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Theater Buff: Matt Meigs from ‘Holiday Inn’

October 21st, 2016 Comments off

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?

Matt Meigs (Photo: Kait Winston via The Broadway Blog.)

Matt Meigs (Photo: Kait Winston via The Broadway Blog.)

Name:
Matt Meigs 

Hometown:
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 🙂

Matt Meigs (Photo: Curtis Brown via The Broadway Blog.)

Matt Meigs (Photo: Curtis Brown via The Broadway Blog.)

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.

Matt Meigs (Photo: Steven Truman Gray via The Broadway Blog.)

Matt Meigs (Photo: Steven Truman Gray via The Broadway Blog.)

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. 

My favorite website to visit that you may not have heard of is:
fivethirtyeight.com has been my entire life for this election cycle. Also, be sure to check out to injusticeboycott.com.

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.

Matt Meigs (Photo: Misha Shields via The Broadway Blog.)

Matt Meigs (Photo: Misha Shields via The Broadway Blog.)

Three to See: March

March 5th, 2016 Comments off

The 2015-16 season is kicking into high gear, with three unique musicals opening this month that are sure to catch your attention. Here are our top picks of what not to miss…

southern comfort

Southern Comfort
Transgender themes continue to prevail in 2016, with Southern Comfort as the latest theatrical endeavor to tackle the topic. Based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary, the new musical tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Tony-winning lyricist/composer of Falsettos William Finn calls Southern Comfort, “remarkable,” with a score that “mines the country’s heart, and unveils, along its way, surprising pathways to a new world.”

Southern Comfort
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
Opening night: March 7

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

She Loves Me
The Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season continues with a revival of She Loves Me, a beloved musical that served as inspiration for the hit film You’ve Got Mail. Scott Ellis directs a star-studded cast including Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Gavin Creel, Jane Krakowski, and Michael McGrath.

She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

She Loves Me
Studio 54
254 West 54th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 17

The cast of 'Bright Star' (Photo:  Joan Marcus - Kennedy Center production, via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Bright Star’ (Photo: Joan Marcus – Kennedy Center production, via The Broadway Blog.)

Bright Star
Grammy winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have teamed up to write a moving tapestry that tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago) directs.

Bright Star
Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 24

Three to See: January

January 4th, 2016 Comments off

The curtain rises on a new year of theatrical invention! What can we expect in 2016? … Plenty of drama. Here are our three picks for January. Buckle in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Royal Shakespeare CompanyRichard II
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and who better to commemorate one of the world’s most notable playwrights than The Royal Shakespeare Company? The company has presented KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings — a complete season cycle featuring Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V in repertoire, but Richard II stands alone January 7-10 with David Tennant in the title role. If you can’t jump the pond this weekend, mark your calendar for March 24 through May 1, when the production arrives at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Richard II
Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre
January 7 – 10
Brooklyn Academy of Music
March 24 – May 1

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
The temperature has finally dropped in New York City but things are heating up at New World Stages, where Maurice Hines showcases his legendary tap dancing and pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the performers who inspired him. Hines first appeared on Broadway in 1954 in the short-lived The Girl in the Pink Tights. Along for the ride are his protégés, The Manzari Brothers, and The Diva Jazz Orchestra, an all-female big band.

(l to r) Leo Manzari, Maurice Hines and John Manzari (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Leo Manzari, Maurice Hines and John Manzari (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
Opening night: January 11

The cast of 'Noises Off' (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Noises Off’ (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog.)

Noises Off
This hilarious backstage farce returns to Broadway for its third incarnation. The original 1983 production starred Victor Garber and Dorothy Louden. It was revived in 2001 and earned Katie Finneran a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. The Roundabout tackles this latest incarnation with the hilarious Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure, and Campbell Scott, among the cast. Hopefully the laugh-fest will endure.

Noises Off
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
Opening night: January 14

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo.

Review Round-Up: On The Twentieth Century

March 17th, 2015 Comments off
Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of "On The Twentieth Century" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of “On The Twentieth Century” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

 

The Roundabout’s much-anticipated revival of On The Twentieth Century opened on Sunday. What did critics think of this musical farce that follows a luxury coach traveling from Chicago to New York City? This is what the critics had to say…

OTTC Poster“In the theater, there is overacting, which is common and painful to watch. Then there’s over-the-moon acting, which is rare and occupies its own special cloud land in heaven. I am delighted to report that this latter art is being practiced in altitudinous-high style at the American Airlines Theater, where Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher are surfing the stratosphere in “On the Twentieth Century.

Scott Ellis’s ripping, lavishly appointed revival of this 1978 musical about dueling giant egos on a train between Chicago and New York — which opened on Sunday night in a Roundabout Theater Company production — knows that when it comes to being hyperbolic, there’s no people like show people.” The New York Times

“Next stop, Broadway musical bliss. That’s where the Roundabout revival of “On the Twentieth Century,” directed with verve by Scott Ellis, takes you. The setting for this fast-paced, flab-free screwball operetta by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green is a luxury coach en route from Chicago to New York in the 1930s. The stylish state-of-the-art locomotive by David Rockwell gleams in brilliant Art Deco glory. But that’s nothing compared to the practically nuclear glow that comes off Kristin Chenoweth, whose singular talent and skills are tailor-made for a role originated on Broadway in 1978 by Madeline Kahn.” New York Daily News

Andy Karl, Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher in "On The Twentieth Century" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Andy Karl, Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher in “On The Twentieth Century” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

“There are a million big reasons that On the Twentieth Century, the 1978 musical by Cy Coleman and Comden and Green, shouldn’t work today: It’s profoundly silly, tonally tricky, too big for the market, and a very hard sing. Indeed, the Roundabout’s delicious revival at the American Airlines crashes intermittently into most of those problems. But there’s nevertheless one small reason — about four-foot-eleven — it works anyway: Kristin Chenoweth. She is a comic genius in a role ideally suited to her gifts.” Vulture

“Scott Ellis’s dazzling production of “On the Twentieth Century” looks like one of those legendary Broadway musicals that exists largely in our collective memory of great shows we never saw. Like those phantom productions, this 1978 tuner comes with a fine pedigree (book & lyrics by Comden & Green, music by Cy Coleman), has been mounted in high style and is performed with manic energy by a super cast toplined by charismatic stars Kirsten Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher.  For a lot of us, this is the show of our dreams.” Variety

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE: “Virginia Woolf” & “Cyrano”

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

There were two big Broadway openings in the last week and just because I haven’t had a chance to see them, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Let’s see what the critics have to say:

Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Madison Dirks & Carrie Coons in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". Photo by Michael Brosilow.

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, the Edward Albee classic of marital gamesmanship returns to Broadway in a blistering Steppenwolf production starring Amy Morton (August: Osage County) and Tracy Letts (Pulitzer-winning playwright of August:Osage County).

“…the soul ache this superlative staging leaves behind is accompanied by a feeling far more emotionally enriching: the exhilaration of a fresh encounter with a great work of theater revitalized anew.” New York Times

“The story, in which two married couples share a boozy, increasingly unhinged night, has lost none of its power to keep an audience on edge.” New York Post

“These are both exciting, rich performances, and while they capture a different dynamic, they get the game-playing nature of Albee’s dialogue just right…” Variety

“In Letts’ and Morton’s capable hands, George and Martha emerge as historic icons, America’s first couple of passive-aggressive dysfunction.” Entertainment Weekly

Mizer’s Two Cents: I haven’t made it to the Broadway staging but I saw this production (with this same cast) when it was at the Arena Stage last year; I was astonished and riveted. Judging by the reviews, this sensational revival of a true American classic is still firing on all blazing cylinders.

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