World Premiere of Jerry Lewis-directed THE NUTTY PROFESSOR Kicks Off TPAC'S 2012-13 Season


The Nutty Professor, the Jerry Lewis-helmed musical based on his successful film comedy, takes up residence at the James K. Polk Theatre in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for a July 24-August 19 run, ahead of the production's anticipated November 15 opening on Broadway.

The Wall Street Journal reported in March that the comedian had revealed plans for the Broadway run during celebrations for his 86th birthday. The production, which had originally aimed for the 2010/11 season will star entertainer Michael Andrew, who was first revealed as the musical's lead by Lewis back in 2006 during the MDA telethon. 

Lewis will make his Broadway directorial debut, heading the creative team which also includes choreographer Kathleen Marshall. Based on the 1963 film that Lewis starred in and co-wrote, the musical will feature music by Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Marvin Hamlisch, with book and lyrics by multiple Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Rupert Holmes.


"I was born with show business in my blood and working on Broadway gets it coursing through my veins like no other place can. Marvin and Rupert have given one of my favorite and most enduring films The Nutty Professor a hilarious and gorgeous adaptation for Broadway and I could not be happier. Does this story sing and dance? You bet it does," Lewis says.

The announcement of The Nutty Professor's inclusion in TPAC's 2012/13 HCA/TriStar Broadway offerings was one of the highlights of Tuesday night's season announcement party in which TPAC president and CEO Kathleen O'Brien announced that Nashville will become "Musical City" for the upcoming season, which features touring companies of Anything Goes, Catch Me If You Can and the return to Nashville for a multi-week stand by Disney's The Lion King.

Anything Goes, starring Rachel York (who was last on the Jackson Hall stage as Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmatians the Musical) recreates the Tony Award-winning revival that continues to pack the house at Lincoln Center. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, already represented on the TPAC schedule with The Nutty Professor, the Cole Porter musical will run October 23-28.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas returns for a November 13-18 pre-holiday season run, featuring the recent Broadway staging based upon the classic film musical.

White Christmas  shines with classic Berlin hits like "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.

Catch Me If You Can takes to the Jackson Hall stage for a January 22-27 run is based on the DreamWorks film and the true story that inspired it. Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy Broadway musical that tells the stroy of Frank W. Abignale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forgEd Checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer-living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end... and finds something he never expected.

Catch Me If You Can was created by a Tony Award-winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a sscore by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray and TV's Smash), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

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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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