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Nashville Theater Calendar 6/8/15

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'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. Something's missing? That's an easy fix: just send us a message here, on Facebook, or by email at

Jake Delaney, Kat Walker Hill and Danny Boman

Opened April 24

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: Singin' in the Rain, running through July 12 "Singin' in the Rain is set in the Roaring Twenties when handsome, dashing Don Lockwood and his glamorous co-star Lina Lamont were the brightest stars in Hollywood. But times change, and 1927's advent of 'talking pictures' caused the crash of careers and fortunes, as audiences quickly lost interest."

Opened May 22

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: Smoke on the Mountain, running through October 10 Smoke takes place on a Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an uplifting evening of song. The audience becomes the congregation as two dozen traditional and original hymns weave together with stories of witness from family members, along with a healthy dose of laughter. Though the Sanders Family try to appear perfect in the eyes of a critical congregation - who are skeptical about the whole notion of a "Saturday Night Sing" - one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true and hilariously imperfect natures. The honesty, humor (sometimes unintentional!) and faith of this Southern mountain family and the church's new preacher connect strongly with audiences of all ages and faiths, who find themselves part of a very special afternoon or evening.

Opened May 29

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Southern Fried Nuptials, running through June 13 The charmingly funny Frye family is back and this time they are going to get married. Or maybe not? The engagement of Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye has been on-again, off-again more times than a drunken frat boy on a mechanical bull. Now half the town has been invited, the dress has been fitted, the flowers have been ordered and the gifts are piling up in the living room. Will they or won't they? You'll have to find out in this hysterical hit comedy from the authors of Southern Fried Funeral.

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company: The Giver, running through June 14 The Giver is Eric Coble's stage adaption of Lois Lowry's Newberry-Award-winning book. Since its release in the early 1990s, The Giver has been one of the most acclaimed - and controversial - children's books. Like its descendant The Hunger Games, The Giver is set in a futuristic society. Unlike The Hunger Games, the Giver's Community has no violence. Everyone has a mother, father and sibling, shares their feelings at regular meals, and is assigned appropriate job training upon reaching adolescence. No one has to worry, ever.

Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville: Disney's The Aristocats Kids, running through June 13 What's a cat to do? In this feline adventure based on the Disney film, Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O'Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! A jazzy, upbeat score includes the favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat."

Linda Sue Simmons

Opened June 4

Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Dickson: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, running through June 13 Featuring Linda Sue Simmons (White Christmas; 9 to 5; Sound of Music; Hello Dolly; Honky Tonk Angels; Noises Off ) in the title role, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a tribute to her spirit and a celebration of the music of her life. Combining 'flashbacks' from WNIC's Little Big Man, played by Curtis LeMoine-Reed (The Andrews Brothers; Memphis; Legally Blond; Spamalot; Little Shop of Horrors), and visiting various venues from Patsy's climb to stardom, the show blends theatre, music and comedy into a magical evening for all audiences.

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: Guys & Dolls, running through June 20 Guys and Dolls was conceived by producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin. Weaving together the short stories "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown", "Blood Pressure" and "Pick the Winner," these gentlemen began the process for what has been called the perfect musical. Using Damon Runyon's classics from the 20's and 30's they hired a crack team to musicalize and comically homogenize Runyon's work. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the result was a 1950 Broadway blockbuster. Still employing Runyon's style of mixing highly formal language with colloquial slang, Loesser, Swerling and Burrows, created a funny send up of the gangsters, gamblers, showgirls of New York City's underworld and nightclubs.

Grafton Thurman

Opened June 5

ACT 1, Nashville, at Darkhorse Theatre: Dog See God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, running through June 13 When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.

Pull Tight Players, Franklin: The Dixie Swim Club, running through June 20 Each August, five Southern ladies leave the trappings and demands of their lives behind and convene at a beach cottage in the Outer Banks of North Carolina to recharge their strong bond. The Dixie Swim Club looks in on four of those weekends over a 33-year history, catching up with spunky Sheree, overachieving Dinah, pampered Lexie, self-deprecating Vernadette and sweet Jeri as they help keep each other afloat in the sometimes deep end of life's pool. Playwrights Jones, Hope and Wooten fill The Dixie Swim Club with some of their most complex characters in this funny and poignant cap to our season.

Kyle O'Connor, Gerold Oliver, Jens
Jacobson and Audrey Johnson

Street Theatre Company, Nashville, at Bailey Middle School: Dogfight, running through June 21 Written by talented young writers Ben Pasek, Justin Paul, and Peter Duchan, the hauntingly beautiful Dogfight won the Lucille Lortell award for Best Musical. Set in the 1960s at the start of the Vietnam War, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey. On the eve of their deployment, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. Studded with breathtakingly beautiful songs, an unexpected love affair, and genuine soul, it's no wonder this charming musical continues to wow audiences and critics alike.

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Peach Blossom, running through June 14 Directed by Wayman Price and written by local playwright and current MLT president Dr. Andy Ford, the show stars Lora Hortert as Faye, Victoria Crawford as Carrie, Christopher Hawkins as Gene, J.T. Powers as Cliff, Alex Fingeroot as Chris, and Lourdes Luster as Helen.

Opening June 11

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville: Nobody's Perfect, running through July 19

Opening June 12

Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro: Southern Fried Murder, running through June 27

Nicole Begue Hackman

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: Mary Poppins, running through August 16 Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Cumberland County Playhouse! This high-flying family musical features delightful songs from the classic Disney film including the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, Mary Poppins has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable songs and dazzling dance numbers. Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Nicole Bégué Hackmann (Mary Poppins) has appeared in dozens of Playhouse productions since 2003, including My Fair Lady, Ragtime, Les Miserables, The King and I, A Little Night Music, Camelot and many more. Jake Delaney (Bert) made his Playhouse debut earlier this year as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain.

Megan Murphy Chambers

Opening June 13

Studio Tenn at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville: The Wizard Of Oz, running through June 14 Equipped with plenty of heart, wit and courage, Studio Tenn Theatre Company will travel to Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center and transform it into an opulent Emerald City for its season finale production of The Wizard of Oz, live on stage June 13-14.

Opening June 19

Dream7 Productions at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: 2 South, running through June 27 What does crazy look like? Dream7 Productions presents 2 South, A play written and directed by Michael L. Walker: 2 South is the story of two days in the life of a state mental facility.

Renaissance Players, Dickson: Shrek the Musical, running through June 28 "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek..." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville: The 39 Steps, running through July 3

Towne Centre Theatre, Brentwood: Footloose, running through July 11

Opening June 20

Encore Theatre Company, Mt. Juliet: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, running through July 11

Opening June 26

Miss Jeanne's Theatre, Nashville: Red, White and Tuna, running through July 12 The story's action begins as Tuna's citizens excitedly prepare for The Annual Fourth of July Celebration and Tuna High School Reunion. Before the fireworks display can be launched, the town must pick a Reunion Queen. Will the winner be Pearl Burras, local chicken farmer? Perhaps gun shop owner Didi Snavely will take the crown, or Smut Snatchers Vice President Vera Carp might be victorious, if her hairdo doesn't melt in the record-breaking heat. Poisoned potato salad, UFO sightings, and an attack cat are just a few of the many obstacles in the way of a successful town event.

Opening July 3

KB Productions, Nashville, at Darkhorse Theater: Trailer Trash Housewife, running through July 11.

Opening July 9

Robertson County Players at Springfield High School: Fiddler on the Roof, running through July 18

Opening July 10

Street Theatre Company, Nashville, at Bailey Middle School: The Big Bad Musical, running through July 18

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Bring It On, The Musical, running through July 25

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Avenue Q, running through July 19

Opening July 16

Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Dickson: Tuna Does Vegas, running through July 25

Opening July 17

Blackbird Theater Company, Nashville, at Hillsboro Comprehensive High School: Myth, A Musical, running through July 26 A world premiere musical set in the mythological world of ancient Greece, MYTH is the epic and original story of how and why the gods were cast from Mt. Olympus. The princess of Athens and the prince of Thebes are to be married. But an oracle portends doom. The mortals challenge the Fates. The gods intervene. And what follows is an impassioned tale of surprising romances, unlikely heroes, and, of course, the incomparable gods in all of their majestic, decadent glory. Written by Blackbird founders Wes Driver and Greg Greene, with music by Michael Slayton.

Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro: West Side Story, running through August 2

Lakewood Theatre Company, Old Hickory: Play On!, running through August 2 This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does...

Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville: The Music Man, running through August 8

Opening July 23

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre: All Shook Up, running through August 30

The Arts at Center Street, at TPAC's James K. Polk Theatre, Nashville: Alien The Musical, running through July 26. Jimmy Dolan is loved by his brothers, honored by his foreman, esteemed by his community, and cherished by his wife and kids. In a world of struggle, where solutions to their present suffering are to advance careers and build wealth or criticize the powers and incite revolution, Jimmy sings another song. Set in New York in the late 1800's, a time when Irish immigrants, on average, lived six years after arriving in the new world, "ALIEN: The Musical" explores the tumultuous journey of the Dolan family during those initial years in New York, and follows their family's narrative into present-day California. It is there that their story intersects with "Mexican" immigrants who work in the kitchen of the newly opened "O'Neil's Irish Pub and Family Restaurant." When these two worlds collide, an unexpected twist plunges the Irish and Latinos into a conflict that makes us question what it means to be human; what it means to love and create a hospitable world for those who feel alienated by our ideals or sense of security.

Opening July 24

Cumberland County Playhouse: A Chorus Line, running through August 28

Opening August 6:

Cumberland County Playhouse: The Fox on the Fairway, running through October 16

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: Nunsense, running through August 22

Opening August 7:

Arts Center of Cannon County: Ghost, The Musical, running through August 22

Encore Theatre Company, Mt. Juliet: August: Osage County, running through August 22

Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: Into the Woods, running through August 22 The long-awaited film adaptation of this Broadway classic enchanted film fans last holiday season, and Pull-Tight is proud to present the smashingly original stage version, featuring the unabridged Sondheim score in all its witty and wickedly wonderful glory. The fairy tale characters may be familiar, but their fates are certainly not. Find out what happens after 'happily ever after' this August.

Opening August 13

Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Centennial Park: Henry V, running through September 13

VWA Theatricals, at Darkhorse Theatre, Nashville: The Last Five Years, running through August 22

Sunday, August 16

The First Night Honors: The Most Promising Actors' Showcase

Opening August 18

Act Too Pro, Franklin, at The Franklin Theatre: Mary Poppins, running through August 23.

Opening August 20

Circle Players, Nashville, at TSU Performing Arts Center: American Idiot, running through August 30

Opening August 28

Street Theatre Company, Nashville, at Bailey Middle School: Heathers the Musical, running through September 13

Opening September 3

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville: Arsenic and Old Lace, running through October 11

Nashville Repertory Theatre at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: Rapture, Blister, Burn, running through September 19

Opening September 4

Cumberland County Playhouse: The Foreigner, running through November 5

Opening September 10

Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Dickson: Barbra's Wedding, running through September 19

Opening September 11

Actors Bridge Ensemble, Nashville, at Belmont's Black Box Theater: Hearts Like Fists, running through September 20 A superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. The city's heart beats with fear: Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. Lisa's heart beats with hope: Now that she's joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And every beat of Peter's wounded heart brings him closer to death, but he's designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Can the Crimefighters stop Doctor X? Do Peter and Lisa have a chance at love? And who is the girl with a face like a plate?

Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro: Harvey, running through September 20

Opening September 17

Studio Tenn, Franklin: Gypsy, running through October 4

Opening September 18

Encore Theatre Company, Mt. Juliet: The Mousetrap, running through October 3

Lakewood Theatre Company, Old Hickory: Black Coffee, running through October 4 This little known mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. Written in 1934, the story concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up with a formula for an atom bomb. In the first act, Sir Claude is poisoned (in his coffee, naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case with the twists and turns expected in a true Christie fashion!

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Of Mice and Men, running through September 27

Springhouse Theatre Company, Smyrna: Fiddler on the Roof, running through October 4 Enjoy the memorable music and infectious zest for life found in the village of Anatevka as STC starts the season with one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

Opening September 22

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Dirty Dancing, running through September 27

Opening September 25

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: Once On This Island, running through November 6

Opening October 2

ACT 1, at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: Deathtrap, running through October 17

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: 12 Angry Men, running through October 17

Opening October 8

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: The Music Man, running through October 24

Nashville Rep at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, running through October 31

October 8 & 10

Nashville Opera at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall: Puccini's Turandot After composing La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, what could Puccini possibly do for a final statement? The answer: TURANDOT. Containing some of the greatest operatic music ever written, TURANDOT is the culmination of Puccini's brilliant career. This grand-scale opera is full of thrilling choruses, thundering orchestrations, and a cast consisting of, well, most of ancient China! This magnificent work-which features Pavarotti's signature aria, "Nessun dorma"-promises to be a landmark event for the Nashville Opera and an evening not to be missed. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes (includes two 20-minute intermissions)

Opening October 9

Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: The Foreigner, running through October 24 This perennial favorite from playwright Larry Shue has become an American theatre staple and with good reason. The tale of a mild-mannered English science fiction proofreader who finds himself at a rural fishing lodge in Georgia and on the receiving end of a host of secrets and scandalous tales from other lodge visitors zings from comedy to action en route to a thrilling Act Two climax.

Renaissance Players, Dickson: Cheaper By The Dozen, running through October 18

Opening October 15

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville: Alone Together, running through November 15

Opening October 16

Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro: The Addams Family, running through November 1

Street Theatre Company, Nashville, at Bailey Middle School: The Last Queen of Wonderland, running through October 24

Opening October 20

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, running through October 25

Opening October 22

Cumberland County Playhouse: In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (Who Should Be Shot), running through December 12

Opening October 23

Encore Theatre Company, Mt. Juliet: Gin Rummy, running through November 7

Opening October 30

Circle Players, Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, Nashville: Of Mice and Men, running through November 15

Opening November 6

ACT 1, at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: August: Osage County, running through November 21

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Mary Poppins, running through November 21

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: My Fair Lady, running through November 22

Street Theatre Company, Nashville, at Bailey Middle School: Bat Boy the Musical, running through November 22

Opening November 10

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Bullets Over Broadway, running through November 15

Opening November 13

Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro: The Glass Menagerie, running through November 22

Nashville Opera at The Noah Liff Opera Center: Philip Glass' Hydrogen Jukebox Join us for an intimate voyage through the cultural landscape of America from the 1950's through the 1980s. Delving into such topics as life, death, the atomic bomb and potential annihilation, Eastern philosophy, sex, drugs, rock and roll, war, and significant political events, Hydrogen Jukebox is a kaleidoscope of societal phenomena. Above all, though, Hydrogen Jukebox tries to portray the American People-a collective of individuals searching a better way towards understanding, meaning, and happiness in hectic and often confusing times. This electrifying opera-featuring a haunting, dynamic score by Philip Glass and the prophetic poetry of Allen Ginsberg-promises to overwhelm your senses with a poignant experience that is at once passionately nostalgic and strikingly relevant. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (with one 20-minute intermission)

Opening November 19

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville: Yule Y'all, running through December 27

Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Dickson: Mr. Jingle's Christmas Clause, running through December 19

Opening November 20

Cumberland County Playhouse: A Sanders Family Christmas, running through December 22

Opening November 27

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre Backstage, Nashville: Murder at the Howard Johnson's, running through December 27

Nashville Rep at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: A Christmas Story, running through December 20

Opening December 3

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, running through December 20

Studio Tenn, Franklin: It's A Wonderful Life, running through December 20

Opening December 4

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: A Tuna Christmas, running through December 13

Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro: White Christmas, running through December 20

Lakewood Theatre Company, Old Hickory: The Lion in Winter, running through December 20 Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons - Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action - the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry's paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, "every family has its ups and downs," and this royal family is no exception.

Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: Holmes For The Holidays, running through December 19 The halls are decked with murder this holiday season at the Connecticut manse of stage actor William Gillette. But whodunit? His mother, Martha? Or one of his fellow actor friends staying at Connecticut Castle for the Christmas weekend? Gillette has played Sherlock Holmes on stage, but now he had better play him in real life before the murderer strikes again.

Renaissance Players, Dickson: A Christmas Story, The Musical, running through December 13

Springhouse Theatre Company, Smyrna: It's a Wonderful Life, running through December 13 www.springhousetheatre.comTraditions are a significant part of the way we experience the joy of the Christmas season. Make a visit to Bedford Falls one of your traditions as you share in the classic telling of the full- stage version of It's a Wonderful Life.

Opening December 11

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: A Coney Island Christmas, running through December 20

Opening January 15, 2016

ACT 1, at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: The Flu Season, running through January 30

Circle Players, TSU Performing Arts Center, Nashville: Sister Act, running through January 31

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: The Exonerated, running through January 24

Opening January 22

Nashville Opera at TPAC's James K. Polk Theater: Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte It all starts with a bet. Two young men enter into a wager with an older bachelor to prove the indestructible fidelity of their beautiful fiancées. Lesson #1: Never make bets in which the human heart is involved. This comic opera is the peak of Mozart's brilliant exploration into the workings of love. Following closely on the heels of such masterpieces as The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte is the ultimate statement on the dissimilarity between men and women when it comes to affairs of the heart. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (includes one 20-minute intermission)


Opening January 26, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Matilda the Musical, running through January 31

Opening February 5, 2016

Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: Southern Fried Funeral, running through February 20 Pull-Tight is thrilled to feature this uproarious homegrown comedy from local playwrights Osborne and Eppler. Families reveal their real selves in light of a crisis, and the Frye family is no exception. You won't want to miss the true colors this zany Southern family paints the occasion with as they lay dearly departed Dewey Frye to rest.

Opening February 11, 2016

Nashville Rep at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: Good Monsters, running through February 27

Opening February 12, 2016

Springhouse Theatre Company, Smyrna: Jane Austin's Emma, running through February 28 Those who love Jane Austen, as well as those who simply love laughter, life, and... love, will be enchanted by this Paula K. Parker adaptation of one of Ms. Austen's most delightful works.

Opening February 16, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Motown the Musical, through February 21

Opening February 18, 2016

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: Sunset Boulevard, running through March 5

Studio Tenn, Franklin: The Glass Menagerie, running through March 6

Opening March 4, 2016

ACT 1, at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: Alabama Rain, running through October 17

Opening March 9, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: The Phantom of the Opera, running through March 20

Opening March 18, 2016

Circle Players, Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, Nashville: Children of Eden, running through April 3

Opening March 19, 2016

Nashville Rep at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: Chicago, running through April 16

Opening April 8, 2016

Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: Rabbit Hole, running through April 23 Celebrated author David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the various ways a family copes with unexpected and tragic death, with a deft balance of humor, pathos and hope. Whether or not you have seen the acclaimed Oscar-nominated film adaptation, you won't want to miss this exciting addition to the season.

Springhouse Theatre Company, Smyrna: Tom Sawyer, running through April 24 Join master storyteller Mark Twain as he leads us into the world of his most famous character -Tom Sawyer. Tom's adventures never fail to remind us of why great storytelling never grows old.

Opening April 14, 2016

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: The Miss Firecracker Contest, running through April 30

Opening April 22, 2016

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Lend Me a Tenor, running through

Opening April 26, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Mamma Mia!, running through May 1

Opening May 6, 2016

ACT 1, at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, running through October 17

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Backyard Bard: Romeo & Juliet, running through

Opening May 10, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: The Bridges of Madison County, running through May 15

Opening May 31, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Disney's Beauty and the Beast, running through June 5

Opening June 3, 2016

Circle Players, Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, Nashville: Bonnie and Clyde the Musical, running through June 19

Studio Tenn, Franklin, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center: West Side Story, running through June 4,

Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, running through June 18 Trust us - your elementary school spelling bee was never like this! Take a group of neurotic, over-achieving grade schoolers with a dictionary in their hands and hope in their hearts, add a group of equally wacky moderators and stir for a delightful and sharply funny comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles. But don't get too comfy on the floor - you might just be picked to join the bee!


Opening June 7, 2016

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: If/Then, running through June 7

Opening June 9, 2016

The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: Thoroughly Modern Millie, running through June 25

Opening June 10, 2016

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Butterflies Are Free, running through

Opening July 8, 2016

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Next to Normal, running through

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Review: Belmont University Musical Theatre's Inspiring and Astonishing SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIMReview: Belmont University Musical Theatre's Inspiring and Astonishing SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
October 9, 2022

Since his death in 2021, Stephen Sondheim and his canon of work have justifiably been on the hearts and minds of theater people from around the world, with revivals, retrospectives and remembrances filling the calendars of an amazing range of companies paying homage to the master of contemporary musical theater. Just in time for a new season of productions highlighting the Nashville theater calendar, Belmont University Musical Theatre has chosen the aptly named musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim to launch a two-show semester that honors the genius of the master while showcasing the talents of its roster of musical theater majors who continue to add luster to the program’s reputation.