"Superbly comic, Matthew stopped the show cold with his split-second timing, dry delivery and elegant, loose-limbed physicality."
-Doug DeVita, Off-Off Broadway Review
MATTHEW TYLER began his theatrical career as the child of two traveling circus performers. His parents made up the world famous trapeze act The Flying Tylerinis. At the wee age of eight, Matthew would close his parents act by running up to them during their bow and perform a "swinging arm twist" from his father's arms to his mother's shoulders. This was the toast of the circus. The rest is history...
Well, if you're still reading, you probably know that can't be true. And it isn't. It's far more exciting than Matthew's middle-class, straight "A" upbringing in northern California.
He began performing in children's musicals at age eight. Although in his first appearance, a dual role as Nana & The Croc in "Peter Pan", audiences didn't see much of him, as he was completely covered by both costumes. He quickly moved on to larger roles and found a home in the theatre.
In high school, Matthew began to find his voice in roles such as Jud in "Oklahoma!" and what would become a love/hate relationship with heavy theatrical makeup under a fat suit, age makeup and tons of facial hair as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof".
Matthew gets "focused" on set.
After graduating high school, Matthew moved to New York City to study acting full-time. There he was rewarded with many opportunities to perform, including gigs at Papermill Playhouse, and earning his Equity card at North Shore Music Theatre.
One opportunity would change everything with the offer to play Brad Majors and cover Dr. Frank N. Furter in the European Millenium Tour of "The Rocky Horror Show". In fish nets and heels, Matthew was thrilled to perform all over Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands, and even Norway.
Matthew Tyler in "Mad Men Diaries"
When Matthew returned from Europe, he embarked on his first cruise ship as the only male singer in ten separate production shows onboard Crystal Cruises.
He would go on to perform his own shows aboard six ships with four different lines, including Crystal, Sliver Seas, Norwegian, and Holland America Lines.
He currently performs his own solo cabaret act, as well as a duet cabaret act aboard cruise ships and cabaret venues in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. He has a particular affinity for the arrangements and style of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and, of course, Frank Sinatra.
Matthew is very grateful to have performed in many venues across the globe. He has branched out from a musical theatre performer, to booking small films and national commercials. Although theatre is his first love, he is fascinated with television and film production.
While seeking opportunities to work in film and TV, Matthew pays his bills by pursuing multiple passions.
Matthew as Frank N Furter (above) and as Brad Majors (left) in the European Millienium Tour of "The Rocky Horror Show", directed by Christopher Malcolm.
Some past and current job titles include:
-Certified massage therapist
-Theatrical lighting designer
-Dairy Queen employee
-Front desk manager for Equinox Fitness
-Gap employee (denim specialist)
-Lyft driver / mentor / recruiter
-Environmentally certified production assistant
After having lived and worked as a professional actor in New York and London, Matthew currently resides in Los Angeles.
He enjoys many hobbies, including playing guitar and piano, reading, writing and working on his house.
Some favorite obessions include Star Wars, Indiana Jones (not the fourth one!), Big Lebowski, Marvel movies, Catcher in the Rye, Les Miserables (the book, but the musicals great too!), Bob's Burgers, Arrested Development (all of it), singers such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison, Elvis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Jones, Jack White, Skin, Skunk Anansie, Vintage Trouble, Alabama Shakes and many, many more.
Matthew gets "focused" on set.
Recently, Matthew has just completed working on the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz brand new musical, "Magic To Do", which premiered onboard Princess Cruise Lines. Matthew was thrille to work with Broadway talents such as director Gabriel Barre, and musical arranger, Mark Hartman.
While working onboard, Matthew was also thrilled to present his own cabaret show, "One For My Baby". He also was thrilled to sing as Dean Martin in a show he wrote and directed, called the "Rat Pack Review", a loving tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.