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“I sure do”.
That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee. Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.
And Les Miserables.
And Rock of Ages.
And a heap more musicals.
And now I love SMASH.
My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.
Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?
I also happen to love me a good musical. And that musical can be on the big screen, the small screen or even live on stage.
I don’t care what people think.
I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!
I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show! I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?
My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format. This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.
This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing. It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway. It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed. Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.
So tease me all you want. It’s ok. Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t! Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world. It does make the world a better place.
What is your favourite musical? Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?
Most of my avid readers know that I am a huge fan of Glee. I’m a Gleek and proud of it! So I was pleasantly surprised to see the opening of the 2010 Emmy’s start with my favourite Gleeks plus Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Hugo from Lost! What a bonus.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This is the song that made people sit up and take notice in the pilot episode of Glee. It seems since Journey first recorded this song in 1981 that every man and his dog has done a cover but since the Glee cover it has gone ballistic especially on Youtube. Here are a few covers which caught my eye.
This first guy has done a very good job and he proves that you can be in more than one place at a time.
The great thing about singing is that you can do it anywhere as these kids at the beach have proven.
Of course there are those who can’t sing and therefore lipsync, like these kids have done to the Glee version and had a whole heap of fun while doing it.
This rainbow geeky group are taking it to another level. The guy in white is freaking me out though.
Then you have the acafella’s giving it their all.
And finally here is a vocal group doing a pretty good job.
It doesn’t matter how you sing it. Just sing it. It is a pretty good song!
Just added – The original cast – Chipmunk style
What was your favourite version? Do you know of any others I should highlight here?
While Australia waits for an announcement from Channel 10 as to when the hit new show of 2009 will be returning to our screens, here are a couple of promo’s from the US for the upcoming final 9 episodes of Season 1, airing from mid April.
C’mon Channel 10, tell us when Glee is coming back. The Gleeks of Australia wanna know!
Lea Michele The undoubted star of the show. She plays Rachel, the daughter of two gay dads who wants to be a star. The scoop is, that while Rachel will eventually get there, Lea already is. This girl can sing. With a voice as powerful as anyone I have ever heard she can handle any style of music. She is also very cute! Big nose and all.
The producers have been very smart in choosing a mix of songs from many different decades. The safe option here would have just chosen songs from Beyonce (Single Ladies) and Lily Allen (Smile), they have also chosen artists like Neil Diamond (Sweet Caroline), Van Halen (Jump), Billy Idol (Dancing with Myself) and Queen (Somebody to Love). It was important though that they captured the audience in the very first episode and they did this with the upbeat and uplifting, Don’t Stop Believing from Journey. As soon as this first episode ended with Don’t Stop Believing, I was hooked! With 2 number 1 Soundtrack Albums, you can also listen to the Glee Soundtrack in your car and iPod.
Jane Lynch plays Cheerios Coach, Sue Sylvester. She lives for seeing her cheerleaders win competitions….at any costs. When the Glee Club is formed and her funding is reduced to accomodate them, she commences a campaign to destroy the Glee Club and the measures she takes and the sharp wit of her tongue is must watch TV. One of the best characters to grace the small screen in many years.
The Great Guest Stars
Including Josh Groban and Kristen Chenowith with Chenowith stealing the show with 3 great numbers in one episode. The next 9 episodes due to air from April, 2010 is rumoured to include Olivia Newton-John, Madonna and Neil Patrick Harris to name a few.
He plays ‘just out of the closet’, Kurt Hummel. While I am not one to usually enjoy watching gay characters on TV, Kurt’s character is so over the top camp, it is hard to resist his journey of self discovery. When he finally ‘came out’ to his father it was a great moment. Kurt’s greatest episode was the “Single Ladies” episode where Kurt, trying to prove his masculinity to his father, joins the football team – “My name is Kurt and I am here to audition for the role of kicker!” Seeing the entire William McGinley High School Football team dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” was one of the great scenes of the series.
Mash-Ups A mash-up is the combination of 2 songs in one. Some of the great examples included is the mash-up of Bon Jovi’s, “It’s My Life” and Usher’s “Confessions” into one upbeat song. It’s catchy.
The Choreography Some of the best dance numbers ever seen on TV. Seeing these kids sing “Proud Mary” in wheel chairs to support the character, Artie, who is wheel chair bound, was brilliant. High energy in most dance numbers but also great for the slow numbers too. “Jump” is a personal favourite in Episode 12.
The Overall Cast The producers set out to find the best cast possible by hitting the theatres and finding the guys who can sing and dance and act. Casting a relative bunch of unknowns was also a master stroke as we are introduced to a bunch of fresh faced young performers (ok most are in their 20’s) who are all genuinely excited about the show and this is demonstrated each week in their performances.
Glee is not the most perfect show ever made. Far from it. There are some plot holes and some more character development is required, but it is simple, plain old, let your hair down FUN! I love it.
So that is why I love Glee plus a thousand other reasons. Do you watch it? What is your favourite number so far? Who is your favourite character and why?