The 'Glee' Cast's Visit to Oprah

Think Oprah Winfrey's TV audience is typcially a boisterous bunch? Try a studio full Gleeks. Fans of Fox's hit TV musical series, Glee, gasped, cried and thundered their applause for the cast, who opened the show with a performance of Queen's "Somebody to Love."

In advance of the show's April 13 spring premiere, the Oprah episode was filled to the brim with fun, from O's interview with the cast members (and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy), to behind-the-scenes footage, to a raucous performance by the actual high-school show choir that inspired Glee's story.

Jane Lynch (Glee villain Sue Sylvester) enjoys how the show has made her hip. "Suddenly, my demo is like 16-year-old boys," she said. "Now there are these cool people in coffee shops going 'Hey!'"

The creators discovered Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele on Broadway, but said all the rest of the cast members were unknown talents. "We took three or four months, and we went all around the country," said Murphy. "We encouraged people to come in off the street."

Chris Colfer's character, Kurt, wasn't originally in the script. "Chris came in and sang [Chicago's] 'Mr. Cellophane,'" said Murphy. "And it was so unique, we said, we’ve got to write a part for that guy. And we did."

An unexpected bonus in the episode: a real-life show choir from John Burrows Public High School -- whose YouTube videos inspired Murphy when he was developing the concept fpr Glee (the show’s choir room was even modeled after theirs) -- performed a phenomenal version of Madonna's "Vogue."

Murphy had a great answer when asked what happens when everybody on the show graduates: "They never will," he insisted. "It’s a 10-year high school, McKinley High."

Plus: Attention, Gleeks! Open Casting Call!

Are you psyched for Glee's return on April 13?

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