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Photo Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Gala Concert
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 06, 2012

Theater people from throughout Tennessee gathered at Belmont University's Bill and Carole Troutt Theatre on Sunday night for the 2013 First Night Honors to pay tribute to a group of eight remarkable people who have made indelible marks on the theater scene throughout their storied careers. Hosted by Holly Shepherd and Joel Diggs, the gala evening honored the eight leading lights of Tennessee theater as they were recognized as members of the First Night Class of 2013 Honorees. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Red (actually Orange) Carpet Arrivals
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 06, 2012

Dressed to the nines-despite forecasts of thunderstorms and a tornado watch that hung over the region-theater people from throughout Tennessee gathered at Belmont University's Bill and Carole Troutt Theatre on Sunday night for the 2013 First Night Honors. Hosted by Holly Shepherd and Joel Diggs, the gala evening honored eight leading lights of Tennessee theater as they were recognized as members of the First Night Class of 2013 Honorees. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL #6: All The News from Onstage, Offstage, Backstage and Beyond
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 29, 2012

We've been doing our part to prepare ye the way, watching the action onstage, taking some furtive peeks backstage, listening to all the offstage gossip and venturing beyond the confines of the theater to gain the informed knowledge to see more shows in the Volunteer State than you ever thought possible. So, good people of the theaterati, read on and get all the information you need to know in this, our latest installment of Music City Confidential. This is #6 (more...)

Class of 2012 First Night Honors Revealed at Monday's Preview Party
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2012

Eight individuals, whose names attest to the depth and breadth of live theatrical performance in Nashville, have been named as members of the 2012 Class of First Night Honorees and will be feted with a special tribute concert on Sunday, September 2, at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from the 2011 First Night Honors
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 03, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: The 2012 First Night Honorees, Most Promising Actors and the First Night Star Award winners will be revealed on Monday, July 23, at the First Night Preview Party...details to follow. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2012
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2012

With a capacity crowd of 200 people on hand at The Keeton Theatre, First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis, who covers theater, opera and dance throughout Tennessee for BroadwayWorld.com, unveiled his choices via First Night's Top 11 of 2011, while the winners of the BroadwayWorld.com Nashville and Tennessee Theatre Awards were announced by co-hosts Britt Byrd, Jamie Free, Katherine Sandoval Taylor and Lar'Juanette Williams. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Night: The After-Party 2011
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 12, 2011

When the last performers had sung the final song and the late honoree had been feted, the crowds at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre for the presentation of First Night, the Nashville Theatre Honors' 2011 Gala Concert, headed downtown to Cummins Station for the After-Party at The Listening Room Cafe. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Red (Orange) Carpet Event
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 11, 2011

Hosted by Jennifer Richmond and Trey Palmer, First Night, the Nashville Theater Honors Gala was preceded by the Red Carpet Event just before the tribute concert on a rainy Sunday, September 4, at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Night: Honors Gala highlights
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 10, 2011

With almost 150 performers taking to the stage of Belmont University's Troutt Theatre on Sunday night, September 4, members of the theater community throughout Tennessee joined together to fete the six members of the 2011 Class of First Night Honorees. (more...)

First Night 2011 Gears Up to Celebrate Live Theater in Tennessee
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2011

Six of the leading lights of the theater world in Tennessee will be recognized as members of the 2011 Class of First Night Honorees August 27-September 4 as First Night, the Nashville Theatre Honors hosts a series of theatrical events to celebrate their achievements and accomplishments. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Night Nashville promo released
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 18, 2011

First Night: The Honors Gala is set for Sunday, September 4, at the Troutt Theatre at Belmont University, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with the Red Carpet Event, hosted by Jennifer Richmond and Trey Palmer, with fashion commentary by Cary Street, Joshua Waldrep and Lisa Garner Harrison. Impresario Johnny Delarocco (aka John Pyka) will produce a special Red Carpet performance by his company just for First Night. (more...)

First Night 2011 Gears Up to Celebrate Live Theater in Tennessee
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 02, 2011

Six of the leading lights of the theater world in Tennessee will be recognized as members of the 2011 Class of First Night Honorees August 27-September 4 as First Night, the Nashville Theatre Honors hosts a series of theatrical events to celebrate their achievements and accomplishments. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Night: The Preview Party at The Listening Room Cafe
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 12, 2011

Danny Proctor, Helen Shute-Pettaway, Layne Sasser, Pam Atha, Dan Brewer and Gary Hoff were introduced Monday night as the six members of the 2011 Class of First Night Honorees during the First Night Preview Party, hosted by founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis at The Listening Room Cafe in downtown Nashville. (more...)

Circle Players Mounts Nashville Premiere of Jason Robert Brown's 13, Closes 5/8
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 08, 2011

Circle Players' upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical 13 will close at Larry Keeton Theatre on May 8. (more...)

Circle Players Mounts Nashville Premiere of Jason Robert Brown's 13, 4/22-5/8
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 06, 2011

Circle Players' upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical 13 presents quite the challenge for everyone involved in bringing the show to the stage of the Larry Keeton Theatre for its upcoming Nashville run. It is a new musical that has never been performed in Nashville. What's more, there are no adults in this show. Every performer is between the ages of 11 and 17. It is a story about teens, but a story that promises to get laughs (and a few tears) out of all audience members, no matter what age. (more...)