Matthew Morrison, the man whos been inspiring musically inclined outcasts with his catch-phrases and whiteboard on Glee since 2009, recently headlined the Washington Performing Arts Societys annual gala.
Mr. Schue also has a new album, Where It All Began, coming out June 4; hes the first artist on The Voice judge Adam Levines new label, 222 Records.
Where It All Began is Morrison singing covers of his favorite Broadway standards.
Its with a full orchestra, he said by phone from Los Angeles before the Washington gig. Im singing some great Broadway standards that I kind of grew up singing. This is the kind of music that I love.
Morrison also talked about his gig on Glee, his Broadway past, and how this whole singing-n-dancing thing hes doing now was actually a total accident.
Retro romantic: I released my (self-titled) first album last year, and it had a pop sensibility to it, but this album is the album I wanted to make before even that one. Ive always loved these songs – thats the world that I came from, the Broadway world. My favorite song to sing is probably On the Street Where You Live, from My Fair Lady. And my favorite song to perform is a West Side Story medley; its a mash-up of six West Side Story songs. I really love to sing, dance, perform. I wanted a Gene Kelly flair to what Im trying to do.
Family matters: It was really by a fluke (that I started performing). I spent the summer in fifth grade with my grandmother in Arizona and they put me and my cousin into a childrens theater program. And I just fell in love with it.
On going pro: I think it was when I was in high school, when I was trying to decide what college I was going to go to. Because I had several opportunities – I was a big soccer player – to play soccer for different colleges. But my Mr. Schue, a mentor, he actually steered me in this direction. He said, Ive seen a lot of people go through this school, and you have something very special.
Teenage dream: I got my first Broadway show when I was 19. I was the white break-dancer in Footloose. Im so happy how it happened.
Feeling a little rusty: I dont have any musical numbers (on Glee) nowadays, so I probably sing maybe twice a month. Which isnt much at all! Im used to singing eight shows a week on Broadway.
Off-camera clique-ing: I think a lot of them (the actors who play students) still think of me as their teacher, as a mentor to them, because that is the parameters of how we started the show. So I think theres always going to be that distinction between us. I do tend to hang out with the people who play adults on the show. Jane Lynch is probably my best friend on the show, and Jayma Mays (who plays Mr. Schues main squeeze). Jane plays a complete witch of a crazy woman, (but) she is probably the sweetest woman youll ever meet.