Gig Review: Matthew Morrison - Bush Hall, London ✭✭✭✭✭

Matthew Morrison
Photo by Steve Stubbs
Bush Hall, London

Thursday 20th June 2013: Broadway and TV star Matthew Morrison has become a very familiar face on our TV screens in the last few years, especially from his role in Glee as Mr Schuester. Tonight, on a very warm night indeed, Matthew took us back to Where It All Began, the name of his new album which consists of lots of show tuenes - perfect for any musical theatre lover.

Photo by Steve Stubbs
Backed by a rather fine five piece band, led by Brad Ellis on piano - yes, the same piano chap from Glee - Matthew comes on stage in suit and hat looking rather dapper and has a stage presence to match. Instantly, the audience are in his hands as he goes into the first of many songs from the new album, swaying his hips and dancing about as only he can.

The arrangements are good, big band type versions of classics such as Lady Is A Tramp, Singin' In The Rain, Luck Be A Lady and On The Street Where You Live. Slower numbers had warmth from the simple arrangements, As Long As She Needs Me, Younger Than Springtime and Send In The Clowns sounding especially resplendent. Matthew's vocals were top notch, not missing any notes and partnered the sound of the band nicely.

Matthew did one song from Glee, to the delight of all the females in the front rows - the hip shaking, leg moving Sway! The carpet was a bit wet after that I think from all the salivating going on down the front of the auditorium.

Indeed it was a great set from Matthew, and if you are into musicals, then you will love his new album Where It All Began. Tonight was a shining example of good arrangements, great vocals, and fabulous stage presence. Hats off... oh, it already is!

5 Stars ✭✭✭✭✭

Listen out on Jemm One between 10am and 2pm Saturday 22nd June, and Jemm Three from 5pm on Monday 23rd June for an interview with Matthew.

Photo by Steve Stubbs