The Rocky Horror Glee Show

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Glee, a show ostensibly aimed at drama geeks and cult fans, managed to earn a much wider audience during its first season. The Rocky Horror Picture Show had a similar experience 35 years prior, which makes this EP -- a tidy combination of the two -- one of the better recordings in Glee’s catalog. It’s no surprise that the Glee castmates, with their Broadway credentials and soft spot for jazz hands, are able to sink their teeth into music this self-consciously campy, but The Rocky Horror Glee Show also throws a few surprises into the mix. For starters, the longest song is performed by Naya Rivera (Santana), whose solid R&B vocals often go unnoticed on the show. Other underutilized characters are given airtime, too, including the gauzy-voiced guidance counselor Jamya Mays (Emma) and the hunky dentist Dr. Howell (played by John Stamos, who sounds like he’s having the most fun of anyone here). The only misstep is the casting of Amber Riley (Mercedes) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but that gripe is reserved for hardcore Rocky Horror fans only, and the bulk of Glee’s audience shouldn’t have a problem with what is essentially a tidy, polished, well-sung tribute album.

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