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Matthew Hardy is a Bookwriter, Lyricist and Composer whose musicals include Virtuoso (Musical Theater in Poznan 2020), The C-Word (Hamilton Grounds for Sculpture 2017), Twinkle Tames a Dragon (Off Broadway 2016-17, Tour 2017), Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas (Off Broadway 2014-16, National Tour 2015-16), Flambé Dreams (NYMF 2012 Excellence in Lyric Writing), Bonnets & Bling (West Chester University 2016), Ever Happily After (NYMF 2013, Center Stage Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), and The Rubberers (Delaware New Works Festival 2008, West Chester University 2014).

Originally from Houston, Texas, Matthew is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BFA), University of Utah (MA) and the William Esper Studio. Matthew is the winner of the Paderewski Musical Competition (2019), a New Music USA Grant Recipient (2016), Anna Sosenko Trust Recipient (2012), and a Jerry Boch Award Finalist (2011). He is a member of Actor's Equity, The Dramatist Guild and an alum of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. 

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New York International Fringe Festival Production, 2006

As an actor Matthew has toured nationally with the Broadway production of Fosse and Jane Comfort’s Faith Healing. Regional credits include Barnum (Barnum), Swing (Everett), A Few Good Men (Dawson), Cats (Skimbleshanks), Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Bud) and a lead vocalist in the world premiere of Disney's When You Wish at TUTS. Matthew was honored to be included among twenty other New York actors in Backstage East's "2007 Performances to Remember" for his performance as Froyim in Fritz & Froyim at the Times Square Arts Center.

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Roxey Ballet Presents THE C WORD: Personal Stories Of Triumph Over Breast Cancer

Frenchtown, NJ (2023): Roxey Ballet's Healing Arts Initiative presents an exploration of the journeys of women who were diagnosed, treated, and survived various stages of breast cancer in its production of The C Word: Personal Stories of Triumph Over Breast Cancer.

Photos: First Look at Chance Theater's FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS

All new production photos have been released for Chance Theater's Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas. The live in-person production will be playing at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage through December 23.


The award-winning Vital Theatre Company has announced the return of FANCY NANCY SPLEDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS. The show will run on Sundays at 1:00 pm and Thursday, December 22nd at 1:00 pm from November 27th 2022 through December 22nd, 2022.

FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS Comes to the Chance Theater Next Month

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, announces the Southern California Premiere of “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas” the stage adaptation of the best-selling series of books by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Book by Cara Lustik & Matthew Hardy, Lyrics by Matthew Hardy, and Music by Randy Klein.


The award-winning Vital Theatre Company has announced the return of FANCY NANCY SPLEDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS. The show will run on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm from November 19, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

Roxey Ballet Announces Spring Season Of Dance

Despite the loss of revenue from the pandemic and the black box theater from Hurricane Ida, The Roxey Ballet Company prevails with an adventurous spring season of productions presenting Carmen, Frida, Mowgli (The Jungle Book Story), Graduation Ball, and The C-Word: Stories of Triumph Over Breast Cancer.

TWINKLE'S FAIRY PET DAY Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording in Now Available to Download and Stream

Recorded April 2016,Twinkle's Fairy Pet Day features the vocal talents of original cast members Rachel Peterson, Michelle ZurSchmiede, Trysten Reynolds, Cynthia Nesbit with Matthew Hardy providing the voice of Scruffy the Dragon.

New Musical VIRTUOSO Has World Premiere in Poland

On September 12th, the world premiere of the new musical Virtuoso took place at the Musical Theater in Poznań. Virtuoso is inspired but the life of world famous pianist, composer, and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski.


On June 1,2,3 , Roxey Ballet  will perform the groundbreaking performance of Mark Roxey's We vs. C: - (THE C WORD) Personal Stories of Triumph.


We all know how stressful the holidays can be, especially finding the perfect gift for friends and family. But what about the perfect accoutrement, - that's a fancy word now isn't it - for the top of your Christmas tree? Yes, the tree topper can make or break any holiday celebration and you won't find a better illustration of this fact than Adventure Theatre's super splendid (that's a fancy word for really excellent) production of Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas. The show boasts a score by Randy Klein (music), Matthew Hardy (lyrics) and Cara Lustik and Matthew Hardy (book).

Adventure Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Professional Season

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recipient of 8 Helen Hayes awards, including its most recent win for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation, 2018, brings to the stage familiar friends, new and old, as they learn to navigate the world in its action-packed 67th season. A season of classic and beloved stories featuring the wonderful imaginations of children, this season promises to be one of Adventure Theatre MTC's biggest adventures yet.

Photo Flash: Star Center Theatre Kids Learn The Broadway Life

The award winning Star Center Children's Theatre of Gainesville, Florida will take on the Big Apple in a big way.  The students will workshop an original musical, EVER HAPPILY AFTER with multi-award winning composers and writer, Randy Klein, Matthew Hardy and Jill Jaysen.  

Youth Performance & Theater Tech Training Group Come To NYC

On March 30th, more than 35 talented youth will travel to New York City to work on the original musical, Ever Happily After, with multi award-winning writers Randy Klein (Music), Jill Jaysen (Book), and Matthew Hardy (Book and Lyrics). The young cast and crew will present the musical fairytale in Gainesville, Florida in June. The workshop will be held at Pearl Studios.

Paderewski Cycle, Kyle Riabko, Bernard Purdie and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, running November 1-12, 2017. Scroll down for details!

Nellie McKay, Kyle Riabko and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly lineup for October 25 - November 5, 2017. Scroll down for details, and visit for a complete list of shows!

Photo Flash: RWJ Hamilton and Roxey Ballet's WE VS. C Puts the Spotlight on Breast Cancer Survivors

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton) held the Project WE vs. C event this past weekend, a two-day event including awe-inspiring performances led by Roxey Ballet and breast cancer survivors timed to coincide with National Cancer Survivors Day. Scroll down for photos!

Amy Justman, Theresa McCarthy, and Noah Weisberg to Headline NYTB's New Musicals MARTIAN CHILD and GOING SOUTH

The tenth season of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series continues on Monday, May 22, 2017 at The Cell with pre-premieres of two new musicals: Martian Child and Going South.


Families will join Nancy in a very fancy holiday celebration as Fancy Nancy: Splediferous Christmas plays at the City Theatre from Today, December 16 to Sunday, December 18.


When families step into the Osher Studio in Berkeley for a performance of Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas The Musical by the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT), delicate giant snowflakes and glowing lighting will set the holiday mood. 

Casting Announced for NYC and Tour Companies of Vital Theatre Company's FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce casting for the New York City and Tour companies of FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS.

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