This big-screen extension of the Glee
franchise, which sometimes plays like a long-form promo, melds the New Jersey portion of the 2011 tour with fan profiles. On stage and off, cast members stay in character, even while prepping backstage. Dressed in jeans and Izod shirts, they begin the show by singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" before launching into a string of pop hits, including Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (some numbers were filmed at the Izod Center). As on the series, the stronger singers, like Lea Michele ("Don't Rain on My Parade") and Chris Colfer ("I Want to Hold Your Hand") shine the brightest. Though Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, to name two, aren't as strong, their charisma helps to compensate--and that applies to special guest Gwyneth Paltrow, too. If the choreography consists primarily of jumping and fist-pumping, Heather Morris brings her dancing expertise to bear on a rendition of Britney's Spears's "I'm a Slave 4 U" dressed in a bikini outfit that probably wouldn't pass muster in prime time. In a fantasy sequence, Artie (Kevin McHale) also leaps from his chair to do the "Safety Dance." Since Glee
centers on misfits, the documentary sequences celebrate three Gleeks who are different in some way: a gay drama student, a diminutive cheerio, and a Brittany enthusiast with Asperger's syndrome. The extra features offer two deleted routines, three extended performances, and outtakes with Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester, though her nemesis, Mr. Schuester (Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison), is notable by his absence. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Here's your front-row seat to a thrilling concert performed by the phenomenally talented cast of Glee. See your favorite stars from the hit TV show as they sing the songs you love and dance up a storm on stage. Get swept up in the energy of "Glee Live" -- including performances not seen in theaters and hilarious Sue Sylvester introductions!