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.
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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.”
SALT LAKE CITY — For this year’s Pioneer Day celebrations, former Broadway co-stars Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly will perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square during the annual Broadway-themed “Music for a Summer Evening” concert.
The event will take place Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center. Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, will be conducting.
Morrison and Kelly starred in the original 2015 Broadway cast of “Finding Neverland,” based on the true story of Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie, who created the beloved literary character Peter Pan. Morrison played the role of Barrie and Kelly starred opposite him as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, a widow whose four boys helped inspire the playful Pan.
“Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly are extraordinary performers who have a dynamic chemistry onstage that will delight our audiences,” Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett said in a press release. “We know they will bring down the house when they perform with the choir and Orchestra at Temple Square!”
Former “Glee” star Matthew Morrison is best-known for his role as Mr. Schuester in the popular musical comedy-drama TV series, which ran from 2009-2015, but is also a well-known actor, dancer, singer and songwriter. Over the years, he has performed on both Broadway and television, earning along the way multiple nominations for Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe awards.
Laura Michelle Kelly is perhaps best-known for her Laurence Olivier Award-winning performance as Mary Poppins in the West End musical based on the 1964 Disney film. She has appeared in many West End and Broadway productions, in the 2007 film adaptation of “Sweeney Todd” and has performed in many of the U.K.’s notable concert halls.
The choir will also welcome back Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyricist and musical theater producer Oscar Hammerstein II, to narrate the concert and speak on his family’s connection to Broadway.
Previous featured guest artists at the annual concert include Alex Boye in 2017, The King’s Singers in 2016, Laura Osnes in 2015, Santino Fontana in 2014, Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling in 2013, Katherine Jenkins in 2012, and Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell in 2011.
Morrison and Kelly will also sing with the choir during their weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast on Sunday, July 22, in the Conference Center — no ticket required.
How do you get tickets?
“Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, through lds.org/events or by phone at 801-570-0080. Each patron may request four tickets, and admission is open to those ages 8 and older. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating, which is often available,” according to the press release.
The performance will also be live-streamed on mormontabernaclechoir.org at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, as well as via the church satellite system and on BYUtv.