Matthew Morrison Shares His Memorable Glee Performances And His Thoughts On A Revival

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since Glee burst onto our screens and brought Broadway staples, 80s retro hits and the biggest hits of the day singing and dancing into our lounge rooms every week. Almost since its finale aired back in 2015, rumours and calls for a Glee reboot or revival have abounded. None more so than in the past year or so when a TV series reboot was announced almost weekly. Meanwhile the Glee fandom is divided on this and it appears that star Matthew Morrison is firmly in the “Not” camp.

Morrison, who played Will Schuester the New Direction’s long-suffering advisor has recently been in the UK as one of the dance captains on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer. He revealed to ET that while he is “really proud of what we did on that show”, the Glee concept would not necessarily work for today’s audiences. However, he’s not adverse to having a franchise reunion of sorts.

“I would love to do, like, a concert with everyone or something like that,” he said. “I think the show had such a moment at the right time and to recreate it now it just wouldn’t have the same impact.”

While a reunion concert would be well-received by fans, some of the cast might not be as eager to hit the road again. Plus given the continued world-wide fervor for the series, deciding on cities and dates would no doubt disappoint many. The best fans could hope for here would likely be a one-off gig with a handful of the series regulars I feel. And this would probably take place in LA.

Fans continue to hypothesise and write about where various characters would be now. Although we have yet to reach the 2020 flash forward from the series finale, Morrison shared his thoughts on Mr Schue’s future. “He’s got four kids,” he said. “And I’d like to believe that Will is opening up a string of performing arts high schools all across the nation.”

With extremely long shooting days, not to mention recording and dance rehearsals on top of that, the Glee cast had the reputation of being one of the hardest working casts during its six year run. Although it was a tough slog at the time, looking back Morrison is a lot more forgiving of that time. “A lot has happened… I actually love the experience now. At the time it was just a hard show to film. It was really challenging.”

But for all its challenges, there were so many standout moments. Moments which could only take place during the Glee world. Morrison shared two of these with ET: his favourite musical performance and his most unbelievable performance.

The first was his “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrella” mashup with Gwyneth Paltrow from season 2’s “The Substitute”. Recalling the performance, Morrison said, “It was just so much fun. And just working with her, she was such a star and she’s just the nicest person. That number was [us] just on this flooded stage kicking water at each other all day. It was the best.”

And the most unbelievable performance? Fans wouldn’t be surprised to hear it was the “You’re All the World to Me” duet with Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) from season 4’s “Girls (and Boys) On Film”. The number took six hours to learn the choreography and the scene is all one take. “I still can’t believe we did that number,” Morrison remarked. “…[Mays character] Emma and I were in that room that was rotating and we were dancing on the ceiling. We shot it in this spinning box… That was very challenging.”

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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