We have so much fun watching Glee’s amazing musical and movie tributes — like Season 2’s homage to Rocky Horror, and this week’s Saturday Night Fever — that we only wish there were more of those episodes! The only tricky thing with picking other musicals for Glee to recreate is that the show has already done key songs from some of our favorites (including songs from Singin’ in the Rain, Wicked, Chicago, Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz, and Dreamgirls). So this is no easy task!
Given that, we’ve chosen the ten musicals or movies that Glee needs to reenact immediately. We’ve even thrown a few extras onto the poll that didn’t quite make our elite top ten. So get ready for a banjo-playing frog, one very ‘80s-tastic motorcycle, and a whole slew of regrettable hairstyles!
Yet another excuse to bring back Jonathan Groff (Jesse St. James)! Frankly, we love any chance to see the Glee cast wearing fake hair — whether it’s the Bieber bangs in “Comeback,” or the Hall and Oates-esque ‘staches of “Mash Off” — so this choice would be a natural. And if the Glee cast can cover “Aquarius” even half as well as the cast of 40-Year-Old Virgin did, we’re so there.
9. Moulin Rouge!
The visuals and costumes alone are enough to make us want this to get the Glee treatment. (Neon windmills and green fairies and elaborate mustaches — oh, my!) And hearing such recognizable pop faves as “Lady Marmalade” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the show wouldn’t be too shabby, either. By the way, seeing as how Kylie Minogue was a cast member in the movie, would it be too much of a stretch to think that she might drop by the show, too? Let’s face it: Glee plus Kylie is a match made in a very fabulous heaven.
8. Mamma Mia!
As long as you don’t overdose on the disco era with these week’s Bee Gees homage, what’s wrong with getting your ABBA fix, too? The show has already delivered their take on “Dancing Queen,” but that’s just the tip of the (very upbeat and very Swedish) iceberg. Heck, if Meryl Streep could hold her own on these songs, why not let the Glee cast “take a chance” on them, too!
7. Spring Awakening
It would be a blast to see Glee do Les Mis, considering that Lea Michele (Rachel) has performed in that on Broadway as well, but with Glee employing both Lea and Jonathan Groff, how could the show not do this one? Then again, if the Parents Television Council has had issues with Glee tackling sensitive subject matter in the past, we can imagine them having a field day with the show covering not only these themes but also such family-friendly songs as “Totally F*cked.”
6. The Muppets
Rather than choose one specific Muppets movie, we’d love the show to do an overall homage to the only group of creatures that might actually love showtunes more than New Directions does. This would give us the chance to hear all the great Muppets tunes, from classics like “Rainbow Connection,” to the newer ones like “Life’s a Happy Song.” And is it just us, or could Animal probably teach Finn (Cory Monteith) a thing or two behind the drums?
Yet another movie that later became a Broadway hit, this “little movie that could” has managed to charm everyone with its simple, touching love story about struggling musicians. The Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly” would be perfect for any one of Glee’s head-over-heels couples, and the fact that it’s set in Dublin would be perfect for McKinley’s resident Irishman, Rory (Damian McGinty). (Did somebody say “field trip”?)
4. The Little Mermaid
It’s hard to go wrong with a good Disney musical, right? We love the Lion King songs, too, and it’s been far more successful on Broadway than Mermaid was, but somehow the Mermaid songs feel more appropriate for Glee’s themes. Can’t you imagine someone encouraging a someone else to “kiss the girl,” or a character belting “Part of Your World”? And if Rachel could pull off Britney Spears’ schoolgirl look, we can imagine her doing justice to the scallop-shell bikini, too.
True, the show already covered “Take Me Or Leave Me,” but one song just isn’t enough! Plus, with the Glee characters setting out on their own after this season, we can’t imagine a more appropriate time to perform songs about struggling artists falling in love in a big city. And we’d love to hear the cast take on “Seasons of Love,” with its iconic “525,600 minutes” refrain — although they shouldn’t *technically* sing that song in 2012, since it’s a leap year. (Translation: 1,440 extra minutes!)
2. Purple Rain
Prince was not the biggest fan of Glee’s cover of his classic song “Kiss” in Season 2, so we’re not sure that he’d be thrilled about an episode devoted to his seminal ‘80s film that spawned the singles “When Doves Cry” and the title track. But we certainly would, in part because we’d love to see the cast in those crazy purple get-ups. Come to think of it, Kurt (Chris Colfer) is probably the only person whose fashion sense makes Prince’s clothes seem run-of-the mill.
1. The Sound of Music
If you don’t agree with this pick, you just might be as grumpy as a certain governess. This film — which won the Best Picture Oscar — is still as joyous as ever, and who wouldn’t want to see the Glee cast running around in outfits made of drapes? The show has already performed “My Favorite Things,” but other songs, like “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” seem like natural choices, too. And the show better hurry up, because there aren’t going to be many core cast members left who can still perform “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” Get a move on, Glee!