On Sunday night I sat back in the O2 and looked around at the thousands of screaming Glee fans of all ages and thought “Wow, someone really has hit the money nail on the head here.” A TV series that has only been on for two seasons and has already captured the imagination of the world, Glee has now hit the stage – but not just any stage – a worldwide arena tour.
You could see the excitement on the faces of the cast as they all came out belting the classic (and not so classic) Glee covers. It must feel pretty damn incredible to them, one minute you are a young jobbing actor and pretty much the next you are dancing around on a stage in front of a screaming mob of thousands. Especially for the likes of Ashley Fink who plays the wonderful Lauren as let’s face it she is a great actor but she is neither a singer nor a dancer and there she is jumping around on a stage normally reserved for the likes of Beyonce. That was one of the great feelings of the night.
Because the cast is so huge the audience were treated to non stop action and music – complete with great little sketches on screen from Sue Sylvester and Mr Schue – with each cast member getting a lead tune. Unfortunately there are no real big production values in the show which was disappointing and it would have been great to see them come out and do a big number such as Thriller/Heads Will Roll in the fab costumes and make-up they wore in the show with some fun stage design. Likewise their Lady Gaga section, which was just one song, fell slightly flat and would have looked great had it featured the costumes they again wore in the show. It lacked the wow factor.
There were some truly fantastic moments however and the kids and gays, standing side by side in with their Glee foam fingers and “I Like Boys” tee shirts, sang their hearts out. Kurt performed his Single Ladies routine, Mercedes belted out a screamer of a song but best of all was Britany. That girl can dance and sing to a perfect comedic timing, for me she stole the show and could put Ms Spears to shame with her dancing routines.
Although slightly disappointed with the production values the show was sheer fun and is sure to put a huge smile on your face. Next time I’d love to see them perform in a West End setting with Rachel giving a bit more Barbra Streisand as that girl has lungs.