When fans of the hit TV show Glee rush to the movie theaters this weekend to see Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, they can rest assured that the cast will stay in character, and that the experience will mimic the one gotten from television.
The 83-minute Glee 3D film will feature Glee's popular characters warbling hit songs from the TV show as they traveled across the country earlier this summer, performing live.
Translated: this is no behind-the-scenes "story beyond the music" documentaryÂ—just Gleeks having a blastÂ—in character.
All the favorites will be seen performing: stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Heather Morris and the rest.
Director Kevin Tancharoen tells the AP, "It would have been completely disconnected from what made (the show) extremely popular if it had turned into, 'Oh, look at Lea Michele and Cory Monteith and Harry Shum Jr. be superstars and rehearse and do press and record and go on tour."
The Glee 3D film opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.
"That's why I think it's different from those other concert films," Tancharoen says. "Those are all rock stars and musicians, and these are characters who mean something different to everybody else. They are extremely talented and they all sing very well and perform very well, and that's another big part of the show that was very popular, so we kind of wanted to mix all that stuff together to make this 3D concert experience."
Not only will the stars perform such favorites as "Teenage Dream" and "I'm a Slave 4 U," they'll also appear backstageÂ—in characterÂ—giving interviews.
Says Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, "I feel like I did a nice blend of Rachel and of Lea while I was onstage performing. We are our characters, but at the same time when we walk on stage, we are ourselves."
The idea for the Glee 3D film was, in a way, a no brainer. The numbers for the TV version of Glee are staggering; a normal week draws more than 10 million viewers.
Hence the concert movie, clearly targeted at fans of the wildly popular TV show.
But fans better hurry, because the Glee 3D movie will only play in theaters for two weeks. After that, it's some withdrawal before Season 3 of Glee premieres on September 20, 2011.