I've been fortunate to work from home, take classes, do yoga, find time for me, and start writing a book. I've found wonderful community in the Jen Waldman Studio, on Clubhouse, and through the Growing Studio. Favorite instructors from the last year include Billy Bustamante, Jen Waldman, Duncan Stewart and Max Quinlan. I've also been spending time revisiting my multi-hyphenate skillset in order to prepare for industry leadership and creative roles in the near future. More on this at matthewflocco.com
The most important way I have spent my time is on co-founding Black Light the Spotlight, an initiative through which I've learned so much in such a short time, especially from my co-host Donovan Lockett . The impetus was George Floyd's murder, and I have seen wondrous things develop out of such tragedy. The work is far from over, but the podcast focuses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the entertainment industry, bringing on a large array of guests. We're planning season 2 for a spring release.
If 2020 had gone as planned...
A wonderful contract never came to fruition, and that's ok. I was excited to perform with Pagosa Springs in Colorado in Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), The Wizard of Oz (Lion), Bright Star (Daryl) and Godspell ("You Are the Light of the World"). After that obviously I would've booked Broadway and found a boyfriend, all in one year.
A very happy New Year and Decade to you and yours! January brings Chess in concert with 11th Hour Theatre Company (debut!). I have been fortunate to work with four of the other six principals, be that through class or performances in Philadelphia. Directed by Michael Philip O'Brien and music directed by Madison Auch. Closing Jan 20th, then back for audition season!
Fall & Christmas 2019
It's a season of Sondheim! I'm thrilled to be heading to Arizona Broadway Theatre to return to "Fleet Street," in the role of Pirelli. I love Sweeney Todd so much and this will be the third opportunity of doing this show. After that, I'll be heading right into rehearsals for Resident Theatre Company's Into the Woods, a show that has been a dream of mine since childhood. I'll be playing the Steward and covering the roles of the Baker and Rapunzel's Prince. I had the privilege of joining RTC's inaugural production of Spamalot as Patsy, and cannot wait to be in the cast with so many friends from the Philly area.
Sweeney Todd directed by Kiel Klaphake
Into the Woods directed by Kristin McLaughlin-Mitchell
Having a blast with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre's original production of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts story. Humbled to be playing the role of Edgar Tufts, the man who founded Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. This is one of if not the most artistically fulfilling contracts I have ever been a part of. I am sharing the stage with actors who are direct descendants of the characters in our story that lived 100 years ago.
Dir/Playwright: Dr. Janet Speers | Music Dir/Compsorer: John Thomas Oakes
Also at Lees-McRae, overjoyed to be playing Crutchie in Newsies right on the heels of From the Mountaintop.
Dir/Choreo: Dr. Janet Speers | Co-Choreo: AnnElese Galleo | Music Dir: John Clanton
In August, headed home to the Northeast for two-three weeks to audition for 2020 and put up a staged reading of Sent to Heaven, Scared of Heights, a play I wrote inspired by my father's passing
Dir: Jennie Eisenhower
Headed back to Media Theatre to put on my boogie shoes! Saturday Night Fever was a blast and one of the most talented ensembles I have worked with. Played Fusco, danced in the ensemble and covered Double J, with a guaranteed performance.
Dir: Jesse Cline | Asst. Dir: Jennie Eisenhower
Choreo: Christian Ryan | Music Dir: Ben Kapilow
Was very blessed to be cast as Wilbur in Charlotte's Web at Roxy Regional, under the direction of Ryan Bowie, but had to leave due to a death in the family. Headed to my first UPTAs and it was a blast, then headed right to Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to ASM for Lucky Stiff.
Made the mo NYC! Currently playing The Conductor (Tom Hanks) in an interactive production of the Polar Express on a moving train. Extremely grateful to Rail Events Productions for this opportunity and loving calling New York home. Check it out!
Director: Scott Calcagno
Associate Director: Ericka Mac
So excited to return to Fleet Street! I will be joining the Media Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd as part of the ensemble, understudying Beadle Bamford and my former role of Pirelli. I adore this piece, and it's my second-favorite Sondheim (Someone hire me for Into the Woods? Please?). This will give me a nice summer off to take classes in New York and Philly and continue to hone the craft. For the summer, I've been very blessed to return to Passage Theatre Company, this time as a program manager for a high school training program.
Director: Jesse Cline
Associate Director: Jennie Eisenhower
Choreographer: Marc Nunez
Music Director: Ben Kapilow
Over the moon to be continuing at Dutch Apple! I'll be playing Vince Fontaine in Grease, and once again participating in the TYA series, this time in Elephant and Piggie. I have been loving my time with Prather, and will still be popping into Philadelphia and New York on Mondays for auditions and classes. Grease closes June 17.
Grease Director/Choreographer: Amy McCleary
Elephant & Piggie Director: Dean Sobon
Elephant & Piggie Choreographer: Lauren Sobon
Music Director: JP Meyer
Still hitting the audition season hard in New York. Got to do Steve Pacek's EVOLVE class in Philly, and a neat staged reading with Ginger Dayla in Philly. Funny Girl was a BLAST at Pitman, and I'm so excited to start simultaneous contracts at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. This will be as part of their Main Stage production of Showboat, as well as their theater for young audiences version of Madagascar! It will be a busy but exciting time in Lancaster.
Showboat Director: Dean Sobon Madagascar Director: Lauren Sobon
Showboat Choreographer: Ford Hauser Madagascar Choreographer: Sam Cramer
Music Director: JP Meyer
The holidays have geared up to be the busiest I've been, and I'm so lucky so. Excited to be returning to both Candlelight Theatre and Beauty and the Beast for the holiday season. Both have felt like home to me so much this year.
Director: Cindy Albertini
Choreographer: Jody Anderson
Music Director: Betsy Conner
Thrilled to be a part of Illuminating Spirits with Passage Theatre Co. This is an educational piece, where we are doing a staged reading of real-life Holocasut survivor stories. We are taking it to high schools around Trenton, NJ, and having a talk back after each performance. It's extremely important work and I'm humbled to take part.
Director: Ryanne Domingues
On some weekends, yours truly will be playing Jack the Elf at Santa's Workshop! This will be at the Deptford Mall, sponsored by HGTV with Katie Nanni Sullivan at the helm. Katie has worked on both Mary Poppins and Radio City Music Hall in New York, and is a joy to work with.
Director: Katie Nanni Sullivan
Music Director: Jason Neri
Once Beauty and the Beast opens, I'll begin more rehearsals. I will once gain be returning to The Broadway Theatre of Pitman's stage, once again to Funny Girl! This time as Eddie Ryan. It will be helmed by Candlelight's artistic director. Also excited to work with Erica Harr, whom I met years ago working for Disney.
Director: Bob Kelly
Choreographer: Jody Anderson
Next up: Funny Girl at Candlelight Dinner Theatre. Excited to be playing the Zeigfeld Tenor, Eddie's understudy, and John the stage manager.
Director: Renee Dobson
Musical Director: Dave Snyder
Choreographer: Brett Anderson
Dates: September 16-October 22
Looks like it's a Philly summer for me! SO excited to get started as Lefou with the Ritz Theatre Company's production of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Craig Hutchings. This is extremely special to me, as it was one of my favorite films growing up, and I played Cogsworth in high school exactly ten years ago, and I spent three years as a Disney cast member. This will be my first time performing with the Ritz, and I'm excited to join some familiar friends and work with some fresh faces. The last thing I saw here was Memphis, and I absolutely loved it, so now I get to be a part. Please come be our guest!
Next project, right on the coat tails of (Barrymore-recommended!) Spamalot, will be with Arden Theatre Company. The Light Princess is a new musical based on George MacDonald's original fairytale. Written by the extremely talented "Phil-ebrities" Anthony Lawton with music by Alex Bechtel, it's a gorgeous story about a princess who lacks gravity. Small world, I did The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Mr. Bechtel when I was just in middle school. I'm very excited to be understudying Tony Lawton himself, who plays a fully-fleshed narrator version of MacDonald. Directed by Steve Pacek. Also got to do a really fun Herr's Chips commercial! Check it out.
Thrilled to be a part of the Resident Theatre Company's inaugural mainstage production! I'll be playing the role of Patsy (the guy who uses coconuts for horse hooves, as I had to explain to my folks) in Spamalot, based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I'm very excited to work with cast members from previous shows, and to be under the direction of Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell. Click here for TICKETS.
Just wrapped up MainStreet Musicals Festival at Temple University. This was a staged reading of Woody, a new musical that sets characters from Pinocchio in a futuristic dating world. It was a. unique opportunity to sing and act alongside other professionals in the area and students at Temple. Directed by Brandon McShaffrey. FESTIVAL INFO HERE , SHOW INFO HERE
November & December 2016
Thrilled to be heading back to the Walnut Street Theatre and being cast in this show. It's fantastic to share the stage with so many talented people during the holiday season.
Director: Glenn Casale
Musical Director: John Daniels
Choreography: Rod Roberts & Sarah Jenkins