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Nashville Theater Calendar 6/15/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/15/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 15, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Get Some Southern HospitalityCRITICS' CHOICE: Get Some Southern Hospitality
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 12, 2015

We pride ourselves on our bounteous Southern hospitality here in Nashville, so who's gonna explain this: On Thursday, as thousands of country music fans gathered downtown for CMA Fest and thousands more fans of every musical genre you can think of were headed southward for the Bonnaroo Music Festival - just another summer in Tennessee, mind you - a truck spilled its load all over Interstate 65-S, adding to the hot, humid atmosphere with a whole mess of fish parts. Yep, you heard it right: smelly, disgusting fish parts baking on the hot asphalt under the blazing sun. (more...)

Cygnet Theatre to Launch 13th Season with DOGFIGHTCygnet Theatre to Launch 13th Season with DOGFIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Cygnet Theatre will kick off its 13th season in July as director Sean Murray mounts the San Diego Premiere of Dogfight, a romantic and comic musical adaptation of the 1991 movie with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013, Dogfight represents the new generation of voices in musical theatre creation. The production runs July 16 - August 23. Opening night for media is July 25. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: We Saw What You Did Last SummerCRITICS' CHOICE: We Saw What You Did Last Summer
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 9, 2015

It's another busy theater week in Tennessee, and in Nashville there are an extra 50,000 to 100,000 country music fans jamming up traffic and increasing wait times at local restaurants, thanks to CMA Music Fest, which natives and longtimers will remember as Fan Fair. So while you're steering clear of our version of Broadway in downtown Nashville, which will be teeming with more people than you can shake a stick at (as my mama would say),  you should instead make reservations to see some local talent onstage at some of the shows included in our Critic's Choice column today! (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 6/8/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/8/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 8, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

BWW Review: Street Theatre Company's DOGFIGHTBWW Review: Street Theatre Company's DOGFIGHT
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 7, 2015

It's 1967 and a young Marine, returning from a life-changing experience in Vietnam, is on a bus bound for San Francisco, the site of his last hurrah in 1963: a momentous night before he shipped out for Okinawa in the company of friends and cohorts with whom he'd created a bond he thought would last forever. That initial scene in Dogfight – the hit off-Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, based upon a little-known movie of the same name that starred River Phoenix and Lili Taylor – serves as a gateway to the story of Eddie Birdlace and his fellow Marines and a winsome, idealistic young woman who left her imprint on his heart despite his best efforts to forget her. (more...)

Brendan Stackhouse to Direct Once Upon A Time Players' DOGFIGHT, 6/12-14Brendan Stackhouse to Direct Once Upon A Time Players' DOGFIGHT, 6/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Dogfight, premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, and tells the story of three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery on the eve of their deployment. When Corporal Eddie Birdlace (Alex Ward) meets Rose (Hannah Quinn), an awkward and idealistic waitress, he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, but she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: DOGFIGHT's Audrey Johnson & Jens JacobsonTHE FRIDAY FIVE: DOGFIGHT's Audrey Johnson & Jens Jacobson
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 5, 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 two actors from Street Theatre Company's production of Dogfight - one of the most eagerly anticipated new musicals we've heard about in the past 25-plus years of covering Nashville/Tennessee theatre - and, judging from their answers to our five questions and our new 'bonus round' question, Audrey Johnson and Jens Jacobson are two names we think you'll be talking about in the coming months (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Go Theater-Hopping This WeekCRITICS' CHOICE: Go Theater-Hopping This Week
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 2, 2015

No matter what the calendar says, we're in early summer already - insofar as theater in Tennessee is concerned, at least - and there are four new shows opening this week that should command your attention. Along with a number of shows that are continuing their runs (like John Chaffin's Cliffhanger at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre), you have plenty of diverse and intriguing onstage offerings to keep you in the relative, air-conditioned comfort of a darkened theater. We've done the necessary research, made the calls to the people-in-the-know and have included the dates, the phone numbers and the websites to make it as easy as possible for you to buy tickets and go show some support for the arts while indulging in the magic of live theater… (more...)

Nashville's 6/1/15 Theater CalendarNashville's 6/1/15 Theater Calendar
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 1, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Introducing THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDARIntroducing THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 26, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening around us that it's difficult to keep track of it all. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: The Nashville Theater Calendar, which is a comprehensive listing of theatrical openings,that will be updated each week, for the 2015/16 season. (more...)

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces 2015-16 Alternative LineupOmaha Community Playhouse Announces 2015-16 Alternative Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

The Omaha Community Playhouse is announcing its Alternative Programming series for the 2015-16 season. Alternative Programming includes a series of staged readings, special events and play development collaborations. All events are held at OCP. (more...)

Street Theatre Company to Present DOGFIGHTStreet Theatre Company to Present DOGFIGHT
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Street Theatre Company, continuing to meet its goal to stage Nashville premieres, opens its second show of the 2015 season with the Off-Broadway musical DOGFIGHT. The show originally opened in New York in 2012 and, after receiving rave reviews and numerous awards, made its way to the London stage in 2014. Following its incredible success, regional theaters in both the United States and Europe will be mounting productions of DOGFIGHT this year. (more...)

WTCAE to Present DOGFIGHT, 5/28-31 at the WarnerWTCAE to Present DOGFIGHT, 5/28-31 at the Warner
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The students from the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education Performance Lab are proud to present the new musical Dogfight in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, May 28-31, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Life and War Are Presented With Heart, Humanity And Hurt In DOGFIGHTBWW Reviews: Life and War Are Presented With Heart, Humanity And Hurt In DOGFIGHT
by Jade Kops - May 7, 2015

Cruelty and compassion of humanity are presented against a backdrop of the propaganda and pointlessness of war in the Australian Premiere of Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan's moving musical adaptation of DOGFIGHT. (more...)

WTCAE to Stage DOGFIGHT at Warner Theatre, 5/28-31WTCAE to Stage DOGFIGHT at Warner Theatre, 5/28-31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The students from the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education Performance Lab are proud to present the new musical Dogfight,in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre May 28-31, 2015. (more...)

STAGE KISS, DOGFIGHT & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonSTAGE KISS, DOGFIGHT & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English and Producing Director Susi Damilano announced selections today for the 2015-2016 Mainstage season. Three additional world premieres will be announced soon as part of their Sandbox Series of new plays. (more...)

Penn State Centre Stage to Present DOGFIGHT, 4/1-11Penn State Centre Stage to Present DOGFIGHT, 4/1-11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Penn State Centre Stage will present the award-winning musical, Dogfight, April 1-11 at the Downtown Theatre Centre. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, the production will be directed by Richard Roland, music directed by Jordan Jones-Reese, and will feature an exciting cast of current Penn State students. (more...)

OCTA Announces 41st Season: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE, GOOD PEOPLE, and MoreOCTA Announces 41st Season: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE, GOOD PEOPLE, and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

The Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) Board of Directors has announced its 41st season for 2015-2016, unveiling a balance of genres and directors that promise to propel the theatre into the next phase of its success. (more...)

CASA VALENTINA, VIOLET, BOOTYCANDY and More Set for SpeakEasy's 2015-16 SeasonCASA VALENTINA, VIOLET, BOOTYCANDY and More Set for SpeakEasy's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Two powerhouse musicals DOGFIGHT and VIOLET; two explosive Off-Broadway plays APPROPRIATE and BOOTYCANDY; and the New England debut of Harvey Fierstein's acclaimed comic-drama CASA VALENTINA are set for SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2015-16 Season, the company's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today. (more...)

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