|Glee Live! In Concert! at Toronto's Air Canada Centre|
At last, Torontonians have had a chance to witness the greatness that is the Glee Live! In Concert! Tour tonight at Air Canada Centre and it is everything I hoped it would be ...and more! The 90-minute Show is a high-energy spectacle without a lull to be found. Taking the stage at 9:00 PM to roaring cheers, the Set began with The New Directions appearing on-stage performing what is now known as one of the Cast's signature tunes, Don't Stop Believin' (Journey).
Bridged by brief Video Montages of Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) hilariously expressing her distaste for the New Directions, an endless array of spirited Covers were delivered like Dog Days are Over (Florence & The Machine) by Jenna Ushkowitz & Amber Riley; a sultry delivery of I'm a Slave 4 U (Britney Spears) by Heather Morris; a soulful Ain't No Way (Aretha Franklin) by Riley; a Katy Perry one-two of Firework and Teenage Dream - the former sung by Lea Michele and the latter by Darren Criss & The Warblers; River Deep, Mountain High (Tina Turner) by Naya Rivera and Riley; Kevin McHale's wheelchair-free performance of Safety Dance (Men Without Hats); and group deliveries of songs like Born this Way (Lady Gaga) and Somebody to Love (Queen).
The Synergy felt from this extremely-talented Cast simply was magical. Although this evening's Setlist stuck mostly to Pop, steering away from some of the more Showtunesque moments found in the Musical Sitcom itself, this choice in Musical Direction was a right one considering the young demographic of the Audience. Everything from the Singing to Choreography to Stage Production was tight and I contemplate myself wanting to see it allover again.
One thing I will note is that each Cast Member got a moment to shine and that I did not walk away feeling as if anybody had been given undue share of the spotlight and talents were showcased to their best whether it be Morris' and Harry Shum's fantastic dancing to McHale's sense of Comedic Showmanship or even Riley's and Michele's stellar vocals being front-and-center. On that note though, I do feel that Dianna Agron inexplicably wasn't given enough room perhaps to connect with the audience.
The Cast return to the stage tomorrow again for a Matinee and Evening show. It's not too late to check it out!
Check out a brief Clip from the Show below:
See my Photos below from the Concert:
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will-W. | Audio content: Sony Music)