'Glee' Exclusive: Details on the elaborate new tour!

We’re less than a month away from the start of the new Glee concert tour, set to begin May 15 in Phoenix, AZ, but EW.com has uncovered some exclusive details for you Gleeks who just can’t wait. “We’re gonna do between 15 and 18 numbers,” explains Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who’s also producing and directing the concert. “We made a decision to do our biggest hits because that’s what fans want to see. It’s a concert tour but it also has a story in it.” Staying true to the series, the plot will focus on the kids of New Directions and their rivalry with glee club all-stars, Vocal Adrenaline.

Production on the series’ first season wraps Monday and then the cast will go into heavy rehearsals for the tour, which Murphy promises will be visually spectacular thanks to a set designed by Lady Gaga’s set designer. Says Murphy, “It’s a huge stage. We’ve got multimedia. It’s really big. Fox believes in it so much that they’ve hired the best people. It’s not about going out and selling out a lot of dates and making a lot of money. In fact, we won’t make any money with this first tour because we’ve put so much money into the set design. It’s really just a great thank you to our fans.”

Will you be checking out the Glee tour, Music Mix-ers? What Glee songs do you want to see performed live?

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter @EWMusicMix.)

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  • quincy

    i think they should definitely do hello goodbye – i really liked that one :)

  • E.

    The tour sounds like fun for sure… but they should be careful they don’t overwork these kids to the point of exhaustion!

    • Zeddicus zu’l zorander

      Agree, but they are quite fun to watch. I hope they start using the Carpenters’ music :

  • Lou D

    Oh how I wish they’d do a UK tour! I’m a proud Brit Gleek and feel hard done by that no plans are in the works to bring the tour over here! And what about promotion for the back 9 or even the 1st 13 episodes? Did Fox think it wasn’t worth they’re time to do promotion for Glee in the UK? They flew the cast out to Australia for Pete’s sake! Ok, rant over now! I still love Glee, just wish they’d show us UK fans some love x

    • MW

      This cast works so hard. They are doing 16 hour days, often 6 days a week. Now, instead of taking the summer off, they are going on tour. How much more can they do without burning out? I’m sure they’d love to come to Europe if they could, but where do they find the time?

      • Dan

        This is hardly a huge tour and it won’t be taking up the entire summer. As I recall, 5-6 cities and ending by the beginning of June.

    • talkingtv

      As a fellow Brit and total Gleek, I have to say I’d LOVE for them to come. My review of the Madonna episode is here, feel free to check it out: http://talkingtv.wordpress.com/

  • elena

    I’m seeing them in Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited! I just hope they help some of the other less broadway-ish singers on keeping pitch and singing live (Cory Monteith, love you, but you need to step up your game). I wonder if they’ll have guest stars on the tour, like Jonathan Groff or others. I agree with E., though, these kids need a break sometime. Maybe no tour next summer?

    • Heather

      I agree about Cory. I love him but he does need to step it up! He does well with the acting.

  • Beth

    I really hope that they do a Glee tour in the UK too!!!!! I really want Glee to tour in England! I love Glee sooooo much and I am like the Biggest Gleek fan ever and I want to see them live in concert and I love it!!!!!!!! I really really want them to do a concert! PLEASE!

  • LAJackie

    I wish I had tickets to see them.

  • Josh

    Though I would love to see them live in concert, I too am concern about them burning out and ruining their voices. As a college theatre performer, I look forward to down time just from exhaustion of being a full-time student and also rehearsals every night and when one show closes, the next day we start rehearsals for the next. I’ve know a lot of friends who have gone on without breaks and they fall apart from being over-worked.

  • Lizziemo

    I’m travelling from scotland to LA to see Glee in concert. After reading this I am even more excited. Can’t wait. :D

  • Mike

    Like A Prayer, Halo/Walking on Sunshine mashup, Borderline/Open Your Heart mashup, Dont’ Rain on My Parade, Young Girl/Dont’ Stand So Close to Me mashup, It’s My Life/Confessions mashup, Mercy, My Life Would Suck Without You, Rehab, Push It…probably more i cant think of, cant wait for May 30 at Radio City!!!

    • K

      Hey, I’ll be there too! And I like your lineup… I might add Last Name (though how they do it without Kristin Chenoweth I have no idea), Hair/Crazy in Love, Proud Mary, and Jump. But that’s just me… :)

    • springs

      My Life Would Suck Without You and You Can’t Always Get What You Want were two of my favorites, but I pretty much like everything that they do.

  • Maeve

    Wish they were going to more than 4 cities so I could actually see it.

  • Sarah

    I tried to get tickets to the NYC show and they were sold out in seconds! Boo:(

  • Skippy

    I call BS! They’re gonna make plenty of money from this tour. They wouldn’t be doing it otherwise!

  • econruth

    Will Matthew Morrison be part of the tour? He’s the #1 reason I watch Glee.

  • Michael

    I just hope they put it out on DVD, since so many of us are unable to go.

    • Lemon

      They’d make a KILLING off this. And it really would be the best way to make the fans happy. Win-win! (Are you listening, FOX?)

    • mscisluv

      Yes yes yes!!

      • noa

        how can we make this happen??

    • Brandy

      They should put it on DVD. I’m seeing them in Chicago but I have no intentions on recording the show myself. A DVD version would be great. But if it’s like AI on tour, there probably won’t be one. I really wanted to see last years AI Tour with Adam Lambert.

  • Jesse

    Is this like slave labor? How can the cast work all year long on the show and then all Summer long on the tour, which is probably a 24-hour a day type thing? I barely have enough energy to make it through the day, I don’t know how they can sustain themselves?

    • Dan

      Wow where are you reading this summer long tour thing? It’s a few weeks in May. (and not EVERY DAY in may).

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