SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive First Listen: GLEE's 'All That Jazz' from CHICAGO by Kate Hudson & Lea Michele
Today BroadwayWorld is very proud to present the third and fourth world premiere exclusive songs in a month's time, following "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" performed by Kitty (Becca Tobin) and the New Directions girls as well as "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)" performed by Marley (Melissa Benoist), both from "Glease": in addition to Finn (Cory Monteith), Marley (Melissa Benoist), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Brittany (Heather Morris), Blaine (Darren Criss), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and the rest of the New Directions with a theatrically-attuned group reworking of the 80s Crowded House pop classic "Don't Dream It's Over" also today, here is the Broadway standard "All That Jazz" from CHICAGO courtesy of Rachel (Lea Michele) and Cassandra (Kate Hudson) from this Thursday's brand new episode, "Swan Song".
Come On, Babe
Famously showcased as the opening vocal number in one of Broadway's longest-running musicals, Kander & Ebb's CHICAGO - currently in its umpteenth year on the Great White Way - "All That Jazz" is one of those musical theatre standards that Broadway babies and gleeks alike have hoped and wished the hit musical dramedy series would cover someday (especially since Gwyneth Paltrow and Lea Michele did so well by "Nowadays"), so, it is with super-special regard that BroadwayWorld unveils this sterling new addition to the splendid catalog of Broadway's best ala GLEE, as is amply evident to hear in the spunky, sassy, sexy and spectacular sounds of this titillating duet take on the brassy and boozy ode to the Prohibition Era debauch… and, well, you know the rest.
The fourth season of GLEE finds many the original gleeks of McKinley High having graduated at the close of last school year - Finn (Cory Monteith), Santana (Naya Rivera), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) among them - but they now act as mentors to the remaining core glee club members - Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) and others who make up the new New Directions 4.0, along with a whole new crew of fresh faces - ranging from the aforementioned kindhearted outsider Marley and cruel Kitty to clueless Ryder (Blake Jenner), troublemaker Noah (Jacob Artist) and gender-bending Unique (Alex Newell). Then, there are the exciting new stars of the New York City-set split-storyline newly being explored in the narrative of the show as it passes seventy-five episodes, still going strong - centering on Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer)'s adventures in the Big Apple and tracing their memorable mentors, Cassandra (Kate Hudson) and Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker). As this week's "Swan Song" prepares us for the December 13 winter finale Christmas extravaganza, many questions hang in the air pertaining to the vast cast of characters comprising the wild, wacky and oh-so-idiosyncratic universe created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan on FOX's GLEE.
Here is the official synopsis: As New Directions regroups after Sectionals, Finn ponders his future with the club. Meanwhile, Rachel prepares for the NYADA Winter Showcase, and Kurt gets his shot at redemption with a second audition in the all-new "Swan Song" episode of GLEE airing on Thursday, Dec. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
So, click below for the exclusive SOUND OFF world premiere first listen of the GLEE version of "All That Jazz", featured in this week's episode, "Swan Song". Enjoy!
GLEE airs Thursdays at 9 PM on FOX. More information on GLEE: THE MUSIC is available at the official music site here.
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From This Author Pat Cerasaro