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BWW Review: Deborah Cox Dazzles Nashville Audiences in THE BODYGUARD BWW Review: Deborah Cox Dazzles Nashville Audiences in THE BODYGUARD
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 22, 2017

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... (more...)
BWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARK BWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARK
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 18, 2017

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. Ale... (more...)
BWW Review: The Barn's Southern-fried and bred SEEING STARS IN DIXIE BWW Review: The Barn's Southern-fried and bred SEEING STARS IN DIXIE
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 17, 2017

Featuring a quintet of charming and engaging players, under the deft and focused direction of Everett Tarlton, Seeing Stars in Dixie (which winds up a month-long run at The Barn this coming Sunday, March 19) is the kind of laugh-out-loud funny that only comes from the heart, as it relates the story ... (more...)
BWW Review: ACT 1's Otherworldly ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA BWW Review: ACT 1's Otherworldly ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 16, 2017

Make no bones about it: the mind and imagination of playwright Tony Kushner (whose Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is playing at Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre, in a new production of from ACT 1) is nothing like yours or mine or that guy sitting at the table by the window at your... (more...)
BWW Review: ACT 1's Timely and Emotional ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES BWW Review: ACT 1's Timely and Emotional ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 15, 2017

In the quarter century since Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes first exploded upon the theatrical scene, much has changed about society's response to AIDS, homosexuality, politics and life in general. But, perhaps most startling has been the way in which things have... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FINAL DAYS OF WOLFE TONE Strikes a Powerful Chord at Tennessee Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE FINAL DAYS OF WOLFE TONE Strikes a Powerful Chord at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cillea Houghton - March 15, 2017

When reading the description of THE FINAL DAYS OF WOLFE TONE, you wouldn't expect it to be a comedy. And while it technically doesn't fall into that category, it's clear within the first few minutes of the show that humor is a common thread weaved throughout the production that made its mark on a ca... (more...)
BWW Review: Studio Tenn's Stirring and Staggering THE ELEPHANT MAN BWW Review: Studio Tenn's Stirring and Staggering THE ELEPHANT MAN
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 28, 2017

Startling, stunning and evocative performances by an ensemble of Nashville actors performing at the top of their game in an altogether effective and moving production of a contemporary classic: that's what audiences are likely recalling now - hours, days, weeks - after experiencing the latest artist... (more...)
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY Captures Charm, Humor at The Larry Keeton Theatre BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY Captures Charm, Humor at The Larry Keeton Theatre
by Cillea Houghton - February 20, 2017

If there was ever a local production of MY FAIR LADY that was sure to offer a treat to the Nashville theater scene, the current installment of the play at the Larry Keeton Theatre would be the one.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Delights at Tennessee Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Delights at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cillea Houghton - February 15, 2017

It's not often that adaptions of beloved classics can do justice to the original, but that is precisely what the latest installment of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Jack O'Brien, has accomplished. The current U.S. tour made a stop at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall on Tues., Feb. 14 for the opening nig... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's ATTITUDE Offers Elegance and Intrigue at TPAC BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's ATTITUDE Offers Elegance and Intrigue at TPAC
by Cillea Houghton - February 10, 2017

The Nashville Ballet's 2017 production of ATTITUDE brought a host of grace, edge and even a bit of history to TPAC's James K. Polk Theatre on Thurs., Feb. 9.... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Thrills - and Kills - at Tennessee Performing Arts Center BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Thrills - and Kills - at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cillea Houghton - January 30, 2017

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER has been delighting audiences everywhere since its award-winning debut in 2012. Nashville got to experience that joy when it made its debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall opening night on Tues., Jan. 24. The show is nothing short ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Leads Off the Next 50 Years at Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Leads Off the Next 50 Years at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 15, 2017

Nashville's historic and iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - now led by Norma Luther, the gracious and charming new owner - launches its second half century on the venerated chow and bow circuit with a sparkling new revival of Neil Simon's equally historic and iconic The Odd Couple, now onstage t... (more...)
BWW Review: Circle Players and TSU's Dazzling and Delightful THE WIZ BWW Review: Circle Players and TSU's Dazzling and Delightful THE WIZ
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 14, 2017

And, lord! What a cast Larson has assembled for his unique take on the musical - which again was catapulted into the cultural zeitgeist thanks to the critically acclaimed televised version from NBC last year of the show that features the music and lyrics of Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brow... (more...)
BWW Review: Actors Bridge's Astonishing HAND TO GOD Caps A Remarkable 2016 Season BWW Review: Actors Bridge's Astonishing HAND TO GOD Caps A Remarkable 2016 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 10, 2016

Hand to God is a ballsy, brassy and in-your-face consideration of life in a Southern church and its impact on the lives of its congregants, exposing the hypocrisy of small-town convention and social mores that continue to evolve at a glacial pace. You'll be singing hosannas in the show's aftermath, ... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's Colorful and Resplendent NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's Colorful and Resplendent NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 05, 2016

Since its debut in 2008, Nashville's Nutcracker – choreographer Paul Vasterling's holiday-scented love letter to his adopted hometown – has delighted thousands of audience members eager to experience this particularly rapturous paean to this most wonderful time of the year. Eager to set off on a jou... (more...)
BWW Review: NUNCRACKERS Brings Christmas to The Keeton BWW Review: NUNCRACKERS Brings Christmas to The Keeton
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 02, 2016

Those wacky sisters of Hoboken are back on the job and back in the theatre in Nuncrackers - writer Dan Goggins' latest installment of the continuing saga of a group of down-on-their-luck nuns from New Jersey who are still trying to beef up their rolls, score some longed-for electronic gadgets and la... (more...)
BWW Review: Roxy's THE HAPPY ELF Spins A Jazz-Flavored Tale BWW Review: Roxy's THE HAPPY ELF Spins A Jazz-Flavored Tale
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 01, 2016

With a cheerful attitude that knows no bounds, Eubie - the happiest elf at the North Pole - is determined to spread his apropos spirit of the season wherever he goes in Harry Connick Jr.'s The Happy Elf, now onstage at Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre in a delightful production directed by Ryan B... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Always Magical A CHRISTMAS STORY BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Always Magical A CHRISTMAS STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 30, 2016

Some grand holiday traditions are exactly what is needed in these turbulent times and nothing is more pleasing than the 2016 version of Nashville Repertory Theatre's live stage version of A Christmas Story, the theatrical treatment of the movie of the same name that somehow captures all the memories... (more...)
BWW Review: 'Merry Christmas!' from Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: 'Merry Christmas!' from Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 29, 2016

While there are always rumors of closings and real estate transactions happening willy-nilly, Chaffin's Barn continues to thrive and to entertain and to give both audiences and theater folk an opportunity to get to know one another better and to be transported and transformed via the magic of live t... (more...)
BWW Review: Belmont University's Soul-Stirring PARADE BWW Review: Belmont University's Soul-Stirring PARADE
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 19, 2016

As challenging a work of theatrical artistry that you could possibly conceive of, Parade affords BUMT students a sublime opportunity in pursuit of excellence in a production that vociferously demands to be seen and experienced. It is one of the year's best musicals in a Nashville theatrical season t... (more...)
BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Wows 'em in Nashville BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Wows 'em in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 17, 2016

You gotta admit: A lot has changed in this world since Nashville audiences were first treated to The Book of Mormon two years ago. The extended run in 2014 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center set records for ticket sales, garnered great critical acclaim and knocked the socks off the thousands of peo... (more...)
BWW Review: Chaffin's Barn Does RED, WHITE & TUNA Up Right BWW Review: Chaffin's Barn Does RED, WHITE & TUNA Up Right
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 16, 2016

Just in time to lift your spirits in the wake of a bruising presidential election season, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - the iconic theatrical venue, which for 50 years has delighted Nashville audiences on the chow-and-bow circuit - provides ample laughs and plenty of guffaws (along with a bountifu... (more...)
BWW Review: Lipscomb's Cinematic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BWW Review: Lipscomb's Cinematic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 30, 2016

There is perhaps no theme more deeply resonant in Disney's Beauty and the Beast than its treatment of the redemptive power of love to change any trouble soul - and thanks to Mike Fernandez's cinematic take on the musical theater classic and the superb leading performances of Bekah Purifoy and Scott ... (more...)
BWW Review: Actors Bridge Ensemble's Whimsical, Magical FAILURE: A LOVE STORY BWW Review: Actors Bridge Ensemble's Whimsical, Magical FAILURE: A LOVE STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 29, 2016

Who knew that a whimsical, magical play - Philip Dawkins' evocatively written Failure: A Love Story, now onstage at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater in a thoroughly engaging production from Actors Bridge Ensemble in its 20th Anniversary Season - would speak so eloquently to that sense of pervasive loss... (more...)
BWW Review: CFTA's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Will Have You Laughing All The Way Home BWW Review: CFTA's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Will Have You Laughing All The Way Home
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 25, 2016

Patrick Kramer's commanding performance as Frederick Frankenstein (that's 'FRONKENsteen' for the uninitiated) in the Center for the Arts' production of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is reason enough to buy a ticket (if you're lucky enough to score one - shows are playing to capacity crowds in Murfr... (more...)