Matthew Morrison and Disney are teaming up for a new album of classic Disney cover tunes. The Tony- and Emmy-nominated entertainer is slated to release his first album with Walt Disney Records in early 2020, and it will feature a personally curated collection of familiar favorites.
“I have never felt so much joy and connection in making an album,” Morrison says in a statement. “Every note, every word I sang was for my son, Revel James. There’s a beautiful feeling of nostalgia that is forever connected to the Disney catalog, and my goal was to deliver an album that reconnects us all to the magic of youth.”
“Matthew has so many talents and we are thrilled that he is putting his voice to Disney classics that are so personal to him,” says Disney Music Group President Ken Bunt.
The upcoming album will be Morrison’s first full-length album since 2013’s Where It All Began. Before that, Morrison issued a self-titled effort in 2011. Morrison has of course been featured on a bevy of Glee albums and singles, in addition to the Broadway cast recordings of Hairspray (2002), the 2008 revival of South Pacific and Finding Neverland (2015).
There’s no word yet on what Disney songs Morrison will cover for the project.
Morrison is repped by Podwall Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Passman and Brown.
Matthew will also be at the Disney Music Emporium pavilion at Disney D23 Expo on Saturday, August 24 in Anaheim, CA.
Matthew Morrison and Shoshana been lit up the stage at the Strathmore’s Annual Spring Gala in North Bethesda on Saturday. The evening started out with Shoshana Bean‘s jazz set which perfectly showcased her incredible voice. Bean’s set included many songs from her 2018 album “Spectrum” which she expressed was an album that was rooted in and inspired by music from her childhood. Bean opened her set with a song from this album entitled “Remember the Day” – an electrifying jazz song which showcased Bean’s exquisite voice and personality. She had the audience in the palm of her hand from the first note. Bean continued with songs from “Spectrum” including “I Wanna Be Around” and “Strange Thunder.” Bean introduced her music director and producer David Cook who was on piano, and exclaimed to Cook that “you’re one of my favorite people to make music with.” The Bean and Cook pair made some exceptional music which resonated gracefully, throughout the beautiful Strathmore music hall.
[…] “Please welcome the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy, nominated stage and screen star Matthew Morrison” said a voice which the audience came to realize was actually Matthew Morrisoncomically introducing himself as he hid behind his hat and walked onto the stage. Morrison opened his set with Sinatra’s “The Lady is a Tramp” which was simply amazing. Morrison had the audience laughing yet again when he nervously pointed out that he has “such a tough act to follow” in regards to Bean’s powerhouse opening performance. Then Morrison charmed the audience when he dedicated the song “As Long as He needs me” to his now eighteen month old son, Revel.
The majority of the second half of Morrison’s set was dedicated to musical theatre hits. Morrison started this segment with “On the Street Where you Live” from Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady. Morrison then introduced, Brad Ellis on the piano, who was sure to note that he was also on Glee. Morrison continued to thrill the audience with a medley from West Side Story which included the songs: “When You’re a Jet, America, Officer Krumpke, and Maria.” Continuing the support of arts education, Morrison brought out the Strathmore Children’s Chorus who are the Young Artists of America. This group of talented children joined Morrison for his Finding Neverland medley of songs from the Broadway show which included: “Neverland and Stronger.” He then transitioned into “Zippadee doo dah and The Bare Necessities” –the Disney medley that Morrison gracefully sang with a ukulele in hand. Continuing his Disney theme, Morrison joked with telling the staff that he wanted Shoshana out for a duet with him. Finally, he looked off stage and invited her on to perform “A Whole New World” from Aladdin together. This was a truly magical moment. Morrison and Bean together are nothing short of exceptional.
Headlining the evening’s concert performance were the singularly talented Matthew Morrison (interviewed here by DCMTA’s Nicole Hertvik) and Shoshana Bean. The Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated Matthew Morrison may be best known in popular culture as Mr. Schuester from the television show Glee, but the Broadway community will know him for his twenty-year stage career in roles such as Link Larkin in the original Broadway cast of Hairspray, Fabrizio Nacarelli in TheLight in the Piazza (which gained him a Tony nomination), Lieutenant Cable in a Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, and most recently as J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland.
[…]A quick change of pianist and the evening moved into an entirely different feel; from jazz club with Bean to Broadway stage with the one and only Matthew Morrison. Starting with a collection of ballads from his Where It All Began album, “The Lady is Tramp,” “As Long as He Needs Me” from Oliver (in honor of his 18-month old son), and “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady all showcased Morrison’s longtime love of the performing arts. A skilled dancer and boundlessly energetic entertainer, he filled every inch of the stage with personality, cheek, and flair, especially in a West Side Story medley featuring Jet Song / Something’s Coming / Cool / America / Maria, and a Gene Kelly-inspired “Singin’ in the Rain” that was as joyous as it was exuberant. Much like musicals themselves, which turn to song when an emotion is stronger than words’ ability to convey it, Morrison seemed moved to dance when his music needed to be carried farther than the notes could take it.
Highlights from the remainder of his set (too numerous to mention all of) included a Finding Neverland medley with Strathmore Children’s Chorus and Young Artists of America singers (Neverland / Stronger), “A Whole New World” duet with Bean, and a vivacious Hairspray medley (Good Morning Baltimore / Nicest Kids in Town / Welcome to the ’60s / Big, Blonde, and Beautiful / Without Love / You Can’t Stop the Beat) all proving what no one in attendance had any doubt of, that Morrison possesses what the very best Broadway performers have: the ability to radiate a story from every inch of themselves.
The Actors Fund announced today “Broadway Brunch with the Stars: An Afternoon of Song and Celebration” will be a benefit for The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative on Sunday March 31, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in a private Upper West Side home.
The event will include performances by Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (Kiss Me, Kate, The King and I), Tony Award-nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian’s Rainbow), Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady, She Loves Me), Tony Award-nominee Stephanie J. Block(The Cher Show, Falsettos), Tony Award-nomineeWill Chase (Kiss Me, Kate, TV’s Nashville), Tony Award-nominee Erin Dilly (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street),Tony Award-nominee Matthew Morrison(Finding Neverland, TV’s Glee), SAG Award-winner Chris Sullivan (TV’s This Is Us, Nice Work if You Can Get It) and more as well as Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” host Seth Rudetsky at the keys, for an intimate brunch and afternoon salon of song. Artists subject to change.
xploring their rich family roots is on the minds of four celebrities—Mandy Moore, Regina King, Josh Duhamel and Matthew Morrison—when Who Do You Think You Are? returnsthis winter, with four new episodes.
These celebrities are going on memorable journeys back in time when TLC’s Emmy Award-winning series returns on Monday, December 3, at 10 p.m. ET.
They are diving into the past and exploring their connection to generations of relatives that came before them, with ties to mischief-makers, former slaves and even Shakespeare.
The celebrities featured in these new episodes include: […]
Matthew Morrison (December 17)—Morrison explores his American roots for the first time and is surprised to discover his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the bold lengths that his ancestor went through to protect his allegiances and the brutality he faced on the battlefield.
She avoided Matthew Morrison, the charismatic song and dance man who played him.
“I would’ve loved to have gotten to know him more, but I knew that we had to have a certain chemistry and I didn’t want to become almost too familiar with him, it helped to hate him. He’s so likable that it meant that I had to separate myself,” Luddington tells EW.
Luddington’s character, Jo Wilson, who starts at Grey Sloan Memorial as a surgical intern, has changed her name and moved to Seattle to escape her abusive husband. But, unbeknownst to Jo, her husband Paul finds out where she is and shows up at her job.
“I remember feeling anxious about [shooting that scene] because it was such a huge moment for Jo in her story line,” Luddington recalls. And though his persona is much different from that character, Luddington says Morrison’s performance helped her get into the right headspace. “He was so great at playing a charismatic bad guy.”
The American actor, who has starred in a number of Broadway hits including Finding Neverland, will present the series alongside former Girls Aloud star Cheryl Tweedy and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse. The trio will make up the panel of Dance Captains in the BBC One show, which is hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo.
Auditions for The Greatest Dancer, a co-production between creator Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia’s Thames, are taking place in Birmingham ahead of its launch in 2019.
The show marks Cowell’s first co-pro for the BBC, having launched a number of shows on rival ITV. The broadcaster has ordered eight episodes of the entertainment format for Saturday night. The series will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance as they give the performances of their lives in the search for the UK’s best dancer. From ballet to jazz; hip hop to Bollywood; the show will feature a number of genres as well as “dramatic” auditions, challenges and live performances.
The Greatest Dancer will be executive produced by Nigel Hall, Global Head of Television, Syco Entertainment, and Amelia Brown, Managing Director, Thames TV. The series was commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.
Morrison said, “This is such a powerful moment for me. It’s wonderful to continue bringing music and dance into peoples’ lives like we did on Glee. Dance is a safe haven that allows us to communicate where words cannot. It’s an expression of love and empowerment, driven by all the emotions that make us human. I love being exposed to people who are pursuing art, and expression, and I look forward to being a moving force for good on their journey. As a Dance Captain, my sincere hope is that I can uplift and encourage all the dancers here reach their greatness.”
Two of Broadway’s brightest stars come together for one glittering evening of American song with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Matthew Morrison is well-known for his featured roles in Broadway’s Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific as well as the landmark Fox TV series, Glee. Before winning the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for the 2015 revival of The King and I, Kelli O’Hara was Morrison’s co-star in The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. Together they and the Symphony will make Copley Symphony Hall shine like the Great White Way.
Interwoven throughout the narration was music from their best loved musicals, beginning with the choir’s rendition of “It’s a Grand Night of Singing from STATE FAIR and featuring numbers from OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. What better songs to showcase the mellifluous pipes of the incomparable Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly, reunited after starring together in the original cast of FINDING NEVERLAND? They were featured heavily throughout the evening, including in duets such as “People Will Say We’re in Love” from OKLAHOMA! and such memorable solos as Kelly’s “(When I Marry) Mister Snow” from CAROUSEL and Morrison’s “Younger than Springtime” from SOUTH PACIFIC (which he performed in the Lincoln Center revival).
Both showed a playful side, with Morrison leading the choir and dancing through the title song from OKLAHOMA! and Kelly taking off her shoes and gifting a flower to a choir member in “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from SOUTH PACIFIC.
The highlight of the show was the unexpected inclusion of the “Wedding Processional” in a medley from THE SOUND OF MUSIC that included classic Mormon Tabernacle Choir arrangements of the title song and “Climb Every Mountain.” The scale of the performance of the processional from Richard Elliott at the massive pipe organ with the orchestra and choir was nothing short of thrilling.
The concert ended on a high note with an inspiring finale in which Morrison and Kelly joined the choir and orchestra to perform the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from CAROUSEL under the breathtaking star-lit sky suspended above them.
“I have no idea what to expect,” he told ET. “I’m sure my wife is drumming up some kind of fun surprises and stuff, but it’s gonna be special.”
Morrison joked that his son has an unusually special talent: insanely fast-growing (and dangerous) fingernails.
“Those fingernails grow so fast and sometimes my wife and I both have scratches on our face or on our arms and stuff and then he scratches his own face,” he said. “I feel like we’re clipping his nails every three days — it’s crazy. ”
But he said that being a father has changed him significantly — and in profound ways.
“The amount of love that I feel — like, I heard this quote the other day about how it feels like your heart is outside of your body and it really is true,” he explained. “I’ve never known this kind of love. It’s a beautiful, euphoric kind of just amazing feeling that I’m just happy. I’m happy my son chose me. ”
Morrison was also thrilled to be back at the Tony Awards. Morrison himself is a past nominee, for his role in the musical The Light in the Piazza in 2005 and said that musical theater is his home.
“I was thinking about it on the car ride over here like my first tony awards that I got to be at and performed at was when I was doing Hairspray,” he said. It was 15 years ago and thankfully, they keep asking me to come back and this is home for me. I love this community and um the people and I love, I love live performances and live theater so it’s amazing to be here.”