Glee Live Stage Musical is In The Works

GLEE: The glee club reunites in the "Wonder'ful" episode of GLEE airing Thursday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

At 21st Century FOX first investor day yesterday, it was revealed that a live stage musical based on the FOX TV show, Glee, is currently in the works.

“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,” Newman said of Glee. “And two more seasons of the show were ordered by Fox. When you identify the right creator and support a big, creative vision, you get a show like Glee, which is exactly the kind of property that our studio excels at exploiting.”

The company that produces the musical comedy (not to be confused with the TV network) met with investors to discuss the future of the shows they produce, also including Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother. They had special praise for Glee co-creator, Ryan Murphy, who is currently working on 3 very different properties for the production company–Glee for FOX, American Horror Story for FX and Open (an edgy series about open marriage) for HBO.

It was mentioned that licensing deals for Glee with and Netflix are worth $1.5 million an episode and 50 million songs and 13 million albums from the show have been sold. The streaming deals alone explain why FOX would order 2 more seasons of the show.

As far as the stage musical is concerned, there are no further details, such as whether any of the big stars–Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Naya Rivera, Chord Overstreet–will be involved in the production, or where and how it will be staged.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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  • RedMountainRanch

    It would be interesting to see the original cast do the first show and record it for a home video kind of thing or even have them do a limited 2 week run before the musical’s long term cast takes over.

  • NatSasic

    I don’t think Glee can work as a franchise without its original cast. They are a huge part of the spirit of that show. If they wanted to do a limited run musical with Lea Michele, Chris Colfer et al, I could see that working. Anything else I can’t see being successful.

  • Landon Cox

    But without Finn? How would that even work?

  • Ari

    It would be hard to see a Broadway type Glee show with ‘rachel” ‘Kurt’ “finn” “mr shue” using other actors. They could use it as an inspiration for a Broadway style show of kids in a glee club

  • Kariann Hart

    The musical might work if one or two of the Glee cast played teachers. They could even use their Glee name. Then they could add some Idol contestants, AGT, The Voice, and the X-Factor folks. It wouldn’t have to be winners. I could even see Judith Hill playing a teacher. Then again, maybe unknowns would work?