Matthew Morrison has been plenty busy for the last couple of weeks. For starters, he joined Kristin Chenoweth to co-host TLC’s Broadway at the White House last week—his eighth time performing for the first family.
“I love going to the White House,” he says. “The Obamas definitely know me now as I’ve sung for them a lot. It never gets old—it’s such an amazing time.”
And that’s just the beginning. Morrison is performing eight times a week as JM Barrie in Finding Neverland (he performed with fellow castmates during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade last week). He did a guest appearance on TV Land’s Younger this morning and tonight he’s one of many celebs participating in a special holiday retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
“The Charlie Brown show is so iconic to my childhood and everyone’s childhoods,” he says. “I also love that this classic animation can still be so viable and that people can get behind it. It’s something passed down throughout the generations—I know I will show it to my kids one of these days.”
And then there’s the matter of a certain classic holiday ditty he performed with Jane Lynch for Febreze. Entitled the “12 Stinks of Christmas,” the witty parody focuses on all those “stinky” moments that come with the holidays, from “10 casseroles lingering” to “11 guests 1 bathroom” and how to keep your house odor-free.
But it was the reference to “3 musty stockings” in the song that resonated most to Morrison.
“I still have my childhood stocking,” he says. “That thing sits in storage for 11 months of the year so my personal favorite is a fabric refresher that I pop out and give a little squirt to refresh it. It’s as good as new.”
Morrison was inspired to do the singalong with Lynch because, as he says, he’ll take any opportunity to work with her.
“She’s one of my dearest friends,” he says. “Any chance to do something together is amazing.”
In fact, Lynch is his closest castmate from Glee, which ran for six seasons, and the person who taught him the most about working in TV.
“She really taught me to trust that I was funny,” he says. “After all, on TV, you don’t have that audience reaction like you do on Broadway, which is what I did for 13 years before I joined the Glee cast.”
And, with Morrison’s Finding Neverland run coming to an end in January, it’s anyone’s guess what will come next. However, one thing is certain: Morrison says he plans to stay in New York City with his wife of one year, Renee Puente.
“I have a home in Los Angeles, but we’re going to stay here,” he says. “I love it here—you can get so much more done in a day.”
Still, there was one favorite thing he wasn’t able to fit into his to-do list during what has already been an extremely hectic start to the holiday season.
“I love to cook but all I made was stuffing this year,” he says. “I was a little bit busy to do more than that.”