Annie at Walnut Street Theatre
Elisa played Sophie the Kettle and Cecille in this heart-warming favorite.
Carousel at Media Theatre
Elisa played Nettie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved classic. Philadelphia Magazine describes Elisa's performance as “touching and vocally lovely" and The Philadelphia Inquirer writes "As Julie's cousin Nettie, the ever-delightful Elisa Matthews soars through her mezzo-soprano range, her voice anchoring a sense of earthy community in the choral numbers, and delivering the signature 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with stunning gravity".
Elisa Wins Best Actress Broadway World Award!
Elisa won a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Musical for The Bridges of Madison County! To read about the awards click here.
Elisa was nominated for a Barrymore for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical in The Secret Garden!
The Bridges of Madison County
September 14 - October 23, 2016
Elisa played Francesca in this musical based on the best-selling novel and populer movie featuring music by Jason Robert Brown.
Audiences and critics love The Bridges of Madison County! The Philadelphia Inquirer raves "Matthews' gorgeous soprano provides a lovely contrast to the two male leads, her operatic phrasings revealing a reluctant immigrant's dichotomy of looking homeward while clinging to the permanence of her life...All three deliver compelling acting performances, particularly Stineman and Matthews in how each, with a stoic's visage and eyes set on the hardship of reality, barely conceals an inner sadness that bleeds through every line." Click here to read the full review.
Broadway World writes "Elisa Matthews and Derek Basthemer sing and act their way into your heart...and through it all Matthew’s voice simply soars!"
Nealspaper describes Elisa as "...elegant and text-conscious, a performer whose pure tones and keen understanding of what she’s singing can make any song a delight." and Delco Culture Vulture writes "Matthews has a killer voice and ...gives the character an unexpected fire and life."