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Saturday 29 November 2014

Matthew Morrison: Glee needs Mirren

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison says Helen Mirren is “amazing”.

The actor plays teacher Will Schuester in the popular US TV show, while Helen has previously lent her voice to a character. Matthew hopes Helen will one day make a physical appearance in an episode, to show off her talents to the fullest.

“I saw Helen Mirren at the Olivier Awards last night and she looked amazing. She was actually on Glee as a voiceover, she plays Becky, the girl with Down Syndrome, her voice. Becky thinks she is the queen, so her voice is Helen,” he told UK TV show Lorraine. “I think she is a little better than a voiceover.”

Matthew performed a medley of hits from iconic musical West Side Story at the Olivier Awards on Sunday. The annual ceremony celebrates the best of British theatre and stars including Matthew, Helen, Damian Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall were in attendance.

Matthew enjoyed taking to the stage in front of the star-studded audience, but felt rather overwhelmed beforehand.

“I had a great time. I flew in the day before so I was a little jet lagged. It was one of those performances, I don’t know why I took it on,” he laughed. “I did four songs from West Side Story and then a big choreographed dance routine right before I sang Maria. It was a lot, but I am so happy with how it turned out. It was one of those, ‘let’s knock on wood and pray’ kind of things.

“West Side Story really changed musicals forever. It is probably the best musical ever written, it’s timeless.”

Matthew is currently promoting his new album Where It All Began. His second solo offering includes some of his favourite show tunes including The Lady is a Tramp, Singin’ in the Rain and a West Side Story medley.

“I came out with an album a year or so ago, but this is the album I wanted to make even before that one. It’s titled Where It All Began and for me this is where it all began. These great iconic timeless show tunes, I do songs on there that I have been singing since I was a young lad,” he smiled. “It was difficult to choose, I literally went through the entire musical theatre catalogue and just came up with the 12 best songs, songs I can perform well and songs I can dance to. That is a big part of my life.

“It’s great to do something that you love, I feel so blessed and I’m having a great time doing it.”

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