Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/28/16
"Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing?" - or at least to the theater to be transported to a different world, another time and place where life is transformed and magic happens before your very eyes...
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 one of our most popular features: 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 email@example.com.
This week's Theatrical Birthdays of note: Monday, March 28 Lewis Denn Kempfer, co-founder of Boiler Room Theatre; Lauren Baddock Havey; Transplanted Nashvillian, now in New York, actress Elizabeth Bell. Tuesday, March 29 Nashville actor/musician - and multiple Broadway World Nashville Award-winner Justin Boyd; and 2012 First Night Most Promising Actor Tyler Henry, now making his home in Dayton, Ohio. Wednesday, March 30 Shawn Whitsell, playwright/director/actor aka "The Hardest Working Man in Nashville Theater"; dancer Millicent Martin; actor/director Ron Veasey; critically claimed actress and artist Debbie Kraski; Roxy Regional Theatre's wunderkind Ryan Bowie; actress/singer Sandra Smith Carlton; triple threat Melissa Silengo (now onstage in Circle Players' Children of Eden). Thursday, March 31 Actor/stage manager Jack French; Friday, April 1 The Theater Bug's Amy Rhyne; the Queen of Musical Theatre in Music City Martha Wilkinson, winner of nine First Night Awards and a 2015 First Night Honoree (now appearing as Roxie Hart in Nashville Rep's critically acclaimed Chicago); Towne Centre Theatre's April Presley, a 2015 First Night Star Award winner; and beloved actress and director Pat Street. Saturday, April 2 L.T. Kirk, actor/director/producer/singer; Gaslight Dinner Theatre's artistic director Greg Frey; and First Night Award-winning designer Gary Harris. Sunday, April 3 Actress Danielle Threet; actress Crystal Kurek (next up in Mary Poppins at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center); 2015 First Night Most Promising Actor Kimberly Rye; Nashville actor and TV presenter Rob Wilds; actress Michelle Lynn; actor/director Ryan Vogel; actress/singer/artist Anna Flautt.
Opened March 11
Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: The Nerd, running through April 16, www.ccplayhouse.com Jason Ross and Daniel Black star in Larry Shue's The Nerd. This unpredictable, side-splitting comedy from the author of The Foreigner centers on the dilemma of one Willum Cubbert, a young architect, who is visited by Rick Steadman - a man he's never met but who, years before, saved Willum's life. Rick turns out to be an incredibly inept "nerd" who outstays his welcome with a vengeance, leading to one uproarious incident after another.
Opened March 18
Bongo After-Hours Theatre, Nashville: Somewhere Between - Cidny Bullens' "one wo/man show" opens at Nashville's Bongo After Hours Theatre on March 18. Produced by Ken Bernstein, the Grammy-nominated musician's autobiographical show lifts the veil on love, death and gender through storytelling and song. Somewhere Between is an autobiographical solo show written and performed by Cidny Bullens, directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and produced by Bernstein. Somewhere Between is described as a multimedia theatrical production with live performances of songs past and present. Cidny Bullens' Somewhere Between is a personal, poignant and powerful story of perseverance, tragedy, triumph - and ultimately unconditional love. With a unique perspective on life, Bullens tells his story in an intimate setting with a guitar, images and a healthy sense of humor, and will be performed at Bongo After Hours Theatre over two weekends, with shows on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, and March 25 and 26.
Circle Players, at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, Nashville: Children of Eden, running through April 3. www.circleplayers.net Joshua Waldrep directs this epic, heartfelt musical by Stephen Schwartz, based on the story of Genesis and its age-old conflict between parents and children. Starring David Arnold, Wesley King, Lauren Frances Johnson and a cast of Nashville favorites, it promises to be one of the season's best offerings.
Opened March 19
Nashville Repertory Theatre at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: Chicago, running through April 16 www.nashvillerep.org Chorus girl Roxie Hart tried to pin the murder of her lover on her unwitting husband, but the jig is up and Roxie has landed in Cook County Jail. Jazz star and accused murderer Velma Kelly is less than pleased to see Roxie on her cell block, since Roxie's sensational crime and feigned innocence capture the attention of the public as well as Velma's hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn. This Tony Award-winning satire whisks you into a world where everyone is a dazzling performer, truth is defined by what gets the most attention, and owning the spotlight is the most important thing. Nashville Rep's cast for Chicago stars Martha Wilkinson (Roxie), Corrie Maxwell (Velma), and Geoff Davin (Billy). Additional cast includes Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva (Matron "Mama" Morton), Shawn Knight (Amos/Ensemble), and J. London (Mary Sunshine). Ensemble members include DeVon Buchanan, Wesley Carpenter, Jess Darnell, Billy Ditty, Rosemary Fossee, Mia Rose Lynne, Neely Scott, and Everett Tarlton. Tickets are $25 for previews and start at $50 for regular run. Cabaret tables close to the stage seat four and begin at $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at nashvillerep.org or by calling the Box Office at (615) 782-4040. Preview performances of Chicago are March 17 and 18, and opening night is Saturday, March 19.
Opened March 25
Encore Theatre Company, Mt. Juliet: 'night, Mother, running through April 3. www.encore-theatre-company.org. Next up in its 10th Anniversary season, Mt. Juliet's Encore Theatre Company presents Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother. The show opens Friday, March 25 and runs weekends through April 3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama & nominated for multiple Tony Awards, 'night, Mother is a described as a moving, taut and ultimately shattering play that explores the lonely relationship between a mother and daughter, who live in the same house, yet are estranged and alienated. Directed by Joel Meriwether and starring Elizabeth Hayes and Meigie Mabry, this modern, psychological drama examines a family's inability to meaningfully communicate and what happens when years of barriers are destroyed by the search for an ultimate truth. This show contains intense subject matter and is not suitable for children. Tickets are on sale now at www.encore-theatre-company.org or by phone at (615) 598-8950. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+). Encore Theatre Company is located at 6978 Lebanon Rd, Mt Juliet - just west of Hwy 109. A non-profit community theater serving Wilson County & the surrounding Middle Tennessee area.
Thursday, March 31
Kevin Thornton Presents: The Quest for Cupcake: A One Woman Show, at Bongo After-Hours Theatre, Nashville. www.cupcakehawthorne.com The Quest for Cupcake: A One Woman Show is the latest stage incarnation of writer-musician-actor-performer Kevin Thornton, a presentation that he describes as a "new comedy show in drag" will be performed at Nashville's Bongo After Hours Theatre on Thursday, March 31. Curtain's at 8 p.m. for the acclaimed performer's newest onstage effort. Unlike his other artistic ventures, for this show Thornton is in full drag makeup. "It's a character I've developed named Cupcake Hawthorne," he explains. "It's super weird for sure. Very influenced by Pee Wee's Playhouse and Divine." Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door for The Quest for Cupcake: A One Woman Show at Bongo After Hours, 2007 Belmont Boulevard, in Nashville. Tickets are available at www.cupcakehawthorne.com.
Opening March 31
Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance, at the Belmont Black Box Theater, Nashville: Julius Caesar, running through April 3. Julius Caesar is the story of Marcus Brutus as he takes the future of his home into his own hands, conspiring with others to assassinate the power-grabbing Julius Caesar. This all-female production of Shakespeare's classic play explores the delicate balance of power and fear, of control and chaos, of fame and infamy through the conspiracy, assassination, and following war that changed the face of the Roman Republic forever.
Gaslight Dinner Theatre, at the Renaissance Center, in Dickson: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, running through April 9. www.gaslightdinnertheatre.org Ken Ludwig's updated version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic stretches the genres of comedy and mystery by taking a story that plays out on a large scale - in railway stations, on the Devonshire moors, on London streets and in baronial mansions - and creates it with five actors playing more than 40 roles. "Holmes and Watson have been a staple of our culture since the 1890s, but they have recently re-entered our world in a more contemporary, muscular fashion, and this is evident in Ludwig's adaption," says Greg Frey, artistic director of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre. "The setting is still in that time period but we have a more dimensional view of the happenings of the day." Frey's cast includes Gaslight favorites Jenny Norris Light (I Do! I Do!, Seussical, Oklahoma, The Andrews Brothers, All Shook Up) and Curtis LeMoine-Reed (The Andrews Brothers, A Christmas Story, All Shook Up, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Spamalot) along with newcomer Brett Cantrell (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, It's A Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace, Alone Together, Funny Valentines): Evan Williams (Little Shop of Horrors, Oliver, The Rocky Horror Show, The Spitfire Grill, Reckless) and Nick Fair (All Shook Up, Shrek, The Fantasticks, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol). Performances of Baskerville will include Thursday and Friday matinees at 12 noon with show at 1 p.m. and Friday and Saturday evening performance begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Tickets range from $18 to $40. For reservations, call the box office (Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at (615) 740-5600 or go online. The show's running time is approximately 90 minutes.
Opening April 1
Belmont University Musical Theatre, at the Troutt Theatre, 2112 Belmont Avenue, Nashville: The Addams Family, running through April 10. www.belmont.edu/music Based on the ghoulish cartoons by Charles Addams, The Addams Family is a musical comedy that will have you laughing TO DEATH! Follow the story of Wednesday Addams as she falls in love and takes the family on a wild ride that has them facing their worst nightmare...one normal night. It's just a simple dinner party. What could go wrong? Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you. Tickets available at the Curb Box Office or belmont.edu/music $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, Belmont faculty, staff and non-Belmont students, and free for Belmont students. For more information, call (6150 460-6408.
Bethlehem Players, at 9 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, in Franklin's Grassland Area: Dearly Beloved, running through April 9. www.ticketsnashville.com Just in time for wedding season, Jones, Hope and Wooten's Dearly Beloved debuts onstage in neighboring Franklin, via a new Bethlehem Players' production directed by Brett Myers. Written by the prolific trio of Jones, Hope and Wooten, whose stage comedies have delighted audiences for years, Dearly Beloved is directed by Brett Myers. The raucous comedy focuses on the efforts of one particularly outlandish Southern mother as she tries to throw an elaborate antebellum-styled wedding for her daughter, only to be outdone by her two sisters trying to economize the wedding - Texas-style. Myers' cast for the production includes many Bethlehem Players' favorites and actors from the Nashville area including Robbin Holland, Ginny Welles, Lori Hetherington, Jim Maden, Brian Zimmerman, Mark McNulty, Leslie Berra, Kari Reidle, Jordan Chester and Jonathan Vander Molen. Bethlehem Players present Dearly Beloved on April 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 at 7 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin. With limited seating, $15 per person general admission tickets are available via TicketsNashville.com or by calling the Bethlehem Ticket line at (615)-669-2722.
Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers, running through May 28. www.ccplayhouse.com The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers centers around the Lashley Sisters, a country-singing duo whose star was on the rise (with hit tunes like "Big Boned Dreams, Tiny Tambourines") until the publicity surrounding an accident brought their careers to a screeching halt. It seems Lashley Lee Lashley (Weslie Webster) was driving the band's tour bus while under the influence. Now the girls are back in their hometown of Ashland City, where sister Junie (playwright Lori Fischer) has taken over the family business, The Sparkley Clean Dry Cleaners. She also takes care of her father Lyle (Bill Frey), who's been having trouble remembering things lately. With Lashley fresh out of rehab and Junie up to her elbows in laundry, a professional comeback for the Lashley Sisters seems unlikely. That is, until Pastor Phil (Britt Hancock) of the Third United Separated Harmony Church informs them that Bindy Moss, the church's Funeral Singer, has gone to her eternal rest and asks them to take over the job. Junie pens the unforgettable tune "Bindy, Take A Seat At The Banquet Table (Cause There's No Need For Food Drives In Heaven)" and together with a reluctant Lashley, starts the sisters on a new career path: performing personalized sendoffs for the dearly departed! Will Lashley be able to stay clean and sober? Will Junie be able to juggle her taking care of the business - and her father - while writing her unique funeral songs? And will the Lashley Sisters make it back to Nashville? Audiences can find out beginning April 1, in The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers, an unforgettable new musical comedy that's equally hilarious and heartwarming.
Music City Theatre Company at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: 4000 Miles, running through April 9. www.mctc.ticketleap.com Music City Theatre Company presents Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, directed by Bradley Moore, at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater April 1-9. Taylor Novak, Terry Occhiogrosso, Britt Byrd and Megan Blevins are cast in 4000 Miles, which is described as "a dramatic comedy," running Off-Broadway in 2011, and again in 2012, and was a finalilst for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. "After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 Miles looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world," according to a synopsis supplied by the director. 4000 Miles is the 12th production of Music City Theatre Company, which was founded by Moore in 2008. The mission of MCTC is to provide the Nashville community with thought-provoking, socially relevant work with a strong vision, Moore says. Performances of 4000 Miles are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 6-9, at 7:30 p.m. (the Wednesday, April 6 show is "pay what you can") and on Sunday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance at Darkhorse Theatre, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Tickets are $12 and are available in advance (at www.mctc.ticketleap.com) or at the door, payable by cash or all major credit cards. Opening night tickets are $5 and are only available online.
Opening April 7
Actor's Pointe Theatre, at GodWhy Church, Hendersonville: Fiddler on the Roof, running through April 16. www.actorspointetheatre.com Fiddler on the Roof held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway's sixteenth longest-running show in history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity. The music was written by Broadway Musical legends Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music). The cast features local and regional professional, semi-professional and amatuer actors from all around middle Tennessee. There are two "dinner and show" performances offered on April 8th and 15th catered by the fabulous Black Eyed Pea of Hendersonville. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Hendersonville High School: Saturday Night Fever, running through April 10. Hendersonville High School Theatre Department presents Saturday Night Fever the Musical! This musical adaptation of the classic '70s film tells the story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. The score to Saturday Night Fever the Musical includes many disco-era hits, including "Stayin' Alive," "Disco Inferno," "Boogie Shoes," "Jive Talkin'," "You Should Be Dancing," and more! The cast is led by Nathan Stultz and Julia Degnan, playing the roles of Tony and Stephanie, which were made famous by John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney in the classic movie. Tickets for Saturday Night Fever the Musical are $10 and can be purchased in the school office or at the door. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Grab your disco shoes and come see the story that defined a decade!
Opening April 8
Lipscomb Department of Theatre, at Collins Alumni Auditorium, Nashville: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, running through April 15 www.theatre.lipscomb.edu An average day in the life of Charlie Brown: A day made up of little moments picked from all the days in Charlie Brown's young life, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed up with the lives of his friends and dog and strung together on the string of single day, from bright, uncertain morning to hopeful, starlit evening. In the end, Charlie Brown reminds us "Happiness is anything and anyone that's loved by you."
Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Lend Me a Tenor, running through April 17. www.mltarts.com The madcap, screwball comedy by Ken Ludwig - proclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the two great farces by a living writer" - Lend Me a Tenor is set in the Cleveland Grand Opera House, where IL Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, is set to appear in a one-night only performance as Otello. And what goes wrong with live theatre is what is so right about this play! You'll be laughing so hard you'll be seeing double before the play is over! Directed by Charlie Parker, the show features Tony Woodall, David Wet, Cathy Spencer, Maggie Barbieri, Max Harrison, Tony Laughlin, Diana Dickerson and Mandy Ray-Jones. The production runs two weekends, closing Sunday, April 17. Friday and Saturday shows begin promptly at 7 p.m.; with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: Rabbit Hole, running through April 23 www.pull-tight.com 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 www.springhousetheatre.com 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
Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville: A Year With Frog and Toad, running through May 15 www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards - including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale,this whimsical musical follows two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making A Year With Frog and Toad an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.
The Larry Keeton Theatre, Donelson/Nashville: The Miss Firecracker Contest, running through April 30 www.thelarrykeetontheatre.org BWW Nashville senior contributing editor and founder/executive director of The First Night Honors Jeffrey Ellis directs the popular Beth Henley southern gothic comedy, the first play to be presented at The Keeton in several years. Britt Byrd, Katherine Morgan, Michael Adcock, Amber Boyer, Kurt Jarvis and Rebekah Stogner bring Henley's show to life.
Opening April 15
Actors Bridge Ensemble, in collaboration with Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance, at Belmont's Black Box Theatre, Nashville: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Nashville premiere), running through April 23. Directed by Leah Lowe, Actors Bridge board member and chair of the Theatre Department at Vanderbilt University, it will be performed in Belmont's Black Box Theatre, April 15-23. Once upon a time-in 2005-a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center: A Night With Janis Joplin, running through April 16. www.tpac.org The story of the late, lamented rock legend is told in this musical, featuring all the songs most associated with her.
Tuesday, April 19
MAS Nashville at Jamison Hall, The Factory at Franklin: SuperMAS www.masnashville.com Following up their super-fun, super-wild, super-packed performance last October at The Belcourt, MAS is back with a brand new show in a brand new venue! Cori Laemmel, Erin Parker, Laura Matula, Megan Murphy Chambers and Melodie Madden Adams bring you SuperMAS on Studio Tenn's stage in Jamison Theatre at The Factory. In SuperMAS, their ninth original production, the MAS gals will embrace their inner super-heroines; when they're not fighting crime and leaping tall buildings, they're delivering all of what audiences have come to love and expect: fantastic harmonies, glitter, high heels and humor in the polished-yet-irreverent way that only MAS can.
Opening April 22
Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Lend Me a Tenor, running through www.mltarts.org
Opening April 26
Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Mamma Mia!, running through May 1 www.tpac.org The ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again, Mamma Mia! Is back on tour after its recent Broadway closing. You won't want to miss the show that combines all of ABBA's greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. It will have you dancing in your seat, for sure!
Opening May 6
ACT 1, at Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, running through May 21, www.act1online.com Melissa Williams directs.
Opening May 10
Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: The Bridges of Madison County, running through May 15 www.tpac.org Winner of the 2014 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, the irresistible The Bridges of Madison County makes its Nashville debut with a limited, one-week engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall on May 10-15. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For group tickets, please call (615) 782-4060. The critically-acclaimed musical of The Bridges of Madison County features one of Broadway's most accomplished creative teams with music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple, 'night, Mother), and direction by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I, The Light in the Piazza), recreated by Tyne Rafaeli.
Opening May 31
Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Disney's Beauty and the Beast, running through June 5 www.tpac.org
Opening June 2
Music City Theatre Company at Darkhorse Theatre, Nashville: Psycho Beach Party, running through June 11. www.mctc.ticketleap.com Bradley Moore directs a revival of Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party, starring Elizabeth Ayres Turner and Taylor Novak.
Opening June 3
Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Always, Patsy Cline, running through June 18 www.artscenterofcc.com
Circle Players, at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, Nashville: Disney's The Little Mermaid, running through June 19. www.circleplayers.net In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Directed by Brittany Blaire Anderson.
Studio Tenn, Franklin, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center: West Side Story, running through June 4, www.studiotenn.com
Pull-Tight Players, Franklin: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, running through June 18 www.pull-tight.com 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
Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: If/Then, running through June 7 www.tpac.org
Opening June 9
Opening June 10
Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Butterflies Are Free, running through www.mltarts.org
Opening July 8
Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: The Little Mermaid, running through July 23 www.artscenterofcc.com
Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Next to Normal, running through www.mltarts.org
Opening August 12
Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Rock of Ages, running through August 27 www.artscenterofcc.com
Opening September 30
Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: The Odd Couple, running through October 15 www.artscenterofcc.com
Opening November 4
Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Chitty Chitty Bang Band, running through November 19 www.artscenterofcc.com