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Photo Coverage: Melinda Doolittle Hosts 2015 NMTA at Lipscomb UniversityPhoto Coverage: Melinda Doolittle Hosts 2015 NMTA at Lipscomb University
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 13, 2015

Cookeville High School's production of West Side Story claimed top honors - the award for Best Show of 2014/15 - last Saturday at the second annual Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, presented at Lipscomb University's Collins Alumni Auditorium and hosted by Melinda Doolittle. (more...)

VWA Theatricals To Debut With THE LAST 5 YEARSVWA Theatricals To Debut With THE LAST 5 YEARS
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 12, 2015

VWA Theatricals, a Nashville-based theatrical production company, will make its official bow this summer with a production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, set to play the iconic Darkhorse Theater in August. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening in Tennessee This Weekend?CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening in Tennessee This Weekend?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 24, 2015

Looking for something fun to do in Nashville - say, in the next few days or so? That doesn't involve running in the Country Music Marathon? Have no fear, gentle BWW Nashville readers, our team of writers have done the necessary legwork - we're all about saving you time, keeping you out of the marathon traffic and helping you make informed decisions about how to spend your entertainment dollar, after all - and we are delighted to present you with our very first, official Critic's Choice column, filled to the veritable brim with suggestions for great stuff going on around our fair state. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 4/10; A CHORUS LINE in Columbus, THE HOBBIT in Detroit, NEW JERUSALEM in Miami and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 4/10; A CHORUS LINE in Columbus, THE HOBBIT in Detroit, NEW JERUSALEM in Miami and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 10, 2015

Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include NEW JERUSALEM at Gablestage in Miami, A CHORUS LINE at Short North Stage in Columbus, THE HOBBIT at Detroit's Actors Theatre Company, just to name a few. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Circle Players To Heat It Up With PICNICPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - Circle Players To Heat It Up With PICNIC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

In its 65th season, Middle Tennessee's oldest community theater company presents a challenging new revival of playwright William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about repressed desires and haunting recriminations: Picnic. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast! (more...)

Opening Night of Circle Players' PICNIC Set for 3/26Opening Night of Circle Players' PICNIC Set for 3/26
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 4, 2015

In its 65th season, Middle Tennessee's oldest community theater company presents an exciting and challenging new revival of playwright William Inge's seminal 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about repressed desires and haunting recriminations: Picnic. Opening Thursday, March 26, at Hillsboro High School Theatre in Nashville, Picnic runs through April 4. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/27Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/27
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 27, 2015

With over 100 U.S. cities and 30 international regions featured on our site, we have so many exciting theatre happenings around our Broadway World! Below, we've highlighted our top 10 stories from this week. Check out the roundup below! (more...)

Circle Players' PICNIC Poster Art UnveiledCircle Players' PICNIC Poster Art Unveiled
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 19, 2015

Initial artwork for Circle Players' upcoming production of William Inge's Picnic, with art by Arthur Henry Kirkby IV and graphic design by David Arnold, has been released just as rehearsals get under way for the show's March 26-April 4 run at Nashville's Hillsboro High School. (more...)

BWW Previews: D'Arco, Novak Lead Circle's PICNIC CastBWW Previews: D'Arco, Novak Lead Circle's PICNIC Cast
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 10, 2015

Gina D'Arco and Taylor Novak will lead the cast of William Inge's Picnic, in a revival of the classic play helmed by Jeffrey Ellis, for Nashville's Circle Players, which this season celebrates its 65th year of bringing live theater to audiences throughout Middle Tennessee. Picnic will run March 27 through April 4, and will be performed at the theater at Hillsboro High School. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/6Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/6
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 6, 2015

With over 100 U.S. cities and 30 international regions featured on our site, we have so many exciting theatre happenings around our Broadway World! Below, we've highlighted our top 10 stories from this week. Check out the roundup below! (more...)

BWW Nashville Award Winners Revealed at Midwinter's First NightBWW Nashville Award Winners Revealed at Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 29, 2015

Theater folk from throughout Tennessee gathered at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater on Sunday night for Midwinter's First Night, which included the presentation of the BroadwayWorld Nashville Awards, recognizing performers and productions brought to the stage between October 2013 and September 2014. (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday!): RAGTIME's David ArnoldTHE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday!): RAGTIME's David Arnold
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 15, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five (on Thursday!): five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. This week the spotlight shines one day early on David Arnold, who opens tonight in Circle Players' production of Ragtime the Musical, starring as Father. (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...)

WHITE CHRISTMAS Cast Celebrates 100th Year of New Haven's Shubert TheaterWHITE CHRISTMAS Cast Celebrates 100th Year of New Haven's Shubert Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 23, 2014

What better way to commemorate the 100th birthday of one of the nation's most storied theaters - The Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut - than with a special video starring the national company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the first show to take the stage in the theater's centennial year? (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: JJ Rodgers from Actors Point's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFETHE FRIDAY FIVE: JJ Rodgers from Actors Point's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 19, 2014

This week's spotlight focuses on JJ Rodgers, one of Music City's finest actresses, who opened this week in Hendersonville's Actors Point Theater Company's holiday season offering of It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, directed by 2014 First Night Star Award winner Greg Wilson. (more...)

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Kaila WootenHIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Kaila Wooten
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 18, 2014

Our series continues this week with our first home-schooled actor, the lovely and talented Kaila Wooten, an amazingly talented and remarkably poised teenager who has been on stages throughout Middle Tennessee for much of her life and in 2013 was named a First Night Honors Most Promising Actor. (more...)

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Chambers Stevens Checks InWHERE ARE THEY NOW? Chambers Stevens Checks In
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 18, 2014

Today's spotlight falls upon Chambers Stevens, who defines the word "multi-hyphenate." (Seriously, look in a dictionary-they still make dictionaries, don't they?-and you'll find his headshot next to the word.) He is an actor-director-playwright-acting coach-producer-consultant-husband-and-father. And in 2012, he was recognized as a First Night Honoree for the role he has played in the development of theater in Tennessee. (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...)

NASHVILLE THEATER 101: Two Johns and a GermanNASHVILLE THEATER 101: Two Johns and a German
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 15, 2014

Why do you do theater? We've been putting that question to members of the Nashville theater famiy for the past month to find out what it is that motivates creative types to pursue an illusory and challenging career, while for others the theater gives them a creative avocation that helps keep them sane. Today, in our latest installment of Nashville Theater 101, we introduce three more members of our wildly divergent, almost prototypically dysfunctional theater family: John Silvestro, Carolyn German and John Mauldin-or as we like to call them, "Two Johns and a German." (more...)

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