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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...)

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...)

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...)

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH to Play Mercury Theatre Colchester Next MonthJAMES & THE GIANT PEACH to Play Mercury Theatre Colchester Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

There is a special treat in store for families this August when the magical and musical James and the Giant Peach plays at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. (more...)

2015 First Night Preview Party Set for 7/272015 First Night Preview Party Set for 7/27
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

Members of The First Night Honors' Class of 2015 will be announced during Nashville Theater's Big Reveal: The 2015 First Night Preview Party on Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at Music City's iconic venue Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Renaissance Players' SHREK THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: Renaissance Players' SHREK THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 23, 2015

The company is back onstage for its summer offering of Shrek the Musical, the Jeanine Tesori-David Lindsay Abaire stage musical based upon the delightful animated film that first introduced us to the green ogre Shrek, his lady love Fiona, the unctuous Lord Farquaad and a feisty, straight-talking donkey named, curiously enough, Donkey. (more...)

BWW Web Series to Be Featured at THE LADIES WHO LAUNCH This WeekendBWW Web Series to Be Featured at THE LADIES WHO LAUNCH This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

This Saturday, June 20th at 6:30pm at Videology, Broadway World featured web series Dates, Mates and Clean Slates; This is Art; and Rules of Cool will be showcased in A 'Web Series' Series: THE LADIES WHO LAUNCH, an exciting evening celebrating the comedic women who run the World (wide web)! (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best BetsCRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best Bets
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2015

Looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? What's better than sinking into a seat in a darkened auditorium and letting the talented actors onstage whisk you way to a whole different world from the world iin which you toil Monday through Friday? Theater companies throughout the midstate are ready to dazzle you with their latest productions and here are some of this weekend's best bets... (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: SHREK's Jackson, Hutchens, Sands and ClarkTHE FRIDAY FIVE: SHREK's Jackson, Hutchens, Sands and Clark
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. Today, we introduce you to four actors who will have entertain you beginning tonight in Shrek the Musical, directed by First Night Star Award winner Kate Adams for Dickson's The Renaissance Players. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Cool Down in the DarkCRITICS' CHOICE: Cool Down in the Dark
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 16, 2015

Looking for an early summer diversion? We're happy to suggest some theatrical offerings to occupy your time, to keep you out of the heat and humidity - which seems to have really descended upon us this past week - and place you smack in the middle of a darkened auditorium that's certain to cool you down while entertaining you in high style… (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...)

Ashley Kate Adams, Wes Hager and More Set for FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES Reading Next WeekAshley Kate Adams, Wes Hager and More Set for FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES Reading Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

On Monday, May 18th, Shark Eat Muffin Theatre Co. will present an industry reading of Catie O' Keefe's latest play, 'Fantasies and Nightmares', directed by NY based, Illana Stein (The Pearl Theatre Co). (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best BetsCRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best Bets
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 8, 2015

Of course, Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase is Saturday (and despite weather forecasts to the contrary, chances are that means it's going to be raining), so when it comes time to dry off, we suggest you head to the theater, where there's all sorts of good stuff onstage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Imaginary Theatre Company's STEEL MAGNOLIASBWW Reviews: Imaginary Theatre Company's STEEL MAGNOLIAS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 28, 2015

Steel Magnolias is currently onstage in Nashville, thanks to a well-acted production from director Robert Coles' Imaginary Theatre Company, featuring some of Music City's best known actresses, led by Kate Adams as M'Lynn and Britt Byrd as Shelby, Heather Vaughn Alexander as Truvy, Angela Gimlin as Annelle, Beth Woodruff as Clairee and Ann Street Kavanaugh as Ouiser. (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...)

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