I'm very happy that the television show, Glee, is leading the number of Emmy nods this year.
Yes, it's silly. And campy. And totally implausible.
But it's also well-acted and the singing is fabulous.
I know. Written like a true musical theatre geek, right? I readily and GLEEfully cop to that. I've loved musical theatre since. I was, like eight. My fabulous elementary school library (Leslie J. Steel School, Decatur, GA) had a series of books that included, by year, every Broadway musical that premiered, with words and lyrics. It took me a whole summer, but I went through them, memorizing lyrics and plots.
I was far away from Broadway, but I felt I was in the thick of it.
I fell in love with my husband, Martin, because he wooed me with show tunes. (Yes, he still does!)
Our kids not only grew up watching Disney musicals on DVD, but could sing along to BRIGADOON and MUSIC MAN and of course PETER PAN. Seriously, my son thought that Gene Kelly was his uncle. I didn't have the heart to tell him when his idol passed.
My own attempt at the Great White Way is my musical of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I wrote the book, with lyrics and musical by the incomparable Rita Abrams. With the help of our esteemed theatrical agent, hopefully we'll eventually get there. In the meantime, click onto the link, and you can hear a song and get samples of others.
I'm of the mindset that any show on TV that makes people want to sing, dance, or smile at others who live to do so deserves an Emmy or two.
My guess is that GLEE — with its stellar cast led by Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele — will get a heckuva lot more than that.
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