Matthew visits “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway
POSTED ON Feb 05, 2016 BY Valentina INGallery,News

Matthew and wife Renee pose backstage with Danny Burstein, Melanie Moore, Jessica Vosk, Adam Kantor, Jessica Hecht at “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Broadway Theater in New York City on February 4, 2016.


All the pictures in the gallery: Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway (February 4) 

Photo credit: Bruce Glikas

On Monday, April 4 at 6:30pm, the sun-drenched piazzas of Florence will return to the Vivian Beaumont Theater stage for one night only when members of the original cast of Lincoln Center Theater‘s Tony Award-winning musical THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, with book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, and direction by Bartlett Sher, gather for a 10th anniversary reunion concert which will also serve as Lincoln Center Theater‘s Annual Benefit. Eric and Stacey Mindich are the Gala evening’s Co-Chairs. Proceeds will support Lincoln Center Theater‘s productions and education programs.

Victoria Clark, Matthew Morrison, and Kelli O’Hara will be joined by their fellow original cast members Michael Berresse,Sarah Uriarte Berry, Patti Cohenour, Beau Gravitte, Mark Harelik, Felicity LaFortune, and Joseph Siravo for the evening. THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA reunion concert will be conducted by original musical director and co-orchestrator Ted Sperling.

A limited number of tickets to the performance only, priced at $90 and $150, are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at telecharge.com, or by visitinglct.org.

For information about benefit tables and tickets, which include a post-performance Florentine dinner with the cast atDavid Geffen Hall, contact Karin Schall at schall@lct.org.

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Matthew celebrates his final performance in ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway with a party at The PHD Rooftop Lounge at The Dream Hotel on January 24, 2016 in New York City (pictures by Bruce Glikas).



 

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Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison, who stars as J.M. Barrie in the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland, exits the production Jan. 24.

Morrison (“Glee,” Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza), who has also landed a recurring role on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” will kick off his series of concerts March 19 in Kansas City, MO.

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In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway favorite and Glee star Matthew Morrison plays J.M. Barrie and tells the inspirational story behind the creation of Peter Pan in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. Morrison will play his final performance in the role on January 24. We asked the actor to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what he’ll miss, what he learned and more about his magical time in the show.

How did you feel when you first got this job?
I’m a creature of the stage—it’s my oxygen. So after completing six seasons of Glee, I was itching to get back on the Broadway stage. The question wasn’t ,“Will I go back to Broadway?” It was, “Which show will it be?!” When Finding Neverland came into the picture, I was completely ready for the challenge. I was so excited to get back to New York, to create a new theatrical family and to tackle such an incredible real life character such as J.M. Barrie.

How do you feel now that you’re leaving?
Leaving is always the hardest. I’m not good with goodbyes. My last show is always a cry-fest for me. (I apologize in advance if you are in the audience that night!) This was my first Broadway show that I was the outright lead of, and I’ve learned and grown so much this year. Playing J.M. Barrie has really gotten me in touch with a deeper and emotional side, and, in a way, has brought me a lot of insight into the kind of father I want to be. I am going to miss him, as well as the incredible individuals that I got to “play” with eight times a week.

What are three words you would use to describe your experience?
Truthful. Magical. Glitter.

What was the easiest thing about this job?
Working with Laura Michelle Kelly. She saved me this year. She is so effortless on and off stage. I’m so proud of her performance every night and so thankful for the friendship that we have formed this year.

What was the hardest thing?
The physical toll that this role has taken on my body. I feel like a running back in the NFL with all the ice baths that I’ve taken this year! Mia Michaels’ choreography was such a challenge, but I was so happy to do it every night because I felt like the story couldn’t be properly told without it. It was also difficult singing so many songs night after night, on top of all the press I had to do for the show. Which ultimately lead to the HARDEST thing I had to do this year…miss shows! I hate letting people down, and I always feel so guilty about that part.

What was the highlight of your time at this job?
Taking the audience on this beautiful and complex journey! I love the story that we are telling every night. It’s such a timeless tale that blends love, hope, perseverance and a little bit of magic. This show has even made some of the hardest of humans more vulnerable by the end!

What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?
Well, you have to be a triple threat for sure. No getting around that part. As well as being able to maintain a Scottish accent while surrounded by people speaking with British accents. I’m actually very much looking forward to seeing other people step into this role and put their own spin on it. This show is all about using your imagination, so it’s open to interpretation.

What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?
Have fun. Don’t forget to PLAY. And most of all, it’s imperative to lead with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for what it is we get to do day in and day out. Any role, but especially this one, can be very taxing on your body, soul, home life, etc. So, my advice in life is to just live with an abundance of gratitude and positivity.

How do you think you’ve grown?
Have you seen the show?! I’m never going to grow up!

Why are you leaving?
I’ve done several long runs in musicals and there comes a point where you just need to leave for your own sanity. It doesn’t matter what the show, your mind needs to rejuvenate and explore new adventures. I always want to be challenged…I’m ready for the next one!

What will you miss the most?
The cast…my extended family for the past year. The amazing stage crew…who kept me alive every night. The awesome lighting team…who made my beard look so “hot”. The sound crew…who gave me a boost when I needed it. The ushers at the Lunt Fontanne…who always made me laugh every night while I was leaving the theater. The stage managers…who figured it all out when things got wacky. My incredible dresser and friend, Alex…who’s been my rock and sounding board for over 15 years. All of this would be nothing without the love that continued to keep people in those seats. I will miss the tangible energy from you, the audience, that kept me going every day and every night. I will forever be grateful for finding my Neverland!

 

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 24th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party Wonderful Crazy Night on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event. The Foundation is profoundly grateful to its Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, M∙A∙C Cosmetics, and Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins for supporting this important event so generously.

Following dinner and an exciting live auction, Elton and his band will perform various selections, including songs from Elton’s new album Wonderful Crazy Night, co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.

For a fourth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 88th Academy Awards. DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 23 years, this annual event has raised more than $50 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and Canada.

Audi, BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Tim and Jane Allen, Beck, Boy George, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, John Demsey, Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Roland Emmerich, Stéphane Gerschel,Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Debbie Harry, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Samuel L. Jackson, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner,Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar,Sandra Lee, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Adam Press, Andrew Rannells, Smokey and Frances Robinson, Zoe Saldana, Steve Sims, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Steven Tyler, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, and Allison Williams.

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Matthew has taken part to Jenna Ushkowitz’s new podcast series, “Infinite Positives”. The episode will be published on the podcast website on January 25.

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Jenna speaks with actor Matthew Morrison (Glee, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) about taking care of ourselves. Julie Rice (co-founder, SoulCycle) also featured.

After taking his final bow in Finding Neverland on January 24, Emmy, Tony and two-time Golden Globe nominee Matthew Morrison will hit the road with a series of special concert dates, including a three-day run at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

In March, Morrison will play two symphony gigs, on March 19 with the Kansas City Symphony in Kansas City, Missouri, and March 24 through 26 with the Houston Symphony in Houston, Texas. Tickets for both cities are currently on sale.

In May, Morrison will perform a series of concert dates with his band, kicking off on May 20 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. On May 21, he’ll return to Feinstein’s/54 Below, where he previously sold out 11 shows in 2013, for a run through May 23. Then on May 26, Morrison will play the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Tickets for all of the above concerts will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 22. More shows will be announced soon.

Morrison won two 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for his performance as J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. He previously was nominated for a Tony Award for The Light in the Piazza, and also originated the role of Link Larkin in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hairspray. He rose to international fame playing Mr. Schuester in the Fox series Glee, a role that earned him nominations for both Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

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Matthew Morrison Cuts Loose at Footloose Reunion
POSTED ON Jan 13, 2016 BY Valentina INNews

Matty Fresh Cuts Loose
He may be a leading man now, but Matthew Morrison still knows how to cut loose like a real Broadway hoofer. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner made a surprise appearance at the late performance of the joyful original cast reunion of Footloose at Feinstein’s/54 Below on January 12. After finishing one of his final shows in Finding Neverland (he leaves the tuner on January 24), Morrison headed uptown to watch his friends from the 1998 musical that marked his Main Stem debut in the chorus from the darkness of the club’s bar. But as Broadway phenom Orfeh tore up the place with a rousing “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” and two original ensemble members in the audience, Kristen Leigh Gorski and Serena Soffer, leapt to their feet to recreate some of the show’s energetic choreography, Morrison had to get in on the fun. The artist formerly known as Matty Fresh threw himself into the moves between Gorski and Soffer and showed the entire enthusiastic crowd that he’s still got it. Let’s hear it for the boy indeed!

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Matthew joins The Good Wife!
POSTED ON Jan 07, 2016 BY Valentina INNews

Will Schuester is heading to Chi Town.

EW has learned that Matthew Morrison (Glee) has booked a recurring role on The Good Wife.

Morrison will play Connor Fox, an assistant U.S. attorney who jailed the last four Illinois governors. His character is described as a tough and smart dude who doesn’t exactly warm to the Florricks.

Morrison currently stars as J.M Barrie in the musical Finding Neverland. From 2009 to 2015, he played Will Schuester on the Fox dramedy Glee.

The Good Wife airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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