Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert

June 8
9:25 AM 2011

Photo-Coverage-First-Night-The-Tony-Concert-20000101

Tennessee's best and brightest stage stars took to the stage at Franklin's Boiler Room Theatre Monday night, June 6, for First Night: The Tony Concert, to kick-off the 2011 First Night season in Nashville. Performing songs from Tony Award-winning musicals, the concert featured performers from throughout Tennessee - from Nashville to Crossville to Clarksville.

Hosted by BroadwayWorld.com's Jeffrey Ellis, who is the founder and executive producer of First Night, The Nashville Theatre Honors, the show opened with Annette de la Torre performing "Broadway Baby" from Stephen Sondheim's Follies and closed with the concert's entire company singing "The Finale" from Les Miserables. The concert, presented by Keeping Scores Concerts, was directed by Scott Logsdon, a veteran of Les Miserables on Broadway and on national tour.

Between those two numbers, audience members were treated to a veritable feast of Broadway's musical best - designed to call attention to Sunday's Tony Awards telecast on CBS and to focus the spotlight on the production of live theater throughout the Volunteer State.

Among other Act One performances, in addition to de la Torre's "Broadway Baby," were Elliott Cunningham's performance of "Purpose" from Avenue Q; Jaclyn Lisenby Brown's "100 Easy Ways," from Wonderful Town; "Stranger in Paradise," performed by Katherine Sandoval Taylor and Michael Holder, from Kismet; "I Really Like Him," from Man of La Mancha, by Joshua Waldrep; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown's "Suppertime," courtesy of Bakari King; "Bus From Amarillo," from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, performed by Jama Bowen; Hairspray's "Good Morning, Baltimore," from Amanda Lamb; "I Love a Cop" from Fiorello!, performed by Laura Thomas Sonn; "Being Alive" from Company, sung by Scott Logsdon; and de la Torre and Bowen concluded Act One with "The Grass is Always Greener" from Woman of the Year.

Act Two opened with "She Likes Basketball," from Promises, Promises, performed by Matt Baugher, and continued with Carolyn German's performance of "So Long, Dearie" from Hello, Dolly! The second act continued with Vicki White's rendition of "Fable" from The Light in the Piazza; Ryan Bowie sang "What Do I Need with Love" from Thoroughly Modern Millie; "At the Ballet," from A Chorus Line, was sung by Brandy Rogers, Elizabeth Lombardino and Darci Wantiez; Nicole Begue Hackman and Nate Hackman performed "There Once Was a Man" from The Pajama Game; "Bring Him Home," from Les Miserables, was sung by Will Sevier; Britt Hancock sang "Grand Knowing You" from She Loves Me, recreating his critically acclaimed portrayal of Kodaly in that musical; and Weslie Webster, recreating her performance as Desiree in Cumberland County Playhouse's A Little Night Music, performed "Send in the Clowns."

Accompanying the singers on piano were Ben Van Diepen and Ron Murphy.

Nashville's celebration of the Tonys continues Sunday night with First Night: The Tony Party, starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 12, at Donelson's The Keeton Theatre. Tickets are $15, payable by cash or checks at the door.

Photos by Lauren Gill

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Annette de la Torre

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Elliott Cunningham

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Elliott Cunningham

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Jaclyn Lisenby Brown

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Michael Holder & Katherine Sandoval Taylor

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Joshua Waldrep

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Bakari King

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Bakari King

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Jama Bowen

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Amanda Lamb

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Laura Thomas Sonn

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Laura Thomas Sonn

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Scott Logsdon

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Annette de la Torre & Jama Bowen

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Annette de la Torre & Jama Bowen

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Matt Baugher

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Carolyn German

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Vicki White

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Ryan Bowie

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Ryan Bowie

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Ryan Bowie

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Brandy Rogers

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Darci Wantiez, Elizabeth Lombardino & Brandy Rogers

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Nicole Begue Hackman & Nate Hackman

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Nate Hackman & Nicole Begue Hackman

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Nate Hackman & Nicole Begue Hackman

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Will Sevier

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Britt Hancock

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Weslie Webster

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
The Entire Company

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
The Entire Company of First Night: The Tony Concert

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert
Singing the finale from Les Miserable, the First Night: The Tony Concert's entire company

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Tony Concert

Nashville THEATER Stories | Shows  Like BWW Nashville  Follow BWW Nashville



About the Author

Get Author Alerts
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 (read more...)

  • Nashville Rep's NOISES OFF Set for October Run at TPAC
  • BWW Review: Vickie Bailey Directs CFTA's SUITE SURRENDER
  • Staged Reading This Week for New Dan Fogelberg Musical PART OF THE PLAN
  • BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's Lushly Romantic CINDERELLA Opens the New Season
  • ACT 1 Presents Limited Engagement of THE CHRISTIANS
  • BWW Review: Nashville Rep's THE LAST FIVE YEARS

  • BROADWAYWORLD TV

    The Crucible
    Clarence Brown Theatre Co
    (Runs 9/28 - 10/16)
    The Bodyguard in NashvilleThe Bodyguard
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    (Runs 3/21 - 3/26)
    SPAMALOT
    Collierville Arts Council
    (Runs 9/23 - 10/2)
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in NashvilleBeautiful: The Carole King Musical
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    (Runs 5/23 - 5/28)
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in NashvilleThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    (Runs 4/25 - 4/30)

    VIEW ALL ADD A SHOW AUDITIONS

    Save $$$ on Tickets to:
    Backstage with Richard Ridge
    Back to Falsettoland w/ OBC - Passing the Torch
    Backstage Bite
    TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with ALADDIN's Rodney Ingram!
    Turning the Tables
    Binge on TURNING THE TABLES!
      Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow
    TV:-LuPone's Autobio - Lands EVITA!
    KID CRITICS
    TV: KID CRITICS Swept Away at PHANTOM
    BROADWAY SESSIONS
    BROADWAY SESSIONS Goes 'Back to School' Tonight