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The 2015 First Night Honorees: Actress and Educator Kaul BluestoneThe 2015 First Night Honorees: Actress and Educator Kaul Bluestone
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 19, 2015

2015 First Night Honoree Kaul Bluestone claimed her place in the First Night record books in the 20th Century: She was the 1996 Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play for her role in Circle Players' production of Dancing at Lughnasa...and she has starred in two critically acclaimed plays directed by First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis in the 21st Century: The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Picnic, both for Circle Players. (more...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 8/19/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 8/19/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 19, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of Mary Poppins, Bat Boy, August: Osage County, First Baptist of Ivy Gap - and new productions from Actors Bridge Ensemble and Blackbird Theater. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (more...)

BWW Review: THE LAST 5 YEARS Brings the Complexities of Relationships to the Nashville StageBWW Review: THE LAST 5 YEARS Brings the Complexities of Relationships to the Nashville Stage
by Cara Richardson - Aug 16, 2015

Nashville shows her talent yet again, by way of VWA Theatricals' inaugural production, THE LAST 5 YEARS. With a two person cast and a nearly completely sung through book, THE LAST 5 YEARS follows the relationship of Jamie, a young writing prodigy, and Cathy, an aspiring actress. (more...)

VWA Theatricals' THE LAST FIVE YEARS Opens Tonight at DarkhorseVWA Theatricals' THE LAST FIVE YEARS Opens Tonight at Darkhorse
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 13, 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 opens tonight and runs through August 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...)

Upcoming Audtions in Nashville 8/12/15Upcoming Audtions in Nashville 8/12/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 12, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of Mary Poppins, Bat Boy, August: Osage County and First Baptist of Ivy Gap - and producers are seeking cast members for The Music Man at the Keeton Theatre. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 8/12/15Nashville Theater Calendar 8/12/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 12, 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 8/3/15Nashville Theater Calendar 8/3/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 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. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: 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 2015/16 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. Something's missing? That's an easy fix: just send us a message here, on Facebook, or by email at jeffreyellis37215@att.com. (more...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 8/3/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 8/3/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of Steel Magnolias, Cheaper by The Dozen and First Baptist of Ivy Gap - and producers are seeking cast members for a touring production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (more...)

Class of 2015 First Night Honoree MARTHA WILKINSONClass of 2015 First Night Honoree MARTHA WILKINSON
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 2015

2015 First Night Honoree Martha Wilkinson holds the record for the most First Night Awards with nine. A frequent performer on the First Night stage -- including particularly show-stopping numbers such as her rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' while clad in a white ballgown and backed up by a chorus of Nashville theater's leading men -- she's one of Tennessee's favorites for certain. She was first recognized by the First Night Awards in 1989, when she won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role in Circle Players' production of Pippin. (more...)

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 7/27/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/27/15
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...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 7/23/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 7/23/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of The Mousetrap, Manuscript, Cheaper by The Dozen and First Baptist of Ivy Gap - and producers are seeking cast members for a touring production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. There's even a haunted house in Auburtown seeking performers for a paying gig. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (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...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 7/15/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 7/15/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 15, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of Harvey and Deathtrap - and producers are seeking cast members for a touring production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (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...)

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