On the heels of blockbuster ratings for the post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, Twentieth Century Fox Television and “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed “Glee Live! In Concert!,” starring 13 members of the television show’s cast, will return to North American concert stages this spring.
Beginning Friday, May 21 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, “Glee” stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) will perform in an all-new singing and dancing celebration of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show.
The North American engagement of “Glee Live! In Concert!,” is a unique concert experience once again conceived by Murphy that will include live performances of some of the show’s most memorable musical numbers from Seasons One and Two, including “Empire State of Mind,” “Toxic,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “It’s My Life,” and of course, the show’s anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Described by the Los Angeles Times as “triumphant,” USA Today called last year’s concerts “equal parts musical theater, giddy pop culture phenomenon and Journey-loving rock show.”
“The cast and I were so moved by the love and enthusiasm of our fans at last year’s concerts that we knew we had to do it again,” said Murphy. “There is something magical about thousands of ‘Gleeks’ coming together to share a special night with our cast, and this tour is one way we can thank them for their unbelievable support from the beginning.”
“Joining the cast this year has been like hopping on a fast-moving train,” commented Overstreet. “I have already had so many incredible experiences, but the chance to perform live on stages across the U.S., Canada and Europe takes the cake. This is too cool.”
“Joining the cast of ‘Glee’ has been an amazing, rewarding and humbling experience all at once,” added Criss. “On top of all of that, I’m fortunate to play such a strong and interesting character like Blaine that speaks volumes to fans. Now I have the chance to perform for thousands of them this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited!”
2011 Glee Live! In Concert! Dates:
May 21-Las Vegas, NV-Mandalay Bay Event Center
May 22-Sacramento, CA-Arco Arena
May 24-San Jose, CA-HP Pavilion
May 27-Anaheim, CA-Honda Center
May 28-Los Angeles, CA-Staples Center
May 29-San Diego, CA-Valley View Casino Center
June 1-Minneapolis, MN-Target Center
June 2-Indianapolis, IN-Conseco Fieldhouse
June 3-Chicago, IL-Allstate Arena
June 6-Boston, MA-TD Garden
June 8-Philadelphia, PA-Wells Fargo Center
June 11-Toronto, Canada-Air Canada Centre
June 13-Detroit, MI-Palace of Auburn Hills
June 14-Cleveland, OH-Quicken Loans Arena
June 16-East Rutherford, NJ-Izod Center
June 18-Uniondale, NY-Nassau Colliseum
Select tickets will be available to American Express cardholders in an exclusive presale beginning Friday, Feb. 11; tickets go on sale to the general public for most cities on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10:00 a.m. (Tickets for the Boston concert go on sale Friday, Feb. 18 at 10:00 a.m.; Toronto goes on sale Friday, Feb. 18 at noon and Sacramento Saturday, Feb. 19 at noon.) Tickets will be available via www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster Outlet. Tickets will be available at the arena box offices as well. “Glee Live! In Concert!” has also teamed with I Love All Access to provide a variety of fan ticket packages for the show, including premium seats, parties and more. For more information, please visit “Glee” at www.gleetour.com.
“Glee Live! In Concert!” is presented by Chevrolet, in a continuation of a longstanding partnership with the hit FOX series, that recently included sponsorship of the post-Super Bowl episode and an elaborate, longer-form Chevrolet spot featuring members of the cast performing the classic song “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
“Glee” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on FOX.