// They quite triumphantly tackeled Madonna a few weeks ago, and now prime-time musical dram-edy Glee takes on the music and fashion of Lady Gaga.
Glee is taking leaps and bounds in becoming one of the most popular shows of our generation. Not since Gossip Girl hit the screens three years ago has a program really captivated pop-culture enthusiasts with their novel story ideas and hot cast (see below). Not to mention talented! Of course, I’m a sucker for the musical in most forms. In my opinion, shows brave enough to embrace the genre (Scrubs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) should have extended their musical affiliations for at least a season or two (okay, maybe not). But the primary difference with Glee is that these kids are actually singers. And dancers. They’ve got it all going on. And with five best-selling records under their belt (including and not limited to the #1 selling iTunes hit, The Power of Madonna), the gang are building up quite a repetoir of modern pop hits as well as classic tunes. For anyone whose fantasized about losing their virginity to the sweet serenation of their boyfriend singing Like A Virgin, this is the show for you.
Single handedly responsible for the rebirth of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, including the art of the ‘mash up’ (mixing such artists as Bon Jovi and Usher in the same number). Stand out numbers throughout the season have included unexpected renditions of Dionne Warwck’s A House Is Not A Home, Lily Allen’s Smile, Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of The Heart and Lennon’s Imagine (shared on screen with a deaf show choir. Tear).
Lea Michele in Elle, February 2010.
Dianna Agron (in Chanel jacket), Interview, January 2010.
The Male Cast of Glee, Vanity Fair, December 2009.
Rolling Stone, March 2010.
Not only is Glee insanely entertaining, but it highlights the importance of arts education and gives the big fat finger to anybody that gave a wedgie in high school. The show stars broadway actress Lea Michele, who has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance as overbearing starlet Rachel Berry (the show also scored a win for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy). Michele is also set to star as Dorothy in the CGI animated remake of Wizard of Oz next year.
The Gaga-inspired episode is directed by Joss Whedon (the creative brilliance behind the Buffy empire. Yes Buffy-nerds, he’s back on prime time!) and also guest stars Neil Patrick Harris. And just who can get away with donning Gaga’s McQueen outfit in a respectable tribute to one of the biggest pop stars of our time? Kurt can. Check out the episode’s trailer:
// Dan Z