As you know, I love Glee. Like L-O-V-E Glee. A lot. When I learned in late November that the show would not be back until Spring 2010, I went into a slight-to-severe mourning that has not abated. Oh, I do things to try to lift my spirits like listening to the Glee soundtracks on a loop, talking about Glee with anyone who can stand it, encouraging virgins to run-don’t-walk to the Inter-web to watch it, and contemplating buying Season 1 on DVD. Which is available. I know, because I saw it at Costco yesterday. But none of this really works. I am still sad and have very little to look forward to.
So my colleague, a self-identified Glee-k, passed along the following info, which can be confirmed here and here (STOP IF YOU LIKE TO BE SURPRISED ABOUT EVERYTHING IN THE SHOW. HC, I’M TALKING TO YOU):
- Olivia Newton-John will be a guest star an upcoming episode.
Judge all you want, but I love Olivia Newton-John. When I was a kid, this song was on the radio:
Newton-John will be singing Physical with Sue Sylvester. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. But as we will be waiting a lifetime for the show to start again, we will have to make due with this:
- Idina Menzel will be a guest star on an upcoming episode.
LOVED her in Rent. LOVED her in Wicked. Now Idina Menzel is coming to Glee. Is someone listening to me as I talk to the TV and say things like, “Wow, Kristin Chenoweth was amazing! You know who they should have on as a guest? Idina Menzel. She is incredible, and I bet she and Lea Michele would be great together.” HC’s response? “Who’s Idina Menzel?” For Christ’s sake! He took me to see my very first performance of Rent in the Fall of 1999, where I had to tell him at intermission, “I am loving this. No, you don’t understand. Seriously loving this. I can’t know if you don’t like this. I will judge you even tho I know it’s unfair.” He even bought me my first Rent soundtrack, which I returned to him in a box of other things after we broke up briefly later in the Fall of 1999. First thing I did after mailing the package? Went to buy a replacement Rent soundtrack and listened to Take Me Or Leave Me on a loop for what seemed like days if not weeks.
Anyhoo, rumor has it that Menzel may play a relative to Lea Michele’s Rachel. Will they be sisters? Mother and daughter? Most important question? What will Idina sing? PLEASE BE THIS!! (Skip ahead to minute 1:30.)
But really, I ‘d take anything.
[Btw, trying to find a good live version of this song was not easy. And this performance doesn’t really capture the emotion of the song. Youtube, you let me down.]
- There will be a Madonna tribute episode.
This may be blasphemous, but I don’t love Madonna. That said, I do love some of her songs. Tho, honestly, I’m not sure I have a favorite. Yikes! I may have to work on that.
- Kristen Chenoweth will be back to reprise her role.
Let’s take a moment to remember how amazing Chenoweth’s performances on Glee have been to date. What could surpass that? No, seriously, I’m asking. What could surpass that?
- Johnathan Groff will have a guest role.
Johnathan Groff played Melchoir Gabor in Spring Awakening opposite Lea Michele. DK and I saw this show together in the May of 2008, I think just right after Groff and Michele left the show. Which at the time didn’t mean much, but now means A LOT.
I will not lie – Spring Awakening was, um, racy. At intermission, I told DK that we might have to make out. She laughed, but I was serious. Jesus, it was a lot to take in, you know, with other people around and while in public.