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Where It All Began
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Release date: June 4, 2013
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Matthew Morrison & The ISO
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Where: Indianapolis, IN
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Where: Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY
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Posted on 11 Jul 2014 by Valentina
Matthew Morrison With Special Guest Laura Benanti and The NSO at Wolf Trap: reviews!

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Undeterred by Thursday night’s rainstorm, it was a slightly soggy yet enthusiastic crowd that turned out for Matthew Morrison in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra and special guest Laura Benanti at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on July 10, 2014. They were not disappointed—the energy of the performers, as well as their amazing talent, made for one of the most entertaining concerts I have attended in a while.Matthew Morrison is most known for his role as “Will Schuester” on the hit TV show Glee, as well as his many performances on Broadway, including South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. Laura Benanti was recently seen on television as “Elsa” in the NBC live telecast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood, and is a Tony Award-winner for her role as “Louise” in Gypsy on Broadway. As their many credits might suggest, both are consummate performers. Their screen and stage credits alone however do not reflect just how charismatic and energetic they are in front of a crowd—with their easy humor and lively dancing they had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands.

Under the consummate direction of Steven Reineke, the National Symphony Orchestra was fantastic backing up the singers as well as performing in their own right. They opened the concert with a bouncy arrangement of “New York, New York,” starting the concert with an energy that continued throughout the night.

The songs were chosen mostly from Broadway and the American Songbook, though with updated arrangements to fight the contemporary styles of Morrison and Benanti. They were clearly very comfortable with the song choices, and able to perform them with ease and mastery. Morrison has a jazzy sensibility that is perfectly suited to the lounge songs such as “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing”, and his smooth tenor voice more than did them justice. Benanti showed her capability with big Broadway numbers, singing the standards such as “The Sound of Music” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” with her creamy, golden soprano.

The best part of the night however was not one particular song or moment, but rather was Morrison’s dancing in every number! This self-proclaimed “song and dance man” was exactly that, as he danced all around the stage during his numbers, soft-shoeing, dancing with the microphone stand, taking over the conductor’s baton to conduct the orchestra, dancing with his fedora, and even dancing with an umbrella during his fantastic performance of “Singin’ in the Rain.” His humor was infectious and had me completely enthralled.

Other highlights were the duets between Morrison and Benanti. They sang a lovely, intimate duet of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” during which Morrison also showed off his ukulele skills as their voices blended and complemented each other wonderfully. Their best duet though was their encore: a symphonic arrangement of Pharrell’s “Happy.” They had the audience on their feet, clapping along and laughing and wishing that the concert wasn’t over already.

While there were occasional sound issues (the orchestra at times overpowered Morrison, and there was a startlingly loud “blat” during one of the numbers), the stalwart souls who braved the rainstorm and the DC traffic to get out to Wolf Trap were well rewarded with an evening of fun, entertainment, and good song.

Running Time: 2 hours, with a 15-minute intermission.




As soon as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), under the baton of maestro Steven Reineke, started playing the Kander and Ebb classic "New York, New York," I started to forget about the fact that I was caught in a rainstorm and was more than a little wet. My soggy shoes were immediately forgotten when the talented group of musicians made one of my all-time favorite Broadway overtures (South Pacific) seem new. By the time the headline vocalists took the stage for the evening, I could only revel in the beautiful music and think about little else.

Yes, it's NSO at Wolf Trap season again in the DC Metro Area. Last night's offering featured the NSO, Matthew Morrison, and Laura Benanti taking on some classic Broadway showtunes with a few pop hits thrown in for good measure. Morrison - probably best known to the general public for his work as high school teacher Mr. Schuster on the popular television show Glee - has made somewhat of a career the past few years sharing his considerable 'song and dance man' talents alongside some of the greatest symphonies in the country. Last night, in front of an appreciative and hearty crowd, Morrison continued this trend of showing he's more than just that guy on Glee. He reminded me once again why I fell in love with his voice in 2005 while experiencing the grandeur that was Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and then again in 2008 during the Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. Special guest, Broadway vet and Tony Award winner Benanti - featured in the Broadway revivals of Gypsy, Nine, Into the Woods, and The Sound of Music, screen-to-stage musicals like Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown and The Wedding Singer - is always a delight in cabaret, concert, and in any musical (and I've seen her in many). Her performance last night was certainly no exception.

Standout moments came in many forms and from many sources despite a sound balance issue or two.

Morrison's jazzy rendition of the Duke Ellington standard "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing" proved to be a strong start for his set because it showcased both his smooth and pleasing vocals as well as his stage presence. Yes, the ever-present top hat made an appearance as did his dance moves. His fun-loving spirit - and clear admiration for Gene Kelly - was on display yet again during his apropos closing number, "Singin' in the Rain," complete with an umbrella. However, it was the more understated vocal moments that got my attention, many of which are featured on his relatively recent debut solo album. From "As Long as She Needs Me" (Oliver) to "On the Street Where You Live" (My Fair Lady), it's abundantly clear that Morrison can also connect with an audience without any excess. His pure and crystal clear vocals are certainly an asset that I hope are put to good use on the Broadway stage once again. I did wish he could take on something from South Pacific given his connection to that show, but perhaps that's a reason for him to come back to give another concert in the Washington, DC area.


Although I've seen both performers in numerous concerts, cabarets, and musicals, I've not ever had the chance to hear them sing together. Despite their very different vocal flavors and performing styles, the duets worked just as well as the solos. Taking on songs as varied as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (featuring Morrison on ukulele) and recent pop hits like "Starry-Eyed/Video Games" (a very nice arrangement by Todd Almond), they achieved a great vocal blend and demonstrated a wonderful friendly rapport with one another. I've heard Laura do that pop arrangement previously and while extremely memorable as a solo, the addition of Matthew's voice was a nice bonus.

At every step of the way, the NSO - along with the equally talented music director/pianist Brad Ellis (probably best known as "Brad the Pianist" on Glee) - served as a perfect complement to the vocal performances no matter the style. Although the precision and energy with which the orchestra plays is undeniable, I especially appreciated that the musicians were very clearly enjoying performing the music as much as the singers. I've found with many pops orchestras this isn't always the case when it comes to Broadway material. Yet, they didn't only shine when there were vocalists in the mix. As much as the overture from Gypsy may be, for some, far too common in Broadway-centric symphonic concerts, I must say it's one that I can't get enough of. Ever. Particularly when played by such an incredible orchestra.

And that's what this concert was.....pretty incredible.

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Posted on 11 Jul 2014 by Valentina
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Don't miss Matthew on NBC's Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, tonight, July 10, at 8/7c on NBC!

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Posted on 10 Jul 2014 by Valentina
Matthew Morrison of “Glee” brings his swinging style to Wolf Trap

More than a few times in his life, Matthew Morrison has had gay friends choose him as the first person to come out to. “I’m open, a really good listener, a good friend,” he reasons. “I think I’m a safe person to start with, and hopefully that journey just goes on and on for them. I’m really flattered I could be that person for several people.”

The actor, who stars as Will Schuester on Glee, adds, “I’m very happy to be a part of a world where two men and two women can actually get married in some places now. I’m excited to see what the future brings.”

Glee hasn’t been afraid to tackle LGBT issues over the years and Morrison is keenly aware of the impact it’s had on its young audience. “I think it did so much good in our world,” he says. “It brought a lot of social issues to light — being gay in high school, bullying — that we’re faced with. I’m really proud of the way we’ve handled those situations.”

Next Thursday, July 10, Morrison will bring years of Broadway and screen experience to a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. “I’m the classic song and dance man,” he says of his planned repertoire. “A lot of the old standards reinterpreted in my own way, and timeless classics I just love to sing.” Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, who recently sang with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, will appear alongside Morrison as a featured guest. “It gives me the opportunity to do something different,” he enthused. “We’ll sing a couple duets, and then she’ll do some of her stuff.”

He’s also looking forward to working with NSO Pops conductor Steven Reineke again. “He’s a trumpet player, so he especially gets the kind of music I’m trying to do, because my stuff — I guess you would say it swings a little bit more.”

With Glee entering its final season, Emmy- and Tony-nominated Morrison — who starred on Broadway in the original casts of Hairspray and The Light in the Piazza – is looking forward to what the future will bring.

“I’m so lucky to live this life and to be an entertainer,” he says. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do — and to do it at the kind of level I’m doing it, is something that I wish everyone could experience… I try to make every performance genuine and true. I’m very happy with my life, my family, my soon to be wife. It’s all good in Morrison’s neighborhood.” – Randy Shulman

Matthew Morrison appears with the NSO at Wolf Trap on Thursday, July 10 at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $75. For more info visit wolftrap.org or call 877-WOLFTRAP.

Source: Metroweekly


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Posted on 03 Jul 2014 by Valentina
‘Glee’s’ Mr. Schue to sing and dance at App Summer Fest - new interview!

He may have entered your home as Mr. Schue on the hit TV series, “Glee,” but Matthew Morrison — actor, dancer, singer-songwriter — said that his home is on the stage.

“I grew up on the stage, and it feels like what I was born to do,” he said by phone from his home in New York. “I feel most alive; I feel like I’m my true, authentic self on stage, and I’m a happy person.”

Morrison was in New York between trips to Amsterdam to work on the film “Tulip Fever,” a costume drama starring Judy Dench, Zach Galifinakis and Christoph Waltz, and concert shows such as the one he’ll be doing in Boone in July with the Greensboro Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Festival
His agent hustled him “someplace quiet” to talk while work was being done on the apartment that he shares with his fiancée, model Renee Puente.

Morrison, best known as Will Schuester in “Glee,” had a successful career on Broadway before being cast as the high school Spanish teacher turned choir director in 2009. He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the role.
Megan Stage works in the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, which produces Appalachian Summer Festival.

“The festival always tries to round out the season with the Broadway artist … between some of the country, folk and pop artists we bring,” Stage said. “It’s a great addition to the musical acts we host each summer. Matthew Morrison is a popular TV actor with his role on ‘Glee,’ but we have seen him perform on Broadway, his first love, and when we saw he was touring, we all agreed he’d be a perfect fit for the festival.”

Morrison grew up in California and started performing in high school.
After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, he dropped out to make his debut on Broadway in “Footloose,” followed by a role in “The Rocky Horror Show.”
But Morrison’s breakout role was Link Larkin in the original Broadway cast of “Hairspray” in 2002. That role led to his being cast in the critically acclaimed “The Light in the Piazza”; he received a Tony Award nomination for the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli in 2005.

Ryan Murphy, the “Glee” creator, scouted Morrison and several other actors from Broadway shows because he was looking for actors who could understand the excitement of performing for a live audience, even though the TV show is shot on a soundstage without an audience.

“Glee” is a popular musical comedy-drama TV series that focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions. The show choir competes while its members deal with relationships, sexuality, social issues and learning to become an effective team. The show lost some of its momentum when Cory Monteith, who played Finn, the popular quarterback, died of a drug overdose in 2013.

Shortly afterward, Murphy announced that the show’s next season, its sixth, would be its last.
“Next year we’re doing 13 episodes,” Morrison said. “We’re coming to our last season. I’m incredibly proud of the ride that it’s taken us all on. It dealt with sensitive issues that adults and young people go through. I’m very proud to have been part of a show like that.”

The creators and cast dealt with the sudden loss of Montieth by presenting a memorial episode, called “The Quarterback,” and then put the show on a brief hiatus.

“He (Monteith) was a huge part of the show, and he really connected with a lot of people,” Morrison said. “And, for me, watching him grow on the show was gratifying. He grew more than any other person on the show.”

Morrison, who one critic described as a “joyful” live performer, said that performing for a big or small audience doesn’t make much difference to him.

“At the end of the day, you’re just doing the best you can do to give an honest performance,” Morrison said. “The difference between playing to 2,000 people on stage or 5 million on TV is not really such a big deal.
“The biggest difference is the tone of it. On TV, you have to be a little bit smaller and more contained. You have to think that the audience can see your emotions more easily.”

There’s one other difference.

“Once you’re exposed to that kind of audience, you are pretty much open game for anyone walking down the street to stop you and notice things,” he said. “I’m very happy that my TV success happened when I was already 30.

“My fiancée and I are homebodies now. Besides being out there in the public eye, we live boring, domesticated lives: cooking, entertaining friends and enjoying our own company.”

And he cooks. “You enjoy food more when you know the work that goes into it,” he said.

At Appalachian Summer Festival, Morrison will be performing a combination of jazz standards and Broadway show tunes, including a seven-minute “West Side Story” medley.

He’s bringing his own conductor, Chris Walden, and his own piano player, Brad Ellis, also from “Glee.”

“He (Ellis) is just as famous as I am,” Morrison said. “He’s the piano player on the show. It’s great that we get to do this outside of our day job and travel the world doing these shows.”

Walden did many of the musical arrangements on Morrison’s two record albums — “Where It All Began” (2013), a Broadway-inspired album, and “Matthew Morrison” (2011), a pop record that includes duets with Sting and Elton John, and Morrison’s single, “Summer Rain.”

Morrison and Stage said that they hope his “Glee” fame will serve to draw younger people to hear the Greensboro Symphony.

“Between Broadway and Glee, he is relatable to all generations,” Stage said. “We love bringing in the younger demographic to our shows … an artist to get young people in the door and excited to see a live performance. Matthew Morrison can do just that, but he will also appeal to our current patrons and festival audiences. This is one of those shows that will blend our audiences together which is always special to see.”

Morrison said, “I feel like sometimes orchestras draw an older crowd, but there’s so much you can learn by going to these shows. A grandparent can bring their grandchild. I think I can bring in a younger audience. The whole evening for me is a whole lot of fun.

“These songs are timeless. I love seeing anybody sing their songs; everybody brings their own story to these songs we know and love.”
He’s done TV, movies and records, but Morrison said he still feels most at home on the stage.

“The stage is where I grew up. I did my first show when I was 19, and it’s been seven years since I was on the (Broadway) stage,” he said. “That’s the impetus for me to do these concerts. I miss the energy of working with a live audience.

“I want to start performing for the people again.”



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Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by Valentina

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