What’s your favourite Christmas song?
It’s always a hard task to pick a favorite Christmas song, because there are so many classics. Nevertheless, I would say my “go-to” song to get me in the holiday spirit would be The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.
There are a lot of Christmas albums on the market, with people like Michael Bublé, what makes yours different?
The goal with the selection of songs we produced for this Holiday EP was to re-create that “classic” feel á la Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, etc. I love music from the 1950s and 1960s, so I wanted to marry that classic sound with my contemporary flare. I wanted to be sure that the sound complimented that of my latest album, Where It All Began. There was much effort put into the arrangements of the songs, and the project was a collaboration of extremely talented people. The legendary Phil Ramone produced the EP and that translates to the quality of the songs. To give a visual representation of the sound, we recorded with an amazing 60-piece orchestra.
Are you excited about filming the last series of Glee?
I have mixed feelings about filming the last season. Although I don’t have any information yet on the script, Ryan Murphy did hint that he has something very special planned. Because Ryan likes very high-concept ideas, I’m sure it will leave fans with a great conclusion to an amazing run. Because of that, I’m excited to see what’s in store, while a bit sad to see it come to an end. But like all good things, it must come to an end at some point!
Any hints about the finale?
The script has not been finalised, and none of the cast has received any information yet on plot. All I know is that it’s sure to be a great conclusion and for viewers to expect a slight departure from what they’re used to on the show. I’m just as excited as all of the fans to see what happens.
What’s been your favourite Glee episode?
There are so many great episodes, and to be honest, I don’t think I can choose a “favourite.” However, one of the episodes that I have a great memory of filming is when we performed this old Fred Astaire number, You’re All The World To Me. We shot it in a room where you see me dancing on the wall and ceiling. The way they filmed it was so creative – it was actually a room that rotated and it never stayed still. It had to be the most fun performance for me to work on in the show.
Hardest song to sing on the show?
I wouldn’t say it was hard for me to sing any particular song on the show. However, it was challenging to perform as a whole during the tribute episode to Cory. The set was full of emotion and it was a difficult time for all of the cast. However, it was a very rewarding experience, as I feel we as a cast are closer than ever since that episode.
Is there a song you’d really like to see performed on the show before it finishes?
We’ve covered so many influential songs throughout the past seasons that I have trouble coming up with a song that I’m really yearning to perform on the show. However, the song I was most excited to perform was Coldplay’s Fix You. I’m a big fan.
What are you planning to do after Glee finishes?
It really depends on what opportunities present themselves. My true passion resides on stage, performing in front of a live audience. I would love to find a great project on Broadway or The West End. I’ve been playing the role of Mr. Schuester for so long, that it would be nice to take a departure from that role and find one that is completely different. As an actor and performer, I’m always looking to challenge myself and improve my craft.
How is the wedding planning going? Are you involved or leaving it to Renee?
The planning is going well and we’re just very excited to share this experience together. With that being said, we’re both very involved with the planning.
Have you been practising together for your first dance?
I guess you could say that. We often find excuses to go dancing, so you can say we’re inadvertently perfecting our routine.
How are you spending Christmas this year?
There’s something about a New York City Christmas. It’s full of energy and excitement. I’m looking forward to sharing some time in New York with Renee since she hasn’t experienced a New York City Christmas yet.
Best Christmas present you’ve received? What do you want for Christmas this year?
There was one year I received this “bigger than life” blow-up dinosaur. I remember coming into the family room and being dwarfed by this gift. My eyes lit up and I was amazed by the size of the present. It was about the size of the tree, or bigger! This past year has been a blessing for me, and I have all I need. I’m most looking forward to spending time with my fiancée, family, and friends.
Matthew Morrison’s A Classic Christmas is available to download on iTunes from November 25th