Where Are They Now? It's Opening Night in Dallas for EMILY FAITH and Lily & Joan Theater CompanyWhere Are They Now? It's Opening Night in Dallas for EMILY FAITH and Lily & Joan Theater Company
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 26, 2019

Celebrating an opening night is always exciting, if exhausting, nerve-wracking and exhilarating, but when it's the very first production of a new theater company you've co-founded, odds are it's even more so. Just ask Emily Faith who is directing the premiere production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Dallas-based Lily & Joan theater company she co-founded in 2018 with Erika Larsen. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2019 at The Larry Keeton Theatre in NashvillePhoto Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2019 at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 18, 2019

Actors Bridge Ensemble's acclaimed production of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves and Cumberland County Playhouse's rendition of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street were named as the top shows of the year during Midwinter's First Night, the annual tribute to theater in Tennessee, held at Nashville's The Larry Keeton Theatre last Sunday night, January 13. Photographer Rae Lynn Whetzel-Stickney captured many of the night's biggest moments with her camera, which are shared on BroadwayWorld Nashville today. (more...)

THE WOLVES, SWEENEY TODD Win Top Awards at 2019 Midwinter's First NightTHE WOLVES, SWEENEY TODD Win Top Awards at 2019 Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 15, 2019

Actors Bridge Ensemble's critically acclaimed production of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves and Cumberland County Playhouse's stunning mounting of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street were named as the top shows of the year during Midwinter's First Night, the annual tribute to theater in Tennessee, held at Nashville's The Larry Keeton Theatre Sunday night, January 13. (more...)

Nashville Story Garden Presents SHE/HER/HERSNashville Story Garden Presents SHE/HER/HERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

NASHVILLE STORY GARDEN an incubator of original theatre, film and new media projects will be presenting SHE/HER/HERS: 5 One-Act World Premiere plays featuring female leads on THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th at THE CORDELLE (45 Lindsley Ave, Downtown). The evening will also be accompanied with performances by singer/actor MEGAN MURPHY CHAMBERS, making SHE/HER/HERS a special night celebrating the community and artistry of women in Music City. (more...)

First Night's Top Ten of 2018 Announced in Nashville TonightFirst Night's Top Ten of 2018 Announced in Nashville Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 10, 2018

In anticipation of the gala 30th anniversary celebration of The First Night Awards, Tennessee's best and brightest in live theater were revealed tonight as First Night's Top Ten of 2018 - reviewer and critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual recognition for theater in the Volunteer State - were announced during a Facebook Live presentation from Nashville. (more...)

Bradley Brown Named Managing Director of Nashville Shakespeare FestivalBradley Brown Named Managing Director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 31, 2018

Bradley Brown has been named managing editor of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and will be responsible for the administrative and operational management of NSF and will oversee the its marketing, development and accounting. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Magical MIDSUMMER Heralds a 30th AnniversaryBWW Review: Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Magical MIDSUMMER Heralds a 30th Anniversary
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 4, 2018

In her welcoming note to audiences at the 2018 version of Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - the 30th anniversary of the company's annual Shakespeare in the Park festivities at Centennial Park (which now is without question the place to be on a midsummer's night in Music City, all other artistic offerings that abound notwithstanding) - executive artistic director Denice Hicks takes a fanciful look ahead to 2048, and suggests that she'll either be in the audience or, quite possibly, in the cast of whatever show happens to be onstage some 30 years hence. Let me just make this prediction by way of critical pronouncement: Denice Hicks, then 88, will once again be playing the ethereal Puck in NSF's then-current Midsummer and I, who will be a spry 91-year-old at the time (or possibly a critical hologram), will be in the audience once again to marvel at her ageless skills and timeless artistry. (more...)

Shute-Pettaway, Wilds Head Cast of ACT 1's Upcoming Production of THE LITTLE FOXESShute-Pettaway, Wilds Head Cast of ACT 1's Upcoming Production of THE LITTLE FOXES
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 3, 2018

Helen Olaketi Mariah Shute-Pettaway, a 2011 First Night Honoree and one of Nashville's most revered actresses, will take on the iconic role of Regina Giddens in the ACT 1 production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Directed by 2014 First Night Honoree Jeffrey Ellis, senior contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com, The Little Foxes runs at Darkhorse Theatre May 4-19. (more...)

Nashville Shakes' 30th Anniversary Celebration Continues with 'Pop-UpRight' ShakespeareNashville Shakes' 30th Anniversary Celebration Continues with 'Pop-UpRight' Shakespeare
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 14, 2018

All of Nashville is a stage - or will be at some point - as Nashville Shakespeare Festival's celebration of its 30th anniversary continues at venues both expected and unexpected during the coming months. (more...)

BWW Review: Ashdown, White Lead Compelling HAMLET at Nashville Shakespeare FestivalBWW Review: Ashdown, White Lead Compelling HAMLET at Nashville Shakespeare Festival
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 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 Sunday, followed by January 31-February 3 performances at Middle Tennessee State University's Tucker Theatre). But add to their stellar turns, an ensemble comprised of some of the best actors ever to set foot on a local stage, under the self-assured direction of the esteemed Denice Hicks (the company's artistic director), and it practically becomes a requirement for any theater lover within the sound of my voice. (more...)

Theaterati of the Year Among New First Night's Top Ten Categories RevealedTheaterati 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. (more...)

HAMLET's Cheryl White on Making the Transition from TV to StageHAMLET's Cheryl White on Making the Transition from TV to Stage
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 2, 2018

With Nashville Shakespeare Festival's annual Winter Shakespeare production set to open Thursday night Denice Hicks' staging of Hamlet, starring Sam Ashdown actress Cheryl White, who plays Gertrude, found time between rehearsals to talk about the production. (more...)

Nashville Shakes Offers New Year's Eve 'Sneak Peek' at 2018's HAMLETNashville Shakes Offers New Year's Eve 'Sneak Peek' at 2018's HAMLET
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 28, 2017

Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites lovers of theater and The Bard to herald the arrival of 2018 and to celebrate the company's 30th Anniversary Season with a sneak peek of the upcoming production of Hamlet during their fifth annual Winter Shakespeare Open House at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre on Sunday, December 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. (more...)

MTSU Teams With Nashville Shakespeare Festival for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 11/9-12MTSU Teams With Nashville Shakespeare Festival for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 11/9-12
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 30, 2017

Middle Tennessee State University's Theatre Department teams up with Nashville Shakespeare Festival for the upcoming production of Skakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by NSF artistic associate and MTSU adjunct professor of theatre Santiago Sosa. Midsummer runs November 9-12 at MTSU's Tucker Theatre. (more...)

WINTER'S TALE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Headline 2017 Shakespeare in the ParkWINTER'S TALE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Headline 2017 Shakespeare in the Park
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF) continues its tradition of Shakespeare in the Park with The Winter's Tale and Antony & Cleopatra, running from Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, September 17 at Centennial Park's band shell. (more...)

Internationally Renowned Shakespeare Scholar Ann Cook Calhoun Dies in NashvilleInternationally Renowned Shakespeare Scholar Ann Cook Calhoun Dies in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 29, 2017

Ann Cook Calhoun, an internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar and a powerful force for making the Bard's plays accessible to everyone, died August 13 in Nashville after a short illness. She was 82. Calhoun was a professor of English, emerita, at Vanderbilt University who held leadership roles in Shakespeare organizations around the world. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: WINTER'S TALE's Cash, Meinerding & TustinFRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: WINTER'S TALE's Cash, Meinerding & Tustin
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 10, 2017

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...)

WINTER'S TALE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Headline 2017 Shakespeare in the ParkWINTER'S TALE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Headline 2017 Shakespeare in the Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

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...)

2017 Shakespeare in the Park Opens Thursday With THE WINTER'S TALE2017 Shakespeare in the Park Opens Thursday With THE WINTER'S TALE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 8, 2017

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...)

The FRINGE-y 5: DIEGO GOMEZ On Being Led to The FringeThe FRINGE-y 5: DIEGO GOMEZ On Being Led to The Fringe
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 2, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Nashville's theater community: 2017 Sideshow Fringe Festival opened last Thursday night with #ThrowbackThursdayLive! and a weekend jam-packed with offering for the most adventurous of theater-goers and as the action gears back up for another full calendar of events week, we pick back up with more FRINGE-y 5 interviews. Today, our spotlight focuses on Diego Gomez, an actor/writer/musician who is an integral part of 2017 Sidewhow Fringe Festival as writer of The Backpack, an original script performed last weekend, and as an actor in this week's Marian, Or (The True Story of Robin Hood). (more...)

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