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GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 19, 2017GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 19, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2017

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...)

Critic's Choice: Spring is Here...Dance Into The Theater This WeekendCritic's Choice: Spring is Here...Dance Into The Theater This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 12, 2017

Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing? Well, Mr. Lorenz Hart, personally, we are too damn busy with creating the magic of live theater: We're directing a show (Daddy's Dyin'…Who's Got the Will? opens next week - April 20 - at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson, thank you very much) and trying to make it out to see as much theater in Nashville as possible before old age takes its toll - it's tough out there for a theater critic! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Eddie George and More in Nashville Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUNPhoto Flash: First Look at Eddie George and More in Nashville Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Nashville Rep presents A Raisin in the Sun now running through April 15, 2017, starring NFL player Eddie George as Walter Lee Younger.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Passionate RAISIN IN THE SUNBWW Review: Nashville Rep's Passionate RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 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 nature itself, their remarkable talents combining to create a theatrical experience that will long be remembered, venerated and discussed among those people fortunate enough to see them in Nashville Repertory Theatre's stunning production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. (more...)

Nashville Rep Adds Dates to Eddie George-Led A RAISIN IN THE SUNNashville Rep Adds Dates to Eddie George-Led A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of A Raisin in the Sun, starring retired Tennessee Titan Eddie George, will now run through Saturday, April 22. (more...)

NFL's Eddie George Will Return to the Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Nashville RepNFL's Eddie George Will Return to the Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Nashville Rep
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Nashville Rep will produce A Raisin in the Sun to run from March 25 - April 15, 2017, starring NFL player Eddie George as Walter Lee Younger. (more...)

Casting Announced for Nashville Rep's 2016-17 SeasonCasting Announced for Nashville Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

With former Tennessee Titan Eddie George, Jenny Littleton of The Doyle and Debbie Show, founding Rep actor Jackie Welch, a collection of audience favorites, and some intriguing new faces added to the mix, Nashville Repertory's five-show season for 2016-17 tackles the many dimensions of love: commitment, dilemma, risk, joy, and disappointment. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 2016 First Night Preview PartyPhoto Coverage: 2016 First Night Preview Party
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 20, 2016

Two Broadway veterans join with a group of seven of Tennessee's most enduring, influential and outstanding theater artists to comprise the Class of 2016 First Night Honorees, who were revealed Monday night during the annual First Night preview party, hosted by First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis. (more...)

Critic's Choice: The Shows To See This WeekendCritic's Choice: The Shows To See This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 21, 2016

Shows are opening (Carolyn German unveils her latest, Go From Here, and Nashville Ballet revives Carmina Burana, both this weekend), shows are closing (your last chance to catch The Taffetas at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre before they go the way of The Plaids is this weekend) and The Miss Firecracker Contest is back onstage at Donelson's Larry Keeton Theatre for the second of three weekends. Obviously, the 2016 theater season continues to reveal itself at a breakneck pace, giving audiences a veritable buffet of offerings from which to choose. (more...)

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Hops Onto the NCT Stage TodayA YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Hops Onto the NCT Stage Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

In Robert and Willie Reale's whimsical show, Frog and Toad wake from hibernation in the Spring, plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, eat cookies, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making A Year With Frog and Toad a musical sure to entertain the whole family. (more...)

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Hops Onto the NCT Stage 4/14A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Hops Onto the NCT Stage 4/14
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 30, 2016

In Robert and Willie Reale's whimsical show, Frog and Toad wake from hibernation in the Spring, plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, eat cookies, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making A Year With Frog and Toad a musical sure to entertain the whole family. (more...)

Critic's Choice: Don't Miss These Shows, Y'all!Critic's Choice: Don't Miss These Shows, Y'all!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 3, 2016

Theater-goers from our neck o' the woods have been quite spoiled already this year - and 2016 is barely three months old - and the hits, as they are wont to say, just keep on coming. In fact, there's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. (more...)

Scot Copeland Always Had a Story to TellScot Copeland Always Had a Story to Tell
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 29, 2016

In September, 2010, Scot Copeland - who joined Nashville Children's Theatre as producing artistic director in 1985 - did an interview ahead of his induction among the very first Class of First Night Honorees and we are happy to share some 'Scot stories,' straight from the horse's mouth as it were, as part of our continued remembrance of the vital role he has filled in our theater community for more than 30 years and in honor of his abiding friendship and astounding imaginative leadership of our creative community. (more...)

Critic's Choice: The Shows You Just Can't MissCritic's Choice: The Shows You Just Can't Miss
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 25, 2016

There's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. We're delighted to herald the return of BWW Nashville's Critics Choice with today's feature, offering up a compendium of what's available, what we recommend you see, and - in the cases of show's we've seen already - snippets of our reviews to help you make up your mind! (more...)

BWW Review: The Collective's SHOWSTOPPERSBWW Review: The Collective's SHOWSTOPPERS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 30, 2016

There's nothing like a good musical revue - replete with well-chosen songs, performed by a talented coterie of professional performers who are ably supported by a cast of fresh-faced youngsters showing off their burgeoning talents in concert with their more seasoned counterparts - and The Collective (Nashville's newest theatrical endeavor aka The Music City Theatre Collective) certainly delivers the goods with the debut of Showstoppers, presented this weekend at St. Philip's Episcopal Church's Dimmick Hall in Donelson. (more...)

Music City Theatre Collective Launches With SHOWSTOPPERSMusic City Theatre Collective Launches With SHOWSTOPPERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Music City Theatre Collective – the brainchild of Nashville artists Curtis Reed, Jenny Norris-Light, Chase Miller and Martha Wilkinson, among others – will launch its highly anticipated and rather unique company this weekend with a series of performances designed to highlight the Collective's upcoming endeavors. (more...)

Music City Theatre Collective Launches With SHOWSTOPPERSMusic City Theatre Collective Launches With SHOWSTOPPERS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 26, 2016

Music City Theatre Collective - the brainchild of Nashville artists Curtis Reed, Jenny Norris-Light, Chase Miller and Martha Wilkinson, among others - will launch its highly anticipated and rather unique company this weekend with a series of performances designed to highlight the Collective's upcoming endeavors. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 25, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2016 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

Nashville's Best Honored at Midwinter's First NightNashville's Best Honored at Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2016

Nashville actor and NFL Hall of Famer Eddie George, who makes his Broadway debut Tuesday night in the iconic musical Chicago, was named First Night's Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for his searing portrayal of a former slave haunted by the spectre of abuse in Nashville Repertory Theatre's The Whipping Man. Rene Dunshee Copeland, producing artistic director of Nashville Rep, was named Outstanding Director of a Play, while her three-actor ensemble (which included James Rudolph and Matthew Rosenbaum) were awarded as First Night's Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Play for their rendition of the Matthew Lopez play. (more...)

Eddie George to Join CHICAGO's Broadway Cast in JanuaryEddie George to Join CHICAGO's Broadway Cast in January
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 26, 2015

NFL legend, Heisman Trophy winner and Nashville actor Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in January, taking on the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. (more...)

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