Matthew Marks is a rising performer who making a splash in a big way! In 2009, he starred in the National Tour of "Fiddler on the Roof" as "Fyedka" and then came to Broadway as a swing in 2010 in the revival of "West Side Story."
Now, Matthew is a swing in the Tony Award winning musical "The Book of Mormon" and on Monday, June 18, Matthew will be performing with Tony Award nominee Orfeh at recently re-opened Bon Soir at The Pink Elephant (40 West 8th Street, in NYC's historic Greenwhich Village) as part of Chip Duckett's new weekly concert series!
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I have been inspired by a lot of people. As a child I watched old MGM movies. Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, ok, and Judy! Those people did it all sang, danced, and lived fantastic lives! Yes please! I have also been addicted to making people smile and be happy for years and it's a drug I can't quit.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? On stage I'd love to work with Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Rupert, Christine Ebersole, and of course Orfeh. The list goes on and on.
3. What excites you most about performing with Orfeh at Bon Soir at the Pink Elephant on Monday, June 18? I am so excited to work with Orfeh because she is not only hysterical, beautiful, an has a killer voice but she was in "Legally Blonde" and I'm still kinda obsessed with that one!
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing you perform? All I really want the audience to come away with is a little joy, a smile, a tear, and then to say "wow, he was really belting his face of up there!!" :)
5. You are currently a swing in Broadway's Tony Award winning musical "The Book of Mormon." What do you enjoy most about performing in this hit show? "The Book of Mormon" is the best gift I've ever gotten. It reminds me every day I walk in that stage door how lucky I am to fulfill that dream I have of making people happy, to forget about the tough times we all go through and smile and laugh for a solid two and a half hours!
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned a lot about myself by being a performer whether it's on stage, trying to figure out a combination in a dance class or working through a monologue. I, as we all do, have issues and it's nice to find them and work them out through this creative outlet! Who needs therapy when you're in acting class!
7. Boxers or Briefs? How very dare you ask about such a private question......Ok, briefs.
8. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? If I could have any super power I would definitely want to fly, I've always wanted to fly! I will not add a cheese ball line about "being on stage is the closest I've ever been to flying" I just won't do it!