Richard Thomas (actor)
Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor. He is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, for which he won one Emmy Award and received nominations for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, he played Special Agent Frank Gaad on FX's spy thriller series The Americans, appeared in Stephen King's miniseries IT, had a supporting role in the comedy-drama film Wonder Boys. Thomas was born in Manhattan, the son of Barbara and Richard S. Thomas, in 1951, his parents were owned the New York School of Ballet. He attended the McBurney School in Manhattan. Thomas was seven when he made his Broadway debut in Sunrise at Campobello playing John Roosevelt, son of future U. S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Thomas soon began his television career. In 1959, he appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame NBC TV presentation of Ibsen's A Doll's House with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and Hume Cronyn, he began acting in daytime TV, appearing in soap operas such as The Edge of Night, A Flame in the Wind, As the World Turns, which were broadcast from his native Manhattan.
Thomas received his first major film roles, appearing in Winning with Paul Newman, about auto racing, Last Summer with Bruce Davison and Barbara Hershey, a summer coming-of-age movie. He starred in the Universal Pictures/Hal Wallis Production Red Sky at Morning, a financial failure, he became internationally recognized for his portrayal of John "John-Boy" Walton, Jr. in the 1970s TV series The Waltons, based on the real life story of writer Earl Hamner, Jr. He appeared in the CBS television film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which inspired the commissioning of the recast series, played the role continuously in 122 episodes until March 17, 1977. Thomas left the series and his role was taken over by Robert Wightman, but Thomas returned to the role in three Waltons TV movies, 1993–97. Thomas won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1973, he enrolled in Columbia College of Columbia University as a member of the class of 1973 but left after his junior year. In 1972, he played against type as murderer and rapist Kenneth Kinsolving in You'll Like My Mother opposite Patty Duke.
He played the lead roles of Private Henry Fleming in the 1974 NBC TV movie The Red Badge of Courage, Paul Baumer in the 1979 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie on CBS All Quiet on the Western Front. In other TV movies, he played Col. Warner's younger son Jim in Roots: The Next Generations. Story. In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in more than 12 years when he was a replacement in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July. In 1980, he appeared as Shad, the young farmer entrusted to employ mercenaries to save his planet from Sador and his invading forces, in Battle Beyond the Stars. In 1987, he appeared on stage in Philadelphia and Washington DC in the one-man tour-de-force Citizen Tom Paine. In 1993, he played the title role in a Shakespeare Theater stage production of Richard II. Thomas starred with Maureen O'Hara and Annette O'Toole in the Hallmark Channel movie The Christmas Box in 1995. O'Toole and Thomas had starred in It together five years earlier. Thomas appeared in a quartet of performances at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut: Hamlet, Peer Gynt, Richard III, Tiny Alice.
In 1997 and 1998, he appeared on Touched by an Angel. In 2001, he appeared in London's West End in a theater production of Yasmina Reza's Art with Judd Hirsch, he has served as national chairman of the Better Hearing Institute, having suffered a hearing loss in his early 30s. He hosted the PAX TV series, he starred in the series Just Cause in 2003 for the PAX TV network. In 2006, Thomas began an American theater tour of Reginald Rose's play Twelve Angry Men, along with George Wendt at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, playing the pivotal role of Juror Eight opposite Wendt's Juror One. Thomas has provided voiceovers in BB&T and Aleve commercials. In the summer of 2008, Thomas made commercials for the Zaxby's restaurant chain. In 2009 -- 2010, Thomas was featured on Broadway in a play by David Mamet; the production was directed by Mamet and included James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington. In February and March 2011, he starred at the Off-Broadway New York Public Theater in Timon of Athens.
Thomas had a supporting role in the FX Network Cold War drama The Americans, which debuted in January 2013. He played Frank Gaad, an FBI counterintelligence supervisor helping to investigate KGB sleeper agents in early 1980s America. Thomas appeared in the 2017 Broadway revival of The Little Foxes, was nominated for a 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In December 2018, Thomas portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Pittsburgh CLO's production of A Musical Christmas Carol, his book of poetry, was published in a letterpress limited edition by Kenward Elmslie's Z Press. Thomas married Alma Gonzales on Februa
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U. S. the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento; the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, the country's second most populous, after New York City. California has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; the City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. California's $3.0 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world, the 36th most populous as of 2017.
The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and third-largest urban economies, after the New York metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation's highest GDP per capita in 2017 among large PSAs, is home to three of the world's ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world's ten richest people. California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation and politics, it is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, fast food, the Internet, the personal computer, among others. The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are seen as global centers of the technology and entertainment industries, respectively. California has a diverse economy: 58% of the state's economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.
S. state. California is bordered by Oregon to the north and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; the state's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Although California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state results in climates that vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains. Over time and wildfires have become more pervasive features. What is now California was first settled by various Native Californian tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries; the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War.
The western portion of Alta California was organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom; the word California referred to the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. The name derived from the mythical island California in the fictional story of Queen Calafia, as recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo; this work was the fifth in a popular Spanish chivalric romance series that began with Amadis de Gaula. Queen Calafia's kingdom was said to be a remote land rich in gold and pearls, inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and lived like Amazons, as well as griffins and other strange beasts. In the fictional paradise, the ruler Queen Calafia fought alongside Muslims and her name may have been chosen to echo the title of a Muslim leader, the Caliph. It's possible.
Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, inhabited by black women without a single man among them, they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with great virtue; the island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the craggy rocks. Shortened forms of the state's name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, California was one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in pre-Columbian North America. Various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000; the Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, villages, on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash and Salinan.
Trade, intermarriage a
South Coast Repertory
South Coast Repertory is a professional theatre company located in Costa Mesa, California. Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is regarded as one of America's foremost producers of new plays. In its three-stage David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, SCR produces a five-play season on its Segerstrom Stage, a four-play season on its Julianne Argyros Stage, plus one annual holiday production. SCR offers a three-play Theatre for Young Audiences series, year-round programs in education and outreach, it is home to the Pacific Playwrights Festival, an annual three-day new play festival. SCR's extensive new play development program consists of commissions, residencies and workshops, from which up to five world premieres are produced each season. Among the plays commissioned and introduced at SCR are Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, Brooklyn Boy, Shipwrecked!
An Entertainment. These plays were commissioned by SCR and developed through its Pacific Playwrights Festival, an annual workshop and reading showcase for up to eight new plays, attended by artistic directors and literary staff members from across the country. Forty percent of the plays SCR has produced have been world, West Coast premieres. In 1988, SCR received the Regional Theatre Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement in the area of new play development. David Emmes and Martin Benson attended San Francisco State University. After graduation and Benson gathered a few San Francisco friends in summer 1963 to stage Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde at the Off-Broadway Theatre in Long Beach, California. After that experience and Benson were convinced there was a future for them in theatre and they sketched out a plan to create a theatre company; the first step would involve touring to rented stages. In November 1964, SCR's first production, Molière's Tartuffe, opened at the Newport Beach Ebell Club.
The next step would be their own location. They chose to locate it in Orange County Calif. virgin territory for a major arts institution. For their Second Step, a two-story marine hardware store on Balboa Peninsula was rented and converted into a 75-seat proscenium stage, it opened on March 1965, with a production of Waiting for Godot. Confident of their ability to continue and Benson sought to convince their adopted community of SCR's future importance, they displayed an "Artistic Manifesto" in the Second Step lobby, which boasted a four-step model of growth: the first season of touring, the present location's 75-seat stage, two more transformations leading to a major regional center for theatre arts and education. While the goal of running a nationally renowned arts institution spurred them on from the Second Step lobby wall, the young company went about the business of surviving. For years, everyone involved maintained full-time day jobs and worked nights and weekends without pay, they designed and built their scenery, sold the tickets, — of course — acted.
Among the first acting company members were Don Took, Martha McFarland and Art Koustik, joined over the next seasons by Richard Doyle, Hal Landon Jr. and Ron Boussom. These were among the theatre's Founding Artists. Within two years and financial momentum had picked up and SCR looked toward its Third Step: a converted Sprouse-Reitz Variety Store on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa; the building, adapted to hold 217 seats, opened in 1967. It was at the Third Step, 1967–1978, that SCR moved from a local group to a regional force, matured both artistically and organizationally. Operating income went from US$20,000 to US$55,000 in the first two seasons. By the fifth season, paid staff had grown from one to five. A first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts helped expand the staff; the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle gave SCR its first award in 1970 for "consistent achievement in production." In 1976, SCR joined the League of Resident Theatres and was able to contract for members of Actors' Equity.
Buy 1977, the company was outgrowing its space again. The budget was more than US$250,000, a year there were more than 9,400 subscribers and capacity was pushing 99 percent. Emmes and Benson addressed the question of SCR's future and moved forward toward the long-anticipated Fourth Step Theatre, they formed a new board of community leaders to address the realities of funding and building Orange County's first resident theatre facility. A gift of land on which the theatre would be built was made by the Segerstrom family. In September 1978, the theatre opened with a production of William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life. At first, there was only the 507-seat Mainstage, but by 1979, the large rehearsal hall had been converted into a 161-seat Second Stage. SCR had reached its long-sought goal: a two-theatre complex and operated by the company itself. During the 1980s, SCR's interest in new play development moved to the forefront. In 1985, the NEA awarded SCR a Challenge Grant, which helped finance the creation of the Collaboration Laboratory, which would support all play development in the future.
The 1985-86 Season saw Colab's first two public programs: the NewSCRipts play reading series and the Hispanic Playwrights Project. That season, ground was broken on a distinct
Jill Clayburgh was an American actress known for her work in theater and cinema. She won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1978 film An Unmarried Woman, she would receive a second Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the 1979 film Starting Over as well as four Golden Globe nominations for her film performances. Clayburgh made her Broadway debut in 1968 and starred in the original Broadway productions of the musicals The Rothschilds and Pippin, returned in 1984 for the revival of the play Design for Living. On television, she appeared in episodes of Medical Center and The Rockford Files, before starring in the 1975 TV film Hustling, which earned her the first of two Emmy Award nominations, she received a second Emmy nomination for her 2004 guest role in the drama series Nip/Tuck, went on to star in the drama series Dirty Sexy Money. Her film roles included Gable and Lombard, Silver Streak, Semi-Tough, La Luna, First Monday in October, Hanna K.
Shy People, Fools Rush In, Running With Scissors and Bridesmaids. Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise, an actress and theatrical production secretary for producer David Merrick, Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive, her paternal grandmother was opera singer Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh. Clayburgh's mother was Protestant and her father was Jewish, though she never talked about her religious background and was raised in no faith. Clayburgh never got along with her parents and began therapy at an early age: "I was rebellious as a teenager, aside from having an unhappy, neurotic childhood, but I just can't go into it. I think I undirected need so I just kind of rebelled in a general fashion. I got myself in terrible personal trouble. Therapy has helped me a lot in my life."As a child, Clayburgh was inspired to become an actor when she saw Jean Arthur as Peter Pan on Broadway in 1950. She was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side, she attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied religion and literature, but decided to be an actress.
She received her acting training at HB Studio. Clayburgh began acting as a student in summer stock and, after graduating, joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston, where she met another up-and-coming actor and future Academy Award-winning star, Al Pacino, in 1967, they met after starring in Jean-Claude Van Itallie's play Hurrah. They moved back together to New York City. In 1968, Clayburgh debuted off-Broadway in the double bill of Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx and It's Called the Sugar Plum starring Pacino. Clayburgh and Pacino were cast in "Deadly Circle of Violence", an episode of the ABC television series NYPD, premiering November 12, 1968. Clayburgh at the time was appearing on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, playing the role of Grace Bolton, her father would send the couple money each month to help with finances. She made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Sudden and Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson, co-starring Jack Klugman, which ran for 5 performances.
In 1969, she starred in an off-Broadway production of the Henry Bloomstein play Calling in Crazy, at the Andy Warhol owned Fortune theatre. She appeared off Broadway in The Nest. In 1969, Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party and directed by Brian De Palma; the Wedding Party was not released until six years later. The film focuses on a soon-to-be groom and his interactions with various relatives of his fiancée and members of the wedding party, her co-stars included Robert De Niro, in one of his early film roles, Jennifer Salt. In his review from The New York Times, Howard Thompson wrote, "As the harassed engaged couple, two newcomers, Charles Pfluger and Jill Clayburgh, are as appealing as they can be." Clayburgh attracted attention when she appeared in the Broadway musical The Rothschilds which ran for 502 performances. She went on to play Desdemona opposite James Earl Jones in the 1971 production of Othello in Los Angeles, had another Broadway success with Pippin, which ran for 1944 performances.
Clive Barnes of The New York Times found Clayburgh to be "all sweet connivance as the widow out to get her man."During this time, Clayburgh had a string of brief character parts in film and television. Some of these include a small role in The Telephone Book and Portnoy's Complaint, Tiger on a Chain, Shock-a-bye, Baby and 1974's The Terminal Man, opposite George Segal. After guest-starring on an episode of The Snoop Sisters, Clayburgh played Ryan O'Neal's ex wife in The Thief Who Came to Dinner and starred in a TV pilot, not picked up, Going Places, she guest starred on Medical Centre and The Rockford Files. She returned to Broadway for Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, which ran for 48 performances. Clayburgh was praised for her performances in the TV movies Hustling, where she played a prostitute, The Art of Crime. Hustling was a departure for her: "Before I did Hustling I was always cast as a nice wife. I wasn't good at it. With Hustling, it was a nice role and it was a departure. People saw a different dimension."
Her performance in the TV film earned her an Emmy nomination.
Broadway theatre known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world; the Theater District is a popular tourist attraction in New York City. According to The Broadway League, for the 2017–2018 season total attendance was 13,792,614 and Broadway shows had US$1,697,458,795 in grosses, with attendance up 3.9%, grosses up 17.1%, playing weeks up 2.8%. The majority of Broadway shows are musicals. Historian Martin Shefter argues that "'Broadway musicals', culminating in the productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, became enormously influential forms of American popular culture" and contributed to making New York City the cultural capital of the Western Hemisphere.
New York did not have a significant theatre presence until about 1750, when actor-managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theatre company at the Theatre on Nassau Street, which held about 280 people. They presented Shakespeare ballad operas such as The Beggar's Opera. In 1752, William Hallam sent a company of twelve actors from Britain to the colonies with his brother Lewis as their manager, they established a theatre in Williamsburg and opened with The Merchant of Venice and The Anatomist. The company moved to New York in the summer of 1753, performing ballad operas and ballad-farces like Damon and Phillida; the Revolutionary War suspended theatre in New York, but thereafter theatre resumed in 1798, the year the 2,000-seat Park Theatre was built on Chatham Street. The Bowery Theatre opened followed by others. By the 1840s, P. T. Barnum was operating an entertainment complex in Lower Manhattan. In 1829, at Broadway and Prince Street, Niblo's Garden opened and soon became one of New York's premiere nightspots.
The 3,000-seat theatre presented all sorts of non-musical entertainments. In 1844, Palmo's Opera House opened and presented opera for only four seasons before bankruptcy led to its rebranding as a venue for plays under the name Burton's Theatre; the Astor Opera House opened in 1847. A riot broke out in 1849 when the lower-class patrons of the Bowery objected to what they perceived as snobbery by the upper class audiences at Astor Place: "After the Astor Place Riot of 1849, entertainment in New York City was divided along class lines: opera was chiefly for the upper middle and upper classes, minstrel shows and melodramas for the middle class, variety shows in concert saloons for men of the working class and the slumming middle class."The plays of William Shakespeare were performed on the Broadway stage during the period, most notably by American actor Edwin Booth, internationally known for his performance as Hamlet. Booth played the role for a famous 100 consecutive performances at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1865, would revive the role at his own Booth's Theatre.
Other renowned Shakespeareans who appeared in New York in this era were Henry Irving, Tommaso Salvini, Fanny Davenport, Charles Fechter. Theatre in New York moved from downtown to midtown beginning around 1850, seeking less expensive real estate. In the beginning of the 19th century, the area that now comprises the Theater District was owned by a handful of families and comprised a few farms. In 1836, Mayor Cornelius Lawrence opened 42nd Street and invited Manhattanites to "enjoy the pure clean air." Close to 60 years theatrical entrepreneur Oscar Hammerstein I built the iconic Victoria Theater on West 42nd Street. Broadway's first "long-run" musical was a 50-performance hit called The Elves in 1857. In 1870, the heart of Broadway was in Union Square, by the end of the century, many theatres were near Madison Square. Theatres did not arrive in the Times Square area until the early 1900s, the Broadway theatres did not consolidate there until a large number of theatres were built around the square in the 1920s and 1930s.
New York runs continued to lag far behind those in London, but Laura Keene's "musical burletta" The Seven Sisters shattered previous New York records with a run of 253 performances. It was at a performance by Keene's troupe of Our American Cousin in Washington, D. C. that Abraham Lincoln was shot. The first theatre piece that conforms to the modern conception of a musical, adding dance and original music that helped to tell the story, is considered to be The Black Crook, which premiered in New York on September 12, 1866; the production was five-and-a-half hours long, but despite its length, it ran for a record-breaking 474 performances. The same year, The Black Domino/Between You, Me and the Post was the first show to call itself a "musical comedy". Tony Pastor opened the first vaudeville theatre one block east of Union Square in 1881, where Lillian Russell performed. Comedians Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart produced and starred in musicals on Broadway between 1878 and 1890, with book and lyrics by Harrigan and music by his father-in-law David Braham.
These musical comedies featured characters and situations taken from the everyday life of New York's lower classes and represented a significant step forward from vaudeville and burlesque, towards a more literate form. They starred high quality singers, instead of the women of questionable repute who had starred in earlier m
Internet Broadway Database
The Internet Broadway Database is an online database of Broadway theatre productions and their personnel. It was conceived and created by Karen Hauser in 1996 and is operated by the Research Department of The Broadway League, a trade association for the North American commercial theatre community; the website has a corresponding app for both the IOS and Android. This comprehensive history of Broadway provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre in the 18th century up to today. Details include cast and creative lists for opening night and current day, song lists and other interesting facts about every Broadway production. Other features of IBDB include an extensive archive of photos from past and present Broadway productions, links to cast recordings on iTunes or Amazon and attendance information, its mission was to be an interactive, user-friendly, searchable database for League members, journalists and Broadway fans. The League added Broadway Touring shows to the database for ease of tracking shows that play in theatres across the country.
It is managed by Karen Hauser, Michael Abourizk, Mark Smith of the Broadway League. Internet Theatre Database – ITDb Internet Movie Database – IMDb Internet Book Database – IBookDb Lortel Archives – IOBDb The Broadway League Official website Broadway League website
Matthew James Morrison is an American actor and singer-songwriter. Morrison is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, for his role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee. Morrison is signed with Adam Levine's 222 Records and received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza. From March 2015 to January 2016, Morrison starred in the lead role of J. M. Barrie in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland. Morrison was born in Fort Ord, the son of Mary Louise and Thomas Morrison. Morrison was raised in Chico and has Scottish and English ancestry, he was part of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 and the Orange County High School of the Arts, while at the Los Alamitos High School campus. While in high school, Morrison did a musical with actress Jodie Sweetin, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for two years before dropping out and joining the Broadway adaptation of Footloose.
By freshman year of college, Morrison was a regular performer on Broadway. He said in Details, "There were all these beautiful dancers; as a straight guy I had some room. There were the shared interests in singing and dancing, I always find dancing with someone erotic and sexual. I hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway." Morrison's career began when he made his musical theatre debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of The Rocky Horror Show in 2002. Morrison's big break came, when Morrison landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Waters', Hairspray. After performing in the role for some time, Morrison started working in television, guest-starring on shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami and Hack. Morrison had small roles in films such as Marci X, Primary Colors and Lyrics, Simply Funk. Morrison followed up these performances by performing the role of Sir Harry in the ABC-TV production of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman, Zooey Deschanel and Carol Burnett.
In 2001, Morrison was recruited to complete the quartet for the band LMNT. Morrison was replaced instead by Jonas Persch by the time. Morrison commented in an interview about his experience in the boy band by remarking, "It was the worst year of my life. You know when you're a performer and you're out there on stage and you're embarrassed that you're doing something wrong, it was pretty bad." Matthew Morrison was a member of Buena Park Youth theater, located at Buena ParkMorrison starred in the original cast of the musical Hairspray as Link Larkin from its opening in 2002 through January 2004. In 2005 Morrison changed gears, playing the role of Fabrizio Nacarelli in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza. Morrison was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance, he left the show August 28, 2005. Morrison joined the cast of the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns, as Adam Munson on October 24, 2006, but left abruptly soon after due to a "scheduling conflict," last airing on the soap on November 27.
Morrison appeared in a benefit performance celebrating Andrew Lippa, the 25th Anniversary of the performing troupe'The Kids in the Hall' at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California in December 2006. The performance benefited The California Conservatory of the Arts, a non-profit arts education organization focusing on pre-professional training for young students, grades six through twelve, in Orange County, California, he earned a Drama Desk Nomination for his role in the Off Broadway show 10 Million Miles which ran at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2007. That same year he appeared in two films: Dan in Real Life, followed by Music and Lyrics as Cora Corman's manager. In 2008, he played Lieutenant Cable in a Lincoln Center production of the musical South Pacific, he left the production at the end of 2008 and in early 2009 returned to California to shoot the first season of Glee. Morrison played Will Schuester in the Fox Broadcasting television series Glee, which had its television preview on May 19, 2009.
Schuester is a high school Spanish teacher who takes on the task of restoring the school's glee club to its former glory. He made his directorial debut with the third season's ninth episode. In addition on January 14, 2010, it was announced that Morrison signed a solo record deal with Mercury Records, his first studio album was released on May 10, 2011. Morrison duets with Elton John on "a medley of'Mona Lisas and Madhatters' going into'Rocket Man'", his first single, "Summer Rain", premiered on Ryan Seacrest's website on February 28, 2011. Additionally, a duet of "Over the Rainbow" with Gwyneth Paltrow appears on the self-titled album. On June 16, 2010, Morrison joined Leona Lewis—appearing at London's O2 Arena as part of her world tour—for a one-off performance to sing "Over the Rainbow". Morrison was on the cover of the June 2011 issue of MetroSource. In March 2012, Morrison was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8—a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage—as Paul Katami.
The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. A Morrison concert at Connecticut's Bushnell Center was recorded by PBS and scheduled to air in the second quarter of 2013. On April 28, 2013, Morrison made his first major appearance in the UK as a guest performer at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. On June 4, 2013, 222 Records released Morrison's second studio album, Where I