Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bye Bye Birdie


Although this hardly seems to be "news" to anyone, I can finally announce that I will indeed be a part of the upcoming revival of Bye Bye Birdie. I will be playing Hugo Peabody.

Playbill Article

I've known about my involvement in the production since late January. I was also a part of the workshop done in September 2007.

I am really excited about this show. Hugo is a blast to play. I had so much fun when we did the workshop. He is completely neurotic and insecure, but also full of heart and sincerity. It will be interesting to re-explore the role in this revival. The show has never been revived since the 1960 production and there are a lot of possibilities for making this a fresh and bold return. We have an incredible creative team on board including the show's original lyricist, Lee Adams, and original composer, Charles Strouse. It is an honor to work with the both of them.

The show will be going up in the brand-new Henry Miller Theatre! Which I'm also very excited about! Not only is the theatre completely renovated and beautiful, but it is also Broadway's first "Green" theatre. We can entertain and be environmentally friendly all at once. :)

I think the not-for-profit aspect of Roundabout shows make their productions even more collaborative and interesting. It's less about commercialism and politics and more about a group of people, who have a love for a show, coming together and having fun. We have a great cast. The immensely talented, Allie Trimm will be playing Kim. For once, I'm grateful I look like Bambi. (A nickname of mine from LAMDA)

Another serious draw to the project for me was the fact that Bill Irwin will be playing the role of Mr. MacAfee. Bill is a personal hero of mine. From the first time I saw him clowning around on the Cosby show when I was a kid, to his breathtaking performance in Waiting for Godot (which I saw last week), I've always looked up to him. It was wonderful working with him during the workshop. His Mr. MacAfee is brilliant. I cannot believe I get to share the stage with him.

See you all in September when the show's previews begin.

48 Comments:

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Congrats, Matt (officially!). Hope you have a blast with it.

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see the show. You're going to be great.

 
At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! That is amazing Matt! I've missed Spring Awakening over the past couple of months but this is amazing and I could not be happier for you! Can't wait to see it in September. Ah! CAN'T WAIT! :D
xoxo-alexandra!

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger Psychopathic Sanity said...

congrats to you! sounds like it'll be fabulous, =D

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

Congratulations, Matt! I'm so pumped for this revival, and thrilled you'll be a part of it! You're going to be great! :)

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Congrats, Matt! Can't wait!

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous coolchica said...

Yay!!

But Allie's only 14 :) ahaha

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Meaghan said...

Congratulations Matt! I cannot wait to see the show. I was very excited for the revival and now with the casting and you at Hugo I am Ectatic :) Have fun!!
-Meaghan

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger emily emazing said...

OH MY GOD. I will absolutely be there in Sept. Congratulations!

 
At 11:24 PM, Blogger Sarah Marie said...

Congratulations...That is so exciting. Glad we will be able to see you performing on stage once again!!!

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger alycemurphy said...

Congratulations! I hope I can come and see you, I'm sure you'll be incredible. I'm glad you'll be on Broadway again.

 
At 12:26 AM, Blogger Vance said...

YAY!!! You AND Allie Trimm? I'm in heaven!!!

 
At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Jaymee said...

Cast is looking pretty epic! Congratulations on the part -- you're gonna be awesome. :)

 
At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Julia said...

Echoing the congratulations! I was in the ensemble for our school production last year. Yay, screaming myself hoarse as a Conrad groupie? :D

 
At 1:10 AM, Blogger sadie said...

This is such great news, I LOVE Bye Bye Birdie! Well, the movie anyway. But I've heard that Hugo in the Broadway production doesn't have any songs? Is this true? I was thinking maybe they'd try to incorporate some things from the film because Hugo does do some singing in that.

And to echo everyone else's sentiments, CONGRATULATIONS! I think I have a group planning to come down opening night! :)

 
At 2:45 AM, Blogger heavenlikethis said...

I'm so happy for you. You know I'll be there in September. Enjoy it!

 
At 3:16 AM, Anonymous falcon82 said...

congrats :D

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Felicia said...

Congrats Matt!
A little jealous you get to work with john stamos!!!! haha
This is random...but..do you know if it is jacqui polk in the pic your posted?..all the way to the right?..it looks just like her. hahaha..sort of.

 
At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Jessica said...

Congratulations Matt! I can't wait to see you on stage again. And the cast sounds fantastic.

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Melrose said...

Yay Matt!! Congratulations! I cannot wait to see it. It's going to be amazing. Have an awesome time!!
-- Melrose

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Arielle Rachel said...

Hey Matt!

Congrats on this exciting news! It's nice to finally know what one of the reasons I'll be heading back to NYC this fall is.

Happy Belated Birthday, too! Seeing Hair definitely seems like a great gift - I met someone this weekend who went for standing room, he was raving!

Have you seen Next to Normal yet? It was brilliant!

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger electric_purple said...

this is so great! congratulations!!! you are totally perfect for the part!

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Kaitlin said...

Congratulations Matt! I can't wait to see it. I'll definitely be there.

 
At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Matt! I can't wait to see you on stage again, i'll definitely be there in September!

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous NCanada said...

congratulations! you're going to be amazing!

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger emmy said...

Congrats, Matt.

 
At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Congrats, Matt! I love Bye Bye Birdie and I hope I get to see the revival!

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Congrats Matt! I will be in New York in October and I look forward to seeing it!!

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for this.

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

congrats!!
can't wait to see it!!

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger ATUgirl said...

Wow. I saw that...probably around 5 years ago when my cousin did a production. I found it so enjoyable and I really hope I can see it while you're still in it.

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Morgan said...

Im going to be original and congratulate you on officially announcing it, ok maybe not so original! But none the less congrats!

It is shaping up to be a GREAT cast and I can't wait to see it!

and yes, Happy Belated Birthday!

 
At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so excited....

And I just can't hide it!

Congrats on the great role. Hopefully you'll have some singing to do.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger xx-kisskiss-xx said...

I will most certainly be there to cheer you on!

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Congrats!

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger Angelo Jasa said...

Congratulations Matt :) Break a leg :)

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be absolutely amazing Matthew Doyle.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Erin Meskill said...

Take one of my favorite actors and add one of my favorite shows and nothing could get me more excited for the upcoming fall and my auditions for schools in the city!! Congratulations!!! :)

-Erin

 
At 4:26 AM, Blogger -Seabass said...

No broken legs?
Break a Leg!

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Alex Dorward said...

Baaahahaha. Ohhh Hugo, what a little neurotic bastard.
Congratulations! It's too bad that we won't hear you on the cast recording, but GOOD LUCK!

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger David Brothers said...

Fantastic news!! I can't wait to see/hear how the show has been updated. I guess you got "A Lot of Livin' to Do"!

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger Caseyy xo said...

CONGRATULATIONS! from seeing you three times in SA, to watching you week to week on gossip girl, i'm so happy i can finally see you in a starring role :] you're so talented and lucky, and you definitely deserve this. congrats again, and best of luck! let us know when tickets are on sale as soon as possible!

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Matt! Congrats!
I just wanted to let you know that the Canadian Premiere of Bare begins on july 17! It should be amazing, as its an amazing show already!

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Ienne said...

that's so awesome! I love Bye Bye Birdie! A big congratumalayshuns to you, Matt!

ooh!
btw, check out this singer called Joanna Wang, she's like the taiwanese Norah Jones, some of her songs are in english though. I was listening to her and was reminded of some of the artists you put up in your blog haha

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Sophie said...

Is it really Caitlin K and Krista P in the poster? I don't believe it!

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

Congrats Matt! This was one of my first musicals. Can't wait to see your take on it!

 
At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Havah said...

Hello Matt Doyle,
was it hard to Hugo Peabody?

 

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