Darren Criss & Chord Overstreet Talk Sondheim Songs On GLEE
This week's episode of FOX's hit musical dramedy series Glee was titled "Bash" and the episode was highlighted by four songs penned by master Broadway songwriter Stephen Sondheim, so stars Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet discuss the work of Sondheim in an amusing new featurette.
Last weekend, BroadwayWorld hosted the WORLD premiere of "Broadway Baby" from FOLLIES as performed by Lea Michele and Darren Criss - available here - and, now, more musical theatre mainstays are available to download, as well - including tunes from INTO THE WOODS and SWEENEY TODD in addition to another FOLLIES showstopper.
As originally exclusively revealed to me in our recent InDepth InterView last month, Michele confirmed that the INTO THE WOODS anthem "No One Is Alone" would be performed in the episode by Darren Criss and company, as well as three more songs by master composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Besides "No One Is Alone" from INTO THE WOODS performed as a trio, "Not While I'm Around" from SWEENEY TODD also gets the group treatment, while "I'm Still Here" from FOLLIES is given a gender switch.
Of note, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Carole King and popularized by Aretha Franklin is currently represented on Broadway in the jukebox musical BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL which plays at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
The official description of GLEE's "Bash" is as follows: "With opening night of Funny Girl rapidly approaching - and despite the producer's concerns - Rachel is granted one night off of rehearsals so she can complete her NYADA "Midwinter Critique" for the much feared and revered Carmen Tibideaux. When her performance doesn't go quite as planned, Rachel finds herself facing an important decision that pits her education against her career. After the close proximity of Sam and Mercedes' living arrangements leads to the seemingly inevitable hook-up, he tries once again to rekindle their romance. But Mercedes - despite her clear attraction to Sam - hesitates, worried about how dating (as one of her backup singers puts it) "a white, unemployed dude she met in her high school Glee Club" may adversely affect her public image and burgeoning recording career. Meanwhile, Kurt gets a harsh lesson in the difference between life in high school and in the real WORLD when he butts up against an all-too-familiar enemy, but he makes an important realization about himself in the process."
GLEE airs on Tuesdays at 8 PM on FOX.