Cast Member Profile: MATTHEW HARDY

Matthew Hardy  |  Actor

 Matthew has performed with the National Tour of "Fosse", toured with Jane Comfort & Co., created and performed his own cabaret act entitled "Songs for the Dysfunctional", and worked at many regional theaters in and around New York State. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical comedy "Flambé Dreams".  This summer Matthew can be seen in Boeing Boeing at Cape May Stage. www.matthewhardy.org.<...Continued

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Flambe Dreams  | Open: 11/22/10 Close: 12/06/10 - Iguana New York

New Musical Flambé Dreams Receives Developmental Production Nov 22 – Dec 6

 

New York, NY – The new musical Flambé Dreams opens Nov 22, 2010 at The Iguana Restaurant and Dance Lounge (240 West 54th St.) and plays Mondays for three weeks. Flambé Dreams has book and lyrics by Matthew Hardy and music by Randy Klein.

 

West Hyler directs a cast that includes Kevin B. McGlynn (Forbidden Broadway); Jenna Coker-Jones (Evil Dead the Musical); Kate Kearney-Patch (Trails, NYMF); Matthew Hardy (Fosse, Nat. Tour); and Jillian Louis (Popart, NYMF).

 

This quirky new musical comedy tells the story of Joe Christiansen from Preston, Idaho, who rebels against his pill-pushing psychiatrist mother and journeys to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a great Maitre d' like his father who was killed in a freak flaming bananas foster accident. Flambé Dreams is an unusual theatrical experience that takes place in an actual restaurant around the audience as they dine.

 

Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein are advanced members of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Mr. Klein is the recipient of the 2009 Jerry Harrington award. Flambé Dreams was a finalist for the 2009 BMI Jerry Bock Award and has a song New Jersey featured on the upcoming BMI Musical Theatre Workshop compilation CD No More Revivals.

 

West Hyler is the associate director of Jersey Boys and has staged companies in Las Vegas,  Chicago, London, Toronto and Australia. He has directed over 40 plays and worked at theaters such as The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, and Actors Theater of Louisville. Upcoming projects include the 2012 Big Apple Circus.

 

The production team includes Antionette Dipietropolo (choreography), Paloma Young (costume design), Caleb Levengood (set design) and Christian DeAngelis (lighting design).

 

There are only 4 performances of Flambé Dreams: Monday nights at 7:00 pm for three weeks (Nov 22, 29, Dec 6) with an industry matinee on Dec 6 at 3:00 pm. No cover / No food and drink minimum. Reservations can be made by emailing  flambedreams@gmail.com or calling 917-902-5581.

 

 For additional information visit www.flambedreams.com 

 

  

   

 

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The Piano Has Been Drinking (not Me)  | Open: 09/02/13 Close: 09/23/13 - Underground Lounge
After a sold out performance at Don't Tell Mama, Artistic Pride Productions announces an extension of its cabaret performance, The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not me), at The Underground Lounge. 

Amy Winehouse, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Cobain, Billie Holiday, Tennessee Williams, Tom Waitts, Natalie Cole, Rufus Wainright... the list of artists and creative people who have had alcohol or substance abuse problems is a very long list. The Piano Has Been Drinking is a review (of sorts) that takes a look at artists who are inspired by their vices, celebrates the triumph of artists who have overcome them, pays tribute to those who were consumed by them and gives encouragement to those who may be struggling with vices.

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The eight reindeer monologues  | Open: 11/30/13 Close: 12/21/13 - Joria Mainstage Theatre
 Tired of Christmas Carol and Nutcracker? Here’s a holiday play for those who like their comedy like they like their christmas chocolate - dark and sweet.

Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment.

After performing in multiple productions of The Eight Reindeer Monologues with Chicago's critically acclaimed Journeymen Theater Co., Artistic Pride Production’s Artistic Director, Anthony Wills Jr., brings his take on this hilarious comedy by Jeff Goode to New York audiences. Jack Helbig of The Chicago Reader raved that Journeymen director Frank Pullen makes "this Santa send-up both outrageous and touching” Following in the footsteps of Pullen, Anthony Wills mines the piece for its comedy while adding his own dark twist. This production is expertly played by a troupe of actors who are not only funny but also bring out the often subtle complexity of playwright Joe Goode's characters.

Not only is this show a welcome change from your typical holiday fair, but Artistic Pride Productions presents the show in an all new format. Their production stars company members Ben Curtis, Matthew Hardy, Anthony Wills Jr. and a rotating cast of guest artists including ...Rocio Mendez, Anna Wilson, Craig Zisel, Sophia Loren Coffee, Ryan Duncan, Anna Rahn, William Mowbray, Stephen Tenner, Cassie Fireman, Thomas Martin, Tanesha Ford and more! Each performance is a new experience with actors playing different roles on different nights. This play is so hilariously entertaining you just might want to see it again and again. Sexual misconduct in the work place...drunken Santa....corporate scandal cover up...flying reindeer....what better way to spend a night at the theater!!!

The Eight Reindeer Monologues also marks the first production with APPs new managing Director, Ben Curtis. In it’s second year Artistic Pride Productions is a collective of Artists who create opportunities for some of the best artists working regionally, and across the country to work with their favorite peers. 

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