Matthew Morrison Goes Back to "Where It All Began" at 54 Below

By Carey Purcell
05 Jun 2013

Morrison also chatted with the audience, sharing some of his history and asking if there were any Light in the Piazza fans in the house. The question was met with some loud shouts, which he looked surprised to hear. Another Broadway show he mentioned was West Side Story, which he performed a medley of songs from, accompanied only by a set of drums.

Along with the upbeat and jazzy songs Morrison said he loves, he sang some wistful love songs, including a haunting rendition of "As Long as She Needs Me." Morrison remarked that the song is usually sung by a woman about a man, but, he asked, "Who says men can't feel the same passion and despair that women can?" Another slower-paced song Morrison offered was Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns."

The audience cheered up a great deal when, introducing the song "Younger Than Springtime," Morrison reminisced about singing the song shirtless onstage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Turning his back to the audience, he began to unbutton his vest, saying he would do the same here. Despite the cheers from the audience, he apologized, saying, "Sorry, but I only take my clothes off at Lincoln Center."

Morrison fulfilled his promise of dancing on tables during his closing number, "Singing in the Rain." The diners in the front of the restaurant were eager to oblige and cleared their plates and glasses away, giving Morrison the space to tap a step or two and, breaking from his vintage-inspired theme for a moment, even do the robot. But he stepped back onstage and back into the 1950's to perform his encore, a swinging rendition of Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me."