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The Music Man

Glee star Matthew Morrison is set to make music in H-Town, headlining the Symphony Centennial Ball May 17. Listen in.

Matthew Morrison hits the Jones Hall stage this month.

Were you in a glee club in high school? Well, we were actually a song-and-dance troupe called the Kids Next Door—and we have quite the catalog of songs. Did you have a teacher who was like your character on Glee, Mr. Schuester? I still look up to a couple of teachers that I had in high school. They’ve always been there for me when I’ve needed advice. I’m hoping to team up with one of them to help arts education in the near future. Did you always set out to be a performer? Growing up in Orange County, Calif., I actually thought I was going to be a soccer player. But it wasn’t until one summer when my parents sent me to Arizona with my grandmother that I realized I had another passion to explore. My grandmother put me in a children’s theater program, and I immediately got hooked. What’s your favorite kind of music? For those who see me perform in Houston on May 17, you’ll soon realize I may have been born in the wrong era. I’m such a big fan of the music from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. There was such rich storytelling through songwriting during that time, and my goal is to expose that material to new audiences. Where are you most at home when performing: stage, studio or screen? There’s something unique and enjoyable about each, but I began my career on Broadway and will always be a creature of the stage. You’re known as being one of the nice guys in showbiz, an industry where some might say it pays to have some edge. In my personal life, I hold those old-fashioned values. Opening doors, ladies first, pulling out chairs—I love it all. Being respectful and kind goes a long way. However, from a business perspective… I believe in being respectful and setting standards to avoid being taken advantage of or being put in a bad situation. I don’t believe in nice guys finishing last.