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Matthew Morrison Sizzles at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Matthew Morrison Sizzles at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Matthew Morrison, is known for starring in Glee, but long before that he treaded the boards of Broadway in Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific and most recently Finding Neverland. Now he is performing at Feinstein’s/54 Below until January 13th and this is a show not to miss. Morrison exudes a natural sex appeal. He claims in his show, that Feinstein’s/54 Below is the sexiest room, but this is the sexiest show, as Morrison seduces his audience with charisma galore. Starting off with a crooning “Nice N Easy,” Morrison entered from the front of the room, making audience members swoon with joy as he passed their table. Sounding and oozing the same charge, that Frank Sinatra did. His smooth stylings gave way to a man with a heart, when a young girl almost fainted with glee, was allowed a selfie with him. I have never seen anyone as delighted as this girl was. All night the cell camera’s were zoomed in so as not to miss a moment.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Next up was a sinful “On The Street Where You Live.” All I can say is if the revival of My Fair Lady has this version, it is sure to smolder.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Father to 12-week-old son Revel James Makail, John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” brought lyrics that really affected the singer, but it was “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver that his emotional ties to his son came through. The arrangement had Jimmy Emerson on flute and it added to the plaintiveness of the song. Also on “Waiting on the World to Change” there were some mean solos by Emerson on Sax and Daniel Kalischer on guitar.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” showed off the singers dancing skills, as well as some soul. Morrison feeds off the energy of his fans as he gyrated with a sinewy grace. During the song his hand slide down the mike as if making love to it and I can guarantee most of the audience wished it was them instead of that mike.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

In “Hey There” from Pajama Game, Morrison oozed boyish charm as he played the ukulele. This was in tribute to his first gig as a back-up singer for Don Ho.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Brad Ellis, the arranger from Glee, is Morrison’s musical director and played the keys, but it was his arrangement of Cole Potter’s “It’s Alright With Me” that rocked the house. Morrison pulled some Bob Fosse moves that shook the house. Bass player Gary Wicks and drummer Pete Antunes also showed mad skills.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

“We Kiss In The Shadow” was Morrison’s tribute to gay marriage and what life was like before acceptance.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

His South Pacific medley made me want to see his performance and made me realize what a talented musician this man truly is.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Fabrizio in The Light In The Piazza “Il Mondo Era Vuoto,” was my favorite of the night. Stating “that show was the hardest I’ve ever done. It’s also the highlight of my career,” he vocally soared. It is in a more classical sound, that Morrison impresses and impress he does.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Keeping us up to date with the shows he has performed in, a Finding Neverland medley followed.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

A nine-minute Hairspray medley had Morrison rocking and rolling. It is clear he has a complete love for this show.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

“Come Rain or Come Shine/ Basin Street Blues” allowed the whole band to show off. Morrison surrounds himself with some of best musicians and the caliber of this show is exceptional.

Matthew Morrison, wife Renee Photo by Magda Katz, wife

Matthew Morrison and his wife Renee Photo by Magda Katz

For opening night Morrison’s guest was his wife Renee and the curtain call number was a medley of two Beatle songs for the girl who has knitted his young sons caps.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison Photo by Magda Katz

Morrison is personable and makes sure that everyone has a great seat and a fabulous time. His humor is a little sarcastic, but with a devilish charm.  Morrison has that “it” factor and has talent galore. How Broadway hasn’t snatched him up to star in a role written for him is beyond puzzling. Do not miss this show as it is one of the best I have seen in a long time.

Matthew Morrison, wife Renee Photo by Magda Katz, wife

Matthew Morrison and his wife Renee Photo by Magda Katz

Matthew Morrison: Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 West 54th St. All performances at 7 PM.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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