BWW Review: World Premiere of AUNTIE CLAUS at Nashville Children's Theatre is the Perfect Holiday Gift BWW Review: World Premiere of AUNTIE CLAUS at Nashville Children's Theatre is the Perfect Holiday Gift
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 4, 2019

Since arriving in our midst in early 2017, Ernie Nolan justifiably has gained a reputation as an innovator, a creative genius (Hyperbole? The answer is a resounding a?oeno,a?? judging from his artistic achievements of the past two-plus years) and a master of challenging the status quo. As executive artistic director at Nashville Children's Theatre a?" one of the leading theater companies in America, dedicated to serving young audiences through challenging, elucidating offerings certain to appeal to their varied sensibilities a?" he's given us a plethora of productions that have been both unexpected and exhilarating, elevating the local theater scene immeasurably in the process. (more...)

First Night's Top Ten of 2018 Announced in Nashville Tonight First 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...)

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 1, 2018 SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 1, 2018
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 1, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for October 1, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year... (more...)

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for September 23 SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for September 23
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 23, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar to help you plot your course... (more...)

BWW Review: Life Springs Eternal in Nashville Children's Theatre's TUCK EVERLASTING BWW Review: Life Springs Eternal in Nashville Children's Theatre's TUCK EVERLASTING
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 19, 2018

Ernie Nolan and his stellar crew of theatrical collaborators at Nashville Children's Theatre once again prove their mettle with a production worthy of adulation and acclaim, thanks to their world premiere of the TYA (theater for young audiences) version of the recent Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. Based on Natalie Babbitt's 1975 novel - long considered one of the finest works ever written expressly for young readers - Tuck Everlasting is a thing of beauty, whether onstage or on the page, and audiences unfamiliar with either the book or the play are in for an emotional, thought-provoking journey that reverberates long after the final bows ring down the show's curtain. (more...)

First Folio Theatre Presents World Premiere Musical SHREW'D! Under-the-Stars In July First Folio Theatre Presents World Premiere Musical SHREW'D! Under-the-Stars In July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018

Chicago's premier outdoor professional theatre, First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83), presents the world premiere of SHREW'D!, a new musical based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, adapted by Executive Director David Rice and Lydia Hiller, with music by Christopher Kriz and lyrics by Lydia Hiller and David Rice.  Directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller, SHREW'D! previews July 11-13, opens July 14 and runs through August 19, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Poignant and Compelling MOCKINGBIRD BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Poignant and Compelling MOCKINGBIRD
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 3, 2018

Poignant and compelling, Mockingbird - the play adapted for the stage by Julie Jensen from the National Book Award-winning novel for younger audiences by Katherine Erskine - is a remarkably timely and prescient look at the aftermath of a school shooting for the people most intimately affected by it, in particular an 11-year-old girl named Caitlin, who has Asperger's syndrome, and whose beloved older brother was a victim of the horrific incident that takes place (mercifully, for audiences) prior to the start of the play. (more...)

Grade Schooler With Asperger's Syndrome is Main Character in NCT's MOCKINGBIRD Grade Schooler With Asperger's Syndrome is Main Character in NCT's MOCKINGBIRD
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 17, 2018

Nashville Children's Theatre, the nation's oldest professional theatre for young audiences will perform Mockingbird from March 1-18. Based on the award-winning book, Mockingbird provides a look at how a parent and his daughter with Asperger's syndrome cope with a tragic loss due to a school shooting. (more...)

World Premiere of SCROOGE AND THE GHOSTLY SPIRITS Opens Next Month at Citadel Theatre World Premiere of SCROOGE AND THE GHOSTLY SPIRITS Opens Next Month at Citadel Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be presented from a new perspective when Citadel Theatre presents the world premiere of SCROOGE AND THE GHOSTLY SPIRITS - an entirely new musical adaptation by Chicago-based playwright and composer Douglas Post of the Dickens classic. (more...)

World Premiere of SCROOGE AND THE GHOSTLY SPIRITS Opens Next Month at Citadel Theatre World Premiere of SCROOGE AND THE GHOSTLY SPIRITS Opens Next Month at Citadel Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be presented from a new perspective when Citadel Theatre presents the world premiere of SCROOGE AND THE GHOSTLY SPIRITS - an entirely new musical adaptation by Chicago-based playwright and composer Douglas Post of the Dickens classic. (more...)

Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals Cast & Crew for 2017-18 Season Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals Cast & Crew for 2017-18 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 29, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre, the nation's oldest professional theatre for young audiences today announces full casting and creative teams for the 2017-2018 season, opening the theater's 87th season - its first with programming designed by new executive artistic director Ernie Nolan. (more...)

Two World Premieres Come to The Theatre School at DePaul University in May
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present two world premiere productions: Michael Jordan in Lilliput by Mickle Maher, and directed by Erica Weiss in the Sondra and Dennis Healy Theatre and Mrs. Phu's Cleansing Juices (and Also Salads) by Emily L. Witt, and directed by Krissy Vanderwarker on the Fullerton Stage. Michael Jordan in Lilliput opens on Friday, May 5, and runs through Sunday, May 14, 2017, with previews on May 3 and 4; Mrs. Phu's Cleansing Juices (and Also Salads) opens on Friday, May 19, and runs through Saturday, May 27, 2017, with previews on May 17 and 18. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

 First Folio Theatre presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as part of its annual outdoor Shakespeare Under the Stars series, which opened Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and runs through August 14, 2016. Shakespeare's magical story about the difficulties of love is directed by Hayley Rice and produced by David Rice, author ofThe Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and composer, adaptor and lyricist of Shakespeare's Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of First Folio Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2016

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as part of its annual outdoor Shakespeare Under the Stars series, opening tonight, July 9, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., and running through August 14, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Theatre School at DePaul University to Present PROSPERO'S STORM
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present the world premiere of Prospero's Storm, adapted and directed by Damon Kiely, with music and lyrics by Mark Elliott, based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, as the second installment of the 2015-16 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season. (more...)

The Theatre School at DePaul University Presents THE LADY FROM THE SEA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2015

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present The Lady From the Sea as the first production of the season in the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre at The Theatre School building, located at Racine and Fullerton on the Lincoln Park Campus. Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea is translated by Pam Gems and directed by Erin Kraft, MFA Directing candidate, Class of 2017. The production premieres on Friday, October 23, and runs through Sunday, November 1, 2015. (more...)

Midwest New Musicals Presents THE LAST STORYTELLER Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

Midwest New Musicals continues Words and Music, a concert reading series of original musicals, with THE LAST STORYTELLER, book and lyrics by Caroline Lee and Christina Biggs, music by Margaret James, tonight, December 17, at 7:30 pm, at the Light Opera Works Second Stage, 1420 Maple (at Lake) in Evanston. Tickets are $15, available at Light Opera Works box office: (847) 920-5360, or at the door. (more...)

Midwest New Musicals Presents THE LAST STORYTELLER, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2012

Midwest New Musicals continues Words and Music, a concert reading series of original musicals, with THE LAST STORYTELLER, book and lyrics by Caroline Lee and Christina Biggs, music by Margaret James, on Monday, December 17, at 7:30 pm, at the Light Opera Works Second Stage, 1420 Maple (at Lake) in Evanston. Tickets are $15, available at Light Opera Works box office: (847) 920-5360, or at the door. (more...)