EXCLUSIVE: FOX's "Glee" in Talks for Stage Development

News   EXCLUSIVE: FOX's "Glee" in Talks for Stage Development
"Glee" may leap off the screen and into theatres. Music Theatre International, which licenses performance rights of Broadway titles from Legally Blonde to Fiddler on the Roof, is in talks to bring the hit FOX series to the stage.
Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele
Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele Photo by Joe Viles/FOX

MTI chairman Freddie Gershon told Playbill.com that "The 'Glee' deal is in negotiations. We're exploring a collaborative venture with Fox and 'Glee.' We just think it's a natural." Gershon also revealed that a Junior version of The Little Mermaid was in the works, as well as Avenue G, which he characterized as "the G version of Avenue Q, with no full-frontal puppet nudity."

MTI has had great success licensing Disney's High School Musical and its sequel, as well as the Broadway hit Rent. The company also holds the rights to Wicked, Hairspray and Spring Awakening, which will be available for license in the future.

The "Glee" pilot premiered in May 19, 2009, and was seen by 9.6 million viewers. The Sept. 9 season premiere of "Glee," which was viewed by 7.3 million people, was the highest original series premiere for FOX in three years. The franchise continues to grow with CDs, DVDs, sheet music, choral arrangements and a live concert tour that will play Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Chicago.

Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck"), Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan created the series that explores a group of misfit high school performers and their teachers. "Glee" will air the remainder of its first season beginning April 13 on FOX. Broadway's Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison star.

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