The cast of Glee visited Oprah Winfrey today to a super-excited audience, including The Big O herself. For the first time on live television, the cast delivered a rendition of Journey's Don't Stop Believin' and they were amazingly sharp, no doubt due to their on-going preparation for the upcoming Glee Live! In Concert! Tour.
Winfrey evenly divided time amongst the immensely-talented cast and when speaking to producer/writer/director Ryan Murphy on what inspired him to create television's newest phenomenon, he said that "television lacks optimism. It's almost impossible to find anything on television which always has a happy ending every week." Winfrey also noted that after her crew had followed the cast around the set of Glee for a day, they came back reporting to her that the show's actors are easily the hardest working group in television.
Lea Michele, the show's brightest star blushed modestly, looking away from the camera while listening to Murphy commend her on having "the voice of this generation... she is the next Barbara Streisand, the next Patti LuPone... she's inclusive... something we can relate to". Heartthrob Broadway star Matthew Morrison who did not sing today, performed a little Dance-Off with co-star Harry Shum, which drew loud cheers from the audience. The "Queen of Mean" Jane Lynch reflected on her high school days when she claimed to have been "very intense". She also indicated that she sang in her school's choir for four years. Hunky Canadian Cory Monteith admitted to being extremely nervous with this being his first time singing live and he did a very credible job as evinced below:
To view transcripts from today's show, click here. The season premiere of Fox's Glee is next Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Be excited!
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