Television and theater star Matthew Morrison has a lot of trust in his friend, Sirius XM personality and pianist Seth Rudetsky.
“Honestly, I have no idea,” was Morrison’s answer when asked what he would be singing with Rudetsky at the Parker Playhouse on Friday, Feb. 17.
“I’m usually very meticulous with all my shows, but this particular show with Seth will be completely off the cuff. Basically, half the show is an interview and half he gets at the piano and I sing my songs, a journey of my life, a treasure chest of my past,” added Morrison.
The handsome 38-year-old actor became a household name as chorus instructor Will Schuester on Fox’s “Glee,” but he also earned a Tony nomination for the 2005 Best Musical, “Light in the Piazza” and most recently spent a year on Broadway as “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie in “Finding Neverland.” He has appeared on numerous television shows and movies and recorded a duet with Elton John.
“Seth has all of my repertory and he figures out what he wants to do,” said Morrison. “He’s just so witty and a smart man who knows theater. He’s in the driver’s seat.”
Morrison is actually enjoying the break to step back and assess his opportunities.
“The great thing about doing these concerts is it gives me time to look at a lot of scripts and with success comes the power to say no,” he explained.
On Father’s Day, he will be launching a new internet business, Sherpapa, that creates and sells high quality “field kits” for young fathers who travel with their families. Morrison married in 2014 and looks forward to the role of father.
“I love skydiving, extreme skiing. I’m a daredevil in that way, but getting less and less as I get older and my body tells me you can’t do that more and more,” Morrison revealed. “How I’ve been successful is by going balls to the wall and getting out there and living for the rush and having no fear.”
He’s currently eyeing film and TV roles—“Broadway is a young man’s game,” he said— and years after “Glee” ended, still considers that show one of his greatest achievements.
“I could have been on a talk show or a lawyer show or a doctor show,” he pointed out, but the impact of the musical about a high school chorus of misfits sparked conversations about bullying, school shootings, sexuality and other issues that teens struggle with.
“To go around the world and hear stories from people everywhere who were so inspired by it, it gives me goosebumps. As an actor, it gave me the ability to change lives,” he said.
Matthew Morrison appears with Seth Rudetsky on the Mark Cortale Presents Broadway Series on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $37 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.