This weekend, Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominated performer Matthew Morrison performed with the Louisville Orchestra as a part of their pops series.
The first half of the show featured just the Louisville Orchestra playing an assortment of Broadway show tunes and movie scores including the overture to West Side Story, a Frozen medley, and even John Williams’ score from the film E.T.
After intermission, Matthew Morrison took the stage at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall to sing songs from his latest album Where It All Began, which is a collection of staple songs from America’s past that includes jazz, show tunes, and more. He performed a West Side Story medley, “It Don’t Mean a Thing,”The Lady is a Tramp,”Send in the Clowns,” and so many more. Before he started singing “Younger Than Springtime” from South Pacific, he joked about having to perform the song shirtless at Lincoln Center. He explained that taking his shirt off for a performance in Lincoln Center was considered art, but, if he did it here, it’d just be another day at Kentucky Kingdom.
The orchestra, under the direction of conductor Bob Bernhardt, sounded amazing, and Morrison’s voice shined. Like a true professional vocalist, his voice was perfectly on pitch all the time – even while he was dancing! It was a real treat to hear his dulcet vocals in person. A charmer, Morrison involved the audience a few times by choosing a few lucky ladies to dedicate his songs to and to dance with.
Upcoming Louisville Orchestra events include a concert with Ben Folds in January and the rest of their pops series which will feature The Midtown Men, Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney, and Symphonic Swing with Five By Design. For more information about the Louisville Orchestra, click here. If last night was any indication of just how great the Louisville Orchestra is, I highly recommend checking out the rest of their pops series.
You can catch Matthew Morrison on the last season of Glee on Fox and starring in New York City’s Broadway production of Finding Neverland in the Spring of 2015. And, if you ever get the chance to see Morrison in concert, take it!
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra GLEEfully welcomes Emmy, Tony and Golden-Globe nominated star Matthew Morrison to the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage for this one-night-only performance.
Known for his role as the optimistic high school glee club director Will Schuester on the TV show Glee, Morrison is no stranger to a career filled with song and dance. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, Morrison joins the ISO to perform songs from his latest album, Where It All Began, featuring many Broadway hits such as “Younger Than Springtime” and standards made famous by Sinatra, including “Luck Be a Lady” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.”
Listen to Matt’s interview on the Smiley Morning Show!
Yesterday, Broadway vets Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly were announced to be joining the cast of “Finding Neverland”. On this morning’s TODAY, Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison joined the NBC anchor team live from Los Angeles to talk about co-starring in Finding Neverland, heading to Broadway in 2015.
It’s been almost a month since his wedding, but Matthew Morrison is still floating on cloud nine.
The Glee actor, who said “I do” to Renee Puente on Oct. 18 in Hawaii, tells PEOPLE that in the short time they’ve been married, their bond is already stronger.
“There’s this connection that I knew we had before, but it’s just deepened,” Morrison gushed at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards (presented by Los Angeles Confidential magazine) on Sunday in Los Angeles. “It’s just going to grow and grow.”
And his new relationship status is already affecting his work. While getting pitched for parts recently, “I was like, ‘You know what, honestly,’ I stopped them right there and said, ‘I don’t want to hear anything, because I just got married and I don’t want to see some beautiful, intelligent girl come up to me, because I’m off the market, you know!’ ”
So how did Morrison know Puente was the one?
“She kept kind of proving things,” he said. “I was on tour with New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, and she came on the road and lived in a tour bus with me, and I knew that this was either going to work or it really isn’t. It really did! I knew she was the one consecutively, day after day.”
Professionally, Morrison and the rest of the Glee cast will sign off after the show’s upcoming sixth and final season. As for what’s been the best part of his star-making gig, Morrison said simply, “the people.”
“We’ve definitely had our highs and lows … the passing of Cory [Monteith] was a hard thing for all of us, but I think it brought us all closer,” he said. “Cory and I were definitely the tightest.”
But since Monteith‘s death last year, “I’ve gotten really close with Chord [Overstreet],” Morrison said. “And Lea [Michele] and I have known each other forever. I’ve experienced some friendships that I will always have.”
These days, Morrison is just happy to merge his two worlds.
“Honestly, this business is so crazy and I love that I can bring [my wife] to events like this,” he said. “She handles herself better than I do in a room. That’s an amazing part that I love about her.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew Morrison says he’s looking forward to trading in his choir director role on “Glee” for a return to Broadway and letting fans see him “in a different light.”
“Playing Will Schuester for six seasons has been amazing but, honestly, there comes a point where you’re struggling to find something new,” says Morrison. “I’m excited to not have any more handcuffs, so to speak, and to go back to where my roots are.”
Morrison, who has played Schuester for six seasons, had previously starred on Broadway in “Hairspray,” “South Pacific” and “The Light in the Piazza”, for which he was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award.
This week, he was announced as the star of the Broadway production of “Finding Neverland,” a musical directed by Diane Paulus that explores the Peter Pan book’s back story. Previews begin in March.
Morrison will play J.M. Barrie, the “Peter Pan” author. The musical is adapted from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons inspired Barrie to write the children’s classic.
“This character is so different — like night and day — from Will Schuester. So I can’t wait for people to see me in a different light,” says Morrison. “They’ll go maybe expecting to see Matt Morrison from ‘Glee’ and walk out with a new respect or appreciation for what I can bring to the table.”
Morrison, who got married this summer to model Renee Puente, has been hoping for a return to the stage for many years. “Glee,” which has its final season air next year, films for 10 months of the year, leaving not enough time to really slip into a theater role. The actor has put out two albums and said he toured “to fill the void.”
“Broadway is my home and I’m just excited to go home,” he says. “There’s something so exciting about originating a role in a new musical. No one can really take it away from you. You’re the one. I can’t wait to do all the things that go along with that — the original Broadway cast recording and showing off our show at the Tony Awards.”
In some ways, Morrison might be reaping what he’s sown: The popularity of “Glee” has been a boost for musical theater and Broadway. Morrison says he’s seen glee clubs pop up even across Europe and hopes the TV show’s fans will show up at theLunt-Fontanne Theatre.
“It’s just exciting to see how music is accepted and it’s OK to be different and especially all the other themes that we’ve hit upon on ‘Glee’ — bullying, being gay in high school, teenage pregnancy. I think there were a lot of great issues that were talked about on that show that a lot people ran away from. We really hit them straight on.”
Cory Monteith’s tragic death has brought the ‘Glee’ cast closer than ever. Matthew Morrison tells HollywoodLife.com how he’s coping with Cory’s loss, now that the final season is on the horizon.
Cory Monteith died on July 13, 2013 from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose. More than one year later, Gleeks everywhere still hold Cory close to their hearts — especially everyone in the Glee “family.” Matthew Morrison, 36, reveals, “Cory and I were definitely the tightest,” and tells HollywoodLife.com how the cast has changed without the actor on set.
With the sixth and final season of Glee premiering in early 2015, star Matthew Morrison takes a look back and reflects on his time on the series. Of course, Cory Monteith, who was tragically found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on 2013 at the age of 31, is a large part of Matthew’s memories.
“It’s been up and down, we’ve had our highs and our lows,” Matthew told HollywoodLife.com at Los Angeles Confidential‘s Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards in L.A. on Nov. 9. “The passing of Cory was a hard thing on all of us, but I think it’s really brought us all closer. I will look back on this time as very fond memory.”
Matthew — who will return to Broadway, starring in Finding Neverland‘s lead role, announced on Monday, Nov. 11 — adds that the people on set have been the best part of the show, but admits he was the closest to Cory.
“Cory and I were definitely the tightest,” he says. “Since he’s passed, I’ve really gotten really close with Chord [Overstreet] and so that’s been really fun. Lea [Michele]a nd I have known each other forever and Jenna [Ushkowitz] and I have known each other forever… I’ve experienced some friendships that I will always have. Our camera operator is one of my great friends, it’s our family we have spent the past seven years with them. I have nothing but high regards and praise for those people.”
Matthew also told HollywoodLife.com about another very important person in his life: his wife, Renee Puente! The couple wed on Oct. 18 in Maui, after dating for three years. “I think I knew that she was the one,” he tells us exclusively. “Consecutively like day after day, she kept proving things…three months into our relationship, I was on tour with NKOTB and Backstreet Boys and she came on the road with me and lived in a tour bus with me. I knew then it was going to be like this is either going to work or it really isn’t, and it really did. Since then, it’s been incredible.”
Producer Harvey Weinstein announced today that Tony®, Emmy®, and two-time Golden Globe® Award Nominee Matthew Morrison will return to Broadway to star in Finding Neverland as J.M. Barrie. Morrison created the role of Barrie in early workshops of the Broadway-bound musical. Finding Neverland will begin previews on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and will now open on Wednesday, April 15.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Matthew returning to his Broadway roots and back to the role he created in our workshop,” Mr. Weinstein said. “He is wildly talented and a true leading man.”
Mr. Morrison has previously starred on Broadway in Hairspray, South Pacific, and The Light in the Piazza (for which he was nominated for a 2005 Tony® Award). He is known to television audiences for his Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated role as Will Schuester on the hit Fox show, “Glee.” Morrison has also released two studio albums since 2011, with the most recent being Where It All Began – a collection of standards, many first made famous in Broadway musicals.
Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee,Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time.
Directed by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.
In its sold-out, world-premiere engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, Finding Neverland played a total of 75 performances at the Loeb Drama Center on – all of which played to capacity crowds, making it the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.’s 34-year history.
Additional casting information will be announced shortly.