White House "Glee" performance "surreal" says co-creator
Really lousy streaming audio at whitehouse.gov/live made it impossible for those of us stuck at our offices to appreciate the awesomeness of the "Glee" cast performance at the White House on Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll.
At our office, the performances looked pitchy, robotic, and like the singers did not know who they want to be as artists - actors, singers, or budding associate directors of public engagement.
But "Glee" co-creator/executive producer Ian Brennan insisted Tuesday that their multi-song set was "a total, absolute, surreal dream."
"For me, it was one of the best moments of my life, standing there by the South Portico," Brennan gushed on a conference call with the press to plug the return of the show, on April 13.
The "Glee" cast, dressed red T-shirts and black jeans, like anarchists on Casual Friday, sleep-walked through several songs from the show at the White House event, including "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Sweet Caroline" (gak!).
Cast member/token diva character Amber Riley sang the National Anthem, which Brennan insisted really impressed the First Family:
"[President Barack] Obama kept looking over to Michelle, kind of like, eyes wide, 'Damn, this girl is good!' Brennan said, reading into Obama's eyes.
"It was absolutely, absolutely incredible," Brennan added.
But when WaPo TeamTV "Glee" bureau chief Emily Yahr asked if the president was a fan of the show, another "Glee" co-creator/executive producer, Brad Falchuk claimed the President had told some of the cast he didn't let his kids watch "Glee" because his daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, are too young for the Fox series.
Brennan disagreed in the strongest terms, insisting little Sasha does watch the show, though he acknowledged it was possible Malia does not. But he was nearly certain Michelle is a "Glee" advocate.
"I would encourage all four of them to get Congress to mandate it, so it's some kind of a law that everyone in the country has to watch it," suggested Falchuk.
"Call it "Glee" reform," he added.
"I think a lot of the problems that we have would be solved if people got together and watched 'Glee'," Brennan concurred.
A Chicago-based blogger on the call apologized to Brennan and Falchuk for not having seen the "Glee" cast when they came to the Windy City to perform on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," saying, "Oprah wouldn't let me anywhere near."
"Yeah, she's tough," Falchuk observed. "It was harder to get into 'Oprah' than it was to get into the White House."
Lisa de Moraes
April 6, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
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