Matt Beyer Brings Cabaret and 70′s Jams to RTP This Weekend
Matt Beyer will be showcasing his cabaret show Pure Imagination this weekend at the Richmond Triangle Players. Beyer invites you to join him for a night of Broadway and cruise-ship crooning that Beyer has been perfecting for years. The show will be performed in two-acts, the first consisting of Broadway hits and numbers from shows that Beyer has performed at the RTP, and the second will be, in the words of Beyer, “just a great, big Hallmark card from me to you from the 1970’s.”
Beyer gained his fame in Richmond last spring because of his performance in RTP’s production of La Cage aux Folles. Beyer, who took on the role of Georges, was nominated for the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. Philip Crosby, the Managing Director at RTP, said Beyer was a great performer and knew he’d draw a crowd, “Oh, he’s a doll—very easy to work with, extremely professional… he’s a joy.” La Cage aux Folles was the bestselling show in RTP’s twenty year history, and Beyer was “really proud” to be a part of the production, and he looks forward to working with RTP in the future.
Although Beyer was born in Pennsylvania, he made his way to the Richmond area because of a job performing at King’s Dominion. Beyer began to gain more popularity in the area, but he then left to exhibit his talents in cruise-ship shows. After returning to Richmond, Beyer noticed a number of other performers doing cabaret, and decided it was time to bring his performances to Richmond. Now, Beyer is back to perform Pure Imagination for the first time on land.
One hope of Beyer’s is to diversify his audience both with his up-coming performance and with shows in the future. “Cabaret is a tricky thing as far as getting it going and building your audience, which I am trying very hard to do just by reaching out to the public and touching base with different people,” Beyer claims, “I am trying to build a different audience with different people. A lot of cabarets are filled with other actors, and I am just trying to expand that audience to other people.”
Otherwise, Beyer said that there was not much difficultly in putting his show together. “I have had a lot of people ready to jump on board to help me out with it” he says, and cabaret is something he has always done. Beyer is proud of the work that has been put into the show, which will be featuring accompaniment by Bentley Cobb and Grant Oliver with music directed by Kim Fox. Audiences should be expecting a great performance from a man who is no stranger to the business.
Pure Imagination will be opening this Friday, January 10th, at 8:00 pm. Patrons are encouraged to come to the exciting opening-night show, and to arrive early for cocktails and treats from the Baker’s Crust Café. There will be a second showing on Saturday, January 11th, which will be at 8:00 pm as well.
Antony Shipman is a student at Bennington College, and is interning with GayRVA/RVA Mag for the months of January and February. Antony, who is relatively new to the world of journalism, is hoping to learn more about the business by working closely with the staff of GayRVA/RVA Mag. When not at work, Antony is likely to be found giving affection to a cat or sitting in his apartment with a book in his hands.
Ice blue eyes, a radiant smile, and a voice as smooth as silk…no, I’m not talking about Sinatra. It’s Richmond vocalist Matt Beyer, who will be performing his one man show “Yesterday Once More” at the Richmond Triangle Players Theatre this coming Monday and Tuesday, June 16th & 17th at 8:00pm. It will be a [...]June 12, 2014
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