Matt Cavenaugh '01 lassoed the lead role in the much-hyped
new Broadway musical based on the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. The
story follows the lives of Bud (Cavenaugh) and Sissy (played by
Jenn Colella), two hardhat lovers who meet in a honkytonk bar and
ride off into the sunset on a mechanical bull.
This is Matt's Broadway
debut; in fact he secured his Equity card during this production.
Despite his age -- "I was only two when the Urban Cowboy movie
came out," he admits -- Matt is more than ready to fill the boots
once worn by John Travolta. Last summer he played the title role
in another Broadway hopeful, The Picture of Dorian Gray, at
the Buell Theater in Denver, and he has been called one of the
brightest young stars on the national theater scene.
learned that he had landed the role in Urban Cowboy on his
24th birthday and was immediately drawn to the musical. "It's a
beautiful love story," he says. "Bud's a simple man who knows what
he wants and goes after it. But he's vulnerable, too. He's had
his heart broken."
The image of Matt astride the bull has been adorning the theater
marquee and the advertising posters for the show, including a
big one in the Times Square subway station. It's got more than
hearts aflutter, we are told. The show opened at the Broadhurst
Theatre on March 27.