A number of the principal actors were cast directly from Broadway, while those without theatrical backgrounds were required to demonstrate singing and dancing as well as acting ability.In casting Glee, series creator Ryan Murphy sought out actors who could identify with the rush of starring in theatrical roles.
Glee is a musical comedy-drama television series that aired on Fox in the United States for six seasons from 2009 to 2015.
It focuses on the high school glee club New Directions competing on the show choir competition circuit, while its members deal with relationships, sexuality and social issues.
Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) had originally auditioned to play Artie Abrams.
Although Colfer had no previous professional experience, Murphy was so impressed by Colfer's performance that the role of Kurt Hummel, named after the character Kurt from The Sound of Music, was created for him.
The series has many supporting characters, including faculty members, students and relatives of the glee club members.