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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PressPass LA and New You Media interview Matthew ahead of his performance in LA on October 20, 2016.

Tony Award-winner Billy Porter will direct an evening of several short plays by actor / playwright Wesley Taylor, entitled Proud of Us and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor.

Leslie Kritzer will host the benefit performance which will be presented for one night only on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). West End star, Summer Strallen will read the stage directions.

The cast for Proud of Us… will include Tony Award-winner Denis O’Hare, “Glee” and Broadway star Matthew Morrison, and “Difficult People” creator / star Julie Klausner, along with Sylar Astin, Carolee Carmello, Jack Griffo, Noah Hinsdale, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Julie Klausner, Kevin McHale, Terrence Mann, Maulik Pancholy, Bryce Pinkham, Alexandrea Socha, Will Swenson, Raven Symoné, Mary Testa, Michael Urie, and Samantha Ware. All cast is subject to change.

Tickets for Proud of Us… are $75, $150, $250 and are now on sale at or by calling 212.221.7300 ext. 133. Tickets that include a post-performance cast party will be available for a donation of $500. For details, visit


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.



WOWOW, Japan’s leading premium pay TV broadcaster, announced today that Matthew Morrison (“Finding Neverland” “South Pacific,” “Hairspray”), Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) and well-known Japanese actor Yoshio Inoue have signed on as headline performers for WOWOW’s highly anticipated “Tony Awards Concert In Tokyo,” which will take place on March 18th, 2017.

Morrison, who most recently starred as “J.M Barrie” in the Harvey Weinstein musical “Finding Neverland,” and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in “The Light in the Piazza,” and O’Hara, the 2015 Tony-Award winner for “The King and I,” will bring cherished Broadway hits to life and recreate the magic for the Japanese audience. WOWOW will broadcast the concert from the Tokyo International Forum, which seats over 5,000 people.

Kayo Washio, who runs WOWOW’s Los Angeles office, and is producing the concert event for WOWOW, said, “These performers have instilled in me a passion for theater over the years. Matthew’s reputation on Broadway precedes him. And Kelli’s voice takes me to another time and place. Yoshio has established himself as the foremost musical actor in Japan and I can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to our stage. I’m so honored to have them all on board for our special concert.”

“It’s an honor to have been invited to participate in this special event, and to bring Broadway’s rich tradition to the beautiful people of Japan,” said Morrison. “I look forward to sharing some of what I consider the most important music in performing arts history, and to commemorate the productions that originally brought these songs to life.”

O’Hara added “After spending over a year working with my brilliant leading man, Ken Watanabe, in ‘The King and I,’ nothing excites me more than traveling to his beloved homeland for the very first time to perform with another of my favorite leading men, Matthew Morrison!”

The premium musical concert has official recognition from the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. An increase in Broadway musical fandom in Japan has led to aspirations for this concert to become an annual event, with WOWOW to continue to produce alongside a variety of major stage show programs such as straight plays, musicals, ballets, traditional Japanese theatre, and opera (WOWOW is official broadcaster of New York’s’ famed Metropolitan Opera “The Met”).

WOWOW has an agreement to broadcast the Tony Awards that see the annual show broadcast live in Japan, exclusively on WOWOW. The American Theatre Wing‘s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The concert set list will consist of renowned Broadway musical songs and memorable performances from the Tony Awards.


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Matthew performs “You Can’t Stop The Beat”, part of his Hairspray Medley, with the talented kids of the Orange County School of the Arts on September 17, 2016.

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Matthew performs “You’re Nothing Without Me” from the musical “City of Angels” with Dr. Ralph Opacic, founder and executive director of OCSA, at the OCSA 30th Anniversary Gala on September 17.

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