07 Oct 2002
Part of the Broadway Spotlight Series, which recently presented Into the Woods' Chad Kimball and Aida's Felicia Finley, Bogart will kick off the evening with a 7:30 PM show and Menzel will take to the theatre's intimate stage at 9 PM.
Gordon Greenberg, artistic director of the Spotlight Series, recently explained, "This is an incredible opportunity to see some of Broadway's most exciting young talent as individual performers in an up-close and personal environment. For about the cost of a movie, audiences get a completely original evening with a major talent. We are committed to offering this sort of an intimate platform to performers, composers and lyricists who wish to explore new material in a comfortable setting."
Matt 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.
Idina Menzel, who appeared in the one-night-only concert version of Funny Girl in September, made her Broadway debut as Maureen in the original Broadway company of Jonathan Larson's Rent. She also starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Wild Party and the City Center Encores! presentation of Hair. Menzel, whose solo album — "Still I Can't Be Still" — is available on CD, was last on The Great White Way as Amneris in Aida. The Ars Nova Theater is located at 511 W. 54th Street in New York City. Tickets are priced at $12 and are available, cash only, at the door. For reservations and information, call (212) 206-1515 or go on-line to www.SmartTix.com.
—By Andrew Gans