Better update those passports, Gleeks. "Glee" is heading overseas! Just as we were treated to an amazing live (not to mention, sold-out) tour stateside, European fans will finally get to see the cast do their thing up close and personal. Show creator Ryan Murphy and the "Glee" family made the official announcement via press release today that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Naya Rivera, as well as newcomers Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss will perform on some of the world's most renowned stages.
Ryan Murphy explained in the official statement, "We had such a great time putting together last year’s shows, and the response from the fans was incredible. People around the world want to see our cast live and in person, so this European tour is our way of thanking them for the unbelievable way they’ve embraced our little show."
From June 22-July 3, 2011 the "Glee" cast will perform at Manchester's MEN arena and the O2 Arenas in London and Dublin. It seems the cast is already excited about the venture, including Amber Riley, who said, "I loved performing for the fans in Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and New York last year and didn’t think there was any way to top that experience. But, performing in the great arenas of London, Manchester and Dublin? How cool is that? We cannot wait." Her co-star Cory Monteith added, "We had so much fun on tour last year that we were all itching to do it again. The fact that we're going to Europe to perform for thousands of people is mind blowing. This show has been quite a ride."
In addition to season one favorites, the cast is expected to perform numbers from the second season, including their covers of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind." But, don't fret, American fans, the cast will tour on our soil again soon. Ryan promised, "We’ll be back to a city near them this summer, stay tuned. We’ll have some exciting news very soon."
Tickets for the European "Glee Live! In Concert" tour go on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday, November 26 at 9 a.m, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster locations. However, American Express cardholders can get in on an exclusive pre-sale beginning November 22. For even more details, like VIP fan packages, check out GleeOnTour.com!
2011 Glee Live! In Concert! dates:
June 22: Manchester, England @ MEN Arena
June 25: London, England @ O2 Arena
June 26: London, England @ O2 Arena
July 2: Dublin, Ireland @ 02 Arena
July 3: Dublin, Ireland @ 02 Arena
Would you hop a plane to see "Glee"? Will you UK fans be heading to an arena near you?