'Glee' 3D film heads for theatrical release

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The hit television show Glee will release Glee Live! 3D!, a film version of the team's North American tour, for a two-week run starting August 12.

With performances by 14 cast members and behind-the-scenes footage, the film will be shot live during the summer concerts and directed by Kevin Tancharoen, who shot Fame and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Musical numbers to be featured include Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," Journey's anthem "Don't Stop Believin'," Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U," and Pink's "Raise Your Glass."

The creator of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning musical show, Ryan Murphy, said the film intends to reach fans unable to catch the tour's limited dates while the show is on hiatus between seasons. "We promise every passionate 'Gleek' a cinematic experience that will have them singing and dancing in the aisles," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Glee concert tour starts May 21 in Las Vegas and crosses North America, heading to the UK and Ireland June 22 through July 3, including multiple dates at O2 Arena.

Matthew Morrison, who plays the glee club coach Mr. Schuster, will not be joining his "students" on the road. His solo tour, June 18-July 23, will support the May 10 release of his own self-titled debut album, featuring collaborations with Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting.

The latest Glee album, Glee Presents The Warblers, is seventh on the US Amazon pop chart. Members of the Warblers will join the young actors who play Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, Kurt, Artie, Puck, Quinn, and the other singers on some tour dates.