The cast of Fox's smash show "Glee" to return to concert stages in the U.S. and Canada this May
On the heels of blockbuster ratings for the post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, Twentieth Century Fox Television and "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy have announced that the critically acclaimed "Glee Live! In Concert!," starring 13 members of the television show's cast, will return to North American concert stages this spring.
Beginning Friday, May 21, at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, "Glee" stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) will perform in an all-new singing and dancing celebration of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show.
The North American engagement of "Glee Live! In Concert!," is a unique concert experience once again conceived by Murphy that will include live performances of some of the show's most memorable musical numbers from seasons one and two, including "Empire State of Mind," "Toxic," "My Life Would Suck Without You," "It's My Life," and of course, the show's anthem, "Don't Stop Believin'."
Described by the Los Angeles Times as "triumphant," USA Today called last year's concerts "equal parts musical theater, giddy pop culture phenomenon and Journey-loving rock show."
"The cast and I were so moved by the love and enthusiasm of our fans at last year's concerts that we knew we had to do it again," said Murphy. "There is something magical about thousands of 'Gleeks' coming together to share a special night with our cast, and this tour is one way we can thank them for their unbelievable support from the beginning."
"Joining the cast this year has been like hopping on a fast-moving train," commented Overstreet. "I have already had so many incredible experiences, but the chance to perform live on stages across the U.S., Canada and Europe takes the cake. This is too cool."
"Joining the cast of 'Glee' has been an amazing, rewarding and humbling experience all at once," added Criss. "On top of all of that, I'm fortunate to play such a strong and interesting character like Blaine that speaks volumes to fans. Now I have the chance to perform for thousands of them this summer, and I couldn't be more excited!"
2011 tour dates can be found on ticketmaster.com or gleetour.net. Select tickets will be available to American Express cardholders in an exclusive presale beginning Friday, Feb. 11; tickets go on sale to the general public for most cities on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. (Tickets for the Boston concert go on sale Friday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.; Toronto goes on sale Friday, Feb. 18, at noon and Sacramento on Saturday, Feb. 19, at noon.) Tickets will be available via www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets will be available at the arena box offices as well. "Glee Live! In Concert!" has also teamed with I Love All Access to provide a variety of fan ticket packages for the show, including premium seats, parties and more. For more information, visit "Glee" at www.gleetour.com.
"Glee Live! In Concert!" is presented by Chevrolet, in a continuation of a longstanding partnership with the hit FOX series, that recently included sponsorship of the post-Super Bowl episode and an elaborate, longer-form Chevrolet spot featuring members of the cast performing the classic song "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet."
"Glee" airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on FOX.
In its sophomore season, "Glee" is a biting musical comedy that has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon. This season's No. 1 entertainment series among teens and a Top 3 series among adults 18-49 and 18-34 boasts critical acclaim, a loyal fan base of "Gleeks," two Platinum and two Gold albums, two Grammy Award nominations, more than 16 million song downloads, the record for the most titles on the Billboard Hot 100 by a non-solo act (beating out The Beatles), the No. 1 soundtrack of 2010 ("The Christmas Album"), an incredible 19 Emmy and 11 Golden Globe nominations - earning it the distinction of being the most-nominated series of the year - and four Emmy Awards.