Matt Doyle Shares His Cherished Theatregoing Experiences

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Which Tony winner does Doyle call “a legend and a master of her craft?”
Matt Doyle
Matt Doyle Luke Fontana

Matt Doyle, whose Broadway credits include War Horse and The Book of Mormon, is currently playing Tony in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of the classic American musical West Side Story, which continues at the New Jersey venue through June 26. Here, the singing actor recalls the performances that most affected him as part of the audience.

Bill Irwin in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Kathleen Turner and Bill Erwin in <i>Who&#39;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf</i>?
Kathleen Turner and Bill Erwin in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Carol Rosegg

I have always been a massive fan of Bill. I couldn’t respect him more. I followed his clowning work and idolized him through high school before seeing him in this masterful performance. 

Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sutton Foster in <i>Thoroughly Modern Millie</i>
Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie Joan Marcus

We were all pretty blessed to have witnessed this one. I had never seen a musical theater performance so utterly open and free before her Millie. So playful and utterly fearless. Shook me to the core.

Jefferson Mays in I Am My Own Wife

Jefferson Mays in I Am My Own Wife
Jefferson Mays in I Am My Own Wife Photo by Joan Marcus

I followed this one around the globe. Was fortunate enough to see this performance on Broadway, in San Francisco and in London. I may have been unable to speak to him when I met him years later. #fangirl

Kelli O’Hara in The King and I

Kelli O&#39;Hara in <i>The King and I</i>
Kelli O'Hara in The King and I Paul Kolnik

Well, Kelli in general. Her Clara in Light in The Piazza is up there for me as well…but I truly had never understood Hello, Young Lovers so deeply until I heard Kelli sing it. I sobbed. Yep. Third row, sobbing like a baby.

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time

Alex Sharp in <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i>
Alex Sharp in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Joan Marcus

Marianne Elliott is a dear friend of mine. What she created here is something I’ll never forget. The show also more than solidified my talent crush (okay, crush in general) on Steven Hoggett. A couple of geniuses at their best. 

Anthony Rapp in Rent

Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in <i>Rent</i>
Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in Rent Joan Marcus

One of the first Broadway shows I ever saw. I was just a kid and the original cast was still there. The show and Anthony’s guttural and visceral performance inspired me to go try out for my local community theater. 

The Light In The Piazza

Victoria Clark in <i>The Light in the Piazza</i>
Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza Joan Marcus

Adam Guettel…come back. Write everything. This score. These performances. Every note. Every nuance. Victoria Clark…Just typing about it gives me chills. 

Sunday in the Park With George (Roundabout)

The cast of Roundabout&#39;s <i>Sunday in the Park With George</i>
The cast of Roundabout's Sunday in the Park With George Joan Marcus

I saw this production more times than I’m willing to admit. When George turned around to see the blank canvas at the end and gasped, so did I. Technically brilliant production backed by an amazing cast. Jenna Russell’s Dot was phenomenal.

Doubt

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Heather Goldenhersh and Cherry Jones in Doubt Joan Marcus

I was heading off to drama school when I saw this production. Needless to say, I arrived very inspired after seeing it. Cherry Jones rocked my world.

Rachel Tucker in The Last Ship

Rachel Tucker and Michael Esper in <i>The Last Ship</i>
Rachel Tucker and Michael Esper in The Last Ship Joan Marcus

I loved The Last Ship. Hoggett’s choreography was brilliant as always, and Sting’s score moved me to tears.  It was right up my alley. I fell madly in love with Rachel Tucker, though. "If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor" is still on loop on my iPhone. 

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Autumn de Wilde

I could list…but we’d be here a while, and what am I going to say that hasn't been said before? She’s a genius. Every time I think I’ve seen her do it all, she surprises me again. 

John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and The Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell in <i>Hedwig and The Angry Inch</i>
John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and The Angry Inch Photo by Joan Marcus

One of my favorite scores ever written. I didn’t have the privilege of seeing the original production, but I was so moved by Michael Mayer’s incredible direction in the recent revival. I saw nearly every Hedwig that went in…and, of course, I was stunned by John’s unbelievable work. 

Betty Buckley in Grey Gardens

Betty Buckley in <i>Grey Gardens</i>
Betty Buckley in Grey Gardens Lenny Stucker

Had the pleasure of working with Betty on Grey Gardens last summer. She’s a legend and a master of her craft. Although I won’t be able to join her this summer, if you’re in the LA area, you’re not going to want to miss this. Heartbreaking, honest and fully realized. 

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