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‘Glee’ strikes gold, ‘Glee’ cast giddy over Madonna
Posted on Sat, Jan. 23, 2010
Jonathan Storm: 'Glee' strikes gold
With a Golden Globe victory and Madonna in their camp, these kids are on to something big.
By Jonathan Storm
Inquirer Television Critic
HOLLYWOOD - The glorious Glee returns April 13, and everyone is going over the borderline about the big Madonna episode, but some lucky TV critics didn't have to wait.
They didn't get to see Madonna, but they did get a command performance on Stage 15 of the Paramount lot here, as the cast and producer Ryan Murphy were still glowing from their Golden Globe win as TV's best comedy or musical (and has a musical ever won that award?).
Combined through connecting doors to Stage 14, the show occupies the biggest standing production space on the lot and, maybe, Murphy said, in the world, the only place large enough to contain the hearts and souls of the kids from Glee.
It also contains the made-up office of the evil Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach played by Jane Lynch, whose stock-in-trade is intimidation. Posted prominently on one wall is a government flier declaring workplace harassment illegal and telling victims what to do about it.
That won't work with Sue, who somehow, according to a million Internet sources, will wind up singing "Vogue" in the Madonna episode. Other songs reportedly getting the inimitable Glee treatment - as many as 10! - either in big production numbers or more intimate performances: "Like a Virgin," "Borderline" and "Like a Prayer."
Madge won't show up, as far as we know, but she's a full-fledged Gleek (a combination of Glee and geek that equals fan), and she has given the show the rights to her entire catalog. Murphy said the episode would go April 13, but he may still have been giddy from awards night. Other reports put it later in the month.
The critics got giddy from the get-go when two of the most prominent members of New Directions sang for them. Directions is the fictional show choir of the fictional McKinley High in Lima, Ohio, which is not fictional. The "faculty lounge" was littered with copies of the Lima News. The choir is composed of misfits and outsiders who find sustenance through song amid the cruel pettiness of high school.
Amber Riley (who plays Mercedes) sang "Don't Make Me Over," and Lea Michele (Rachel) sang "Maybe This Time," and executive producer Murphy talked about how cool it was that the show was turning young people on to Burt Bacharach-style pop and Cabaret-style show tunes, at the same time it was turning older folks on to hip-hop.
Madonna may not appear on screen, but Jennifer Lopez is in Murphy's sights. Jenny from the Block "would make a really great cafeteria lady" who would profit on the show from a makeover "into a Susan Boyle sensation," Murphy said. "I'm meeting with Jennifer. She's a fan of the show, and I'm a fan of hers, so we're going to have dinner."
As if they're not busy enough, the whole cast has "a very select sort of small summer tour" on the drawing boards, Murphy said, with cities to be announced in the next couple of weeks. And, Murphy and perhaps some of the kids are lining up to testify before Congress about the importance of high school arts programs. "Arts education really saves lives," Murphy said.
"In the past 10 years, funding for the arts has been cut, I think, by something insane, by 55 percent," Murphy said. He said the show has received more than 150 e-mails and letters from students who say Glee inspired them to organize extracurricular music programs.
The kids (and I don't care if Mark Salling, who plays Puck, and Cory Monteith, who plays Finn, are both 27) say they have no qualms about the newbies who will be picked this summer as part of a televised national search.
"We're a family," said Michele. "A family grows. That's what a family does."
Tip to would-be Gleesters: Singing is important, but it's not the most important thing. The finalists will have to screen-test with the current cast. "We're looking for a very certain level of chemistry," Ryan said.
The chemistry is already intense. You can catch the last five episodes at www.fox.com/glee. Then you'll be in tune with a series that's unlike anything TV has seen.
Not to mention heard.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer.