Glee's Matthew Morrison: An Onstage Study Of His Musical Contradictions

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Jon Gitchoff
Monday night's show at the Scottrade Center was a spectacle to behold on many different levels, but let's focus specifically on Matthew Morrison. The 32-year-old came out onstage with vengeance, a bowtie and two back-up seductresses who were not afraid of a little grinding. The audience was also unafraid, but perhaps it should have been: The set, though short, was full of what-the-fudge moments. In honor of a show that left us both reeling and wondering whatever happened to Michael Buble, we have counted down the five onstage indications of Morrison's musical identity crisis.

5. He has trouble distinguishing himself from his Glee character.
After announcing "My Name," a song he wrote a year ago in London, Morrison told the crowd, "It's about the duality between being me and Mr. Schuester." It was unclear whether he realizes that he is not, in fact, Mr. Schuester, but then again, it was also hard to tell if the audience knew that.

4. Dude is really into Patrick Swayze.
Another shout-out involved Morrison praising his career and life idols, among them Patrick Swayze and Michael Jackson. The mix is slightly creepy but hardly surprising, especially if you were there for the dance solo he completed near the end. His moves, while spritely, are borrowed largely from Jackson and Dirty Dancing. We spotted both an R-rated moonwalk and a prostrate back-flip.

3. There's kind of an age gap.
While Mr. Schuester tends to steal the show from his students (bad teacher), he also tends to be significantly older than them. He was ten years older than the Backstreet Boys crowd and ten years younger than the New Kids on the Block devotees, which, obviously, made it totally normal for him to rock such jams as both "Young Girl" and "Mrs. Robinson." This actually happened.

2. He probably thinks he's "with it."
The clear highlight of Morrison's set was the smooth transition between the Simon and Garfunkel classic and, we kid, you not, "Gold Digger." For this purpose, the former Broadway crooner mustered up all the street cred he could manage and shouted, "We 'bout to get dirrrty now!" (There were definitely extra Rs.) Kanye West is rolling over in his sarcophpagus.

1. He was wearing a bowtie.

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Jon Gitchoff


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15 comments
Vicky Bui
Vicky Bui

I find this article too funny. Everyone below, people like Dawn and Marie C were definitely spot on with their comments. Bowtie's aren't a crime.Matthew isn't having trouble distinguishing himself from Mr. Schuester, it's the Glee fans. Obviously. Swayze was the one who inspired him to dance. That dancing led him to MANY great things. Why would he NOT be into Swayze? Think.

Age gap? You make me laugh.

Some people find him sexy when he does Gold Digger, dances, sings, or WHATEVER. Deal with it.

Bejt
Bejt

is wearing a bowtie a crime?MM is bursting at the seems with talent- if YOU are  not a fan- shut it and let the rest of us enjoy his amazing voice, thought out performance and dance movesand GOLD DIGGER was amazing- best dance number of the night,  nothing like the original- as it was never planned to be that

Anon
Anon

Flawless article.

Cassie
Cassie

I went to this show and I'm a big Glee fan . . . sans Matthew Morrison. I dont know what it is about him, but he sort of creeps me out. this article is spot on! It's exactly what I was thinking throughout the performance! (Except that the author of this article seems to not realize that some of the songs were from Glee and that's why he song them.)

Warrior Chick516
Warrior Chick516

I side with the author. I tried to enjoy the set, but couldn't help but think "Wow, I saw this all ready on Glee!" I did not enjoy the set at all, did not enjoy the dancing, and was glad when it was all over. This articel is pretty much what I told my friends about his set...

a nonymous
a nonymous

lmao forever and heartily agreed

Ann
Ann

Is this supposed to be a rough draft of a senior thesis for your psychology minor at St. Louis Community College? Odd article.  I'm a 44 year old woman who took her Gleek 22 year old daughter to see the New Kids/BSB show because she wanted to see Matthew.  She had an awesome time and so did I and from what I could tell so did the rest of the Scottrade Center.  He did an even mix of Glee songs and his own material.  But, garsh and golly Miss Kelsey, I'm sure glad you wrote this article to enlighten us that we should have hated it.  I'd have lived in ignorance with false happy memories without you taking me to a higher level. 

Maggie
Maggie

The "Young Girl/Mrs. Robinson" mashup and "Golddigger" are all songs he performs on Glee. Most people there, who actually know who he is, know him from Glee and went there expecting to hear those songs, so not a weirdly out of place as you make it seem. You also might want to work on your age gap math. As a 26 year old BSB fan, who went with my 33 year old sister who was a big NKOTB fan, he was hardly 10 years older than me or 10 years younger than my sister. And we were both the prime ages to be fans for each group in their heyday. At 32 years old, he would fit in nicely between Nick (31) and AJ (33) in the Backstreet Boys. So, to agree with Dawn below, this article was incredibly negative for no real reason. He obviously sang live and I thought he did a great job, better than I expected going in. Maybe we should try to have a positive view on someone who has done a lot of good for the arts in schools in only the past 2 years...

Marie C.
Marie C.

What about Matthew's spot-on LIVE VOCALS?! He can sing circles around NKOTBSB. Charming and talented, I think he gives the audience songs they want to hear - songs from Glee like Gold Digger (which everyone was thrilled to hear) and original material. 

Dawn Webber
Dawn Webber

Obviously, you went to the concert already disliking the man.  Too bad, because the rest of us really enjoyed his performance.  Maybe you were too busy formulating how to spin this to make it as negative as possible to hear all of the cheering? 

Anna
Anna

Are you even from St. Louis? Did you actually attend this show because I smell a troll here.  I wasn't there but friends went who enjoyed his part even though they think Glee is from the devil. They were there for BSB.  This article is trying to capture some sort of cultural meaning to Morrison's show because he is from Glee and it permeates the culture.  The author was inarticulate but she certainly has a right to her opinion. 

Anna
Anna

Trollin' in the deep. 

Joe
Joe

I agree that the article definitely seemed to be making fun of the performers and their fans, but come on Maggie: you're 26 years old and you went to see a Backstreet Boys concert.  Don't you think you probabaly deserve to be made fun of at least a little bit? 

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