DEFYING GRAVITY: The Music of Stephen Schwartz Showcased at The Roxy Regional Theatre

June 18
2:12 PM 2012


The music of Grammy Award- and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz will be celebrated, cabaret-style, in Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz at the Roxy Regional Theatre, running for two weekends only, beginning June 29 and continuing through July 7, at the historic venue in downtown Clarksville. 

Presented as a companion piece to the Roxy's current musical Captain Louie, which was also composed by Schwartz, Defying Gravity features songs from Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, Rags and more, performed by company members Josh Bernaski, Jama Bowen, Ryan Bowie, Hannah Church, Kaitlin Doughty, Regan Featherstone, Humberto Figueroa, Erin Keas, Travis Kendrick, Ashley Laverty, Sean Ormond and Rob Rodems, with Tom Thayer on piano.
This musical revue is presented as part of the Roxy's "On The Terrazzo" Series, which features performances in the intimate setting of the theatre's lobby. A limited number of tables and chairs will be available, and seating is general admission.


Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz plays four nights only: June 29, June 30, July 6 and July 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 (including a beverage) or $30 for both the 6 p.m. performance of Captain Louie and the 8 p.m. musical revue.
Reservations are available online via, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).
Pictured (at top left) is Regan Featherstone and (bottom left) Nashville actress Jama Bowen.

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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 - 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, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.



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