Matthew Morrison has been set to star in Chinese feature Crazy Alien, the third installment in director Ning Hao’s black comedy trilogy that includes 2006’s Crazy Stone and 2009’s Crazy Racer (aka Silver Medalist). The logline is being kept under wraps, though it’s understood Alien will be in keeping with the previous Crazy crime capers.

Production on the Chinese-language movie is just getting underway in Qingdao. Morrison will speak English in the picture with his role subtitled in Chinese.

Co-starring is Ning’s frequent collaborator Huang Bo, who was in the previous Crazypics as well as the director’s 2014 smash Breakup Buddies. Also aboard are Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist, Banshee); Kat Nelson (A Girl Is A Gun); and Shen Teng, who appeared in Breakup Buddies and is known for another local box office hit, Goodbye Mr Loser.

A Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Glee alum Morrison recently starred in the Harvey Weinstein-produced Finding Neverland on Broadway and next will be onscreen in Tulip Fever, which releases domestically on August 25. He’s repped by CAA.

Glee was a popular series in China. Said Ning: “We are expanding the potential audience for Chinese films. This time, we are collaborating with extraordinary Hollywood actors. I believe that all these amazing talents will inspire each other to put on a great performance.”

Breakup Buddies was the No. 2 movie of 2014 in the Middle Kingdom, grossing $188M. Ning’s other credits include 2013’s neo-Western thriller No Man’s Land,which competed in Berlin and has been compared to the work of the Coen brothers.

Huanxi Media and Dirty Monkey are producing Crazy Alien with a China release set for February 5, 2019. Morrison is repped by CAA and management Podwall Entertainment.

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Matthew Morrison is hard to pin down. The multi-hyphenate performer moves fluidly between acting, singing and dancing — and he’s one heck of a busy guy. He’s currently shooting a film in China, taking a solo concert show on a national tour, and running a men’s apparel and accessory business he co-founded this summer.

Acclaimed for his golden voice in Broadway musicals such as “Hairspray” and “The Light in the Piazza,” Morrison’s been nominated for a Tony, a Golden Globe and an Emmy while playing heartthrobs on the big and small screen — most notably the compassionate and crush-worthy high school glee club director William Schuester, or “Mr. Schue,” on the wildly popular TV musical dramedy “Glee.”

The barrier-breaking series about a misfit group of show choir kids chasing their dreams not only launched the Broadway star into the pop culture mainstream, it arguably made musical theater cool again.

“‘Glee’ was great because it shamelessly stood for something at a time when social responsibility was as uncool as, well, being in your high school show choir,” wrote The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon when the show ended in 2015. “It was a nerds-shall-rise moment for musical theater fans who had been waiting for their turn on the pop-culture kick line.”

More recently, Morrison went on to star in the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical “Finding Neverland” and has a role in the upcoming period drama “Tulip Fever,” starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

But pretty soon he’ll be adding the role of a lifetime to his resume: dad. The 38-year-old is expecting his first child with wife Renee Puente later this year.

Morrison is tight-lipped about baby details as well as the set list for this Thursday’s free Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series performance at Burton Chace Park. But in a telephone interview Friday, Morrison did say he looks forward to jazzing up his repertoire of standards and show tunes with “some great pop songs that are great songs to dance to,” including musical renditions from “Glee” and maybe a few Elton John hits.

“I love anything Elton John,” Morrison says. “Just his melodies and his lyrics are so amazing and evocative and fun and fresh. I’ve been listening to his music for the past 20 years and it’s still so relevant. … It’s something that every generation can really get behind.”

But mostly Morrison just wants to put on a good show.

“I’m an entertainer,” he says, “and I just want people to be entertained.”

How did Gene Kelly become one of your idols?

Growing up, I was always in the theater. I started at a very young age. The two monuments of musical theater that you could watch on film were Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Fred Astaire was kind of the aristocrat and Gene Kelly was kind of the proletariat, the working class man. I always really associated myself with Gene Kelly — just seeing him dance, it really inspired me to dance. He made [dance] look so masculine and so athletic. … He was my role model. He made [dance] look so cool. And it’s something that I’ve tried to do for future generations — to kind of keep dance alive and keep it masculine and keep it cool.

 

Did you have to overcome social biases about men who dance?

My first foray into dance was breakdancing. I got some cool points from people for that. But the breakdancing really led me into a love and an appreciation for all forms of dance. I got into ballet, tap and jazz. And I was lucky in high school. I really kind of held my own, and I was also an athlete. I didn’t bear the brunt of too much talk or bullying. But I really felt it was my personal duty to stand up for a lot of people who weren’t necessarily good at athletics and were still into dance. I felt that was my place and my role, and some lifelong friendships came from those moments.

Was attending the Orange County School of the Arts anything like “Glee”?

I guess there were some similarities. Big difference though, I was student in high school and not a teacher. [Laughs] … My inspiration for [Mr. Schuester] was a teacher I had in high school. That teacher — the guy who founded the Orange County School of the Arts, Ralph S. Opacic — is someone I’m still incredibly close to, and OCSA’s my legacy. I go back to the school. I do master classes with the kids. And I always try to tell them that “I was you. I was a kid who had a dream, and I just worked really hard and had a couple of lucky breaks and was able to have a great career basically singing and dancing and playing make believe for a living.”

 

“Glee” was such a cultural phenomenon. What do you think it did for musical theater in America?

Most people in Middle America, their idea of theater is basically going to see a kids’ high school production of a show. … I think people had such a bad connotation of theater because that’s all they were really exposed to. So I think “Glee” just opened people’s eyes to the magic of live theater.

Other than the fame it brought you, what impact did “Glee” have on your life?

I’m just so happy that I got to play a character on TV that actually stood for something and was such a positive role model. I could have played a doctor, a lawyer, a cop — the standard thing you see on TV. But this is someone who actually had passion for teaching and those kids and performance.

And I think I still have that impact on people who are fans of the show. As I get further and further away from the show, the impact of the show resonates even more for me now because people come up to me and say, “I had such a hard time in high school, but ‘Glee’ really changed my life and it gave me a new perspective and a new outlet.”

And I think it really changed people’s lives. It was the only time when people could actually sit down with their families and watch an episode about being gay in high school, or being bullied or … being pregnant in high school. And hopefully people can just sit and watch an episode of “Glee” and actually have a conversation with their family after an episode. That’s how I picture a perfect night of watching “Glee” — watching it and having a great outlet to vocalize more thoughts on what you just saw.

 

What do you see as your next act?

It’s been a crazy ride since the show. I have a big role in “Grey’s Anatomy” coming up. I’m shooting this fantastic movie in China. I’m doing concerts all over the world. I just stared a business called Sherpapa because I’m going to be a new dad.

 

Congratulations!

Thank you! I just realized that there’s nothing out there for cool dads. If you want to have a diaper bag, you’re forced to carry your wife’s bag, or put stuff in a backpack. So [friend Zach McDuffie and I] kind of created this new manly and classic bag for dads, and we also have a lot of great apparel. So that’s been a really cool and different journey for me as well.

 

How do you feel about becoming a father?

There’s a few moments in your life when you get to actually hit the reset button and kind of start fresh, and I’m so excited to do that. I’m 38 years old and I feel like I’m doing this at the perfect time because I got to live and I had so many life experiences that I can really pass down to my child. … I have the perfect partner in my life — Renee. We’re so ready for this journey. I’m really excited to be a present and proactive father.

 

Do you have a song that speaks to you in terms of becoming a father?

The song that’s been playing in my head a lot is “Fix You” by Coldplay. I love that song. It’s just so beautiful. The way [Chris Martin] sings it in his falsetto, too, it’s almost like a lullaby. I’m trying to learn it right now so I can sing it to my kid.

 

Acting, singing or dancing — do you have a favorite?

I love them all. Honestly, it really depends on the day. Right now I love acting, I think. If you ask me right now, just because I’ve been doing it so much. But the great thing about my career is I’ve been able to do all three. That’s why I think “Glee” and my performances on Broadway have been the perfect jobs for me, because I got to do all three at once. It’s just like the perfect song.

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Enjoy lunch with Matthew Morrison and casting director Bernie Telsey and receive 2 tickets to his 54 Below show in September!

Emmy, Tony, and two-time Golden Globe nominated star of stage and screen Matthew Morrison will return to Feinstein’s/54 Below for three very special performances. In this new concert, Morrison will perform classic renditions of standards and numbers from his past productions – including Hairspray, South Pacific, Finding Neverland, Glee, and more.

Available dates for the show:

  • Sunday, September 10th at 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 12th at 9:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00pm and 9:30pm
  • Thursday, September 14th at 9:30pm
Donated by: Matthew Morrison

The Hollywood Bowl has announced the cast and creative team for a benefit performance of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine.

The production will feature Lewis Cleale, Carmen Cusack, Claybourne Elder, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Matthew Morrison, Solea Pfeiffer, Vanessa Williams and additional cast members to be announced, and will have one performance only, on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 7:30pm. The Hollywood Bowl production benefits the LA Phil’s flagship program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), and other LA Phil educational initiatives.

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM will be directed by Sarna Lapine with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and YOLA, who will join the show to perform “Children Will Listen” alongside the LA Phil. The production will be choreographed by Michele Lynch with lighting design by Ken Billington in addition to new orchestrations by Michael Starobin, arrangements by David Loud and video created and designed by Peter Flaherty.

From Follies and Into the Woods to A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim‘s umpteen Broadway masterpieces assure him a permanent spot among the very top creators of the American musical. Audiences will not want to miss this “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist” (USA Today), a musical revue-style journey through the extraordinary life and career of Stephen Sondheim.

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM will have one performance only at the Hollywood Bowl this summer – Sunday, July 23, at 7:30 PM.

Subscriptions and single tickets for performances during the Hollywood Bowl 2017 summer season are available at www.HollywoodBowl.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. For further details or questions, call 323.850.2000 from 10am – 6pm daily, or visit www.LAPhil.com.

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Dsquared2 Show – Milan Men’s Fashion Week
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Matthew and Renee attend the Dsquared2 Show at Milan Men’s Fashion Week on June 18, 2017.

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Philipp Plein – Milan Men’s Fashion Week
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Matthew and Renee attend Philipp Plein’s show at Milan Men’s Fashion Week on June 17.
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2017 Tony Awards Afterparty
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Matthew, Marissa Jaret Winokour, Gavin Creel and Michael Xavier pose at the 2017 DKC/O&M Tony After Party at The Carlysle Hotel on June 11, 2017 in New York City.

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Actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter Matthew Morrison has won over audiences by stepping into the shoes of a bevy of characters on Broadway and on TV, most notably as Will Schuester on Glee. But he’s about to take on what may very well be his most exciting role yet: as a dad to his first child with wife Renee Morrison. But before the couple welcomes their baby in the fall, Morrison and photographer Zach Duffie have designed and debuted a new line of dad gear and accessories called Sherpapa Supply Co. In honor of the line’s launch, Morrison and Duffie—fast friends who met through their wives—curated favorite and exclusive clothes, bags, hats, and other items for a special partnership with Gilt.com.

Parents.com recently caught up with Morrison and Duffie at their launch party to chat about their inspiration for Sherpapa, the challenges of being a modern dad, and Morrison’s hopes and fears around fatherhood.

Sherpapa was originally inspired by the birth of Duffie’s daughter, who’s now 2. As “an outdoors kinda guy” and a stay-at-home (or, as he likes to put it, a “stay outside dad”), he says he realized there really weren’t baby bags or accessories made for him and fathers like him. “I started to talking to Matthew, and he was the one who pushed me into saying, ‘Hey, we really need to make this a reality, there’s people that need this,’” the photographer explains.

“He was saying, ‘There’s nothing out there for cool dads,'” Morrison shares with Parents.com exclusively. “I said, ‘Let’s roll with this.’ Nine months ago, we really put the pedal to the medal. It’s just been such a labor of love. It’s such a family business.”

Duffie and Morrison also very much see the line as more than “just products.” They’re also hoping that the brand will send a powerful, important message to other dads and dads-to-be.

“Being a dad, one of the most universal things, really, the stereotypes around it are kind of the dorky dad that kinda bumbles through,” Duffie acknowledges. “But now, both parents share the responsibilities of the day-to-day a lot more. We’re in a generation where both the husband and wife both work and they both share the responsibilities of raising the kids, and there are a lot of dads who just own it, who are on top of it, and there’s no lifestyle brand that really supports that. And we’re in a time where we really need strong family leaders, and there needs to be something for those guys.”

Morrison agrees that feeling prepared with the right diaper bag or other everyday items can positively affect modern dads’ morale. “We’re trying to really motivate dads to be present and proactive fathers, and give them the tools and the gear to feel like they’re ready for anything, because it is such a challenging job to be a parent, and we want to make it as easy as possible,” he notes.

And speaking of feeling prepared, this is, no doubt, a big year for Morrison—but he’s taking all of the major milestones in stride. “Obviously, I’m about to have a child, and it couldn’t have been more perfect timing,” he shares. “I’m about to go on the biggest adventure of my life, and I feel like this the first birth of the year—getting this company launched, and then we’ll have the next one!”

In the meantime, Morrison has certainly been thinking about what the big day of his child’s birth will look like. And like all expectant fathers, he admits he’s nervous.

“The thing I’m most terrified about is probably the actual birth,” he told Parents.com. “Because it’s so unpredictable, you know. But my dad is a midwife; he’s going to be there for the birth of our child. And I’ve grown up in that baby-birthing world, so I’m actually really ready for that. I feel like you get certain points of your life where you get to reset, and things just sort of start over, and I feel like this is one of those moments where I’m going to hit the reset button, and anything is possible. It’s a whole new world.”

Cheers to that—and to dads feeling even more prepared to take on that world.

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“The End Of Longing” Opening Night
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Matthew and Renee attend the opening night for “The End Of Longing” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on June 5 in New York City, NY.
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Matthew Morrison and his wife Renee are living la dolce vita.

The expectant couple will soon be celebrating their baby joy abroad in Italy, Morrison tells PEOPLE at the Gilt launch of his chic dad gear line Sherpapa Supply Co. at Catch LA on Wednesday night.

“My Father’s Day, we’re actually going to be on our babymoon,” the Glee alum shares. “We’re going to be in Italy.”

Though the couple – who confirmed their pregnancy to PEOPLE last month – won’t welcome their baby until the fall, Morrison says, “We do feel like this will be our first Father’s Day, we really celebrated Mother’s Day this year for [Renee].”

He adds, “We’ll be just enjoying our travels before we have our addition.”

The couple – who wed in 2014 – can’t wait to grow their little family.

Says the actor, “I feel like through pregnancy and infancy, a lot of fathers are confused of their role. I’m just so excited to just go after it and this is going to be the greatest adventure of my life and it’s starting soon.”

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