The magic of musical theatre turns Glee kids into Broadway babies
IV’E finally figured out what Glee’s about. Rachel. It’s all about Rachel. I had no real grasp I don’t think just how driven she really is until this episode. I’ve arrived at this position, a bit late probably, after sitting through this week’s season final.
They’re at the nationals in New York. I feel as if I’ve already seen this, because of all those pics that were around when they shot this, whatever amount of time ago that was.
You’ll maybe recognise that blue dress she wears in her big scene, or one of her big scenes, with Finn, where they have dinner at Sardi’s and see someone famous, a big Broadway star and Rachel gushes and introduces herself and so on and so forth. It’s a divine dress. Perhaps the loveliest she’s ever worn. A bit old for her maybe, but they all dress older in this episode. Not sure why. Something to do with Broadway?
People who are into musical theatre will love this episode but I maybe didn’t get all the references. And clearly the magic of Wicked is totally wasted on me. Luckily Quinn was on hand to talk me through the Cats joke after Rachel buys everyone tickets — it’s been closed for 11 years, she explains to both of us. But for some of you, experiencing Broadway, even at this distance, will be a huge thrill.
It’s certainly a thrill for Mr Schuester, who belts out a number on stage with absolute abandon, and is justly rewarded. And the other belter is Sunshine Corazon — Vocal Adrenaline and their amusing coach Dustin Goolsby ( who admits to Mr Schuester he hates his kids and would Glee Channel 10, Wednesday, 8.30pm literally whip them if he could) are close by tonight. She’s been getting plenty of airtime lately, I notice. Or she has been every time I watch this show.
Which, I admit, isn’t as often as it used to be. It’s lost something, I think. Or for me anyway. The spark’s dimmed. And growing dimmer. I found this episode quite pale, lovely outfits notwithstanding.
The glee club are sticking with their plan to write their own songs for nationals, and I can only hear so many songs about cups I’m afraid. (Thanks Brittany . . . )
But as Quinn points out, in one of her few lucid moments in this episode, they don’t need to write songs for nationals — ‘‘ New York’s going to write them for us’’.
Which doesn’t sound that lucid but Quinn’s been struggling since Finn dumped her. He can’t shake Rachel but is undecided about whether to ask her out? What about her boyfriend Jesse? Who nobody liked last time I checked, possibly not even Rachel. Teenagers. So many problems.
Rachel’s second-best outfit is the one she’s got on when she and Kurt have breakfast at Tiffany’s. That’s what Kurt calls it, they’re just outside on the footpath. Sidewalk.
Kurt had never been on a plane before this episode so that’s exciting in itself. He doesn’t sing, so there’s some disappointment for me there too. Disappointment in several areas.
Me, me, me: As Rachel, Lea Michele isn’t afraid of hogging the spotlight. Picture: TONY GOUGH