Photo Coverage: The First Night Fashion Extravaganza

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First Night season in Nashville kicked into high gear on Monday night, August 16, as some of Nashville's best-loved actors showed off their "inner Tyra" during the First Night Fashion Extravaganza at Macy's Green Hills. Some of the season's hottest Red Carpet Fashions were featured in the fashion show in advance of The First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, slated for Sunday, September 19, at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre.

First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis, who covers theater in Music City for BroadwayWorld.com, welcome the 100-plus fashion shows guests and set the stage for the fashion show that featured some of Macy's best-known brands in the men's and women's departments, along with furs from The Fur Vault at Macy's and some knock-out shoe styles.

The First Night Nashville Theatre Honors will salute eight visionaries of Nashville theater during a gala evening at the Troutt Theatre, will be followed by the after-party at Hard Rock Cafe, 100 Broadway, in downtown Nashville. Among the luminaries being honored are: Scot Copeland, producing artistic director at Nashville Children's Theatre; Paul Gatrell, chair of the theater and dance department at Belmont University; Kathleen O'Brien, president and CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; A. Sean and Robert A. O'Connell, co-founders of ACT 1 and GroundWorks Theatre; Mac Pirkle, founder of Southern Stage Productions and Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Barry Scott, actor/director/producer; and Shannon Wood, stage manager and co-founder and owner of Darkhorse Theater.

Tickets for the First Night Gala are $25 and include the show, silent auction and after-party. For reservations, call (615) 530-6178 or email FirstNightNashville@clearwire.net for further information.

Photos by Rob Dortch, Travis Harkins and Richard Street.

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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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