Matt Crowle is a Chicago based actor that was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan. At an early age, he became involved in dance and theater, performing in his first Marshall Civic Theater production at the age of six. Raised on the stage of The Franke Center, Matt performed in countless musicals with many of the talented locals! During his high school years, he acted in many summer productions at The Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Mi. After graduating from Marshall High School in 2000, he attended college in Chicago and graduated with a BA in musical theater. Upon graduation, he moved to NYC to begin his career on stage. An accomplished tap dancer, Matt toured nationally with legendary Tommy Tune in Doctor Doolittle.Returning from the year-long tour, he landed his first Broadway role in the production of Monty Python’sSpamalot at The Schubert Theatre in Times Square. Under the direction of Mike Nichols, he performed a variety of roles until the show’s closing in 2009. He then moved to Chicago to be closer to family and friends.
During Matt’s ten years in Chicago, he has directed, choreographed and acted on numerous stages throughout the city. He has been nominated for eleven Joseph Jefferson awards, winning three. Chicago theater highlights include Cosmo Brown in Singing in the Rain,Patsy in Spamalot, Luther Billis in South Pacific, Leo Bloom inThe Producers and Bert in Mary Poppinsat The Paramount. This past Christmas, he performed at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in the solo role of Crumpet the elf in David Sadaris’s The Santaland Diaries. Most recently Matt played the eight family members of the royal D’Ysquith family in the musical comedy production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He returns to The Goodman Theatre for their summer production of The Music Man, a show he acted in years ago, at age twelve, at The Franke Center with his younger brother Danny.
Matt and his friends will be performing song and dance from the golden age of musicals. The show will be followed by a meet and greet, along with a sumptuous assortment of appetizers and desserts. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The cost of a fundraiser ticket is $75, which includes your ticket to the show, food AND 5 tickets for a chance to win one of the 6 door prizes available.
This year, The Franke Center will not be holding their annual raffle event and will be including some of the favorite raffle items as door prize offerings at this event. You will receive your 5 door prize tickets the evening of the show, and during the evening you will be able to choose which of the 6 prizes you would like to enter for a chance to win. Additional tickets will also be available for purchase that evening.
Matt is honored and grateful to be returning to The Franke Center Stage for a musical review benefiting the arts at The Franke Center. He is always “at home” on the Franke Center Stage. He thanks all of his friends and his family in Marshall for always supporting him through his many years of singing and dancing!
We hope you will join us for this special one-time fundraising event to help support The Franke Center.
The 6 door prizes to be won that evening (you must be present to win and have a ticket to Matt’s show)are the following:
You must purchase a ticket to the show in order to enter this drawing. No door prize tickets will be sold to those who are not ticket holders.TICKETS
$34 Advance $36 at the Door
Doors open at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers road-hardened, seemingly telepathic musicianship bring an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. In 2009 Castro won four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). Well known for his entertaining live shows, this promises to be a great night of live Blues at The Franke. “Castro plays gritty, string-bending blues like a runaway soul train…a glorious blend that rocks the soul and lifts the spirits.” (No Depression Journal of Roots Music).TICKETS
It’s all happening Saturday, May 4: Get ready to taste fivedifferent varieties of Kentucky bourbons and one local bourbon, enjoy a scrumptious Kentucky Derby-style dinner catered by Grand River Brewery, watch the Kentucky Derby as it happens liveon the large, professional-grade screen in The Franke Center’s auditorium, AND enjoy the evening while all dressed up in your finest Derby attire (optional). Show up in your most dashing derby hat and you just might even win a prizeif yours is judged to be the best!
4:30 (all times p.m.) The Franke Center’s doors open for this fundraiser event
4:45 – 5:30 Dinner catered by Grand River Brewery. Cash bar available.
Seating on The Franke Center Main Stage
5:45 – 6:40 Bourbon tasting in The Franke Center’s Tom/Collins Lobby Bar,
tended by Jonah Curtis
4:30 – 6:45 Pick your favorite horse and make a small wager.
6:50 The 145th Run For the Roses! Kentucky Derby. The greatest two minutes in sports! Shown in The Franke Center Auditorium
Small race wagering opportunities will enhance your derby watching … SO….why not pick a few favorites to root for?
You must be 21 or older to attend this fundraiser.
To purchase tickets, please call Box Office at
269-781-0001. Tickets limited to 50.
Party favors and giveaways included.
Sponsored by The Marshall Manhattan Club
7:30pm – 10:00 p.m. MUSIC ON TAP: Live concert in the Downstage Club
with Travis Meadows.
Separate ticket required: $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
Doors open 7:00pm
Cash bar with beer, wine and bourbon
One of Nashville’s most revered songwriters, Travis Meadows brings his country influenced music to The Franke Center’s intimate Downstage Club for what promises to be a great evening of entertainment. Performing as a duo, Meadows is known for his unforgettable live performances, and his ability to draw the audience into his life experiences through his storytelling.
Peers have been dancing by Meadows’ fire for years. Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Mary Gauthier, Brandy Clark, Blackberry Smoke, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna Judd, Randy Houser, and others began writing with, recording, and praising Meadows as soon as they heard his work. Songs such as “Riser,” the title track for Bentley’s 2015 album; Church’s “Knives of New Orleans” and “Dark Side”; and Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” are all Meadows-penned chart-climbers.
Meadows’ life has been filled with challenges and changes that come through in his songwriting. Speaking about his latest album, First Cigarette, Meadows says “Life can be a little challenging for all of us. It’s beautiful and it’s tragic, it’s awesome and it hurts,” Meadows says. “I hope people sense that through this record and want to come to a show, which is a lot of storytelling, a lot of tears, a lot of laughter. They’ll come face to face with a damn lot of humanity. I hope they see themselves in it.” And his live shows? Meadows comments “You know, my shows are not a ‘honky-tonk’ experience. There’s a lot of storytelling, you know, Mississippi back-roads kind of storytelling, and some songs that go with that. It’s almost like—god, I don’t know—like a Springsteen video with Eudora Welty or Flannery O’Connor directing the video,” he says with a laugh.