Matthew Morrison has long been known in Broadway circles, but more recently achieved wider recognition as part of the hit TV show Glee. Morrison got an early start on stage and honed his craft at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He even dabbled in the boy band LMNT before finding his place in Broadway stagings of Footloose and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
When John Waters' Hairspray was produced on stage, Morrison landed a role among the Grammy-winning cast. He even got a nod from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance as Link Larkin. In 2005, his handling of Fabrizio Nacarelli in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza earned a Tony Award nomination.
Soon enough, film and television projects were harkening. Guest spots on As the World Turns, Primary Colors, Music and Lyrics, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, and CSI: Miami started filling his resume. Back on stage, Morrison nabbed Drama Desk Award nomination for the Off-Broadway show 10 Million Miles in 2007.
After that, Morrison was cast in a Lincoln Center production of South Pacific. However, he had to leave the role due to being cast as Glee's Mr. Shuester in 2008. The show was a surprise smash, eventually breaking Elvis Presley's long-standing record of charting singles. In addition to its Billboard accolades, Glee has also racked up numerous Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations and wins.
Its success helped Morrison land a record deal with Mercury Records. Elton John and Gwyneth Paltrow even made appearances on his solo debut. The eponymous set dropped in May of 2011, followed by a solo tour.