Glee is working on a live stage musical, a big wig at Fox revealed yesterday.
While speaking with reporters and shareholders on Glee’s success Thursday afternoon, Gary Newman, co-head of Fox Television, attributed some of its popularity to live performance elements. “We launched a live stage business with a sold-out arena concert tour in 2011, and now a live stage musical is in the works.”
It is still unknown as to how this live production will be executed. Could Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele, be cast in a musical on the TV show, and have the actual production open on broadway? Could this be a live stage adaptation of the plot of the first season of Glee? Or maybe it’s just another concert tour that is being planned. It all remains to be seen.
Newman also shared information about online streaming deals, saying that licensing deals with Netflix and Amazon run at $1.5 million per episode.
The article goes on to discuss the skepticism surrounding Glee when the concept was first pitched. “The response across the industry was unanimous: Musicals don’t work on TV. It’s too expensive. It won’t repeat. And the high school setting will keep it too narrow and niche.”
He also says that other countries are attempting to secure rights for their own adaptations of the show.
Glee is set to return to Fox on Thursday, September 26, at 9 PM EST.
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