Listen to ALL of the songs from next week’s Glee. Titled “Bash”, the series will tackle the aftermath of homophobic violence. The promos and on-set photos reveal that Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) will be the victim of a gay bashing which lands him in the hospital.
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The episode features several songs by Stephen Sondheim, including “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods, sung by Blaine (Darren Criss), Rachel (Lea Michele), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Kurt (Chris Colfer). “Broadway Baby” from Follies, sung by Blaine and Rachel (Watch Darren and Lea BTS at TV Line), “I’m Still Here” sung by Kurt, and “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd, sung by Blaine, Rachel, Mercedes and Sam.
Also, an original song, “Colour Blind,” written by Claude Kelly and Emeli Sande, will be sung by Mercedes (Amber Riley). She’ll also take on Aretha Franklin with “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.”
There are plot points in “Bash”, other than the gay violence theme, as the FOX extended summary for the episode reveals:
With opening night of Funny Girl rapidly approaching – and despite the producer’s concerns – Rachel is granted one night off of rehearsals so she can complete her NYADA “Midwinter Critique” for the much feared and revered Carmen Tibideaux. When her performance doesn’t go quite as planned, Rachel finds herself facing an important decision that pits her education against her career. After the close proximity of Sam and Mercedes’ living arrangements leads to the seemingly inevitable hook-up, he tries once again to rekindle their romance. But Mercedes – despite her clear attraction to Sam – hesitates, worried about how dating (as one of her backup singers puts it) “a white, unemployed dude she met in her high school Glee Club” may adversely affect her public image and burgeoning recording career. Meanwhile, Kurt gets a harsh lesson in the difference between life in high school and in the real world when he butts up against an all-too-familiar enemy, but he makes an important realization about himself in the process.
Whoopi Goldberg returns as Carmen Tibideaux, the tough director of NYADA.
“No One Is Alone” from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods – Blaine, Rachel, Kurt and Sam – This song is performed at a candlelight vigil of a man–a friend of the group–who was a victim of violence.
“Not While I’m Around” from Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd – Blaine, Rachel, Mercedes and Sam – I’m speculating that this is performed while the kids hold vigil around Kurt’s hospital bed. SNIFF.
“I’m Still Here” from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies – There were spoiler photos of Kurt singing at the NYADA Winter Showcase. He ends, triumphantly, on top of a piano. It’s post-attack, and KURT IS BACK BITCHES.
Broadway Baby from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies – Rachel and Blaine perform together at the NYADA winter showcase. Apparently, things don’t go so well.
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman – Mercedes does Aretha proud.
“Colour Blind” by Amber Riley – Mercedes sings an original song. Probably a cut from the album she’s working on in New York City.