K, so here is the rundown:
We (my husband, Greg & I) drive up to the valet - there are HUGEEEEE Glee hot air type balloons everywhere.
We go to the check in desk and get our red sparkly FOX VIP wristbands, but not before I see Chris Colfer in his bright blue shirt:
He was chatting with (overwhelmed and bombarded by) a huge crowd of suited FOX execs, publicists, agent types.
I didn't see Kevin till later, but Greg had eagle eyes and spotted him in his bow-tied, clam diggered glory:
So, we walk by these cheerleader girls who were awkwardly washing that Chevy...I think it was a cute idea in concept, but skeevy in execution because there were no high school boys to see it, just middle-aged publicity/studio types. The car company clearly was an event sponsor though b/c we had to watch one of their commercials before the screening started.
Some dudes with headsets and sweaty, creased brows tell everyone to start to head in to the screening, so we head that way en masse. In front of us was the girl from the other Fox show Dollhouse, Dichen Lachman:
Then the CEO of 20th Century Fox, the unnaturally-hot-for-a-TV-exec Dana Walden got up and displayed her mediocre public speaking skills:
Then they did the thing where they give the charity chick a huge check for $25,000. (National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - they do really good stuff like get arts programs in the LA public schools who have NO ARTS FUNDING - blah LA)
Thennnnnnnn they showed us SHOWMANCE! (after the car commercial)
Here is who, pound-for-pound, got the biggest laughs:
The songs in the show that got a huge reaction were:
Golddigger - obviously
Sidenote: I have to say, a friend of ours who is in publicity and shall not be named did an event with the cast before the pilot ever premiered last spring and she said a few of the cast members were like TRUE drama/musical theater geeks - super hyperactive, very loud, etc. I also won't say who so I don't tarnish your image of them...it's not who you'd expect. Anyway, hey have come a LONG way in their PR skillz since then. Everyone was poised, polished and still very accessible.
OH...forgot to mention...a very tallerthanhe, sexy Latinasian woman was by the side of Mr. Schuester and boy-oh-boy was he happy about that. They were kissysmoochytouchyfeely for sure. I don't ever think anyone wondered if he liked boys, but he does not.
K, onwardsnupwardz...after the awesome screening...we come out and they've transformed the area to a cocktail-reception-meets-highschool-cafeteria place. There are a few open bars, then inside there are super-gruff cafeteria ladies with hairnets barking at everyone to get their trays and keep moving. "I can't do everything, get your own silverware!" (BTDubz, that's Greg with the cafeteria lady in the Gawker link) The food was like upscale high school fare - Mac-N-Cheese, Beef stew type stuff, chicken breasts, pasta, salad, etc.
After we got our food it was funny to walk out of the "cafeteria" to try to find a seat at the picnic tables b/c everyone had the "omg-who-am-i-going-to-sit-with-omg-where-do-i-sit" high school lunchroom panic face. We sat. We ate. Some people sat with us and we discussed the panic face. I recognized a slew of Fox ppl and they recognized me, but am terrible with publicist names even if I've met them dozens of times, so I just avoided that part and enjoyed staring at the cast who were walking around.
One of the nicest things I saw was Ian Brennen with his family. He is this guy who wrote a screenplay called "Glee." It got into the hands of Ryan Murphy who decided it should be a TV show and now this guy who doesn't even have his own wikipedia entry is a Creator/Writer/Co-EP of one of the most highly anticipated TV shows in a long time. The Hollywood dream is alive and well. Anyway, the cast kept coming over and meeting Ian's family, which was really sweet.
Oh! BTW, dessert was hosted by some cheerleaders as a bake sale...that's how we scored a bazillion napkins for the Gleemiere gathering @ my house tonight..."oh I'll just take a cookie and um, I need 20 napkins under it, thanks!"
We meandered and mingled around for awhile and then got our GLEE SHIRTS and went home. All in all a very fun night.
BTW - I heart her necklace AND I bet she's going to sing in the show eventually. Apparently she has a lower voice and was always cast as the male lead in all of her high school musical productions.
Here are some other pics of the cutiepies:
K, until tomorrow! Hopefully the denizens of the internet will be productive and get vids up of all the musics in Showmance - fingerscrossedprettypleaseinternettheives!!! XO