THE SCREENING ROOM: "Glee" Covers Carly Rae Jepsen, Lady Gaga, Adele and More in "The New Rachel" (Video)
17 Sep 2012
The hit musical series "Glee" kicked off Sept. 13 with "The New Rachel," in which New Directions members competed for lead vocals in the glee club while Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) adjusted to New York City life. In case you missed last week's episode, here are the performances.
"Glee" stars and Broadway performers Darren Criss (How to Succeed…) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Spring Awakening) covered Carly Rae Jepsen's summer hit "Call Me Maybe" on the premiere episode. They were joined by Alex Newell, whose character Unique left Vocal Adrenaline to join the New Directions, and Heather Morris as Brittany.
Other songs featured in "The New Rachel" included a mashup of Lady Gaga's "Americano" and Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again," performed by recurring guest star Kate Hudson, who plays Cassandra, a challenging professor at the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts; Barbra Streisand's version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," performed by Michele (Rachel) and new cast member Melissa Benoist (Marley); Imagine Dragon's "It's Time," performed by Criss (Blaine); and Adele's "Chasing Pavements."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.