Although I hate to acknowledge it publicly, I’m a “Gleek.” In case you don’t know what that means, I’m admitting to having watched Glee on television. One of my favorite characters on the show was Coach Sue Sylvester, portrayed by veteran actor, comedian and stage performer, Jane Lynch. So, I was excited to be attending her “See Jane Sing” tour as it made a stop at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.
The evening opened with Lynch’s backup band taking the stage and sharing some jazz tunes and a few jokes with the audience for about twenty minutes. Then, one of Lynch’s special guests, Tim Davis, came on stage and sang a few songs, demonstrating the talent that earned him the job as vocal coordinator for Glee throughout its run.
Jane Lynch strode out from the wings. Tall, lean and ready for action, she is definitely a commanding presence on stage. Not having read about Lynch’s background before the show Glee, I’d always wondered if she – and the other characters – all sang their own parts on the television show or whether they had vocalists backing them up. After she launched into her performance Saturday night, all doubts were cast aside as her smooth, melodic voice filled the Symphony Hall.
Lynch gave the audience a selection of Broadway show tunes and obscure songs from the 1930’s that were flavored with sardonic comedy and satirical wit, allowing her “Coach Sylvester” side to shine throughout her performance.
Along with Tim Davis, Lynch was joined by Kate Flannery, best known for her role on the long-running television show, The Office. Flannery provided the comedic relief to Lynch’s “straight man” (pun intended) act as the duo “schtuck” it to the crowd. They played well off each other and their time together on stage were m y favorite parts of the evening.
My only negative comments about the show are these:
First – after six years on Glee and the finale only one week past, I was hoping for some “stories from the set” at some point in the evening. Perhaps, though, Lynch is working to separate herself from the Coach Sylvester character and make sure fans know she has a much broader repertoire at her command, as evidenced by her performance.
Second – Lynch’s stage time was only an hour long. It was not enough. I mean that in the sense of having wanted more time with this talented performer. She’s good, and the evening ended far too quickly.
Fans will have a chance to see Lynch in two upcoming movies, After the Reality and Angel From Hell, due out later this year. You can also catch the “See Jane Sing” tour in selected cities as she continues her run through 2015. For tour dates and more information, visit Jane’s website at www.janelynchofficial.com
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