It’s hard to believe that it was a year ago today that we were gathering in front of TV across the globe as Glee aired its last episode. While it was definitely the right time to drop the curtain on the hit musical dramedy (though some may argue it should have occurred a few episodes or even a season earlier), having recently finished a rewatch of the whole six seasons and discussions with friends on the approach of this anniversary, Glee still remains such a large part of people’s lives. Luckily for us, its stars have remained busy these past twelve months and we’ve been able to get our fix on TV, film, stage, and our local bookstores and libraries. Let’s check in on what everyone has been up to since we said goodbye.
Dianna has had a whirlwind year since Glee finished. She made her West End debut in the James Phillips play McQueen, which told the story of the lauded fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Following her stint in London, she also starred in the movie Bare, which is being shown as part of the BFI Flare Festival. Dianna has also been a regular attendee at both London and New York Fashion Weeks.
Since Glee wrapped, Chris has been mainly working on his award winning The Land of Stories series with the fourth book Beyond The Kingdom being released in July 2015. A US wide book tour accompanied the release, and an accompanying picture book The Curvy Tree was released in October, with a companion boxset Adventures from the Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries & Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty receiving its release in November. It was also announced that Chris will be writing a total of seven books in The Land of Stories series, and that along with the release of the fifth book in July 2016, there is an anthology of fairy tales being released in October called The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales and Rhymes.
Chris has also kept his hand in with acting first reprising his role of Tony in Hot in Cleveland, and we can look forward to seeing Chris back on the big screen as he has a guest role in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie. Hopefully this will not be Chris’ only foray into the big screen coming up as it is believed that filming will finally commence on the Noel Coward movie, which we believe is now called Since My Life Began, where Chris will play the young Noel Coward alongside a stellar British cast.
You name it Darren’s done it. Broadway, TV, film, an Emmy nomination for his Glee track “This Time,” a number of one off gigs and concert appearances, and produced and performed at his own music festival. Our Darren Year in Review piece highlighted his turn as Hedwig (for which he won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement (Male)), his upcoming film role in Smitten, his gruesome death in American Horror Story: Hotel, and his involvement in the Broadway-themed festival, Elsie Fest. So far in 2016, Darren has worked with Broadway star Betsy Wolfe and music director Steven Reineke for the Broadway Today concerts in D.C. and New York, with Toronto to follow later this month. He popped over the pond to star in London’s WE day last week and last month he joined Alan Cumming for a couple of songs during his Alan Sings Sappy Songs concert at Carnegie Hall. He will also join Seth Rudetsky for a Broadway series concert in Florida next month. No other projects have been confirmed at this stage, though announcements about this year’s Elsie Fest are likely to occur shortly.
Jane Lynch is another cast member that has been extremely busy on a variety of projects since Glee ended. She has continued her hosting duties on Hollywood Game Night, winning (for the second year running) the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. She has also guest starred on Girl Meets World and Portlandia in 2015. In 2016, she starred in the ill-fated Angel from Hell, which was pulled by CBS in early February after only five of the thirteen filmed episodes had aired. Jane has two films which are scheduled for release this year: a voice role in Nick and Snip, and The Late Bloomer. She has spent a large part of the year and much of this year booked up touring the US with her musical-comedy variety show, See Jane Sing.
Kevin has had one of the biggest departures following the end of Glee, with another successful series of the British panel show Virtually Famous where he is the host of the show about the weird and wonderful world of the internet. Kevin has also starred in the movie Boychoir (called The Choir in the UK), which also starred Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates. Kevin is also slated to star in the movie They Might Be Kennedys playing Teddy Mulligan, Aaron Tveit is also due to star in the project.
It was really no surprise that Lea Michele was announced as part of the cast of Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk’s new TV venture, Scream Queens back in January 2015. The 13-episode series premiered on Fox on September 22 and received mixed critical and fan reviews. However, it did well enough to be renewed with Lea confirming that she would be returning. A massive proponent of a healthy and active lifestyle, share often shares her workout, beauty and meal activities on Instagram. Lea released the follow-up book to 2014’s Brunette Ambition – You First: Journal Your Way To Your Best Life – in September. She is currently working on her second studio album, which she hopes to release later this year. She recently collaborated with Burt’s Bees on a campaign to act on the declining population of bees.
While Heather Morris has been busy on the home front since Glee finished up, she has also managed to squeeze in a few side projects. She married long-time partner Taylor Hubbell in May and she gave birth to their second son, Owen Barlett Hubbell about six weeks ago. Towards the end of 2015, she filmed a role in the horror short, The Cleansing Hour. The film is currently in post production. Heather also stars as Nicole in Folk Hero & Funny Guy, which is due for release in September this year. Earlier this year, she also filmed three episodes of a new comedy series, LA LA Living, which is due to air over the summer.
Like Darren Criss, it was not long after the curtain dropped on Glee that Matthew Morrison headed east and returned to the Broadway stage. Headlining the Broadway premiere of the new musical Finding Neverland (based on the film of the same name), Matthew starred as author J.M. Barrie. Previews began on March 15, with Matthew performing his final show on January 24. The role earned Matthew two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards: Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical and Favorite Onstage Pair. At the beginning of the year, it was announced that he would have a recurring role in the final season of The Good Wife, appearing for the first time at the beginning of the month. He also had a guest spot on Younger, romancing a couple of characters shall we say. His film Tulip Fever is due out later this year.
Chord Overstreet starred in the award-winning film, 4th Man Out. Described as a “mashup of man-child and coming-out comedies” the film won the Outstanding Narrative Feature prize at the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at the insideout Toronto LGBT Film Festival. It was released in selected cinemas in February and is available on iTunes and Amazon. He also has continued to work on material for his first solo album.
Since Amber said goodbye to the vocal powerhouse Mercedes Jones, Riley has definitely been keeping her vocal chords in good shape with her role as Addaperle The Good Witch Of The North in the NBC production of The Wiz: Live and she has filmed a guest spot for Crazy Ex:Girlfriend. Last month Amber will be following in the footsteps of Dianna, Darren, and Matthew by taking to the stage in the long awaited West End production of Dreamgirls with Amber playing the lead role of Effie. We all know that Amber will have the vocal strength for the role given that Amber performed “It’s All Over” and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” on Glee. The production will open at the Savoy Theatre in November.
As Glee was wrapping filming, it was announced that Naya Rivera was joining the cast of Lifetime’s Devious Maids in the recurring role of Bianca, the maid. She is also due to release her tell-all memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up this spring. Offscreen, Naya gave birth to her first child with husband Ryan Dorsey. Josey Hollis Dorsey was born in September.
Harry Shum Jr.
The New Direction’s principal male dancer has done very little professional dancing since Glee. Instead, he’s been honing his fighting skills appearing as High Warlock Magnus Bane in Netflix’s fantasy TV series Shadowhunters, and as Wei Fang, the lead in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sword of Destiny. Harry also married long-term girlfriend dancer Shelby Rabara in November.
Jenna Ushkowitz has spent in time working on films and returned to the stage following the end of Glee. She starred as Julia Sullivan in the musical adaptation The Wedding Singer, part of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s 2015 summer session. Jenna executive produced the documentary Twinsters, which was released in October. Telling the story of identical twin sisters separated at birth and their reconnection, the film won Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and a Special Jury Award to a Documentary Feature for Editing at South By Southwest. Jenna has also worked on two films: Captain Underpants (playing teacher Ms Guided) and starring as Maria in a reboot of the musical Hello Again. She will be joined with fellow Glee actor Nolan Gerard Funk (Dalton’s Hunter Clarington). Jenna also started up a podcast, Infinite Possibilities, in which she takes topics from her book Choosing Glee, and speaks with people who inspire her; from fellow actors to authors to experts.
In addition, to the main cast, we have Grant Gustin (Warbler Sebastian Smythe) lighting up our screens as The CW’s The Flash, Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose) fighting crime in National City as CBS’ Supergirl, and Becca Tobin (Kitty Wilde) co-hosts the female-centric podcast series Fempire/The Lady Gang with Keltie Knight and Jac Vanek.
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