Atlantans to get early ‘Glee’ sneak peek April 7 to benefit Grammy in the Schools

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It’s been one loong winter hiatus for fans of the hit Fox comedy, “Glee.”

But thanks to the civic-minded folks at Twentieth Century Fox Television, Gleek Freaks now have an opportunity to catch the Spring premiere of the series a week before it airs on TV.

On April 7 at 8 p.m., Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre will host a big screen “Glee” viewing party of the show’s first new episode of 2010.

The evening will benefit the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy in the Schools” music education programs. Tickets are $15 each.

The  quirky Ryan Murphy-created comedy became a surprise hit for Fox last fall and centers on the McKinley High’s talented, Slurpee-to-the-puss prone glee club and the hilariously sadistic, bullhorn-baring cheerleading coach out to stop them.

“We are so thrilled about our partnership with Fox and ‘Glee,’ ” Atlanta Grammy chapter’s Michele Caplinger told Intel Tuesday. “I will admit to the world that I am a Gleek. There, I said it. Personal feelings aside, this is a wonderful and important initiative that supports our Grammy in the Schools program for high school students who aspire to a career in music.”

Fox is also sponsoring Grammy-benefiting viewing parties in Austin, Chicago, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington D.C.

“Glee” returns to the Fox TV line-up on April 13 at 9:28 p.m., directly following a live broadcast of “American Idol.”

To purchase tickets to the Plaza Theatre benefit screening, go to the ticketsforcharity.com website.

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