Due to inclement weather the performances of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9 at 2 PM and 5 PM have been postponed.  The new performance date is Monday, February 18 (Presidents' Day); show times will remain 2 PM and 5 PM.  All tickets purchased for the original shows will be honored on the new performance day at the same times as printed on the original tickets.

Matt Gregorio's had a lot of acting jobs. The best ones, he says, come when you least expect them.

Matt Gregorio
Matt Gregorio

"Many of us gypsy performers thrive on the excitement of where your next job will take you," said Gregorio. "With Scooby-Doo, I had watched the cartoons and always thought it was funny, so when I heard about the audition I said, "Oh my God, that sounds so cool!"

Gregorio feels like a kid again in the traveling production of Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, which comes to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 9.


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Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and everyone's favorite talking dog will reunite for Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, a brand-new original musical that's in the same vein as the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series and its many offshoots.

In Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, The Mystery Gang finds a letter that says a ghost is haunting a local theater, so they enlist the help of the audience to get to the bottom of it. Gregorio plays a new character, Wilbur Warner, who sounds suspicious, to say the least.

"Wilbur Warner is a man with kind of a mysterious past," said Gregorio. "He has an interest in the gang not discovering his connection to the theater."

Gregorio grew up in Bridgewater, acting in his mother's neighborhood production of Rumpelstiltskin at age 5 and starting piano lessons at 7. After years of acting, dance, and voice lessons, as well as numerous community and high school theater productions, Gregorio was accepted to the University of Miami. He went there for two years before transferring to UMass Boston, where he got his degree in exercise physiology.

"I'm excited to perform at ULowell, for that UMass connection," said Gregorio.

Gregorio had a few gigs doing commercials during and after college, but his first big job was as a singer on luxury cruise lines that went everywhere from the Caribbean to Asia. Scooby-Doo Live! gave him a chance to see the one part of the world he hasn't really seen -- his home country.

"I love traveling, and when Scooby-Doo Live! came up, it was an opportunity to travel, but in the U.S.," said Gregorio. "There are so many cities in the U.S. that I've never gone to and that I now will get to see on this tour."

Gregorio, eight other cast members and the rest of the crew will visit 55 cities during the next few months by a bus that (unfortunately) is not decorated like the Mystery Machine. Gregorio likened the trip to a bus ride to summer camp, with many of the riders laughing, playing games or trying to get a quick nap.

He wouldn't confirm whether or not his character says a certain line about "meddling kids" (although he did say the line is in the show), but Gregorio said there's plenty in the show that will appeal to fans of the series, both young and old ones.

"We're quickly learning that it's just as popular with adults as kids," said Gregorio. "It's very well-written because it appeals to all ages. But especially the kids -- one of the thing's we've noticed is how the children's faces light up when the characters come on stage. That's why we do this."

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries will be at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $15-$65 ($65 tickets include a meet-and-greet). For information, visit www.tsongascenter.com or call 978-934-5738.

The mystery gang

Scooby-Doo

  • Anthropomorphic Great Dane who speaks in broken English, usually by substituting an "R" sound for any other letter. Loves eating Scooby Snacks and running away from ghosts. Uncle to Scrappy-Doo, a smaller, more articulate and more annoying version of Scooby.
Shaggy
  • Scooby's slack-jawed best friend. Maintains a slovenly appearance that's straight out of a past-their-prime Grateful Dead concert. Loves eating Scooby Snacks and running away from ghosts as much as Scooby, if not more.

Fred

  • Resident "Hot Guy" of The Mystery Gang. Always wears a white sweater, even after Labor Day. Often comes up with elaborate traps for the villains that don't ever actually work because Scooby and Shaggy mess them up somehow.

Velma

  • Bookworm who somehow found her way into the cool group. Often loses her glasses, leading to hilarious results. Wears a turtleneck and a Britney Spears, "Baby (One More Time)"-era skirt. Catchprase: "Jinkies."

Daphne

  • Beautiful damsel in distress. Often the member of the gang that gets captured and ends up needing to be saved by Scooby and Shaggy, which is kind of pathetic. Seems to have a crush on Fred and his pretentious Brooks Brothers' look. Overall, not the most progressive feminist symbol.