Matthew Stocke - Professional Career

Professional Career

In 1998, Stocke made his Broadway debut in the musical production of Titanic and later went on tour with the show's National Tour Cast. He was in the original production of The Full Monty in 2000, where he was a swing and understudied the role of Jerry Lukowski. Jerry Lukowski was played by his college roommate and current close friend Patrick Wilson. At Great Britain's Royal Variety Performance, Matt bared it all as Jerry for Queen Elizabeth II during The Full Monty's final number, "Let It Go." In 2003, he joined the original cast of The Boy from Oz, in which he kissed leading man Hugh Jackman. In 2006, he was a part of the original cast for The Wedding Singer. He understudied the roles of Sammy, Robbie Hart, played by Stephen Lynch, and Glen Guglia, played by Richard H. Blake.

In 2007, Matt originated the role of the Witch's Father/Ozian Official (Frexspar the Godly) for the Los Angeles company of Wicked, which opened on February 10, 2007. He understudied for both John Rubinstein as The Wizard and Timothy Britten Parker as Doctor Dillamond. He shared his two understudy duties with Brian Munn, who also understudied for him. His track in the show included the new Shiz University professor who takes over for Doctor Dillamond (Doctor Nikidik), the Yak at the train station, the "Big Green Guard" in the Emerald City who shouts "The Wizard will see you now!", and an Ozian Official. Matt also led weekly tours of Wicked LA's Behind the Emerald Curtain, which takes fans behind-the-scenes to see what the making of musicals is all about. Matt left the Wicked LA company on February 10, 2008, exactly a year after Wicked LA (previews) began, and was replaced by Tim Talman.

From March 12-April 20, 2008, Matt originated the roles of Barstow, Mr. Simms, Dr. Vinton, and Camp Director in the musical version of the 1985 film Mask, which made its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. Stocke then appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Road Show (formerly called Bounce) with Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani, which played at New York's Public Theatre from October 28-December 28, 2008. The show featured music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the tells the story of two brothers whose quest for the American dream turns into a test of morality and judgment that changes their lives in unexpected ways.

Throughout his career, he has made numerous appearances on the Tony Awards and The Today Show and has performed on stages all across the country. Matt's voice can be heard on the original recordings for The Wedding Singer, The Boy from Oz, and The Full Monty, plus The Dirty Sock Funtime Band's debut album "The Search and Rescue of Genius Backpack" by Create-A-Play and BC/EFA's "Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure" Volumes 3, 5, & 8. Matt has traveled to 42 different states to perform in Regional and summer stock theatre shows and has golfed in 22 of those states. In early 2007, he appeared in Donnie Kehr's show Rockers On Broadway: Jersey Style and participated in an informal reading of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical. He has made guest appearances on the television shows "30 Rock", "The Sopranos", "Conviction", "Law & Order", "Law & Order: SVU", and "Chappelle's Show". Matt has also participated in the 2002 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games in Orlando, Florida and the New York City Half Marathon on July 27, 2008.

Stocke joined the ensemble of Rock of Ages on October 6, 2009 as an understudy for the roles of Lonny, Dennis, and Hertz. With the company, he participated in the Golden Mullet Awards on October 26, 2009, VH1's Save the Music campaign (Restore Instrumental Music at School) at PS/IS111 on November 13, 2009, New Yorkers for Children: Wrap to Rap event on November 17, 2009 at Madison Square Garden, and Taste of Times Square on June 7, 2010 at the Hard Rock Cafe. Stocke also appears on the "Men of Rock of Ages" 2010 calendar. His last show was on January 9, 2011, which was the date of the company's temporary closing before moving to the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Stocke appeared as Mike in the Off-Broadway production of Giant with Brian d'Arcy James and Kate Baldwin, which ran at The Public's Newman Theatre from October 26, 2012 through December 2, 2012, with an official press opening on November 13, 2012. He originated the same role during the production's run at Dallas Theater Center from January 18, 2012 to February 19, 2012.

In January 2013, Stocke will participate in a reading of The First Gentleman with Sally Struthers.

From February 7 to March 11, 2013, Stocke returns to Rock of Ages in the role of Hertz.

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