connectVideo’Glee’ prepares for the final curtain
After six seasons, audiences said goodbye to the FOX musical hit
Matthew Morrison is celebrating the legacy of ” Glee.”
The hit comedy-musical series that for the first time on Fox 10 years ago, on May 19, broke barriers, and skyrocketed the relatively unknown cast of fame. Morrison played the director of the high school choir director Schuester, who brought the school misfits together and taught them how to accept each other through elaborate song and dance routines.
The series came from Emmy-winning producer Ryan Murphy themes and dealing with issues of bullying, puberty, love and loss. “Glee” has won four Golden Globes, a SAG award and four Primetime Emmy awards.
Morrison recently spoke with Fox News about the cultural impact of the show, his audition for the pilot and if a reunion could ever happen in the future.
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Fox News: “Glee” is celebrating its 10th anniversary since its premiere in 2009. How does it feel to be a part of a show that influenced pop culture so heavily?
Matthew Morrison: I love the show so much more than I did when I was filming. It was so difficult, because we were working crazy hours. When we were filming we’re in dance rehearsal or in the studio. But it feels great because the show has given so much back to me.
I met people in college or just out of college and she was in high school, when she was watching “Glee” and they talk about how the show has really helped them to face bullying or come out of the closet. I love being a part of a show that actually stood for something that had such a strong message and that really helped change people’s lives. It makes me proud to be a part of something that was phenomenal in so many ways.
The cast of Glee performs on stage during the 2011 “GLEE Live” Concert Tour
Fox News: The cast has been through a lot — how have you leaned on each other?
Morrison: We’re all in this great text chain, and we are always supporting each other with our efforts. We try to get together every year, at least once per year, for a big “Glee-union.” Probably Kevin McHale (Artie) updates the most in the group text.
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Fox News: Would you be open for a special reunion show or concert?
Morrison: I do not think that it is possible to have a reunion because the show was such a moment in our culture. I feel like [when] was the perfect time (for the show) and I don’t think it can be made, but I am open for a concert. That would be nice if we used it as a platform to raise money for a charity or an organization.
The cast of ” Glee,” Harry Shum Jr, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Becca Tobin, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Dean Geyeron
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Fox News: do you have a special memory of your “Glee” audition?
Morrison: I put myself on tape [role]. I was working in New York and they loved the band so much that all of the producers came to New York to audition me.
Before that happened, I thought: “What would a teacher do? How would a teacher do?’ so I learned how to play ‘Over the Rainbow’ on the ukulele, which went down very well… so well they are actually said in the show.
I also have my audition that Ryan Murphy was obsessed with my boots — these motorcycle boots.
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Fox News: What do you prefer, acting and singing on Broadway or on a TV show?
Morrison: I am a Broadway baby at heart. That is my first love. The community that we built on “Glee” was very special, but there is nothing like the community you build in a theatrical space, because there is no cut.
If you mess on the stage, one of your cast has to have your back. That is really bonds a cast. I love the live aspect of performance, only with a shot to do something with an audience.