Interview with Matt Bogart
Matt is a handsome baritone and has appeared on Broadway as Radames in Aida, as Chris in Miss Saigon and as the "white guy" in Smokey Joe's Café which was filmed for television and is available on video and DVD. Most recently Matt was involved in Frank Wildhorn's newest venture Camille Claudel at the Goodspeed Opera House, where he played opposite Linda Eder as Paul Claudel, Camille's younger brother. He also appeared at the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration where he played Paul in Company, opposite Alice Ripley. Regional credits include 110 in the Shade, Camelot, Carousel, Oklahoma and West Side Story.
Matt is excited to be playing with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, in the new Kimmel Center, which he recently visited this Fall while in town. I caught up with Matt for a brief chat about his career.
I commented about Matt's background growing up in Dayton Ohio with three other brothers who are all finding their way in the entertainment industry. He related one by one how his younger brother Kevin lives in Seattle, and is more of a musician than an actor, studying classical and Jazz guitar and he's a singer. His brother Dominick, second youngest just moved out to LA and he's interested in trying out the film industry. His brother Daniel is with the Les Miserables tour, understudying Marius and actually goes on a lot and has been enjoying that for a good two and a half years.
According to Matt, "it is interesting, we're not quite sure how or why that all came to be," all the brothers taking the creative arts direction. It's fun when we all get together. Usually there are a couple of guitars and lots of singing."
As I pointed out the list of Broadway shows Matt's been part of he added that he was really very lucky to get to play Chris in Miss Saigon right out of college. He loves the show and did the second national tour for a year and a half, then came back to New York with it for about 6 mos. His Broadway debut was stepping in for someone's vacation as Chris. It was a really nice fit for him as he knew the show already and he felt that he was primed to do the role there in New York. So after doing the vacation week, he was offered a contract where he did the show for another year and a half.
As one thing leads to another, Matt did Civil War and worked with Jerry Zaks. He loved the music and the great people involved with that and also had the good fortune to be part of another recent Frank Wildhorn production, Camille Claudel, where he thought Frank and Nan Knighton did some of their best work.