A MATT CONNER CHRISTMAS Begins Tonight at Signature Theatre
Signature Theatre presents two limited-run shows that bring the spirit of the holidays to the stage for family, friends, and music lovers of all ages. The fun begins this week with composer and Signature favorite Matt Conner (Crossing, The Hollow, Nevermore), who will warm up the intimate ARK Theatre with his new show A Matt Conner Christmas.
Then next week, Signature opens an all-new iteration of the much-loved seasonal revue Holiday Follies, which brings together a lively troupe of local performers for a light-hearted night of music and banter.
Each show plays for one week only. Tickets to both shows are on sale now.
A Matt Conner Christmas will have seven performances between tonight, December 11 and 15.
"I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite Christmas memories," said Conner, who will sing and perform on piano. "I'll be blending them with original Christmas songs plus a few of my old favorites like 'Children, Go Where I Send Thee,' 'When The Meadow Was Bloomin' and 'Ave Maria,' plus a few numbers from some surprise guests. The show will range from bluegrass to classical with a lot in-between, all full of holiday cheer."
After Conner's show comes the equally irreverent Holiday Follies, now in its fourth year, which will play for nine performances between December 17 and 23. Directed by Walter Ware III, the show features performers Madeline Botteri (Company; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Austin Colby (Crossing, Spin), Maria Egler (Signature's Funny Ladies; Hello, Dolly!), musician Steven Walker and music director Howard Breitbart.
"This will be the ultimate holiday playlist," said Ware. "Holiday Follies this year is going to be a combination of the audience's favorite holiday tunes with some unexpected songs that are sure to become favorites. We will be doing selected songs and arrangements made famous by The Jackson 5, Spice Girls, Nat King Cole, Frank Zappa and many others. It's a great lead in to what we think is the most wonderful time of the year."
A Matt Conner Christmas will play in Signature's ARK Theatre as follows:
- Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30pm
- Thursday, December 12 at 8:00pm
- Friday, December 13 at 8:00pm
- Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
- Sunday, December 15 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Holiday Follies will play in Signature's ARK Theatre as follows:
- Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30pm
- Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30pm
- Thursday, December 19 at 8:00pm
- Friday, December 20 at 8:00pm
- Saturday, December 21 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
- Sunday, December 22 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
- Monday, December 23 at 7:00pm
Matt Conner has been performing, composing, teaching and music directing in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area for fifteen years. He has created several original musicals for Signature Theatre including critically acclaimed Nevermore, Crossing, Partial Eclipse and The Hollow. Matt has also assisted in developing several original works at Creative Cauldron including Martin: The King of Pizza (2009), Eddie Allan Poe (2010), The Selfish Giant (2011), Peter Pan and Wendy and Oliver Twist (2012). He has also directed Creative Cauldron's Helen Hayes recommended productions of Nevermore (2010) and Women of the Blues in 2012. His newest musical, Night of the Living Dead, written with book writer Stephen Gregory Smith, was produced at the Richmond Shepherd Theatre in NY, Kensington Arts Theatre in Kensington, MD and New Line Productions in Saint Louis, MO. His on stage credits include Senator/Rufus in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Male Authority Figure in Hairspray, Manfred/Hogeye in Sunset Boulevard, The Birdseller/Fogg in Sweeney Todd, Windy in Show Boat, Thenardier/ Montparnasse in LES MISERABLES (2009 Helen Hayes Outstanding Ensemble Award), Aurelio in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Scotty in Merrily We Roll Along, Toby in The Witches of Eastwick, Steward in Into the Woods, John Hinckley in Assassins, Tamate/Lion Dancer in Pacific Overtures, Protean/Hero u/s in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a Cockney in My Fair Lady. He has also appeared as Riff in West Side Story (Olney Theatre Center) and The Page of Herodias in Oscar Wilde's Salome (Synetic Theatre).