Thursday, January 07, 2010
The Best New Show of 2009 is "Glee" on Fox
There is a lot of buzz about the new Fox comedy/musical Glee. It takes place in a high school and it is about kids who are in the glee club. The cast is full of mostly unknown people, but they have become stars quickly. The members of the choir come from every demographic. These actors can sing, dance and act, and the show is often very funny. The cheerleaders are taught by the hilarious Jane Lynch, who has appeared in Best in Show and Two and a Half Men. She is a mean spirited, driven teacher who will do anything to make sure her group (called the Cheerios) are number one. The glee club teacher has a challenging home life with his wife and another teacher at the school has a crush on him. The show has dealt with issues like teen pregnancy and the challenge to fit in at a school where the glee club members are seen as geeks. The best part of the show is the music. Anyone who enjoys pop music or especially musical theatre needs to check it out. The music from the show has been put on CD and the mp3s have been selling well online. They perform some 80s songs such as "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey and "Bust a Move" by Young MC, as well as putting their spin on current tunes. Matthew Morrison is the glee club instructor, Jessalyn Gilsig plays his wife, Dianna Agron plays the cheerleader Quinn, Jayma Mays plays the germ-freak teacher Miss Pillsbury, and the breakout star has been the multi-talented Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, the ultra driven glee club star with an amazing voice. She has performed on Broadway previous to doing the TV show.