Matthew James Thomas :: Broadway’s ’Pippin’ sounds off with ’No Sound At All’
Getting the leads in two Broadway musicals before the age of thirty is a seemingly impossible feat for any actor, yet Matthew James Thomas has made it seem easy. In just three years, he's landed major roles in two hits: first as the alternate Peter Parker in the acrobatic musical, and, currently, as the title character in the equally mobile revival of "Pippin" that recently won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Not that acting is anything new for the 25-year-old Brit who emigrated to the States in 2010. In his homeland, he's been an actor from an early age, appearing in television shows (most notably "Britannia High," the UK answer to "Glee") and movies ("Billy Elliot" when he was 12). He's also a musical theater veteran, having a featured role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind" in the West End and, more recently, as the title character in a new version of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (called "Dorian Gray") in 2009.
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.