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VIDEO: Watch Highlights From THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME At Circle Players Theatre! Photo VIDEO: Watch Highlights From THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME At Circle Players Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME runs through November 12 at Circle Players Theatre! Watch highlights from the show in this video!

BWW Review: Circle Players' Sweeping and Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Photo BWW Review: Circle Players' Sweeping and Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 8, 2017

With a sense of the sweeping epic about it and a darkly romantic story to tell The Hunchback of Notre Dame ( a new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film ) offers an intriguing retelling of the story of Quasimodo, the hideously deformed and often reviled bellringer at Paris' Notre Dame cathedral, and Esmeralda, the fiery, passionate gypsy temptress with whom he becomes infatuated. Although set in the late 15th century, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, what with its themes of religious zealotry and bias and prejudice against an ethnic minority, remains eerily prescient and perhaps frighteningly contemporary given the tenor of the times in which we live.

Photo Flash: See The Cast of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME At Circle Players Theatre! Photo Photo Flash: See The Cast of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME At Circle Players Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME runs through November 12 at Circle Players Theatre! See photos of Tyler Evick as Quasimodo and Courtney Harkins as Esmerelda!

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 2, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 2, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI: Welcome to Friday, June 2, 2017! The weekend is upon us (thank you, very much) and we cannot conceive of a better way to live life dramatically than by catching a first night performance of a show? It's opening night for several new shows and we send out warm wishes of "break a leg"...

Jason Lewis Directs REEFER MADNESS To Close Out ACT 1's Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 25, 2017

Jason Lewis directs the regional premiere of Reefer Madness the Musical to close out ACT 1's 2016-17 season, opening June 9. A musical satire based on the 1936 cult film classic, Reefer Madness the Musical opened in Los Angeles in 1998. The book and lyrics were written by Kevin Murphy with music by Dan Studney.

BWW Review: ACT 1's Otherworldly ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 16, 2017

Make no bones about it: the mind and imagination of playwright Tony Kushner (whose Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is playing at Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre, in a new production of from ACT 1) is nothing like yours or mine or that guy sitting at the table by the window at your neighborhood Starbucks, tip-tap-typing away at his laptop in hopes of capturing lightning in a bottle with his words or that woman waxing philosophical about the current political climate in this country while recapping the latest happenings on her favorite TV series for some obscure website.

BIRDS IN CHURCH Is Revived, After A Fashion, By Rhubarb Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 28, 2012

Rhubarb Theater Company presents Birds in Church, a series of 14 vignettes written by New Yorker/former Catholic priest Joe Pintauro, selected from the playwright's larger 27-vignette collection Metropolitan Operas.

BWW Reviews: Last Act Theatre’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS Features Some Devilishly Good Performers
by Jeff Davis - Oct 12, 2012

It's now the Halloween season, and all over Austin, theaters are rolling out their spookiest tricks and treats. While Last Act Theatre's current production of DOCTOR FAUSTUS may not be the scariest or spookiest, it certainly is worth seeing for its brilliant direction and strong performances.

BWW Reviews: Keeton Theatre's LEGALLY BLONDE Is As Good As It Gets
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 17, 2012

Legally Blonde, the Musical is as tuneful and entertaining as any musical could ever hope to be, and while the story seems lighthearted and fun, there's a definite message to be found in Heather Hach's book and the music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Neil Benjamin. Under Adams' laser-sharp direction-that is filled with a lot of heart and her unerring attention to detail-The Keeton Theatre's cast offers up a production of the show that's as good as it gets.

Photo Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Gala Concert
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 2012

Theater people from throughout Tennessee gathered at Belmont University's Bill and Carole Troutt Theatre on Sunday night for the 2013 First Night Honors to pay tribute to a group of eight remarkable people who have made indelible marks on the theater scene throughout their storied careers. Hosted by Holly Shepherd and Joel Diggs, the gala evening honored the eight leading lights of Tennessee theater as they were recognized as members of the First Night Class of 2013 Honorees.

Photo Coverage: The 2013 Class of First Night Honorees
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 2012

Theater aficionados from throughout Tennessee gathered at Belmont University's Bill and Carole Troutt Theatre on Sunday night for the 2013 First Night Honors, paying tribute to a group of eight remarkable people who have made indelible marks on the theater scene throughout their storied careers. Hosted by Holly Shepherd and Joel Diggs, the gala evening honored the eight leading lights of Tennessee theater as they were recognized as members of the First Night Class of 2013 Honorees.

Photo Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Red (actually Orange) Carpet Arrivals
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 2012

Dressed to the nines-despite forecasts of thunderstorms and a tornado watch that hung over the region-theater people from throughout Tennessee gathered at Belmont University's Bill and Carole Troutt Theatre on Sunday night for the 2013 First Night Honors. Hosted by Holly Shepherd and Joel Diggs, the gala evening honored eight leading lights of Tennessee theater as they were recognized as members of the First Night Class of 2013 Honorees.

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from the 2011 First Night Honors
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 3, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: The 2012 First Night Honorees, Most Promising Actors and the First Night Star Award winners will be revealed on Monday, July 23, at the First Night Preview Party...details to follow.

BWW Reviews: How'd They Do That? Circle Players Delivers Fresh Take on HAIRSPRAY
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 11, 2012

Luckily (for me and for you, the rest of the audience who may or may not have seen the show in any of its multiple onstage incarnations), director Patrick Kramer, choreographer Kate Adams-Johnson and musical director Randy Craft have fashioned a rendition of Hairspray-that indomitable musical about one determined and ambitious Baltimore teenager in 1962-that fairly snaps, crackles and pops with its fresh delivery, its clever staging and the laudable and thoroughly committed performances of a cast of thousands.

BWW Reviews: Circle Players Makes Triumphant Return to TPAC Aboard TITANIC THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 6, 2012

Circle Players, one of the first resident companies at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, makes a triumphant return to that cultural edifice in downtown Nashville to mount its latest revival of Titanic the Musical just in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic.

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2012, Part 2
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2012

Named as First Night's Outstanding Musical of 2011 was Lipscomb University Theatre's production of Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Justin Boccitto. ACT 1's production of American Buffalo, directed by Ryan Williams, claimed top honors as First Night's Oustanding Play of 2011, and the national touring company's Memphis, the Musical, which played Andrew Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, was named as First Night's Outstanding Touring Production of 2011, besting productions of Spring Awakening, In The Heights, Wicked and Les Miserables.

Photo Coverage: Midwinter's First Night 2012
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2012

With a capacity crowd of 200 people on hand at The Keeton Theatre, First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis, who covers theater, opera and dance throughout Tennessee for BroadwayWorld.com, unveiled his choices via First Night's Top 11 of 2011, while the winners of the BroadwayWorld.com Nashville and Tennessee Theatre Awards were announced by co-hosts Britt Byrd, Jamie Free, Katherine Sandoval Taylor and Lar'Juanette Williams.

Voting Under Way for BroadwayWorld.com Nashville Theatre Awards
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 3, 2011

Voting is now under way for the second BroadwayWorld.com Nashville Theatre Awards and, for the first time, theater companies outside Nashville will be recognized with the BroadwayWorld.com Tennessee Theatre Awards.

BWW Reviews: Plodding WRITER'S BLOCK Debuts At Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 17, 2011

There's nobody who loves a tautly written thriller more than I - you know, the type of mystery where there's much conniving going on, one's baser desires are satiated, intelligence triumphs over the dull and commonplace. Unfortunately, despite having the requisite components, Writer's Block (the new play now onstage at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre) just doesn't measure up; it is neither thrilling nor is it tautly written.

Photo Coverage: First Night: The After-Party 2011
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 12, 2011

When the last performers had sung the final song and the late honoree had been feted, the crowds at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre for the presentation of First Night, the Nashville Theatre Honors' 2011 Gala Concert, headed downtown to Cummins Station for the After-Party at The Listening Room Cafe.

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