In just a few days, Matthew Morrison will take the stage at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. When you think about Morrison’s smooth voice against the incomparable backdrop provided by the Rainbow Room’s view of New York City at night, you wonder why this hasn’t happened sooner. Morrison told ABC News he is excited about performing in the venue for the first time.

“It’s like a dream come true for me. I can’t wait,” said Morrison.

But it’s not just usual attractions of the famous venue that has him pumped up. The Rainbow Room holds special memories for the Morrison family.

“Growing up I knew the Rainbow Room because my dad proposed to my mom on top of the Empire State Building,” Morrison said. “And then he took her to dinner at the Rainbow Room. So I’ve always known it as this great magical place filled with romance and elegance.”

Many fortunate enough to experience the Rainbow Room also recollect it with a special fondness. Now Morrison plans to do his part to create more great memories for those in the audience.

“I think probably I’m going to sing ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from ‘South Pacific,'” he said. “That kind of sets the mood for the whole night.”

To chat with Morrison, you’d think he’s just the guy next door, not the star adored by fans around the world. Who could forget his roles in the hit TV series “Glee” or his many appearances on Broadway, including in the iconic musical “Hairspray”?

“I always try to not let the business define who I am and I try to have my own identity,” Morrison said. “And I am a laid-back kind of just, appreciative guy. And I work a lot of crazy hours and do a lot of crazy things. But I’m very passionate about what I do. At the end of the day, you just strive to be a good human being and always try to give back. That’s my motto.”

For those regulars who follow Morrison from venue to venue, he has some surprises planned for this special performance.

“The Rainbow Room, it’s historic, it’s elegant, it’s iconic. And it’s just a place I want to get up and party and then get the party going,” Morrison said. “So I’m going have some more contemporary hits that people can actually get up and dance to. I don’t know if it’s that kind of place where the staff would want people to dance. But I’m going try to get people to dance.”

Morrison added, “This is going to be a special show because I’m going to have a full band with me. I have horn players. I have great friends who are going to sing backup for me. I’m pulling out all the stops for this one.”

Morrison can be seen at The Rainbow Room on Monday night, Oct. 24.


Current Projects

American Horror Story: 1984
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Network: FX

The Greatest Dancer
Release Date: 2020
Network: BBC One

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