If you’re a fan of drama, comedy, and music, I have found a show for you! My new favorite television show that begins in fall 2009 and will release a few episodes throughout this upcoming summer, offers all of these genres in one. Glee is a musical comedy-drama by Ryan Murphy, the man and “creator” of very successful shows such as “Nip/Tuck” and “Popular.”
You’re probably sitting there thinking, “great…another high school musical,” but it’s really not! They don’t just sporadically burst out into song like Efron and Hudgens. Instead they sing arrangements to billboard topping hits such as Rehab, Don’t Stop Believin’, and Gold Digger, as part of a high school performance choir, or “Glee.” Unlike the typical musical, they have a real reason for singing. They don’t just sing because of bad relationships, cafeteria food, or because someone is having “that time of the month,” but because they have a purpose: to make it to Nationals.
The story is about a teacher, Will (played by Matthew Morrison), whose past high school experiences are rooted around his amazing memories in Glee club and winning Nationals. He comes back to the school, McKinley High, to find that the Glee club has deteriorated from the way in which he had remembered it, into a small group of talented kids, who are inferior to the other cliques around their school. Within this group is one incredibly talented girl, Tina, who feels as if the Glee club is her shot at fame and best way to gain recognition of her talents. However, her talent can’t be showcased without a male lead that has the chops to hold is own while singing with her.
The Glee coach and teacher, Will, finds singing ability in a young man named, Finn, who is an avid member of the school’s football team. Blackmailing him, Will is able to convince Finn to join the Glee club. Luckily for the Glee club, Finn had a past with music that he had left behind in order to become the best that he could be in school for his mother. Overcoming the difficulties of jumping cliques, Finn manages to involve himself in both football and the Glee club. He continues to date the lead cheerleader, Quinn, and put up with his immodest friend, Puck, all whilst maintaining his relationship with the kids in the Glee club. Of course, new blossoming romances are in place, and the Glee club can only grow in popularity the better they become, so I can’t wait for what’s next!
The show’s arrangements of top 40 songs are truly addicting and some of the catchiest tunes I have heard in a long time. I don’t know about you, but after hearing these songs I couldn’t help but smile and feel good about myself. How cheesy is that? But it’s true! The lead of show Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), from my absolute favorite musical, “Spring Awakening,” and Finn (Cory Monteith) from “Kyle XY,” along with the many other actors/actresses from shows and Broadway productions like “Ugly Betty,” “Zoey 101,” “Hairspray,” “Role Models,” and “Nip/Tuck,” will definitely play with your emotions, captivate your attention, and create a new addiction to a television series. Also, if you’re a fan of Kristin Chenoweth, you can look forward to seeing her later in the series! Perhaps the show will even make you reminisce about your high school experiences, as I know it did for me, which made me love it even more!
I encourage everyone to watch this show! In the meantime, check out these clips!
The official trailer:
And a look at two of their performances/arrangements:
Don’t Stop Believin:
Submitted by: Wade H.
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