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BWW Reviews: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Encore Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Encore Theatre Company
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 15, 2011

There is a huge difference between unbridled enthusiasm and the completely undisciplined free-for-all on display in Encore Theatre Company's production of Philip King's classic stage comedy See How They Run. Clearly, the cast's overzealous approach to the show was warmly received by a large part of the audience (many of whom leapt to their feet at curtain to give the actors an ovation), but there is no doubt many people left the theater, scratching their heads and wondering, 'what the hell was that all about?' (more...)

First Night's Top Ten of 2010: Nashville's Best ChoreographersFirst Night's Top Ten of 2010: Nashville's Best Choreographers
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 17, 2011

Think about it: What if you were watching The King and I and when Anna and the King of Siam started to sing 'Shall We Dance' and they just stood there, it just wouldn't have much of an impact, would it? Or if all those budding chorus members in A Chorus Line just stood around and talked about dancing but never did even the most basic shuffle-ball-change...sounds pretty bleak, doesn't it? That's where choreographers come into the picture; they collaborate with the director, the music director and the cast members to create movement that elevates every musical comedy. Without them, the action remains stagebound and static. A choreographer allows your heart to soar along with the performers onstage, making musical comedy all the more compelling and transformative. These talented men and women created remarkable and memorable work in 2010 as First Night's Top Choreographers... (more...)

Photo Coverage: Winter's First Night NashvillePhoto Coverage: Winter's First Night Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2011

Amid threatening weather forecasts and a winter storm bearing down on the South, more than 150 hardy souls gathered to celebrate live theatre in Nashville and Middle Tennessee with the presentation of the BroadwayWorld.com Nashville Theatre Awards and First Night's Top Ten of Twenty-Ten on Sunday night, January 9. Street Theatre Company's new venue at 1933 Elm Hill Pike was the setting for the event that featured performances by Joann Coleman, Ben Van Diepen, Ann Street Kavanaugh, Laura Matula, Michael Kitts and Bakari Jamal King. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GroundWorks Theatre's FAT PIG at Darkhorse TheatreBWW Reviews: GroundWorks Theatre's FAT PIG at Darkhorse Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 7, 2010

Amanda Lamb gives such a stunningly real performance as the heroine in Neil Labute's Fat Pig - now onstage at Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre in a well-paced and sensitively directed production from Paul J. Cook for GroundWorks Theatre - that it's hard not to confuse the actress and her character or to know where one ends and the other begins. (more...)

GroundWorks Theatre Presents Nashville Premiere of FAT PIG on 3/5/10GroundWorks Theatre Presents Nashville Premiere of FAT PIG on 3/5/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2010

Amanda Lamb, most recently seen in Sanders Family Christmas at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, stars as Helen, with Michael Coursey (Fiddler on the Roof and La Traviata in New Orleans) as Tom. Wilhelm Peters (Boiler Room Theatre's Picasso at the Lapin Agile) and Lauren Atkins (Circle Players' Titanic, Nashville Dinner Theatre's Swing) round out the cast. Paul J. Cook (Street Theatre Company's Tuesdays With Morrie) directs. (more...)

SWING! Closes at Senior Center for the Arts 2/27SWING! Closes at Senior Center for the Arts 2/27
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 27, 2010

Swing!, the Broadway musical that celebrates the music and dance phenomenon will play its final show at The Senior Center for the Arts' Nashville Dinner Theatre on February 28. (more...)

GroundWorks Theatre Presents Nashville Premiere of FAT PIG on 3/5/10GroundWorks Theatre Presents Nashville Premiere of FAT PIG on 3/5/10
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 21, 2010

Amanda Lamb, most recently seen in Sanders Family Christmas at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, stars as Helen, with Michael Coursey (Fiddler on the Roof and La Traviata in New Orleans) as Tom. Wilhelm Peters (Boiler Room Theatre's Picasso at the Lapin Agile) and Lauren Atkins (Circle Players' Titanic, Nashville Dinner Theatre's Swing) round out the cast. Paul J. Cook (Street Theatre Company's Tuesdays With Morrie) directs. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 'SWING!' at Senior Center for the ArtsBWW Reviews: 'SWING!' at Senior Center for the Arts
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 15, 2010

As good as Swing! is - and it is very good despite some dangerously frightening near-misses and a rather frenetic pace - one thing bothers me: Why did Adams-Johnson, borrowing a journalistic reference, bury her lead in the middle of the second act? Every journalism student learns in News Writing 101 that you never want to bury your lead; you want the most pertinent bit of information in your first paragraph. In the case of Swing!, you're offered tantalizing glimpses of the story's lead as soon as the curtain opens, but the show doesn't deliver the goods until well into the show's second hour. (more...)

'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Directed by Kate Adams-Johnson, with music direction by Ginger Newman, the show features a cast of 18, a live band, more than 30 dance numbers and vocal performances that feature some of the Swing era's greatest hits, including 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)'. (more...)

'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Directed by Kate Adams-Johnson, with music direction by Ginger Newman, the show features a cast of 18, a live band, more than 30 dance numbers and vocal performances that feature some of the Swing era's greatest hits, including 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)'. (more...)

'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Directed by Kate Adams-Johnson, with music direction by Ginger Newman, the show features a cast of 18, a live band, more than 30 dance numbers and vocal performances that feature some of the Swing era's greatest hits, including 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)'. (more...)

'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12'Swing!' opens at Senior Center for the Arts 2/12
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 7, 2010

Directed by Kate Adams-Johnson, with music direction by Ginger Newman, the show features a cast of 18, a live band, more than 30 dance numbers and vocal performances that feature some of the Swing era's greatest hits, including 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)'. (more...)

Photo Coverage: It's Vegas, Baby! at Street Theatre Co.Photo Coverage: It's Vegas, Baby! at Street Theatre Co.
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 14, 2009

Take one of east Nashville's hottest hot spots, mix in a couple hundred theatre enthusiasts, add a dollop of Vegas-style entertainment and a whole slew of gaming tables and you have the second annual fundraiser for Street Theatre Company: It's Vegas, Baby! Held Thursday, August 13, at Limelight, 201 Woodland Street, just across from LP Field, the event attracted a large sampling of Nashville's theatre community and socialites. (more...)

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