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Mountain Play presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and 50th Anniversary Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

 The Mountain Play Association, the San Francisco Bay Area's most magical outdoor theater experience, will present the timeless classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast directed by Jay Manley for their 104th season. Based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells the story of a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will take place every Sunday from May 21 to June 18, 2017. (more...)

SHREK THE MUSICAL Debuts at Beef & Boards Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Everyone's favorite ogre takes the stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre for the first time May 18 in Shrek, The Musical. The hilarious, Tony Award-winning stage production based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film runs through July 2. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 31, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! According to the non-clock thing hanging on the wall - what's it called? Oh, yeah, a calendar (yeah, like we'd ever allow a calendar to hang on any wall under our control - today is May 31, 2017! It's another day to allow yourself to live life dramatically and to gain ownership of your own schedule for the rest of the week so you can be certain to get to the theater. Yesterday, in our never-ending quest to enlist all of you to write our daily column for us, we posted TODAY'S QUERY on Facebook, asking our gentle readers to weigh in or whether or not 'dressing for the theater' is de rigueur or is it more of a 'come as you are' nature. Little did we know that such a question could engender such passionate responses and we daresay rather passionate defenses of the wear-whatever-the-hell-you-want school of thought. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR 5/31/17
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR 5/26/17
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 25, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 24, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 24, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Wednesday, May 24, 2017! How do we know this, you might ask? Well, we spent last evening at TPAC'S Andrew Jackson Hall, soaking up every possible bit of Carole King: The Beautiful Musical - wait, it's the other way around - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and despite the earworm known as 'One Fine Day,' we are still floating on the inspiration and memories of opening night. (more...)

The Mountain Play presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

The Mountain Play Association, the San Francisco Bay Area's most magical outdoor theater experience, will present the timeless classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast directed by Jay Manley for their 104th season. Based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells the story of a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will take place every Sunday from May 21 to June 18, 2017. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Unveils 24th Year of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 17, 2017

Smoke On the Mountain, the ever popular bluegrass/gospel musical, kicks off its 24th year at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse, on Friday, June 2, as director Weslie Webster welcomes two new members to the famed Sanders Family Singers. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 17, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 17, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's May 17, 2017, and summer - or a reasonable facsimile thereof - has arrived in Nashville, with temperatures already climbing toward the 90s! When prompts the musical question: What's on your agenda for the summer of 2017? Anything we should know about and, more importantly, write about? (more...)

Six New Shows Just Booked at the King Center!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Six new shows have just been announced at the King Center! See the full schedule below! (more...)

BWW Previews: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Brings Honesty, Humor and Music to Mill Town Players
by Neil Shurley - May 14, 2017

With all the challenging and often negative things we have to deal with in today's world, this show offers an escape to a simpler time. (more...)

Alan Palmer and Andrew Orbison Star in FINAL, FINAL FAREWELL TOUR OF DICK AND DELORES DELRUBIO
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Palmer Productions and The Most Innocently Inappropriate Couple That Never Was Presents the new world-renowned musical, 'The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick & Delores DelRubio,' starring Alan Palmer and Andrew Orbison. (more...)

THE FINAL, FINAL FAREWELL TOUR OF DICK & DELORES DELRUBIO to Hit 17 Cities
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Palmer Productions and The Most Innocently Inappropriate Couple That Never Was Presents the new world-renowned musical, 'The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick & Delores DelRubio,' starring Alan Palmer and Andrew Orbison. (more...)

Connecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Connecticut premiere of Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical opens this weekend at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in Washington, D.C. and New York City, including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  Performances being Thursday, May 11, Official Opening is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 9, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 9, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Welcome to Friday, June 9, 2017 - we're awfully glad to have you here! It's a big weekend in Nashville, maybe the biggest ever, thanks to the perfect storm of events and celebrations all across the region. It's CMA Music Festival weekend, Bonnaroo is pulsating some miles down the road (taking most of the attendees through Music City on their way to Manchester) and the Nashville Predators take on a team from Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final's sixth game on Sunday night at Bridgestone Arena. (more...)

Bluebird Cafe Kicks Off 35th Anniversary Year
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

The iconic Bluebird Cafe is turning 35, and June kicks off a year of celebration with special performances, appearances, other milestones and acknowledgements. The 90-seat music venue, known for originating the songwriter 'In The Round' concept, will be the epicenter for events at the club and across the country over the next 12 months. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for June 7
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 6, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 6, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 6, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - and we know what you're thinking: Where the hell was my favorite early morning theater news and gossip yesterday? Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to raise ourselves up from the bed and make our way to our desk in order to start writing. After a particularly challenging weekend, we were a bit under the weather and, truth be told, exhausted. We offer our abject apologies and request your indulgences, although we were just as disappointed as we hope you were because we were unable to live life dramatically with any sense of style on Monday. (more...)

LIFE COULD BE A DREAM to Bring '60s Doo-Wop to Millbrook Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David E. Leidholdt, are thrilled to launch their 54th season with the premier of a new musical from the writer of the smash-hit sensation, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be a Dream written by Roger Bean, opening June 9, 2017 on the Ryan Main Stage. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for June 29, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 29, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Scoop: 20/20 IN AN INSTANT on ABC - Saturday, July 8, 2017
by - Jun 26, 2017

Get all the scoop on 20/20 IN AN INSTANT, airing on ABC on Saturday, July 8, 2017! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for June 21, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 21, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Scoop: IN AN INSTANT - 20/20 on ABC - Saturday, July 1, 2017
by - Jun 20, 2017

Get all the scoop on IN AN INSTANT - 20/20, airing on ABC on Saturday, July 1, 2017! (more...)

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"... (more...)

Sally Field to Discuss Storied Career, Tennessee Williams and More in Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Producer Rick Murray has added award-winning actress Sally Field to the star-studded lineup of the 2017 Cabaret Series. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for June 14, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 14, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

CCP Ushers in Summer '17 With Revival of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 10, 2017

Cumberland County Playhouse officially launches summer in Crossville on June 16, with a spectacular new production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film like "Be Our Guest," and the beloved title song, plus a few new songs written especially for the Broadway musical. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 1, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Thursday, June 1, 2017 - or, as we like to call it #TheaterThursday, 'June is busting out all over…' as a song from Carousel reminds us, and there's no better way to kick off a new month than by planning our theater outings for the weekend! Tomorrow night at Cumberland County Playhouse, the company, cast and crew unveil the 2017 model of Smoke On the Mountain, which marks the 24th year of the musical playing in Crossville. Weslie Webster directs and her cast includes Daniel W. Black and Lauren Marshall as Sanders family father and mother Burl and Vera. (more...)

SISTER ACT Set to Take Over Mainstage at Cumberland County Playhouse 7/21
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 8, 2017

Sister Act - the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has proven to be a hit with audiences all across Tennessee - will open at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse on July 21, running through September 8. (more...)

Photo Flash: RING OF FIRE Opens Tonight at Beef & Boards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents for the first time Ring of Fire, a unique musical inspired by the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash, no won stage through Aug. 13. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for July 5, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 5, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Scoop: 20/20 IN AN INSTANT on ABC - Saturday, August 19, 2017
by - Jul 31, 2017

Get all the scoop on 20/20 IN AN INSTANT, airing on ABC on Saturday, August 19, 2017! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for July 27, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 27, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Nat Geo's DIAN FOSSEY: SECRETS IN THE MIST, ft. Sigourney Weaver, Now In Production
by TV News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

DIAN FOSSEY: SECRETS IN THE MIST is currently in production and will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages later in 2017. (more...)

Kuinka's 'Warsaw' Video Premieres at NPR Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Kuinka is very pleased to announce that the new video for album standout “Warsaw” from their new EP Stay Up Late (out now) has premiered at NPR. The band is currently touring the country in support of the release (dates below.) Grab your tin foil hat and head over to “Warsaw (more...)

Courtney Love and Todd Almond at Provincetown's Crown & Anchor, 8/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

On August 5 at 7:00 p.m., producer Rick Murray will present one of the most influential figures in contemporary popular culture, rock legend and actress Courtney Love, who will sit down with Kevin Sessums for an intimate evening of conversation and performance.  Love will be joined by her collaborator and friend, composer Todd Almond, with whom she shares a unique artistic alchemy.  (more...)

Central Alabama Theater to Transform Steeple Arts Academy Into Jersey Shore Boardwalk Circa 1964 with THE BIKINIS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

Birmingham's newest non-profit theatre company, Central Alabama Theater (CAT) opens their latest production of THE BIKINIS, an Alabama Premier, at the Steeple Arts Academy in Crestline Village! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for July 19, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 19, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. (more...)

The Canebrake Players to Present SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

The Canebrake Players of Demopolis, AL present SMOKE On the Mountain, running July 28-31 at the Old School on Main theatre. (more...)

Sally Field Adds Second Show at the Crown & Anchor This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Due to overwhelming demand, Producer Rick Murray has added a second evening of conversation with award-winning actress Sally Field to the star-studded lineup of the 2017 Cabaret Series. (more...)

FST presents the Rolling World Premiere of DOUBLEWIDE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

FST concludes the Summer Mainstage season with the NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE  of Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood. This brand new work reveals the reality and comedy of blue collar family life and runs from August 2 through August 20 in the Gompertz Theatre. Tickets are available online at floridastudiotheatre.org or by calling the box office at 941-366-9000. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for July 12, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 12, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

BWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - Jul 10, 2017

The infamous 'Man in Black' certainly has the legions of fans that merit a musical about his life, but you don't have to be a big Johnny Cash fan to love Ring of Fire. The show, onstage now at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, walks audiences through his life song by song; starting with his childhood in Arkansas all the way through the Grand Ole Opry days and then his struggle with substance abuse. (more...)

Scoop: 20/20 IN AN INSTANT on ABC - Saturday, August 26, 2017
by - Aug 9, 2017

Get all the scoop on 20/20 IN AN INSTANT, airing on ABC on Saturday, August 26, 2017! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 9
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 9, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

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. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 3, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Brush Up Your Etiquette with MRS. MANNERLY'S MANNERS CLASS at the Millbrook Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, are excited to present the final production of Millbrook's summer season, Jeffrey Hatcher's, Mrs. Mannerly. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 18
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 16, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Branson's Falltastic Show Spree Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

From September 4 through September 11, 2017, Branson, Missouri's Falltastic Show Spree offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy ten of the top shows in Branson for one hundred and twenty-five dollars.  Sponsored by The League of Branson Theatre Owners & Show Producers (The Branson Show League), the Falltastic Show Spree passes are for sale only on-line at the official website ShowsInBranson.com. (more...)

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