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THE DORIAN COREY STORY to be Presented at the Gene Frankel Theatre Photo THE DORIAN COREY STORY to be Presented at the Gene Frankel Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 20, 2021

This is the true story of Dorian Corey and a few of the colorful characters she called family. The play is a surreal murder mystery with a comedic twist! In the end the audience will learn the true meaning of loyalty as they take a nostalgic peak into this fabulous world.

BWW Review: ANNIE Is Looking Swell and Spiffy in Sparkling Chaffin's Barn Revival Photo BWW Review: ANNIE Is Looking Swell and Spiffy in Sparkling Chaffin's Barn Revival
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 22, 2019

If there is a more perfect pooch to portray Annie's Sandy than Rufus Stewart, then his humans should produce said canine for an upcoming production of the beloved Broadway musical post-haste. Until such time as that occurs, we are simply going to claim Rufus as the quintessential canine co-star for any number of red-headed moppets singing about "Tomorrow" while palling around with FDR, Frances Perkins, Harold Ickes and others of their political ilk.

BWW Review: GOD'S FAVORITE at Chaffin's Barn is Funny, Irreverent and Sincere Photo BWW Review: GOD'S FAVORITE at Chaffin's Barn is Funny, Irreverent and Sincere
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 21, 2019

American playwright Neil Simon's prolific and wide-ranging contributions to theater range from the sublime (The Odd Couple and Rumors) to the ridiculous (Fools), with God's Favorite - now onstage through tomorrow - falling somewhere in the middle. While it's not one of the master craftsman's best scripts, it nonetheless is certain to provoke thought and when performed by a talented cast of actors, like it is in its current iteration at The Barn, it is certain to entertain and to evoke an emotional response.

CRITIC'S CHOICE: The Shows and Theater Events To Liven Up Your Weekend Plans Photo CRITIC'S CHOICE: The Shows and Theater Events To Liven Up Your Weekend Plans
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 9, 2019

It's another busy weekend in Nashville - but when is Music City not packed with events, festivals, affairs? - and we're back with our Critic's Choice recommendations to have you cut through the theatrical flotsam and jetsam and find a cultural opening that's a good fit for your harried lifestyle. Nashville Opera opens its staging of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock at Noah Liff Opera Center, Way Off Broadway Productions unveils its version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Music Valley Event Center, Street Theatre Company invites you to the see their staging of Lynn Nottage's Sweat at their new venue on Elm Hill Pike and Nashville Rep continues its celebration of 10 years of The Ingram New Works Festival at Nashville Children's Theatre.

BWW Review: Chaffin's Barn's Timely and Timeless LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Photo BWW Review: Chaffin's Barn's Timely and Timeless LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 27, 2019

As the magical floating stage descends from the upper recesses of Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, anticipation grows and attention is directed to the half dozen actors seated upon the stage, their chairs as unique as the performers themselves. Gathered together by director Joy Tilley Perryman, the dozen actors who will be seen and heard in the company's performance of Listen to Your Mother, a collection of monologues on the subject of parenthood and the myriad relationships to be found among parents and children, were each cast for his or her particular strengths, whether it's their ability to tell a story or to engage an audience.

Mama Knows Best: Talking with CJ Walton & Scott Stewart from LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER at Photo Mama Knows Best: Talking with CJ Walton & Scott Stewart from LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 23, 2019

Members from the Chaffin's Barn's cast of Listen To Your Mother will tell us about their own moms and their lessons learned. Today's interview subjects are Chandra J. Walton (but you can call her CJ) and Scott Stewart, who join their castmates for the show at the theater, located at 8204 Highway 100 in Nashville. For ticket information or reservations, call (615) 646-9977 or go to www.chaffinsbarntheatre.com.

BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Proves a Worthy Debut for Humanity Theatre Project Photo BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Proves a Worthy Debut for Humanity Theatre Project
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 11, 2019

Sweat - Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play - is one of the most trenchant and evocative contemporary dramas to come down the theatrical turnpike since the advent of the so-called Trump Era and, as presented by Humanity Theatre Project (in its first-ever full production of its two years of existence), is one of the most compelling plays to be presented in recent memory. Focusing on the down-at-heels habitues of a working class neighborhood tavern in Reading, Pennsylvania at the turn of this century, the story told by the brilliant and prolific Ms. Nottage is universal, its topicality as potent today as it was when the play first debuted at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015.

Humanity Theatre Project Stages Pulitzer Prize-Winning SWEAT March 8-16 at Darkhorse  Photo Humanity Theatre Project Stages Pulitzer Prize-Winning SWEAT March 8-16 at Darkhorse Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 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.

Humanity Theatre Project Stages Pulitzer Prize-Winning SWEAT March 8-16 at Darkhorse  Photo Humanity 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.

BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL Steals Hearts at Old National Photo BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL Steals Hearts at Old National Centre
by The Marriage Matinee - Nov 28, 2018

Many of us are sure to feel a surge of nostalgia as we recall the days when Dr. Seuss' beloved children's books graced our shelves. But nothing quite evokes that feeling as much as DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL.

Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony To Perform All-American Concert 'Coast To Coast!' At Stra Photo Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony To Perform All-American Concert 'Coast To Coast!' At Strathmore Arts Center
by Stephi Wild - May 15, 2018

The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS), the premier honor wind ensemble for high school youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area, will perform a special concert on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md.

Freeform Developing Drama Series AUGS from Anonymous Content & Scott Stewart Photo Freeform Developing Drama Series AUGS from Anonymous Content & Scott Stewart
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 19, 2018

The network is developing the hour-long drama AUGS, created and directed by Scott Stewart (Blumhouse's Dark Skies ).

Donald And Donna Baumgartner Make $1.5 Million Gift To The Florentine Opera Photo Donald And Donna Baumgartner Make $1.5 Million Gift To The Florentine Opera
by Stephi Wild - Nov 27, 2017

Donald and Donna Baumgartner, long-time donors and champions of the arts in Milwaukee, have made a $1.5 million gift to the Florentine Opera Company. This gift will support the Company's nationally recognized Studio Artist program, which is in its tenth season. Moving forward, it will be named The Donald and Donna Baumgartner Studio Artist Program, in recognition of their generosity.

BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN's Sentimental Journey at Chaffin's Barn Photo BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN's Sentimental Journey at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 8, 2017

Theater's power to transform and transport is astonishing and the capability of artists to create a sense of time and place, with words and music and theatrical wizardry to lend a tangible feeling to the experience can leave you breathless. Who'd have ever thought that such thrilling artistry, the very magic of make believe, could be so vividly expressed, so awesomely felt in two hours spent in a backwoods Southern church on a Saturday night in 1938? But that's exactly what happens in Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's evocative, down-home musical that lovingly takes its audiences back home again in ways not even Thomas Wolfe may ever have imagined.

BWW Review: The Barn's Southern-fried and bred SEEING STARS IN DIXIE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2017

Featuring a quintet of charming and engaging players, under the deft and focused direction of Everett Tarlton, Seeing Stars in Dixie (which winds up a month-long run at The Barn this coming Sunday, March 19) is the kind of laugh-out-loud funny that only comes from the heart, as it relates the story of a group of people in Natchez, Mississippi, circa 1956, who are caught up in all the hoopla and hullabaloo of a movie, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, being made right over yonder. It's based in fact: Taylor, Clift, Lee Marvin, Eva Marie Saint and all the accompanying Hollywood types came to Natchez to film Raintree County, a Southern gothic tale that transformed the sleepy, small town into a veritable beehive of Tinsel Town talk and celebrity hijinks.

FRIDAY 5 (+1) On Wednesday: SEEING STARS IN DIXIE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 15, 2017

The 2017 season continues at Nashville's historic and iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre with Ron Osborne's Seeing Stars in Dixie, an affectionate comedy set in a small Southern town in 1956, where the film Raintree County - starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, no less - is being shot!

Act Too Pro's WILLY WONKA Opens Tuesday Night at Franklin Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 15, 2016

2013 First Night Honoree Jamey Green leads the cast of Act Too Pro's production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, opening Tuesday night, October 18, at the historic Franklin Theatre. Running through October 23, Willy Wonka follows the critically acclaimed Act Too Pro debut production of Mary Poppins, which played to capacity crowds in 2015.

Freeform Begins Production on Original Drama Pilot THE DEEP (WT)
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 6, 2016

Production began this week in Vancouver on Freeform's latest drama pilot THE DEEP(working title).

Josh Stamberg Rounds Out Cast of Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER at Long Wharf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Just announced, Josh Stamberg will join the cast of Long Wharf Theatre's world premiere production of Meteor Shower by Steve Martin, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.

BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Raises the Roof
by Marietta Lunceford - Aug 6, 2016

Central Alabama Theatre has a new home, at Steeple Arts Academy in the Crestline Village area of Mountain Brook. The space actually helped to inspire the first show there- SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. With its church pews and the pitched ceiling, the building actually becomes part of the pretty, well built set. I am not sure if there are any tickets left, the theatre was filled to overflowing last night. And rightly so- it was a great night of fun. I was actually disappointed when the show ended, I would have loved more stories and more music from this outstanding cast. Go to www.centralalabamatheatre.org or call 888-870-2477.  SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN runs this weekend and next, August 5-7 and 12-14.

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