I have to be honest. When I think of glee club director Will Schuester, the first thoughts that come to mind are him singing such 90s classics as Bust A Move, Ice Ice Baby or (the more recent) Kanye’s Gold Digger. Seriously, how many songs can one white guy rap?
But just like showrunner Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison actually has some pretty legit Broadway triple-threat cred.
Get this: before coming to Glee, the 31-year-old actor played a role that I, personally, never saw coming.
You remember Hairspray – that movie musical that came out a couple of years ago? Plus size girl who loves to sing and dance … her mom was played by John Travolta in drag? (There’s a link to a photo of the DVD cover here.)
Anyway, the male love interest in the show was played by Zac Efron. (Back in the middle of that whole High School Musical craze, before anyone had even heard of Robert Pattinson or Twilight).
Efron, with all his prettyboy charisma; hair slicked back all sleek and Elvis-y, played Link Larkin – the most popular kid in school, who sang and danced on daily local TV for The Corny Collins Show.
You may have heard that Hairspray was a play on Broadway before it was turned into the 2007 movie musical. Any guesses as to who played Efron’s Link on Broadway?
The video is kind of low quality. But you can totally tell its him.
As someone who bought the Hairspray soundtrack and swooned over every sweet, sweet word to come out of Efron’s beautiful lips (Please. It was three whole years ago. I was 19. Practically a child), I find it absolutley hilarious to listen to the same words coming out of the mouth of one briar patch-haired Mr. Schue.
Full disclosure – I really liked Will Schuester at the beginning of the season, but then he 1)was a jerk to Terri; 2)broke Emma’s heart; 3)made out with Idina Menzel while supposedly still in love with Emma; 4)was a total jerk to Sue in that one episode when she was actually starting to be nice – so I’m really not a big fan of the Schuester right now.
Ergo … let’s watch some YouTube clips of Sue making fun of his hair.