Gratitude and grace echoed throughout the McKinley High auditorium set as “Glee” troupers feted the show’s 100th episode Monday with a champagne toast and cake cutting ceremony.
The gathering on the Paramount lot brought together current and past cast members to celebrate the groundbreaking Fox/20th Century Fox TV series that has become “home” for adolescent outcasts— misunderstood jocks, theater geeks and math nerds—aching for a place to belong.
“I was so excited because it was a show for kids like me,” recalled Chris Colfer, who plays rosey- cheeked Kurt Hummel, of his gut reaction to reading the pilot script. “It was the first time that I had seen something for performance arts kids, for theater kids, and I was so excited for the world to have it.”
The 100th episode airs Tuesday — and marks the show’s return after a long hiatus. Star Lea Michele marveled at the show’s milestone moment.
“I remember reading the script and then reading ‘And then Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ starts to play,’ and I got chills,” said Michele, who plays drama queen Rachel Berry on the six-time Emmy award-winning series. “I still get chills to this day. I knew that this was a gem.”
GLEE: The GLEE cast celebrates during the GLEE 100th Episode on Monday, Feb. 24 in Los Angeles,CA. (Pictured L-R) Cast members: Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet, Melissa Benoist, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Blake Jenner, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum, Jr., Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Becca Tobin, Alex Newell, Amber Riley, Jacob Artist, Heather Morris,Darren Criss and Mark Salling. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX
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