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posted Friday, January 31 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 05
Matt Owen talks of Spamalot (And flashes of what's to be seen)
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Matt Owen talks of Spamalot (And flashes of what's to be seen)

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
5TH AVENUE THEATRE
January 30 - March 2
Matt Owen is not a new face to the 5th Avenue Theatre, but his talent is one you'll remember. Taking on 'classic' roles as easily as new ones - as in Oklahoma! and the title character in Elf, The Musical - Mr. Owen has shown his versatility and vast talent on stage. Gearing up for the 5th Avenue's current production, Spamalot, the Seattle Gay News caught up with this talented and versatile man.

Eric Andrews-Katz: Where were you born?

Matt Owen: Kirkland, Washington. Oh wait. Actually, that's a lie. Right out of the gate, now there's a good start. I was raised in Kirkland, but I was actually born in Spokane.

Andrews-Katz: Who were your earliest influences in becoming a performer?

Owen: Actually it was my little sister. When I was about 11 years old, she was 9 and she really wanted to get into acting. She decided to take an acting class, but was too afraid to go on her own. My mother told me to go to the first class with my sister, and that I didn't have to go to the rest once she made friends. I've been attending ever since. I guess I owe my entire career to the 9-year old version of my sister.

Andrews-Katz: What was the first professional show you were connected to?

Owen: The first show I ever saw was Camelot at the Village Theatre in the '80s. That's kind of funny timing as now I'm doing Spamalot, so I've come full circle. The first show I was connected with was Anything Goes at the 5th Avenue in 2000. It starred Dee Hoty and was the first show David Armstrong directed as the 5th Avenue's Artistic Director.

Andrews-Katz: How did you first get involved with the 5th Avenue Theatre?

Owen: That was it. I was a senior in high school when I came in for the auditions of Anything Goes. I got the part and then had to figure out how to miss weeks of class at a time. My principal was great to work with and he got it managed. That year, my senior year, I did 1776, Gypsy and Anything Goes. When I was in college I came back to audition for them again. Over the years I've done about 17 shows with the 5th Avenue.

Andrews-Katz: You've done several 'classic' musicals. What makes a musical a classic?

Owen: That's a hard one. Let me think about that a minute before committing to anything on paper. For me, because I'm also a writer, I always say it comes down to the writing of the book. It's wonderful if there's a great score and lyrics, but if a musical has a really good book, a lot can be forgiven. Gypsy, Cabaret, West Side Story, they are classics because they have such great books! And phenomenal music and lyrics.

Andrews-Katz: You were in the cult musical Grey Gardens. What do you think is behind America's fascination with the Beale family?

Owen: Because they are so wonderfully weird and delicious. It's the same reason everyone became fascinated with Whitney Houston. America loves a good train wreck. They love a fall from grace. And that [Grey Gardens] was the ultimate fall from grace. The Beales and the Bouvier were American royalty and to see them living in squalid conditions was so disgusting. I think it's incredibly fascinating. The documentary is just bizarre and amazing.

Andrews-Katz: As Will Parker in Oklahoma! you did a lot of tap dancing. What kind of training have you had in this field?

Owen: I started tapping pretty much when I started performing. I guess I was about 13 and now I'm 30. I've taken several tap classes.

Andrews-Katz: With Elf and Spamalot, you've done two movies-to-stage musicals. What challenges do you find doing a role that is previously so well known?

Owen: The biggest challenge is that you want to tip your hat to what was done in the movie before you. You honor it, but make it your own. I'm not Will Farrell. For Elf I really tried to make it true to the scenes (that's such a cliché, I know) but I want to make it my own also. With Monty Python there is such a cult following! From the scene with the sentries on the castle walls talking about swallows and coconuts, it's all so iconic. That's the long-winded version of saying that an actor has to make it his or her own.

Andrews-Katz: As Sir Robin, do you have a favorite moment in Spamalot?

Owen: There are lots of favorite moments. I guess& I sh*t myself on stage, which I've never done in a musical before this, so that's pretty fun and silly. I never really thought about evacuating my bowels on a stage before, but there it is. I do a lot of other things, but that one stands out.

Andrews-Katz: What is your web-series Every Other Wednesday about?

Owen: Unfortunately, we haven't done any new episodes in a while, but they are all on YouTube. It's about 2 straight [male] roommates who can't get along, and go to couples therapy.

Andrews-Katz: Tell us about your play, The Girl in the Park, a 2010 New York Fringe Festival Entry.

Owen: I'm also a writer. I wrote a play that was produced and it was a blast. I was really proud of it. It was a unique experience to sit in an audience and watch others speak your words, and perform your work.

Andrews-Katz: You are going to be in the upcoming 5th Avenue debut musical, Room With a View?

Owen: Yes, and I can say with confidence, that I'll be 100% naked. There will be three of us actually. (It's the swimming scene in the movie). Honestly, I'm not worried about being naked. I think it will be exhilarating. I've always been a little bit of an exhibitionist. I've streaked in college. The musical is a really good adaptation of the movie.

Andrews-Katz: If you could play any role - regardless of any limitations - what would it be and why?

Owen: I'm too young right now, but down the line I would like to play John Adams in the musical 1776. I think it is one of the greatest written roles in the musical theater. I think that musical, in general, is one of the best written.

Matt Owen plays Sir Robin in the 5th Avenue's current production of Spamalot. Filled with knights that say 'Ni', killer rabbits, flying cows, hunts for shrubbery, and songs like 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,' Spamalot the Musical is billed as 'lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' with book, lyrics and music written by Eric Idle.

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