From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!
There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!
Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).
Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!
ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.
The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production.
Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, and Richard Westfahl: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!
Meet Matt Faucher
Q: What is your connection to Connecticut?
A: I was born and raised in CT. Born in Bristol, where most of my family still lives. Found my love of theatre, living in New Hartford whilst attending Northwestern Regional #7 in Winsted, under the guidance of Les Ober. I graduated from Hartt School of Theatre. CT is where my heart is.
Q: You have such an impressive resume (including performing on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as well as touring with Jersey Boys). How does performing at a regional theater (like ACT of CT) compare to working on Broadway?
A: Broadway is undoubtedly the Mecca of the American Theatre, but great work can happen anywhere. Some of my most satisfying artistic journeys and proudest theatrical achievements have happened in regional theatre. Winning the CT Critics Circle Award for my work as Jud Fry in the Goodspeed Musicals production Oklahoma! is one such highlight. When storytellers come together with a shared purpose and artistic vision, it will be not only entertaining for the audience but also satisfying for the artist involved. This rare but beautiful craft can happen any place where truthful dynamic storytelling is paramount. I believe ACT of CT is one such place, and I am very excited to get Guys and Dolls up and running!
Q: Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?
A: Regional theatre is the lifeblood of the theatrical arts across the country. Sometimes, a local regional theatre will be the only venue in which to enjoy the magical storytelling of the stage. CT is quite lucky to be blessed with so many high-caliber, award-winning Regional theatres such as Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Goodspeed Musicals, and of course ACT of CT. They have been, historically, the testing ground for many of our great new works, and torch bearers of classic shows like Guys and Dolls. Regional theatres should be supported and celebrated for the bastions of the arts that they are.