Delaney Amatrudo News

Photo Coverage: Nashville's Big Reveal: The First Night Preview PartyPhoto Coverage: Nashville's Big Reveal: The First Night Preview Party
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 28, 2015

More than 150 people gathered at Nashville's venerable Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre Monday night for the announcement of honorees and award winners for the 2015 First Night Honors. Preview Party celebrants were treated to a bountiful buffet of entertainment as cast members from several musicals currently on the boards or upcoming on Middle Tennessee stages performed numbers from their shows (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE 2015 FIRST NIGHT PREVIEW PARTYPhoto Coverage: THE 2015 FIRST NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 28, 2015

More than 150 people gathered at Nashville's venerable Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre Monday night for the announcement of honorees and award winners for the 2015 First Night Honors. Preview Party celebrants were treated to a bountiful buffet of entertainment as cast members from several musicals currently on the boards or upcoming on Middle Tennessee stages performed numbers from their shows. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Class of 2015 First Night HonoreesPhoto Coverage: The Class of 2015 First Night Honorees
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 28, 2015

Nine individuals who have taken leading roles in making live theater in Tennessee better and more magical have been named as members of the Class of 2015 Honorees for The First Night Honors, the annual celebration of all things theatrical held in Nashville every September. (more...)

2015 First Night Honorees, Award Winners Revealed2015 First Night Honorees, Award Winners Revealed
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 28, 2015

Nine individuals who have taken leading roles in making live theater in Tennessee better and more magical have been named as members of the Class of 2015 Honorees for The First Night Honors, the annual celebration of all things theatrical held in Nashville every September. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 27, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' OnCRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' On
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2015

Theater in Tennessee has never been busier nor has it been more diverse than what you'll find onstage this weekend throughout the Volunteer State. From frothy and fun summer musicals that are sure to make you think - like All Shook Up at Chaffin's Barn and A Chorus Line at Cumberland County Playhouse - to new plays from Shawn Whitsell (his latest, Songs For Our Sons, premieres at Darkhorse Theatre on Friday night) and emerging playwright Che Pieper (his new script based on the book The Man With the Light in His Window debuts at The Theater Bug this weekend)…the magic of live theater is all around you…even in this heat and humidity! So pull your seersucker suits and sundresses out of the closet, get all gussied up and make your way to the relative cool of a darkened theater for some midsummer magic! (more...)

Class of 2015 First Night Honorees To Be Revealed 7/27Class of 2015 First Night Honorees To Be Revealed 7/27
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

The First Night Honors' Class of 2015 will be revealed next Monday night, July 27, as Nashville Theater's Big Reveal: The First Night Preview Party gets under way at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre at 6 p.m., featuring entertainment by the casts of some of the summer's biggest musicals throughout Tennessee. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/13/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/13/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/6/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/6/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 6, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Amatrudo, Denison to Lead LAST 5 YEARS for VWA TheatricalsAmatrudo, Denison to Lead LAST 5 YEARS for VWA Theatricals
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2015

VWA Theatricals has found its Cathy and Jamie for the upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years: Delaney Amatrudo and Luke Denison. Amatrudo and Denison will lead the cast for the musical, which runs August 13-22 at Nashville's iconic Darkhorse Theater. Amatrudo currently studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Denison is a recent graduate of Indiana University. (more...)

SUMMER STAGES: What's Hot in NashvilleSUMMER STAGES: What's Hot in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 12, 2015

It's already heating up in Nashville and it's not even summer yet! But Nashville area theater companies are hard at work to ensure that audiences have a lot to choose from in the way of live theater presented in cool, darkened theaters. Here are our suggestions for the most eagerly anticipated shows of the sultry summer season… (more...)

How Did The 2015 Tonys Play in the Heartland?How Did The 2015 Tonys Play in the Heartland?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 10, 2015

Now that the dust has settled after the 2015 Tony Awards, we reached out to our readers, asking them to offer their opinions and insights on this year's show, hosted by Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, and how this year's crop of new plays and musicals resonate with viewers in the heartland and, perhaps more importantly, why the Tonys matter outside of New York City. (more...)

Midwinter's First Night Taps Nashville Rep, Boiler Room Theatre, ACT 1Midwinter's First Night Taps Nashville Rep, Boiler Room Theatre, ACT 1
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 13, 2015

Bawdy, irreverent, perhaps even unhinged: What better way to describe Midwinter's First Night? Held Sunday night at Backstage at the Barn, the intimate cabaret theater at Nashville's iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, the slightly offbeat, decidedly more casual younger sibling of The First Night Honors focused on the fun, while honoring some of Middle Tennessee's best and brightest with First Night Awards. (more...)

'Irreverent and Fun' Midwinter's First Night Set for 1/11/15'Irreverent and Fun' Midwinter's First Night Set for 1/11/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 5, 2015

It's back and it's this Sunday, January 11: Midwinter's First Night, aka The First Night Honors' misbehavin' younger sibling, will feature fun, frivolities, special performances, food and drinks, the presentation of The BWW Nashville Awards and, of course, the awarding of First Night's Best of 2014 honors. Sly, irreverent and slightly decadent, Midwinter's First Night will be held at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville's iconic theatrical venue since 1964. (more...)

COLLEGIATE THEATRICS: NYU's Delaney AmatrudoCOLLEGIATE THEATRICS: NYU's Delaney Amatrudo
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 16, 2014

One needn't be clairvoyant to sense that Delaney Amatrudo is destined for stardom; that's been evident, at the very least, since she was a middle schooler. For Nashville area audiences who have been lucky enough to see her live and onstage, it's very obvious that she possesses that ethereal quality which makes her stand out in any crowd, that is especially noticeable when she is onstage, and which burns brightly regardless of the situation. (more...)

NUTTY PROFESSOR, Blackbird Theatre, Feehely Claim Top Honors at Midwinter's First NightNUTTY PROFESSOR, Blackbird Theatre, Feehely Claim Top Honors at Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 7, 2013

The world premiere of a brand-spanking new musical with Broadway in its sights, a relatively young but awe-inspiring theater company and a sparkling, witty new play about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald led the list of Tennessee's outstanding theatrical achievements in 2012 that was revealed Sunday night at Midwinter's First Night. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Gala ConcertPhoto Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Gala Concert
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 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 ArrivalsPhoto Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Red (actually Orange) Carpet Arrivals
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 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 BeyondMUSIC 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...)

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