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Taylor Trensch Leaving Bare for Matilda
Posted by taylor_kras 2012-12-19 15:27:58


According to the cast list announced, Taylor will be in Matilda. It's not going up for a while and maybe Bare will be closed by then, but if not, that means there will be an opening. Any dream Peters?

Taylor Trensch Leaving Bare for Matilda
Posted by dave1606 2012-12-19 15:42:14


How is he still getting work? His performance in bare was one of the most grating I have ever sat through. Off-key notes, and horrendous acting.

Anyone else is a dream Peter.

Personally I would like Alex Wyse to take over the role.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-19 16:56:48


I agree, no doubt that he'll have a longer run (and substantially better pay) with Matilda.

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Posted by shrekster224 2012-12-19 17:42:59


Seriously, how is he still getting work?? Pretty sure he was remarked as tone-deaf in some of the harsher reviews.

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Posted by LizzieCurry 2012-12-19 17:50:12


Wow. I really liked him in the Spring Awakening tour. (I haven't really familiarized myself with Bare yet.)

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Posted by furry_bean915 2012-12-19 19:35:36


ALEX WYSE has my vote.

Sorry for the caps, I just got excited.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-19 20:09:43


I saw him in the Joe Iconis Christmas show at 54 Below and he was underwhelming. Who is he playing in Matilda? Aren't the kids in the show pretty darn young? He doesn't look that young...?

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Posted by TrChSpHa 2012-12-19 20:18:55


Older kid probably.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-19 20:44:15


And Gabriel Eppert as the Dad? He seems super young.

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Posted by seaweedjstubbs 2012-12-19 21:18:39


RippedMan - In London, some of the older members of the ensemble play children alongside the younger kids, like in this song:

http://youtu.be/jTIvRSyFDQU

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-19 23:53:44


Those kids are young though. Taylor is like a 20-something year old?

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-20 00:02:59


I saw him tonight. Wow. Talk about tone deaf and miscast!

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Posted by seaweedjstubbs 2012-12-20 00:07:42


Did you watch the whole video RippedMan? Towards the end, adults dressed like the kids come out and finish the song with them. They do the same thing in the middle of this song as well. http://youtu.be/u4zVYd4ir9E

Also, they didn't mention who is playing Matilda's older brother. I could see Taylor playing him. I'm guessing that's who he's playing, or he's an understudy/swing.

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Posted by somethingwicked 2012-12-20 00:14:27


Taylor is indeed playing Matilda's older brother.

Taylor Trensch Leaving Bare for Matilda
Posted by wonderfulwizard11 2012-12-20 00:40:30


That would work then, as Michael really doesn't sing at all.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-20 00:40:46


Oh okay cool. I've no problem with that then. I was like, that's going to look really weird .

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Posted by THDavis 2012-12-20 11:17:28


I feel like I'm the only one who saw a performance of bare where Taylor wasn't off-pitch at all... And I'm not tone deaf, either

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Posted by guettboy 2012-12-20 11:21:16


I liked Taylor too. His singing was fine, but it didn't matter -- he is a funny, sensitive actor.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-20 11:22:49


Yeah, his singing didn't really matter. He was only the lead in a musical.

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Posted by dave1606 2012-12-20 12:00:37


I thought his acting was far worse than his singing.

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Posted by THDavis 2012-12-20 16:00:00


His acting seemed pretty spot-on for the way he chose to play Peter. Not saying I like this new awkward/nerdy Peter, but I thought he played it off pretty well. I don't know, maybe it looked different past the front row. And I wouldn't say I thought his singing was good, necessarily, but he fulfilled all of the requirements for the role at my performance, at least.

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Posted by Roscoe 2012-12-20 16:40:45


The performance I sat through half of featured some really tone-deaf singing from Mr. Trensch. I thought he was just having an off day, but it seems to be a pretty serious problem. Does he not have to sing in MATILDA?

Not that I care about MATILDA, it looks like HARRY POTTER AND THE BITCH OF LIVING.

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Posted by altaryourmind 2012-12-22 03:03:13


@THDavis - no you were not the only one - I saw him in previews on Dec 3 and he was on key all night. Did I think he had the strongest voice...no, but it weirdly seemed to fit with this version of Peter. There were some moments that I felt like he was behind the music and sometimes rushed, but I really felt as if a lot of that was the lyric changes and trying to shove too many words in a line when it didn't fit. He has a quirkiness about him that I can see would turn off a lot of people, however I found it endearing and actually drew me into his character more. I found him very funny.
Jordan - I understand your remark about only be a lead in a musical and agree in theory, but since the updated concept of this show was to do more book work for the characters and move away from the pop opera venue, to me it made the singing only half of it. (but you might not have liked his acting either)

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Posted by tourboi 2012-12-23 00:25:25


I think Taylor may just be mis-cast in BARE. His Moritz in SPRING AWAKENING remains one of my favorite takes on the role.

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Posted by guettboy 2012-12-23 02:42:55


when is he leaving? who is taking over? Anyone know anything?

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Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-12-23 08:24:48


"Any dream Peters?"

Bernadette?

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-23 08:35:27


Does his replacement stage door? Will he sign my copy of Post Sceret?!

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-23 13:46:00


I don't think it makes it a good performance if you're aware of him being behind or ahead of the music. That means you were taken out of the show and noticing the mechanics of the performance. That's not a good thing. Nor do I think it's a compliment to say "his singing didn't matter" - in terms of what? Meaning you loved the show so it doesn't matter if he can sing or not? My question is why was he chosen? Are there not super skinny awkward kids who can actually sing that could play the role? He wasn't really part of any of the workshops, so why not take some of those kids?

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Posted by LayerBoy4 2012-12-23 14:14:43


I caught the show last Friday expecting the worst on all accounts and actually thoroughly enjoyed myself. Taylor was in great voice, only wavering in pitch a little in the first moments after "Are You There" when he was, quite understandably, a little tired. Never was truly off key though, and recovered quickly. I have a feeling Taylor (and the rest of the cast) was probably pretty tired during preview performances when they were still rehearsing during the day. The lyric and script changes were pretty rapid, so I'm sure those day rehearsals weren't easy.

That all being said, Friday after opening Taylor was in great voice, and I really enjoyed his performance as an actor. I think he's charming, and his vocal performance aligns well with his performance as an actor. I also think he makes the re-written role of 'Peter' particularly likeable, in spite of the script stacking the odds against him. Peter and Jason's relationship is much newer in this script, so Peter's angst and attempts to get Jason to commit can easily come across as SUPER clingy and super immature. Compile that with the new staging at the end *spoiler alert* during "Bare" when Peter doesn't really take Jason back at the end, and it really makes it harder to feel for Peter. That being said, I ended up caring so much about Taylor for being so open-hearted that I ended up forgiving those parts of the script.

But yes, I have a feeling Taylor is performing better now that he is well rested. That being said, I also have a feeling "Bare" won't be open through the point at which "Peter" would have to be replaced. We'll see!

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Posted by taylor_kras 2013-01-04 14:23:51


Answer found for replacement: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/173685-Alex-Wyse-Plays-Lead-Role-in-Off-Broadways-Bare-Jan-4-5-Matinees

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Posted by shrekster224 2013-01-04 17:02:28


Though Alex Wyse is potentially the full time replacement, that article was only stating that he (as the understudy) is stepping in for the matinee today and tomorrow while Taylor is in rehearsal for Matilda, not that he was going to be replacing him.

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Posted by bjh2114 2013-01-05 19:09:00


Caught the show this afternoon and saw Alex Wyse on for Taylor. Boy is Alex talented. He was one of the few shining spots in this utter mess of a production. He definitely rose above the terribly revised material. He and the girl who payed Nadia deserve to be in better shows. I would say that Alex deserves to be promoted to the lead once Taylor leaves, but honestly I'd rather see him do something else completely.

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Posted by mschwager 2013-01-06 12:17:26


I also saw Alex as Peter yesterday and thought he was amazing. Also, I think this new production is awesome. Obviously it has problems, but I had problems with the original too. Overall, I think this is a better, clearer show.