Dreamy Matthew Morrison landed in New York from Los Angeles feeling particularly “Glee”-ful.
Back this week for a second round of cabaret shows at swanky 54 Below nightclub, where he performed last month, the 34-year-old actor has savored his break from the Fox TV series.
“It’s been an amazing summer of love and music,” he told Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz. “It’s been memorable.”
Just over two weeks ago, Elton John and husband David Furnish spilled the beans that their pal Morrison and his girlfriend, Renee Puente, a singer and songwriter, were getting married. The announcement was made by Sir Elton at his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball in London.
Since then Puente’s sapphire engagement sparkler, which has been likened to royal treat Kate Middleton’s spectacular blue ring, has become a hot topic of conversation.
Morrison takes it all in stride and doesn’t hesitate to discuss his engagement.
“I’m happy to talk about it,” said Morrison. “It’s exciting. It’s also wonderful knowing that you have a life partner to be with.”
And to be inspired by.
“I wrote a song for her on my ukulele,” Morrison reveals, adding that the title says everything you need to know about it: “I’d Rather Sleep By Myself Than With Anyone But You.”
Leave it to reliable Mr. Shue — his character on “Glee” — to make the ukulele sexy, at least a little bit. “It’s such a happy instrument,” he noted.
Don’t be surprised if Broadway vet Morrison pulls out his “uke” for a nontraditional take on “We Kiss in a Shadow” at 54 Below. His show, running Saturday through Wednesday, draws heavily from his album of standards and show tunes, “Where It All Began.”
“I like sharing my love of theater,” he says.
But don’t look for Puente tucked into one of the club’s snug banquettes. “She’s going to sit this one out,” he says. “She’s got her own work.”
Morrison’s service at “Glee” resumes July 22. That’s two days after he sings with the Rochester Philharmonic upstate. “We only get 2½months off from ‘Glee,’ ” says Morrison. “I suppose I could have sat on a beach with a mai tai. But I’d rather have a mic in my hand.”