Russell Qualls News

Boiler Room Theatre Celebrates The Holiday Season With Pair of Shows
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 10, 2012

Boiler Room Theatre celebrates the upcoming holiday season with not one, but two productions sure to delight audiences-the beloved children's classic A Year With Frog and Toad and Christopher Durang's loopy comedy Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. (more...)

The Boiler Room Theatre Announces Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2012

The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT), Williamson County's original and longest-running professional theatre company, will celebrate this holiday season with not one, but two productions sure to delight audiences - the beloved children's classic A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD and Christopher Durang's loopy comedy MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE. The productions will both be performed through the holiday season, running from November 24th through December 23rd. It is all happening at the theatre's iconic namesake venue in the historic Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Building Six, in Franklin, Tennessee. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL #5: Onstage, Offstage, Backstage and Beyond in the Volunteer State
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 17, 2012

Welcome to the fifth installment of Music City Confidential, my column to collect the flotsam and jetsam, informationally speaking, of theatre in Tennessee. Sorry for the long delay since the last installment, but I've been theatering my butt off all over the Volunteer State in search of intriguing gossip and riveting news stories just for you, my gentle readers. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Boiler Room Theatre's PIPPIN
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2012

Boiler Room Theatre presents an imaginative take on the Stephen Schwartz/Bob Fosse extravaganza, Pippin, running through July 28th in the historic Factory at Franklin. NPT Arts Break goes behind the scenes of the theatre's circus-themed musical. Watch the video below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cook and Company Offer Fresh Look and Concept in Boiler Room Theatre's PIPPIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 07, 2012

Led by the maniacally perfect Billy Ditty as the appropriately named "Leading Player," the 14-member ensemble deliver a thoroughly focused performance, never straying from the job at hand to endanger the success of the production. That focus is necessary, of course, given the intimate confines of the playing space and the amount of action that transpires on that postage stamp-sized stage. The action, in fact, never stops and choreographer Shepherd-obviously channeling the spirit and the nature of the master Fosse himself-gives the actors a lot to do. Quite frankly, this may be one of the best choreographed musicals ever mounted at the Boiler Room, so evocative is every movement and so expertly performed is every number. (more...)

Boiler Room Theatre to Present PIPPIN, 7/6-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2012

The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT), Williamson County's original and longest-running professional theatre company, follows its successful run of Next to Normal with an imaginative take on the Stephen Schwartz/Bob Fosse extravaganza, Pippin. The production will run from July 6th through the 28th at the theatre's iconic namesake venue in the historic Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Building Six, in Franklin, Tenn. (more...)

Boiler Room Theatre's Follow-Up to Next To Normal is Schwartz's PIPPIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 21, 2012

Boiler Room Theatre continues its 2012 season with an imaginative take on the Stephen Schwartz/Bob Fosse extravaganza, Pippin, running July 6-28 at the theater in the historic Factory at Franklin. (more...)

Pull-Tight Players Theatre Open SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2012

The Pull-tight players Theatre will present Side by Sode By Sondheim from March 30 through April 28. The musical tribute features some of the best-known songs from shows that revolutionized musical theatre, including West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and more. The show will be presented in a cabaret style with two onstage pianists and five singers. (more...)

Pull-Tight Players Theatre Open SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2012

The Pull-tight players Theatre will present Side by Sode By Sondheim from March 30 through April 28. The musical tribute features some of the best-known songs from shows that revolutionized musical theatre, including West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and more. The show will be presented in a cabaret style with two onstage pianists and five singers. (more...)

BWWReviews: Circle Players' COMPANY Opens The 2012 Season With Praise-Worthy Success
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2012

With a cast filled with some of Nashville's most talented stage performers, director Paul J. Cook's version of Company-now onstage at The Keeton Theatre in a sparkling new production from Circle Players-is brimming over with theatrical riches. But if you had to pick just one from among this cadre of showstopping stars, I'd pick one Ms. Debbie Kraski, whose Joanne in as memorable as any you might have seen, and as heartbreakingly genuine as any you might ever have hoped to witness. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2012, Part 2
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2012

Named as First Night's Outstanding Musical of 2011 was Lipscomb University Theatre's production of Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Justin Boccitto. ACT 1's production of American Buffalo, directed by Ryan Williams, claimed top honors as First Night's Oustanding Play of 2011, and the national touring company's Memphis, the Musical, which played Andrew Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, was named as First Night's Outstanding Touring Production of 2011, besting productions of Spring Awakening, In The Heights, Wicked and Les Miserables. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2012
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2012

With a capacity crowd of 200 people on hand at The Keeton Theatre, First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis, who covers theater, opera and dance throughout Tennessee for BroadwayWorld.com, unveiled his choices via First Night's Top 11 of 2011, while the winners of the BroadwayWorld.com Nashville and Tennessee Theatre Awards were announced by co-hosts Britt Byrd, Jamie Free, Katherine Sandoval Taylor and Lar'Juanette Williams. (more...)

First Night's Top 11 of 2011 Winners Announced at Midwinter's First Night Event
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 10, 2012

Playwright Nate Eppler, Mas Nashville's FIVE, the Boiler Room Theatre, Lipscomb University's Hairspray, ACT 1's American Buffalo and the national touring company of Memphis, the Musical were the top winners at Sunday night's Midwinter's First Night at Nashville's Keeton Theatre, which also featured the presentation of the BroadwayWorld.com Nashville and Tennessee theatre awards. (more...)