“Glee” executive producer and co-creator Dante Di Loreto is ready for a big finish to the season.
The hugely popular FOX series ends its second year Tuesday, May 24, as the high-school glee club New Directions travels from Ohio to New York City for the much-anticipated Nationals competition. Broadway veteran Patti LuPone will appear as herself, evidently performing with series regular Lea Michele … if the latter’s Tweets have sent the right message.
“It’s been a big season for everybody,” Di Loreto tells Zap2it. “There are a lot of stories to tell and a lot of stories to resolve in these final episodes. New York was a ball; we had so much fun being there, it was really overwhelming.
“Filming in the streets of New York can be a real challenge, particularly when you have 14 principal cast members, but everyone was so enthusiastic and also respectful. The city and the weather cooperated 100 percent.” So did Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to an extent Di Loreto deems “crazy. I thought, ‘He must have more important things to do,’ but it was flattering nonetheless.”
Di Loreto’s packed summer agenda includes a “Glee” concert tour in both the U.S. and the U.K., a 3-D movie of it, and the launch of the Oxygen competition series “The Glee Project” Sunday, June 12. First, though, he’ll be back in New York to reap a literal reward for his efforts.
Education Through Music will honor him at a benefit Sunday (May 15), with “Glee” co-stars Jane Lynch and Jenna Ushkowitz in attendance. “It’s great to draw attention to an organization that does such really important work,” Di Loreto reflects.
Set to debut in August, the “Glee” movie is one of the franchise’s most recent developments, and Di Loreto is eager to gauge its effect. “Because our primary goal is producing the TV show, we don’t have the ability to do as many tour dates, so filming the concert and releasing it in theaters just seemed a way to be able to open it up to a wider audience.
“We know the depth of the fans,” Di Loreto adds, “and that gave us hope that the cities we can’t play [in person] will be interested in coming to see it in the form of a film. If we’re doing our job right, it will be something a family will be able to enjoy together.”