Black Violin is bringing their Classical Boom Tour to War Memorial Auditorium

Black Violin has announced their US Classical Boom Tour, which is coming to War Memorial Auditorium on April 26. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. After serving as the house band for the ESPN’s hosted 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, the network recently selected Black Violin’s track “Stereotypes” to promote the upcoming…

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Legendary blues artist Robert Cray to play James K. Polk Theater Feb. 27

Legendary guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray will perform at TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 27. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray grew up in the Northwest listening to everything from Five Blind Boys of Mississippi to Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles. Cray brought these influences into play…

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Nashville Ballet Celebrates 10 Years of “Nashville’s Nutcracker” December 2-23

Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23, 2017, at Andrew Jackson Hall with all-new magical elements to mark the occasion! Since its world premiere in 2008, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s original spin on the classic has cemented its place as one of Music City’s most beloved holiday traditions.   Nashville Ballet premiered…

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Date of the 10th Annual Jimmy Awards Announced

The National High School  Musical Theatre Awards will take place on Monday, June 25 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. High school students from across the country will compete for the coveted Jimmy® Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress at the 10th annual presentation. The talent showcase will feature dynamic ensemble and solo performances. In…

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‘The Illusionists – Live from Broadway’ bring their dazzling theatrical magic show to Nashville

On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, The Illusionists – Live from Broadway comes to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a limited three-day engagement Feb. 16 – 18, 2018. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 17 at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at…

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Five Metro schools join TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools community

We’re pleased to announce that five new schools have been selected to participate in the 2017-18 Disney Musicals in Schools program! The program is an initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in economically disadvantaged elementary schools.

The newly selected schools are Alex Green Elementary School, Glencliff Elementary School, Shayne Elementary School, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, and Tusculum Elementary Elementary School. This is the seventh year of partnership between Disney’s Theatrical Productions, Metro Nashville Public Schools and TPAC’s education program.

The selected schools will begin a 17-week musical theater residency in January. Each school will receive performance rights, education support materials and guidance from two teaching artists. The program features a professional development focus, through which participating school teachers partner with TPAC teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, culminating in their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to the experience, TPAC will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on the stage of Andrew Jackson Hall for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to make tour stop in Nashville Mar. 14, 2018

The gifted dancers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will inspire audiences in exciting premieres, new productions, and Alvin Ailey’s must-see American Masterpiece Revelations during a special one-evening engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Mar. 14, 2018.   Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040,…

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Lincoln Theater Production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King & I’ premieres in Nashville Jan. 30 – Feb. 4

Winner of four 2015 Tony Awards®, including Best Revival of a Musical, the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I makes its Nashville premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall with a one-week engagement Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2018. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org,…

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Q&A with “An American in Paris” star McGee Maddox

We chatted with McGee Maddox who plays Jerry Mulligan in “An American in Paris” coming to Nashville October 31-November 5,

 

Q: What drew you to musical theater, more specifically “An American in Paris”?

A: I have always looked for ways to expand my skills as a performing artist and musical theater seemed like a natural next step for me coming from a purely dance background. Knowing that Chris Wheeldon was at the helm of “An American in Paris” made this show and venture most appealing.

Q: What has been the most challenging part of transitioning from ballet to musical theater?

A: The performance schedule. As a principal ballet dancer I might perform two maybe three times a week. With this show I’m onstage 6 nights a week.

 

Q: What can audiences expect when coming to see the show?

A: The most talented group of singers, actors and dancers in the country.

 

Q: Do you see any similarities between yourself and Jerry Mulligan?

A: We are both artists. We look for the beauty in all things.

 

Q: What have you done to make the role your own?

A: I can’t tell you all of my secrets.

 

Q: What do you hope audiences take away from the performance?

A: The joy and love that our company bring to the stage night after night to tell this story.

 

Tickets for “An American in Paris” presented by Bank of America are on sale now at TPAC.ORG, in person at the box office or by calling 615-782-4040.