Ryan Murphy is a genius. Not the first time i've said that, and i'm pretty sure i'll be saying it again. Why? Because the Nip/Tuck creator's latest project, Glee, is not only terrific, it completely blows away any preconceived negative notion one might have when they think about a show about a high school glee club. It's no secret i am an admirer of Mr. Murphy, but i must confess that even i, months ago, when i first heard of this show had some concerns. The first fear i had was 'oh no! what if it turns out to be another cop rock'. Shame on me! For starters the cast do not burst into song and dance for no reason. Also, Glee is not as i'd said moments ago "a show about a high school glee club". Yes, the central characters are high school students, their teachers, and principal. But Glee is about more. It's about knowing who you are and if you haven't quite figured that out, not letting someone else decide. Glee is about seeking, striving for and following your dream. It's about knowing your place in this world, and if you don't like where that place is, doing what it takes to get where you need to be. That sounds kind of heavy and preachy, but it's really not. Glee has just the right mix of darkness and humor---Mr. Murphy's stock m.o.
All the kids have good voices, in particular Lea Michele as Rachel Berry---this girl hits notes that most mortals can only fantasize. And of course i love Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester, the wife of Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester. Will teaches Spanish and volunteers to shepherd McKinley High's glee club when the previous instructor loses his teaching position. Iqbal Theba as principal Figgins is delightfully manipulative. My hands down all time the contest ends here favorite character is Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester, gym teacher and coach of the cheer leading squad, The Cheerios. Lynch infuses Sylvester with a wit that's like an extra dry dirty martini---strong, potent, and completely intoxicating.
i was lucky and got tix to a promotional preview screening of Glee before it's premier airs Tuesday May 19th on Fox. Anyone who knows me knows i'm a homebody. Once i'm settled in, it takes a lot of persuasion to get me out of the house. Glee was worth the trip. It's production values are top notch and Murphy's take on the social microcosm that is high school [you'll pardon the expression] hits all the right notes.
Glee premiers right after American Idol, Tuesday May 19, 2009 at 9:00pm on Fox
[please check your local listings].