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Jeffrey Ellis

Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor oustanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror.
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BWW Reviews: Ryan Bowie Dazzles in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHBWW Reviews: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at The Roxy
Posted: Nov. 11, 2014


HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Harley Seger of Christ Presbyterian AcademyHIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: CPA's Harley Seger
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State VictoryBWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON
Posted: Nov. 19, 2014


BWW Reviews: TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH While Charming Nashville AudiencesBWW Reviews: TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH While Charming Nashville
Posted: Nov. 10, 2014


BWW Previews: MARY POPPINS, BRING IT ON, TARZAN Highlight 2015 ACCC SeasonBWW Previews: MARY POPPINS, BRING IT ON, TARZAN Highlight 2015 ACCC Season
Posted: Nov. 7, 2014


BWW Previews: REPaloud's WOMEN ON TOP Stars Exceptional Cast of Nashville ActressesBWW Previews: REPaloud's WOMEN ON TOP
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BWW Reviews: Ryan Bowie Dazzles in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHBWW Reviews: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at The Roxy
Posted: Nov. 11, 2014


HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Harley Seger of Christ Presbyterian AcademyHIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: CPA's Harley Seger
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State VictoryBWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON
Posted: Nov. 19, 2014


BWW Reviews: TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH While Charming Nashville AudiencesBWW Reviews: TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH While Charming Nashville
Posted: Nov. 10, 2014


BWW Previews: MARY POPPINS, BRING IT ON, TARZAN Highlight 2015 ACCC SeasonBWW Previews: MARY POPPINS, BRING IT ON, TARZAN Highlight 2015 ACCC Season
Posted: Nov. 7, 2014


BWW Previews: REPaloud's WOMEN ON TOP Stars Exceptional Cast of Nashville ActressesBWW Previews: REPaloud's WOMEN ON TOP
Posted: Nov. 12, 2014


THE FRIDAY FIVE: Abigail Davis Haggard from The Keeton Theatre's CHRISTMAS CAROLTHE FRIDAY FIVE: Abigail Davis Haggard from The Keeton Theatre's CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 21, 2014

Our second spotlight of the week focuses on Abigail Davis Haggard, one of Music City's busiest actresses, who opens tonight in the Keeton Theatre's seasonal production of A Christmas Carol, the Musical, directed by Jamie London and music directed by Ginger Newman.
THE FRIDAY FIVE: Jason Ross from CCP's SCROOGETHE FRIDAY FIVE: Jason Ross from CCP's SCROOGE
November 21, 2014

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's freshest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. This week's spotlight falls on Cumberland County Playhouse's legendary Jason Ross.
BWW Interviews: WHITE CHRISTMAS' Jeremy Benton Hits the Road for the HolidaysBWW Interviews: WHITE CHRISTMAS' Jeremy Benton Hits the Road for the Holidays
November 21, 2014

Jeremy Benton is a journeyman actor, plying his trade all over the world, proving himself the consummate song and dance man in performances in countless theaters. Clearly, the charming and talented Benton has come a long way since he was dancing in his hometown of Springfield, Tennessee.
BWW Reviews: Chaffin's Barn's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings in the Holiday SeasonBWW Reviews: Chaffin's Barn's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings in the Holiday Season
November 21, 2014

Funny and irreverent, Chaffin's Barn's A Christmas Carol-featuring a witty new adaptation by Lydia Bushfield-gives audiences the perfect entree into the whole crazy-wonderful holiday season, replete with sentimental carols, fruitcake jokes, horrid Christmas sweaters and Warren Gore on his knees.
HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Harley Seger of Christ Presbyterian AcademyHIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Harley Seger of Christ Presbyterian Academy
November 20, 2014

We kick off this new series with the enormously talented, big-voiced Harley Seger, a 16-year-old junior at Christ Presbyterian Academy, who has been onstage for half her life. A stalwart of CPA theater under the direction of Paula Flautt, earlier this spring Harley was named best actress at the first Lipscomb University High School Musical Awards.
BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State VictoryBWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State Victory
November 19, 2014

Two weeks after conservative Tennessee voters turned the Volunteer State a deeper shade of red and some three years after I was told The Book of Mormon likely would never play the Tennessee Performing Arts Center because its plot is too outlandish, its book too profane, its tenor too irreverent, the second national touring company of the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical came to Nashville and gave audiences a much-needed jolt of electricity that elicited one of the longest, uninterrupted standing ovations I've ever witnessed in TPAC's Jackson Hall.
THE FRIDAY FIVE: TWAIN AND SHAW'S Brian Hill and Michael RoarkTHE FRIDAY FIVE: TWAIN AND SHAW'S Brian Hill and Michael Roark
November 14, 2014

This week the spotlight falls on two actors who are sharing the stage in the Nashville premiere of 2012 First Night Honoree Chambers Stevens' Twain and Shaw Do Lunch, directed by veteran director Melissa Carelli: Brian Hill and Michael Roark, arguably two of Music City's finest actors, onstage together playing literary lions Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw, respectively.
BWW Previews: REPaloud's WOMEN ON TOP Stars Exceptional Cast of Nashville ActressesBWW Previews: REPaloud's WOMEN ON TOP Stars Exceptional Cast of Nashville Actresses
November 12, 2014

It's the stuff of theatrical legend. Or perhaps it's the perfect recipe for a theatrical endeavor of legendary proportions. You must simply bring together eight of Nashville's finest actresses under the direction of a man who is helping to change the face of local theater with his inventive, imaginative original works. Then give them two noteworthy scripts from the late 20th century and place them in a rehearsal hall to prepare for public consumption
BWW Reviews: Ryan Bowie Dazzles in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHBWW Reviews: Ryan Bowie Dazzles in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
November 11, 2014

Let's be clear from the very start: Ryan Bowie gives a tour de force performance as the leading 'lady' in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, now playing in theotherspace at the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville for only three more performances through Tuesday, November 18.
BWW Previews: UNDER THE MAStletoe Ushers in the Holiday Season in MAS Nashville StyleBWW Previews: UNDER THE MAStletoe Ushers in the Holiday Season in MAS Nashville Style
November 11, 2014

MAS, aka Erin Parker, Cori Laemmel, Melodie Madden Adams, Laura Matula and Megan Murphy Chambers will take to the Belcourt stage to present their latest holiday cabaret, which follows in a series of critically acclaimed and audience lauded cabaret shows from the five-woman group.
BWW Reviews: TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH While Charming Nashville AudiencesBWW Reviews: TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH While Charming Nashville Audiences
November 10, 2014

In a delightful production helmed by veteran director Melissa Carelli, and starring a trio of very capable Nashville actors, Twain and Shaw Do Lunch treats audiences to an imagined afternoon affair in which the two literary lions-Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw at the top of their parlor game-swap stories, trade quips and exchange bons mots.
BWW Previews: MARY POPPINS, BRING IT ON, TARZAN Highlight 2015 ACCC SeasonBWW Previews: MARY POPPINS, BRING IT ON, TARZAN Highlight 2015 ACCC Season
November 7, 2014

Broadway musicals of the most recent vintage will find a new home in Tennessee in 2015 as The Arts Center of Cannon County plans an impressive and ambitious season of shows. Ranging from two Disney classics (Mary Poppins and Tarzan) to two productions based on hit films (Bring It On and Ghost) and a riveting courtroom drama (12 Angry Men), the Woodbury-based theater company promises an upcoming season that will delight audiences while bolstering ticket sales.
THE FRIDAY FIVE: Get to know LILIES' Bradley MooreTHE FRIDAY FIVE: Get to know LILIES' Bradley Moore
November 7, 2014

After staking a claim on Nashville property with an amazingly varied slate of projects (Venus in Fur, A Chorus Line and an original musical revue skewering one of Tennessee's most infamous politicians, Bradley Moore returns to the stage tonight in the ACT 1 season-opening production of Lilies.
THE FRIDAY FIVE: Caroline Davis from TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCHTHE FRIDAY FIVE: Caroline Davis from TWAIN AND SHAW DO LUNCH
November 7, 2014

Caroline Davis, taking on the role of Charlotte Shaw, has performed with various local theatre groups-ACT 1, Blackbird, Carrick, Circle, Groundworks, Rhubarb-"on occasion as an ice skater, a geisha, a monkey, a dog, a Marx Brother, a shepherdess (twice) and a dead person (thrice)."
Boiler Room Theatre's LES MISERABLES Begins TonightBoiler Room Theatre's LES MISERABLES Begins Tonight
August 8, 2013

First Night Award-winning Boiler Room Theatre, recognized as Tennessee's Outstanding Theatre Company in 2011, will stage a full production of Les Miserables with a limited run in August, 2013. The iconic musical will be presented as a special three-performance benefit for the non-profit Boiler Room Theatre tonight, August 8-10.
'Reverse Raffle' Offers $5,000 Grand Prize Benefits Arts Center of Cannon County Tonight'Reverse Raffle' Offers $5,000 Grand Prize Benefits Arts Center of Cannon County Tonight
August 4, 2013

Tonight, August 4, the Arts Center of Cannon County will host a special evening of fun and games that includes a reverse raffle-with a grand prize of $5,000-and gourmet dinner. Tickets are $75 each and is your passport to an entertaining and fun-filled evening-and you don't even have to be there to win.
Carol Irvin Stars As Daisy Werthan in DRIVING MISS DAISY at Cumberland County Playhouse/Extends to TodayCarol Irvin Stars As Daisy Werthan in DRIVING MISS DAISY at Cumberland County Playhouse/Extends to Today
May 26, 2013

Carol Irvin, Michael Ruff and Daniel W. Black star in Cumberland County Playhouse's 48th season-opening production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, which opens this Saturday, January 21.
CCP Students, Faculty presents Broadway Our Way Today-27CCP Students, Faculty presents Broadway Our Way Today-27
April 25, 2013

Broadway Our Way, the annual showcase of the Performance Education Center of Cumberland County Playhouse-which features dance, theater, musical theater and all manner of stagecraft-will be presented at the Crossville theater April 25-27.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Continues Lipscomb University Theatre's 2012-13 Season, Now thru 4/21Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Continues Lipscomb University Theatre's 2012-13 Season, Now thru 4/21
April 18, 2013

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night-directed by Denice Hicks, artistic director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival-is presented by David Lipscomb University's theatre department, tonight, April 18-21. In what is considered one of the greatest comedies ever written, Shakespeare delivers a night of deep, satisfying laughter, according to Hicks.
Wilkinson Directs Revival of John Chaffin's DED HERRING at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Now thru 5/19Wilkinson Directs Revival of John Chaffin's DED HERRING at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Now thru 5/19
April 18, 2013

Nine-time First Night Award winner Martha Wilkinson directs a revival of John Chaffin's Ded Herring, running now through May 19 at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville.


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