Humanity Theatre Project Stages Pulitzer Prize-Winning SWEAT March 8-16 at Darkhorse TheaterHumanity Theatre Project Stages Pulitzer Prize-Winning SWEAT March 8-16 at Darkhorse Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 5, 2019

Some two years after its presence in the theater community was made know during One Night of Empathy, which brought together 14 separate theater companies, Nashville-based Humanity Theatre Project debuts its first full production March 8-16 with Lynn Nottage's Sweat at Darkhorse Theater. (more...)

Daniel DeVault Named Founding Artistic Director of The Humanity Theatre ProjectDaniel DeVault Named Founding Artistic Director of The Humanity Theatre Project
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 13, 2018

Daniel DeVault has been named founding artistic director for the Nashville-based Humanity Theatre Project. The Music City native will helm the organization as it moves toward is first full season of theater. A graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, DeVault holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatrical performance and design with a concentration in communications. He has since made his career as a theater professional in Middle Tennessee having worked with such companies as Nashville Repertory Theatre, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater, Circle Players, and Southern Stage Productions, among others. (more...)

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry To Speak At ONE NIGHT OF EMPATHY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 31, 2017

Nashville mayor Megan Barry and Metro Nashville Arts Commission executive director Jen Cole will be among the featured speakers at "One Night of Empathy," an event using theater as a catalyst for discussions about empathy, presented by The Humanity Project on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Z. Alexander Looby Theater in Nashville. (more...)

The Granada Theatre Film Series Presents SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

 The Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement is pleased to announce the next film in the "Movies That Matter with Hal Conklin" film series, Say Amen, Somebody, will screen on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00pm, accompanied by a special performance from the Inner Light Gospel Choir. Say Amen, Somebody is a compelling look at the colorful history of Gospel music in the United States, featuring real-life accounts from some of the earliest founders of this form of praise. (more...)

The Granada Theatre Film Series Presents SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY
by Movies News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

 The Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement is pleased to announce the next film in the "Movies That Matter with Hal Conklin" film series, Say Amen, Somebody, will screen on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00pm, accompanied by a special performance from the Inner Light Gospel Choir. Say Amen, Somebody is a compelling look at the colorful history of Gospel music in the United States, featuring real-life accounts from some of the earliest founders of this form of praise. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera 2016/2017 Season Update
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Houston Grand Opera will present four pinnacles of the operatic repertoire during the company's 2016-17 season, which also features the highly anticipated world premiere of It's a Wonderful Life by composer Jake Heggie with libretto by Gene Scheer, and much-loved comedies by Donizetti and Mozart. Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers will lead Gotterdammerung, the final installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, featuring a new generation of leading Wagnerians includingSimon O'Neill as Siegfried and Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde. HGO will bring back its popular production of Gounod's Faust, with the HGO debut of international star tenor Michael Fabiano in the title role partnered by Houston favorite Ana Maria Martinez as Marguerite, along with the role debut of prominent bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Mephistopheles. The company will celebrate the 30thanniversary of HGO's world premiere of John Adams's pivotal Nixon in China by presenting James Robinson's production, of which HGO is a co-producer, with HGO Studio alumnus Scott Hendricks as Richard Nixon and soprano Andriana Chuchman as his wife, Pat. Patrick Summers will conduct Verdi'sthrilling Requiem, which critics at the time termed "an opera in ecclesiastical robes," with soloists Angela Meade, soprano, in her HGO debut; Sasha Cooke, alto; Alexey Dolgov, tenor; and Peixin Chen, bass; and the HGO Orchestra and Chorus. HGO's 62nd season will open with a whimsical production of Donizetti's buoyant The Elixir of Love, featuring tenor Dimitri Pittas as Nemorino and HGO Studio alumna Nicole Heaston as Adina and led by the eminent English conductor Jane Glover, HGO's 2016-17 Lynn Wyatt Great Artist, in her first HGO appearance. Mozart's zany yet deeply emotive comedy TheAbduction from the Seraglio-featuring Russian coloratura soprano and HGO Studio alumna Albina Shagimuratova as Konstanze and leading American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Belmonte in HGO's inventive 2002 co-production-will close the main-stage season.   (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 6/22/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 22, 2015

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...)

Theatre Rhino to Present Hugh Whitemore's BREAKING THE CODE, Now thru 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere in this exclusive San Francisco production for a limited engagement - 15 performances only! The show plays tonight, March 4 - 21, 2015. (more...)

Theatre Rhino to Present Hugh Whitemore's BREAKING THE CODE, 3/4-21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere in this exclusive San Francisco production for a limited engagement - 15 performances only! The show plays March 4 - 21, 2015. (more...)

POLL: What's Your Favorite Martha Wilkinson Role?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 15, 2012

Martha Wilkinson, the nine-time First Night Award-winning actress (who's been singled out for honors by both The Tennessean and Nashville Scene, as well) who is one of the few actors in Nashville whose very name can lend starpower to the box office of any show she's in, is back onstage this weekend in Nashville Shakespeare Festival's World War II-era adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. So, in honor of Martha's role as "the ultimate diva of Nashville theater," we've come up with a poll, asking the $64,000 Question: What Martha Wilkinson role would you love to see her play onstage again? (more...)

Ben Folds, The Civil Wars to Pair With Nashville Ballet's Vasterling for Ballet Ball Performances
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 19, 2012

Ben Folds and The Civil Wars will collaborate with Nashville Ballet artistic director/CEO Paul Vasterling on a pair of original dances to be performed by the company's dancers during the upcoming Ballet Ball to be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Matt Chiorini Returns to 'Don the Elf Ears' in Tennessee Rep's SANTALAND DIARIES
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 16, 2011

Directed by David Alford (who first wore Crumpet the elf's turned-up slippers for Tennessee Rep) and starring audience favorite Matt Chiorini, who returns to Nashville to take on the festive mantle of the acerbic, take no prisoners, would-be actor and serious One Life to Live fan (wonder how he's doing in wake of the soap opera's demise), The Santaland Diaries opens Saturday night, November 19 at the Andrew Johnson Theatre at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and runs through December 3. (more...)

With 10 Shows Opening This Week, Nashville Audiences Have A Theaterpalooza In Store
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 27, 2011

Audiences in Nashville and Middle Tennessee will have a wealth of new offerings awaiting them at the theater this weekend, as companies throughout the region roll out the red carpet for the opening of no fewer than ten new productions. Ranging from the tried and true (Arthur Miller's All My Sons from Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Belmont University Theatre's Dancing at Lughnasa, Lakewood Village Theatre's A Few Good Men and Annie at Towne Centre Theatre) to edgier fare (like The Rocky Horror Show at Boiler Room Theatre and David Mamet's American Buffalo at ACT 1) and newer, less familiar works (Trying from Tennessee Women's Theater Project and the debuting Sideshow Fringe Festival, a new endeavor from Actors Bridge Ensemble that features all manner of new offerings, including a 48-hour playwriting competition from which I'll be tweeting live reviews while the shows happen on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m.), audiences have a full slate of offerings from which to choose this weekend. (more...)

Tennessee Rep Interns Go to GRACELAND for 2011 Showcase
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2011

For the 2011 Professional Intern Showcase at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the play selection is one that hits pretty close to home for a lot of Tennesseans: Ellen Byron's Graceland, a play about two women and their love of The King himself, Elvis Presley, and their sojourn to his legendary home in Memphis. (more...)

Harlem Stage Presents CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES 12/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2010

CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES- Presented in partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. (more...)

Harlem Stage Presents CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES 12/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2010

CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES- Presented in partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. (more...)

Harlem Stage Presents CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES 12/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2010

CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES- Presented in partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. (more...)

Harlem Stage Presents CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES 12/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2010

CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES- Presented in partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. (more...)

Harlem Stage Presents CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES 12/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2010

CRAIG HARRIS' GOD'S TROMBONES- Presented in partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. (more...)

NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM Announces June Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2010

The National Jazz Museum's June line-up includes discussions with musical artists Paquito D'Rivera and Craig Harris for Harlem Speaks; a talk with a living literary legend, Peter Straub, at Jazz for Curious Readers; and our adult education series, Jazz for Curious Listeners, features instrumentalists Jeremy Pelt, Nicholas Payton and Orrin Evans taking the reins of discourse on jazz in the 21st century. For more information visit http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/ (more...)

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