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Murphy: 'Glee like weekly movie musical'
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has admitted that production on the show is akin to staging a "movie musical every week".
The executive producer explained what is entailed for just one episode of the hit Fox musical comedy, the New York Post reports.
He said: "We have the whole season plotted out in terms of what the big events are. We sit in a room and come up with what the episode's themes are. As we write, we earmark which character gets a song."
While penning the instalments, Murphy and the other producers listen to CDs that can range from contemporary pop to songs from various decades. Upon completion of the script, the five to eight tracks used per show are selected and the rights to the music are then cleared by music supervisor P.J. Bloom.
Music producer Adam Anders creates demos with soundalike singers that stand in for the cast, while he completes background music and vocals. The actors lay down their tracks and later work on choreography with Zachary Woodlee.
"No phase moves forward until I've approved everything," Murphy added. "It's like doing a movie musical every week. Fox ordered the show so early that I was able to spend a lot of time on it.
"It's a very unusual show and had to be done with a lot of care. Each episode gets better and better."
Murphy earlier confirmed that the cast will tour during the summer of 2010.