Cara Richardson

Cara Richardson is an avid theatre fanatic that grew up on movie musicals and showtunes. Participation onstage and off through high school and her first trip to New York City lit her theater fire, but now she prefers to hang out in the audience rather than backstage. She seeks out any chance to see live theatre.
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BWW Reviews: NOISES OFF Leaves Audience in Stitches at The Clarence Brown TheatreBWW Reviews: NOISES OFF Leaves Audience in Stitches at The Clarence Brown Theatre
Posted: Sep. 10, 2013


BWW Interview: Playwright Jeremy Sony of Tennessee Repertory TheatreBWW Interview: Playwright Jeremy Sony of Tennessee Repertory Theatre
Posted: Apr. 29, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE SECRET GARDEN at Chattanooga Theatre CenterBWW Reviews: THE SECRET GARDEN at Chattanooga Theatre Center
Posted: Sep. 10, 2013


BWW Reviews: WICKED at Tennessee Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: WICKED at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Posted: Mar. 31, 2014


BWW Reviews: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD Celebrates the Power of TheatreBWW Reviews: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD Celebrates the Power of Theatre
Posted: Oct. 10, 2013


BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes To Music CityBWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes To Music City
Posted: May. 8, 2014


BWW Reviews: Street Theatre Company's PASSING STRANGEBWW Reviews: Street Theatre Company's PASSING STRANGE
June 13, 2014

Street Theatre Company has yet another edgy rock musical on their hands. Opening today, Passing Strange explores life and the journey one young man takes to self-discovery. With direction by Jon Royal and musical direction by Rollie Mains, Passing Strange is a simple story, but one that will resonate with most every person in the audience.
Summer Stages: Top Theatre Picks for NashvilleSummer Stages: Top Theatre Picks for Nashville
June 6, 2014

Summer is already in full swing in the South. Back yard cookouts and swimming pools, summer camps and vacations are happening everywhere you look. I often find theatre slightly more difficult to find during the summer, so I've done a little research to help you find a good show when you need one. Cause after all, sometimes a nice air conditioned theatre is just the place to be on a humid summer day in Tennessee.
BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE Brings Heartwarming Tale to NashvilleBWW Reviews: WAR HORSE Brings Heartwarming Tale to Nashville
June 5, 2014

This week Nashville is gifted the chance to see War Horse at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. It isn't often that a person can say that a horse is the main character of a play, but that's just what War Horse gives you. Set in World War 1 era England, War Horse explores the relationship between a horse and his boy. When the horse, Joey, is sold to the war effort, his owner Albert can't bare to be apart from him and runs away, lies about his age, and joins the military.
BWW Interviews: Maria Elena Ramirez of WAR HORSEBWW Interviews: Maria Elena Ramirez of WAR HORSE
June 2, 2014

Hitting the stage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center this week is the epic World War 1 play War Horse. In preparation for this award winning show, we've been lucky enough to have Maria Elena Ramirez, who plays Rose Narracott in War Horse, answer some questions for us.
BWW Reviews: Circle Players' BARE: A POP OPERABWW Reviews: Circle Players' BARE: A POP OPERA
May 30, 2014

Currently on stage in the Sarratt Cinema at Vanderbilt University is the Circle Players' production of Bare: A Pop Opera. With a book, music, and lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr and Damon Intrabartolo, Bare: A Pop Opera touches on so many things that young people are facing in today's world. The Circle Players' production, under the direction of Heather Alexander and with musical direction by Eddie Charlton, is the kind of show that I had so many mixed feelings about at first. The initial setting of the story is that which anyone who doesn't come from wealth can be annoyed by. Set in a Catholic boarding school, every child seems to have a life that most of us have never experienced. What starts to pull you in immediately is the thing that seemingly can't be avoided....the connections between these young people and our own lives. Each has something they are dealing with that seems so much bigger than with what they should have to deal.
BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes To Music CityBWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes To Music City
May 8, 2014

When you enter Andrew Jackson Hall at Tennessee Performing Arts Center this week, you'll be greeted with a backdrop with these words: "On December 4, 1956, one man brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together to play for the first and only time. His name was Sam PhillipThe place was Sun Records That night they made rock 'n' roll history." This sets the mood for the night right away. You can't help but know you're about to see something special. Million Dollar Quartet has come to Nashville. Fluctuating somewhere between a memoir, and musical, and a rock concert, Million Dollart Quartet is set in another of Tennessee's famed cities, Memphis.
BWW Interviews: James Barry of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETBWW Interviews: James Barry of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
May 6, 2014

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical about an iconic day in the history of music, opens at Tennessee Performing Arts Center this week. In a city so full of music, Million Dollar Quartet is set to fit right in. James Barry plays music legend Carl Perkins in the show and has been kind enough to take some time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for our readers.
BWW Reviews: Self-Acceptance and Self-Discovery in VIOLET at Street Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: Self-Acceptance and Self-Discovery in VIOLET at Street Theatre Company
May 4, 2014

Currently running at Street Theatre Company, Violet is a beautiful love story of self-discovery and self-acceptance. With music by Jeanne Tesori and lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, Violet takes us on a journey across the country on a greyhound bus during the mid-sixites.
BWW Interview: Playwright Jeremy Sony of Tennessee Repertory TheatreBWW Interview: Playwright Jeremy Sony of Tennessee Repertory Theatre
April 29, 2014

Tennessee Repertory Theatre begins their Ingram New Works Festival on May 7th. In preparation for the big event, Tennessee Repertory let their playwrights interview each other on their blog. We are sharing those interviews with our readers here at BroadwayWorld.com with the permission of Tennesse Repertory Theatre. Second in the series: Andrew Kramer interviews fellow playwright Jeremey Sony!
BWW Interviews: Nate Eppler of Tennessee Repertory TheatreBWW Interviews: Nate Eppler of Tennessee Repertory Theatre
April 28, 2014

Tennessee Repertory Theatre begins their Ingram New Works Festival on May 7th. In preparation for the big event, Tennessee Repertory let their playwrights interview each other on their blog. We are sharing those interviews with our readers here at BroadwayWorld.com wiht the permission of Tennessee Repertory Theatre. First up, playwright Jeremy Sony interviews Nate Eppler.
Expect the Unexpected: TPAC Brings High Quality Theatre to NashvilleExpect the Unexpected: TPAC Brings High Quality Theatre to Nashville
April 26, 2014

Expect the Unexpected. This was the tag line for Tennessee Performing Arts Center's announcement of their 2014-2015 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series this year. With strong connections to the theatre world and to the music industry, Nashville is the prime place to have a season full of fresh and edgy productions that are still on their first national tour, and TPAC is making that happen with their 2014-2015 season.
BWW Reviews: WICKED at Tennessee Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: WICKED at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
March 31, 2014

While some may think this could be a boring musical for children, trust me when I say that it is far from that. While this is a show that children will enjoy, Wicked delves much deeper into human nature than most "children's" shows. Wicked gives a hard look at how the choices we make define our lives, and how difficult it can be to be different and to stand for what you believe in.
BWW Reviews: COMPANY at Tennessee Repertory TheatreBWW Reviews: COMPANY at Tennessee Repertory Theatre
March 27, 2014

Company is the kind of show that married people will love (they'll see themselves at every turn) and single people will understand (who hasn't watched their married friends with curiosity and wonder?). If you're a lover of the musical, but desire a more contemporary storyline, Company is for you.
BWW Reviews: BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSONBWW Reviews: BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
March 18, 2014

This ninety minute rock musical, written by the great Alex Timbers, with music & lyrics by Michael Friedman, is one of a kind. It's history at its bestand worst. I hesitate to call it satire, but in a way it is. It's a harsh, satirical look at the youth and presidency of Tennessee's own Andrew Jackson. It looks at the things that are rarely mentioned in textbooks. In fact, Street Theatre Company just a few miles from Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage. Perhaps that makes the show even more intriguing to local audiences.
BWW Interviews: Chester Gregory of SISTER ACT: THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Chester Gregory of SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
March 13, 2014

Chester Gregory is currently in Nashville with the national tour of Sister Act: The Musical. He plays Sweaty Eddie, one of the lead characters in the show. Chester originated the role of Sweaty Eddie on Broadway, and has joined the touring cast to revisit the role. Despite his busy schedule, Chester took some time from his day to answer a few questions for us here at Broadway World, and to share a little about himself and about Sister Act: The Musical.
BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT: THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
March 13, 2014

On Tuesday night, Sister Act: The Musical opened at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, the musical has music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Glen Slater. If you are a fan of the movie, you'll see many of your favorite moments, along with a few new things to keep you interested. If you don't know the movie, you'll meet a lively cast of characters and get a story full of laughs.
BWW Reviews: RED at Tennessee Repertory TheatreBWW Reviews: RED at Tennessee Repertory Theatre
February 26, 2014

Tennessee Repertory Theatre is currently running a production of Red by John Logan. This play was originally done as part of their REPaloud series a few years ago, and a full production finally made it to Tennessee Rep. With direction by Rene D. Copeland, as well as some amazing scenic and lighting design by Gary Hoff and Michael Barnett, respectively, Red is the kind of show that brings visual and performing arts together while transporting the audience to a very specific time in history.
BWW Reviews: LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE at Cookeville Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE at Cookeville Performing Arts Center
January 30, 2014

Cookeville Performing Arts Center is currently showing Love, Loss and What I Wore as part of their Backstage Series. An intimate showing of an intimate show, the pairing goes well together. Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, explores the emotional attachment that women make with clothing in their lives.
BWW Reviews: Cumberland County Playhouse's DIXIE SWIM CLUB Explores FriendshipsBWW Reviews: Cumberland County Playhouse's DIXIE SWIM CLUB Explores Friendships
January 27, 2014

This is the type of show that you take your girlfriends to, or your mother and sister or your daughter. The Dixie Swim Club explores the wonderful friendships that can happen between women if they just put forth the trust and effort, and lay aside the unimportant differences and embrace each other as family, instead of someone disposable.
BWW Reviews: Man and Superman by George Bernard ShawBWW Reviews: Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
January 27, 2014

Man and Superman, a rarely performed play by George Bernard Shaw, is currently being produced by The Blackbird Theater in Nashville. In its entirety, Man and Superman is said to be around five hours in length, but The Blackbird Theater has adapted the play, with direction by Beki Baker, and it now sits at a nice and much more manageable two hours and forty-five minutes.


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