'Glee' scoop: Behind-the-scenes of the New York City season finale

We’re two weeks away from the season 2 finale of Glee, but EW is ready to reveal some scoop on May 24’s episode. Glee fans will be thrilled by what the producers have in store for this epic ender, in which New Directions travel to the Big Apple to compete in nationals. Over the course of a whirlwind week of filming in April, the cast and crew shot at various New York landmarks, including Times Square, Lincoln Center, and Central Park. Many of these locations will be seen in a major musical number that finds the cast singing a mash-up of Madonna’s “I Love New York” and Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” Co-creator/exec producer Brad Falchuk, who also directed the episode, says that filming in Manhattan allowed for some expansive shots of the city. “We’re [normally] either shooting inside a soundstage or we’re shooting in Los Angeles, pretending it’s Ohio,” he says. “That means it has to get very small. You can’t get too wide because you might catch a palm tree. So being in New York was like, ‘Hey, man — go big and go wide!'”

So what else can fans expect? For starters, the return of Cheyenne Jackson and Charice, who play Vocal Adrenaline’s coach and star vocalist, respectively. Also look for a cameo from musical-theater icon Patti LuPone, who runs into Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) at a restaurant. And Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester will have a dramatic solo in which he sings “Still Got Tonight,” one of the songs off his own debut album. “It’s very reflective,” Morrison says of the performance. “He’s kind of faced with a decision of whether he’s gonna be on Broadway or stay with the kids and keep going down that path. There’s also a lot of emotions about his relationship with Emma and the possibility of giving up that.” Meanwhile, Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer) will visit some hallowed ground, the Gershwin Theater where Wicked is performed eight times a week. It’s an appropriate location for the pair, who duetted on Wicked’s signature song, “Defying Gravity,” early in Glee’s first season. This time they tackle another tune from the musical (we won’t ruin the surprise for you spoiler-phobic Gleeks). “It was always my dream to get to play Elphaba on stage every night,” says Michele. “I was very close to stealing one of Elphaba’s brooms.”

Meanwhile, Finnchel fans will be excited to hear that Rachel and Finn have quite the night out together in the city. “I have an epic date with him,” says Michele of the sequence, which takes the pair through Central Park and the West Village. “Even I was melting inside every time I saw Cory in that suit with flowers. He does take her on this fabulous day, this amazing date. It’s every girl’s mini–romantic comedy in one Glee episode.” Michele also reveals that the nationals performance will feature more original music. How will it all end? Not surprisingly, Team Glee won’t say. Teases Colfer, “I will tell you this: All the characters have major dreams come true in the final episode.” Adds Falchuk, “I think that at the end, everyone will hopefully feel real good.”

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  • kate

    Finnchel! Lea Michele and Patti Lupone! New York! My head just might explode!

    • Karen

      Finn and Rachel exploring New York. I love love love it!!!

      • Lori

        I love Glee and the entire cast and SwedishFriendFinder was amazing

    • Lisse

      I cannot imagine the comic possibilities of Finn meeting Patti Lupone. hahahaha

  • Marcus

    I can’t wait for the Wicked number. I’m also glad there’s no mention of Blaine pointlessly popping in to sing while they’re in NYC.

    • Jackie

      I’d also take a Rachel and Kurt performance of ‘For Good’, although it’ll make me cry.

      • Caryn

        It’s definitely For Good–it has to be! Especially since all of their growth this year together–remember when they sang the Garland/Streisand duet? It’d be fun to see them do Popular but that’s not really a duet…

      • Mia


        According to reports, that’s exactly what it is!

      • Jackie

        I’m tearing up already, but in a good way! That song gets to me every time I hear it.

      • Jill

        That’s my favorite song in the show, and they did such a good job with Defying Gravity. I can’t wait for this episode.

      • Kate

        That was my first thought too and yes, that will be a tear jerker.

  • Willy Brown

    Can’t wait till they pull the plug on this crappy show.

    • Marcus

      You’re in for at least another 2 years of waiting, sorry to tell you.

    • Ryan

      yeah. I can’t believe how fast this show went from one I liked to one I absolutely hate. I think it’s a record.

    • pie thrower

      Willy, I’m with you. We have to settle for this when we could have had “Human Target.”

      • francisca

        “Glee” is not great but “Human Target” is one big piece of $h!t!

    • simonew

      Good grief, no one is forcing you to watch it.

      • WI Fam

        Or read articles about it. Or comment on articles about it…

    • MM33

      Why read the spoilers for a show you hate?

      • nunya

        THANK YOU

    • tom

      i think I am going to barf

  • Fridge

    So if Finn and Rachel are going out on this dream date, does that mean Finn and Quinn are finally through?

    • Karen

      God I hope so! Finn needs to get his head together and get back ASAP with Rachel. We all know who he really loves!

      • Krystin

        I know, I love when Finn and Rachel are together! They are such a cute couple, so I am hoping to see them back together on the finale!

    • beks

      …and what about Jesse?

      • Something

        seriously what about jesse i mean he is back and he and rachel went to prom together and now hes helping out the glee club so… does he have any important part

  • dawn

    Can Santana and Brit get together already? Can Rachel/Quinn/Finn be over already? Can Mr. Schue stop singing totally inappropriate songs to/with the glee club already? Can someone kill Jesse St. James?

    • melissa

      I heard that Jesse St. James might die!

    • Satan

      I don’t think Santana deserves Brittany.

  • Jonathan

    I did think that last season was a bit of a low point for Glee, but I’ve been really pleased with this season. Yes there have been some episodes that weren’t “amazing”, but overall I’ve really enjoyed it. I think some people are just being too critical and losing site of a show that’s supposed to be fun.

  • NMO

    For a show that’s supposed to be giddy fun, Glee has the whiniest, most miserable fans on earth.

    • Kresteen

      Thank you!!

  • Jamie

    So there are times when the story lines feel just a bit too contrived or silly. Where else on TV are you going to find great performances on a Musical Comedy on Broadway level? This show is a major treat every week.

  • Sam

    Kris Allen wrote “Still Got Tonight” if anyone is interested.

  • Trisha

    Aren’t some of these “kids” graduating from high school already? Shouldn’t there be some “kids” coming in?

    • Joy

      Rachel is a junior… Senior next year and I believe the rest are as well… They all just went to the Junior Prom

  • CM

    So Lea was melting on the inside watching Cory in a suit with the flowers? I wonder why! Or better, I don’t wonder, I’m just waiting for 2 announcements from her.

    • CM

      3 announcements

    • Kim

      Well, I melted when I saw pics of Cory with the flowers. Imagine how Lea must have felt!

  • Tanya

    Why do people who do not like the show even look at this article and then comment that the show is crappy to people who obviously are here to enjoy some news about a show they actually like?? If you don’t like the show don’t look at the article.

  • crispy

    Ugh, “I Love New York” is one of the worst songs in Madonna’s oeuvre. How is Kurt not singing “New York City Boy”?

  • DeAnna

    So I can start a new campaign—Michele and Groff for Wicked 2012 or 2013!!!

    • Jackie

      Or if they ever make a ‘Wicked’ movie:

      Elphaba = Lea Michele
      Galinda/Glinda = Mandy Moore
      Fiyero = Jonathon Groff

      • jb

        I am loving your casting, haha!

      • Yesenia


      • beks

        Oh my gosh, those are wonderful suggestions!

  • Andrew

    OK. Madonna. Manhattan. “Wicked”. I think a lot of gay men just fainted with excitement. This is going to be great.

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