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GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 4, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 4, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Welcome to Thursday, May 4, 2017 - can you believe it's already this far along in the year - and that it's another #TheatreThursday? Today, we're posing the musical question: Are all our artistic efforts worth it during these oh-so-trying times? The answer, most certainly, is a resounding "YES!" You see, gentle readers, it's during times like these that the spirit of creativity, the expression of our collective imagination and the ability to transform and to transport become even more vital to the continued existence of humankind. We implore you to continue to live life dramatically!

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for April 25, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 25, 2017

Meanwhile, you can cast your eyes toward today's photogenic cover models, the lovely and talented Cooper and his human, Nashville actress/designer Ashley Wolfe - both of them are pretty swell, in our estimation (even deserving of a Tony Award), and while we worry about them taking selfies while driving and while catching up on the theatrical news every morning, we are assured they were at a full stop when this photo was snapped. In fact, according to the human member of the duo she hadn't yet turned her key to the on position.

The Friday 5: SPELLING BEE's Myers and Pendergrast
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 3, 2016

Opening tonight at Franklin's Pull-Tight Playhouse is the ever-popular The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Brett Myers (who last year starred as Vice Principal Panch in Circle Players' production of the show) and starring Benjamin Pendergrast, who takes on the role of Panch in this production. Find out what makes these two talented men tick - why do they think you should come see their show - and then try to score some tickets as quickly as possible.

Locally Grown Play Comes Home to Franklin
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

'Southern Fried Funeral' is being presented by Pull-Tight Players, 112 2nd Avenue S., Franklin, TN, 37064, February 5 - 20, 2016.

TOSHA PENDERGRAST, A Dancer's Life
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 19, 2016

Here's a question you may have asked yourself about Tosha Pendergrast: When does she sleep? Mundane, perhaps - but it's a question that comes to mind when you realize that she's always working, whether she's teaching students at Lauri Gregoire's Bellevue Dance Center, choreographing her latest show (Dreamgirls opened just last week at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts, Street Theatre Company's production of In The Heights opens in a couple of weeks), performing onstage (she was among the cavalcade of stars in the Music City Theatre Collective's debut production Showstoppers), doing television appearances (The Dance Network is calling) or just living life with her handsome and charming husband Benjamin Pendergrast (together they are the perfect couple, each devoted to the other)…

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/15/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 15, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show.

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 8, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show.

Locally Grown Play Comes Home to Franklin
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

'Southern Fried Funeral' is being presented by Pull-Tight Players, 112 2nd Avenue S., Franklin, TN, 37064, February 5 - 20, 2016.

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 1, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come

Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 25, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2016 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come.

Locally Grown Play Comes Home to Franklin
by Sally Henry Fuller - Jan 23, 2016

'Southern Fried Funeral' is being presented by Pull-Tight Players, 112 2nd Avenue S., Franklin, TN, 37064, February 5 - 20, 2016.

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 11/18/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 18, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of The Larry Keeton Theatre's upcoming production of Sunset Boulevard, Pull-Tight Theatre's production of Osborne and Eppler's Southern Fried Funeral  and Robertson County Players' The Man Who Came to Dinner - and there are upcoming national auditions for the tour of Newsies, set for Nashville on December 11. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse: go follow your dream!

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.

Wilkinson Directs Revival of John Chaffin's DED HERRING at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Now thru 5/19
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 18, 2013

Nine-time First Night Award winner Martha Wilkinson directs a revival of John Chaffin's Ded Herring, running now through May 19 at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville.

Wilkinson Directs Revival of John Chaffin's DED HERRING at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre 4/4-5/19
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 3, 2013

In Ded Herring, written by theatre owner John Chaffin, George is an unsuccessful mystery writer living off of his wife's inheritance. When George discovers that his heiress wife is paying for the services of a male escort, he becomes furious and then the fun really begins! This suspenseful play full of intrigue and double-crosses will keep you guessing until the very last moment.

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL #6: All The News from Onstage, Offstage, Backstage and Beyond
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 29, 2012

We've been doing our part to prepare ye the way, watching the action onstage, taking some furtive peeks backstage, listening to all the offstage gossip and venturing beyond the confines of the theater to gain the informed knowledge to see more shows in the Volunteer State than you ever thought possible. So, good people of the theaterati, read on and get all the information you need to know in this, our latest installment of Music City Confidential. This is #6…

Class of 2012 First Night Honors Revealed at Monday's Preview Party
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2012

Eight individuals, whose names attest to the depth and breadth of live theatrical performance in Nashville, have been named as members of the 2012 Class of First Night Honorees and will be feted with a special tribute concert on Sunday, September 2, at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre.

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL #5: Onstage, Offstage, Backstage and Beyond in the Volunteer State
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 17, 2012

Welcome to the fifth installment of Music City Confidential, my column to collect the flotsam and jetsam, informationally speaking, of theatre in Tennessee. Sorry for the long delay since the last installment, but I've been theatering my butt off all over the Volunteer State in search of intriguing gossip and riveting news stories just for you, my gentle readers.

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL #2: Offstage, Onstage, Backstage and Beyond With The Theaterati
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 17, 2012

What better way to kick off Sunday-and to celebrate Father's Day!-than with the latest installment of Music City Confidential! Here's where you'll find all the news that's fit to print (or not-depending on your perspective) from Nashville's ever-growing, ever-fascinating live theater industry. Amid the florid prose and flowery praise, you'll find all the stories that don't quite fit anywhere else, some of 'em kind of gossipy, some of 'em stone-cold serious, some of 'em just lists of names you need to know. You'll also find photos from our new "Intermission@" series, details about the latest cast parties and various and sundry minutiae-the veritable flotsam and jetsam-from backstage, onstage, offstage and beyond…

Nate Eppler-helmed HERE LIES JEREMY TROY Takes The Chaffin's Barn Stage 4/26-5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2012

Directed by Nate Eppler, Here Lies Jeremy Troy stars Rebekah Durham, Andy Kanies, Jennifer Richmond, Will Sevier and Lane Wright. Eppler, in addition to acting and directing, is a playwright and teaching artist based in Nashville. His plays include Keeping Up With the Joneses, The Shorty Hawkins Play, Modern Love and Long Way Down. Eppler is the recipient of both the Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant and the Individual Artist Fellowship. He is playwright-in-residence for Tennessee Repertory Theatre.

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