After a successful first season, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced the 2016-17 lineup for Broadway Up Close, hosted by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky. Formerly known as the Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series, the Broadway Up Close concert series will consist of four performances featuring renowned actors from the stage and screen.

This season’s lineup will include Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and Alice Ripley, the Tony, Emmy & Golden Globe nominated star of Glee, Matthew Morrison, and Grammy, Tony & Emmy nominated star Vanessa Williams. Broadway Up Close is presented in association with Mark Cortale Productions.

“This new season of Broadway Up Close adds another layer to our fabulous Broadway programming by providing access to the best of Broadway in our intimate Perelman Theater,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “These cabaret-style performances, hosted by the incomparable Seth Rudetsky, give audiences an opportunity to experience Broadway as the title implies, up close, through song and stories from their favorite artists.”

In a new BuzzFeed quiz, fans can determine which of the stars they identify with, based on the roles that made each famous. The quiz can be accessed here.

The 2016-17 Broadway Up Close season will consist of the following performances: Matthew Morrison on Saturday, December 17, 2016; Vanessa Williams on Saturday, January 21, 2017; Alice Ripley on Saturday, May 6, 2017; and Chita Rivera on Saturday, June 3, 2017. All performances in the Broadway Up Close season will take place in the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with the exception of Chita Rivera, which will take place at the Merriam Theater. A full schedule of dates and venues follows.


Hosted by Seth Rudetsky

Matthew Morrison

Perelman Theater

December 17, 2016


Matthew attends a special screening of “Allied”
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Matthew and Renee attend a special screening of “Allied” at the iPic Cinema Fulton Market in NYC on November 15, 2016.

Pictures: Paramount Pictures with The Cinema Society & Chandon Host a Special Screening of “Allied” (November 15)

Matthew takes part to a Benefit Reading of “Proud Of Us” and other short plays by Wesley Taylor at the New World Stages in NYC on November 14, 2016.

Additional pictures: The Actors Fund Presents A Benefit Reading Of Proud Of Us And Other Short Plays By Wesley Taylor (November 14)

Matthew and Renee pose with Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Karl and Orfeh backstage at the last performance of “Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway” at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on November 13, 2016 in NYC.

All the pictures: “Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway” (November 13)

Photos: Bruce Glikas

The stage and screen star talks Hairspray Live!, the key to Link Larkin, and how Glee brought on a new musical age.

“I hope he can dance,” Matthew Morrison says when asked what advice he has for Garrett Clayton in Hairspray Live! “I think that’s such a big thing I brought to the role; he’s got to be a real triple threat.”

Morrison was only 23 years old when he bowed as teen heartthrob Link Larkin in Hairspray. It was his first major role on Broadway.

Fourteen years later, and Morrison is a Tony nominee (for The Light in the Piazza) and a major television star thanks to Fox’s Glee.

And although Morrison was absent from the stage for a few years, Glee—and by default, Morrison—arguably wound up shepherding us into a new world where musical theatre is cool and one-night-only live television musical events are the highlight of holiday programming on network TV.

Still, no one ever expected Glee to be the success that it was. “We did the first 13 episodes in a bubble before anyone had seen the show,” explains Morrison. “We were doing this show about a bunch of high school kids singing and dancing. We all thought it was cool, but I don’t think anyone expected the kind of pandemonium, or this great trajectory, that the show ended up having.”

What initially attracted Morrison to Glee and his character, teacher and choir director Will Schuester, was the show’s goal not only to entertain but educate. “As an actor you are kind of just hired to perform and do a role,” he says. “You look at a lot of these procedural shows like Law and Order, the cop shows, the lawyer shows, they’re kind of the same thing. They’re great entertainment—I love watching them—but it never really hits home to people. It was so special to be part of something that actually made a difference in people’s lives and … touched on so many social issues.”

Morrison found inspiration in a series with a deeper message, but also loved introducing audiences to new sounds. “Glee not only brought musical theatre into people’s lives who didn’t know it, but I think reversely it brought pop music to an older generation that doesn’t really know songs that are out now—it exposed them to that,” he says.

Glee awakened an appetite for musicals that TV execs didn’t know America had and, arguably, set the stage for a resurgence of musicals on the small screen, including, coincidentally, Hairspray Live!

The actor clearly adores the show that was his first big break (he performs an eight-minute Hairspray medley in his solo act), and he “can’t wait to see it” on December 7.

“I think the great thing about Hairspray—and why I think it’s going to work so well in this format—is that so much of this show is done in a television studio. So it kind of makes sense that we are watching it on TV,” he says. “I hope they really play up that aspect of the whole thing.”

Despite his excitement to tune in and his small part in paving the way for musicals on television, Morrison isn’t fully convinced of the live television musical event. “I don’t think it’s the ideal way to present one of these—a musical that we all know and love—because it’s hard, and you’re rushed, and I feel like it’s such a crazy atmosphere,” he says. “In a sense, that is kind of what doing a Broadway show is, but at the same time you don’t have to worry about a whole crew of camera men and lighting…”

Still, he confesses that every one he sees “just keeps getting better.”

So could Morrison be convinced to join one? “I never want to say never, but for me it’s so hard to pull off. Right now, at this point, I would have to say no,” he says. “But who knows?”

Where there’s a Will there’s a way.

Hairspray Live! airs December 7 8/7c on NBC.


Matthew and Renee attend The Elton John AIDS Foundation 15th Annual New York Benefit Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 2, 2016, and pose with Elton John, David Furnish and Padma Lakshmi.

All the pictures in the Gallery


Matthew to perform in Christmas event at Carnegie Hall
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Matthew will perform at The American Christmas Carol concert on December 1st at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
roceeds benefit Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, which is dedicated to changing the way people with autism are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their potential.
Tickets on sale from November 4 on the Carnegie Hall website.
Don’t miss a special 30% fan discount: offered only Nov 4-7. Code: FAN25391

There was a McKinley High School reunion over Halloween weekend!

Chord Overstreetand Kevin McHale turned out in support of their onscreen Glee coach Matthew Morrison for his 7th Annual Halloween Party Presented by Freixenet Cava and Podwall Entertainment in Los Angeles Saturday evening.

E! News had exclusive access into the blowout bash, where Marc Malkin caught up with Morrison about the celeb-loved event. “I can’t believe it’s been seven years of doing this annual party,” Morrison told us.  “You get to that point where it’s kind of like, ‘Oh I wanna do this. But I know we already did that.’ You’re kind of starting to reuse a lot of the old outfits.”

The actor and his wife Renee Puente picked perfectly on trend costumes for the event, with Morrison going as the Joker and Puente channeling her inner Harley Quinn from this summer’s blockbuster hit Suicide Squad.

As for why the couple continues their Halloween tradition every year, Renee dished that it’s all about “friends and loved ones getting together and having a wonderful night.” Morrison added, “That’s the big thing. With us living in New York now, this is our only time of the year to get everyone together and just be kids.”

And as it turns out, Morrison has extra reason to celebrate come fall time because his birthday just so happens to be Oct. 30!


Live from the Rainbow Room
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Matthew performs at the Rainbow Room in NYC on October 24, 2016.


Matthew poses with Jay Leno and Sylvester Stallone at the Cedars-Sinai Board Of Governors’ 2016 Annual Gala in Los Angeles on October 20, 2016.

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