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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...)

First Night MPAs Featured in Sunday ShowcaseFirst Night MPAs Featured in Sunday Showcase
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 18, 2015

Hosted by 2014 MPA Emily Eytchison (a graduate of Nashville's David Lipscomb University) and 2013 MPA Cade Smith (an alumnus of Trevecca Nazarene University), the 90-minute show will feature members of this year's class of promising young actors performing a wide variety of musical numbers and dramatic/comedic monologues for their audience. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hayden Kays's 'Those Who Suffer Love' Presented to Sadie Frost for 50th BirthdayPhoto Flash: Hayden Kays's 'Those Who Suffer Love' Presented to Sadie Frost for 50th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Sadie Frost's boyfriend gave her an £8,000 art work by artist Hayden Kays for her 50th Birthday.  Check out the artwork below! (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...)

Never Before Has a Boy Wanted More! OLIVER! Movie to Conduct Nationwide Search for Leading Lads; Toby Haynes to DirectNever Before Has a Boy Wanted More! OLIVER! Movie to Conduct Nationwide Search for Leading Lads; Toby Haynes to Direct
by Jessica Showers - Jul 23, 2015

As previously reported, a 'grittier' big screen version of Lionel Bart's OLIVER! is aiming to start production next year in London, via Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films. Now, the Daily Mail writes that the filmmakers are planning a nationwide search for the title role and The Artful Dodger. (more...)

United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace 2015 Student Rocket Launch Takes STEM Education to New HeightsUnited Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace 2015 Student Rocket Launch Takes STEM Education to New Heights
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2015

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sweetFrog Opens 18th Location in the Lone Star StatesweetFrog Opens 18th Location in the Lone Star State
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

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sweetfrog Opens First Location in Mississippisweetfrog Opens First Location in Mississippi
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

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sweetFrog Expands Texas Footprint with Location in CantonsweetFrog Expands Texas Footprint with Location in Canton
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

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Photo Flash: Schwarzenegger & More at TERMINATOR GENISYS L.A. PremierePhoto Flash: Schwarzenegger & More at TERMINATOR GENISYS L.A. Premiere
by Movies News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Below, check out photos from today's TERMINATOR GENISYS Los Angeles Premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. TERMINATOR GENISYS will open in theaters nationwide on July 1, 2015. (more...)

John Lithgow, Matt Smith Among Cast of Netflix Original Series THE CROWNJohn Lithgow, Matt Smith Among Cast of Netflix Original Series THE CROWN
by TV News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Netflix today announced initial casting on the Netflix original series The Crown, the gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. (more...)

Playhouse on Park to Host Adult Improv Class THE MONTAGE, 7/19-21Playhouse on Park to Host Adult Improv Class THE MONTAGE, 7/19-21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Beginning on June 28, Playhouse on Park continues its summer session education program with an adult improvisational class called The Montage. Registration is now open! Participants are promised a semester abuzz with comedic energy and enlightening improvisational instruction provided by returning instructor Claire Zick.   (more...)

Victoria Hamilton Joins THE AUDIENCE-Based TV Series THE CROWNVictoria Hamilton Joins THE AUDIENCE-Based TV Series THE CROWN
by TV News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

The Daily Mail reports that Victoria Hamilton is the latest actress to join the Netflix series THE CROWN, based on Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE. She will play Queen Elizabeth -- the Queen Mother -- in the TV adaptation, helmed by Stephen Daldry. Queen Elizabeth died in 2002 at the age of 101. (more...)

Vanessa Kirby in Talks to Join THE AUDIENCE-Based TV Series THE CROWNVanessa Kirby in Talks to Join THE AUDIENCE-Based TV Series THE CROWN
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2015

The Daily Mail reports that Vanessa Kirby is in talks to join the Netflix series THE CROWN, based on Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE. She would play Princess Margaret for the TV adaptation, helmed by Stephen Daldry. (more...)

sweetFrog Expands New York FootprintsweetFrog Expands New York Footprint
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

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Adult Intermediate Improvisation Class Begins 4/27 at Playhouse on ParkAdult Intermediate Improvisation Class Begins 4/27 at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Calling all improv fanatics and amateurs alike! It's time to sharpen your quick wit, to focus on your inner ham that makes appearances at parties and get-togethers. Beginning on April 27, Playhouse on Park is excited to offer an Adult Intermediate Improvisation class led by returning instructor Claire Zick. (more...)

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