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(2009– )


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On the day of her audition, Lea Michele was in a car accident right outside of the studio. She came in literally still pulling glass from her hair.
Kevin McHale who plays Artie Abrams is the only actor to have appeared in every one of the 88 episodes that comprised seasons 1-4.
Cory Monteith didn't sing in his first audition video. He instead produced a beat using makeshift drums. The producers liked his personality and originality so much they called his agent and requested he fly to Los Angeles for a live audition.
Several times during filming they had to stop rolling to tell Kevin McHale to stop tapping his feet to the beat of the music.
Darren Criss got the part of Blaine after a nation wide open audition in which anyone could upload a video onto Glee's Myspace page singing one of two songs they allowed.
Much like her character Emma Pillsbury, Jayma Mays has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day.
70 songs were used in the first thirteen episodes.
In her audition for the role, Lea Michele sang "On My Own" from Les Miserables. However, the pianist cut the second verse without telling her. She stopped singing and told him "We have to go back and do the verse!" The writers laughed, and later said she definitely had the Rachel role down.
The role of Quinn Fabray was not cast until the night before filming began.
The only time Sue calls Emma by her correct name in the first two seasons is the Pilot. All other times, she has "mistakenly" called her names like Irma, Alma, Ellen, Arlene, You, or the Redhead. Sue doesn't her Emma again until The Purple Piano Project.
Heather Morris (who had been a back-up dancer for Beyoncé Knowles' tour) was hired to play the character of Brittany after she was first called in by show choreographer Zachary Woodlee to teach the "Single Ladies" dance to the cast.
Until season 5, each episode number 6 of every season of the show features a singing mash-up battle.
The character of Kurt was written for Chris Colfer after he originally auditioned for the role of Artie. The writers told him that he looked like one of the Von Trapp kids, and Chris told them he actually just starred in The Sound of Music, playing Kurt Von Trapp. This obviously stuck in the writers' mind, as they called his character Kurt Hummel (the surname after the cherubic figurines).
On July 13, 2013, Cory Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia and had died from alcohol and heroin overdose. Ryan Murphy gave Cory a tribute in the 3rd episode of Series 5, which deals with the passing of Cory's character Finn and the episode would directly deal with the incidents that were involved with Cory's passing and the drug use in particular.
Matthew Morrison is less than four years older than Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Harry Shum Jr., yet he plays their 30 something teacher.
Most of the cast were unknown faces, which is exactly what the the producers wanted. And such was the level of spontaneity, auditions were often populated by youths who literally walked in off the street, eager for a crack at stardom.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, who plays one of Rachel Berry's fathers, was nominated for a 1998 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for "Ragtime," in which Lea Michele (Rachel) also appeared (starting when she was only eleven years old).
Original Audition Songs: Matthew Morrison sang and played 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' on the ukulele. Lea Michele sang 'On My Own' from 'Les Miserables.' Chris Colfer sang 'Mr. Cellophane' from 'Chicago.' Jenna Ushkowitz sang 'Waiting for Life to Begin' from 'Once on this Island.' Kevin McHale sang The Beatles. Amber Riley originally sang a pop song for her audition, but the producers asked her to sing 'And I Am Telling You' from 'Dreamgirls.' Jayma Mays sang 'Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me' from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'. Although many people believe Cory Monteith sang 'Can't Fight This Feeling' for his audition, but he really sang 'Honesty' by Billy Joel, which he revealed on the Canadian radio show Q. By the end of the first season, Morrison, Michele, Colfer, and Riley had performed their songs on the actual show. Mays sang hers in the second season.
Even though she receives principal billing, Dianna Agron was the last person to be cast.
Ryan Murphy wrote the part of Rachel Berry with Lea Michele in mind.
The high school is named after William McKinley Jr., who was the 25th president of the United States (serving between his inauguration on March 4, 1897, and his death by assassination on September 14, 1901. McKinley was one of eight US presidents to have come from Ohio, the state in which "Glee" is set.
In 2010, Ryan Murphy announced that "Glee" would be providing the funding for a job readiness counselor position at New York City's Hetrick-Martin Institute, an agency that provides support services and counseling to LGBTQ youth and that also runs the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public school for LGBTQ teens who have been bullied in their previous schools. The job had been eliminated because of budget cuts at the institute. Murphy also announced that the show will provide $25,000 in matching scholarship funds for Harvey Milk High School.
Terri works at Sheets N' Things which is obviously a play on Linens N' Things. By the time the Pilot aired Linens N' Things had closed all of its stores across the country.
The restaurant the characters frequent is called "Breadsticks". The show creator, Ryan Murphy, previously made a high-school themed show called "Popular" which featured the students congregating at a restaurant called "Croutons".
Much of the main cast of Glee (2009) performed for President Barack Obama, his family, and the approximately 30,000 children and parents in attendance at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll on April 5, 2010. Among the songs the Glee group sang were "Don't Stop Believin'," "Over the Rainbow," and "Sweet Caroline," which songwriter Neil Diamond has said was originally written as a tribute to Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy; Malia Obama and Sasha Obama, the daughters of President Obama, were in the front row to hear the concert.
Mr Shue says that he was a freshman when April Rhodes was a senior in high school. In real life, 'Kristen Chenowith' is 10 years older than Matthew Morrison.
Harry Shum Jr., is nearly a decade older than his character Mike Chang.
All cast members do their own singing and dancing.
In early drafts of the pilot script, Quinn's name was "Liz Fabray".
The original idea of Glee was inspired by Ian Brennan's own experience as a member of Prospect High School's show choir. It was supposed to be a film instead of a television series. Brennan wrote the first draft in August 2005, and completed it in the same year. The script, however, did not receive any interest from producers at that time. Michael Novick, a friend of Brennan's and a television producer, later gave Ryan Murphy a copy of Brennan's script, as they are members of the same gym centre. Murphy himself joined show choir when he was young, and thus related to the script. Murphy and Brad Falchuk suggested that Glee should be produced as a television show. Therefore, the three joined together and rewrote the script. The rewritten script was sent to FOX, and picked up immediately. The three decided to write all of the episodes by themselves. Murphy and Falchuk became executive producers and directors of the show, while Brennan is a co-executive producer. Novick also became a producer of Glee.
When "Glee" team - Ryan Murphy, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Dijon Talton and Jenna Ushkowitz - all guested on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) (7 April 2010), most claimed to be among the hardest working group of people in the television industry, starting at 6 a.m. and putting in as many as 12-14 hours daily (Monday-Friday), and even rehearsing some weekends.
Lea Michele (b. 1986) is 8 years older than her character, Rachel Berry (b. 1994).
Artie is named for Brad Falchuk's friend Arthur Stroyman, who was a jock who never understood the artsy kids in school.
Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins) does not like wearing make up. The make up crew lightly powders him with anti-shine right before the cameras roll.
Lord Tubbington, Britney's cat, real name is Eragon. He also lives with another cat named Beezus. They were both featured on "My Cat from Hell" a TV show for misbehaved cats.
Jessalyn Gilsig and Matthew Morrison play high school sweethearts when in fact Gilsig is 7 years older.
Fans of the show refer to themselves as "Gleeks". The show embraced this and season two billboards and bus ads encouraged fans to "Gleek Out".
Stephen Tobolowsky plays a character named Sandy Ryerson. Tobolowky appeared as pushy insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day (1993).
In season 4, Sarah Jessica Parker didn't sign up for a specific number of episodes (like most guest stars do on TV shows), but she and Ryan Murphy struck a deal in which she would be asked if she was available a while before shooting an episode and they would manage dates.
The role of Principal Figgins was originally written for a white actor. They ended up casting Iqbal Theba who was born in Karachi, Pakistan.
Cast members Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Jenna Ushkowitz are all Broadway alums. Morrison was the original Link in 'Hairspray' and Fabrizio in 'Light in the Piazza'. Michele was the original Wendla in 'Spring Awakening'. Ushkowitz also appeared in 'Spring Awakening' with Michele. Many guest stars have also been well known as Broadway stars: Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes) won a Tony for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and played the original Glinda in "Wicked;" Idina Menzel (Shelby Corcoran) won a Tony as the original Elphaba in "Wicked" (in which she was Chenoweth's co-star) and was also in the original Broadway cast of "Rent;" Phoebe Strole was the original Anna and Jonathan Groff (Jesse St. James) was the original Melchior in "Spring Awakening" (co-starring with Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz); Neil Patrick Harris (Bryan Ryan) was a replacement Emcee in the most recent Broadway revival of "Cabaret" and was the revival Broadway Lee Harvey Oswald/Balladeer in "Assassins;" Victor Garber (Will's father) played Anthony in the original Broadway cast of "Sweeney Todd" and many other Broadway roles, as well as Jesus in the movie version of Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973); Debra Monk (Will's mother) has performed in numerous Broadway musicals and plays, and also co-wrote the musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes." John Stamos (Dr. Carl Howell) had lead (replacement) roles in the 1990s and 2000s Broadway revivals of "How to Succeed...," "Cabaret," and "Nine." Carol Burnett (Sue's mother) was nominated for a Tony for playing Princess Winnifred in the original Broadway cast of "Once Upon a Mattress." Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jeff Goldblum play Rachel's fathers; Goldblum started his career in Broadway musicals (including "Two Gentlemen of Verona") while Mitchell is one of the preeminent Broadway leading men of his generation ("Ragtime," "Kiss Me, Kate," "Man of La Mancha," etc.)


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

New Directions was originally supposed to win regionals at the end of the first season, as Series Creator Ryan Murphy didn't think the show was going to be picked up for a second season. When he became aware a second season was going to be made he changed the outcome of the season one finale, to make their drive to win in the second season more passionate.

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