Former RNC Chairman and MSNBC contributor Michael Steele didn’t mean to intrude, but when he saw “Glee’s” Darren Criss and Matthew Morrison at Saturday night’s MSNBC after-party at the Italian Embassy, he needed to get a picture.
“I love ‘Glee’ because it takes me back to a time when I was in Glee club,” Steele explained to Yeas & Nays after the quick photo session and chat had wrapped up. “And it opened a lot of doors for me and introduced me to musical theater, which I love.” Steele played Harold Hill in “The Music Man” in college. He was also in “Anything Goes,” and performed Shakespeare’s Macbeth “cowboy style.” “With boots and everything,” he laughed.
These days he identifies himself as a “Gleek.” “Yeah, I do, I do, I’ll admit it, I’ll admit it and, of course, seeing a lot of the stars here tonight from the show is kind of cool,” he said. “I record it every it every Tuesday cause usually I’m out doing stuff so I usually get to watch it over the weekend — I love it.”
(Photo -MSNBC partygoer Matthew Friedson flanked by “Glee’s” Darren Criss (left) and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele (right) (Photo by Nikki Schwab)