Bogart will portray the role through Oct. 13 while Adam Pascal — who originated the part on Broadway — is on vacation. Bogart's official website also reveals that the actor's contract with the Elton John/Tim Rice musical ends Nov. 17 and he will not be renewing, so this may be the last chance to catch the actor in the long-running musical at the Palace Theatre.
Bogart's debut solo recording, "Simple Song," will also be available beginning Oct. 1. The JAY Records disc — on sale at amazon.com — features such tunes as "Proud Lady," "A Simple Song," "Elaborate Lives," "Her Face," "Being Alive," "Why God Why?," "Soliloquy," "I Could Write a Book" and "Everybody Says Don't."
October will be an especially busy month for the actor-singer, who will perform in concert on Oct. 7 as part of the Broadway Spotlight Series at the Ars Nova Theatre (511 West 54th Street). Show time is 7:30 PM, and reservations may be made by calling (212) 206-1515. Bogart will also take part in the York Theatre Company's benefit concert performance of I Sing! on Monday, Oct. 14. Tickets to the evening, which begins at 8 PM, are priced between $35 and $75. Call (212) 935-5820 for reservations.
Bogart, recently seen as Paul in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Company, has starred on Broadway in Aida, The Civil War, Miss Saigon and Smokey Joe's Cafe. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, the actor has appeared in regional productions of Carousel and Side Show. For more information, go to www.mattbogart.com. Aida — at the Palace Theatre — features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang, sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, choreography by Wayne Cilento and direction by Robert Falls. The current company includes Felicia Finley as Amneris and Simone as Aida. The Palace Theatre is located at Broadway and 47th Street, and tickets are available by calling the Disney hotline, (212) 307-4747.