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Glee in New York City

17 October 2013

Following on from the article published in July about New York TV shows, otsoNY takes a jump back to 2011 when popular music show, Glee visited New York City.

(Glee TV Show)

Simply titled "New York" was the twenty-second episode and season finale of the second season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 44th overall. The episode was written and directed by series creator Brad Falchuk, filmed in part on location in New York City, and first aired on May 24, 2011 on Fox in the United States. With a $6 million budget, it was reportedly the most expensive episode of Glee at the time of broadcast. It garnered a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Costumes for a Series. The episode featured an appearance by Patti LuPone as herself and guest stars Jonathan Groff, Cheyenne Jackson, and Charice.

(Cast of Glee at Washington Square Park)

The episode, and the musical performances featured, received mixed reviews from critics. While a number of scenes were praised, including the epilogue after the club's return to Lima, Ohio, reviewers excoriated the fact that New Directions arrived in New York with their songs for the competition unwritten, and deemed it completely illogical. The original songs in the competition were met with a wide range of opinions, as were most of the covers. Five original songs and five covers were performed, all but one of which were released as singles; three of the originals and two of the covers charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Upon its initial airing, this episode was viewed by 11.80 million American viewers and garnered a 4.6/11 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic. The total viewership and ratings for this episode were up significantly from the previous episode, "Funeral".

(Cast of Glee at Washington Square Park)

(Lea Michele in Times Square)

(Lea Michele in New York)

Forty members of the crew were flown to New York along with the cast including Lea Michele who plays Rachel and Chris Colfer who plays Kurt. Ten locations were used during the New York filming, including Times Square, Lincoln Center, the Gershwin Theatre, Central Park, and Sardi's. Patti LuPone made a guest appearance as herself in the Sardi's scene. Washington Square Park, which was used on the final day of filming, had not been approved as a location by the city until after the production team arrived in New York. Di Loreto noted that the biggest challenge of shooting in the city was the amount of people who can say no.

(Cast of Glee in the Mall, Central Park)

(Cast of Glee at the Lincoln Center)

Lea Michele

Lea Michele Sarfati known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American actress and singer, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television series Glee. Although, the Bronx born actress has been known to switch from the small screen to the big screen on occasion. In 2011, she appeared alongside Ashton Kutcher in the romantic comedy, “New Year’s Eve”, where she played Elise, an aspiring singer who was supposed to be performing at Times Square, but finds herself trapped in an elevator with neighbour, Randy for much of New Year’s Eve.

(Film: New Year's Eve)

The film featured several famous locations in New York such as Times Square, the 101 building on Park Avenue, Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue as well as Elise’s apartment building at 20 Bond Street, Alice Tully Hall at 1941 Broadway, the Langone Medical Center at 160 East 34th Street and Ellens Stardust Diner at 1650 Broadway.

(Film: New Year's Eve)


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