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March 2015 - Open Ended Run

Matilda: The Musical, 1st National Tour

Matthew is music directing the 1st National Tour of Matilda: The Musical. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly. Matilda is based on Roald Dahl's children's novel of the same name.

Since it's West End premier in 2011, Matilda has been honored with seven Olivier Awards, four Tony Awards, a Tony for Excellence in the Theatre, two Outer Critic Circle Awards, five drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical) and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Matilda is also playing London's West End, Broadway, and will open in Sydney, Australia in August of 2015. Matthew Warchus (director), Thomas Caruso (associate director), Peter Darling (choreographer), Chris Nightingale (orchestrator and music supervisor), David Holcenberg (associate music supervisor).

Past Projects:

August 2013 - August 2014

Ghost: The Musical, National Tour

Matthew was on the road music directing the national tour of Ghost: The Musical. Book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, score by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The musical is based on 1990's hit movie of the same name.

The show had its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House in England in March of 2011 and opened on Broadway in April of 2012. The US National Tour opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in September of 2013 and closed in Las Vegas, Nevada in August of 2014, running just over 300 performances. Thomas Caruso (associate director), Ashley Wallen (choreographer), David Holcenberg (music supervisor).

December 2014

Mary Poppins

Matthew was in his home state of Maine music directing Mary Poppins for the Ogunquit Playhouse and the Music Hall of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

October 2014 - November 2014

Big Fish

Matthew was in California music directing the regional premiere of Big Fish at Musical Theater West. Book by John August and score by Andrew Lippa. The musical is based on Daniel Wallace’s novel and the 2003 film of the same name.

August 2014 - September 2014

The Witches Of Eastwick

Matthew was the associate music director for the Ogunquit Playhouse's new production of The Witches Of Eastwick. Book and lyrics by John Dempsey and score by Dana P. Rowe. The show is based on John Updike's novel of the same name.

July 2014

UCLA & US Performing Arts

Matthew worked with UCLA and US Performing Arts at their Summer Arts Camp for aspiring musical theatre performers.

December 2013 - January 2014

La Revue Des Ambassadeurs

Matthew took some time off from Ghost: The Musical to go to France to play the Cole Porter work La Revue Des Ambassadeurs at the Opéra de Rennes in Rennes, France. With Lisa Vroman, Katherine Strohmaier, David Engel, Doug La Brecque, Valéry Rodriguez, Chœur de l'Opéra de Rennes, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. Larry Blank (orchestrations and musical direction), Christophe Mirambeau, (conception), Patrick O’Neil and Antoine Lefort (additional orchestrations).

July 2013

I Do! I Do!

Matthew played second piano for Laguna Beach Playhouse's production of I Do! I Do! starring Davis Gaines and Vicki Lewis.

September 2012 - June 2013

Catch Me If You Can, National Tour

Matthew was on the road music directing the national tour of Catch Me If You Can. Score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman and book by Terrence McNally. Catch Me If You Can is based on Stephen Spielberg's 2002 movie which, in turn, is based on Frank Abagnale Jr.'s 1980 autobiography of the same name.

The National Tour opened in Providence, Rhode Island in September of 2012 and closed in Costa Mesa, California in June of 2013, running a total of 246 performances. Matt Lenz (associate director), Nick Kenkel (choreographer), Larry Blank (music supervisor).
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