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Matt Doyle
Matt Doyle.jpg
Doyle in June 2022
Born
Matthew Finnen Doyle[1]

(1987-05-13) May 13, 1987 (age 35)[2]
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2006–present
Websitemattdoylemusic.com

Matthew Finnen Doyle (born May 13, 1987) is an American actor and singer known for his work in musical theater. He made his Broadway debut in 2007 in Spring Awakening as replacement for the role of Hanschen, and later had supporting roles in the Broadway productions of Bye Bye Birdie in 2009 and War Horse in 2011. He joined The Book of Mormon in 2012, replacing Nic Rouleau as Elder Price.

Following a period of performing Off-Broadway and regionally, he joined the Broadway transfer of the gender-swapped production of Company in 2021 playing the role originated by Jonathan Bailey in the West End. For his performance, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

As singer-songwriter, Doyle performs in live shows and has released two EPs, namely, Daylight (2011) and Constant (2012). He released his first full-length album, Uncontrolled in 2016.

Early life and education

Doyle grew up in Weston, Connecticut, before moving to Southern California in his adolescence.[3] After graduating from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, Doyle went on to train in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for a year.[4]

Career

Doyle made his Broadway debut in 2007, at age twenty, as a stand-by in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening.[3] Following original cast member Jonathan B. Wright's departure, he was promoted to the role of Hanschen until the show closed in January 2009.

In 2009, he portrayed Hugo Peabody in the revival of Bye Bye Birdie.[5] In 2011, he appeared as Billy Naracott (understudying Albert) in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of War Horse.[6] Following War Horse, he starred as Elder Price in the Broadway production of Book of Mormon from November 2012 to January 2014.[7]

On screen, Doyle played Jonathan, Eric van der Woodsen's boyfriend, on CW show Gossip Girl.[8] He also starred in Alan Brown’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Private Romeo,[9] and had a small singing role in the 2009 film, Once More with Feeling.[10]

In addition to his roles on Broadway and on screen, Doyle has starred in numerous off-Broadway and regional productions. He starred as Anthony in Barrow Street Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd, in West Side Story at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Ryan Scott Oliver's Jasper in Deadland at the West End Theatre in New York[11] and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle,[12] Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theatre,[13] the musical Giant in Dallas,[14] and the 2017 stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange at New World Stages.[15] He also appeared as Peter on a recording of Bare: A Pop Opera.[16]

Doyle is also a singer-songwriter. He released his first EP, Daylight, in 2011,[17] with a follow-up EP in 2012, Constant. He released his first full-length album, Uncontrolled, in 2016. Doyle's writing partner is musical theatre composer, Will Van Dyke. Doyle created a web comic, Dents, with childhood friend, Beth Behrs in 2017.[18]

In 2020, Doyle was cast in the gender-bent Broadway revival of Company as Jamie, a role originated and first performed as a man by Jonathan Bailey in the West End.[19] He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance.

Doyle frequently performs solo shows and alongside other Broadway performers at New York venues such as 54 Below[20] and Joe's Pub.[21] He streams on Twitch.[22]

Personal life

Doyle is gay.[23] He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his boyfriend Max Clayton.[24]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2022 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Company Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won

Discography

Solo album
With The Whiskey 5
Extended plays
Cast recordings / anthologies

Acting credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 Once More with Feeling Young Nonno
2011 Private Romeo Glenn Mangan / Juliet

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008–2011 Gossip Girl Jonathan Whitney 8 episodes
2015 For Real Alex Merrick Television film
2016 Truth Slash Fiction Tommy Television film
2019 The Code Lt. Goodacre Episode: "Above the Knee"

Theater

Year Title Role Venue Notes Ref.
2006 The Butcherhouse Chronicles The Public Theater: July – August 2006 Summer Play Festival
2007–09 Spring Awakening Swing (u/s: Melchior, Hanschen, Otto, Georg, Ernst) Eugene O'Neill Theatre: July 2007 – April 2008 Broadway replacement
Hanschen Eugene O'Neill Theatre: April 2008 – January 2009 Broadway replacement
Melchior (alternate) Eugene O'Neill Theatre: August 2008 Broadway replacement
Melchior Ed Mirvish Theatre: March – April 2009 Tour replacement
2009 Picnic at Hanging Rock Eugene O'Neill Theater Center: June – July 2009 Regional
2009–10 Bye Bye Birdie Hugo Peabody, TV Quartet Henry Miller's Theatre: September 2009 – January 2010 Broadway revival
2011–12 War Horse Billy Narracott (u/s: Albert Narracott) Vivian Beaumont Theater: March 2011 – January 2012 Broadway transfer
2012 Giant Jordy Jr. Dallas Theater Center: January – February 2012 Regional
2012–14 The Book of Mormon Elder Price Eugene O'Neill Theatre: November 2012[30] – January 2014 Broadway replacement
2014–15 Jasper in Deadland Jasper West End Theatre: March – April 2014 Off-off-Broadway
5th Avenue Theatre: April – May 2015 Regional
2015 Brooklynite Trey Swieskowski Vineyard Theatre: January – March 2015 Off-Broadway
2015 Grey Gardens Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., Jerry Bay Street Theatre: August 2015 Regional
2016 West Side Story Tony Paper Mill Playhouse: June 2016 Regional
2017 Sweeney Todd Anthony Hope Barrow Street Theatre: February – August 2017 Off-Broadway
2017 A Clockwork Orange Georgie New World Stages: September – December 2017 Off-Broadway
2018 The Heart of Rock & Roll Bobby Old Globe Theatre: September – October 2018 Regional
2020– present Company Jamie Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre: March 2020, November 2021– Broadway transfer

References

  1. ^ "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Matt Doyle – Playbill". Playbill.
  2. ^ "Matt Doyle". Mattdoylemusic.com. June 12, 2012. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Susan (July 22, 2007). "For Understudy's Debut, It's a Cold vs. the Spotlight". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "Press Office" (PDF). LAMDA. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben (October 16, 2009). "Music to Play, Places to Go, People to See". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Complete Cast of War Horse Includes Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, Peter Hermann & More". Broadway.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Matt Doyle to Play Elder Price on Broadway in The Book of Mormon". Broadway.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Matt Doyle". IMDb. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Private Romeo (2011), retrieved July 25, 2017
  10. ^ Once More with Feeling (2009), retrieved July 25, 2017
  11. ^ Collins-hughes, Laura (March 26, 2014). "'Jasper in Deadland' Is a Musical About the Underworld". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "Matt Doyle Will Return to Deadland to Headline Jasper in Deadland's Seattle Premiere | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Brooklynite | Book by Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman". Vineyard Theatre. August 15, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Giant, With Kate Baldwin, Aaron Lazar, P.J. Griffith and Matt Doyle, in Dallas | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Jonno Davies, Matt Doyle & the Hunks of A Clockwork Orange Meet the Press". Broadway.com. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "bare: The Album – Performers". barethealbum.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  17. ^ BWW News Desk. "Matt Doyle Releases Debut EP – 'Daylight'". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "'2 Broke Girls' Star Launches YA Webcomic 'Dents' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  19. ^ "'Company': Matt Doyle, Kyle Dean Massey join Broadway revival". United Press International. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "Matt Doyle & The Whiskey 5 | Feinstein's/54 Below". Feinstein's/54 Below. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "Matt Doyle to Play Joe's Pub, with Guests Jennifer Damiano and Emma Hunton". Broadway.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "IsThatMattDoyle - Twitch".
  23. ^ "Matt Doyle - hunky gay Broadway performer".
  24. ^ "How one of Broadway's rising stars found his footing in N.J." April 2, 2017.
  25. ^ "♫ Make the Season Bright – Matt Doyle and the Whiskey 5. Listen @cdbaby".
  26. ^ "Our First Mistake – Albums – Kerrigan-Lowdermilk". kerrigan-lowdermilk.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  27. ^ ""Thirteen Stories Down" The Songs of Jonathan Reid Gealt". SH-K-BOOM RECORDS. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  28. ^ ""(Sorta) Love Songs" The Songs of Scott Burkell & Paul Loesel". SH-K-BOOM RECORDS. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  29. ^ "bare: The Album – Performers". barethealbum.com.
  30. ^ "Matt Doyle to Play Elder Price on Broadway in The Book of Mormon". Broadway.com. Retrieved May 10, 2022.