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. In 1989, Ellis and his partner launched Dare, Tennessee's Lesbian and Gay Newsweekly which later became known as Query. Ellis is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theater 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 - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, and in 2016, he directed Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest for The Larry Keeton Theatre. He will direct My Fair Lady for The Keeton in 2017, followed by Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will? and Mary Poppins.




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FRIDAY 5 (+1): Hunter Martin and Robyn SmithFRIDAY 5 (+1): Hunter Martin and Robyn Smith
February 18, 2017

Today, cast members Hunter Martin and Robyn Smith talk about their own journeys to a life in the theater, revealing details about themselves and their process and offering some suggestions for why you need to come see the show, which runs through February 26 in the Shamblin Theatre on the Lipscomb campus.

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Erica Patterson takes on the iconic role of Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, running February 16-March 4 at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. Cavender Lane will play the supercilious Henry Higgins, with Chris Cavin as Colonel Pickering and Elliott Winston Robinson as Alfred P. Doolittle in the revival, directed by veteran Nashville director (and current senior contributing editor to BroadwayWorld.com/Nashville) Jeffrey Ellis.

FRIDAY 5 (+1): MY FAIR LADY at The Larry Keeton TheatreFRIDAY 5 (+1): MY FAIR LADY at The Larry Keeton Theatre
February 15, 2017

Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical My Fair Lady - based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - opens tomorrow night at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson, featuring Erica Patterson (and her understudy Ashley Wolfe, who takes on the iconic role for three performances) as Eliza Doolittle, surrounded by a bevy of Nashville's finest leading men, including Cavender Lane, Elliott Winston Robinson, Chris Cavin, Austin Jeffrey Smith and George Hardimon IV.

FRIDAY 5 (+1) On Wednesday: SEEING STARS IN DIXIEFRIDAY 5 (+1) On Wednesday: SEEING STARS IN DIXIE
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The 2017 season continues at Nashville's historic and iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre with Ron Osborne's Seeing Stars in Dixie, an affectionate comedy set in a small Southern town in 1956, where the film Raintree County - starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, no less - is being shot!

Keri Pagetta Stars in Workshop Production of THE PASSION OF ETHEL ROSENBERGKeri Pagetta Stars in Workshop Production of THE PASSION OF ETHEL ROSENBERG
February 10, 2017

Carolyn German directs Nashville actress Keri Pagetta in a workshop production of Edward Morris' The Passion of Ethel Rosenberg, to be performed Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the 'Celebrate' venue at Atmalogy Cafe and Event Space, 2320 West End Avenue. Tickets are $10 at the door, but reservations are strongly suggested by calling (615) 874-8715.

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Opening tonight at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts is 9 to 5: The Musical, the Broadway musical by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, based upon the hit movie in which Parton played Doralee, a buxom, down-home kind of gal. Directed by Matthew Hayes Hunter, with choreography by Kate Adams-Kramer and musical direction by Emily Dennis, the show features a stunning trio of leading ladies - played by Katie Hahn, Mary Ellen Smith and Memory Strong-Smith - and an ensemble filled with local favorites, including two Matt Smiths...

The Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont UniversityThe Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont University
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In Ara Vito's Southern Gothic-inspired treatment of Sophocles' Antigone, the bond between two sisters is challenged by the tragedies of national and familial conflict. Against the backdrop of a decaying home in middle-of-nowhere country, the air is imbued with history and spirits walk the earth. Tragedy is yesterday and tomorrow and now - uncovered by love, betrayal, death, and hope. Summer Shack directs.

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Nashville mayor Megan Barry will join Actors Bridge Ensemble (ABE) for its V-Day Nashville 2017 benefit performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning The Vagina Monologues on Friday, February 17, at City Winery, 609 Lafayette Street.

MY FAIR LADY, Starring Patterson, Lane, Cavin and Robinson Opens 2/16MY FAIR LADY, Starring Patterson, Lane, Cavin and Robinson Opens 2/16
February 3, 2017

Erica Patterson takes on the iconic role of Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, running February 16-March 4 at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. Cavender Lane will play the supercilious Henry Higgins, with Chris Cavin as Colonel Pickering and Elliott Winston Robinson as Alfred P. Doolittle in the revival, directed by veteran Nashville director (and current senior contributing editor to BroadwayWorld.com/Nashville) Jeffrey Ellis.

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Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts presents Dolly Parton's hit Broadway musical - 9 to 5, The Musical - running February 10-26, during which they will recognize local women who have made a difference in the workforce with the presentation of "9 to 5 Change It!" Awards.

STAGE TUBE: 'I'm In Love With a Monster'STAGE TUBE: 'I'm In Love With a Monster'
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Despite W.C. Fields' warning about working with children and animals, you can now add another role to David Perlman's already impressive resume: adoring dad to a lovable pooch named Winnie Travid, the equally adorable, winsome and mischievous Chihuahua/terrier mix with whom he co-starred in A Dog Story off-Broadway, and who now is the star of his latest music video tribute, set to Fifth Harmony's 'I'm In Love With a Monster.'

KST Studio Offers Winter Showcase of Voice Students 2/4KST Studio Offers Winter Showcase of Voice Students 2/4
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Singer and vocal coach Katherine Sandoval Taylor of Murfreesboro presents her voice students in the KST Studio of Voice Winter Showcase this coming Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. at Washington Theatre at Patterson Park.

Lindsey Mapes Named Education Director at Arts Center of Cannon CountyLindsey Mapes Named Education Director at Arts Center of Cannon County
January 31, 2017

Lindsey Mapes has been named education director at Woodbury's Arts Center of Cannon County, assuming the position previously held by Scarlett Turney, who recently retired from the position after some 34 years of involvement at ACCC.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry To Speak At ONE NIGHT OF EMPATHYNashville Mayor Megan Barry To Speak At ONE NIGHT OF EMPATHY
January 31, 2017

Nashville mayor Megan Barry and Metro Nashville Arts Commission executive director Jen Cole will be among the featured speakers at "One Night of Empathy," an event using theater as a catalyst for discussions about empathy, presented by The Humanity Project on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Z. Alexander Looby Theater in Nashville.

Alicia Haymer Directs DETROIT '67 For Actors BridgeAlicia Haymer Directs DETROIT '67 For Actors Bridge
January 31, 2017

Alicia Haymer directs the Nashville premiere of Detroit '67 by Dominique Morisseau, as Actors Bridge Ensemble's 21st Season continues February 24-March 4, at the Darkhorse Theater.

The Artistry of GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE's Makeup Designer Brian StrumwasserThe Artistry of GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE's Makeup Designer Brian Strumwasser
January 24, 2017

Clearly, Brian Strumwasser is an artist, having garnered inspiration and expressed his creativity through a variety of media throughout his life. Beginning with painting and fine arts, the circuitous journey of life has eventually led him to his current career as a noted make-up designer for the national touring company of the Broadway hit, Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Leads Off the Next 50 Years at Chaffin's BarnBWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Leads Off the Next 50 Years at Chaffin's Barn
January 15, 2017

Nashville's historic and iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - now led by Norma Luther, the gracious and charming new owner - launches its second half century on the venerated chow and bow circuit with a sparkling new revival of Neil Simon's equally historic and iconic The Odd Couple, now onstage through February 12. Directed by longtime artistic director and the doyenne of Music City theater, Martha Wilkinson, this iteration of Simon's hilarious play about two mismatched friends who attempt to navigate the waters of post-divorce life together is performed by a stellar cast of local actors who breathe new life into their characters and somehow manage to give audiences a fresh perspective on the enduring comedy.

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2017, THE SEQUELPhoto Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2017, THE SEQUEL
January 14, 2017

Gracie McGraw, Molly Balsam and Jenna Pryor opened Act Two of the awards show with a medley of Hamilton-inspired songs.

BWW Review: Circle Players and TSU's Dazzling and Delightful THE WIZBWW Review: Circle Players and TSU's Dazzling and Delightful THE WIZ
January 14, 2017

And, lord! What a cast Larson has assembled for his unique take on the musical - which again was catapulted into the cultural zeitgeist thanks to the critically acclaimed televised version from NBC last year of the show that features the music and lyrics of Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown - and what a collective of creative types he's once again pulled together to bring his vision to the TSU stage.

Onstage at The Barn 50: NANCY ALLEN Shares Some Musical MemoriesOnstage at The Barn 50: NANCY ALLEN Shares Some Musical Memories
January 14, 2017

Today our special seriesOnstage at The Barn: Memories from The First 45 Years continueswith actress Nancy Allen, who first set foot on that magical levitating stage in a production of The Robber Bridegroom, directed by Rene Dunshee Copeland, which remains brilliantly etched in the minds of Nashville theatre-goers who were on-hand for the production.



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