I’m hearing that the touring production of Glee is a lot like the 1980s Up With People. A lot of fun, but at the end of the show you kind of feel sorry for the actors up on stage.
In the 1980s a similar cultural phenomenon called Up With People recruited youth from all across the country to create high energy, family-friendly musical shows with a conservative message.
According to the documentary “Smile ‘Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story” the troupe was funded by corporations including Halliburton, General Motors, Exxon, and Searle, as a way to politically counter the liberal youth subculture of the times.
Obviously, Glee is quite the opposite, but it does seem like the actors energies are being stretched thin.
According to MTV UK:
The Glee cast are reportedly ‘exhausted’ and have begged the show’s creator Ryan Murphy for some time off. Rumors are that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Co have put together a petition to ask Murphy for a break because their gruelling work schedule has left them too tired.
Now, Amber Riley who plays Mercedes Jones said that the production timetable is ‘a lot of work’ and that she rarely has time to enjoy her new found celebrity status.
They seem like really nice people, and maybe a little break couldn’t do the show any harm. Check out how they interacted backstage with Michael (What the Buck) Buckley.
Meanwhile on Egotastic someone managed to take some photos of the show where they all dress up in many of Lady Gaga’s outfits in some sort of fashion-pop medley explosion.
On the floor here is actress Lea Michele on all fours, exposing her coochie for the audience.