Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville

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Amid threatening weather forecasts and a winter storm bearing down on the South, more than 150 hardy souls gathered to celebrate live theatre in Nashville and Middle Tennessee with the presentation of the BroadwayWorld.com Nashville Theatre Awards and First Night's Top Ten of Twenty-Ten on Sunday night, January 9. Street Theatre Company's new venue at 1933 Elm Hill Pike was the setting for the event that featured performances by JoAnn Coleman, Ben Van Diepen, Ann Street Kavanaugh, Laura Matula, Michael Kitts and Bakari Jamal King.

Hosted by Jeffrey Ellis, the executive producer and founder of The First Night Nashville Theatre Honors who covers theater in Tennessee for BroadwayWorld.com, the event also featured longtime First Night musical director Jane Kelley Watt, STC artistic director Cathy Sanborn Street, STC music director Rollin Mains, and First Night Red Carpet hosts Jennifer Richmond and Trey Palmer and fashion commentators Cary Street and Macon Kimbrough.

Photos from Sunday night's cocktail party are provided by Lisa Garner Harrison, Danny Proctor, Ed Amatrudo and Nancy Hickman McNulty.

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Trey Palmer, Debra Barret Graham, Lisa Garner Harrison and Jennifer Richmond

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Chaz Sanders, Britt Hancock and Austin Price

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Chris Bosen and Nate Eppler

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Daron Bruce, Amanda Lamb and Paul Cook

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Trey Palmer, Debra Barret Graham, Lisa Garner Harrison and Jennifer Richmond

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Dieta Osborne and Nate Eppler

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Elliott Cunningham, Lisa Garner Harrison and Evan Montgomery

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Elliott Cunningham, Lisa Garner Harrison and Britt Hancock

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Elliott Cunninham and Lisa Garner Harrison

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Jason Ross and Lisa Garner Harrison

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Jeffrey Ellis

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Jeffrey Ellis and Melissa Bedinger Hade

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Jeffrey Ellis, Meri Porter Howard, Cinda McCain and Sheri Porter Brown

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Trey Palmer and Jennifer Richmond

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Lisa Garner Harrison and Michele Colvin

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Lisa Garner Harrison and Weslie Webster

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Lisa Garner Harrison and Britt Hancock

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Lisa Garner Harrison

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Lora Westlund and Ed Amatrudo

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Lora Westlund and Ed Amatrudo

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Melissa Bedinger Hade and Lora Westlund

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Nate Eppler and Jeffrey Ellis

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Shannon McMinn Hoppe, Denice Hicks and Lauren Atkins

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
Tracey Barnes Hughes, Sam Hahn and Lisa Garner Harrison

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville

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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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