Tony Award winner to perform cabaret show Friday

To say that Broadway superstar Patti LuPone is special to performer Matt Doyle hardly goes far enough.

When Doyle starred in Broadway’s “Company” with LuPone, the actress and singer encouraged him daily with a simple preshow boost, he told Variety writer Marc Malkin in the spring. And her admonition was this: “Knock ‘em dead, kid.”

Doyle did that well enough to win the Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical as the character of Jamie, who is engaged to Paul (played by Etai Benson), a change from the straight couple featured in the original production. He also won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received a Drama League Award nomination for that role.

The 16-year New York City performer brings his solo concert to the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Cabaret at The Commons series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Commons in downtown Columbus.

Reviews from a performance in late summer show that Doyle performed songs such as “Out There” from Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “You Never Need Nobody,” highlighting his emotional issues struggles. Plus, he included one of his own compositions, “Don’t Wait.”

Moreover, in past cabarets, Doyle has regaled audiences with stories of luminaries ranging from LuPone to “Company” show creator Stephen Sondheim.

Doyle’s other Broadway credits also include Tony-winning musicals “The Book of Mormon” in the lead role of Elder Price; “Spring Awakening;” “War Horse;” and the revival of the musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Regionally, he most recently starred in the world premiere of the Huey Lewis musical “The Heart of Rock & Roll” at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego; and played Melchoir in the national tour of “Spring Awakening.”

His off-Broadway and regional credits also include “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Brooklynite,” “Giant,” and “Jasper in Deadland.”

Onscreen, he has appeared on CBS’s “The Code,” the original “Gossip Girl,” and can also be seen in the indie feature “Private Romeo,” plus the short film “The Albatross Cafe.” Doyle has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, with symphonies across the country, and continues to headline solo shows throughout New York City.

If you go

Who: Tony Award-winning singer and performer Matt Doyle and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

What: Cabaret at The Commons

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Commons, 300 Washington St., downtown Columbus