Backwards in High Heels rounds out its multi-regional production at the Cleveland Playhouse. Matthew played the role of Fred Astaire opposite Anna Aimee White as Ginger Rogers. The production was directed by Scott Schwartz, and choreographed by Patti Columbo.
"A highlight of the show is Ginger’s musical movie-making, especially involving her dancing with Fred Astaire. Ginger is sensational teamed with Astaire (suave Matthew LaBanca) in “Shall We Dance?” and other numbers." TotalTheater.com - Marie J. Kilker
"There’s a versatile and talented ensemble cast playing a multitude of roles; it’s easy to single out Matthew LaBanca as Astaire." Sarasota Magazine - Kay Kiplilng
"Matthew LaBanca as Astaire conveys the reedy singing voice and he’s a wonderful dance partner." HERALD-TRIBUNE - Jay Handelman
"By the time Fred Astaire (Matthew LaBanca) saunters onto the set, the party shifts into high gear. The chemistry between White and LaBanca as they dance is irresistible. I was reminded of what it meant to be a gentleman in a romantic and stylish era." Stark Insider, Bay Area - Clinton Stark
"LaBanca was wonderful and graceful in his portrayal of Fred Astaire. The smallest moments that LaBanca brought forth, especially a tender gesture as he and Rogers said goodbye, were priceless and touching." San Jose Examiner - David John Chavez
"Sweetly comic... smartly danced... Matthew LaBanca is a smooth, deft-tapping, and debonair Fred Astaire." San Francisco Chronicle - Robert Hurwitt