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BWW Review: Destiny Theatre Experience's MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Burns BrightBWW Review: Destiny Theatre Experience's MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Burns Bright
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 22, 2017

Despite its provocative title and abundant profanity (or maybe even because of it), Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherf**ker With the Hat is actually filled with a lot of humanity and heart, enough that you'll find it difficult to shake off the story and its characters long after the final scene has played out. And thanks to director Kurt Jarvis' production for Destiny Theatre Experience's tenth anniversary, the Nashville debut will likely be talked about and recounted for months to come - which seems the perfect testament to the impact of Shawn Whitsell's company on Music City's vibrant arts and theater company. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): THE MOTHERF*CKER WITH THE HAT Opens TonightFRIDAY 5 (+1): THE MOTHERF*CKER WITH THE HAT Opens Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2017

Shawn Whitsell's Destiny Theatre Experience celebrates its tenth anniversary starting tonight with the opening of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherfucker With the Hat at Nashville's iconic Darkhorse Theater. Directed by Kurt Jarvis and featuring a cast of local stage favorites, along with some intriguing newcomers, including Michael Carlo, Megan Blevins, Matt N. Smith, Amie Lara and Tony Insignares. (more...)

She's a Girl, Girls Are Cool - Jodie Whittaker Named Thirteenth DoctorShe's a Girl, Girls Are Cool - Jodie Whittaker Named Thirteenth Doctor
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2017

The regeneration is complete, and this time the Doctor is bringing some girl power to space and time. Jodie Whittaker has just been revealed as the Thirteenth Doctor on the BBC's epic sci-fi series Doctor Who. Whittaker is best know for her role as Beth Latimer on 'Broadchurch.' (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANNIE's Goodwin, Verbeten and OrozcoFRIDAY 5 (+1): ANNIE's Goodwin, Verbeten and Orozco
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 7, 2017

Opening tonight at the Arts Center of Cannon County in Woodbury is the newest iteration of the beloved musical Annie, directed by Matthew Hayes Hunter and featuring an all-star cast of actors bringing the show to life. Featuring songs that have become musical theater standards since the show's premiere on Broadway in 1977 - including "Tomorrow," "Maybe," "Easy Street" and "Hard Knock Life." (more...)

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, Country Roots Album Released Today on Organic RecordsAmanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, Country Roots Album Released Today on Organic Records
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

???????Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters new self-titled album is out today, June 9, on Organic Records. “We're switching things up a little. After four albums I've decided to step out and start using my own name. It's something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” says Amanda. “We're keeping The Honeycutters too because we don't want to confuse people… really, we've always been Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters. I think I've just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.” (more...)

They Have Been Found! Chronicling the Career of Pasek and Paul Through Their MusicThey Have Been Found! Chronicling the Career of Pasek and Paul Through Their Music
by Matt Smith - Jun 9, 2017

Momma Rose may soon have to change her tune. 'Cause lately, it seems like everything's coming up Pasek and Paul! No, really. With a hotly-anticipated film project on the rise, a much-lauded Oscar win that put them on the map, and the recent announcement that their inaugural Broadway musical will be the next to be broadcast live across the globe (and they'll be contributing new music and lyrics!!) -- all amidst the buzz surrounding the award-winning mega-musical that set Broadway ablaze and left us broken on the ground, there's no denying the incomparable power duo has had quite the banner year. (more...)

RLJ Entertainment & AMC Networks' Shudder Sign Up for Some MAYHEMRLJ Entertainment & AMC Networks' Shudder Sign Up for Some MAYHEM
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2017

RLJ Entertainment and AMC Networks' Shudder are partnering on the North American release of Joe Lynch's action/thriller MAYHEM through a deal finalized at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. (more...)

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts Announces 2017 Applause Awards WinnersDr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts Announces 2017 Applause Awards Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces the 2017 recipients of the Applause Awards, boasting a range of students and talent from 32 schools in Central Florida. (more...)

THE WHIRLIGIG, Starring Zosia Mamet and Norbert Leo Butz, Extends at The New GroupTHE WHIRLIGIG, Starring Zosia Mamet and Norbert Leo Butz, Extends at The New Group
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Due to demand, The New Group has announced an additional week for the company's world premiere production of Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig, with Noah Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Zosia Mamet, Jonny Orsini, Grace Van Patten and Dolly Wells.  (more...)

Gary Trainor to Lead the West End's SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICALGary Trainor to Lead the West End's SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Olivier award-winning production of School of Rock - The Musical today announces that Gary Trainor, having played the role of alternate Dewey since the show's London premiere, will lead the cast as Dewey Finn from 17 May 2017, with Stephen Leask joining the cast as the alternate Dewey. (more...)

CarGurus Announces First-Annual Best Used Car AwardsCarGurus Announces First-Annual Best Used Car Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

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by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

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Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters to Release New Album; UK Tour AnnouncedAmanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters to Release New Album; UK Tour Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band's old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. (more...)

THE MATT SHOW Returns to Celebrate 'Feud', Ellen and More!THE MATT SHOW Returns to Celebrate 'Feud', Ellen and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Did you watch 'Feud' in a caftan? Do you want to go inside Scientology? Did Ellen help you come out? Do you meditate with your Mee-Maw? Do you think all the good ones are taken? Then, sister, step right up 'cuz this show is for you! (more...)

VIDEO: Embrace the Power of Rock! New Trailer for SCHOOL OF ROCK in the West EndVIDEO: Embrace the Power of Rock! New Trailer for SCHOOL OF ROCK in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

For a third time since its West End premiere, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Olivier award-winning production of School of Rock - The Musical recently announced a further booking extension with tickets now available to 14 January 2018. Check out a rockin' new trailer for the show below! (more...)

Peter Capaldi of DOCTOR WHO to Attend Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis This MayPeter Capaldi of DOCTOR WHO to Attend Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2017

Peter Capaldi, who portrays the Twelfth and current iteration of 'The Doctor' on the long-running science fiction series DOCTOR WHO will make his Wizard World debut when he attends Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis (more...)

Adult Advanced Improv Class Spring Session at Playhouse on Park: Registration Now Open!Adult Advanced Improv Class Spring Session at Playhouse on Park: Registration Now Open!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

Registration for Adult Advanced Improvisation at Playhouse on Park is now open. The session begins April 24 and meets every Monday from 7-10pm through June 5. (more...)

Dolly Wells Replaces Maura Tierney in Hamish Linklater's THE WHIRLIGIG Off-BroadwayDolly Wells Replaces Maura Tierney in Hamish Linklater's THE WHIRLIGIG Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The New Group has announced that Dolly Wells will join Noah Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Zosia Mamet, Jonny Orsini and Grace Van Patten in Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig. (more...)

BWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARKBWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARK
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 18, 2017

Daniel DeVault's taut, focused direction and consistent performances from his ensemble of actors are the hallmarks of Circle Players' latest show in their 2016-17 season - Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park - now onstage, appropriately and significantly at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, named for one of Nashville's most venerated civil rights leaders through April 2. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): CLYBOURNE PARK's Walton, Prince and TreutleFRIDAY 5 (+1): CLYBOURNE PARK's Walton, Prince and Treutle
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2017

Today, three members of director Daniel DeVault's cast - Chandra J. Walton, M. Caroline Prince and Ethan Treutle - offer some insight into their creative process in Friday 5 (+1): Clybourne Park. (more...)

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