Yet again, I’ve disappointed the blog and missed the Tuesday deadline. However, it was for good reason. By waiting a couple of days, I have something substantial, wonderful and life-changing to talk about – Glee. More specifically, the Glee live show that has made me a whole human being.
How does this ground-breaking television show translate to the stage? First, the large monitors have fun asides from the TV show. Sue Sylvester gives a little intro to the audience, telling us how disgusting the performance would be and how inflated the ticket prices were (she even had Cheerios hand out barf bags to the audience). Next to her, sexy Will Schuester defends his Glee kids and says that maybe, just maybe, we’re all in for a treat.
And indeed we were. The lights were turned down, and the infamous journey song began. Then, the entire cast joined along with fireworks and pyrotechnics that had us all in shivers. And what a spectacle it was! The dancing came alive on stage. Even songs that weren’t my favorite held my attention, such as Mercedes “Bust the Windows” done on car rolled on stage with bikini clad Cheerios in sync. And of course, Kurt’s “Single Ladies” routine never disappoints. Speaking of talented dancers, Britney not only had some hilarious banter, but her dancing ability shined on stage.
What was perhaps most rewarding for me, and for many Glee fans (Gleeks, to the more devoted fans), is the raw talent the cast has is not TV magic, just pure awesome. Many numbers on the show sound overproduced and auto-tuned, which makes one wonder if these 30-year-old kids can actually sing. On stage, it was so clearly natural ability and skill that was lighting my soul on fire. When Lea Michelle came into the crowd to sing “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping voice was just incredible.When singing “Defying Gravity” with Kurt, my heart…there are no words. Other talents that you may have questioned, like the pussy cat dolls extra Santana, turns out can sing like no tomorrow.
The lavishness of the show was not lost on me. Vocal Adrenaline made an appearance with “Rehab” and “Mercy,” and they were just incredible. I’m not sure how New Directions can compete. The costumes were straight from the show, including the Lady Gaga inspired outfits for “Bad Romance,” (man, Kurt can rock those heels). When “Like a Prayer” came on, my lovely cousin Junice was in tears (for the third time), where fireworks went off and a choir did join them for a final chorus.
But let’s not forget the hotness factor. When Puck came into the crowd with his guitar and piercing eyes, I may have just died. His mohawk is back, and his muscles never left. I’ve never been a huge Finn fan, but on stage, he owns it. His stage presence was nothing short of sexy. His performance made my own mother say, “I was wrong about that Finn, he’s quite hot.” Though I’m uncomfortable with my mom checking out men, I had to agree.
There was a low point of the show (other than my seats in the back row), and that was the beginning. The opening act was the League of Extraordinary Dancers. They were, as promised, extraordinary. I’d never seen people move like that, impressive doesn’t begin to describe it. However, after a half hour of that, we had a 35 minute break until the show actually started! My otherwise patient self was compromised; I was not pleased.
I’d have to end with something that was so spectacular, I’m sure they did it just for me. One of their last numbers was a medley of Journey songs that haven’t been on the show yet, including “Anyway You Want It” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” As if that weren’t awesome enough, the pyrotechnics along with it kicked it up about a thousand notches.
Overall, it was everything you love about the show on stage. Lovable characters, amazing cast chemistry and, most of all, the most unbelievable talent I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. Sure, maybe I Gleeked out more than my preteen seat neighbors and screamed like a mental patient, but I regret nothing. YAY GLEE!