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Matthew Blank

Matthew Blank Matt Blank is a multidisciplinary theatre professional who has most recently come off of a 10-year run as one of the Editors of and Editor-in-Chief of His work as an arts journalist, designer, educator and lecturer has taken him across the United States, as well as Madrid, Manila, Mumbai and Seoul. Matt handled social media for the Playbill brand for nearly two years, and published over 7,000 articles on their platform. He sits on the Advisory Board for Ripple Effect Artists, serves as a Theatre Bay Area Awards Adjudicator and provided live on-site media coverage at 5 Tony Awards ceremonies. After a 13-year retirement, Matt made his return to the stage in CMTSJ's Marquee production of SWEENEY TODD and South Bay Musical Theatre's concert staging CHESS. It was a huge mistake. He now resides in Manhattan with wife Alex Chester and a fucking cat.



BWW Interview: We Get the Inside Scoop on John Leguizamo's KISS MY AZTEC! at La Jolla Playhouse
October 8, 2019

With a successful Berkeley world premiere under its belt, the new musical Kiss My Aztec! headed to the southern end of California for a late summer run at the famed La Jolla Playhouse.

BWW Interview: FIPAP Brings Beloved Tony-Winning Musical to Fire Island Aug. 31-Sept. 1; Learn More!
August 28, 2019

Fire Island Pines Arts Project presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE August 31 and September 1.

BWW Interview: Vocal Tips, Disney Tales and More from ROCK OF AGES Star CJ Eldred
August 7, 2019

Get to know CJ Eldred, the stellar leading man at the center of the New York return of ROCK OF AGES.

BWW Interview: Maria-Christina Oliveras Talks KISS MY AZTEC!, the Importance of LatinX Stories and Our World "Getting Browner"
July 16, 2019

Maria-Christina Oliveras takes us through her involvement with the world premiere musical KISS MY AZTEC!

BWW Interview: FALSETTOS Star Max von Essen Talks Touring, Timeliness and the Darker Side of "Marvin"
June 8, 2019

We chat with Max von Essen about his starring role in FALSETTOS. The show plays Kennedy Center June 11-23.

BWW Interview: Catherine and JD 'Super Smack' Ricafort Blend Beats and Broadway in Nintendo-Flavored Debut Hip-Hop Video
April 9, 2019

Broadway favorite Catherine Ricafort recently made her debut as a director and choreographer with the release of a new hip-hop video from her brother Juan Drigo Ricafort, also known as 'Super Smack.'

BWW Interview: Catching Up With the Effervescent Christina Bianco, Who Brings DIVA ON DEMAND to The Green Room 42 on March 30
March 28, 2019

It can be said quite literally that Christina Bianco is a woman who contain multitudes. A powerhouse vocalist and gifted comedienne, she has gained considerable prominence for her spot-on and loving impersonations of celebrities ranging from Britney Spears to Barbra Streisand. She took the time to chat in advance of her upcoming solo show at The Green Room 42.

BWW Exclusive: Showtunes Are Re-Imagined in Starry New Album For BCEFA; Stephen Schwartz and Ryan Edward Armstrong Talk CROSSROADS
November 21, 2017

Singer and arranger Ryan Edward Armstrong has collaborated with some of Broadway's brightest talents to produce the upcoming album CROSSROADS. Stephen Schwartz, who has two of his tunes featured on the record, sat down for this exclusive video interview with Armstrong and YouTube personality Andy Lalwani.

BWW Interview: Chatting with MISS SAIGON and Broadway Barkada's Billy Bustamante
November 9, 2017

A chat with Billy Bustamante about Sunday's Broadway Barkada concert and his upcoming dates as The Engineer in MISS SAIGON.

BWW Interview: Jonno Davies, Sean Patrick Higgins and Misha Osherovich on A CLOCKWORK ORANGE's Haunting Themes
November 8, 2017

A deep talk with the Droogs of Off-Broadway's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

BWW Interview: Maria-Christina Oliveras Talks WE'RE GONNA DIE, Her Unlikely Career Path and the Subversiveness of Presence
August 12, 2017

We catch up with the often-employed Maria-Christina Oliveras, who is taking on Young Jean Lee's solo piece WE'RE GONNA DIE at Ancram Opera House.

BWW Review: Samantha Barks Brings Broadway, Bieber, and Breakups to Feinstein's/54 Below in New York Solo Debut
July 26, 2017

This past weekend, as the Isle of Man's Samantha Barks made her much-anticipated United States solo debut, I saw a performer whose presence and voice created a thrill.

BWW Interview: Chatting With Rising Star Caitlin Cohn About Tom Stoppard, THE SECRET GARDEN and Her Transition Into More 'Mature' Roles
July 9, 2017

We catch up with young actress Caitlin Cohn, known for her star turn in the Cincinnati Playhouse-Baltimore Center Stage revival of THE SECRET GARDEN.

BWW Review: Alexandra Socha Bares Her Soul in Cabaret Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below
July 3, 2017

June 28 at Feinstein's/54 Below was one of contrasts, honesty, and raw emotion. When Alexandra Socha took to the stage in FINDING HOME, her venue debut, at 9:30 at night, the house was already noticeably buzzing with a remarkable energy from her friends and fans.

BWW Interview: History Repeats as Aspiring Chorus Girl Taylor Quick Finds Stardom in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
June 22, 2017

Meet new leading lady Taylor Quick, starring in the title role of Goodspeed's THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!

BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Blair Goldberg Talks Chipotle, Her Childhood on Broadway and Panic! at the Disco Heartthrob Brendon Urie
June 15, 2017

A chat with KINKY BOOTS' Blair Goldberg, who made her Broadway debut as a child opposite Bernadette Peters in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.

BWW Review: In Solo Debut, Robbie Rozelle Leaps Into the Spotlight and Insists That the 'Personality Piece' Is Not a Dead Art
June 13, 2017

The New York cabaret scene has found itself a new star, whether or not anyone was asking for it. Broadway album designer and social media demagog Robbie Rozelle, who has previously created solo shows for Melissa Errico and Kate Baldwin, decided it was finally Robbie's Turn and brought us SONGS FROM INSIDE MY LOCKER. When he regally ascended to the stage at Feinstein's/54 Below on June 9 as though he were the goddamn mayor's wife, it became immediately evident that this was a man set to lay it all out there for the enjoyment of the masses.

BWW Interview: #DisneyDad Raymond J. Lee Dishes on GROUNDHOG DAY, Reworks the Stereotypes and Tames Facebook Hatred
June 9, 2017

Raymond J. Lee talks about GROUNDHOG DAY, his experience as an Actor-of-Color and newest gig as a Disney Daddy!

BWW Interview: Orville Mendoza Discusses PACIFIC OVERTURES, Inequality and the Ongoing Controversies of MISS SAIGON
June 6, 2017

Stage veteran Orville Mendoza, currently starring in Classic Stage's revival of PACIFIC OVERTURES, opens up on a number of provocative and essential topics.

BWW Interview: 'Enough of This Pious Waffle!' Bay Area Creative Forces Walter Mayes and Anita Carey Discuss Our Inexplicable Obsession With CHESS
May 25, 2017

South Bay Musical Theatre, a renowned Bay Area company for over 50 years, will present CHESS IN CONCERT May 28 and June 3. We speak with the creatives about the show's appeal and have a little fun with the material.