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CRITICS' CHOICE: Looking for weekend fun?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 10, 2015

There are four new shows opening in the Middle Tennessee area this weekend, along with several other shows continuing their runs - Nobody's Perfect at Chaffin's Barn, KB Productions' The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Mary Poppins and Smoke on the Mountain at Cumberland County Playhouse, along with the final performance of Singin' in the Rain - so there's plenty of theater to keep you entertained through a hot July weekend. It's that time of year, so go have some fun!

CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening This Week?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 7, 2015

Summer's theater lull has come to an end and Nashville/Tennessee audiences have a plethora of new openings to choose from iin the next fews days, leading to the season's busiest flush of new shows and productions. Whether it's a relatively new musical based on a fun film, the controversial revival of one of the late 20th century's most iconic musicals or the Nashville premiere of a new film starring some of the region's best known and most talented actors -- there's a lot of good stuff to be seen inside a theater...

CRITICS' CHOICE: Celebrate America's Independence at the Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 2, 2015

Can you believe that it's already time to celebrate Independence Day - aka The Fourth of July - with the biggest-in-the-country fireworks display right here in Music City USA? We know how to celebrate America's Independence right here in Nashville and we expect even more tourists (playwright/actor/director/producer/bon vivant Del Shores is in town, for example, to get a taste of a down-home good time) than normal to fill our city's streets over the four-day holiday weekend.

CRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best Bets
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2015

Looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? What's better than sinking into a seat in a darkened auditorium and letting the talented actors onstage whisk you way to a whole different world from the world iin which you toil Monday through Friday? Theater companies throughout the midstate are ready to dazzle you with their latest productions and here are some of this weekend's best bets...

CRITICS' CHOICE: Cool Down in the Dark
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 16, 2015

Looking for an early summer diversion? We're happy to suggest some theatrical offerings to occupy your time, to keep you out of the heat and humidity - which seems to have really descended upon us this past week - and place you smack in the middle of a darkened auditorium that's certain to cool you down while entertaining you in high style…

CRITICS' CHOICE: Get Some Southern Hospitality
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 12, 2015

We pride ourselves on our bounteous Southern hospitality here in Nashville, so who's gonna explain this: On Thursday, as thousands of country music fans gathered downtown for CMA Fest and thousands more fans of every musical genre you can think of were headed southward for the Bonnaroo Music Festival - just another summer in Tennessee, mind you - a truck spilled its load all over Interstate 65-S, adding to the hot, humid atmosphere with a whole mess of fish parts. Yep, you heard it right: smelly, disgusting fish parts baking on the hot asphalt under the blazing sun.

MARY POPPINS Begins Today at Cumberland County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Cumberland County Playhouse today, June 12 to August 16!

MARY POPPINS Begins 6/12 at Cumberland County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Cumberland County Playhouse June 12 to August 16! 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. Ms. Hackmann will return to the Playhouse stage as Mary Poppins and Mr. Delaney will play Bert.

CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening in Tennessee This Weekend?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 24, 2015

Looking for something fun to do in Nashville - say, in the next few days or so? That doesn't involve running in the Country Music Marathon? Have no fear, gentle BWW Nashville readers, our team of writers have done the necessary legwork - we're all about saving you time, keeping you out of the marathon traffic and helping you make informed decisions about how to spend your entertainment dollar, after all - and we are delighted to present you with our very first, official Critic's Choice column, filled to the veritable brim with suggestions for great stuff going on around our fair state.

THE FRIDAY FIVE: Boman, Delaney & Walker-Hill from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 24, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. This week the spotlight shines on Danny Boman, Jake Delaney and Katherine Walker Hill- the stars of Singin' in the Rain, opening tonight at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse, directed by Britt Hancock.

Jake Delaney, Katherine Walker Hill and Danny Boman Star in Cumberland County Playhouse's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Now thru 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Cumberland County Playhouse announces the return of one of its most popular musicals, Singin' in the Rain.

Jake Delaney, Katherine Walker Hill and Danny Boman to Star in Cumberland County Playhouse's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 4/24-7/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Cumberland County Playhouse announces the return of one of its most popular musicals, Singin' in the Rain.

IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES Begins Performances Tonight at Cumberland County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Beginning tonight, August 14, Cumberland County Playhouse will present It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, a rollicking celebration of America's first original contribution to music, the Blues! 'It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues is not only about the Blues, it's a sure cure for the Blues,' explains the show's director/choreographer Harry Bryce (Ain't Misbehavin', Crowns, Dreamgirls).

IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES to Begin Performances 8/14 at Cumberland County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Beginning August 14, Cumberland County Playhouse will present It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, a rollicking celebration of America's first original contribution to music, the Blues! 'It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues is not only about the Blues, it's a sure cure for the Blues,' explains the show's director/choreographer Harry Bryce (Ain't Misbehavin', Crowns, Dreamgirls).

Kellye Cash Stars in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at CC Playhouse, 5/2-7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Cumberland County Playhouse starts May off with a bang as they present Irving Berlin's beloved musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Tennessee's Miss America Kellye Cash as sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set to one of Berlin's most famous scores, the show contains such classics as "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Naturally", "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful", "My Defenses Are Down" and "Anything You Can Do".

Kellye Cash Stars in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at CC Playhouse, Now thru 7/11
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Cumberland County Playhouse starts May off with a bang as they present Irving Berlin's beloved musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Tennessee's Miss America Kellye Cash as sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set to one of Berlin's most famous scores, the show contains such classics as 'There's No Business Like Show Business', 'Doin' What Comes Naturally', 'You Can't Get a Man With a Gun', 'They Say It's Wonderful', 'My Defenses Are Down' and 'Anything You Can Do'.

Kellye Cash Stars in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at CC Playhouse, 5/2-7/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2014

Cumberland County Playhouse starts May off with a bang as they present Irving Berlin's beloved musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Tennessee's Miss America Kellye Cash as sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set to one of Berlin's most famous scores, the show contains such classics as "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Naturally", "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful", "My Defenses Are Down" and "Anything You Can Do".

Lindy Pendzick stars as William Gibson's THE MIRACLE WORKER Opens Friday, April 5, at Cumberland County Playhouse
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 3, 2013

Opening Friday, April 5, in the Adventure Theater at Cumberland County Playhouse is William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, starring Lindy Pendzick as Annie Sullivan, the gifted young teacher who brought light, words, and the world to a blind, deaf child.

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 1/6/13
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 8, 2013

The world premiere of a brand-spanking new musical with Broadway in its sights, a relatively young but awe-inspiring theater company and a sparkling, witty new play about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald led the list of Tennessee's outstanding theatrical achievements in 2012 that was revealed Sunday night at Midwinter's First Night. Photographer Rick Malkin was on hand to capture the evening's highlights with his camera.

BWW Reviews: CCP's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT One of 2012's Best
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 18, 2012

Tall, blond and handsome-and looking for all the world like some sort of biblical superhero-Colin Cahill may be the ideal Joseph, given the sumptuous and fast paced production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at Cumberland County Playhouse. Cahill charms and entertains as Jacob's favorite son, surrounded by what seems like a cast of thousands, bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical to life with enough energy to power every household along the Cumberland Plateau.

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