Photo from FoxHow awesome was the tribute-to-Madonna Glee episode? Answer: So gleekin' awesome! I don't even like Madonna all that much -- certainly not with the fervor of one Sue Sylvester -- and I was still totally entranced. In fact, I'd had a little Madonna teach-in with my 9-year-old stepson. I picked which of my faves would be on the show and was right about both "Express Yourself" and "Like a Prayer." (I knew they'd include "Like a Virgin" too, but I never thought it'd actually be so … sexy! Biggest surprise of the night!)
Which left me wondering: Considering that some of the song choices were a bit questionable toward the end of last season, who would I like to see getting the gleetment next? Friends had great ideas, and I had some of my own. How about you?
They're generally known as a great punk band, but that doesn't tell the whole story. "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" is a sweet song that evokes summertime in the '50s. "Do You Wanna Dance" got the sweet, slow treatment by Bette Midler. "I Want You Around" is a nice love song. "Rockaway Beach," "California Sun," and "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll" would all fit beautifully in the Glee universe -- and let's face it, "Rock 'n' Roll High School" is a must. Ho! Hee! Let's Glee!
My cousin suggested this one because she knows that despite 20 years in Brooklyn, I'm a Jersey Girl at heart. She has a point. "She's the One" would be awesome, sung to a now-unattainable Rachel by a lovestruck Finn. The trouble is, any of the Boss' truly great songs need a good five minutes. "Born to Run"? Don't cut that short. The seven-minute "Rosalita"? Hands off. If they do "New York City Serenade," it'll take half an episode. But what the heck, I'd still love to hear some Boss.
Here's the rundown from my pal Karen: Arnie can sing "China Girl" to Tina. (Oh baby! Just you shut your mouth!) "Cha-cha-cha-changes" is a full-cast tribute to high school adolescence, and … oh, who am I kidding. I just want to see Curt do "Fashion."
Has there ever been a more theatrical band? You don't need an arena to rock "We Will Rock You." "Under Pressure" would dovetail nicely with a number of Glee story-lines. Surely Curt "Want(s) to Break Free." Imagine the staging of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"? And oh, oh, OH, a full version of "Bohemian Rhapsody"? Are you kidding me? Someone get me Mr. Glee's phone number.
Their show, American Idiot, is on Broadway, for heaven's sake! Glee is filled with Broadway stars (Lea Michele got her start in "Les Miz" at the tender age of 8; Matthew Morrison was nominated for a Tony; Jenna Ushkowitz and Jonathan Groff were in "Spring Awakening" along with Michele, not to mention Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel from "Wicked") … it's time to stop kissing teenage butt with top-40 hits and start drawing the line between Glee and 42nd Street a little more clearly.
Hah. Just kidding!
The legendary Broadway composer and lyricist turned 80 this year. You can't turn on public television without seeing frantic tributes to him. The 2003 movie Camp, which featured him, is like the ancestral lemur to Glee. Tribute! We demand tribute!
Who should get the Madonna Glee treatment?