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David Blaine to Take His Magic On The Road in First-Ever North American Tour David Blaine to Take His Magic On The Road in First-Ever North American Tour
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Nashville

Having revolutionized modern magic and mesmerized audiences unlike any performer in history, magician, illusionist, and stunt artist David Blaine will embark on his first-ever North American tour, announced today.  (more...)
BWW Review: BUMT's Rollicking 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL Gives Dolly Her Due BWW Review: BUMT's Rollicking 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL Gives Dolly Her Due
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 27, 2017 in Nashville

Just in case you are unaware, heed this advice: There is perhaps no better place on earth to catch some future Broadway stars (and, no doubt, some Tony Award winners-to-be) than in Nashville. If there is any other more fertile breeding ground for musical theater stars than what you may find among the assemblage of burgeoning talents at Belmont University - particularly among the students enrolled in the school's musical theatre program, now celebrating its 19th season - we implore you to supply directions for our edification. (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Passionate RAISIN IN THE SUN BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Passionate RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 27, 2017 in Nashville

Jackie Welch, Tamiko Robinson Steele and Lauren Frances Jones together onstage are like the royalty of Nashville theater: three formidable actresses who bring a wealth of experience to any role they play as individuals. Yet, collectively, the three women are more than mere forces of nature, they are nature itself, their remarkable talents combining to create a theatrical experience that will long be remembered, venerated and discussed among those people fortunate enough to see them in Nashville Repertory Theatre's stunning production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. (more...)
Travis Greene, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, & More Celebrate Stellar Awards Travis Greene, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, & More Celebrate Stellar Awards
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Nashville

RCA Inspiration celebrated top honors this year on what's hailed as one of the biggest nights celebrating Gospel music, with 10 wins on the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. (more...)
Smith and Wesley Shoot THE LITTLE THINGS Video Smith and Wesley Shoot THE LITTLE THINGS Video
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Nashville

Smith & Wesley took a break from promoting their latest single, 'The Little Things' on Dream Walkin Records, to shoot a music video for the touching song. Produced by Flick Wiltshire and directed by Cody McCarver for Vintage Flick, the clip was filmed in the mountains outside Jasper, Tennessee and will begin hitting the airwaves early April. (more...)
BWW Review: Larry Shue's THE NERD at Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: Larry Shue's THE NERD at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 26, 2017 in Nashville

Larry Shue's The Nerd brings with it a fairly healthy and reasonably impressive theater pedigree: more than 400 performances on Broadway, critical acclaim and audience adulation for its West End run (in fact, it was the most successful American play running there in 1986), scores of regional and community theater productions and it was the follow-up to his wonderfully funny and politically prescient The Foreigner. But like so many things that were popular during the 1980s - the "abdominizer," Cabbage Patch kids and friendship bracelets, Jelly shoes and Jordache jeans - time hasn't been so great to The Nerd and we're left wondering, incredulously and imploringly, "What the hell?" (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 3/26/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW on March 26, 2017 in Nashville

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Nashville (more...)
BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour
by Kyle Christopher West on March 25, 2017 in Nashville

Between their two lofty resumes, Broadway husband-and-wife duo Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard have a grand total of 15 Broadway credits to their names. Adding in their multiple film/TV credits and cast recordings, the phrase 'triple threat' couldn't be a better fit to define their talents. And with the skills they've honed on 'the boards,' the couple is eager to support the next generation of Broadway gypsies through their new training program: 'Married to Broadway.' (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY's Bailey, Sanford, Ragland and Ray-Jones FRIDAY 5 (+1): SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY's Bailey, Sanford, Ragland and Ray-Jones
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 24, 2017 in Nashville

We managed to corner Vickie and three of her actors - Drew Sanford, Tabby Ragland and Mandy Ray-Jones - and convince them to answer our famous Friday 5 (+1) questions, giving us some insight into why they do what they do (and how they do it), as well as to offer up some suggestions about why you should make certain you don't miss their show… (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): The Stars of Belmont University Musical Theatre's 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL FRIDAY 5 (+1): The Stars of Belmont University Musical Theatre's 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 24, 2017 in Nashville

Today, in our latest Friday 5 (+1), we introduce you to a group of Belmont University Musical Theatre leading ladies - Katie Bays, Emily Anne Ludwig, Lizzy Hinton, Cassie Donegan, Mary Kate Hughes and Katie Grogg - and their leading man, the Franklin Hart Jr. of this particular revival, Graham Trout! Remember their names, gentle readers, they are sure to impress you now over on Belmont Boulevard just as much as they are destined to dazzle critics and audiences (in theaters along other notable streets) alike in the years to come… (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): A TIME TO KILL's James David West FRIDAY 5 (+1): A TIME TO KILL's James David West
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 24, 2017 in Nashville

Actor James David West, who takes on the role of the Southern lawyer at the center of the play, took time from his hectic tech week schedule to answer our Friday 5 (+1) questions to give us an idea why booking reservations to see the show should be something to do right this minute - or at least after reading this interview. Get to it! (more...)
MAS Nashville announces 10th full-length cabaret show 4/17 MAS Nashville announces 10th full-length cabaret show 4/17
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 24, 2017 in Nashville

Erin Parker, Laura Matula, Cori Anne Laemelle, Melodie Madden Adams and Megan Murphy Chambers - collectively known as MAS Nashville - return to the stage for their tenth cabaret performance appropriately entitled MAS X, playing the Belcourt Theatre on Monday, April 17. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. (more...)
Frist Center Presents PATTERN RECOGNITION, 4/29-10/8 Frist Center Presents PATTERN RECOGNITION, 4/29-10/8
by BWW News Desk on March 24, 2017 in Nashville

Bringing together experimental videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region, Pattern Recognition explores the expressive potential of digital media. (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): REALLY REALLY Director Natalie Risk of 2SST FRIDAY 5 (+1): REALLY REALLY Director Natalie Risk of 2SST
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 23, 2017 in Nashville

Hell week or no, Natalie Risk somehow found the time in a crazy week of technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and classes to sit down and answer our slate of six Friday 5 (yes, we know the name is confusing - not to mention it's Thursday) in order to give you some insight into what makes her tick, theatrically speaking, and to explain why she thinks you need to come see her new show… (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 24, 2017 in Nashville

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte, and BUS STOP in Denver, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
Jama Bowen to Star in BECOMING DR. RUTH at the Roxy Regional Theatre's theotherspace Jama Bowen to Star in BECOMING DR. RUTH at the Roxy Regional Theatre's theotherspace
by BWW News Desk on March 22, 2017 in Nashville

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist.  Few, however, know the incredible journey which preceded it. (more...)
BWW Review: Deborah Cox Dazzles Nashville Audiences in THE BODYGUARD BWW Review: Deborah Cox Dazzles Nashville Audiences in THE BODYGUARD
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 22, 2017 in Nashville

Deborah Cox, the Grammy Award-nominated R&B and pop music star now headlining the national tour of The Bodyguard - the stage musical based upon the 1992 film - proves herself to be every inch the star. From the very first moment she appears onstage, clad in Tim Hatley's eye-popping costume as 'Queen of the Night,' Cox carries with her that unmistakable, but hard to define, quality that sets her apart from mere mortals. (more...)
Summar to Step Down from Arts & Business Council Executive Director Job in June Summar to Step Down from Arts & Business Council Executive Director Job in June
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 20, 2017 in Nashville

Casey Gill Summar, executive director of Nashville's Arts & Business Council's (ABC), has announced that she will be leaving the arts nonprofit this summer after more than a decade with the organization. She and her husband, Trent, are moving to Santa Barbara, California in June. (more...)
On The Road with Jonathan Hadley and THE BODYGUARD On The Road with Jonathan Hadley and THE BODYGUARD
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 20, 2017 in Nashville

After some 2,200 performances as the legendary Bob Crewe in the Broadway company of Jersey Boys, Jonathan Hadley is more than happy - maybe even contented - to update his resume with the words "journeyman actor," as he adds the role of Sy Spector in The Bodyguard to the list of roles for which he is justifiably well-known. (more...)
Jones/Hope/Wooten's SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY Opens Friday 3/24 at Arts Center of Cannon County Jones/Hope/Wooten's SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY Opens Friday 3/24 at Arts Center of Cannon County
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 20, 2017 in Nashville

The hilarity of the Futrelle clan and their own special brand of Southern Hospitality opens Friday night, March 24, running through April 8 at The Arts Center of Cannon County. (more...)
A TIME TO KILL Opens at Murfreesboro's CFTA for 3/24-4/2 Run A TIME TO KILL Opens at Murfreesboro's CFTA for 3/24-4/2 Run
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 20, 2017 in Nashville

Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts presents the regional premiere of A Time to Kill, based on the bestselling novel by John Grisham and the 1996 film starring Matthew McConaughey and Samuel L. Jackson, opening Friday night, March 24 and running through April 2. (more...)
Ponder, Kiefer Lead Upcoming MY FATHER'S WAR Performances Ponder, Kiefer Lead Upcoming MY FATHER'S WAR Performances
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 20, 2017 in Nashville

My Father's War: A Story of Conflict, Survival, and Grace. adapted and performed by 2014 First Night Honorees Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer from the WWII memoir Ponder Anew, written by Lt. Herschel Ponder, will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 and Sunday, March 26, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3100 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 3/19/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW on March 19, 2017 in Nashville

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Nashville (more...)
BWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARK BWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARK
by Jeffrey Ellis on March 18, 2017 in Nashville

Daniel DeVault's taut, focused direction and consistent performances from his ensemble of actors are the hallmarks of Circle Players' latest show in their 2016-17 season - Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park - now onstage, appropriately and significantly at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, named for one of Nashville's most venerated civil rights leaders through April 2. (more...)
Nashville Rep Adds Dates to Eddie George-Led A RAISIN IN THE SUN Nashville Rep Adds Dates to Eddie George-Led A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk on March 17, 2017 in Nashville

Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of A Raisin in the Sun, starring retired Tennessee Titan Eddie George, will now run through Saturday, April 22. (more...)