Back in the 1930s, Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room was the venue for New York entertainment. From prestigious performers to the signature revolving dance floor, the venue exudes New York sophistication and style.
In that vein, the Rainbow Room welcomes Matthew Morrison to its stage October 24 as the second performer in its new LIVE! at the Rainbow Room concert series, and Morrison sounds stoked to be in a room with such musical and historic significance. “Studying and reading and looking at pictures [of the Rainbow Room] back in the day in the ’40s and ’50s, it used to be a big dance hall,” says Morrison. “So I want to create that vibe for where we are now and get people on their feet a little bit.”
While Morrison fills his set with songs and stories from his various roles on Broadway in a sort of “career retrospective,” no doubt one number in particular could incite his audience to dance. “The thing with Hairspray [in which he originated the role of Link Larkin] is that the score is just filled with hits. It’s too hard to just touch upon one of them,” admits Morrison. “I do this huge megamix Hairspray number. It’s an eight-minute number; I’m totally wiped and exhausted at the end, and it’s so much fun for me to perform with full-out choreography and everything.”
Backed by a nine-piece band and two back-up singers, Morrison’s show is sure to be hot and full of pizzazz. In addition to songs from his multiple Broadway outings, Morrison will croon standards and introduce some new arrangements of songs from Glee, the hit television series that stole Morrison away from the theatre for about six years. “I’m adding a lot of horns and doing a bit more up-tempo stuff,” he says excitedly. “It’s going to be a really fun night.”
“I love doing these band shows,” says Morrison. “For the Rainbow Room and it re-opening, and just the elegance and the decadence of the Rainbow Room itself, I really wanted to pull out all the stops.”
There is a $250 per person cover with a $100 per person food and beverage minimum. Executive Chef Robert Aikens will offer an elegant grazing menu featuring upscale American bistro fare with seasonal offerings. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/LiveAtRR. Cocktail attire, jackets required.