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Joss Whedon to direct, Jonathan Groff to sing on 'Glee'

October 19, 2009 |  2:56 pm

Groff-whedon The world of Whedon nerds and theater geeks will soon collide on "Glee."

Joss Whedon, he of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame, has signed on to direct an episode of Fox's musical comedy. Whedon has guest directed before, lending his eye to a couple episodes of "The Office" and coming this close to directing an episode of "Battlestar Galactica." (Alas, scheduling conflicts prevented that deal from coming together.)

As for Groff, he'll star in five or six episodes of "Glee," reuniting him with former leading lady Lea Michele. The two previously starred in the Tony-Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening."

Ryan Murphy told that Groff will portray a male singer in Vocal Adrenaline, the arch rivals of McKinley High's glee club. "He is a male diva ... a miva," Murphy said. Naturally, he'll be a potential love interest for Michele's Rachel.

If you're unfamiliar with Groff's work -- he also starred in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" -- take a look at him performing with the cast of "Spring Awakening" at the 2007 Tony Awards (he's the second male singer):

-- Denise Martin (follow me on Twitter @denisemartin)


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Photo credit: Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff in "Spring Awakening." / AP (left); Joss Whedon / Annie Wells For the Times