Matthew Morrison took the stage on December 9 in NBC’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas live musical, and Twitter absolutely erupted.
Let me start this off by saying Morrison is a talented performer. That being said, this live musical had a lot stacked against it: (1) people’s love for Jim Carrey as the Grinch; (2) the internet’s newfound obsession with ripping Morrison’s Glee character, Will Schuester; and (3) the fact it’s 2020. A Morrison-led Grinch musical didn’t stand a chance of going by under the radar. The Twitter reactions flooded almost the second the show started, and they didn’t let up.
If you missed the performance, check out this first-look video posted before the broadcast. It may help give context to all the hilarious Twitter reactions.
“When Matthew Morrison started speaking directly to the camera my soul left my body #GrinchMusical,” added another.
Morrison gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly before the How the Grinch Stole Christmas live musical premiered and said he drew inspiration from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. “I took a lot from Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in Joker, just going down those steps, like loose and [reveling in] abandon and just carefree and raw. I really felt like that was how the Grinch would dance,” he said. This was yet another card stacked against the production.
“The story of the Grinch is so relatable,” Morrison also told EW. “At this moment in time with everyone feeling loneliness and isolation, probably a lot of people are feeling a little Grinch-y this year. It was just the right part and the right time, and those were among many more reasons to do this show.”
I have to agree with one Twitter user above. The show was worth a watch—because of all the iconic memes it generated.