On June 9, my mother, sister, a family friend and I attended the wildly popular Glee Live tour in Washington, D.C. As we walked down the street toward the Verizon Center downtown, we couldn't help but notice the long line wrapped around the block just to get in the door. People of all ages waited patiently to make it through the line and past security.
Inside, on the way to find our seats, we had to carefully move through the packed crowds surrounding the overpriced souvenir booth. Once we were settled into our seats, Cheerios cheerleaders roamed the crowd handing out Sue's Barf Bags and trying to get people on their feet doing the wave. By this time, there wasn't an empty seat in the whole arena.
Then the lights went dim, and out came the opening act, the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers or LXD (which "Glee's" Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang, helps with). It did an act about a storybook where each chapter became real. The dancing was incredible; there was everything from hip-hop to modern ballet.
Finally, it was show time. The majority of the "Glee" cast members appeared on stage and opened with "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
Throughout the concert, they performed many songs from this season and some favorites from last year. Heather Morris (Brittany) performed Britney Spears' "Slave 4 U," the entire cast did Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Lea Michele (Rachel) sang Katy Perry's "Firework."
The lights went out again and when the spotlight shined, on stage were the Dalton Academy Warblers! They performed Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," Wings' "Silly Love Songs" and Pink's "Raise Your Glass." They really got the crowd moving.
After a few more songs by the cast, they ended with their original tune "Loser Like Me," throwing Slushie cups filled with confetti into the crowd! Other special effects during the concert included fireworks, unique lighting, streamers and special appearances on the large screens by Sue Sylvester, sarcasm and all.
The show wasn't over yet, though. The cast came out for an encore and sang Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Rebecca Black's "Friday," Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance," Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" and last, but definitely not least, Queen's "Somebody to Love."
It was a high energy, entertaining evening that kept many people on their feet and tapping their toes. The U.S. tour ends Saturday in Uniondale, N.Y., then travels to England for several shows.