In Conversation with Sharron Matthews
Are you ready for #GirlCrushTO on July 24th!? We caught up with Sharron Matthews who will be rocking the High Park Amphitheatre with her cabaret Girl Crush for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Have a read below and don’t miss the musical event of the summer season. #MondayInTheParkWithSharron
Who inspires your performances most?
Over the years (that makes me sound a million years old but I am going with it) I have been inspired by a varied group of artists that range from stand up comedian Eddie Izzard, to performance artist Barry Humphries and variety/musical/comedy performers like Cher and Carol Burnett. But the person who truly inspired me to create my own works was John Cameron Mitchell, the original star and writer of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Many years ago, before it was a Broadway show or a movie, my husband George bought tickets for Hedwig in New York City…at the time it was a cult hit that was playing at the Jane Street Theatre starring Mitchell in his first run of the show. I was captivated by the way he combined cabaret and traditional theatre, in fact by the end of the show I felt that he was creating his own genre in which to work. As an artist, I had never known what label to put upon myself and that night made me realize that I didn’t have to put ANY label on my work or myself…I could create in as many forms of theatre as I wished. There are NO rules.
If you could sing a duet with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
DEAR GODDESS!! Okay…. I would like to sing a duet with Tim Curry’s character Frankenfurter from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Now, I wracked my brain to come up with someone else that is a little more expected – like Bette Midler (who can compete with that?) or cabaret legend Michael Feinstein (a genius but not my specific brand of cabaret) or Luther Vandros (again, who can compete with that?) BUT I kept coming back to Tim Curry as Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror. He is so raw…so available…so sexy…so fluid…so inclusive…such a rock star…he is EVERYTHING in that movie, which was one of the first I saw as an adult and much like when I first saw Hedwig I thought, I want to do THAT! Whatever my 14 year old self thought THAT was.
What is your favourite musical & dream role in that show?
My favourite musical is Sunday in the Park with George. Forever. And Ever. I don’t do musical theatre as much anymore but I would show up for THAT and play Dot…for a concert run of three shows 🙂
What is your “guilty pleasure” cabaret song to sing?
Oh my gosh, there are literally so many answers to this question. But if I were to end up at a variety night somewhere in the world where no one knew me – and I was asked to belt out a tune – I would sing, “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret. Which is very meta, don’t you think?