While Gleeks everywhere are singing funeral dirges over the loss of their beloved Fox franchise, at least one Glee cast member is experiencing sensational new life after TV death. But really, if anyone’s going to rise out of the ashes, guns blazing, of the mega-popular high school musical dramedy, why wouldn’t it be the indomitable Jane Lynch?
Taking to the Paramount Theatre stage in Austin on Friday, March 6, Lynch set aside her Sue Sylvester athletic garb for the evening of jazzy tunes and silly antics. In what was the latest stop on her See Jane Sing! tour, Lynch also helped the Paramount ring in its 100th year anniversary with songs about, among other things, lesbian lovers and train crashes in coal mines. Joining Lynch onstage were Kate Flannery of The Office, and Glee’s own vocal contractor, Tim Davis. (Basically, the dude responsible for arranging all the music on Glee). Backed by the Tony Guerrero Quintet, Lynch & co. performed several songs that ran the gamut from Prohibition era swing numbers to folksy, impassioned laments. (It’s worth mentioning that the aforementioned trainwreck/coal mine song is “Blood on the Coals,” by The Folksmen). After just over an hour of performing, Lynch brought the audience to its feet not once, but twice, as she popped onstage and off for two additional encores.
And yes, to clear up the query on everybody’s mind: Jane sings just as beautifully as she delivers impeccable one-liners. Somebody give this lady an old-school style musical comedy revue show already.