On the heels of blockbuster ratings for its the post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, Fox-TV’s “Glee” today announced 13 members of its cast will tour this summer as “Glee Live! In Concert!” – including a June 8 date at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center June 16 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
McKinley High classmates Quinn (Dianna Agron, left), Santana (Naya Rivera, right) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), who all will be on the ‘Glee’ tour coming to Philadelphia
Tickets will go on sale to the public for most cities at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. At www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, any Ticketmaster Outlet and the arena box offices .
But there are several pre-sale offerings and fan ticket packages, with details at www.gleetour.com.
The tour, which starts May 21 in Las Vegas, will include “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).
It will continue through June 18.
The cast will perform in “an all-new singing and dancing celebration of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show,” according to a release.
The concert 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’.”
“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 “Glee” co-creator Ryan 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 of ‘Glee’ has been an amazing, rewarding and humbling experience all at once,” Criss said in a release. “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!”
“Glee” is this season’s No. 1 entertainment series among teens and a Top 3 series among Adults 18-49 and 18-34. It has produced two platinum and two gold albums, two Grammy Award nominations, more than 16 million song downloads, the record for the most titles on the Billboard Hot 100 by a non-solo act (beating out The Beatles).
It also had The No. 1 soundtrack of 2010 (“The Christmas Album”), 19 Emmy and 11 Golden Globe nominations – the distinction of being the most-nominated series of the year – and four Emmy Awards.