SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive First Listen: GLEE's 'Don't Dream It's Over'
Today BroadwayWorld is 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) from "Glease": in addition to "All That Jazz" from CHICAGO courtesy of Rachel (Lea Michele) and Cassandra (Kate Hudson) from earlier today, here is 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/rock classic "Don't Dream It's Over" from this Thursday's brand new episode, "Swan Song".
While not a traditional theatre song by any means, the Crowded House worldwide hit "Don't Dream It's Over" as performed in this sextet story-song-style arrangement and featuring the impassioned vocals of the New Directions members showcased herein is a surefire showstopper. With an especially memorable lead vocal by the appreciably ever-improving Monteith and five other gleek supremes, this spectacular cover of an 80s pop/rock staple is worthy recognizing as both a solid pop single, and, better yet, a compelling musical sequence all its own. Rife with drama and rich with layers of metaphor and meaning for the characters giving voice to the heartrending lyrics, this is a GLEE tour de force.
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 "Don't Dream It's Over" performed by New Directions, 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