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A night of Glee at Nassau Coliseum

The cast members of the hit show Glee

The cast members of the hit show Glee perform at the Nassau Coliseum in the first of two shows Saturday. Left is Jenna Ushkowitz from Long Island. (June 18, 2011) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Fans young and old packed Nassau Coliseum Saturday night for the final U.S. performance of “Glee Live,” a concert tour featuring the cast of the hit Fox television show.

As a fan of the show, I had high expectations for the tour but wondered: Are they really going to be as good live?

The show opened with a high-energy performance of “Don’t Stop Believing” that gave me my answer: YES!

The 90-minute show was non-stop fun from beginning to end and kept even non-gleeks (gleeks=Glee fans) on their feet dancing and singing along to crowd-pleasing tunes.

Long Island native Jenna Ushkowitz shined during a rendition of Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” while Amber Riley and Naya Rivera had the crowd roaring with their powerhouse vocals in “River Deep, Mountain High.”

The show’s leading lady, Lea Michele, didn’t disappoint with her performance of “Don’t Rain on my Parade,” and Cory Monteith had the girls swooning with “Jesse’s Girl.”

The fictional Dalton Academy Warblers, led by the supremely talented and adorable Darren Criss, played an impressive set, including Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Pink’s party anthem “Raise Your Glass.”

But without a doubt the audience was at its loudest during the glee club’s rendition of “Empire State of Mind,” because, after all, this is New York.

As the show came to a close and the last of the confetti hit the floor, I was wishing for more.

“Glee Live” proved that a little fun and a lot of talent make for one great show.

Click here to check out Newsday music critic Glenn Gamboa's review

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