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Jane Lynch pulls off her tracksuit to go cabaret
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NEW YORK (AP) - Jane Lynch has zipped off the tracksuit and left the Cheerios behind. The “Glee” star is going cabaret.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winner makes her nightclub debut this week with a four-night stand in front of a three-piece band at 54 Below, a club in the cellar of what was a notorious, coke-fueled disco in the 1970s.
The show gets to show off another part of Lynch, who has been roaring to take a stage again since she made her Broadway debut last summer as Miss Hannigan in “Annie.”
Audiences can expect a few of Lynch’s favorite songs, including Irving Berlin “Mister Monotony” and “Slappin’ the Cakes On Me” by Dave Frishberg, a song she did for an episode of “Glee” but was cut.
One thing that will definitely not happen is dancing. “I’m unteachable,” she says.
Lynch recently sat down with The Associated Press to chat about her set, “Glee,” ”Hollywood Game Night,” Broadway and who she most admires in the business.
AP: What can we expect of your show?
Lynch: It’s just a bunch of songs that I like to sing, hopefully some engaging patter, and I hope everybody has a good time and I’m not holding people hostage.
AP: Is there a theme for the evening?
Lynch: Everybody told me as you pick songs that a theme will emerge all by itself. Nothing emerged. There’s very little tying these songs together. I say, ‘Come with me on a musical journey through a world of songs that actually have very little to do with each other.’
AP: Why did it take so long for you to do cabaret?
Lynch: I didn’t have any conscious plans to do Broadway but I always wanted to. So when I got the ‘Annie’ gig, everything in me screamed ‘No!’ but of course I said, ‘Yes.’ I was so happy I did it and I got the bug back. I saw (“Glee” co-star) Matt Morrison perform here and I said to myself, ‘Self, this would be fun for you, Jane.’ And then I got the call: Would you like four days? Everything inside of me screamed ‘No!’ but I said, ‘Yes.’
AP: What the latest with ‘Glee’?
Lynch: We’re going into a sixth season. I think it’s going to be half a season. I think we’re going back to McKinley High. I think. I don’t know any of this for sure. But that’s the word on the street.
AP: What’s the show’s legacy?
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