On Friday, May 28, 2010, my day started by stepping off of a Greyhound bus and into New York City for the first time in my life. After only an hour or so to go check out the hotel we would be checking into later that day, it was time to head off to the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca. As a sort of last minute surprise, I was able to bring my friend Emily Zhang with me, so that’s who you’ll see me with in the pictures. She was going to stay back and do something else, but I was able to get her an entry thanks to the awesome people at iheartradio. We took the subway from 50th to Canal St., and stood in the line that was forming outside of the building. I texted my contact at iheartradio, saying that I was there, and she came out to get me! We got to bypass most of the line and we came inside to get a sneak peek of the theater before everyone else was allowed in. It was set up to look like a classroom, but they chalkboards had hilarious caricature drawings of all the cast members. I remember that when Amber saw the one of her, she commented on how big her head was. Hehe…
Right before it started, we got to save our seats in the theater. We sat in the second row (I believe that the 1st row was reserved for employees) and we got wristbands so that we could leave and come back in easily. We dropped our stuff off in our seets, and then got some breakfast. Everything was provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, so the donuts and coffee was great. Then we went back to our seats and ate while the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show people came in. This was awesome for me because I listen to them almost every morning on a local station, Q94, but I had no idea what they actually looked like! Greg T., who Elvis Duran usually refers to as frat boy or round head, went around asking for peoples’ questions to ask the cast during the interview. Finally, the Glee cast came in.
The cast members who were present were Cory Monteith (“Finn Hudson”), Kevin McHale (“Artie Abrams”), Jenna Ushkowitz (“Tina Cohen-Chang”), Naya Rivera (“Santana Lopez”), Amber Riley (“Mercedes Jones”) and Mark Salling (“Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman”). After some introduction, they began answering questions. Some of the questions were from the audience (approximately 100 people), in which case Greg T. would go to the person who had a question and let them ask it into the mic. Other times, they would take callers with questions, which Elvis was able to do on stage using his iPad. One of the funniest times was when a caller was trying to ask the cast about their ages in relationship of the ages of their characters, but their cellphone signal was so bad that only every other syllable was audible. Obviously, the Glee cast had no idea what they were trying to say. Enjoy this captioned image of Jenna, Cory & Amber’s confused faces:
Overall, the interview was great. The Elvis Duran people were funny, especially Carolina Bermudez. (I think Danielle Monero really wanted Cory to take his shirt off…) It was a ton of fun seeing the cast live. Here are some highlights of the rather long interview, provided by iheartradio’s YouTube Channel. In this clip, the cast talks about the differences in recording for a TV show and performing live. Cory does admit that there may have been a little pants crapping for the tour. Haha!
At the end, where you see everyone saying “I heart …”, if you look closely, you can tell that it was edited together. They actually shot that 3 different times, and every time, a cast member would say something different. The only exception way that the first two times, Amber said ‘shoes’, but the die-hard Gleeks already know that, so ‘spanx‘ is definitely way more hilarious. Personally, I agree with Naya. Those bagels were amazing, especially with the cream cheese.
When asked who they would want as a guest star, most everyone agreed with Amber that Janet Jackson would be amazing. However, Kevin also wants Hayley Williams (the lead singer in Paramore), who once tweeted him… and he died. Haha!
Then someone in the audience asked about the famous slushie scenes. While some of the cast, like Cory, lucked out and got fake slushies, most of the cast, like Lea and Amber, had to get real ones. I can’t imagine being hit in the face with sticky ice is too enjoyable.
My favorite question of them all was when someone asked for advice for person who is shy but wants to perform in front of a live audience. They all had good things to say, especially Amber who recommend to start small, maybe even uploading videos on YouTube, and then gain confidence. Unfortunately, they didn’t make a highlight video of that response. However, if you want to replay the live stream that they were showing, you can still watch the interview in its entirety here:
There are a few short snippets of quotes from the cast that you can read here, Breakfast with ‘Glee’, but I highly recommend that you watch the full interview video above. It is definitely worth it.
The very last thing was the meet & greet with the cast. We went on stage in groups of 8 or so after they recorded their one liners. (“Hi, this is ___ and you’re listening to the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.”) We got to take pictures with the cast, but it was really fast. However, I did have time to talk to Jenna and Amber a little bit. The first thing they did was hug me and then they asked how my bus ride was. Amber remembered I lived in VA and then Jenna said that she was reading my tweets from that morning. Before I went, they checked to make sure I was going to the show and then said goodbye as I ran off the stage. I didn’t realized that while I was talking, a completely different group had come on stage and the photographer was telling everyone to smile. That was my cue to leave… Oops! I embedded the video below because you can kind of see me from around 13:00 to 14:10. The cast is so nice. It’s a huge part of the reason why I love the show so much.
All the photos taken from the event have been posted here: Z100.com -- Cast of Glee at our P.C. Richard & Son Theater. In the right sidebar, under highlights, you can click on “Meet & Greet” to see the pictures that the cast members took with the 100 Gleeks. (That’s me in pictures 19-22, between Jenna and Amber.) I encourage you to flip through and just look at Cory’s different facial expressions. He is the BEST at posing for pictures! xD
Well, that’s all! I hope you guys enjoyed my report of the event. It was the most fun I had had in a LONG time. If you’re interested in seeing my tweets and twitpics from the events of my weekend (including the Glee Live concert at Radio City Music Hall), follow me on Twitter @GleekRob! Thanks for reading and please feel free to share it with our fellow Gleeks! :)