Merman on Broadway is in part a meticulous recreation of Ethel Merman’s Las Vegas Club Act, including Merman’s famous ‘medley’. Dominic, a male sopranist also at home with Purcell and Handel, sings all of Merman’s hits (Everything’s Coming Up Roses, There’s No Business Like Showbusiness, They Say That Falling in Love is Wonderful) in her trademark belting style as well as covering Merman’s lesser-known material (such as ‘World Take Me Back’ – from Merman’s run in Hello, Dolly!). Dominic aims for ‘Mermanesque’ rather than a direct imitation of Merman - to evoke Merman’s spirit, her wicked sense of humor and no-nonsense approach, and to present her unforgettable music with the same care for the lyrics being heard that Merman had herself. More than that the show is about the joy of good music, sung honestly. As heard on BBC Radio 4.
“‘That is some set of pipes. De-lightful, de-licious, de-Merman.’ Jeff Harnar”
‘He must be one of cabaret’s most original interpreters of the these classic American songs. This is no Tiny Tim soundalike voice but the real Merman ‘bash’ that hits you over the head’ Classical Source
‘His voice, spoken or sung, is uncannily similar to Merman’s. He’s quick witted, fun to watch, great to hear, and audiences love him’. Cabaret Scenes
"How unusual it is that a man in his 20s is carrying a torch for somebody who would be 100 years old were she alive today." - The Independent (UK national Newspaper)
"Mattos' incredible voice, captures the Merman bluster admirably. An unusual treat." – Spoonfed London “Wildly talented – mindblowing” Time Out, London (Critic’s Choice)
Dominic Mattos read Theology at Oxford University, where he spent a lot of time drinking gin. In 2008 he furthered his unnatural preoccupation with Ethel Merman by celebrating her 100th Birthday with the launch of his cabaret act at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, and on BBC Radio 4. Following two sell-out seasons at Jermyn Street Dominic has appeared as Ethel across the UK, at the 1200 seat Blackpool Grand, the Oxford Playhouse, the Aldeburgh Music Festival and at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as in London’s major cabaret rooms.