving diva, Rachel (Lea Michelle), the captain of the football team, Finn (Cory Monteith), the head cheerleader and head of the "chastity club" who becomes pregnant, Quinn (Dianna Agron), the gay teen who is too fabulous for words Kurt (Chris Colfer), the disabled kid in a wheelchair, Artie (Kevin McHale), the overweight African American girl, Mercedes (Amber Riley), the socially awkward Asian girl, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and the mohawked jock, Puck (Mark Salling).  For me the two  highlights of the cast are the adult teachers, the boyishly charming glee club director Will Schuester (portrayed by Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison) and his nemesis, the acerbic coach of McKinley's cheerleading squad "The Cheerios", Sue Sylvester (played with gutso by comic veteran Jane Lynch).  Sue's and Will's vicious, verbal banter is both biting and hysterical.  In between the comedy and well produced song and dance numbers, the material is also suprisingly moving.  If you have not yet seen Glee, you can still view my two favorite episodes from the first part of this season at Fox online, "Wheels" (I especially liked Artie's solo to "Dancing with Myself") and the Fall final show entitled "Sectionals" (Rachel's solo to "Don't Rain on My Parade" was frickin' phenomenal). 

The cast of Glee has been asked by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 5th (apparently Sasha and Malia are big fans of the show).  Also tune into the Oprah Winfrey show on April 7th, when Oprah dedicates her entire show to the cast of Glee including an interview with the series creator Ryan Murphy.  Finally, don't forget to catch Glee's return on April 13th, right after American Idol on Fox. 

Copyright 2010 by Romy Schneider.  All rights reserved.

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