matthew croft

music director | keyboards | conductor | orchestrator | composer

About Me


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BROADWAY: MD/Keys 2 for The Illusionists: Turn of the Century at the Palace Theatre. TOURING: MD/Keys 1 for Something Rotten! (2018-2019 National Tour), MD/Keys 1 for Motown The Musical (2017-2018 National Tour),  AMD/Keys 2 for The Producers (2015-2016 National Tour) & Guys & Dolls (2014-2015 National Tour). NYMF: MD/Keys for I Am, I Will, I Do (NYMF 2017). REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: MD/Keys for Altar Boyz, I Love A Piano, and Forever Plaid  & AMD/Keys 2 for Lysistrata Jones and Cole Porter's You Never Know at Meadow Brook Theatre in Auburn Hills, MI. He has played on and/or conducted over 120 shows in his career, in addition to his work as an orchestrator, arranger, and composer. A native of Detroit, he currently lives in Fairport Harbor, OH with his amazing fiancée, a very fat cat named Fuji, and a very energetic puppy named Pippa.

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Since 2006, Matthew has been performing as a professional pianist, music director, keyboardist, and orchestrator. Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Waterford, MI, Matthew began his musical instruction at the age of 7 with piano lessons. He studied throughout middle & high school with Judith Wade, and expanded his studies to include composition, music technology, collaborative piano, conducting, and music theory. After high school, he studied Music Composition & Conducting at Wayne State University under professors Kypros Markou, Gerrie Ball, James Hartway, and Gerald Custer.

Since 2006, he has played, conducted, music directed, and been a part of the music staff for over 120 shows, and music directed his first show - an Equity production of "Hair!" - at the age of 16. In early 2014, he began playing as Keyboard 2/Associate MD at Meadow Brook Theatre in Auburn Hills, MI - the largest AEA regional theater in MI - playing and programming keyboards for their regional premieres of Lysistrata Jones and Cole Porter's You Never Know. Since then, he has returned for multiple shows - vocal directing their production of A Christmas Carol twice, as well as writing new arrangements for the acapella singing group featured in the show, as well as music directing and playing Altar Boyz, I Love A Piano, and Forever Plaid

In December 2014, Matthew was offered the Keyboard 2/Associate MD chair on the 2014-2015 national tour of Guys & Dolls. After completing that tour, he went back on the road with the 2015-2016 national tour of "The Producers". Recently, he made his Broadway debut conducting and playing Keyboard 2 for "The Illusionists: Turn of the Century" at the Palace Theatre in Times Square, which broke records as the best-selling magic show to ever play Broadway as well as the best-selling show at the Palace Theatre in single-week grosses. Following that, he was offered the job as Music Director/Keyboard 1 & Conductor for the 2017-2018 National Tour of Motown: The Musical, working with Tony-nominated orchestrator & music supervisor Ethan Popp. In 2018, he was offered the Music Director/Keyboard 1 & Conductor chair on the 2018-2019 2nd National Tour of Something Rotten!, and is currently in Seoul, South Korea, conducting the final week of the tour’s run.

Outside of musical theater, Matthew has an extensive background in both classical music & church music, having served as Music Director at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church for 10 years. He has appeared on both piano & percussion with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, the North Oakland Concert Band, the Farmington Concert Band, and the Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra & Wind Ensemble. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Cork Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Wayne State Symphony Orchestra, McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and the Farmington Concert Band. His arrangements and orchestrations for the 2009 Detroit Red Wings "Stanley Cup Banner Raising Ceremony" were performed live on Fox Sports Network & the CBC by the Wayne State Symphony Orchestra. He has been active as a pianist for "The Pros" Big Band, concerts, recitals, Solo & Ensemble festivals, and various other projects since 2004. He is also the on-call arranger for the Rondo String Quartet in Michigan, and has written over 20 arrangements for them since starting. Those arrangements are for sale HERE.

He and his incredible fiancée currently live in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, with a very fat cat named Fuji and a very energetic puppy named Pippa.

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