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October 21, 2009

The Secret to Glee – new musical theater show review on FOX

By now, unless you live under a rock, you’ve likely at least heard of Glee if you haven’t sat down and watched it. The reviews have been amazing: Glee is the breakaway  hit of the year, it’s “THE show” to watch, its stars are on everyone’s radar, etc etc. To sum it all up so far: Glee rocks! The question, however, is “why?” What is the secret of Glee’s outrageous success?

  1. Awesome, mind-blowing music, with an updated feel. Sure, not everyone is a fan of Cabaret (I’m shocked too – I thought everyone loved lived theatre!) but I challenge anyone, ANYONE, to watch guest star Kristen Chenowith and star Lea Michele’s non-duet of “Maybe This Time” without experiencing instant chills. Impossible.  Like Journey? So do I! I particularly enjoyed their funky, heartfelt rendition of Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It got my heart racing, my body moving, and made me feel like a million bucks.
  2. It’s almost, but not quite a soap opera. Terri Schuester is not pregnant, but is pretending to be to hold onto her marriage to Will Schuester (Glee club director) who has really fallen in love with Emma Pillsbury, the guidance counsellor. Cheerleader (and Abstience Club President) Quinn Fabray IS pregnant, and her dopey-but-loveable boyfriend Finn thinks he’s the father, but really the father is his best friend, Puck – who, by the way, has that dark and goregous with a side of dangerous we all love. Obviously gay Kurt has finally come out of the closet, in a very touching scene with his tough-guy father. Who needs Genoa City when we have Glee?
  3. Jane Lynch. I’m biased, because I absolutely love her to pieces; anything with Jane Lynch is good tv, and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. She is sharp, she is witty, she is hilarious without cracking a smile. She is the Queen of Sarcasm and Dry Humour, and the writers are using her gift perfectly: they have created Sue Sylvester, who is crude, mean, self-centred, socially inept, competitive, sarcastic and brutal. What’s not to love?

If you haven’t seen Glee yet, do yourself a favour: Sit down on Wednesday night, 9:00, and prepare for awesomeness. Throw away everything you thought of about musical theater (unless you always loved musical theatre, in which case, why aren’t you already watching?) and get ready to be blown away. Glee, while totally admitting that glee club is seen as “uncool,” makes glee club extremely cool and enormously fun. Tune in, folks!

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