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Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/4/16

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"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'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

Happy Birthday, Liz Walsh!

This week's Theatrical Birthdays of note: Monday, April 4 Ross Bolen, actor/director and theater teacher at Franklin Road Academy; actor Doug Allen, most recently seen in All My Sons at Lakewood Theater; and actress Sher Bach (Circle Players' La Cage Aux Folles and Damn Yankees). Tuesday, April 5 Actress Liz Walsh (Chaffin's Barn's All Shook Up, The First Night Honors' Picnic); and Nashville Ballet principal and choreographer Chris Stuart. Wednesday, April 6 Actress/designer/First Night associate producer Amanda Grace Creech (Circle Players' Children of Eden); Actress Tricia Henry; Nashville Shakespeare Festival actor Matt Garner; and Lipscomb University Theater veteran Kamal Angelo Bolden. Thursday, April 7 Actress/dancer Laura Mould Amond (Children of Eden, Titanic); and Belmont University alumna and actress Ashley Glore. Friday, April 8 Belmont University Musical Theatre grad Meghan Glogower, now making her home in NYC and fresh off the national tour of Mamma Mia!; Nashville actor Todd Rowan; Cumberland County Playhouse company member Chaz Arnett Sanders; actor, coach and casting director Robin Daugherty; Boiler Room Theatre veteran actress Mary Bea Johnson. Saturday, April 9 Actress Lynn Yates; Distraction Theatre Company managing director Amber Buker; Nashville Children's Theatre's interim managing director Bennett Tarleton. Sunday, April 10 Nashville actor/fight choreographer and new proud father Eric Pasto-Crosby; Roxy Regional Theatre veteran Sarah Levine McClelland (Into The Woods); Lipscomb alum Day-Day Wells; former Nashvillian Arron Hollman; Seattle actor and former Nashvillian Jason Glick; and actor/singer Andrew Brooks.

Opened March 11

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: The Nerd, running through April 16, 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 19

Nashville Repertory Theatre at TPAC's Johnson Theatre: Chicago, running through April 16 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 or by calling the Box Office at (615) 782-4040.

Opened March 31

Gaslight Dinner Theatre, at the Renaissance Center, in Dickson: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, running through April 9. 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.

Opened April 1

Belmont University Musical Theatre, at the Troutt Theatre, 2112 Belmont Avenue, Nashville: The Addams Family, running through April 10. 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 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 $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. 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 or by calling the Bethlehem Ticket line at (615)-669-2722.

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville: The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers, running through May 28. 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. 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 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. 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!

Vanderbilt University Theater, Nashville: The Misanthrope, running through April 10. Vanderbilt University Theatre places Molière's 17th-century comedy straight in the heart of present-day Music City. Though Molière originally meant The Misanthrope as a satire of the French aristocracy that surrounded him, VUTheatre directs the play's sardonic criticisms and razor-sharp wit at the queens and kings of today's music industry. Alceste, Molière's protagonist and perennial misanthrope, fights through a stiflingly friendly cohort of well-to-do acquaintances to sway the love of his life, Célimène, back from the slew of suitors who flatter her attentions away from him. Dramatizing the extremes of deceit, honesty, and jealousy, The Misanthrope proves its timelessness as it explores the underbelly of our most commonplace interactions. Also-everything rhymes. And there's a concert. Showtimes: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 7-9 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.

Opening April 8

Lipscomb Department of Theatre, at Collins Alumni Auditorium, Nashville: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, running through April 15 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. 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 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, Tom SawyerMark Twain Presents The Adventures of 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. There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. For a young rapscallion named Tom Sawyer, that time is the middle of April, and that someplace is Springhouse Theatre Company. Rutherford County's favorite Live Theatre company and one of the premier Live Theatre experiences in middle Tennessee, is pleased to welcome master storyteller, Mark Twain, to its stage, along with some of his most endearing and enduring creations, Huckleberry Finn, the Widder Douglas, Aunt Polly, and of course Tom Sawyer, in the season's mainstage finale, Mark Twain Presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Adapted for the stage by middle Tennessee playwright, novelist and filmmaker, Mike Parker, this delightful production allows Mark Twain, played skillfully by popular Nashville actor, Jack Gilpin, to interact with both the audience and the characters to bring the story to life. Springhouse Theatre Company presents Mark Twain Presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, April 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24. Show times: Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and final Sunday matinee at 3:30 p.m. There is a special daytime performance on April 8 at 9:30 AM. Reservations are required for this one performance and tickets will NOT be available online for that show. To purchase tickets, please email No phone calls, please.

Opening April 14

Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville: A Year With Frog and Toad, running through May 15 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 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. 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 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

Nashville Ballet at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall, Nashville: Carmina Burana, running through April 24

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Lend Me a Tenor, running through

Opening April 26

Broadway at TPAC, Nashville: Mamma Mia!, running through May 1 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, Melissa Williams directs.

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

Opening May 10

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

Opening June 2

Music City Theatre Company at Darkhorse Theatre, Nashville: Psycho Beach Party, running through June 11. 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

Circle Players, at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, Nashville: Disney's The Little Mermaid, running through June 19. 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,

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

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

Opening June 9

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

Opening June 10

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Butterflies Are Free, running through

Opening July 8

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: The Little Mermaid, running through July 23

Murfreesboro Little Theatre: Next to Normal, running through

Opening July 18

Destiny Theatre Experience, at The Darkhorse Theater, Nashville: 7 Plays in 7 Days, running through July 30. After the success of the first 7 Plays In 7 Days in 2014, the Destiny Theatre Experience is bringing the event back with seven different plays for another seven-day run (July 18-24) with three encores July 28-30. Come join us for seven original plays by Shawn Whitsell. Tentative show schedule (in no particular order) Songs For Our Sons, 143, STEREO-type, En-Contracted, A Suffered Wrong, Colored and Moments in Time (tentative). Opening reception Sunday, July 17. More info to come. Save the dates!

Opening August 12

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Rock of Ages, running through August 27

Opening September 30

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: The Odd Couple, running through October 15

Opening November 4

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury: Chitty Chitty Bang Band, running through November 19

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