Friday, August 07, 2009

Lookin Ahead

I think Joe's Pub is going to be a really great show. I can't help being a little stressed over making sure everything will come together, but things are looking really good. My Musical Director, Jodie Moore, kicks ass. She's really laid back and excited about the music we're doing. The 27th is not sold out yet, so there is still time to buy your tickets!

After losing sleep over the set list, I think I've finally come to a really nice place with it. I wanted to pick songs that had inspired me growing up, but also songs that told strong stories and translated well into the Joe's Pub atmosphere. There will be Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and...Hair? Yup. I won't be singing Disney and Sondheim, but there will be a couple musical theatre songs as well. I have a feeling people will be very excited about the song I will be singing with Wesley Taylor. I'm planning on touching on a few of the past projects that I've worked on, but the evening will mostly be "A NIGHT OF SOUL"...(That's for you, Liz).

I can definitely promise that I will sing "Left Behind." I wanted to have a song from Spring Awakening in the set. Since "Left Behind" was the first song I learned for the show when I auditioned THREE years ago (I really can't believe that), I thought it was the right choice. I can also say that Alice Lee and I will be singing "Falling Slowly" from the film, "Once."

I've done a little bit of press for the show and one of the articles recently came out. Kevin Scott Hall from Edge Magazine runs a fantastic feature on Cabarets in New York City. He contacted me to find out a bit more about the evening I'm planning. That photo seems to haunt me forever (18 years old with a euro-mullet) but I was so thrilled he included me in the article. Kevin on Kabaret

Bye Bye Birdie continues to go well. I'm really inspired by the creative team and how excited everyone around me is. Bill Irwin is one of the kindest guys on the planet and watching him completely reinvent Mr. MacAfee is amazing.

Off to rehearsal!

31 Comments:

At 4:07 PM, Anonymous L said...

Almost funny to hear that you've stressed about it - you can sing the phone book and noone will leave disappointed. To hear you sing anything is a treat!

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog made me 10x more excited than I already was. "Falling Slowly" with Alice? Perfect. Hair? Perfect. "Left Behind" too? You make brilliant choices.

 
At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry... Did you just use Disney and Sondheim in the same sentence, as if they had equal footing? Blasphemy!

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Matt Doyle said...

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At 6:48 PM, Blogger Matt Doyle said...

Yes, but I just meant that's not the kind of music I'll be singing. As in "Sante Fe" and "Giants in the Sky." Both favorites of mine!

I'm not putting either of them down! And hey, great composers like Alan Menken have written for Disney, too!

 
At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, Disney is great for what it is, but it seems your fingertips might start bleeding from typing the two words so close together. Actually, I'd pay good money to hear you sing either or both of those songs.

 
At 7:24 PM, Anonymous (a different) Anonymous said...

^Is this really the place to have an argument? He obviously didn't mean it the way you thought.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Matt, I'm so excited for this! It's going to be fantastic. And now you've got me majorly curious as to what song you're doing with Wes. I assume neither of you will be sporting German accents for the song, which is a shame, but I suppose Joe's Pub is not the ideal place for Disney songs or German accents. =P

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't aware we were having an argument. I think that is a pretty ridiculous statement regarding the discussion, actually. God forbid someone would disagree with him about something...He is an adult. He can take it.

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Matt Doyle said...

LOL AAAAaaaaallllright this is done. I mean no harm :)

 
At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Peter said...

You should have another concert the Columbus Day long weekend... since I won't be back in town until then.

...just saying =]]

 
At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Ammie said...

im holding out on getting a twitter so im commenting on the the otter video here aha animals never cease to amaze me. i definitely 'awed' out loud when he grabbed her paw :) thnx for sharing!

 
At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Michelle said...

If I weren't starting classes on the 27th, I would buy my ticket right now :( Falling Slowly is a gorgeous song - great choice!

 
At 7:52 AM, Blogger chiroro said...

Oh my god, you and Alice Lee singing "Falling Slowly" is going to be so amazing. If I didn't live in California and have school, I would buy a ticket to this show.

You are quite the brilliant choice maker by the way :)

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Jen said...

I'm so excited! Brilliant song choices! :)

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please let the wondering public, who weren't able to get tickets the 17th, know what song you will be singing with Wesley Taylor?

Ps-I hope people will be recording these, or I might cry.

 
At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Whitney said...

My sister moves into NYU on the 30th and I am TORTURING my parents trying to get us to head up to the city on the 27th so I can be there. I so hope I will be. It sounds like it is going to be incredible!

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger sadie said...

Really excited for the show! I've talked to some people & I've heard that Joe's Pub allows cameras so I'm hoping to bring my mom's fancy HD video camera. Hope that's ok! I've never been to Joe's but ideally I'd like to take a nice video for my friends that can't make it.

 
At 5:20 AM, Blogger L. Millena said...

Old news, but I just recently got into the whole Bare experience and I've fallen asleep to your voice for the past few days, each time finding something new and exciting to remember why I fell in love with the story, the music, and the album vocals. While I wasn't able to obtain a copy of the physical cd/dvd ablum, I caught bits and pieces off youtube and the commentary you provided further expanded my appreciation for your talent and delivery.

Thank you for your desire, your drive, and your passion that illicit similar sentiments in the people whom are fortunate enough to experience it.

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger VampLestat said...

Just read the article about you on Kevin on Kabaret. I didn't know who Nick Adams was, but I did youtube him. Kevin seems to be having a dilemma on what he wants to see or should see on the 17th.

All i have to say is that Nick Adams, in no way, can compare to your vocals. I would definitely see you!

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Cee said...

I really hope you do another show soon...every day I get a little more upset that I can't make it to the Joe's Pub ones. Your set choices are perfect, I'm so sad I can't be there! And I'd just like to say, if you ever did a live recording of a show or even a studio recording, I have no doubt it would sell, *cough cough*...

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous L said...

Listening to "Broadway" by Rob Blackledge & thinking the song would sound brilliant in your voice.

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still crossing my fingers for a Wes/Matt/Alice "Black Boys" trio from Hair, but apparently this is just wishful thinking.

 
At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please allow filming during your show? There is no possible way of my making your show and I want to so badly!

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Felicia said...

I just bought my tickets! Will be there the 27th and am soo excited! I can't wait to see you perform!
Felicia

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

You sing the hell out of Sam Cooke's "A Change..." (which just happens to be one of my top 5 favorite songs of all time). Wish I could make the evening...but I'm sure there will be others.

Have a blast & break a leg!

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Aww I really wish I could see it. Sounds like it's going to be great.

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Brigid said...

Few words can express how excited I am for this show. I initially didn't think I'd have any chance at going when I first heard about it, but then my friend was like "It's 2 days before your 18th birthday, and we're not gonna miss this." So we figured it out and I could not be more excited. Best birthday present EVER. :-) Only one more week!!!!!

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

If anyone has an extra ticket to Monday's show, I would be forever in your debt. PLEASE!!!!

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger actor182xc said...

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At 12:20 AM, Blogger actor182xc said...

It is so great to hear about your next gig, I saw you in spring awakening a while back, but just came across this when i was looking at things going on at Joe's Pub. You are truely an inspiration for young aspiring artists, like myself. Thank you for all you do. It would be great to hear back, but I can understand how busy things must be for you! Thanks
-Mitchell Canfield

 

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