Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe

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When the show finally ended on Sunday night, September 19, and First Night revelers made it to their cars, they headed downtown to Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, located at the corner of Broadway and First, for the After-Party.

Although the show ran long (as awards presentations tend to do) at four hours, a hale and hearty crowd of theater-types partied until the early morning hours of Monday, September 20 in the Reverb Room and on the rooftop balcony overlooking the glittery Nashville downtown and the Cumberland River with the soaring Nashville skyline in the background.

Some after-party goers continued their partying along Lower Broadway and Second Avenue as what was billed as "the biggest night for Nashville theater in the 21st century" wound down.

 

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jason Ross and Britt Hancock

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jason Ross, Brenda Sparks, Jeffrey Ellis, Ron Murphy, Lauren Marshall, Tracey Barnes Hughes, Nicole Begue, Ml Colvin, Weslie Webster and Britt Hancock

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Dietz Osborne, Martha Wilkinson and Jeffrey Ellis

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jason Ross and Tracey Barnes Hughes

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jennifer Richmond, Jeffrey Ellis and Martha Wilkinson

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jennifer Richmond, Jeffrey Ellis and Martha Wilkinson

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jennifer Richmond and Lydia Bushfield

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Jennifer Richmond and Nicole Begue

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Lydia Bushfiled

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Ml Colvin, Britt Hancock and Weslie Webster

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Nate Eppler and Dietz Osborne

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Nate Eppler, Jennifer Richmond and Dietz Osborne

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Nicole Begue

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Tracey Barnes Hughes, Ml Colvin and Britt Hancock

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Tracey Barnes Hughes, Ml Colvin, Britt Hancock, Jason Ross and Brenda Sparks

Photo Coverage: The First Night After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe




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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, 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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