Theater Buff: Matt Meigs from ‘Holiday Inn’
Every month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. This month we’re chatting with Matt Meigs, who is currently appearing in Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical at Studio 54. Who wouldn’t want to dance “cheek to cheek” with this charmer?
Huntsville, Alabama. Oh yeah.
Holiday Inn is a fresh, new musical using the songs of Irving Berlin – do you have a favorite Irving Berlin tune?
“Moonshine Lullaby,” probably.
This is Denis Jones’ second Broadway musical as choreographer – how would you describe his style for this piece?
I am completely in love with Denis’s choreography and leadership. I’m always excited to see what he comes up with. He runs the gamut in this one. We get to tap dance while we jump rope, serve some Latin moves, do a beautiful partner waltz, give a snazzy jazz number, and of course, lovely throwbacks to classic musical theater movement.
The show takes place in Connecticut, away from the bustle of New York City. Where would you go to escape and unwind, and why?
I’ve recently come to adore a sort of no-holds-barred vacationing. In January, I went backpacking by myself without reservations or set plans for six weeks in Bolivia, Perú, Belize, and Guatemala. Next, I want to spend 3 months traveling Southeast Asia. Four shirts, three pants, one me 🙂
If I wasn’t a performer, I would be:
I was insanely close to being a computer programmer of some sort. Luckily, one school thought I had the performing chops, and I had to take the leap!
Places, Intermission or Curtain Call?
Intermission is my jam. I’ve got a high from the show, but definitely not tired yet.
The best post-show cocktail in New York City is at:
Bea (403 West 43rd Street). They’ve got a nice wine list and plenty of craft cocktails. (The Broadway Blog recommends The Gypsy Load, with aged rum, pomegranate syrup, lime juice and bitters.)
After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to:
I mean, nothing beats the High Line. But maybe that’s too traditional now? So, after that, go to Amateur Night at the Apollo!!
If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be:
Hawaii can take me any day of the week.
My workout “secret” is:
Just get there. That’s the only challenge, really.
When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than:
A real reader who has a kickass smile.
People would be surprised to learn that I . . .
Lose my keys/wallet probably twice a week or so.
When I was 10, I wanted to be just like:
Jennifer Garner in Alias.
Ten years from now I’d like to be:
Married, own a dog, and have a house upstate.
Holiday Inn is playing at Studio 54 through January 17, 2017.