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Matthew LaBanca has the clean cut looks, but don’t be fooled. His child-like innocence brings equal parts emotional depth and range to his work. What an artistic appetite Matthew has — work ethic and integrity with the chops to back it up. I’m proud to be his coach and teacher for many years.
— - Matthew Corozine, Acting Coach & Owner, MCS Studios, NYC

I have been performing my entire life:  plays, musicals, dance recitals, even my father's professional magic act!  My first memory of the footlights is magically reappearing and rising out of my Dad's "Metamorphosis Trunk"  and waving an American flag for the show's grand finale! 

National Tour of The King and I

National Tour of The King and I

I attended the University of Connecticut on academic and trumpet scholarships.  When I realized that my musical passion was singing, I switched his focus to opera, art song, and musical theatre.  All through college, I performed at local theatres, sang in churches, and was even National Anthem soloist for UConn Basketball and Baseball games.  I was bestowed the honor of summa cum laude with dual degrees in Voice and Music Education, and upon graduation, was immediately cast in the National Touring Company of The King and I.  

I soon found that I made a niche for myself with my tap dancing and rare ability to embody triple-threat leading men characters. More tours followed.  Over the next two years, I had performed in every state in the continental US.  In 2001, I put down roots in NYC, and joined Actors Equity Association.    

 

Matthew with Mel Brooks

Matthew with Mel Brooks

I made my Broadway debut with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein.  I covered the title role, and, during previews in NY, stepped into the part for over a week to cover an ailing leading actor, performing the role to acclaim. I stayed with the show for it's entire run at the Hilton (Foxwoods) Theatre in New York, and performed the lead role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein over 30 times.

I appeared on Broadway in the 2009 production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (as Jimmy and Scooter).  I also performed on Broadway in the concert Children and Art, a celebration of Stephen Sondhem's 75th birthday.  

As Bobby in Crazy for You

As Bobby in Crazy for You

My National Touring credits include leading roles in productions of Crazy for YouAnything Goes, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (where I can be heard singing a solo track on the 2005-2006 touring cast album.)  Other recordings include Broadway composer Billy Solly’s Greatest Hits V, and On The Transmigration of Souls (2004 Grammy Award for Classical Album).  

NYC Credits include:  Rebecca (Industry presentation @ Lincoln Center), Blood Brothers (Astoria PAC), Allegro (Astoria PAC), A Tale of Two Cities (Lamb’s Club Theatre), Angel on My Shoulder (York Theatre Co.), Oliver's Idea (York Theatre Co.), Leviticus in Love (MCS), and Baggage Claim (MCS).

 

As Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain

As Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain

Regional Theatre:  Backwards in High Heels (Asolo Rep, Arizona Broadway Theatre, San Jose Rep, Cleveland Playhouse), The First Wives Club (world premiere at The Old Globe Theatre), Miss Saigon (Westchester Broadway Theatre), On Your Toes (Cape Playhouse), Hot Mikado (Fulton Opera House).  Additional companies:  Theatre Under the Stars (Houston), West Virginia Public Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, Emelin Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse (where I danced alongside Broadway legend Chita Rivera), and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (8 productions).  Some of my favorite roles include:  Mitchell in The Little Dog Laughed, Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie, Sparky in Forever Plaid, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain

 

 

As a classical singer, I performed with both the New York Choral Artists and the New York Virtuoso Singers, the choral groups who sing regularly with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.  I have performed on several stages at Lincoln Center, as well as at Carnegie Hall, under the batons of Loren Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, and James Levine.  For several seasons, I was also on the roster for the extras chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House, and sang in the Met’s productions of Moses Und Aron, Parsifal, and Die Meistersinger

 

I joined SAG-AFTRA in 2012, and appeared on an episode of 30 Rock in the show's final season.  I was seen as a principal on a Nike Golf commercial, as a golf pro (even though my only real experience was putt putt!)  Other film and web credits include Misplaced (Official pick, NY Indie Film Festival), Sicco (NYFA), The Color ParadeOn Saturday AfternoonA Series of Humbling Tragedies, and Fashion Kills! (NYU).

Currently, I serves as musical director/cantor for Corpus Christi Church in Woodside, NY.

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