Glee Cast Biography
Last updated: 05/15/2011 11:00:00 AM
Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox. It focuses on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. The pilot episode of the show was broadcast on May 19, 2009, and the first season began airing on September 9, 2009.
Glee features 10 major roles who have contributed vocals to the show; Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Eric West and Jayma Mays.
The show was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy selects all music featured within the series himself, with the intent of maintaining a balance between show tunes and chart hits. As of 8 November 2009, eleven tracks have been released as singles. There will be a series of soundtracks released through Columbia Records starting with Glee: The Music, Volume 1, which will be released on November 3, 2009, and Glee: The Music, Volume 2, set to be released on December 8, 2009.
The series features covers of numerous songs sung on-screen by the characters. Musical segments typically take the form of performances, as opposed to the characters singing spontaneously, as the intention is for the series to remain reality-based. Murphy is responsible for selecting all of the songs used, and strives to maintain a balance between show tunes and chart hits, as: “I want there to be something for everybody in every episode. That’s a tricky mix, but that’s very important — the balancing of that.” Song choices are integral to script development, with Murphy explaining: “Each episode has a theme at its core. After I write the script, I will choose songs that help to move the story along.”
Glee is choreographed by Zach Woodlee, and features five to eight production numbers per episode. Once music rights are cleared, songs are arranged and pre-recorded by the cast. Woodlee constructs the accompanying dance moves, which are then taught to the cast and filmed. Numbers can take several weeks to prepare, depending on complexity. Each episode costs at least $3 million to produce, and can take up to 10 days to film as a result of the elaborate choreography.