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Matthew Morrison to get help from Elton John on debut album

10/11/2010 by Corinne Heller

Matthew Morrison speaks at Point Park University in Pennsylvania on Oct. 8, 2010. (Photo courtesy of youtube/user/theater325) Elton John is set to work with Matthew Morrison on the Glee  actor's debut album, but has not confirmed a future appearance on the hit FOX musical sitcom.

On the show, Morrison plays Will Schuester, or Mr. Schue, director of a high school glee club. He often performs for and with his students, who have covered songs from modern artists such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga as well as hits from Broadway, where Morrison once performed.

"I'm supposed to be doing something with Matthew Morrison for his album," John, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, told Entertainment Weekly, adding that the collaboration will likely happen later this month.

John also said that he is not set to appear on Glee any time soon. Glee's Britney Spears episode, which featured the pop singer herself as well as the cast reenacting some of her music videos, was watched by more than 13 million viewers on September 28, fetching the show its highest ratings since it debuted in 2009.

"I love Glee, but no, no, no," John said. "Of course, Id be into that. It's always great when someone covers your songs, no matter how good or bad the version is. You know, I started out as a songwriter, so I always get a kick out of that."

Glee has tackled topics deemed daring for a high school series. Racial, sexual and other controversial topics are spoken about candidly and with dry humor. Murphy told OnTheRedCarpet.com he would like an episode to deal with teen suicides, in wake of recent suicides by gay teenagers who were taunted by their peers.

Tim Gunn of Project Runway recently released a video detailing his own past teen suicide attempt and numerous celebrities have spoken out against bullying and have urged teenagers to seek help if they are thinking about killing themselves. Glee actor Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel, a gay student, is among the list of stars.

Speaking at Point Park University in Pennsylvania as part of a campaign tour for Democratic candidates for governor and senator, Morrison also condemned the recent bullying incidents that spurred gay teenagers to commit suicide.

"We need to respect people," he said. "Christian, Jewish, Muslim, gay, straight. We need to respect people. We can make a difference, not only in this election, but in our future."

Check out the fan-made video of Matthew Morrison speaking at Point Park University:


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