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BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Captivates Nashville BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Captivates Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 24, 2017

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... (more...)
BWW Review: A SECOND HELPING at Cumberland County Playhouse BWW Review: A SECOND HELPING at Cumberland County Playhouse
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2017

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... (more...)
BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's Magnificent MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's Magnificent MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 22, 2017

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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: Angels in England, or rather ACT 1's NOISES OFF BWW Review: Angels in England, or rather ACT 1's NOISES OFF
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 13, 2017

Make no mistake about it, Michael Frayn's Noises Off, is a rollicking, hilarious roller coaster ride of mirth and merriment – the quintessential British farce, replete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, sexual escapades and all the other necessary ingredients needed to create a memorable nigh... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAU JEST Is Back In Fine Form At Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: BEAU JEST Is Back In Fine Form At Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 12, 2017

Funny and familiar, James Sherman's Beau Jest might well be considered perfect dinner theater fare: spread across two hours, the comedy is easily digested and the players - this time, the estimable ensemble assembled by director Martha Wilkinson for the latest incarnation at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Th... (more...)
BWW Review: 1,600 Words About Why You Should Go See SPAMALOT At Studio Tenn BWW Review: 1,600 Words About Why You Should Go See SPAMALOT At Studio Tenn
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 08, 2017

Whether it's seeing Matt Logan as King Arthur galumphing around onstage, as if astride a horse with Garris Wimmer not far behind providing the necessary sound effects with two halves of one empty coconut shell, or watching Jake Speck, as a feckless wannabe Knight of the Round Table, crap his pants a... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Ballet Debuts Christopher Stuart's 7 DEADLY SINS BWW Review: Nashville Ballet Debuts Christopher Stuart's 7 DEADLY SINS
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 05, 2017

Pride. Greed. Envy. Sloth. Gluttony. Lust. Wrath. Collectively, they are the seven deadly sins - the cardinal sins, the antitheses of the seven virtues. Creatively, they are the inspiration for choreographer Christopher Stuart's most recent work, 7 Deadly Sins featuring music by the Nashville-based ... (more...)
BWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT... at TPAC Could Change Your Life BWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT... at TPAC Could Change Your Life
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 26, 2017

The power of theater to transport and to transform is felt most acutely - experienced most vividly - in Simon Stephens' play Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based upon the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, now onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall thro... (more...)
BWW Review: NSF & Lipscomb's Provocative Take on RICHARD II BWW Review: NSF & Lipscomb's Provocative Take on RICHARD II
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 16, 2017

Carrie Brewer's fiery portrayal of the man who would ultimately become King Henry IV is certain to resonate with audiences for the compelling production of William Shakespeare's Richard II - onstage at Shamblin Theatre through April 23 in a joint production from Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Li... (more...)
BWW Review: Swafford's Overly Earnest CRAZY ALL THESE YEARS BWW Review: Swafford's Overly Earnest CRAZY ALL THESE YEARS
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 16, 2017

Strong performances from a quartet of Nashville actors and capable writing and direction by Jeff Swafford should be enough to create a compelling and engaging stage play. Unfortunately, those elements don't add up to what we'd hoped for in Woodland Entertainment's production of Crazy All These Years... (more...)
BWW Review: Actors Bridge and Belmont Theatre Team Up for Provocative and Moving AMISH PROJECT BWW Review: Actors Bridge and Belmont Theatre Team Up for Provocative and Moving AMISH PROJECT
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 08, 2017

Actors Bridge Ensemble - Nashville's most forward-thinking and cutting-edge professional theater company - teams up once again with Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance to celebrate their tenth anniversary as artistic collaborators with Jessica Dickey's The Amish Project, a moving and ... (more...)
BWW Review: With Effortless Style, Matthew Morrison Makes His Music City Debut BWW Review: With Effortless Style, Matthew Morrison Makes His Music City Debut
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 07, 2017

Oozing charm, exuding confidence and with a sense of effortless style, Broadway's song-and-dance man Matthew Morrison makes his Music City debut in a three-night stand at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, backed by the Grammy Award-winning musicians of the Nashville Symphony under the baton of conductor... (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 - March 27, 2017

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 th... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Passionate RAISIN IN THE SUN BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Passionate RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 27, 2017

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... (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 - March 26, 2017

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 com... (more...)
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...)