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2017's Midwinter's First Night Set for 1/8 at The Keeton2017's Midwinter's First Night Set for 1/8 at The Keeton
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 2, 2016

Austin Jeffrey Smith, Taylor Tracey, Jenna Pryor and Julia Nettles will share the stage as co-hosts of 2017 Midwinter's First Night, set for Sunday, January 8, 2017, at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. Midwinter's First Night is the annual presentation of First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis' First Night's Top Ten of 2017 and the announcement of winners of the BWW Nashville Awards, voting for which continues through the end of December. (more...)

McGinnis Directs A LIE OF THE MIND For ACT 1McGinnis Directs A LIE OF THE MIND For ACT 1
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 7, 2016

Dave McGinnis directs Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, opening this Friday night at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater, as ACT 1 continues its 2016-17 season. (more...)

DIXIE SWIM CLUB Opens in Murfreesboro Friday NightDIXIE SWIM CLUB Opens in Murfreesboro Friday Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 7, 2016

The Dixie Swim Club - the Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy about five Southern women who meet on their college's swim team and hold a beachfront reunion every year thereafter - opens this week at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts, in a new production helmed by George W. Manus Jr. (more...)

Street Theatre Company Closes Out 2016 With TICK...TICK...BOOM!Street Theatre Company Closes Out 2016 With TICK...TICK...BOOM!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 7, 2016

Jonathan Larson's tick…tick…BOOM! closes out 2016 for Nashville's Street Theatre Company, running November 18-December 4 at Holy Trinity Church on Charlotte Pike, starring Christina Candilora, Geoff Davin and Christ Thomas. (more...)

High School Drama: Hume-Fogg's JONATHAN HANKINSHigh School Drama: Hume-Fogg's JONATHAN HANKINS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 3, 2016

Which brings us to today's edition of High School Drama, introducing you to one of the show's leading men: Jonathan Hankins. Here's your opportunity to get to know more about the talented HFA senior prior to opening night (You've made your reservations, right? Curtain's at 7 p.m. Don't be late!)… (more...)

Dramatists Guild of America to Host First Nashville Event 11/5Dramatists Guild of America to Host First Nashville Event 11/5
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 3, 2016

The Dramatists Guild of America will offer its first event in Nashville this Saturday, November 5, at Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel. Free to all Nashville artists interested in new works for the stage and taking place at the Darkhorse Chapel at 4610 Charlotte Ave, the event starts at noon and is open to Dramatists Guild members and non-members alike. (more...)

BWW Review: Lipscomb's Cinematic BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Review: Lipscomb's Cinematic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 30, 2016

There is perhaps no theme more deeply resonant in Disney's Beauty and the Beast than its treatment of the redemptive power of love to change any trouble soul - and thanks to Mike Fernandez's cinematic take on the musical theater classic and the superb leading performances of Bekah Purifoy and Scott Patrick Wilson, the new revival now onstage at Lipscomb University's Collins Alumni Auditorium has much to engage and intrigue audiences. (more...)

BWW Review: Actors Bridge Ensemble's Whimsical, Magical FAILURE: A LOVE STORYBWW Review: Actors Bridge Ensemble's Whimsical, Magical FAILURE: A LOVE STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 29, 2016

Who knew that a whimsical, magical play - Philip Dawkins' evocatively written Failure: A Love Story, now onstage at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater in a thoroughly engaging production from Actors Bridge Ensemble in its 20th Anniversary Season - would speak so eloquently to that sense of pervasive loss brought on by the inevitable passage of time? Certainly, not I. (more...)

SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN Heads to Nashville November 4 & 5SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN Heads to Nashville November 4 & 5
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 28, 2016

t's that universal truth - or perhaps just an urban legend - that connects people who share their lives on a deeper level and which very well may have been the genesis for Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man, the off-Broadway hit that's now touring the United States, wending its way to Nashville for a three-show stand at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, November 4 and 5. (more...)

Critic's Choice: Get Your Halloween Fix at the Theater This WeekendCritic's Choice: Get Your Halloween Fix at the Theater This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 27, 2016

Have you decided on your Halloween costume yet? You better get to work since it's only four days until the big night is upon us and you won't want to caught with your pants down, so to speak. May we respectfully suggest a trip to your local, neighborhood theater? Not only will you be entertained, transformed and transported - we're willing to be on this happening - but you'll also probably get some great costume ideas in the process! And there is the added bonus that the theater company might be in the business of renting out costumes which would make your efforts even easier than you first thought… (more...)

Paula Flautt Directs CPA's MAN WHO CAME TO DINNERPaula Flautt Directs CPA's MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 27, 2016

2015 First Night Honoree Paula Flautt directs the Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman classic comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner, as Christ Presbyterian Academy's high school theatre stages the show about a critic and raconteur who becomes a surprising houseguest for a small-town Ohio family. (more...)

High School Drama: Siegel High's MEGAN SCOTTHigh School Drama: Siegel High's MEGAN SCOTT
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 27, 2016

Today, Megan Scott, one of 2015 First Night Star Award winner Brenda Dent Gregory's talented student sat Murfreesboro's Siegel High School, continues our new season of High School Drama, the latest in a long list of younger actors to be introduced via Broadway World Nashville in the coming year… (more...)

VUTheatre's A SHAYNA MAIDEL explores impact of Holocaust on familyVUTheatre's A SHAYNA MAIDEL explores impact of Holocaust on family
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 26, 2016

VUTheatre, in partnership with the Vanderbilt University Holocaust Lecture Series, presents the emotional drama, A Shayna Maidel, opening November 4 at Neely Auditorium on the Nashville campus.   (more...)

BWW Review: CFTA's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Will Have You Laughing All The Way HomeBWW Review: CFTA's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Will Have You Laughing All The Way Home
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 25, 2016

Patrick Kramer's commanding performance as Frederick Frankenstein (that's 'FRONKENsteen' for the uninitiated) in the Center for the Arts' production of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is reason enough to buy a ticket (if you're lucky enough to score one - shows are playing to capacity crowds in Murfreesboro, so make your reservations yesterday), but director Renee Robinson and musical director Stephen Burnette very adroitly surround him with such strong support that the entire ensemble of Transylvanian thespians is worth the price of admission. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 10/21; HAMILTON in Chicago, BILLY ELLIOT in New Zealand and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 10/21; HAMILTON in Chicago, BILLY ELLIOT in New Zealand and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 21, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Chicago, South Bend, New Zealand and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include the opening of HAMILTON in Chicago, SWEENEY TODD in South Bend, and BILLY ELLIOT in New Zealand, just to name a few. (more...)

Critics Choice: SOMETHING WICKED, RENT, NOISES OFF and So Much More On Tap This WeekendCritics Choice: SOMETHING WICKED, RENT, NOISES OFF and So Much More On Tap This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 20, 2016

Here are our suggestions - our choices, as it were - for the shows to catch, the people to see, before Monday morning rolls around. Again. When work beckons, we promise you'll have so much more interesting water cooler chatter to share that you'll be the envy of everyone at the office: (more...)

High School Drama: Hume-Fogg's LINDSEY GEORGEHigh School Drama: Hume-Fogg's LINDSEY GEORGE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 20, 2016

As the leaves begin to turn and the temperatures start to drop and we see autumn all about us, it signals the frantic period of 2016 when local high schools are busily prepping their fall productions. Nashville's Hume-Fogg Academic High School is one such place, where students - under the direction of 2014 First Night Honoree Daron Bruce and his artistic collaborator Lisa Forbiss - are deep into rehearsals for the first of this academic year's presentations: Big Fish, starring Lindsey George, Jonathan Hankins and Nashville theater legacy Michael Dunaway. (more...)

BWW Review: RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour Thrills TPAC Audience on Opening Night in NashvilleBWW Review: RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour Thrills TPAC Audience on Opening Night in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 19, 2016

It's hard to believe that Jonathan Larson's epic rock musical masterpiece, Rent, debuted on Broadway, making headlines around the world, winning the Pulitzer Prize and bringing a whole new generation of audiences to the theater 20 years ago. Larson who died just prior to the show's 1996 off-Broadway opening didn't live to see the acclaim with which his musical - based upon Puccini's La Boheme - was greeted, but if we believe in such things, we may rest assured that since his untimely demise he has watched over Rent's evolution, which includes the 20th Anniversary production now touring the country in an astounding revival which reaffirms its place among the very best of American musical theater. (more...)

Where Are They Now? BLAIR ALLISONWhere Are They Now? BLAIR ALLISON
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 18, 2016

How does one go about describing Blair Allison? She's funny, irrepressible, charming, talented and kooky…beautiful, personable and clever - just to name a few of the Murfreesboro native's most obvious attributes. She's also determined and ambitious, focused and committed and a graduate of Belmont University's widely respected theater program, headed by 2010 First Night Honoree Paul Gatrell. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Rep's All-Star Cast Shines in NOISES OFFBWW Review: Nashville Rep's All-Star Cast Shines in NOISES OFF
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 17, 2016

There comes a moment in Act Two (or maybe it's Act One - on second thought, maybe it's the second Act One, although it could be the third…) of Michael Frayn's Noises Off, now onstage at TPAC's Andrew Johnson Theatre, in which Martha Wilkinson comes onstage, hits her mark, cuts her eyes at another actor and with perfect timing reaches out to touch his arm, her expressive face showing every word the audience needs to hear, eliciting guffaws and applause as her reward. (more...)

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