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From the Small Screen to the Big Stage

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 13
From the Small Screen to the Big Stage

Matthew Morrison, better known as Mr. Schuester on the TV show, ‘Glee,’ will perform this Saturday as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

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The pantheon of beloved TV teachers includes such names as Miss Bliss (“Saved by the Bell”), Mr. Kotter (“Welcome Back, Kotter”) and Edna Krabappel (“The Simpsons”).

One of the newest TV teachers to attract a devoted following is Will Schuester, the music instructor and glee club director on the hit Fox Network program, “Glee.”

Actor Matthew Morrison plays Mr. Schuester to perfection, singing and dancing his way into the hearts of all of the other characters on the show, save his arch-nemesis, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).
Morrison will perform some of Broadway’s greatest hits with the Greensboro Symphony at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. The show is part of this year’s An Appalachian Summer Festival, and tickets are on sale now.

Morrison is an Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star, achieving recognition from the Satellite Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards with such titles as Best Actor in a Series and Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.

After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Morrison made his debut on Broadway in “Footloose,” followed by “The Rocky Horror Show.” However, it was his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of “Hairspray” that served as his breakthrough and led to him being cast in the critically acclaimed “The Light in the Piazza.”

Morrison released his latest Broadway-inspired album, “Where It All Began,” in June 2013 as a salute to the music that means the most to him. However, compared to his recordings with Adam Levine’s 222 Records and even on-screen performance as Mr. Schuester, the stage is where Morrison truly comes alive.

Tickets for Saturday’s show are $50, $47.50 and $48 and are on sale now. For more information, call the Schaefer Center box office at (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.appsummer.org.

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