Pianist Lang Lang has collaborated with Broadway’s Finding Neverland to re-imagine the show’s second act love duet “What You Mean To Me” in a haunting new music video featuring Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly.

The video was created in celebration of Valentine’s Day and to commemorate Finding Neverland‘s one year anniversary on Broadway, which will take place March 15, 2016. The music video features Lang Lang at the piano, accompanied by a moving dance sequence performed by the show’s original stars, Morrison and Kelly.

Check out the video below.

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Matthew celebrates his final performance in ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway with a party at The PHD Rooftop Lounge at The Dream Hotel on January 24, 2016 in New York City (pictures by Bruce Glikas).



 

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Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison, who stars as J.M. Barrie in the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland, exits the production Jan. 24.

Morrison (“Glee,” Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza), who has also landed a recurring role on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” will kick off his series of concerts March 19 in Kansas City, MO.

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In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway favorite and Glee star Matthew Morrison plays J.M. Barrie and tells the inspirational story behind the creation of Peter Pan in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. Morrison will play his final performance in the role on January 24. We asked the actor to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what he’ll miss, what he learned and more about his magical time in the show.

How did you feel when you first got this job?
I’m a creature of the stage—it’s my oxygen. So after completing six seasons of Glee, I was itching to get back on the Broadway stage. The question wasn’t ,“Will I go back to Broadway?” It was, “Which show will it be?!” When Finding Neverland came into the picture, I was completely ready for the challenge. I was so excited to get back to New York, to create a new theatrical family and to tackle such an incredible real life character such as J.M. Barrie.

How do you feel now that you’re leaving?
Leaving is always the hardest. I’m not good with goodbyes. My last show is always a cry-fest for me. (I apologize in advance if you are in the audience that night!) This was my first Broadway show that I was the outright lead of, and I’ve learned and grown so much this year. Playing J.M. Barrie has really gotten me in touch with a deeper and emotional side, and, in a way, has brought me a lot of insight into the kind of father I want to be. I am going to miss him, as well as the incredible individuals that I got to “play” with eight times a week.

What are three words you would use to describe your experience?
Truthful. Magical. Glitter.

What was the easiest thing about this job?
Working with Laura Michelle Kelly. She saved me this year. She is so effortless on and off stage. I’m so proud of her performance every night and so thankful for the friendship that we have formed this year.

What was the hardest thing?
The physical toll that this role has taken on my body. I feel like a running back in the NFL with all the ice baths that I’ve taken this year! Mia Michaels’ choreography was such a challenge, but I was so happy to do it every night because I felt like the story couldn’t be properly told without it. It was also difficult singing so many songs night after night, on top of all the press I had to do for the show. Which ultimately lead to the HARDEST thing I had to do this year…miss shows! I hate letting people down, and I always feel so guilty about that part.

What was the highlight of your time at this job?
Taking the audience on this beautiful and complex journey! I love the story that we are telling every night. It’s such a timeless tale that blends love, hope, perseverance and a little bit of magic. This show has even made some of the hardest of humans more vulnerable by the end!

What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?
Well, you have to be a triple threat for sure. No getting around that part. As well as being able to maintain a Scottish accent while surrounded by people speaking with British accents. I’m actually very much looking forward to seeing other people step into this role and put their own spin on it. This show is all about using your imagination, so it’s open to interpretation.

What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?
Have fun. Don’t forget to PLAY. And most of all, it’s imperative to lead with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for what it is we get to do day in and day out. Any role, but especially this one, can be very taxing on your body, soul, home life, etc. So, my advice in life is to just live with an abundance of gratitude and positivity.

How do you think you’ve grown?
Have you seen the show?! I’m never going to grow up!

Why are you leaving?
I’ve done several long runs in musicals and there comes a point where you just need to leave for your own sanity. It doesn’t matter what the show, your mind needs to rejuvenate and explore new adventures. I always want to be challenged…I’m ready for the next one!

What will you miss the most?
The cast…my extended family for the past year. The amazing stage crew…who kept me alive every night. The awesome lighting team…who made my beard look so “hot”. The sound crew…who gave me a boost when I needed it. The ushers at the Lunt Fontanne…who always made me laugh every night while I was leaving the theater. The stage managers…who figured it all out when things got wacky. My incredible dresser and friend, Alex…who’s been my rock and sounding board for over 15 years. All of this would be nothing without the love that continued to keep people in those seats. I will miss the tangible energy from you, the audience, that kept me going every day and every night. I will forever be grateful for finding my Neverland!

 

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“I wanted to do something really different,” Matthew Morrison said.

Matthew Morrison was ready for a change.

“I knew I wanted to be back on stage,” he said. “I even grew this beard because I want the first thing they saw not to be Mr. Schuester.”

This Emmy-nominated actor spent the last six years on the hit TV show ‘Glee.’ But now he’s gone from a high school teacher to the author of Peter Pan.

“My big Peter Pan memory was the movie Hook with Robin Williams,” he smiled. “I loved that movie, I watched it so many times!”

He relives those memories every time he takes the stage in Finding Neverland.

“There’s something so innocent and so childlike, really the whole theme of the show,” Morrison explained.

The musical, based on the 2004 movies starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, tells the story behind the story of Peter Pan.

“I think it was an amazing film I can’t take anything away from that but it’s all about the imagination,” he said. “And I don’t think there is any better place for imagination to live than in the theater.”

And this Thanksgiving, Morrison brought that sense of wonder to the First Family, for the TLC special ‘Broadway at the White House.’

“It’s so funny I feel like I know them now,” he laughed. “Michelle and Barack, I’ve sang for them like eight times, but they’ve never invited me upstairs to their living room.”

But he’s loving life with his own family, he and his wife, Renee, just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary.

“She’s my best friend I didn’t think I could get any closer to,” he gushed. “She works as an interior decorator part time, even designed my dressing room.”

It’s been seven years since Morrison was last on Broadway and unlike Peter Pan, he definitely feels like he’s done some growing up.

”I don’t know many people on Broadway now, I feel like I’m the old guy,” Morrison laughed. “Yeah I think they call it experienced now?!”

Kelsey Grammar will reprise his role at Charles Frohman on January 15th and Morrison recently announced he will be stepping down, playing his last performance on January 24th.

Matthew’s interview on the Today Show – watch
POSTED ON Dec 18, 2015 BY Valentina INInterview,Video

Finding Neverland’ star Matthew Morrison: Broadway is back

 

Tony-winning actor Matthew Morrison, currently starring in the Peter Pan musical “Finding Neverland,” joins the TODAY anchors on the plaza and agrees with Willie Geist that theater in New York is going strong. “Broadway is having a moment,” he says.

Matthew Morrison: I’ll miss ‘Glee’ in 10 years

Stage, TV and movie actor Matthew Morrison is finishing up his Broadway run in the Peter Pan musical “Finding Neverland.” He’s been so busy this year that he hasn’t had time to catch up with “Glee,” the show that earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Alan Cumming visits Finding Neverland!
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Alan Cumming, Lance Horne and Frances Ruffelle pose with Matthew, Laura Michelle Kelly and Teal Wicks backstage at Finding Neverland on December 9.

Additional pictures in the gallery: Celebrities visit Finding Neverland (December)

Photo credit: Bruce Glikas

Matthew sets his departure date from Finding Neverland
POSTED ON Dec 08, 2015 BY Valentina INNews

Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison, who stars as J.M. Barrie in the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland, will exit the production Jan. 24, 2016. His replacement has not been named.

Morrison (“Glee,” Hairspray) co-stars in the production with Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), Carolee Carmello (Parade), Teal Wicks, Alex Dreier, Aidan Gemme, Jackson DeMott Hill, Noah Hinsdale, Sawyer Nunes, Christopher Paul Richards and Hayden Signoretti. Kelsey Grammar (“Cheers”) will return to the production Jan. 19.

Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the musical began March 15 and officially opened April 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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Following the success of its 2015 gala, which raised more than $1 million, American Repertory Theater has just announced the details for its 2016 gala, titled Boundless. Tony, Drama Desk, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee, Matthew Morrison will take a brief respite from his starring role as J.M. Barrie in Broadway’s Finding Neverland, which premiered at A.R.T. In addition to Morrison’s appearance, there will be a performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus.

In addition, the A.R.T. Angel Award will be presented to Anne Finucance, Bank of America’s Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, in recognition of her great support of both A.R.T. and the Boston arts community as a whole.

A.R.T. has won nine Tony awards in the past three years for its productions of All the Way, The Glass Menagerie, Pippin, and The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. With Diane Paulus as its artistic director, the theater is known for captivating audiences with the boldness and innovation of its theatrical programming.

Individual supporter tickets start at $1,000, and both corporate sponsorship and table sponsorship packages are available.

For more information on tickets and tables, click here.

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Billie Jean King and Illana Kloss visit Neverland!
POSTED ON Nov 30, 2015 BY Valentina INGallery

Matthew poses backstage with tennis champions Billie Jean King and Illana Kloss at Finding Neverland on November 29, 2015.


 

All the pictures in the gallery: Celebrities visit Finding Neverland (November)

Pictures credit: Bruce Glikas

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