R E C E N T N E W S
September 28, 2014
RUDDIGORE, NYGASP, City Center
Rehearsals have begun for NYGASP's '14-'15 Season opening show: Ruddigore. I am delighted to join this cast, as I've never performed this show with NYGASP. I am also honored to be understudying not one, but two roles: Sir Roderic Murgatroyd and Sir Despard Murgatroyd. It's a lot of hard work, but I love it!
Picture: viewing the archive video before staging, l-r: Chris-Ian Sanchez, Sarah Caldwell-Smith, Matthew Wages, James Mills, David Macaluso, Seph Stanek.
September 16, 2014
HMS PINAFORE, NY G & S Society, New York, NY
Richard Holmes had a staged concert and reading of HMS Pinafore with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Society to celebrate his 30th year playing Captain Cocoran. He asked if I would perform Dick Deadeye. The show was well received and I was happy to add this role to my roster. I look forward to playing him again soon!
Picture: Jason Whitfield (Carpenter), Matthew Wages (Dick Deadeye)
September 12, 2014
HMS PINAFORE, Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
I had the privelege to perform Bob Becket, a.k.a. the Carpenter, at the GA Tech Ferst Center for the Arts. It was a quick trip for us NYGASPers, flying in the day before, full orchestra rehearsal and performance, then a morning flight back to New York City. Luckily, I flew in a couple of days earlier to spend my birthday with my family.
Picture: Outside the Ferst Center. Colleagues l-r, David Macaluso, Amy Maude Helfer, James Mills, Matthew Wages
September 4, 2014
Plymouth Congregational Church, Bass Soloist, Brooklyn, NY
Set in the gorgeous and historic neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, this Congregational Church has such an interesting history. The Church was founded in 1867, was the "NY Central Depot" of the underground railroad, and some speakers include Mark Twain, Charles Dickenson, R.W. Emerson and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s who preached his sermon on "The American Dream." Oh, and we sing beautiful music! For instance, Mendelsohn and Purcell.
Picture: Colleagues l-r, Caitlin Burke, Matthew Wages, Alexis Lum, and Amy Maude Helfer.
August 11, 2014
HOUSE OF MURGATROYD, The International G & S Festival, Harrogate, U.K.
H.O.M.Entertainment's new revised, 7 cast version of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore made it's debut in England.
One review, "A Bright Touch of Ruddigore Gothic Horror," said, House of Murgatroyd was "...zany!" "...and extraordinary event!" "....the best possible taste." "Matthew Wages, a resonant bass."
Photo: Matthew Wages as Sir Roderic, and ghost ancestors
August 8, 2014
Special Cabaret Performance, The International G & S Festival, Harrogate, U.K.
NYGASP was asked to put together 2 cabaret's to perform after the evenings main-stage show at Royal Hall. I performed Sir Roderic in a music performance of Ruddigore (The original score). I also sang, "Hereupon we're both agreed," from Yeomen of the Guard, as Wilfred alongside James Mills' Jack Point.
Photo: 2 pianist (l), Matthew Wages (c) and James Mills (r)
August 4-10, 2014
YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, The International G & S Festival, Malvern & Harrogate, U.K.
Once again, our company pleased the U.K. masses with Yeomen of the Guard. This operetta is, in my opinon, more serious and grand than G&S's usual work, the crowds enjoyed it thoroughly.
Photo: Second Yeoman, Matthew Wages (l) and Phoebe Merryll, Amy Maude Helfer (r)
August 4-10, 2014
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, The International G & S Festival, Malvern & Harrogate, U.K.
Pirates... is always a crowd-pleaser here in the U.S., but we didn't know how the U.K. Audience would react to our company's wit. Though the reactions were different, the audience raved about the superb casting and british dialects our company, NYGASP, achieved.
My role: Pirate/Policeman, Samuel & Sergeant u/s
July 15-29, 2014
HOUSE OF MURGATROYD, Ken Urso, director, Cap 21
A 2 week intense rehearsal period begins and ends with great enthusiasm. With a cast of 7, H.O.M.Entertainment, produces a revised version of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, including 2 new songs. It was creating a new work with new and inventive theatrical ideas.
My role: Sir Roderic/Rascal
June 14, 2014
SONG FOR 360 COURT STREET, short film, Summer McCorkle
Summer McCorkle is a visual/video artist who joined forces with Residency Unlimited to create a short film based on architecture, light and sound.
The four cast mates sang a hymnal, "All Creatures of Our God," in various locations in this cathedral turned artist residency.
May 6, 2014
HOUSE OF MURGATROYD fundraiser concert, The Players
The nostalgic setting of The Players Club mixed with gorgeous music of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, Ruddygore was the perfect backdrop for the evenings event. The house was sold out, and the feedback was great.
I sang "When the night wind howls," and "There grew a little flower."
The piece will be performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, UK, August 11, 2014.
April 27, 2014
COX & BOX, Thalia Theater
Matthew Wages (Bouncer, c), David Macaluso (Cox, r) and Dan Greenwood (Box, l) put together one of Sullivan's lesser-performed operettas. This musical delight in One Act was performed to a standing-room only house and received rave feedback from all.
Photo credit: William Reynolds.
April 13, 2014
HMS PINAFORE, Vineland, NJ
A few hours away in Vineland, NJ, the NYGASP company performs a 3pm matinee of HMS PINAFORE. Matthew performed as Bob Becket, Carpenter's Mate.
"A British Tar is a soaring soul, as free as a mountain bird…. His nose should pant, and his lip should curl, his cheek should flame, and his brow should furl, his bosom should heave, and his heart should glow, and his fist be ever-ready for a knock-down blow!"
March 13-30, 2014
HMS PINAFORE, Midwest Tour
From St. Cloud, MI to St. Louis, MO and everywhere in-between, NYGASP toured the Mid-West with HMS Pinafore.
Traveling usually consisted of 830/9am bus call, a 6 hour bus ride, and hour break at the hotel, 1 hour of spacing and sound-check at the theater, 1 hour dinner, 1/2 hour call, show, curtain, 11pm ETA hotel… and then do it all over again. Though it is taxing, it was a blast! The biggest piece of news: the tour bus was continuously breaking down, and by the end, we found ourselves on 6 different buses!
March 5-9, 2014
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Denver, CO
We walked into the Boettcher Performing Arts Center in Denver, CO and were amazed at the gorgeous architecture of the theater that is set in a "round." We performed to a sold-out
We performed before over 1700 people with a large Symphony and backed by the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Because of a last-minute mishap with one of our cast members, I played Samuel in the first act and Sergeant of Police in the second… with only 1 1/2 hours to learn and prepare. I did it. And with gusto!
February 17-23, 2014
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Idaho, U.S.A.
We flew into Salt Lake City and drove to Rexburg, ID and later to Hailey, ID performing with the Sun Valley Opera. We performed along side the Bringham Young University a Symphony and Chorus.
It was a beautiful drive, and the shows were a hit.