Gleefully Gleeky

It seems that my love of Glee really knows no bounds…
Mid-way through my hot date with Mr Schue I was seized with a brilliant idea – something that could make our night at Glee Live truly memorable.

Ever since we’d acquired the tickets back in November, we’d been talking about doing something all together (we were a posse of 5 Gleeks), something that would truly capture the joy of the evening. For several months our thoughts went along the lines of custom made t-shirts with some form of Glee logo on the front and our favourite Glee quote on the back. [Mine would have read: “I’m like Tinkerbell, I need applause to live.” – with thanks to Rachel Berry.] But while watching Matthew Morrison strutting his stuff, a different plan began to form…

I’m not quite sure how it happened – maybe it was the hormones racing through me at the sight of a beautiful singing man – but by the end of the show I’d decided (with Annabelle’s input) that we should go dressed in an outfit that New Directions (aka the Glee Club) had worn for one of their numbers. [For the uninitiated, every song – particularly those performed at a competition – there is a coordinating outfit.] Prom dresses with sashes were contemplated, but deemed impractical; Lady Gaga outfits were pondered – but there was no way I could get enough Beanie Babies (or staples) to emulate Rachel’s costume; and cheerleader uniforms would be just plain wrong. Ultimately, I hit upon a classic that would also be easy to recreate: the red top/blue jeans/Converse combo from Don’t Stop Believing, in the very first episode.

Exhibit A: the beautiful members of New Directions
Exhibit B: the beautiful collection of Gleeks

See, the similarity is uncanny! Sadly no one possessed a red ruffled shirt in which to emulate Kurt, but I channelled a bit of Tina and Mercedes’ style. Was it worth it? Hell yes! Sure, Jenni may have been a bit apprehensive [her response to my tweet re: outfit on Saturday afternoon: “I don’t think I want to come anymore!”]. Yes, we had to explain to our Pizza Express waitress why we looked similar. (At least we weren’t dressed as Smurfs like many other O2 visitors…)

But our moment of glory came on the escalator up to our seats when a gay couple spotted us and called out “Wow, you guys match!” – to which we smiled and nodded. Then the penny dropped and one of them followed up with “Oooooh, I see what you’ve done there – very clever! Love it!”. Ok, so they were the only ones who directly commented on our outfits, but we did bump into them twice after the show and they were always very happy to see us (in fact, one of them took the above photo) and that made it – in my opinion – definitely worth it. Last seen, they were contemplating buying tickets to the rest of the week’s run, so for all I know, they could be back at the O2 right at this minute.

And what of the show?
Well, when making our way slowly out of the arena, the girls asked what I’d blog about it. I said that there wasn’t really a lot to say – “It was AMAZING!” only takes up so much space and isn’t particularly erudite. But, given time to process it all (and share the joy with various friends over the last 24 hours), there were a number of highlights:

Blaine Warbler – and the fact that his surname has apparently become ‘Warbler’. The Warblers were hands-down the highlight of season 2 and their album is a favourite – their set was utterly fabulous and Blaine, well, he’s hot, looks dashing in a blazer and can sing… Combine that with cute Kurt and ditsy Britney and you have a fabulous skit – I adored this moment.

Non auto-tuned, live singing. The Glee cast get a lot of criticism for being auto-tuned, but Glee Live was indeed Glee live and they have some stunning voices. (I knew it was definitely live when Kurt was unfortunately sharp on I Wanna Hold Your Hand, bless him.) Mercedes? Wow. Oh to have her vocal chords and lung capacity…

Dancing – despite fearing that I’d fall off the edge of the gods (we were very, very high up) – with gleeful abandon. Especially when the encore included Single Ladies, possibly one of my all-time favourite Glee moments. Oh, and Valerie – though it turns out it’s rather tricky to lindy hop in a restricted space.

Puckerman. Finn. Blaine. Puckerman. Finn. Blaine…enough said.

Oh, and before I wrap this up, the most gleeful Gleek award actually doesn’t go to one of my comrades, but to my friend Steph who was at Sunday’s matinee. No, she didn’t dress up; nor did she attempt to meet the cast – she did something far more impressive. Her second child was due this week (in fact, I suggested she go dressed as Quinn in the season 1 finale owing to her fabulous bump) but appeared on Thursday evening. Despite still being rather fragile and having a 3 day old baby in tow, Steph made it to the show (with a cushion to make sitting a bit more comfortable) and was upgraded from the gods to stage-side as a reward! That is what I call dedication. [As an aside, the new arrival’s called Annabelle or ‘Belle’, holding true to her Dad’s desire to name their children after musicals – their son’s called Joseph. Where does one find a man like that?!]


  1. A wonderful round up indeed! Defo big ol’ brownie points to your friend Steph, what a woman!!

  2. I just saw the concert too (Pontiac, MI). And loved it as well!!
    My favorite was Rachel’s Fireworks number. The crowd loved Kurt and Single ladies!!!

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