Last night, live at the TD Garden in Boston, I saw my favorite losers from McKinley High School belt their hearts out at Glee Live! I have to say, seeing the show last year at Radio City Music hall, I did have high expectations. Although terrific, there was definitely a different vibe seeing it in such a large arena.
I loved that almost every New Direction member received a solo with the exception of Quinn, Sam, Tina, Mike Chang (who never sings anyway) and Lauren Ziezs who I love, but like Mike Chang doesn’t really sing on the show either. Actually, I may have been the only one who noticed but Lauren Ziezs (actress Ashley Fink) was only visible during a few numbers, a bit disappointing since she is a full-time member of the Glee Club.
Although I love my Gleeks, some do not perform as well as others in a live setting. Of course, theater veteran Lea Michele (Rachel) definitely shines, as does her divalicious co-gleek Amber Riley (Mercedes). I was disappointed that the show’s producers chose to have Heather Morris lip synch her “Slave 4 U” performance in order to showcase her dance moves. Corey Monteith, amazing on drums during Fat Bottomed Girls, could use a louder microphone since it was often hard to hear his parts. The highlight of the show for me was the appearance of the Dalton Academy Warblers doing a three song set of their best songs this season. The incredibly charming and talented Darren Criss as Blaine Warbler totally delivered for fans.
Here is a quick run down of the set list (and a few of my comments on each)
- Don’t Stop Believing – Classic Glee
- Dog Days are Over – One of the few songs that showcases the talents of Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen Chang). She sings this duet with Amber Riely (Mercedes Jones)
- Sing – Excellent
- Slave 4 U – Heather Morris (Britney S. Pierce) lets her dance moves outshine her lip synching
- Fat-Bottomed Girls – Mark Salling (aka Noah “Puck” Puckerman) and one of the few times we see Ashley Fink (Lauren Ziezs) accompanied by Corey Monteith on drums and Chord Overstreet on guitar.
- I Want to Hold Your Hand – Chris Colfer’s (Kurt Hummel) moving solo
- Ain’t No Way – Amber Riley’s ground shaking solo accompanied by a choir
- PYT – Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) solo accompanied by the dance moves of Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang) and 4 Michael Jackson-esque dancers in glittery gold jackets
- Born This Way – Vocals by Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, and Jenna Ushkowitz and appearances by the whole cast (except Lea Michele) rocking their “Born This Way” T-shirts that also happened to be on sale for $35 a shirt! (and they didn’t have one that said Lucy Caboosey!)
- Firework – Lea Michele (Rachel Barry)’s cover of the Katy Perry song with full pyrotechnics
- Teenage Dream – Darren Criss (Blaine) and the Warblers rock the house with the song that I’m pretty sure made America fall in love with them.
- Silly Love Songs – Blaine and the Warblers again
- Raise Your Glass – Blaine and the Warblers had the crowd on their feet with this Pink cover (ok, maybe not the whole crowd, but I raised my glass!)
- Happy Days are Here Again/Get Happy – Duet between Lea Michelle and Chris Colfer. Not as good as last year’s Defying Gravity duet, but enjoyable.
- Lucky – Finally we get to see Diana Agron (Quinn Fabray) rocking her new short blonde bob with our favorite “trouty mouth” Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans) in this Jason Mraz / Colbie Callet duet
- River Deep, Mountain High – Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez) vocals get a little lost in the live show trying to compete with Amber Riley’s pipes
- Jesse’s Girl – Corey Monteith (Finn Hudson) doing a shortened version of the 80′s classic which totally threw off those of us singing along in the audience
- Valerie – Naya Rivera covering the Amy Winehouse song that got New Directions a shot at Sectionals
- Loser Like Me – The New Directions original song that helped them to win Regionals against the Warblers
- Single Ladies (dance) – Chris Colfer in sequins with Heather Morris and some of the ladies of the League of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) reenacted the single ladies dance Kurt (and the McKinnley High Football team) did in season 1 just like Beyonce.
- Friday (acoustic) – The men of McKinley (with Blaine replacing Finn) did an acoustic version of this Rebecca Black song that they performed during the prom episode
- Safety Dance – Kevin McHale (Artie) finally breaks free of the wheelchair he sat in the whole concert and shows us he has some moves that can compete with Mike Chang!
- Empire State of Mind – I’m sure this song will go over much better when the Glee show rolls in to the New York Area (Nassau Colleseaum and the Medowlands) however, I felt that both Corey Monteith and Mark Salling’s are not channeling Jay-Z as well as they did in the season 2 premier. Some of the lyrics definitely went missing. Maybe they can get H.O.V.A. to join the cast in the Empire State (I’ll hold my breath)
- Somebody to Love – The perfect Glee cover to end the show.