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Matthew Morrison's heart still belongs to the stage

December 11, 2010 | 11:29 am

Guess you can take the boy out of the theater, but you can't take the theater out of the boy. At least that's the case for Matthew Morrison of "Glee."

During an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Morrison discussed working on Broadway and how he prefers theater to television: "There's nothing like being onstage and having that interaction with an audience."

The actor also spoke about appearing onstage with Jill Clayburgh, who died last month at age 66. "We had the best relationship," he said. "She really was a mother figure to me." Morrison played Clayburgh's son in the Roundabout Theatre production of Richard Greenberg's "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way," which was commissioned by South Coast Repertory and had its premiere in Costa Mesa in 2005.

Oh, and for all those young, aspiring actors and actresses out there, slaving away in retail jobs while waiting for their big break -- hold on to your dream: Morrison used to fold shirts with the rest of the crew at the Gap -- and look where he is now.

-- Lisa Fung

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