Opening Night (Glee)

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"Opening Night"
Glee episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 17
Directed by Eric Stoltz
Written by Michael Hitchcock
Featured music
Production code 5ARC17
Original air date April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)
Guest actors
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"Opening Night" is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 105th episode overall. It was written by Michael Hitchcock and directed by Eric Stoltz, and it aired on Fox in the United States on April 22, 2014, and features Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) opening as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway. Archive footage of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is used in this episode.


Out-of-town visitors arrive for Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) official Broadway opening night in Funny Girl, including Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), and Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz).[1][2]


The episode was written by co-executive producer Michael Hitchcock,[3] and directed by Eric Stoltz. Production was ongoing in mid-March.[4]

Recurring characters in this episode include aspiring singer Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), former McKinley students Becky Jackson (Lauren Potter),[1] Jacob Ben Israel (Josh Sussman) and Dave Karofsky (Max Adler), Funny Girl producer Sidney Greene (Michael Lerner),[2] and news anchors Rod Remington (Bill A. Jones) and Andrea (Earlene Davis).[4]

Five songs from the episode are being released on a digital five-track EP with the title Glee: The Music, Opening Night. These are: The Cardigans' "Lovefool" sung by Michele, "I'm the Greatest Star" from Funny Girl performed by Michele, "N.Y.C." from Annie performed by Lynch and Morrison, another Funny Girl song, "Who Are You Now?", performed by Michele and Lynch[5] and NONONO's "Pumpin Blood", performed by Michele, Rivera and Riley.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Listings – Glee on Fox". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Episodic photos". Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jones, Bill A. (March 20, 2014). "Twitter / @billjonesactor: @hitchmichael GREAT SCRIPT for EP 17, Michael! 'Rod' says THANKS for writing me in!!". Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Bill A. (March 18, 2014). "Twitter / @billjonesactor: Eric Stoltz photo bombs @janemarielynch @billjonesactor and Earlene Davis on the set of #Glee". Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cerasaro, Pat (April 22, 2014). "Preview Matthew Morrison & Jane Lynch Perform 'NYC' From ANNIE On Tonight's GLEE". Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Glee: The Music, Opening Night". Retrieved April 22, 2014. 

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