It's a story of perseverance, luck, and talent...

A young actor graduates from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and eventually comes to New York. He gets himself an agent. What happens next to some may appear only in a dream, but with confidence, and as he puts it "preparation meeting opportunity," he auditions and gets the lead in a national production of a well known show. He has since claimed the role as his on Broadway with critical acclaim. One New York critic said, "For the first time in the show's six year run, the lead is actually more interesting than the doomed Kim or the reptilian Engineer." He makes his Broadway debut at the Broadway Theater as Chris in Miss Saigon.

Matt's interest in theater was cultivated by a high school teacher in Ohio. He participated, not only in high school productions, but in a boys quartet. He and his classmates went to musical state and choir contests.

Matt also participated in the very popular and well respected Fred Waring's U.S. Chorus over the summers. Matt says, "I knew I enjoyed acting but didn't know if I could make a living doing it or even if it was something I wanted to d after high school."

Well, after seven years in the profession, we know the answer to that question. Matt has, with the support of friends and family, made a place for himself in the theater industry. Matt's previous credits include work at the Goodspeed Opera House, Music Theater of Wichita, and Theater-by-the-Sea. Favorite roles include Tony in West Side Story,Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Ferdinand in The Tempest, Talthybius in Trojan Women, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, and Cain/Japheth in Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden.

I met up with Matt recently in his dressing room at the Broadway Theater:

EF - First question, Did you always want to be in musicals?

MB - I am interested in both musicals and straight dramas. I happen to sing so I cultivated that. I'm very interested in straight plays but just haven't had the opportunity to take part. There is a lot more work in musical theater. Musicals sell so well. I love straight theater though. I love what a play can do. It is very powerful. I happen to be in musical theater because I've been lucky enough to have been chosen to play this role and I'm just enjoying it while I can.


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