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THE DROWNING GIRLS Next Onstage for Distraction Theatre Company THE DROWNING GIRLS Next Onstage for Distraction Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk on August 18, 2017 in Nashville

Distraction Theatre Company brings The Drowning Girls – written by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic – to life August 18-26 at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater. (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: BIG RIVER's Teal Davis & Elliott Robinson FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: BIG RIVER's Teal Davis & Elliott Robinson
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 17, 2017 in Nashville

Among the show's stars are Teal Davis and Elliott Robinson, who portray the show's protagonists Huck and Jim and take audiences on a journey down the Mississippi River in the rollicking, rambunctious show. Somehow, the two actors found time in their hectic, tech week schedules and sat down to take on our questions in order to offer some insight into why they do what they do, as well as suggesting why you just can't miss Big River during its three-weekend run at 108 Donelson Pike. (more...)
Upcoming Auditions in the Nashville Area for August 16 Upcoming Auditions in the Nashville Area for August 16
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 16, 2017 in Nashville

Looking for a challenging role or to embark upon a new onstage adventure? Here is the latest audition information to come across the BroadwayWorld Nashville newsdesk. Want your audition information to be included? Send your information to jeffrey@bwayworld.com. (more...)
Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 18 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 18
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 16, 2017 in Nashville

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)
WHO KNEW Announces Nashville Rising Speaker Line Up WHO KNEW Announces Nashville Rising Speaker Line Up
by BWW News Desk on August 16, 2017 in Nashville

The music industry's most popular networking event returns with an amazing lineup of industry leaders sharing their wisdom, stories and predictions about their segment of the industry. Come meet the speakers and all the other industry leaders in the room.  (more...)
BWW Review: CFTA's Tuneful and Entertaining THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE BWW Review: CFTA's Tuneful and Entertaining THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 14, 2017 in Nashville

Director Chris McLaurin makes a particularly auspicious debut at the helm of his rollicking - and beautifully sung and winningly staged - production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic The Pirates of Penzance, now playing at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts through August 27. Charming and engaging, McLaurin's Pirates hews closely to the comic opera's original production (the only one of Gilbert and Sullivan's works to actually have its initial staging on Broadway - in 1879), testament to the libretto's timelessness and its refreshingly contemporary humor. (more...)
40th Anniversary Elvis Week Holds Auction at Graceland 40th Anniversary Elvis Week Holds Auction at Graceland
by BWW News Desk on August 13, 2017 in Nashville

Collectors from around the world raised their paddles to bid in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at the "Auction at Graceland," which took place at the new Guest House at Graceland Theater during the 40th Anniversary Elvis Week commemoration, with items selling for over $1.6 million. (more...)
BWW Review: Towne Centre's Sumptuously Sung THE SECRET GARDEN Captivates BWW Review: Towne Centre's Sumptuously Sung THE SECRET GARDEN Captivates
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 13, 2017 in Nashville

Katharine Boettcher's glorious soprano is finally given the showcase it so richly deserves in the beautifully sung production of Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's The Secret Garden, the oftentimes stirring and altogether bewitching story of a young orphaned girl forced to live with her mysterious uncle in his 'house upon the hill' overlooking the moors in Yorkshire in the early years of the 20th Century. (more...)
BWW Review: Circle Players' BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL Brings Down the House BWW Review: Circle Players' BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL Brings Down the House
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 12, 2017 in Nashville

Strong and energetic - some even show-stopping - performances from a youthful, fresh-faced cast, choreography that will have you dancing in the aisles and sprightly direction that moves the plot along at an astonishing pace…if you aren't already a fan of Bring It On the Musical, then Circle Players' production will make you one in short order. (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): Chris McLaurin and Mara Smotherman of PIRATES OF PENZANCE FRIDAY 5 (+1): Chris McLaurin and Mara Smotherman of PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

Chris McLaurin and one of his cast members, Mara Bloomfield Smotherman (who will be seen later this season in The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of South Pacific) take on our list of six questions for this latest version of Friday 5 (+1), offering insight into what makes them tick, what brought them to the theater in the first place and to suggest why you won't want to miss their show. (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): BRING IT ON's Miracle Ham and Emily Urbanski FRIDAY 5 (+1): BRING IT ON's Miracle Ham and Emily Urbanski
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

Now, Lewis and his team - which includes choreographers Ashley Danielle and Tosha Pendergrast - give the show their own unique spin, opening tonight at Nashville's Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, featuring a fresh-faced young cast bringing the show to life. Two of those cast members - Emily Urbanski and Miracle Ham - responded to our queries, telling us how they found their way to theatrical careers and suggesting why you should be certain to see their show in this edition of Friday 5 (+1)... (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): THE SECRET GARDEN's Maya Riley and Holly Hill FRIDAY 5 (+1): THE SECRET GARDEN's Maya Riley and Holly Hill
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

Maya Riley and Holly Hill take on roles in the lushly-scored musical, performing for hometown audiences who have wondered what they have been up to in college, showing off their talents in director Tim Larson's cast, offering a glimpse into their creative processes and their personal and professional growth in the theater. (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1): THE FANTASTICKS' Leach, Beckett and Hargis FRIDAY 5 (+1): THE FANTASTICKS' Leach, Beckett and Hargis
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

Stars Jacqueline Leach, Lucas Beckett and Jeremy Hargis took time from their packed schedules to tell us more about themselves, as well as to offer some reasons why audiences should come see their show. Read all about it in the latest Friday 5 (+1) and make your reservations quickly - the show is bound to sell out! (more...)
Towne Centre Theatre Presents THE SECRET GARDEN Towne Centre Theatre Presents THE SECRET GARDEN
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

The enchanting classic children's book, The Secret Garden, becomes a beautifully scored and staged live musical at Towne Centre Theatre in Brentwood, TN, with performances from August 11-26, 2017. (more...)
THE FANTASTICKS Ushers In Pull-Tight Players' 2017-18 Season THE FANTASTICKS Ushers In Pull-Tight Players' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

One of the world's best-known and longest-runnng musicals - The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt - ushers in the 2017-18 season at Franklin's Pull-Tight Theatre in a new production helmed by director Pat Street, running August 11-26. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on August 11, 2017 in Nashville

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Chicago, Kill Local, 42nd Street, and More! (more...)
FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: WINTER'S TALE's Cash, Meinerding & Tustin FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: WINTER'S TALE's Cash, Meinerding & Tustin
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 10, 2017 in Nashville

One of Music City's longest running summer theater traditions continues tonight with the debut of 2017's Shakespeare in the Park, Nashville Shakespeare Festival's annual gift to a generation of theater audiences. This year's edition of Shakespeare in the Park will feature two of the Bard's best known works - The Winter's Tale, which opens tonight, and Antony & Cleopatra, which opens next Thursday night at the Centennial Park Band Shell. (more...)
Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and More Sign on for 'ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER' Kenny Rogers Concert Celebration Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and More Sign on for 'ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER' Kenny Rogers Concert Celebration
by BWW News Desk on August 09, 2017 in Nashville

Music stars Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd have been added to the momentous lineup for 'All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration,' an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. (more...)
WINTER'S TALE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Headline 2017 Shakespeare in the Park WINTER'S TALE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Headline 2017 Shakespeare in the Park
by BWW News Desk on August 10, 2017 in Nashville

Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF) continues its tradition of Shakespeare in the Park with The Winter's Tale and Antony & Cleopatra, running from Today, August 10 through Sunday, September 17 at Centennial Park's band shell. (more...)
Cumberland County Playhouse Unveils 24th Year of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Cumberland County Playhouse Unveils 24th Year of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
by BWW News Desk on August 10, 2017 in Nashville

Smoke On the Mountain, the ever popular bluegrass/gospel musical, kicks off its 24th year at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse, on Friday, June 2, as director Weslie Webster welcomes two new members to the famed Sanders Family Singers. (more...)
Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 9 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 9
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 09, 2017 in Nashville

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)
BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN's Sentimental Journey at Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN's Sentimental Journey at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 08, 2017 in Nashville

Theater's power to transform and transport is astonishing and the capability of artists to create a sense of time and place, with words and music and theatrical wizardry to lend a tangible feeling to the experience can leave you breathless. Who'd have ever thought that such thrilling artistry, the very magic of make believe, could be so vividly expressed, so awesomely felt in two hours spent in a backwoods Southern church on a Saturday night in 1938? But that's exactly what happens in Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's evocative, down-home musical that lovingly takes its audiences back home again in ways not even Thomas Wolfe may ever have imagined. (more...)
BWW Review: Roxy Regional's STEEL MAGNOLIAS Takes You Back Home BWW Review: Roxy Regional's STEEL MAGNOLIAS Takes You Back Home
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 08, 2017 in Nashville

Nothing seems to spark so much debate among the theaterati than the announcement of an upcoming production of a show considered overdone, old-fashioned or somehow hackneyed and quasi-provincial. Take for example, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias - the somewhat nostalgic and Southern-fried seriocomic tale of six women who gather every Saturday morning in a Louisiana beauty shop to have their bouffants teased, their shags trimmed, popular recipes swapped and the lives of their neighbors vivisected in the relative sanctity of a women-only establishment - that has been a part of contemporary literature since its 1987 premiere at off-Broadway's WPA Theatre 'up north' in New York. (more...)
2017 Shakespeare in the Park Opens Thursday With THE WINTER'S TALE 2017 Shakespeare in the Park Opens Thursday With THE WINTER'S TALE
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 08, 2017 in Nashville

Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents its latest version of The Winter's Tale, directed by NSF artistic associate and apprentice company director Santiago Sosa, the 2017 season opening production of Shakespeare in the Park this Thursday, August 10, at Centennial Park's band shell. (more...)
Circle Players Kicks off 2017-18 Season With BRING IT ON Circle Players Kicks off 2017-18 Season With BRING IT ON
by Jeffrey Ellis on August 08, 2017 in Nashville

Circle Players kicks off its 2017-2018 season in high-flying style with the Nashville premiere of Bring It On The Musical, promising to take audiences to a colorful place filled with the complexities of high school friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. (more...)