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Matthew performs with the New York Pops and Megan Hilty at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY, on July 7, 2016.

The New York Pops at Forest Hills Stadium (July 7)


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Matthew and Megan Hilty perform “Suddenly Seymour” from “Little Shop of Horrors”.

Matthew performs a medley of “Neverland/Stronger” from Finding Neverland.

Actors Matthew Morrison and Megan Hilty are singing with the legendary New York Pops this summer, but they won’t tell TODAY about secretly planned performances that aren’t in the program! However, Hilty does dish on her role in TV Land’s revival of “The First Wives Club,” and Morrison talks about the “life-changing experience” of visiting Africa on his honeymoon. (Run time: 3:01)

Matthew Morrison: Put it in Writing – Playbill
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The Broadway star names the show that changed his life and shares invaluable advice he got from Mike Nichols.

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Matthew to visit The Today Show
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Matthew will visit The Today Show on Wednesday, July 6th, during the 9 – 10 am hour, with Broadway actress Megan Hilty, to talk about their New York Pops Summer Concert, taking place on July 7th at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY.

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The year was 2002 and a new Broadway musical was opening that summer called Hairspray, starring Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Morrison and newcomer Marissa Jaret Winokur. The moment Matthew took the stage and started singing, he definitely had a new fan. Matthew’s vocals are like no other and ever since Hairspray, I have had the pleasure of seeing him in almost all his Broadway endeavors, getting to hear that golden voice raise the roof time and time again! It has been a pleasure watching Matthew’s career rise and then watching the world over get to know him and his voice because of his starring turn in Fox’s Glee.

Ever since I started “Call Me Adam,” I have been eager to interview Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Morrison. It is a real honor to have been granted this opportunity, not only because we got to talk about Broadway,Glee, and his upcoming concert with The New York Pops, but because we got to the heart of what makes Matthew tick. Matthew’s enthusiasm, excitement, and genuineness really shine through.

Matthew will be reuniting with The New York Pops and conductor/musical director Steven Reineke on Thursday, July 7 as he takes the stage with them at their summer home of Forest Hills Stadium (1 Tennis Place, Forrest Hills, NY). Matthew and The Pops’ will be joined by Tony nominee Megan Hilty. Showtime is 7:30pm. Click here for tickets!

1. This July you are once again going to be performing with The New York Pops at their summer home of the Forest Hills Stadium. What do you love about performing with The New York Pops?
The Pops have such an amazing history, and do such a great job of including all members of its community. Its involvement with public schools and children’s hospitals in particular really resonates with me and my values.  I’ve had such great experiences working with The New York Pops in the past, and I look forward to sharing the stage once again with this amazing group of professionals, led by my good friend, conductor Steven Reineke.

2. When performing with The New York Pops, what do you learn from The Pops’ Musical Director/Conductor Steven Reineke that you don’t learn from working with other musical directors?
Steven and I are good friends who share a similar taste in music. He understands my brand and takes the time to work with my Music Director, Brad Ellis, and myself to really bring the best show to the audience. He’s a team player who works extremely well with the artists that share the stage with The New York Pops. It’s always a fun and exhilarating show with Conductor Reineke.

3. Since Forest Hills Stadium is an outdoor venue, do you vocally prepare yourself differently than if you were getting ready to sing at an indoor venue? If you do you prepare differently, what do you do that’s different?
My regimen is pretty consistent no matter the setting. Days leading up to the performance, I rest my voice as much as possible. The day of the performance, I stay away from any types of dairy. To help coat the throat, I drink plenty of warm tea with honey and lemon. The only difference between preparing for outdoor vs. indoor shows is when I’m faced with temperatures that aren’t ideal for vocal performances. However, I don’t see summer in New York posing any issues!

4. We first met when you were starring on Broadway inHairspray and since then, I’ve had the pleasure of watching your career take off. What has this journey been like for you? Is the reality of the trip the same as what you envisioned or hoped for?
Thank you for the kind words. Looking back at my career, it’s been an amazing journey. Through it all, I have never chased success. Instead, I have always pursued happiness, and what that meant to me personally. To me that’s the key. I never thought I’d be in the position I’m in today, working with amazing creative professionals and having the liberty to decide which projects I want to attach myself to. But when you pursue your passion and stick with it even through challenging times, it’s amazing what opportunities will present themselves.

5. I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing you on Broadway in The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific, both productions played at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre. When you walked back into the Beaumont for the first time during South Pacific what memories came up for you from starring in The Light in the Piazza and what new memories did you make during South Pacific?
In The Light In The Piazza, I was faced with the extreme challenge of learning a foreign language in a very short window of time. Unlike television or film, you only get one shot at executing lines in theater. So memories of going through that challenge stood out. Each night on stage, the amount of emotion and energy that translated from the stage was unparalleled to any show I’ve been in. I will always cherish my tenure with that production, and once I walked back on to that stage for South Pacific, those memories came flooding back. In South Pacific, there was a different emotional connection I had with that show. “Lieutenant Cable’s” internal struggle through each performance often left me leaving the theater a bit melancholy. Playing a character who was being sent on a mission from which the likelihood of return is slim was a difficult task. I had to learn to pace myself in order to keep going with the run.

6. While many people know you from your Broadway shows, lots of people got to know your talent when you starred on Fox’s Glee for six years. What songs or artists did you never get to sing on Glee that you wished you had? What were the top three funniest things that happened to you during the taping of the series?
We covered a very diverse repertoire of songs throughout the series, and I recall very fond memories of performing many of them with my cast mates. “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gwyneth Paltrow was amazing, aside from being wet all day! When we performed “Proud Mary,” we were all in wheelchairs, and that was one of the biggest workouts on set that I can remember. We were up and down ramps, giving it our all in camaraderie for “Artie.” “Don’t Stop Believin” was theGlee anthem, although now I can’t listen to that song just because at every event we attended for the show, they would be playing it. “You’re All The World To Me” was my favorite because of the creative direction. It’s the performance where I danced on the ceiling and walls. It was choreography at its finest, and was such an exhilarating day for me. Jane Lynch was my comedic crutch – she was always there to brighten spirits and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

7. With all the interviews you do, what is one question, you are so tired of people asking and what is one question you have not been asked that you wish you would be (and please provide your answer to that question)?
The one question I get a lot is “Would you ever do a Glee reunion show?” The show was extremely special to me, and had its place in pop culture. Sometimes you just need to appreciate an ending and move on without entertaining a possible comeback, especially this early on. One question I haven’t been asked is “What do I value most in life?” My answer – happiness.

8. Some actors who start in theatre and then find success in television/film, stay working in television/film. What keeps you coming back to the stage? How do you feel your theatrical training prepared you for television work?
Performing on stage is my air. I will always prefer being on stage because of that live interaction with an audience. There’s no substitute for the energy I receive from an audience. Live performances, to me, are a symbiotic relationship between the talent and the audience, where we both feed off of each other’s energy. My experience in theater prepared me for the work in television and film by instilling the sense of immediacy in my performances. In live theater, you get one take to get it right. In television and film, when you’re performing to a lens, there can be a number of takes on a single scene. I learned discipline with my techniques, and I think that helped a lot when transitioning to TV/Film.

9. On your album Matthew Morrison, you recorded Sting’s “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot” and on Where It All Began you recorded Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns.” When in your life, have you “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot” and when was there a time you wanted someone to “Send In The Clowns” to help cheer you up?
“Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot” – When I made the decision to pursue the arts professionally. “Send In The Clowns” – Now that’s a bit too personal J

10. On “Call Me Adam” I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent every day?
To continue pursuing my passion and always striving to be a better person, husband and friend.

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On July 7, 2016 The New York Pops return to their summer residency at Forest Hills Stadium, where they will be joined by special guests Matthew Morrison and Megan Hilty. We had the chance to speak to Mr. Morrison about his favorite summer music, why he loves the Broadway community, and the leading ladies he’s dying to work with.

What’s on your perennial summer playlist?

Good question, I guess all year round I like Michael Jackson, but he’s particularly good for the summer. I like that island feel so I play a lot of Hawaiian music, and somebody who fits in that vibe even though he’s more mainstream is Bruno Mars. I love his music for the summer.

What are you looking forward to the most about singing with The New York Pops in July? The temperature will surely be hot then.

Oh jeez, I hadn’t even thought of that. Thanks for the warning. Actually I don’t know much about the venue, I’m really excited! I’m good friends with Steven Reineke, who will be conducting that night, he raved about the place and said it was a great place for the concert. I’m also very excited to perform with Megan Hilty, she and I have been friends for a while but we’ve never had the chance to sing together before. This is going to be a very special night.

The 2015 summer concerts were fantastic! Sutton Foster brought her dog, and Pink Martini did a massive conga line, so you guys will have to raise the bar this year!

Oh my gosh, OK good to know.

You were on Glee so did you ever have to go to summer school in real life? Or what would you usually do during the summer?

Actually over the summers I went to Hawaii, I was a backup singer for Don Ho who was a very popular Hawaiian singer back in the day. He’s passed now, but every summer I would go there and sing with him, it was my first professional job so no, I never went to summer school.

With Will Schuester and J.M. Barrie you’ve become a master at playing mentors. Did you have any teachers or people you looked up to a lot, that you drew from to play these characters?

Actually I did have a mentor, his name is Dr. Ralph Opacic, he’s the guy who kinda created the high school I went to. When I went there it was a performing arts after school program, but it’s now become its own stand alone charter high school, and it’s one of the best performing arts schools in the nation in my opinion. It’s just amazing what his vision and achievements are, the curriculum he brings to his students and the space he gives them to create. It’s not just performing arts either, there’s visual arts, a culinary school, instrumental arts, production design. It’s become such an amazing school and he and I are in the process of coming out with our brand of schools, using that school as the model. In the next couple of years we hope to come up with new high schools. I’m really excited about that.

After doing television for over six years, did you ever worry that once you were a television actor you would stay away from the stage for too long? Was returning to Broadway easy for that matter?

Theatre is my first love and there were definitely things that came right back, but the hardest part was doing eight shows a week. It’s always been the hardest part, but I was out of practice and my stamina wasn’t really there. That was something I had to get back into, so I had to get back into running, running while I was singing, and just getting that groove. Finding Neverland was really grueling for me, I really never left the stage at all for the whole show. I sang 14 songs per show, so it was a marathon doing that show every day, but I couldn’t have asked for a better show to return.

You’ve worked with some of the greatest leading ladies in theatre. Any leading lady you haven’t worked with that you’d like to play opposite?

I love the classic ladies, I would love to do something with Helen Mirren, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera. I love those classic, old broads, who have so much charisma and a depth of knowledge. Their craftsmanship has been honed for so many years, I love working with older people because I learn the most from them.

With Helen Mirren you’d have to be in a non-musical show then, is that something you’re interested in tackling as well?

I’m dying to do a play. I’ve done one play on Broadway and it was a great experience. For me technically it’s a little easier of a job because you don’t have to prepare your singing voice everyday.

Maybe you and Dame Helen can do Sweet Bird of Youth or some Tennessee Williams.

Oh, I like that suggestion. It’s a good one.

Hairspray is getting the live TV treatment in the fall. You starred in the Broadway production, are you excited about this method of introducing national audiences to theatre?

It is exciting, it’s so different from live theatre though. My hats go off to these people who come up with the formats and how they actually pull off a live musical on television. It’s incredible. I think Greasechanged the game, they’re honing it more. The first couple were interesting, but I feel now they’re really making an artform out of this. I can’t think of a better musical than Hairspray to get this treatment, because inside of itself it’s set in a TV show, so it will be pretty cool to go in and out of the actual TV show, it’s going to lend itself quite well to being a television event.

The one thing I’m really, really excited about – having been in the Broadway show – is that Harvey Fierstein is going to be doing Edna. There’s no else who will ever do the role like he did it. He created it and it was perfection. He won all the awards and accolades for it, his performance was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen, so I’m happy that people who haven’t seen the show will get to see that performance.

You mentioned in an interview that you spent time hanging out with your Hairspray co-star Marissa Winokur, and you came to see Victoria Clark and Kelli O’Hara in Dido and Aeneasshortly after The Light in the Piazza reunion. How important is fraternity and following the work of your peers in the industry?

That’s why I love the Broadway community more than any other community, it is such a family. When you do a show with someone, it’s like going to war. You are in the trenches, you go through all the process together and then depend on each other every single night when the show is happening. Those bonds are really strong. It’s funny you mentioned these ladies specifically, because I’ve been having a bunch of shows at 54 Below and Marissa and Kelli actually came to the show, Kelli went onstage and sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with me. It’s great to have friends who support you, and it’s even cooler when your friends are as talented as they are, so when they’re around it makes me want to be an even stronger performer.

What are your favorite Sondheim songs and your dream role in one of his shows?

I did “Send in the Clowns” for a while in my shows, and I absolutely love that song. It’s perfection, one of the most beautiful songs ever written. To be a little different than probably everyone else you’re talking to, my favorite Sondheim show is actually Assassins, I love the darkness of it, so my dream role would be John Wilkes Booth. I love that show so much, it’s a tough one to do too, it’s quirky, really dark, the subject matter is interesting. It’s one of my favorite shows in general, not just Sondheim.

Hey, and if you like “Send in the Clowns” so much, maybe you can do A Little Night Music with Chita or Angela…

…or Helen!

For tickets to The New York Pops with Matthew Morrison and Megan Hilty click here.

Morrison Adventures – Italy
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Morrison Adventures continue in Firenze, Italy.

Morrison Adventures – Paris Music Video
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Matthew and Renee attend the DSquared event and pose with Renzo Rosso at Milan Fashion Week on June 17, 2016.

 

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