Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Matt Conner Christmas!

Just wanted to let you all know that my partner's holiday CD, "Snow" is available for sale not only in the Signature Theatre lobby, but also in Shirlington's Le Village Marche, and both "Snow" and last year's album, "Winter" are available on itunes! Check out Theatremania's 12 CDs of Christmas list, in which "Snow" is listed as one of the top 12!
And here is last year's Metro Weekly 4 star rave about "Winter", for good measure! They are both the most soothing and relaxing Christmas albums that I own, and you can also buy both CD's in a special deal in the Signature Lobby for $30! So whether you download them or buy a hard copy, make sure you get your own copy soon! You don't want to spend the holidays without it! xoxoSGS

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Tonight is the Final Dress Rehearsal for Hairspray at Signature Theatre! I can't even believe that it is November, let alone that we start official previews of Hairspray tomorrow! Where does all the time go? I feel like we were just doing Boy Detective!
The show is going to be really amazing, everyone. Everyone in it is giving their all, and it shows!
Here are some photos of some of us in our 60's get up:

Below we have Erin Gardiner and myself as Amber Von Tussle and Corny Collins.

And below we have Sherri Lynn Edelen Simpson and Erin Gardiner and Velma and Amber Von Tussle!

We start previews tomorrow, and if you don't have tickets now, I would get them soon while they still have some!
More pictures and details to follow!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


This week in the wild world of Matt Conner, we have three big events...
First, our new children's show, "Eddie Allan Poe" opens November 4th at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, VA.
I wrote the book and lyrics, and Matt wrote the music and lyrics. The cast is a wonderful and very talented group of children, anchored by the fantastic Dani Danger Stoller as the head mistress of the Edgar Allan Poe Academy. Join the lovable little terrors as they learn an important lesson about being true to yourself, no matter what people might think about you.

Then, Sunday brings us the CD Release party for Matt Conner's second album, Snow. This collection of timeless holiday classics also features two original songs written by Matt. There will be CD signing and then a live performance from Matt at 6pm. Start your holiday season out right, with the music of Matt Conner! Come enjoy some wine and cheese and some Holiday Cheer!!!! CD's will be available for purchase at $20.00 OR purchase a Gift Set of WINTER/SNOW for $30.00! Matt will be available to autograph each and every one with a personalized note to make each gift special!!!!

And finally, on Monday brings us a concert presentation of Matt Conner's Nevermore in New York City at The Duplex at 9:30pm!
Here are the details:

"NEVERMORE" Music by MATT CONNER Book by GRACE BARNES Lyrics adapted from the writings of EDGAR ALLAN POE... Orchestrations by JONATHAN TUNICK Music Direction by KEVIN B. WINEBOLD Directed by DAVID NORWOOD
Edgar ... DAN COONEY
Virginia ... MARGO SIEBERT
Muddy ... MARY PAYNE
“Nevermore” sets Edgar Allan Poe’s writings to music, telling the story of his relationships with five women in his life. The Washington Post described it as “a dreamscape of a musical” and called Cooney’s performance “robust” and “virile.” Conner’s score has been universally praised, attached to words like “hauntingly beautiful” ( and “dark, lush and swooningly romantic” (Washington City Paper). Tickets: $15, available at

And all the while, we are rehearsal for Hairspray at Signature Theatre, where I am hosting the Big Hair Ball this Saturday night.
So needless to say, this is a very busy week in the Smith/ Conner household. I feel like all that I do is promote different events constantly. I hope to see some of you at one of these many upcoming events. Until then, buckle up! November proves to be just as bumpy as October was! Children's shows, CD's, Concert Presentations, and lots of Hairspray!