Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, and more stars of the Fox dramedy talk about the first time they ever performed on the Glee stage.
Glee comes full circle with the March 25 installment, as the two-part 100th episode celebration concludes exactly where the pilot did: with the cast performing “Don’t Stop Believin’” on the McKinley High stage.
BuzzFeed was on the set as the cast prepared to shoot the bookend performance and asked Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang), Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Alex Newell (Unique Adams), Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose), and Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn) to look back at the first time they performed on the now iconic stage.
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.
It’s Glee’s signature song!
Since 2009’s one-of-a-kind pilot, the entire cast of the musical hit series have sung Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” a grand total of three times in five seasons. (A quick refresher: The pilot, the first Regionals competition and the NYADA audition.)
And now, in celebration of Glee’s two-part 100th episode, Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and the rest of the characters that we have come to know and love, will once again take the auditorium stage to sing their anthem of strength and optimism.
Since we love Glee just as much as you do, we’re bringing you an exclusive sneak peek of Tuesday night’s grand finale that will serve as the series’ catalyst into a solely New York-centric storyline.
With the future of the glee club still looking bleak, Will (Matthew Morrison), the WMHS alumni and the current New Directions will continue to band together in Tuesday’s 101st episode in an attempt to save McKinley’s music.
In addition to “Don’t Stop Believin'” Tuesday’s episode, “New Directions,” will also feature “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls, Glee’s original hit, “Loser Like Me,” and many more. Glee: The Music, Celebrating 100 Episodes will be an album accompanying the music from ep 100 and this episode, as a celebration of the show’s special milestone. The album will be released March 25, 2014.
Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
In a recent interview, Columbia Records prexy Rob Stringer mentioned Lea and her decision to wait to record her debut album:
“Columbia signee Lea Michele, long pegged as the show’s most likely breakout star and who had made a name on Broadway before TV beckoned, has only this month released her solo debut, though Stringer notes that the demands of shooting made it difficult for cast members to commit to launching independent music careers.
“That show is intense, you know, it’s eight months of work a year, and there were a few years where they were touring too,” he says. ‘And being a pop star is a full time job. We talked (with Michele) about making a record after season one, but she’s a very smart girl, and she didn’t know if she’d have the time to do it properly.‘”
I want like, a billion children
– Lea Michele
In a UK exclusive, Daybreak’s Tiffany Royce speaks to Glee star Lea Michele about her new album Louder, which was released yesterday.
The 100th episode of Glee airs tonight in the US, and includes a tribute to Lea’s former boyfriend, the late Cory Monteith.
Lea tells us what Cory thought of her album, how Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple taught her to speak with a British accent, and she chats about her plans for a family of her own.
Lea Michele was just added to the roster of stars set to present at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards, according to People!
The 27-year-old actress will be joined by fellow presenters Kaley Cuoco and her The Big Bang Theory co-star Jim Parsons, along with funny man Andy Samberg.
Meanwhile, it was recently announced that Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder along with Kristen Bell and a few others would also take the stage. We can’t wait!
Don’t forget – the 2014 KCA’s, hosted by Mark Wahlberg, will air live on Saturday, March 29 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon!
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Wednesday, 03/19/14
The last time LEA MICHELE visited Ellen, she debuted her gorgeous new single, “Cannonball.” This time, she performs “Battlefield” from her new CD, “Louder.” The actress, singer and “Glee” star recently released her debut solo album, and it has been exploding on airwaves and charts. Thanks to Lea’s pulsating melodies and devoted fans, the album reached #1 in 11 countries around the world! It has been a huge and crazy year for the talented beauty, and with every move she makes, the reverberations go higher. She’ll tell Ellen the latest!
Lea Michele of Fox TV’s “Glee” arrives at No. 4 with her debut album, “Louder.” It sold 60,000 copies in its first week.
The Emmy Award-nominated actress has visited the Billboard charts previously as a member of the “Glee” ensemble and as part of the cast of the Broadway musical “Spring Awakening.” The “Glee” cast has notched 22 albums on the Billboard 200, with three of them hitting No. 1.
That’s so amazing! Congratulations Lea!
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Check out the pics and videos of Lea on Big Morning Buzz Live! Click on ‘continue reading’ to watch the second part of the interview and the ‘Cannonball’ performance.