Shelly recently got to go to the taping for the season finale, titled “Journey” – a reference to the show’s first hit single “Don’t Stop Believin’”. At the end of her report, there are scans of the programs that were given to everyone in the audience, so check that out before reading Shelly‘s highlights from the cast Q&A’s! Enjoy!
On Wednesday, April 21st, I went to the taping of “Journey,” the Season 1 finale of Glee! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this, so just to clarify again, the taping was only for the performances at Regionals. As much as I wish I did, I have no idea what happens in the episode beyond that. However, there are some slight spoilers in this, so if you don’t want to know anything that happens at Regionals, stop reading! For those of you who do want to know, read on, and make sure you go all the way to the end for the Q&As with the cast.
The filming took place at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, which seats about 1400 people and is where the Glee PaleyFest screening and panel were last month. I arrived at the theatre at 9 am and was first in line, surprisingly. The next group didn’t show up until around 11, but going early was worth it because I got to see a lot of set pieces and props outside, as well the members of Vocal Adrenaline hanging around the theatre. And while I was waiting, Jonathan Groff hopped out of a van parked right in front of me! He was wearing – wait for it… a hot pink shirt with black suspenders and slacks, just like all of the other VA guys. Surprise surprise.
At around 2 pm, they started letting us in and seated all of the “invited audience” in the balcony. I managed to snag a program (scans at the end), and since I was first in line, I got to sit in the front row, center! (So look for an Asian girl in plaid when the episode airs. :P) Once we were in, we got to watch VA perform their number for Regionals. All six minutes of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Their performance was full of crazy jumps, flips, throws, spins, etc. Believe me when I say that it was EPIC. As much as I love New Directions (more on their performance later), I have to say that they didn’t compare to Vocal Adrenaline. They filmed the audience waving glow sticks, rocking out, swaying, and giving a standing ovation. While they were filming, Jane Lynch was watching from the audience, and Ryan Murphy was directing from the side of the theatre. They announced that the four judges for Regionals would be Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Sue Sylvester(!), and Rod Remington (played by Bill Jones), so that explains why Jane was there.
Soon after they finished filming VA, they announced that New Directions would be performing for us. They came out in black and gold outfits – simple, but sharp. After some more waiting (they had to set up the lighting and rehearse a bit), they were finally ready to start filming. They first did several takes of the audience reacting to the announcement of the winner of Regionals. This was all done very ambiguously so that we wouldn’t know who the winner actually was, which I definitely appreciated because I for one don’t want to be spoiled just yet. They did a couple of neutral shots, and then a “winning” shot, where the cast totally goofed off – it was hilarious. Kevin jumped out of his wheel chair and started running around, Cory was rolling on the ground out of joy, etc.
Click here to read the rest of her report, including scans of the program and a cast Q&A!