The “Glee” Cast Looks Back On The Song That Started It All.
Kevin McHale: Our first real experience on that stage was “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and it felt like camp at the time because we were all trying to figure out what the hell this show was. None of us knew what we were doing.
Lea Michele: And we got in trouble.
Chris Colfer: We got in a lot of trouble for goofing off during Matt [Morrison (Mr. Schue)]’s coverage.
Michele: When they were filming Matt, we were messing around so much that [creator] Ryan [Murphy] came up and yelled at us.
Colfer: I wasn’t messing around. I was very serious.
Michele He was back then, but we broke him.
Amber Riley: That was the first time — of many times — we got in trouble with Ryan.
McHale: The best memory I have is of us all sitting on the stage and getting to know each other in between takes. Also, that number was probably one of the simplest we’ve ever done, and it took a day and a half to shoot. It was also re-choreographed at least 12 times.
I’ve said it before, but at its heart Glee is a story that’s affecting and almost too painfully real: kids in a small town who have various dreams and fantasies of escape, but who sometimes, cruelly, have to see how those dreams smash up against reality. When the show focuses on a core of characters—Rachel, Kurt, Finn, to an extent Quinn—and takes them seriously without piling on insane plot twists, it gives the show stakes and grounding. And that’s the difference between making a show that’s a musical—where music is the natural way to express the characters’ confused emotions—and making a show that’s a random jukebox. said by Time
First, let’s start with the good stuff because, hey, we’re positive here, and we all like to believe that everybody involved in the show will have this all hammered out by episode three or so. Rachel and Kurt going to the NYADA mixer thing in Dayton was a good example of how the show expertly plays these kids grand dreams off the reality of their bland existences. Rachel and Kurt, having seen a randomly confrontational performance of “Anything Goes” mashed-up with “Anything You Can Do” seemingly just tossed off by the other mixer attendees, sit together in the car, crying about how they’re not so much hot shit outside of Lima. Sure, they’re the best performers in their school, but, hey, McKinley High isn’t the whole world, and they have to realize at some point that the rest of the world doesn’t really care that they were awesome in high school. It’s the sort of thing every high schooler who excels at something eventually realizes, and the scene between the two of them features some of the best work Chris Colfer and Lea Michele have contributed to the show. said by: AV club
The moment in the car between Kurt and Rachel is one of the surest, sweetest times shown in their friendship, and in all of Glee. It shows just how much they have come to care about each other, and with one another for support, they actually stand a chance at making it. Plus, again, Glee strives for happy endings. Surely, they have talent. Their “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” proves that. But they also need luck and encouragement, the latter of which they can help each other out with. said by: blogcritics
This leads to the sweetest moment of the episode where Kurt tells Rachel just how special she is. I’m loving these twos new friendship, it seems like sneaking on to and performing on the Wicked stage in New York has bonded them for life. said by: whatculture
Chris = me thinking about another boring competition episode.
The move to New York was a breath of fresh air for the show. Rachel (Lea Michele) was always meant for bigger things than Ohio could offer her, and as she embarked upon a college career at NYADA, the series grew along with her. Following arguably the lead character of the ensemble show was great, and it provided the opportunity to bring in actresses like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson, who added a terrific new element. The fact that Kurt (Chris Colfer), and later Santana (Naya Rivera), joined Rachel in the Big Apple was even better. said by: blogcritics - blu ray review season 4.
Lea Michele, the most-seasoned stage actor of the bunch, sounded so perfect it almost felt wrong to share the same air with her. Whether she was dueting with Chris Colfer (Kurt) for show highlight Defying Gravity or racing through the crowd for Don’t Rain On My Parade, she somehow managed to outdo herself each time she appeared on stage. said by: chron.com
I have to say that the absolute highlight of the Glee Live! concert for me was the “Happy Days Are Here Again”/ “C’mon Get Happy” duet between Lea Michele and Chris Colfer (Kurt). Talk about a showstopper! I love that there’s such a vulnerable quality to this performance, yet both singers get their chance in the spotlight as they belt out their final notes. I get chills just thinking back on the performance. Michele and Colfer really just made the night for me. Said by: Kirsten Coachman, BLOGCRITICS.ORG
I care less than zero about Nationals or any competition show since season 3.
All I care about is if the NYers will be in episode 11 at all.
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