LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The cast of Glee has decided not to tour as a live production this year, after spending two previous summers on the road.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Glee producers are instead eyeing a one-off benefit concert that would be provisionally set for the fall at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A, though negotiations are in preliminary stages. The benefit would raise funds for their arts education charity Glee Give a Note.
Last year's summer cast tour proved to be highly successful, with Billboard reporting that the cast played 40 dates, all sold-out, and grossed more than $40 million, coming in just behind Justin Bieber.
Glee insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that the decision not to tour was made to give the cast some downtime as the production of the television show often requires 16 hour days of filing and rehearsal. However, the show has also been sliding in ratings, with total viewers sliding by more than 26% from the previous season. Fox has yet to officially renew the show for a fourth season.
"Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" also struggled, opening for a paltry $5.7 million in its opening weekend last August. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers