100+ Glee fans took an early start to the Memorial Day weekend by having breakfast with the cast at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater this morning! Tickets were won on the P.C. Richard & Son Theater site, as well as on the air at Z100 and these lucky fans were able to see the cast of their favorite show being interviewed by Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.
The theater was decorated to look like a classroom with chalkboard drawings depicting the Glee logo and characters from the show. The Elvis Duran morning crew sat at a teacher’s desk, and Glee cast members Kevin McHale (Artie), Cory Monteith (Finn), Mark Salling (“Puck”), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Naya Rivera (Santana) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) sat across from them as students to answer questions from the morning show, callers, and audience members.
The Morning Show asked, “You guys were in Chicago doing your live show a couple of nights ago. Even though it takes a lot of time to put the TV show together, what’s it like putting a stage show together for the cast of Glee?”
Cory was the first to answer. “I think it’s less work than the TV show. It’s very exciting, because we’re on stage live doing it, but the hours are actually longer doing the show in LA.”
“It was kind of amazing to realize how many songs we’d actually remembered from shooting them and then reworking them for the stage,” Jenna added. “We did remember a lot of choreography.”
An audience member asked what their favorite song was to perform in terms of choreography. “Push It,” they all replied.
“You know what it was, we had been rehearsing it for three weeks and nobody had seen it,” Kevin explained, “and then when we first showed up to set that morning we had to show the crew. Number one, their jaws just dropped and they were like, ‘Oh, wow’.”
“We could hear gasps,” Amber added.
“And then later on in the day we had like 400 extras and they didn’t know what they were about to see, either. So we were behind the curtain like ‘Heh heh heh heh heh…'” Kevin continued, placing his hands together and wiggling his fingers with an evil grin.
“When we first started choreographing the number, our original notes were, ‘it needs to be more offensive.’ So it was good,” smiled Cory.
The Push It performance premiered on the second episode, Showmance. In an attempt to bring more attention to the Glee club and recruit more members, they put on a school assembly. The crew and extras’ jaws dropped for a reason: after the performance, the crowd erupts, and the Glee club and director’s job are put in jeopardy. The school then pays for new, modest Glee Club costumes.
“Mind you, we were grinding on one another and barely knew each other,” Amber laughed. Jenna added, “We got real close real fast.” Amber said that the one time she wasn’t really comfortable with something in the series was that performance.
After a few more questions, an audience member asked, “In the show, how many times did you have to shoot [the famous slushie scene], and what does it feel like?”
“It… feels like a bag of needles being slammed in your face,” Amber said. “Some people got fake slushies, and they said they looked too fake, so they went back. By the time it was my turn to get slushied, they went back to real ice. So it doesn’t feel good at all.”
Who are the cast picks for artist guest appearances on upcoming episodes? They suggested Janet Jackson and Hayley Williams from Paramore immediately, and wouldn’t be surprised about a full Beatles episode. When asked if Britney Spears may be coming to the show, they admitted that they really do only find out who appears last minute, but “we would love it if she did.” They also hope for a heavy metal episode, which may already be in the works as Glee writer/director Ryan Murphy mentioned in a different interview.
Elvis asked how they felt about performing at Radio City Music Hall tonight as part of their live tour. “This is the first time my family will see it because I’m from New York,” Jenna explained, “so it’s kind of crazy to be able to come and play your home town and experience Radio City which is like a once-in-a-lifetime [performance] we never thought we would do.”
“For a lot of us, this is our first time going to Radio City Music Hall, and this is the first time we’re going to be performing [there], so… it’s going to be, yeah,” Amber added with a smile, obviously excited for their performance ahead.
Here are some tips we got from the interview: you may expect a tell-all book from Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), who was jokingly predicted to be the one who would out all behind-the-scenes secrets of the show, similar to Dustin “Screech” Diamond’s book about the popular 90’s teen sitcom, Saved by the Bell. “It would be a good book… I’d wanna read it,” Kevin said. Maybe some cast member romances would be revealed?
While you’re waiting for the book, you may want to start a website about the Glee cast member you would most want to date. Danielle Monaro of the Morning Show mentioned to Mark how nice it was that he offered webmaster of http://www.iwantadatewithmarksalling.com/, Ashley Faith, two tickets from his own allotment for Sunday’s Radio City Music Hall show. “Yeah, it’s true,” Mark blushed while looking down and bashfully running his hand over his hair, but allegedly denied giving her a date.
Throughout the interview, the Morning Show, callers, and audience members kept saying how much Glee has impacted their lives and music and performing arts programs in schools nationwide. Caller Sherese spoke about her children and their love for Glee. “She auditioned for an arts high school and got in… We’ve been able to expose her to songs from The Wiz, Funny Girl and Barbara Streisand, and things that would never, ever reach her iPod in any other venue. But because we’ve really gravitated towards the show and bought the DVD set and have the CDs at home, it’s a constant sound in my house now because the girls have just gravitated towards it, loved it, and really want to know more about [the performing arts].”
For more answers to questions, including how Kevin performs in a wheelchair, how long song rehearsals are, how they feel about the show’s popularity, future love interests between the characters, auditioning and more (including question’s that weren’t on the radio), watch the entire interview at ElvisDuran.com and get backstage access! You can watch Glee on Fox.
Backstage After the Show
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