Nashville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center
by Cillea Houghton - February 19, 2018

There's a reason BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is such a beloved classic and the Hendersonville Performing Arts Center has done a marvelous job of bringing this 'tale as old as time' to life. Directed by Robert Pitt and Brendan Martel, HPAC's production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST honors all the aspects fans lov... (more...)
BWW Review: CFTA's SPAMALOT is Good For What Ails You BWW Review: CFTA's SPAMALOT is Good For What Ails You
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 19, 2018

Terrific performances across the board, sprightly direction that keeps the action moving at a quick clip-clop and a no-holds-barred sense of ridiculous theatricality all come together in Center for the Arts' production of Monty Python's Spamalot, the hilarious stage musical based on the irreverent t... (more...)
BWW Review: Arts Center of Cannon County's Spectacular HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Deserves Your Attention BWW Review: Arts Center of Cannon County's Spectacular HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Deserves Your Attention
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 14, 2018

Passionate and captivating, The Hunchback of Notre Dame - the stage musical based on the Disney animated classic, featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Peter Parnell - is given a superb production at Woodbury's Arts Center of Cannon County and discerning theater patr... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's Stunning Performance of Stephen Mills' LIGHT BWW Review: Nashville Ballet's Stunning Performance of Stephen Mills' LIGHT
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 13, 2018

Some 90 captivating minutes of creative, imaginative movement, Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project features the superb dancers of Nashville Ballet at their finest, bringing to life history in such a way that left their audiences rapt, riveted to the smallest of moments and the largest of themes a... (more...)
BWW Review: STC's THREEPENNY OPERA: Weimar Germany Is Having A Moment BWW Review: STC's THREEPENNY OPERA: Weimar Germany Is Having A Moment
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 09, 2018

The selection of The Threepenny Opera to inaugurate Street's 2018 season is one of the year's most eagerly anticipated theatrical events in Music City - thanks in part to the fact that it may well be the first home-grown staging of Brecht and Weill's parody of operetta that, in turn, skewers capital... (more...)
BWW Review: Perfect Timing for A SNOWY DAY at Nashville Children's Theatre BWW Review: Perfect Timing for A SNOWY DAY at Nashville Children's Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 05, 2018

What perfect timing! Kudos to Nashville Children's Theatre executive artistic director Ernie Nolan and education director Alicia Lark Fuss (who does double duty as director of the play) for their impeccable midwinter choice of A Snowy Day as the venerable company's first show of 2018. That they had ... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S FREAKY FRIDAY Gets The Chaffin's Barn Musical Treatment BWW Review: DISNEY'S FREAKY FRIDAY Gets The Chaffin's Barn Musical Treatment
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 03, 2018

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville's iconic professional theater, opens its 2018 season - its 52nd! - with an entertaining, if somewhat overly long, production of Disney's Freaky Friday, the new musical with a starry musical theater pedigree.... (more...)
BWW Review: Almost 70 Years After Its Premiere, THE KING AND I Continues to Captivate Nashville Audiences at TPAC BWW Review: Almost 70 Years After Its Premiere, THE KING AND I Continues to Captivate Nashville Audiences at TPAC
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 31, 2018

Sumptuously designed and opulently mounted, the visual aesthetic for the Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (a year-and-a-half into its national tour and now ensconced at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center for an eight-performance run through Sunday, Februar... (more...)
BWW Review: Ashdown, White Lead Compelling HAMLET at Nashville Shakespeare Festival BWW Review: Ashdown, White Lead Compelling HAMLET at Nashville Shakespeare Festival
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 26, 2018

Wonderfully complex - and somehow unexpected and altogether authentic - performances from Sam Ashdown as Hamlet and Cheryl White as his mother Gertrude are enough reason to experience Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of Hamlet (now onstage at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre through Su... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Brings Spectacular Show to TPAC BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Brings Spectacular Show to TPAC
by Cillea Houghton - January 10, 2018

For the audience attending the opening night of JERSEY BOYS at TPAC, it was almost like they had traveled back in time to the days of their youth, reliving the fond memories the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has given them.... (more...)
BWW Review: NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER Dazzles at TPAC BWW Review: NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER Dazzles at TPAC
by Cillea Houghton - December 14, 2017

The Nashville Ballet has a gift for delivering professional-grade productions with a Nashville twist, and the 2017 installment of Nashville's Nutcracker is a prime example of said talent.... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Annual A CHRISTMAS STORY Ushers in the Holiday Season BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Annual A CHRISTMAS STORY Ushers in the Holiday Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 30, 2017

Nashville audiences love their traditions whether they be of a theatrical bent or of a more personal nature so it should be noted that the holiday season in Music City is now upon us with the arrival of one of the most beloved theater traditions: Nashville Repertory Theatre's annual staging of A... (more...)
BWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE Brings Holiday Sentiment to Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE Brings Holiday Sentiment to Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 29, 2017

George Bailey's story is a universal one, so much so that some 70 years after the film treatment of It's A Wonderful Life debuted, the tale of an upstanding citizen faced with failure and ruin, has become one of the most beloved holiday-season tales of all time. But the initial reaction of movie-goe... (more...)
BWW Review: Latest Stunning Revival of LES MISERABLES Thrills Nashville Audiences in Return to TPAC BWW Review: Latest Stunning Revival of LES MISERABLES Thrills Nashville Audiences in Return to TPAC
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 15, 2017

As difficult as it is to fathom, some 27 years ago my first review of Les Miserables the internationally renowned musical based upon the iconic 1861 Victor Hugo novel about a reformed bread thief who is pursued over the decades by a relentless lawman in post-Revolutionary France was published, y... (more...)
BWW Review: Belmont University Musical Theatre's Remarkably Robust FIDDLER ON THE ROOF BWW Review: Belmont University Musical Theatre's Remarkably Robust FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 12, 2017

It should come as absolutely no surprise that the current production onstage at Massey Performing Arts Center in Nashville, courtesy of the astonishing Belmont University Musical Theatre program, is possibly as good or even better than any show we've seen put on over the years by the venerated m... (more...)
BWW Review: Circle Players' Sweeping and Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME BWW Review: Circle Players' Sweeping and Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 08, 2017

With a sense of the sweeping epic about it and a darkly romantic story to tell The Hunchback of Notre Dame ( a new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film ) offers an intriguing retelling of the story of Quasimodo, the hideously deformed and often reviled bellringer... (more...)
BWW Review: Lipscomb University's SHE LOVES ME Has So Much to Love About It BWW Review: Lipscomb University's SHE LOVES ME Has So Much to Love About It
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 06, 2017

Based on Hungarian playwright Miklos Lazlo's Parfumerie (which has also served as the inspiration for the movies The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Ole Summertime and You've Got Mail), She Loves Me is, for most musical theater aficionados, one of those infrequently-produced theatrical gems vene... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Charming MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Charming MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 06, 2017

Offering a thoroughly delightful and completely entertaining story about welcoming new challenges and living life to its fullest, Mr. Popper's Penguins the charming musical onstage at Nashville Children's Theatre through December 3 also offers its young audiences an intriguing history lesson abo... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall Into Musical Theatre Heaven BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall Into Musical Theatre Heaven
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 01, 2017

There is a new vision of heaven tap-dancing its way through my brain replete with beautiful showgirls and handsome chorus boys performing a show-stopping version of George and Ira Gershwin's I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise from An American in Paris, the sumptuous musical now onstage at Tennes... (more...)
BWW Review: NASHVILLE BALLET's 'Lizzie Borden with The Raven' BWW Review: NASHVILLE BALLET's 'Lizzie Borden with The Raven'
by Melia Kraus-har - October 30, 2017

Nashville Ballet dancers took to the aisles of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Polk Theater for Lizzie Borden with The Raven, Thursday, October 26th. Principal dancer Christopher Stuart's interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's seminal work led the evening, sharing an ominous closing motif with A... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME Makes a Powerful Statement at TPAC BWW Review: FUN HOME Makes a Powerful Statement at TPAC
by Cillea Houghton - October 12, 2017

While most Broadway shows pack a powerful punch, FUN HOME accomplishes that by capturing the viewer's heart, whether gently plucking at one's heartstrings or tugging with all its might, and its opening night in Nashville at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall offered viewers a bevy of emotion.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bailey Directs Well-Paced A FEW GOOD MEN at CFTA BWW Review: Bailey Directs Well-Paced A FEW GOOD MEN at CFTA
by Jeffrey Ellis - September 16, 2017

If the production of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men closing tonight after a much too brief two-weekend run at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts proves anything it's just how current and relevant the play remains, almost 30 years after its Broadway premiere. First produced there in 1989, followed... (more...)
BWW Review: Nolan Makes Impressive Nashville Children's Theatre Debut With THE HUNDRED DRESSES BWW Review: Nolan Makes Impressive Nashville Children's Theatre Debut With THE HUNDRED DRESSES
by Jeffrey Ellis - September 15, 2017

Ernie Nolan, Nashville Children's Theatre's new executive artistic director, makes an impressive debut with The Hundred Dresses, the initial show of his first official season as the leader of the country's oldest theater for younger audiences. Nolan's predecessor, the late and great Scot Copeland, l... (more...)
BWW Review: Fogelberg Score Soars in PART OF THE PLAN at TPAC BWW Review: Fogelberg Score Soars in PART OF THE PLAN at TPAC
by Jeffrey Ellis - September 11, 2017

Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg's music has provided the soundtrack for so many people's lives over the past 40 years that it should come as no surprise that his remarkable catalogue of music now provides the score for a new musical with its sights focused on a Broadway transfer. But does Part of th... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Stylish Take on Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Stylish Take on Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
by Jeffrey Ellis - September 10, 2017

There is no mistaking the incisive wit of Jane Austen's rather genteel evisceration of the British aristocracy to be found in Sense and Sensibility, the thoroughly delightful and completely engaging adaptation by Kate Hamill that opens Nashville Repertory Theatre's 2017-18 season. In gleeful style, ... (more...)