Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast played its final performance on the road on July 19, 2016.

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After asking his parents non-stop over a year for tap lessons, Matt began dance class at the age of 8 years old. Story goes, his Father said, “Let’s find a class, enroll him, and in a few weeks it’ll be over and he will stop asking!” That was 48 years ago. A lot has happened since. Matt began working professionally at the age of 13, touring the United States as Peter Pan for the Walt Disney Company. When Matt outgrew his tights, Disney sent him to NYC as a member of Disney’s Kids of the Kingdom, performing a summer gig at Radio City Music Hall. From there, Matt went on to perform in many Broadway musicals including playing Bobby in A Chorus Line, a character he re-created in the film version directed by Sir Richard Attenborough. For his choreography of Disney’s first Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast, Matt received the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award along with London’s Olivier Award, New York’s Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critic’s Circle nominations. Beauty also received the Olivier Award for best new musical in the U.K. Matt choreographed the Broadway musicals Lestat, with music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and Mimi le Duck starring the great Eartha Kitt. Matt also choreographed the world premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, which debuted at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Other favorites: Little Shop of Horrors, Buenos Aires; The Wanderer, Tokyo’s Parco Theatre; The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan for Disney Home Video; The Nutcracker for the Disney Channel; and The Spectacular Fantasmic at Tokyo’s Disney Sea. Currently, Matt is directing and choreographing the 2016 opening entertainment of Disneyland in Shanghai, “World of Color” for Disney’s California Adventure, and the new Broadway-bound musical, Click. Matt dedicates this new Beauty to his Mom and Dad with the hope that they agree the tap lessons all those years ago were a good idea indeed.