THE SCREENING ROOM: Highlights from Season Three of "Glee": The Show Tunes (Video)
By Michael Gioia
The Fox hit television series "Glee" wrapped up its third season May 22. Since McKinley High is closed for the summer, we decided to surf the web for a look back at Season Three. Here's a look at our favorite show-tune covers from this school year.
A mashup of "Anything Goes" and "Anything You Can Do" from Anything Goes and Annie Get Your Gun: On this season of "Glee," McKinley High seniors Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry, played by Chris Colfer and Lea Michele, respectively, spent their time preparing for their NYADA (the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts) audition. Here, the McKinley duo takes part in their first "NYADA mixer," where they meet Harmony, played by "Glee Project" finalist Lindsay Pearce. She blows them away with her Broadway mashup.
"You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray: The New Directions concluded the season's first episode, "The Purple Piano Project," with their rendition of "You Can't Stop the Beat" from the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray, which features a score by "Smash" creatives and Tony-winning composing team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
"I'm the Greatest Star" from Funny Girl: This season of "Glee" also featured the first full-on McKinley High musical. In Kurt's (Colfer) West Side Story audition, he performs "I'm the Greatest Star" in hopes to score the lead role of Tony.
"It's All Over" from Dreamgirls: When Mercedes, played by Amber Riley, realizes that she is underappreciated in the McKinley High glee club, she envisions herself as Effie White from Dreamgirls.
"America" from West Side Story: Santana Lopez, played by Naya Rivera, was cast as Anita in the school's production of West Side Story. Here is her performance of "America."
"One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story: Rachel (Michele) and Blaine, played by Darren Criss, were cast as the West Side leads, Maria and Tony. Here is their moving performance of "One Hand, One Heart."
"Buenos Aires" from Evita: Harmony (Pearce) reappears on "Glee" belting out Eva's show-stopping number, "Buenos Aires," from Evita (currently playing on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre). Rachel (Michele) realizes that she has tough competition!
"My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music: In the "Glee" holiday episode, the New Directions create their own Christmas television special. "My Favorite Things" was among the numbers featured on their holiday show.
"Summer Nights" from Grease: When Chord Overstreet signed back on to return to the series, his character Sam was reintroduced at McKinley, and Mercedes shared the scoop on their summer fling in the "Glee" cover of "Summer Nights."
"You're the Top" from Anything Goes: The third season also introduced Rachel's gay dads, Hiram and LeRoy Berry, played by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell, respectively. Here, the couple sings "You're the Top."
"The Cell Block Tango" from Chicago: Here, the McKinley High girls perform "The Cell Block Tango" for a class assignment.
"The Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera: "The Music of the Night" is Kurt's go-to audition song, so he plans to sing the number at his NYADA callback. However, after this performance, he feels that he is not taking a big enough risk to "wow" NYADA professor Carmen Tibideaux, played by guest star Whoopi Goldberg.
"Not the Boy Next Door" from The Boy From Oz: Kurt decides against "Music of the Night" and sings "Not the Boy Next Door" from The Boy From Oz—channeling Hugh Jackman's Tony-winning performance.
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