BWW Review: Studio Tenn's 19-20 Season Opens With High-Spirited MAMMA MIA! BWW Review: Studio Tenn's 19-20 Season Opens With High-Spirited MAMMA MIA!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 28, 2019

Directed with his signature creative flair, boundless imagination and penchant for fun by Benji Kern, Studio Tenn's interim artistic director, Mamma Mia! features a stellar cast of performers bringing the show to life with the expected verve and energy that the ABBA score virtually demands. Led by Erica Aubrey as Donna and Emily Urbanski as her daughter Sophie, Studio Tenn's production is vibrant, colorful and energetic, tapping into the universal appeal of the music thanks to music director/conductor Stephen Kummer and his seven member band who perform the score with consummate professionalism and more than a little Disco-era panache. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Bug's SHOWMANCE is The Timeless Musical for Theater People of All Ages BWW Review: Theater Bug's SHOWMANCE is The Timeless Musical for Theater People of All Ages
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 1, 2019

Cori Anne Laemmel continues to do amazing things at The Theater Bug a?' whether it's creating new and compelling art, engaging in revealing collaborations with other creative individuals, or, more importantly, providing a safe space for a new generation of young theater artists eager to transform their own lives through self-expression a?' and there is absolutely no reason to believe that she's anywhere near a stopping point. And, because of her sincere endeavors to give back in much the same way her own life has been enriched by theater, Nashville directors may rest assured that the bench of skilled and capable actors willing (yearning!) to take to the stage for years to come is indeed very deep. (more...)

The Theater Bug Presents SHOWMANCE The Theater Bug Presents SHOWMANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2019

Theater Bug presents Showmance, book and lyrics by Cori Anne Laemmel and music by Cori Anne Laemmel and Eric Fritsch. This production of Showmance will feature two brand new, never heard before songs by Cori Anne Laemmel and Laura Matula. Showmance is directed by Cori Anne Laemmel with Music Direction by Laura Matula and Choreography by Bakari Jamal King. Rounding out our creative team are Nashville favorites Matt Logan (Set Design), Melodie Madden Adams (Costume Design) and Tyson Laemmel (Technical Direction). (more...)

Nashville Story Garden Presents DANCE NATION Nashville Story Garden Presents DANCE NATION
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

DANCE NATION (2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist) by Clare Barron will receive its first production outside of New York and London by Nashville Story Garden at Nashville Children's Theatre's Scot Copeland Studio (­25 Middleton St, Nashville, TN 37210) June 22-29th. (more...)

Santiago Sosa-Directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Coming Up At The Theatre Bug Santiago Sosa-Directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Coming Up At The Theatre Bug
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 7, 2019

Santiago Sosa directs the eagerly anticipated Theater Bug production of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, opening March 23 and running through March 30. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Bug's Funny and Wry New Musical IF I WERE YOU
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 15, 2017

Once again, Cori Laemmel and Laura Matula - along with their team of creative collaborators and their always surprising and courageous troupe of young actors at The Theater Bug - have achieved much with their latest original musical. If I Were You, which focuses on four young protagonists gives the youthful Theater Bug company of actors an opportunity to explore the depths of their own emotions amid the turmoil of their formative years and, in so doing, they give every audience member a chance to examine their own emotions and preconceived notions of the people around them. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 26, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 26, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Welcome to the start of Memorial Day Weekend: It's Friday, May 26, 2017 and time to live life dramatically! It really sounds like we should be cutting a ribbon somewhere to herald the start of the long weekend that kicks off summer, but instead we sit here in front of a computer screen, remembering and reminiscing, in hopes of providing you with something to read while you sit by the pool, waiting for the SPF37 to kick in! (more...)

Critic's Choice: Spring is Here...Dance Into The Theater This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 12, 2017

Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing? Well, Mr. Lorenz Hart, personally, we are too damn busy with creating the magic of live theater: We're directing a show (Daddy's Dyin'…Who's Got the Will? opens next week - April 20 - at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson, thank you very much) and trying to make it out to see as much theater in Nashville as possible before old age takes its toll - it's tough out there for a theater critic! (more...)

MAS Nashville announces 10th full-length cabaret show 4/17
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 24, 2017

Erin Parker, Laura Matula, Cori Anne Laemelle, Melodie Madden Adams and Megan Murphy Chambers - collectively known as MAS Nashville - return to the stage for their tenth cabaret performance appropriately entitled MAS X, playing the Belcourt Theatre on Monday, April 17. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: What's This Week's Gossip?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 26, 2016

At long last, Music City Confidential is back to help you get caught back on the talk of the town - all the news that's fit to print about the Nashville theater community - and to immerse you in the minutiae of life in Theater City (a term we've been trying to copyright since we were in junior high with Thespis, Aristophanes and Martha Wilkinson). (more...)

BWW Review: SuperMAS Leaps Tall Buildings
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 20, 2016

Oh, for the love of God, we get it, we get it: The superwomen – who might best be described as the superheroines of Nashville's theaterati and assorted non-stagey types – of SuperMAS love each other, admire each other's mad musical theater skills and get along as well as a bunch of Canadians trying to out-courteous one another! But just imagine how much fun it would be if the quintet of superior performers could somehow show us the seamy underbelly of their interactions and artistic collaborations, exposing us to the histrionics of the Real Housewives reality of their relationships…complete with overturned tables, repeated air kisses and trips to faraway lands where they redefine the term “ugly Americans.” (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/18/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 18, 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. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/11/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 11, 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. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/4/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 4, 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. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/28/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 28, 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. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/21/16: Spring is Here!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 21, 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. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/14/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 14, 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 notebooks, datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/7/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 7, 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. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 2/29/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 29, 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. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/22/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 22, 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. (more...)

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