No 'Glee' Tour in 2012; Charity Concert In the Works
L.A. Hollywood Bowl show would benefit 'Glee' Give a Note campaign
The cast of "Glee" will not tour this year, as first reported by Billboard's sister publication the Hollywood Reporter. "We currently have no plans of touring the cast this summer," a spokesman for Glee studio Twentieth Century Fox Television told THR.
Following a 2011 tour that grossed a reported $40.85 million, the powers-that-be are now aiming to stage a charity concert at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl later this year. Proceeds from the gig would benefit the "Glee" Give a Note campaign, which supports music education programs in schools.
"Glee" Give a Note was inspired by Ryan Murphy ("Glee's" co-creator and executive producer) and launched by Fox TV in association with the Give a Note Foundation. The latter was founded by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and is a social advocacy group focused on U.S.' music education programs.
Last December, the "Glee" Give a Note campaign awarded $1 million to 73 schools nationwide to help save struggling music programs. $1 from the sale of every "Glee: the Complete Second Season" (released on blu-ray and DVD last year) went to the "Glee" Give a Note campaign.
Sources contacted by Billboard indicate that the show's co-creator and executive producer, Ryan Murphy, is very keen on making the Bowl show happen and is a firm supporter of the Give a Note Foundation. Possible concert dates have already been discussed, but it's still early on in the planning process. If the concert is booked for a weekend night after the Bowl's busy summer season -- which seems the most likely scenario -- the earliest it could happen would be in September.
Representatives for Fox and the Hollywood Bowl did not respond to requests for comment. However, Give a Note COO and NAfME's assistant executive director Jane Balek tells Billboard that "we have been talking about continuing our work on a next phase of 'Glee' Give a Note, but no definite projects were discussed."
She says that Murphy and Fox are "truly supportive of the mission of NAfME and its Give a Note Foundation" and "would be thrilled" to continue their work together.
As early as a week ago, sources say the "Glee" cast's summer tour plans were still up in the air. While the ensemble had hit the road both in 2010 and 2011, it was at the cost of sacrificing much of the actors' summer hiatus from the show. And getting that break in 2012 was essential. Murphy -- along with the rest of the parties involved -- wanted to ensure the cast was happy and had the ability to pursue other non-"Glee" projects (film or otherwise) over the summer.
The 2011 "Glee Live! In Concert" tour ranked as the No. 16 biggest tour of the year according to Billboard BoxScore. It grossed a reported $40.85 million from 40 sell-out shows (out of 40 total dates). Total attendance numbered 485,852.