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Matthew tells Entertainment News about his favorite childhood Christmas present.

Presented by Glee’s Mr Schuester, Matthew Morrison, at heart a true “Song and Dance” Man, telling the stories of some of Broadway’s Leading Men and Women.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? … Practice
How do you get to Broadway?… Practice Harder!
Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen wrote: “I’ll dance, I’ll sing, I’ll do anything just to get my name in lights”. Sounds a bit desperate doesn’t it? But if it’s your destiny you’ve got no choice.
It wasn’t Simon Cowell who began the world of celebrity it was the man who created Broadway over a hundred years ago; impresario Florenz Ziegfeld with his “Follies”.
From that moment the World of Entertainment changed, everyone wanted to be a star on Broadway, remember: “If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere”.
The path to “The Great White Way” can be smooth – you can become an overnight sensation, like one of the hottest names on Broadway at the moment, Sutton Foster, plucked out of the obscurity of the Chorus Line to land the leading role of Millie. Or somewhat rocky like the household name Lucille Ball, who was so keen to star on 42nd Street, that she funded her own Show “Wildcat”!
Everyone’s journey is different including the presenter of this show. But like his character, he loves musical theatre and started life as a true song and dance man Matthew says: “It’s where my heart and history lies, it’s where it began.” He has one song that he’s used in every audition, including that of Mr Schu and it’s “On The Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady” but it’s “On The Street of Dreams” where we’ll be staying for two hours.


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Happy holidays from the stars to you.

Kevin Bacon, Matthew Morrison, Bill Engvall, Pia Toscano and Luke Evans were all among the celebrities who gathered everywhere from their car to their home to sing fans a line from “12 Days of Christmas.”

As part of WhoSay’s Kevin Bacon’s 12 Degrees of Christmas feature, the video kicks off with the actor strumming a guitar while sitting on a couch, reciting the opening line of the holiday classic.

From there, all different ranges of vocals take over for an entertaining little video.

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Matt is at the 00:37 mark.

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“My Life In Music”: Now magazine interview!
POSTED ON Dec 19, 2013 BY Valentina INGallery,Interview

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Planet Notion Interview – Matthew Morrison
POSTED ON Dec 18, 2013 BY Valentina INInterview

 

From highlighting a triple threat status as the jazz-handed Mr. Schue, Matthew Morrison has taken his vocal talents into the recording studio and emerged with a Christmas album. The on-screen teacher – renown for lifting the spirits of a disheartened Glee club – plans to add a similar cheer to our holiday spirit with A Classic Christmas EP. As you can probably tell, the holiday EP provides his own take on six popular (or classic) Christmas tracks. Unfortunately, Mariah Carey didn’t make the cut, but the album does house caroling bangers such as ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Let it Snow’.

Naturally, the once in a lifetime opportunity to interview Mr. Schue couldn’t be passed up, so we gave him a quick call to chat about Die Hard, Twerking and A Classic Christmas…

Planet Notion: Hey Matthew, can you tell us a bit about the Christmas album?
Matthew Morrison: It kind of comes at the heel of my last album, which was where it all began. We were in the studio together and it was a great process, we were having a lot of fun and decided to keep on going. I wanted to do it the right way, an homage to people I grew up listening to, like the Frank Sinatra Christmas album, Bing Crosby, the albums with a lot of rich orchestration. So we did it with a 60 piece orchestra and made a couple of Christmas songs.

PN: What was it like having a 60 piece orchestra?
MM: It’s a process that unfortunately they don’t do much anymore. A lot of the big recording studios that used to house all those musicians have gone away. We actually recorded it at Capitol Records in the Frank Sinatra room, and I got to sing on Sinatra’s old microphone!

PN: Was the Christmas record a natural progression from the June’s Where It All Began?
MM: It’s called a classic Christmas because it has that timeless sensibility. You know, because everything nowadays is so produced by computers and I really wanted to get that authentic sound of a full orchestra. The hardest part was picking the songs because there are so many great Christmas songs.

PN: So what is your favourite Christmas song?
MM: I would say ‘O Holy Night’ because it is so beautiful and simple. Not simple to sing but it’s a simple melody and one of the most beautiful songs.

PN: Are you a Mariah Carey kind of man?
MM: I LOVE HER CHRISTMAS ALBUM. She is one of the people that came out with an original Christmas song.

PN: I always associate Christmas with watching Die Hard…
MM: I frickin’ love you for that. The first one does have a very Christmas feel to it.

PN: Do you have a classic film?
MM: I love this old Jackson Five Christmas special that I have on DVD. It really puts me in the Christmas spirit.

PN: What are your plans for Christmas?
MM: I will be in New York city. My fiancé has never experienced a New York Christmas before. They are some of my favourite Christmas’, there is something about being in the city, the snow, seeing the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center and going ice skating in central park. There is something special about that.

PN: According to Glee, you don’t like Twerking?
MM: I show up and say the lines that they give me so I have nothing against twerking personally. It’s one of those dances – and I think I said it on the show – that I think people are obsessed with now, but will look back in five years and laugh at how silly that was.

PN: What do you think the next dance craze will be?
MM: I love the dance shows that are out right now, bringing back a more classic kind of dance that I think people need to see and appreciate. There is something so technical and beautiful about it, the way they move and the costumes they wear. I hope that stuff comes back around.

– James Embiricos

 

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Matthew performs on “This Morning”: watch!
POSTED ON Dec 18, 2013 BY Valentina INVideo

Matthew and his musical director, Brad Ellis, perform a mash-up of Christmas songs on the UK show “This Morning”.

 

It’s another holiday edition of Take Aim. Today’s opponent? Matthew Morrison aka Mr. Schuester of Glee, who has quite a successful solo career as a singer. He released his holiday collection A Classic Christmas [iTunes link] via Adam Levine‘s label and we invited him to Take Aim about all things Christmas! 

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

Growing up as an only child, our family traditions were very minimal. As I entered adulthood, I rarely had the opportunity to spend the holidays at home with my family due to my show schedule. I was fortunate enough to have been cast in some great productions whose schedules often clashed with the holiday. However, I was able to pick up some traditions from my friends along the way. What I’m looking forward to most is creating my own family traditions over the years ahead. 

Least favorite Christmas song and why? What holiday song needs to GO away? 

I’m not sure there is a bad Christmas song. But if I have to choose one it would be ‘Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.’ I never really got into that tune. 

Best Christmas gift you’ve ever received? 

One Christmas morning when I was young, I remember walking into my living room and being dwarfed by a six-foot blow up T-rex dinosaur. It was bigger than the tree and I was in awe of the size alone. To be honest, I’m not sure I even played with the gift once, but I vividly remember that morning. What kid doesn’t like big presents? 

PICK ONE song on your holiday record and share a recording story. Something intimate that you haven’t told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that puts us in the moment with you. Let’s get intimate, shall we? 

Every song on this EP was chosen for a reason. One song in particular that is very special to me is the ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas/Mele Kalikimaka’ mashup. I wanted to include one island-themed holiday song on the EP because Hawaii has a special place in my heart. My fiancé is from Hawaii and I wanted a recording to be able to share with our family in the years ahead. 

What’s on your holiday wish list this year? 

This Christmas, I feel very fortunate to be in such a good place in my life. With that being said, I personally don’t have a wish list. Every year, I try to do my part in giving back to those who may not be able to sit and have a good meal or open gifts. Sometimes people get lost in the idea of consumerism around the holidays and dismiss the importance of good-will. 

Favorite Christmas dessert? 

Pies of all kinds!

Favorite holiday beverage?

Depends on the occasion, but I love a nice hot chocolate by the fire.

Will you check out Matthew Morrison’s holiday release? 

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I think Christmas means family. Everyone spends so much of the year invested in their own thing and is so busy. But Christmas is a time when all the jobs can stop, and you can enjoy spending time with your family and friends and eat some great food.

For me it also means a lot of laughter. I enjoy raising a glass, sharing stories about the year and having a great time.

My fiancée has never experienced a New York City Christmas before. So we’re going to go ice skating in Central Park and see the Rockefeller Christmas tree and have it grand. Should be very romantic.

It’s the one part of the year when there’s some free time. And it’s not just about youI look forward to it every year. It’s the one part of the year when there’s some free time. And it’s not just about you. You have to think about what kind of presents you want to give your loved ones, and be a bit more selfless, enjoy the gift of giving.

Each song on my Christmas record has a different memory for me. I can still think of songs that were playing at my house as a child. I remember Bing Crosby’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas was playing in the background when I walked into my family room and saw the best gift I had ever laid eyes upon: a giant dinosaur!

It was a blow-up thing, an inflatable tyrannosaurus rex. I was dwarfed by this thing, it was just so massive. But I don’t actually have any memories of playing with it. Because how do you play with a six-foot inflatable dinosaur? So a lot of the songs on my EP, they’re songs that have great memories for me, of growing up.

This is my first time recording Christmas songs, though I’ve definitely sung them all throughout my life. The hardest part of it was having to record the songs in March! We hung Christmas lights in the studio, to get that Christmas feeling. It proved that it’s never too early or too late to get in the holiday spirit.

It’s so strange when you think that so many great Christmas songs were written in summer. I picture someone sitting at a barbecue, writing festive songs. It’s strange.

Not many original Christmas songs are made anymore. I think it says a lot about the power of tradition at Christmas. The last original song that comes to my mind is All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. That broke through, and now you hear it all the time more than the traditional songs.

I think that there will be a wave of new Christmas songs, but these ones have stood the test of time for a reason. I can’t wait to sing these songs to my kids – when I eventually have them. There’s something so dear and precious about these songs.

I also have serious things on my mind around this time of yearI also have serious things on my mind around this time of year. Last year I helped out at a soup kitchen, and took part in a gift-giving event for homeless people. I brought a bunch of stuff along, as did others.

But I try to do that all year round. My fiancée and I, we go through our clothes a couple of times a year, and give them to different churches and homeless shelters. My thoughts always turn to people living on the streets when it’s so cold – they need these clothes way more than the rest of us with roofs over our heads.

I think there should be a price limit on gifts given. It’s not about the great gift, and this needs to be taught to people from a young age. Kids these days expect a lot from Christmas. And I remember being so excited by that stupid inflatable dinosaur! It probably cost five dollars.

I think we need to rein it in… but then, this is the time of the year when retailers make the majority of their money for the year, so… I dunno. I just wish the business side would get out of it a bit, and it was more about the tradition and the family than the size of the gifts.

I can’t go too much into what I’m going to get for my fiancée because she’s sitting right next to me just now… but I actually don’t feel pressured to give her a big gift, because we have such a great love, and that’s the gift that she gives me and I can give her.

I dunno… honey, are you getting me an expensive gift this year? No? Okay, I don’t have to get her an expensive gift this year. Maybe an inflatable dinosaur.

A Classic Christmas by Matthew Morrison is out now

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Matt Morrison sings the holiday classics.Source—–In the FOXlight: ‘Glee’ Star Matthew Morrison Spreads Holiday Cheer With ‘A Classic Christmas’


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