Internationally Renowned Singer-Actress, Sue Mathys, to Star as “Mama Rose” in GYPSY for Festival Theatre

International star of “Cabaret’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’, Sue Mathys cast as “Rose.”  Ms. Mathys’ career can be defined by some of the roles she’s played in the theatre: two hundred performances as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s German premiere production of Sunset Boulevard (directed by Trevor Nunn); Maria Callas in Master Class (St. Gallen, Switzerland; March, 2005); the title role in Piaf (Prix Walo – Outstanding Actress Award); Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (German premiere); the title role in the world premiere and subsequent Swiss national tour of
her solo show Lila Rosen (written for Ms. Mathys; premiere at Kaufleuten, Zürich); Sister Robert Anne in Non(n)sense (Original German cast album); Marta in Company (Theater des Westens, Berlin); Rizzo in Grease (Basel, Switzerland); Mary Magdalene in Jesu s Chri st Superstar (Freilichtspiele Schwäbisch Hall, Germany); as well as Sally Bowles in various German, Austrian, and Swiss productions of
Cabaret, the title role in Irma La Douce, Anita in West Side Story, and Eliza in My Fair Lady, to name a few. Having shared the stage with two other female Swiss celebrities in Drei Bräute für ein Halleluja
(nominated for a Prix Walo 2006 for Best Theatre Production), she toured Switzerland with this
successful show in 2006.

She originated the role of Johanna Spyri in Heidi, a new musical by Shaun McKenna and Stephen Keeling based on Sypri’s life and famous novel, 2005 open air world premiere in Walenstadt, Switzerland, and also played this part in the German premiere production at the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau 2006/2007. The authors of Heidi were so impressed by Ms. Mathys’ performance, that when they wrote the sequel Heidi and Johanna, which had its world premiere in July 2007 (under the title of Heidi Part 2), the role of Johanna Spyri became the starring part of this new work. It was nominated for a Prix Walo award for Best Theatre Production 2007. In the fall of 2009 she played the role of Frl.Schneider in the production of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Having performed in the major venues in Switzerland (Zürich, Winterthur, St. Gallen, Solothurn, Luzern, Biel, Bern, Basel, Avenches), Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Dessau, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Kaiserslautern, Schwäbisch Hall, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Würzburg), and Austria (Bregenz and Salzburg) in an extraordinarily wide spectrum of stage roles including Woman One in Raymond Queneau’s Autobus S, the title role in Offenbach’s La Belle Helene, and in many celebrated revues such as One Touch Of Weill (in Zürich), Ein Genie Bin Ich Selber (a revue of the work of Hanns Eisler; Förderpreis der Internationalen Bodenseekonferenz award), and Kleiner Mann Was Nun (in Luzern), Ms. Mathys also performed frequently on television, on the radio and in symphonic gala concerts.

In September 2008, Sue Mathys made her American Concert Debut at the Chamber Music Hall (Weill Recital Hall) at Carnegie Hall. The sold out and wildly enthusiastic audience gave her standing ovations, and demanded Ms. Mathys return to the stage to give encores. This stunning debut was presented by the Swiss Society of New York and Robert R.Blume/Les Schecter, was directed by Len Pfluger, and Ms.Mathys was accompanied at the piano by her long-time Music Director Jay Dias. In June 2009, the same concert was given at the Carpenter Performance Hall at the Irving Arts Center in Dallas, Texas. Presented by Lyric Stage, Ms. Mathys once again captured her audience as she did at Carnegie, and the resulting series of standing ovations by the Lyric Stage audience had Ms. Mathys return to the stage to offer encores of some of Piaf’s most popular chansons. Her concert at Urban Stages’ Cabaret Nights in December 2009 in New York City was awarded with an Agnes Moorehead Award as one of the ten best live performances of the year 2009.

Her former triumph in concert with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Jay Dias as conductor, Sue Mathys Sings Broadway And Piaf, was recorded live at the sold out Konzertsaal of the Kultur- und Kongress- Zentrum in Lucerne, Switzerland, and it’s CD of the same name immediately shot to the top of the German Musical Theatre charts. During her thirty years performing career, she has sung dozens of concerts and Gala shows with numerous renowned European orchestras and big bands (Stadtmusik Zürich, Zürich Weill Orchestra, Pepe Lienhard Big Band, Swiss Brass Consort, Bill von Arx Quintett, Roberto Bossard The Trio, Ms.Mathys’ Gala-Band Silk Noise and many more). In June 2007 she sang the part of the Old Lady in a concert of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, performed in the original English version at the sold out Schaudausaal in Thun, Switzerland. Though Ms. Mathys can be seen in front of the camera in feature films (2005’s Nordwind, directed by Bettina Oberli), on Swiss National Television (2004’s acclaimed TV-Movie, Moritz, directed by Stefan Haupt), she also has had numerous popular TV show appearances on Benissimo, Menschen, Moor Late Night Show, Risiko, Krebs-Gala 2005 and Aeschbacher 2006, and she often enjoys using her voice to create roles in radio plays, over voicing movies, cartoons, documentaries and commercials. Many in Switzerland recognize Ms. Mathys’ voice from her years of delivering the daily news on Switzerland’s National Television Station, SF.

In addition to her large concert galas, Ms. Mathys has toured Switzerland and Gemany with great success in a more intimate solo show entitled Act 1: The Same Old Song, with Long Island born music director/pianist Brian Gill. She was a guest teacher and lecturer at Switzerland’s universities of music, including the highly respected Zürich and Luzerner Hochschulen für Musik, and was a member of the jury of the Swiss musical contest Pop Schwiz. For many years she has served as a member of the executive board of the Swiss Artists Union SBKV (Schweizerischer Bühnenkünstlerverband), member of the board of the International Federation of Actors FIA.

Commercial CD recordings: Sue Mathy s Sing s Broadway And Piaf (live with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; Jay Dias, guest conductor; on Phonag Records); Heidi-Das Musical Teil 2 (Heidi and Johanna, 2007 World Premiere Cast Live Recording); Non(n)sense (Original German Cast Recording on EMU Records); Sue Mathy s in Piaf (live at Stadttheater Luzern); Lila Rosen (live at Kaufleuten, Zürich; Lila Pfeffer Unlimited); Hardy Hepp’s HeppCHor (Impact Music); Joseph Bachmann’s Jus D’Accordéon (Tyrolis Music); Moser & Schneider’s Heidi (Tudor Recording AG), Zirkus Nock Gala (with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester) and Andreas Vollenweider’s Book Of Roses (Columba Records).

Her training includes earning a Master’s Degree in Acting at the Schauspiel Akademie Zürich, study at the Herbert Berghof Studio, and continuous vocal study with Arabella Hong Young in New York, as well as dance training at New York’s Steps on Broadway.

Having sung the world premiere of the song How Do I Say I Love You? in concert with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Ms. Mathys continues to create the title character in the development of BMI composer Jay Dias and lyricist Clayton Stang’s new musical, Stella Dallas . Sue Mathys lives in New York City.