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Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR 5/26/17 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR 5/26/17
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 25, 2017 in Nashville

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)
Jason Lewis Directs REEFER MADNESS To Close Out ACT 1's Season Jason Lewis Directs REEFER MADNESS To Close Out ACT 1's Season
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 25, 2017 in Nashville

Jason Lewis directs the regional premiere of Reefer Madness the Musical to close out ACT 1's 2016-17 season, opening June 9. A musical satire based on the 1936 cult film classic, Reefer Madness the Musical opened in Los Angeles in 1998. The book and lyrics were written by Kevin Murphy with music by Dan Studney. (more...)
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 25, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 25, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 25, 2017 in Nashville

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Welcome to Thursday, May 25, 2017! So, here's the thing: We're up far earlier every morning than we'd actually choose to be, given the choice, and today we were lost in slumber, having a really terrific and very intriguing dream - I was in Louisville with my best pal Patrick Wilson. (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Captivates Nashville BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Captivates Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 24, 2017 in Nashville

Carole King is an American treasure: a singer/songwriter of much renown, she possesses the showbiz bona fides that place her among the highest echelons of creative endeavor and for more than 50 years, she has provided the soundtrack for the lives of so many of us that you can't help but be caught up in an emotional fervor of remembrance and revelry when you hear one of her hit songs. (more...)
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 24, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 24, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 24, 2017 in Nashville

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Wednesday, May 24, 2017! How do we know this, you might ask? Well, we spent last evening at TPAC'S Andrew Jackson Hall, soaking up every possible bit of Carole King: The Beautiful Musical - wait, it's the other way around - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and despite the earworm known as 'One Fine Day,' we are still floating on the inspiration and memories of opening night. (more...)
Street Theatre Company to Present PIPPIN Street Theatre Company to Present PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

Following on the heels of the hilarious LUCKY STIFF and the poignant  JOHN & JEN, Street Theatre Company presents PIPPIN. This venerable musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson opened on Broadway in 1972 under the brilliant direction of Bob Fosse and went on to receive 5 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk awards the following year. A fully reimagined Broadway revival in 2013 won the show 4 more Tonys, 4 more Drama Desks, plus a slew of other awards. (more...)
Roxy Regional Theatre to Launch 35th Season with L. Frank Baum Musical Classic THE WIZARD OF OZ Roxy Regional Theatre to Launch 35th Season with L. Frank Baum Musical Classic THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

???????The Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville's oldest live theatre and only professional theatre, unveiled its upcoming 'Season 35: Discover the World Behind the Curtain' at a fundraiser last Friday evening at the home of arts supporters Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman. (more...)
WIZARD OF OZ Leads Off Season 35 at Roxy Regional Theatre WIZARD OF OZ Leads Off Season 35 at Roxy Regional Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre unveiled its upcoming 'Season 35: Discover the World Behind the Curtain' at a fundraiser last Friday evening at the home of arts supporters Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman. (more...)
BWW Review: A SECOND HELPING at Cumberland County Playhouse BWW Review: A SECOND HELPING at Cumberland County Playhouse
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

You might be surprised by this, but A Second Helping, the musical now onstage through the weekend at Cumberland County Playhouse' Adventure Theatre, has more in common with The Godfather, Part II than you might expect. Both of them, as sequels to the original material that spawned them, do something sequels usually are incapable of: They're better than their precursors. (more...)
High School Drama: Hillsboro High's ASHTON HARRIS High School Drama: Hillsboro High's ASHTON HARRIS
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

Winner of the 2016 Nashville High School Musical Theatre Award (which in 2017 became known as The Spotlight Awards) as best actor in a musical, Ashton Harris is yet another starring light in Kristin Moon and Will Butler's company of outstanding young actors at Hillsboro High School. (more...)
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 23, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 23, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and we are all so very lucky to be alive and to be engaged in the creation of live theater - in Tennessee, no less - with the ability to live life dramatically and to reflect on the world around us. And what a world it is: Last night, people in Nashville were exultant…the Nashville Predators won the Western Conference Playoffs to advance to the Stanley Cup Final of the National Hockey League! (more...)
HGTV Lodge Boasts Star-Studded Lineup at 2017 CMA Music Festival in Nashville HGTV Lodge Boasts Star-Studded Lineup at 2017 CMA Music Festival in Nashville
by TV News Desk on May 23, 2017 in Nashville

The HGTV Lodge returns to the 2017 CMA Music Festival with country music's hottest stars taking the stage in the network's popular and unique venue. (more...)
BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's Magnificent MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's Magnificent MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 22, 2017 in Nashville

Ross Griffin's dramatically flamboyant portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Cumberland County Playhouse's magnificent production of the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet would be reason enough to buy a ticket to see the fast-moving, tune-filled salute to one of music's most legendary nights that didn't end up with some star dying in a plane crash or surviving a car wreck. (more...)
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 22, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 22, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 22, 2017 in Nashville

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! According to my iPhone today is Monday, 22 May 2017 - the weekend, busy as it was, is over and we're left hankering for a few days off in order to relax and rejuvenate…which makes us ponder this musical question: What are your plans for next weekend? In our mind, of course, our mama is warning us that such queries are symptomatic of us 'wishing [our] life away,' as she would always admonish us to live in the now instead of trying to leap-frog over the next five days. So sayeth my beloved mama: 'Live life dramatically.' Therefore, a nap might have to suffice… (more...)
Thank You, Places...Production Stage Manager CECILIA LIGHTHALL Thank You, Places...Production Stage Manager CECILIA LIGHTHALL
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 22, 2017 in Nashville

Today, we introduce you to PSM Cecilia Lighthall, one of Tennessee's finest: My first SM assignment in college was Selkie. I had been an ASM before that. But, that was my first one as lead. My first professional show was Cabaret at Chaffin's Barn in 2004. My most recent show was Posterity with Nashville Repertory Theatre. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 5/21/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 5/21/2017
by BWW on May 21, 2017 in Nashville

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/21/2017 for Nashville (more...)
Utech, McGraw and Wilkinson Star in Chaffin's Barn's SISTER ACT Utech, McGraw and Wilkinson Star in Chaffin's Barn's SISTER ACT
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 19, 2017 in Nashville

Meggan Utech and Gracie McGraw will make their Chaffin's Barn debuts this summer, joining Barn favorite Martha Wilkinson in Sister Act, the hilarious, five-time Tony Award-nominated musical, opening June 8 and running through July 22. (more...)
High School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELL High School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELL
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 19, 2017 in Nashville

The role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty-Terrance McNally musical Ragtime is one coveted by actors of all ages - not the least of whom is Siegel High School student Caleb Mitchell, who took on the challenge of bringing the character to life in his school's production of the show earlier this spring. And for his efforts, Mitchell was one of three finalists for The Spotlight Award, the culmination of the 2016-17 Nashville High School Music Theatre Awards. (more...)
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 19, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 19, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 19, 2017 in Nashville

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Down in the right-hand corner of my computer screen, it tells me that its Friday, May 19 - which means that Memorial Day Weekend is just a week away! - how in the world did we make it from New Year's Day to Memorial Day in what seems to me to be like 15 minutes? When you figure that out, please give me a heads-up so I can better prepare for Christmas shopping! And that, of course, has me wondering what shows we'll be seeing during the next holiday season which, in turn, prompts me to ask the musical question: What's your favorite Christmas or holiday-themed stage offering? (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/18 - NEXT TO NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/18 - NEXT TO NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on May 19, 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 NEXT TO NORMAL, HEDWIG, OKLAHOMA, BEAUTIFUL, and More! (more...)
High School Drama: Lipscomb Academy's Spotlight Award-Winning HATTY KING High School Drama: Lipscomb Academy's Spotlight Award-Winning HATTY KING
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 18, 2017 in Nashville

It's been a big week for Lipscomb Academy's Hatty King - last Saturday night, she had the honor of performing on the stage of Andrew Jackson Hall at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and then was presented the Spotlight Award as best actress at the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards - and her summer is shaping up to be even more than that…as she heads to New York City to spend a week working the best and brightest of Broadway stars and young aspiring musical theater actors from all over the country as they vie for top honors at The Jimmy Awards. (more...)
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 18, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 18, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 18, 2017 in Nashville

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Welcome to Thursday, May 18, 2017…It's #TheatreThursday! which begs the question: How do you propose to live life dramatically? And, while we're on the subject, what shows are on your agenda this weekend? Let us know what you plan to see and what led you to make your choice! We'll pass the word along to the powers-that-be! (more...)
Thank You, Places...Production Stage Manager SHANNON SPENCER Thank You, Places...Production Stage Manager SHANNON SPENCER
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 18, 2017 in Nashville

What's a stage manager? What do they do? What's their job? Seriously. Perhaps no job in the theater is as hard to define as that of a production stage manager and it's that blend of mystery, fear and total dependence that makes actors, directors, crew members, producers - you name it! - hold a really great stage manager in total awe and to revile someone who is (how do you say it, without offending anyone?) less than stellar in their position? (more...)
Garcia Prize for Best Novel Awarded Garcia Prize for Best Novel Awarded
by BWW News Desk on May 17, 2017 in Nashville

Novelist Michel Bruneau has been awarded The Garcia Memorial Prize for his newest novel, My Author is Dead.  An annual award presented in conjunction with the national Reader Views Book Awards, The Garcia Memorial Prize is awarded to the best fiction book of the year. (more...)
Cumberland County Playhouse Unveils 24th Year of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Cumberland County Playhouse Unveils 24th Year of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
by Jeffrey Ellis on May 17, 2017 in Nashville

Smoke On the Mountain, the ever popular bluegrass/gospel musical, kicks off its 24th year at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse, on Friday, June 2, as director Weslie Webster welcomes two new members to the famed Sanders Family Singers. (more...)