The Indy roots of "Glee"

September 9, 2009
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It seems as far away from his preview hit show, "Nip/Tuck," as possible, but Indianapolis native Ryan Murphy could have another crowd-pleasure with "Glee," which opens its first season on Fox this evening.

The show, about a misfit high school glee club, sneak previewed its pilot earlier this year, allowing it to build an audience, particular among high school students (and former high school students with fond memories of group singing).

"Glee" is actually a return to high school for Murphy, a Warren Central grauduate, who also developed the two-season-and-out show "Popular" for the WB. Indy residents will no doubt be looking for local in-jokes and references as the series progresses. It has already named Carmel High School as the oh-so-perfect glee club to beat.

With more of an edge than the "High School Musical" franchise (which had no edge whatsoever) and with a talented cast, including Broadway vets, this could be a hit with a multi-generational audience.

Your thoughts on "Glee" or your experience in glee clubs?

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  • I tuned into this thinking I would witness the TV version of H.S. Musical and was delighted by the writing, sub-plots, wrinkles and quirky characters (the football coach, the cheerleader coach and the principal for example). I've told many friends that this will be a big hit if they can extend the story lines.
    • I loved the pilot and told everyone about it and the reference to Carmel High School. We eagerly tuned in last night and were shocked by that blatant sexual dance and the embarrassing kissing scene. Please, please don't make us block this potentially great show! Our pre-teens and teenagers need a "now" version of what we used to like about "Happy Days"...a show we could enjoy and relate to.
      • Realistic
        Glee is pretty realistic, and I think a lot of high school students can relate to it. HS kids today face grown up problems, there is no such thing as innocence anymore (except maybe if you are home schooled). Glee is an awesome show, both my fiance and I love it and even though we have been out of high school 10 years, we can relate! The singing is stunning, and because of the show we have decided to start going to local glee club performances to support the real students out there! Carol, you and your family are missing out on a great show with a lot of teaching points for your children if you "blocked" Glee.
      • Jefferson High School Show Choir, First Edition
        Lou! I met you at Indy Men's Mag (I used to work for Heather H. at the dating service....)
        Anyway, I was in First Edition, the show choir in Lafayette (Jefferson High) that used to CRUSH Warren Central every year during show choir competitions! Here's a youtube clip:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWjRA-n-W0w&feature=related
      • Unrealistic
        While I do LOVE Glee-and I mean LOVE...I've seen every episode and own the seasons and soundtracks- I find the whole high school scene with these labels and stereotypes very unrealistic. Especially for Indiana. I went to Carmel High School and my very best friend went to Warren...neither of us experienced such a separation and hatred between "cliques." I'm sure some schools DO have these bad stereotypes...but it just seems too unrealistic to me.

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