Morrison Adventures: Countdown!
POSTED ON May 26, 2016 BY Valentina INVideo

Matthew and Renee launch their new YouTube channel, Morrison Adventures, which they’ll use to document their summer travels.

“Hello world!! We missed the week countdown cuz of our boneheadedness and schedule, so here we are at 2 DAYS!!! AH! Matthew and I are so eager to first of all, be on VACATION! But also, to document our journeys for not only us and our future reminiscence, but for YOU and our future babies!! How cool is it that we have this ease and opportunity to capture our everyday lives and share with the world if we’d like.. I think thats pretty cool.. But I am also from the days of knowing what its like to be with no cellphone or computer… Imagine, I didn’t have an email address in high school..”

Pillow Talking’s Interview with Matthew Morrison
POSTED ON May 25, 2016 BY Valentina INInterview

 

At the Ridgefield Playouse May 26th

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Matthew Morrison is a true quadruple threat and shapeshifter. He can sing, dance, act, write songs, and slip seamlessly from one media form to the next. Whether he’s on Broadway in Hairspray, on TV’s Glee, in the recording studio, on a film set, or on the cover of a national magazine, he brings the best of his incredible talents to the task at hand. He attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and briefly was a member of the boy band LMNT. His big break came when he landed the role of Link Larkin in Broadway’s Hairspray. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in The Light in the Piazza. He played Will Schuester in the long-running and highly-rated television series Glee. Matt also is signed with Adam Levine’s 222 Records label. 

Matt is presently completing a concert tour that will close at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Pillow Talking was fortunate enough to catch up with Matt who took time away from his busy schedule to chat a bit and answer a few questions for us and his fans.

 

PT: Matt, we know you have been on the road and busy with a gazillion things. Thank you for taking time out to talk with us! Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

MM: Athletics and the arts are big areas that define my background. I played soccer throughout high school but began my theater experience during my childhood.

PT: When and how did you decide to go into show business?

A specific turning point was during my junior year in high school when I was faced with the personal dilemma of which career path I should continue to pursue. I owe a lot to my mentor and teacher at the time, Dr. Ralph Opacic. His words of encouragement to stick with the arts had a big effect on me, and I’m thankful to have had that conversation with him that day. As you can see, I pursued the arts, and am glad I did because my soccer career most likely would have ended by now!

PT: Well, we are glad that you did! And of course, all of your fans are too! So many know you because you landed the plum role on Glee which was such a great show! Can you tell us what your experiences were like working on it?

MM: Glee was such an amazing experience for me. Not only did the television show play a major role in pop culture, but it also allowed me to incorporate all of my true talents into the role of Mr. Schuester – singing, dancing, and acting. Long days that turned into late nights were common during filming days, but we had such a strong family relationship on set that it made the schedule bearable. Ryan Murphy is an amazing writer who was able to touch on such important current topics in today’s society amongst the viewer demographic, and it was a great experience to see just how those storylines came together and how they had a positive impact on our viewers.

PT: It seemed as though everyone got along and had great fun doing it. Did you have any funny experiences you can share?

MM: As for funny experiences, well — being on set with my good friend Jane Lynch almost every day always left me laughing and smiling.

PT: She is so talented! We can totally imagine working with her must have had everyone in stitches – how fortunate you were! Did your experience on Glee differ from other work you’ve done or are doing?
MM: Unlike theater or live music gigs, television is very much a repetitive and drawn-out process. During filming, there are many takes of a scene, whereas in a live show, it’s a one-shot deal that you really need to execute on the spot. Another difference is the performer’s interaction with the viewer. In television, you’re interacting with a lens (camera). I much prefer the live audience interaction, because it’s on stage where I feed off of the energy of a live crowd. I would say that is definitely the main difference.

PT: You wear so many hats, actor, singer, dancer, songwriter, recording artist. Do you prefer one hat over the other and what is your approach to a part whether it be acting, singing, or dancing?

MM: Although more demanding, I truly enjoy playing in front of a live audience more than filming. Whether it’s in theater or live music [like I said] I feed off of the audience’s energy, and it allows me to get personal with my fans. Television and film acting is an amazing vehicle to help expose my talent to a much broader audience, but I will always appreciate my live stage performances more.

PT: Can you tell us what is on your future agenda in terms of TV, theatre, recording, etc.?

MM: At the moment, I have some concert engagements through the rest of this year into next. However, I’m always entertaining new TV and film opportunities and would definitely consider going back to television if the right role came around. It’s been a busy last year, as I’ve acted in films (Tulip Fever, Underdogs, After the Reality), television shows (The Good Wife, Younger), and of course in theater (Finding Neverland), and all have been amazing experiences.


PT: Tulip Fever looks incredible — The Weinstein Company just released a trailer for it. That’s the one that Tom Stoppard adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel. And, next to Glee, The Good Wife is one of our favorite TV shows and we’re not just saying that!

MM: I had the pleasure of filming the last few episodes of The Good Wife recently, and with that being one of my favorite shows, it was an experience that left me feeling excited about possibly looking into other guest star roles down the line as well.

PT: You have been busy! We look forward to seeing you in those projects. So we always like to ask our interviewees this final question. If you could sum up your life to date in one word, what would it be and why?

MM: PROGRESS.

PT: Progress?

MM: [For me] the last two years specifically have been full of progress in all areas of my life and I am so happy with where I am, and what the future holds.

PT: Awesome answer! And we are excited to watch your future unfold! Thanks again, Matt, for pillow talking with  us!

 

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Matthew performs at 54 Below: videos
POSTED ON May 24, 2016 BY Valentina INVideo

Matthew performs songs from his musical journey, with special guest Kelli O’Hara, at his show at 54 Below on May 22, 2016 in NYC.

 

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Review: Matthew Morrison, in Concert, Goes Beyond Genres
POSTED ON May 24, 2016 BY Valentina INNews

Photo Credit: Allie Glickman

When I last saw Matthew Morrison at Feinstein’s/54 Below, his close friend and co-star on the television series “Glee,” Cory Monteith, had just died. As Mr. Morrison sang “What I Did for Love,” from “A Chorus Line,” in tribute, the room vibrated with a collective sorrow and dismay. That sentimental but tough show-business anthem, with its implicit message that the show would go on, hit just the right note at a sensitive moment.

Three years have passed, and at Saturday’s opening-night performance of his show at the same club, he commemorated the tragedy with a performance of the much more anguished Coldplay song “Fix You,” sung in a keening semi-falsetto. It was the most emotional moment in a show that revealed Mr. Morrison as a versatile, hard-driving musical frontiersman leveling the territory separating genres.

Mr. Morrison, who recently starred in the Broadway musical “Finding Neverland,” has a farsighted vision that encompasses rock, jazz and swing. By opening the show with a Frank Sinatra signature song, “Come Fly With Me,” followed by “The Lady Is a Tramp,” he boldly staked his claim to the realm occupied by Michael Bublé, who is three years older and whom he resembles physically and vocally, although Mr. Morrison is a tenor and Mr. Bublé a baritone. It was another of many signs that the Sinatra lounge tradition is not about to vanish anytime soon.

Accompanying Mr. Morrison was a quintet, directed by Brad Ellis on piano, that nimbly followed him from place to place. Mr. Morrison broke into some aggressive dance moves that showed him to be more of fighter than a floater. His tenderest singing was reserved for a medley from “The Light in the Piazza,” which revealed his facility at semi-operatic declamation. The evening ended with a suite of songs from “Hairspray,” in which he originated the role of the show’s heartthrob, Link Larkin. That Marc Shaiman-Scott Wittman score stands as Broadway’s purest and wittiest distillation of the early-60s pop ethos before the British invasion changed everything.

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Radio interview on Broadway Spotlight
POSTED ON May 17, 2016 BY Valentina INInterview

Matthew talks with Johnny O on Broadway Spotlight on WZBG, ahead of his concert in Ridgefield on May 26.

Matthew joins Soccer Aid
POSTED ON May 17, 2016 BY Valentina INNews

Matthew has joined the lineup of the Rest of the World team for the Soccer Aid event, on June 5 2016 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, UK.

Every two years, Soccer Aid brings together two teams of celebrities and football legends from England and the Rest of the World for the biggest charity celebrity football match in the calendar.

Soccer Aid started in 2006 as a brainwave of Unicef UK ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes. Now in its 10th year, the event has raised an amazing £17 million for Unicef’s work for children and has involved legendary players Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Teddy Sheringham as well as music, film and TV stars from around the globe.

Additional information and tickets here.

Behind the scenes of The Good Wife Series Finale
POSTED ON May 09, 2016 BY Valentina INGallery

Behind the scenes of The Good Wife final episodes. All pictures courtesy of CBS.


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MasterVoices raised more than $220,000 to fund the company’s Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John LaChiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you look inside the big night below!

The Gala was attended by 170 guests. The evening began at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Tier at New York City Center, located at 131 W. 55th Street, and lead into the 7:00pm concert. Following the performance, guests enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a brief live auction led by Steve Rosen at Le Parker Meridien’s beautiful Estrela Penthouse, located at 119 W. 56th Street.

The event was led by Chairs Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judy and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair was AON.

The Dido and Aeneas program and 2016 Spring Benefit was dedicated to the memory of James S. Marcus, longtime MasterVoices Board Member. MasterVoices is forever grateful for his and his wife Ellen’s generosity, and will always remember Jim for his boundless spirit, tremendous wisdom, and deep love of music.

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Photos by Erin Baiano for BroadwayWorld. All the pictures can be seen here.

 

On July 7, 2016, The New York Pops will return to its summer home, Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY, for a program starring Tony and Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison and a special guest to be announced. After a wildly successful outing at the open-air venue in summer 2015, The New York Pops is proud to return to Queens with a full, 78-piece orchestra. The concert will also continue the expanded version of the orchestra’s Kids in the Balcony program, offering 1,000 children an opportunity to attend and learn about live music for free.

This concert is generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley and AT&T.

“I am beyond thrilled to return to the stadium – we had such a blast last summer, and I know that the orchestra and Matthew are going to knock it out of the park in July!” said Music Director Steven Reineke. “Matthew’s performances with us in December 2014 were absolutely electric. We played two sold-out nights at Carnegie Hall. I am glad he will bring his larger-than-life talent to join our full orchestra in this incredible venue. And in case you’re not excited enough, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of our other special guest!”

Tickets are on sale at www.foresthillsstadium.com and range from $15 to $95.

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Matthew and Renee attend events for the 102nd White House Correspondents’ Association on April 30 in Washington, DC.

2016 Garden Brunch

 

102nd White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

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