THE SCREENING ROOM: Our Favorite Matthew Morrison Moments, From "Glee," Broadway and More (Video)

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Earlier this month, "Glee" and Broadway star Matthew Morrison was signed to the new record label 222, recently launched by Maroon 5 frontman and "The Voice" coach Adam Levine. Here are some of our favorite Morrison moments, including his work on Broadway and TV and as a solo artist.

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Although Morrison made his Broadway debut in Footloose, the performer rose to fame with the Tony-winning production of Hairspray. Morrison created the role of heartthrob Link Larkin opposite Marissa Jaret Winokur in the summer of 2002 when Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre. Here is the duo's performance of "It Takes Two," which was featured on the "Caroline Rhea Show."

Following Hairspray, Morrison's next Broadway project was The Light in the Piazza. In that production he created the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli, which earned him a 2005 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. After the production took home six Tony Awards, Light in the Piazza was featured on CBS' "On the Aisle" for its success. Here, Morrison talks about Adam Guettel's challenging score, and we've included the audio of his "Passeggiata."

Morrison returned to Lincoln Center in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific in which he played the role of Lt. Joseph Cable. Here is a clip of Morrison recording "Younger Than Springtime" for the South Pacific revival cast album.

Morrison said that one of his first experiences in the recording studio was laying down a track for composer Georgia Stitt's album "This Ordinary Thursday." The performer sang "One Day More" on the recording.

In 2010 the Tony Awards welcomed back Broadway veterans Morrison and Lea Michele. Even though the two were not a part of the Broadway season due to their workload on "Glee," they were given a special performance: Michele performed "Don’t Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl (a song she also covered on "Glee"), and Morrison performed "All I Need is the Girl" from Gypsy—a perfect song choice to showcase both his song and dance abilities.

"Glee" stars Morrison and Michele also took part in the 35th anniversary Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute in October 2010 at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater. Here, Morrison, who also was seen in the 2000 Broadway production of Rocky Horror as a Phantom, sings "Once in a While"—this time taking on the role of Brad Majors.

In 2009 Morrison was included in the tribute to Tony Award winner Mel Brooks at the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC. In the salute to the co-creator of Broadway's The Producers and Young Frankenstein, Morrison sang "Springtime for Hitler."

On "Glee" Morrison sang "Still Got Tonight," a song co-written with Kris Allen and released as a promo single on his self-titled debut album. The album was released in May 2011.


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Also on the album is a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," the classic Academy Award-winning ballad featuring music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The song was made famous by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz."

During Morrison's concert tour he often performed "Gold Digger," a song made famous by rapper Kanye West and also featured on the Fox series "Glee." We couldn't resist including this performance. Will Morrison be rapping for his upcoming record label? One could only hope!

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