05.05.11 Matthew Morrison debut album set for May 10th release on Mercury Records - to include duets with Sting, Elton John, and Gwyneth Paltrow! 22-city, 6-week US summer tour opens June 18 in Minneapolis...


Nationals competition is on the horizon, and Gleeks across the country will have their spirits lifted with news of a triple-play of star-crossed duets that have been recorded for Matthew Morrison's self-titled debut album scheduled for May 10th release on Mercury Records.

Matthew's album duet partners include Sting on his soulful classic 'Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot' (from his 1996 album, Mercury Falling). AOL will premiere the audio of the duet on May 6th followed by the premiere of Matthew's incredible AOL Sessions performance on May 10th, including key tracks from the album http://music.aol.com/sessions. Matthew then teams up with Gwyneth Paltrow (who plays his recurring flame Holly Holliday on Glee) for a duet on Judy Garland's Wizard Of Oz standard, 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow.' And Elton John is already raving about his duet: "...It's great, really fantastic. He [Matthew] sings great on it. It's a medley of 'Mona Lisas and Madhatters' going into 'Rocket Man'..."

Morrison recently premiered the album's debut single, 'Summer Rain' on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest's nationally syndicated morning radio show on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, followed by performances of the song live on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and NBC Universal's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 'Summer Rain' was co-written by Matthew with Claude Kelly and the Norwegian duo known as Espionage (Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund), who produced the track in New York City. 'Summer Rain' is available on iTunes and all digital partners.

Meanwhile, Gleeks and Glee Club members everywhere are grabbing up tickets for Matthew's 6-week, 22-city summer tour, which will feature songs from his album along with many Glee fan favorites. In conjunction with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the tour will offer regional Glee Clubs the chance to compete for the 'opening act' performance slot. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in our nation's schools, is a proud partner in the competition. Entries can be submitted at www.matthewmorrison.com/gleeclubcontest.

Matthew Morrison is best known to millions as the eternally optimistic high school teacher - and de facto glee club director - Will Schuester, on the FOX television network's runaway hit comedy series Glee. Morrison is no stranger to musical theatre, vocal performance and dance, which he studied at New York University's renowned Tisch School of the Arts. He has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and shared the 2009 SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, for "Glee". Morrison's first big Broadway break came as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit Hairspray, he later went on to star in The Light in the Piazza, 10 Million Miles and the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at New York's Lincoln Center Theater.

MATTHEW MORRISON On Tour

Jun 18 Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Jun 19 Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Jun 21 Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL
Jun 22 Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH
Jun 23 Detroit Opera House, Detroit, MI
Jun 27 Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Jun 28 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
Jun 29 Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, Boston, MA

Jul 1 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
Jul 2 Caesar's - Circus Maximus, Atlantic City, NJ
Jul 6 DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
Jul 7 War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, NC
Jul 8 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA
Jul 10 David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Perf. Arts, Tampa, FL
Jul 11 Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Orlando, FL
Jul 13 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
Jul 14 Moran Theater, Jacksonville, FL
Jul 16 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
Jul 17 Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
Jul 19 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Jul 20 Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, CA
Jul 23 NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA
(1) Reviews and Comments
Before Sting would take his "Symphonicities" tour to Eastern Europe this summer, he needed a tune-up. So he chose the world famous Apollo Theater for last night's show - with an audience comprising fan club members, family and friends. Every seat was taken, and then some as the fans - some of whom traveled great distances - kept running up near the stage and staying there. They were almost all women, and they had their dancing shoes on. The show - with nearly 40 musicians crammed onto the stage including virtuoso guitarist Dominic Miller and knock out vocalist Jo Lawry - pretty much reproduced the same set Sting did last summer at the Metropolitan Opera and on his CD, "Live in Berlin..."
Show Date: April 28, 2011
Location: New York City, NY
Venue: Apollo Theater
Live Nation is pleased to announce that Sting will perform in St. Petersburg this summer as a part of his critically-acclaimed Symphonicity world tour. Following sold-out performances across North America, Europe and Australia, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and band, conducted by Sarah Hicks. On June 16, 2011, the Symphonicity tour will appear at the opening of the XV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum at the Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia. This concert is a non-ticketed event and is free to the public.
Live Nation is pleased to announce that Sting will perform in Granada at the Plaza de Toros on July 15, 2011, along his critically-acclaimed Symphonicity world tour. Following sold-out performances across North America, Europe and Australia, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and band. The Fan Club presale will begin at 10AM (local time) on Tuesday, April 26. Legacy Fan Club members will be given a one hour advance window at the start of the presale followed by a presale to all members beginning at 11AM (local time). Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 29 at 10AM (local time).
Live Nation is pleased to announce that Sting will perform in Spain this summer as a part of his celebrated Symphonicity world tour. Following sold-out performances across North America, Europe and Australia, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and band. On July 13, 2011, the Symphonicity tour will appear at the Estadio de Gran Canaria in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. The Fan Club presale will begin at 10AM (local time) on Wednesday, April 20. Legacy Fan Club members will be given a one hour advance window at the start of the presale followed by a presale to all members beginning at 11AM (local time). Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 23 at 10AM (local time).