The X Mag cover photoshoot: video
POSTED ON Feb 18, 2018 BY Valentina INVideo

Stage and screen hearrthrob Matthew Morrison chats about how becoming a father has changed his career, what he loves about New York City vs. LA and date days with his wife, Renee, at Issue 004 cover shoot at Garcia House in Los Angeles.

Matthew Morrison and wife Renee Puente were on a date night. But all the Glee star wanted to talk to Us Weekly about was their infant son, [Revel] James Mak[a]i. 

“He’s intensified the love I have for life,” the Glee star, 39, told Us at Todd Snyder’s fashion show – which was presented by Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters — on Monday, February 5. “The baby is three and a half months and he’s finally noticing us and realizing how important we are to him and his survival.”

Indeed, when the actor and Renee went out one eveningthey got a call from the nanny. “She’s like, ‘OK, he’s fine, but you need to get home!’” Puente recalled to Us. When she entered James’ nursery, it was clear he was upset that Mom and Dad hadn’t included him in their plans. “He waslikeangry, making out with my face!” she laughed. “I would turn around and he would pull my hair. It was the most glorious unconditional love.”

Puente who joked that she could have 20 kids, added that doesn’t regret waiting a few years to expand their family. “It’s, like, thank God we did everything we could before had babies,” she told Us. “We had every last conversation. We had every last travel and adventure together and we were ready for this new element to come and just sweep us off our feet feet. And he did. He did.”

Though the couple are still getting to know their nugget, it appears he takes after Morrison, who has appeared in three Broadway musicalsincluding Hairspray and Footloose. “We sing to him all the time,” the actor told Us. “He lights up.”

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Matthew and Renee attend the Todd Snyder fashion show at New York Fashion Week on February 5, 2018.


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Grey’s Anatomy – “Personal Jesus” Promo
POSTED ON Jan 22, 2018 BY Valentina INVideo

Promo for episode 14×10 of Grey’s Anatomy with Matthew guest starring as Dr Paul Stadler. “Personal Jesus” airs on Thursday, January 25, at 8/7c on abc.

Matthew on Grey’s Anatomy – Midseason promo
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Matthew guest stars as Dr Paul Stadler on the Midseason premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, airing on Thursday, January 18, at 9/8c on abc.

Matthew performs “Say It Somehow” from The Light In The Piazza at 54 Below in NYC on January 9, 2018.

Matthew sings “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady and “Il Mondo Era Vuoto” from The Light In The Piazza.

Matthew Morrison Sizzles at Feinstein’s/54 Below
POSTED ON Jan 09, 2018 BY Valentina INNews,Video

Matthew Morrison, is known for starring in Glee, but long before that he treaded the boards of Broadway in Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific and most recently Finding Neverland. Now he is performing at Feinstein’s/54 Below until January 13th and this is a show not to miss. Morrison exudes a natural sex appeal. He claims in his show, that Feinstein’s/54 Below is the sexiest room, but this is the sexiest show, as Morrison seduces his audience with charisma galore. Starting off with a crooning “Nice N Easy,” Morrison entered from the front of the room, making audience members swoon with joy as he passed their table. Sounding and oozing the same charge, that Frank Sinatra did. His smooth stylings gave way to a man with a heart, when a young girl almost fainted with glee, was allowed a selfie with him. I have never seen anyone as delighted as this girl was. All night the cell camera’s were zoomed in so as not to miss a moment.

Next up was a sinful “On The Street Where You Live.” All I can say is if the revival of My Fair Lady has this version, it is sure to smolder.

Father to 12-week-old son Revel James Makail, John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” brought lyrics that really affected the singer, but it was “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver that his emotional ties to his son came through. The arrangement had Jimmy Emerson on flute and it added to the plaintiveness of the song. Also on “Waiting on the World to Change” there were some mean solos by Emerson on Sax and Daniel Kalischer on guitar.

Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” showed off the singers dancing skills, as well as some soul. Morrison feeds off the energy of his fans as he gyrated with a sinewy grace. During the song his hand slide down the mike as if making love to it and I can guarantee most of the audience wished it was them instead of that mike.

In “Hey There” from Pajama Game, Morrison oozed boyish charm as he played the ukulele. This was in tribute to his first gig as a back-up singer for Don Ho.

Brad Ellis, the arranger from Glee, is Morrison’s musical director and played the keys, but it was his arrangement of Cole Potter’s “It’s Alright With Me” that rocked the house. Morrison pulled some Bob Fosse moves that shook the house. Bass player Gary Wicks and drummer Pete Antunes also showed mad skills.

“We Kiss In The Shadow” was Morrison’s tribute to gay marriage and what life was like before acceptance.

His South Pacific medley made me want to see his performance and made me realize what a talented musician this man truly is.

Nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Fabrizio in The Light In The Piazza “Il Mondo Era Vuoto,” was my favorite of the night. Stating “that show was the hardest I’ve ever done. It’s also the highlight of my career,” he vocally soared. It is in a more classical sound, that Morrison impresses and impress he does.

Keeping us up to date with the shows he has performed in, a Finding Neverland medley followed. A nine-minute Hairspray medley had Morrison rocking and rolling. It is clear he has a complete love for this show.

“Come Rain or Come Shine/ Basin Street Blues” allowed the whole band to show off. Morrison surrounds himself with some of best musicians and the caliber of this show is exceptional. For opening night Morrison’s guest was his wife Renee and the curtain call number was a medley of two Beatle songs for the girl who has knitted his young sons caps.

Morrison is personable and makes sure that everyone has a great seat and a fabulous time. His humor is a little sarcastic, but with a devilish charm.  Morrison has that “it” factor and has talent galore. How Broadway hasn’t snatched him up to star in a role written for him is beyond puzzling. Do not miss this show as it is one of the best I have seen in a long time.

Times Square Chronicles

Matthew Morrison found his passion at a young age. The lightbulb in his soul turned on when he was ten-years old. It happened when his parents placed him into a children’s theater production of a show called The Herdmans go to Camp. And that was it. “I grew up as an only child and often felt lonely. But I was always creative. My imagination was always going and I made up new worlds,” shares the Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Tony-nominated Glee star and Broadway veteran. “Doing the show was the first time in my life where I got to use what was in my imagination and put it out into the world. It was focused into something.”

This monster-sized talent has been acting, dancing and singing ever since. In fact, this month Morrison is performing live at the glamorous 147-seat supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below. The shows will include standards and beloved songs from his past productions including Hairspray, The Light In The Piazza, South Pacific, Finding Neverland and Glee. Plus, the audience will have some surprises. “We have a special guest star every single night,” says Morrison. “I have a great list of people coming to sing a song with me.”

The concerts mark one of the first times that Morrison will be stepping onstage as a father. “Life is so amazing, and I’m very happy,” offers the proud papa. He and his wife Renee welcomed their son Revel this past October. “I feel a new energy, a new passion, a new light. All I want to do is share what I’m feeling now,” he reveals. “I’m excited to have the energy that is flowing through me flow through the audience. I hope they will feel what I’m feeling.”

What is the joy of doing your show at Feinstein’s/54 Below? 

I love performing there. I am such a song and dance man. My shows usually incorporate a lot of dance. However, it’s kind of hard to dance on that small stage. But that forces me to change up my show a little and give in to the intimacy. I can really connect with the audience in less of a showman way. It’s really about connection. That space is so beautiful. I love the history of the room. [It was once the basement of the disco Studio 54.] Also, I love being in touch with the Broadway community, which is my family. It’s always good to go back.

What has becoming a dad been like for you?

There are few times in your life where you get to hit that reset button. It is so great to go on this new journey and be a lot less selfish. It’s not about me anymore. It’s about my son.

Does Revel sing?
He coos a lot. I wouldn’t call it singing. We’re not quite at that stage. We’re just getting to the stage when he’ll look at us and actually smile. That is everything!

What do you sing to him?

We sing a lot to him. We sing the lullaby from Finding Neverland [“Sylvia’s Lullaby”] all the time. Every morning as soon as he wakes up my wife and I sing “Good morning, good morning. You slept the whole night through.” That is our wake up song.

Would you like to do another Broadway show?

It is always something that I’m thinking about and is on my plate. I have a great team of people who are on the search for something. I also have my sights set on a specific show that I want to revive. Unfortunately, I can’t expel what that show is. It is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. The pieces are starting to fall together.

And I love being a part of new works. Growing up and listening to all these Broadway cast albums, it’s so special to be a part of an original Broadway cast. There is something wonderful about being the first one to create a show and put your stamp on it. You’re the person they always compare the character to.

During your concert you sing songs that are beloved classics. How do you choose them? 

Those songs connect with me. There is so much music out today where you can tell that the story was secondary. Nowadays, it’s all about coming up with a cool beat. But with classic songs, they’re telling a story with music and lyrics. Sometimes those stories are very simple. I love that. It’s all about the performer getting up there and putting meaning behind these simple stories. The combination of a performer and these beautiful songs can take a simple song and make it deep, reflective and stunning.

What inspired you  and photographer Zach McDuffie to launch your gifts for dads and adventure gear company Sherpapa?

It’s unlike anything I have ever done. As an actor and singer, I am always worried about my next job and how it’s not in my hands. It is basically up to producers or the director to give me a job. Fortunately, I’m in a position where I can create a lot of my own stuff.  Still, at the end of the day, I’m an actor for hire.

This business has forced me to use a completely different part of my brain. I think of an idea for a product and how to make it. Our big first prototype was a universal diaper bag. For men our only option was to use our wives’ diaper bags, which often has a big pink elephant on it. Otherwise, a backpack is not really functional.

We created a really cool gear bag that is for all seasons of fatherhood. In the baby market, I discovered that everything you buy is disposable. You use something for a year and then it is garage sale fodder. We are trying to be environmentally conscious and come up with products that will be heirloom quality. These are diaper bags. But eventually I want to use it to hold my tools to fix my son’s first apartment. And one day I will pass it down to him.

What do you miss about doing Glee

Glee was such an important part of my life, and so special. I think I took it for granted when it was going on because it all happened so fast. We were on this crazy rollercoaster ride. We were a huge, successful hit right away. I didn’t really have a chance to process things.

I’m proud that we really tackled some great storylines. I believe we helped a lot of people figure out things like being gay in high school or having a teenage pregnancy or being bullied. A family could watch this television show together, and at the end of the episode have a great conversation about what they just watched. Hopefully, we changed some lives along the way.

Morrison will perform at Feinstein’s/54 Below January 6 to 13.

Parade

Matthew Morrison: Song and Dance Man
POSTED ON Jan 05, 2018 BY Valentina INGallery,Interview

Matthew Morrison is tapping outside by the pool. Under a canopy of palm trees with the Los Angeles sun beaming down, he’s grooving to the music in his mind. Watching him dance can transport you to a different era.

Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills, the scene looks plucked from the Tinseltown of yore. The classic song-and-dance man moves to the beat of his own drum with a sense of unbridled joy. Has Gene Kelly come back to life? Has the departed soul of Fred Astaire been reincarnated?

“I am someone who feels like I was born in the wrong era,” Morrison says. “I have a connection with that music and that time and just how simple it was. Today, music is all about coming up with a cool beat, whereas back then [it was] music and lyrics that tell a story.”

Our photo shoot is at the Garcia House, an architectural icon designed by John Lautner that is famous as the house that rolls down the hill in Lethal Weapon 2. Celebrity tour buses drive by throughout the day, and when the echo of a tour guide’s microphone reverberates through the house, Morrison jokingly waves and smiles, though no fan can see him.

After the shoot, back in his own clothing (a cream-colored sweater, faded jeans, and white Converse sneakers), Morrison sits in an armchair in the book-lined study. The sun is setting, and pink and orange hues filter through the wide windows overlooking the hills. If he’s exhausted from the day, he doesn’t show it.

Morrison is a triple threat — singer, dancer, actor — an increasing rarity in an industry obsessed with quick hits and Instagram followings. After cutting his teeth on Broadway starring in shows like Hairspray and South Pacific, Morrison catapulted into the spotlight on the Fox musical television series Glee as Will Schuester, the loveable Spanish teacher with big dreams.

Right now, he’s focused on his latest role: father. His son, Revel James Makai Morrison, was born on Oct. 12, 2017. Revel and Morrison’s wife, Renee, joined him at our photo shoot. In between setups, Morrison would lovingly dote on his wife and son, never losing the quintessential new-dad expression of curiosity, concern, and adoration. As an only child, Morrison didn’t grow up around other children, so caring for and bonding with Revel has been a transformative experience.

“Seeing him develop that awareness of what it is to be around a child, and to see that beautiful innocence, it’s so powerful,” Renee says. “I’ve never met anybody who is so concerned and just passionate about being there for his family. He’s just such an incredible human. I feel so fortunate to be his partner.”

Renee says Morrison has taken a hands-on role in parenting, changing most of the diapers when he’s home. She says he constantly worries whether Revel is breathing.

“It’s scary. We’re really responsible for this human being,” Morrison says. “All the things you hear about going into parenting are true. I’ve never known love like this.”

Morrison’s smile is disarming, and he has an easy confidence that makes you wonder if he’s always performing. When he’s passionate about his subject — his wife, his son, Broadway — he doesn’t miss a beat, and his voice lures you in, leaving you hanging on every word as if it were a musical note. Every fidget becomes a little dance.

According to his mentor, Ralph Opacic, he has had star quality from a young age.

“He was that likable, charismatic kid,” says Opacic, who is the founder and executive director of the Orange County School of the Arts in Los Alamitos, Calif., where Morrison graduated from high school. “He fit in with the artistic musical-theater kids at OCSA. He fit in with the athletes on the soccer field. He fit in with the student-leadership kids.”

After six seasons on Glee in a part Morrison says was tailor-made for him and his talents, he’s eager to dive into unexpected roles, departing from the good-guy archetype. “I feel like everyone kind of thinks of me as Mr. Schuester, that kind of happy-go-lucky nice guy, which I am, but I’m an actor,” he says. “I have been doing this my whole life. I feel like I have a lot of depth and different things to offer.”

He’s eager to do it all: film (he appeared in the Alicia Vikander vehicle Tulip Fever); television (he has a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Jo Wilson’s abusive ex-husband); and the stage (he led a benefit concert of Damn Yankees alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Whoopi Goldberg in December.)

Early 2018 is busy for Morrison: He’s performing six nights at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York, Jan. 7-13. “It’s one of the sexiest rooms in New York,” he says. “I love how intimate it is; I love that I can just talk to people.”

As far as what he plans to perform, Morrison is still figuring it out and wants to let his instincts lead him in the moment. “I’m very free-flowing and I like to ad lib onstage, so I just kind of go wherever I go,” he says.

In February, he’ll travel to Japan, where he’s headlining six shows in Tokyo and Osaka, and then he’ll return to China to complete filming for the sci-fi movie Crazy Alien, which will be released in 2019.

Theater will always be home for Morrison. “I can’t not be on the stage,” he says with a sigh. “You have that bond with those people, because you are literally looking out for each other, and if something goes wrong you have to count on these people — you can’t just call ‘cut.’”

He’d love to play Billy Bigelow in Carousel, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and put on a production of City of Angels. “And I want to do it with Leslie Odom Jr.,” he says.

Morrison follows his passions wherever they take him, from stage to screen and back again. His latest venture is a startup, Sherpapa Supply Co., a lifestyle brand for family adventures. He cofounded the company, which sells durable gear specifically for dads, with his friend Zach McDuffie.

“Everything you buy as a parent is garage-sale fodder within the first year,” he explains. “We believe in durability over the disposable. Our bag is for all seasons of fatherhood, from the go-bag to the delivery room, to the diaper bag, to carrying food and snacks for your kid, to putting your tools in it to fix your daughter’s first apartment.”

Morrison wants to limit how often he is on the road touring so he can be home with his family, but he says becoming a father won’t change how he selects projects.

“It’s changed my perspective on work,” Morrison says. “I’m in a business where it’s very selfish. You’re always thinking about yourself, and I just don’t feel that way anymore. It’s not about you anymore; it’s about your family unit. For me, that’s the most important thing in my life right now.”

Styled by Drew Jessup
Hair and makeup by Diana Schmidtke
Shot at The Garcia House

The X Magazine

Pictures by Nathan Johnson

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It was batter up at the Stephen Sondheim Theater last night! Roundabout Theatre Company just presented its Damn Yankees Benefit Concert Reading, starring Whoopi Goldberg as “Applegate,” Maggie Gyllenhaal as “Lola,” and Matthew Morrison “Joe Hardy” and included Stephen Bogardus “Joe Boyd,” Danny Burstein as “Van Buren,” Victoria Clark as “Meg Boyd,” Annie Golden “Doris,” Julie Halston “Sister,” Reggie Jacksonas “Mr. Welch,” and Adrienne Warren “Gloria Thorpe.”

Completing the company were Jill AbramovitzPaula Leggett ChaseLawrence ClaytonGreg HildrethTari KellyMichael McCormickShina Ann MorrisKevin MunhallKeven QuillonSamantha SturmAnthony WayneHaley SwindalNoah Weisberg and Christian Dante White.

Roundabout’s Associate Artist Kathleen Marshall directed this one-night only special event, with Musical Direction by Rob Berman.

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