Sharron Matthews’ Triple Threat

Sharron Matthews is a Toronto based actress, performer and cabaret star. She shone in the huge musical productions of the 90s: as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lottie in the original Canadian cast of Showboat and Madame Thenardier in the North American tour of Les Miserables. Sharron has been nominated for the Dora Awards, starred in the megahit Mean Girls and just returned from a multi city sold out tour of her latest cabaret show, Sharron Matthews Superstar: Gold! 

What musical will you always remember for its choreography/dancing?

When I was 27 years old I was in Leslie Arden’s gorgeous show, The House of Martin Guerre at Canadian Stage. Denise Clarke, the award winning choreographer and member of One Yellow Rabbit, was in charge of the choreo and staging of the big numbers. It wasn’t a very ‘dancie’ show by classic musical standards but one of the most interesting things for me was that all the movement were based on paintings by Breugal, a Flemish artist. And that movement was incorporated into many of the non musical parts of the show as well. It was thrilling to marry visual art with a moving, living and musical art… a fancy answer but true. For the record, I also loved it when I tap danced in a show called, Happy Birthday, Al Capone… which ran for 10 minutes: non fancy answer.

What musical will you always remember for its music?

Oh my. There are two shows that stand out in my mind: first, the aforementioned, House Of Martin Guerre. So smart and beautiful. Such a pleasure to learn and execute. I have done a number of Leslie’s shows and it is always challenging and a joy to sing. The harmonies were lush and thrilling. (A lot of descriptives there!) And also I loved doing Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World. Again, thrilling and challenging harmonies and melodies… it was so fast sometimes that you could not figure out where to breathe. Singing four person harmonies is always a pleasure. Both composers are amazing storytellers and musicians, so they challenge your heart, mind and voice.

What musical will you always remember for its book/virtuosic acting?

There is a theme here for me it seems. Songs for A New World had me performing four very different solos. The character who sang “Surabaya Santa” was, for me, an old time (maybe over her time) cabaret siren: very over the top, she was filled with angst and drama. I then swung to “Stars And Moon” which was an everyday woman caught in a moment of reflection… a very private and still moment of reflection. Then to “Just One Step:” a seeming harpie, who doesn’t get enough attention from her rich-as-hell husband, threatening to jump off her Park Avenue balcony. [However,] this woman truly is hurting from the inside out [because] her husband has chosen a younger woman over her. Letting the humour in this number come from a place of truth was a challenge. [Finally] then to “Flagmaker,” which was so hard every night – it was a VERY hard sing – and the singer fills the song with images of death, loyalty, being frozen and helplessness. I did four different productions  of Songs For A New World and that song, “Flagmaker” never got any easier. Never. So… that was the long answer!

What showtune makes you stop what you’re doing and bust a groove?

HAHA! Um, that would be “Move” from Dreamgirls. “You are so horribly Satanic the way you lead me around. I feel just like the Titanic, I am always going down, down, down, down!” LOVE THAT SONG, the groove and the lyrics!! It also works well on the treadmill.

What movie would you love to see musicalized?

Gosh, I have not really put a lot of thought into that. The world has really gone “let’s-set-this-movie-to-music” Koo KOO, so, every movie I think of has been done. Hm. There is a really excellent movie from long ago called Local Hero that I always thought had an interesting story. Here is the IMDB description: “An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected.” It was enjoyable as all get out, had a villain, Scottishness, small town characters and mayhem. It is a lovely movie and there is a lot that could be done with it.

What is your dream role that you’ll never get to play?

SO MANY!!! (As you can see, there is never one answer for me) I would like to play Floyd Collins, Jesus AND Judas in Superstar, Queenie in Wild Party, Dot in Sunday in the Park With George… so many… maybe in concert, huh? 🙂

If you want to catch one of Sharron’s performances – and we hope you do! – you’ve got two opportunities right in time for the Holiday season!  Catch her first as part of Suite Thursdays at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on December 13th at 7:30PM. Then, head over to Buddies in Bad Times on December 20th at 8PM for Sharron and George’s Super Fun Christmas Sing Along. And check out at any time for all things Sharron related!


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