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Nashville Baseball Legend Henry Kimbro's New Book Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Neg Photo Nashville Baseball Legend Henry Kimbro's New Book Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Negro League
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 16, 2020

Negro Baseball League players from Nashville are remembered in a new book by former Tennessee State University Associate Professor Dr. Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton, the daughter of Black baseball legend Henry Kimbro.

National AIDS Initiative Launches World AIDS Day Premiere of New Stage Play and 'Rock Photo National AIDS Initiative Launches World AIDS Day Premiere of New Stage Play and 'Rock the Red' Campaign to Engage African Americans on HIV/AIDS
by Stephi Wild - Nov 27, 2020

In recognition of World AIDS Day, December 1st, the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), an initiative of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the worlds largest, non-profit public health organization addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, is utilizing the power of the arts and social media to bring greater awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its disproportionate impact on Black Americans.

BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a Monster Hit With Ha Photo BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a Monster Hit With Hancock at the Helm
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 22, 2019

Who'd have ever thought a seven-foot-tall, dark, handsome and green chap a?' crafted from the bits and pieces of various fellows gone home to meet their maker, as it were a?' could prove to be so likable, charming and, we daresay, sexy? But leave it to Mel Brooks (and Gene Wilder, his co-writer on the 1974 film) to create such a protagonist and to surround him with memorable characters in a story set to music that's a wonderful homage to the very best of classic Broadway and silver screen musicals!

BWW Review: Lazzaro and Donegan Lead Dazzling JOSEPH... Revival at Cumberland County  Photo BWW Review: Lazzaro and Donegan Lead Dazzling JOSEPH... Revival at Cumberland County Playhouse
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 2, 2019

Powerhouse vocals from its two leading players (Anthony Lazzaro and Cassie Donegan), along with focused direction, spirited choreography, effusive music coming from the pit and an eye-popping visual design aesthetic combine to make Cumberland County Playhouse's most recent iteration of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat another in a long line of onstage hits sure to attract audiences eager to escape the sultry heat of a Tennessee summer.

Mika Shares New Music Video For ICE CREAM Today Photo Mika Shares New Music Video For ICE CREAM Today
by Tori Hartshorn - Jun 27, 2019

Today, platinum-selling artist MIKA shares visuals to his latest summer anthem 'Ice Cream' out now via Republic Records Casablanca Records.   

BWW Review: Christine Rowan is a Revelation in Cumberland County Playhouse's BRIGHT S Photo BWW Review: Christine Rowan is a Revelation in Cumberland County Playhouse's BRIGHT STAR
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 28, 2019

'Based on a true incident' seems a phrase best reserved for a hardboiled television detective series, circa 1954 - perhaps followed by a title card reading, 'A Quinn Martin Production' (if you're of a certain vintage, you'll get my meaning) - but in the case of Bright Star, the Tony Award-nominated musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell now onstage at Cumberland County Playhouse through June 6, it's definitely fitting.

Cumberland County Playhouse Stages Tennessee Premiere of BRIGHT STAR 4/26-6/6 Photo Cumberland County Playhouse Stages Tennessee Premiere of BRIGHT STAR 4/26-6/6
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 23, 2019

Bright Star - the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical with "a glorious score and moving story," according to Cumberland County Playhouse's producing director Bryce McDonald - opens in Crossville this Friday night, April 26 and continuing through June 6.

Hilarity Ensues: NOISES OFF Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse on Friday Night Photo Hilarity Ensues: NOISES OFF Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse on Friday Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 7, 2019

Michael Frayn's Noises Off, considered by many as the greatest farce ever written, opens Friday, March 8, at Cumberland County Playhouse, featuring a cast of CCP favorites bringing all the onstage/offstage/backstage hilarity to life in Crossville.

BWW Review: IRVING BERLIN'S HOLIDAY INN Kicks Off The Holiday Season With Style at Cu Photo BWW Review: IRVING BERLIN'S HOLIDAY INN Kicks Off The Holiday Season With Style at Cumberland County Playhouse
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 4, 2018

What better way to leave behind the turmoil of the modern world than by indulging in a bright, shiny new musical burnished with the warm glow of nostalgia and featuring a score by the inimitable Irving Berlin? We can't imagine anything more fun - or more timely, for that matter - than a couple of hours or more spent in the audience of Cumberland County Playhouse to experience the company's latest musical treat: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn.

BWW Review: Director McDonald Raises the Bar With CCP's Remarkable SWEENEY TODD Photo BWW Review: Director McDonald Raises the Bar With CCP's Remarkable SWEENEY TODD
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 21, 2018

Fog comes billowing out over the footlights, bringing with it a pervasive sense of foreboding that sets the tone for the next three hours of what is - without any fear of exaggeration - the most satisfying theatrical experience of 2018. Eye-poppingly gorgeous, with a design aesthetic that's perfectly wedded to the source material provided by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer Hugh Wheeler, and featuring some of the most electrifying performances we've ever witnessed at Cumberland County Playhouse (where they know a thing or 100 about staging musicals), Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is spectacular.

Tuesday 5(+1): SWEENEY TODD's Weslie Webster and Lauren Marshall Photo Tuesday 5(+1): SWEENEY TODD's Weslie Webster and Lauren Marshall
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 18, 2018

Managing to find time amid a typically busy week in Crossville, actors Weslie Webster and Lauren Marshall - who play Mrs. Lovett and the neighborhood beggar woman, respectively - graciously agreed to submit to The Tuesday 5(+1) and to answer our questions with enough candor and intrigue to ensure audiences come see their show!

The Friday 5(+1): Brett Mutter of Cumberland County Playhouse's SWEENEY TODD Photo The Friday 5(+1): Brett Mutter of Cumberland County Playhouse's SWEENEY TODD
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 13, 2018

Managing to find time amid a hectic tech week, actor Brett Mutter - who plays Beadle Bamford - graciously agreed to submit to The Friday 5(+1) and to answer our questions, hopefully, intriguing potential audience members with some background about his theatrical career and to explain why he thinks you should reserve your tickets now for Sweeney Todd.

2018 Suzi Bass Award Nominations Announced Photo 2018 Suzi Bass Award Nominations Announced
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 27, 2018

The Suzi Bass Awards revealed nominations for the 2017-2018 Atlanta professional theatre season on Monday evening, August 27, to patrons and industry artists. The Suzi Nomination Party was generously hosted by Synchronicity Theatre, at 7:30pm, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE #102, Atlanta.  

The Solti Foundation U.S. Announces Career Assistance Awards To 8 American Conductors Photo The Solti Foundation U.S. Announces Career Assistance Awards To 8 American Conductors
by Stephi Wild - Jun 11, 2018

Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, today announced the names of the eight recipients of the 2018 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards. The young conductors hold positions throughout the United States, with posts in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

Theaterati of the Year Among New First Night's Top Ten Categories Revealed Photo Theaterati of the Year Among New First Night's Top Ten Categories Revealed
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 2, 2018

Design categories, road shows, theatrical events and the 12 people whose achievements in 2017 are particularly noteworthy were revealed tonight as part two of First Night's Top Ten of 2018 - critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual review of the best in Tennessee theater was presented during a live Facebook broadcast with two of the hosts of Midwinter's First Night (Ashley Wolfe and J. Robert Lindsay) announcing the work recognized among the best of 2017.

Photo Flash: Take A Look At The Cast of SLEEPY HOLLOW At Cumberland County Playhouse! Photo Photo Flash: Take A Look At The Cast of SLEEPY HOLLOW At Cumberland County Playhouse!
by BWW Intern - Nov 14, 2017

SLEEPY HOLLOW runs through November 11 at Cumberland County Playhouse. Take a look at the cast in these production photos!

SLEEPY HOLLOW Musical Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse 10/13 Photo SLEEPY HOLLOW Musical Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2017

Cumberland County Playhouse presents an all-new musical version of Sleepy Hollow by Tony Award nominees Hunter Foster and Paul Gordon, running October 13-November 11 in Crossville.

SLEEPY HOLLOW Musical Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse Today Photo SLEEPY HOLLOW Musical Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

Cumberland County Playhouse presents an all-new musical version of Sleepy Hollow by Tony Award nominees Hunter Foster and Paul Gordon, running October 13-November 11 in Crossville.

SLEEPY HOLLOW Musical Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse 10/13 Photo SLEEPY HOLLOW Musical Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse 10/13
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 26, 2017

Cumberland County Playhouse presents an all-new musical version of Sleepy Hollow by Tony Award nominees Hunter Foster and Paul Gordon, running October 13-November 11 in Crossville.

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for 9/21/17 Photo Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for 9/21/17
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 21, 2017

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!

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