Broadway’s ‘An American in Paris’ plays Nashville Oct. 31- Nov. 5

An American in Paris

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most-awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, brings its first national tour to Nashville with a one-week engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall Oct. 31 – Nov. 5.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opened in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” ‘’S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”

“A Gershwin classic with beautiful choreography and gorgeous dancing, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a love letter to musical theatre. This stunning and award-winning production transports the audience to Paris, where the romance and magic of Paris combines with the music of George and Ira Gershwin for an unforgettable experience.” -Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC President and CEO

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

The creative team also is comprised of Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director and associate choreographer); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer and resident director).

The producing team includes Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.

For more information, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

If You Go:

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2017

Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the third production featured in the 2017-18 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season and is presented locally by Bank of America. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. The Broadway season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsors for the season include NewsChannel 5 and The Tennessean. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact Lori Ward at LWard@TPAC.org or 615-782-4077.

TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

 

 

 

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage’

Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang on their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas when A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage presented by Hiller stops in Nashville this holiday season for a one-night-only performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Dec. 8, 2017.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by a three-piece ensemble, and stays faithful to Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join the Peanuts characters in a caroling sing-along, and discover the magic of the season for themselves.

Based on the popular Peanuts comic strip, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson became a holiday viewing tradition after it first aired in 1965. It was adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer, by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

If You Go:

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

Dec. 8, 2017

8 p.m.

Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Over three decades, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

 

 

 

 

Tony Award-winning Best Musical ‘Fun Home’ premieres at TPAC Oct. 10-15

Fun Home

Fun Home, the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical based on Alison Bechdel’s hit graphic memoir, makes its Nashville debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall with a one-week engagement Oct. 10-15.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

Fun Home introduces us to Bechdel at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Fun Home was the event of the 2015 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way as the first show written exclusively by women to win theater’s highest achievement. It was named to several major Top 10 lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, The Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.

An uplifting musical drama of rare intensity, honesty and beauty. Fun Home speaks universally about BIG THINGS THAT MATTER: LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, SURVIVING. It’s unconventional, to be sure, and musical theatre is better for it. – New York Daily News

The Broadway production of Fun Home opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre on April 19, 2015, and ran through Sept. 10, 2016. Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, who staged both the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Fun Home, restaged the national tour.

Robert Petkoff (Broadway’s Ragtime, All the Way, Anything Goes) will play Bruce, Susan Moniz (Broadway’s Grease, Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) will play Helen and Kate Shindle (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, Cabaret) will play Alison.

Fun Home features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. With this win, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori also made history by becoming the first female writing team to be awarded the Tony Award for Best Score.

Fun Home is a ground-breaking and unforgettable new musical that is bound to be a contemporary classic, says Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori have crafted a truly moving and deeply honest portrayal of Alison Bechdel’s story in a piece of art that should resonate with audiences. They peel back the layers of complexity for this family and portray their raw emotion in a way that is rarely seen in the theater.”

Fun Home also was nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Ben Stanton) and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy). The creative team includes Danny Mefford (Choreography), Kai Harada (Sound Design), David Zinn (Costume Design) and Chris Fenwick (Music Direction).

The Grammy-nominated original Broadway cast recording of Fun Home is now available on PS Classics, www.psclassics.com.

For more information on Fun Home, visit www.funhomemusical.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


If You Go:
Fun Home
Oct. 10-15, 2017
Andrew Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St.

Tickets:
TPAC.org
615-782-4040

Fun Home is the second production featured in the 2017-18 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season. Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The Broadway season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsors for the season include NewsChannel 5 and The Tennessean. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact Lori Ward at LWard@TPAC.org or 615-782-4077. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

Things between TPAC and Lipscomb are about to get “Nashie”

IMG_4294 - Cropped for SpotlightTPAC is adding a sixth arts in education program under the TPAC Education umbrella: a partnership with Lipscomb University’s College of Entertainment & the Arts to implement and expand the university’s Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, now nicknamed “The Nashies.”

The combining of forces is expected to apply new resources to the program and increases opportunities for musical theater to Middle Tennessee high schools. Created in 2012 to recognize excellence in local high school theater, the awards program allows students and teachers to submit their performances and productions for adjudication by members of the local theater community, receive valuable feedback, and compete for a variety of awards.

Over 600 students from 18 schools participated last year. Now in its fourth year, the successful program is expected to grow in scope and impact with the help of TPAC Education staff, additional resources, and the center’s connections to the Broadway industry.

“We founded the program to honor students doing innovative work and foster a spirit of creative collaboration among students, teachers, and the arts community,” said Mike Fernandez, Dean of Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment & the Arts. “I’m thrilled the program has grown so much in such a short time with close to 20 area schools participating last year. Now, with TPAC as a partner, we hope to double that number. I believe that fostering and encouraging the arts in our schools is key to a thriving city like Nashville, so the more who have the opportunity to participate, the better.”

From October to April, evaluators including Lipscomb faculty, TPAC staff, and Nashville area theater professionals will attend performances and write evaluations with feedback for future improvement. In May 2017, the program will culminate on the Lipscomb campus with a full day of workshops on subjects like improv acting, dance, audition techniques, and more. That evening — May 13, 2017 — TPAC will host a Tony Awards-style ceremony, “The Nashies,” in Andrew Jackson Hall, where the top 20 schools will perform, Lipscomb will award $2,500 scholarships for two outstanding students, and students will be honored with a variety of additional awards.

Though TPAC will be involved throughout the year, one of the center’s most significant contributions is its connection to The Broadway League, which will allow the two students receiving the Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor awards to travel to New York in June and participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as The Jimmy Awards. Named in honor of legendary Broadway theater owner and producer, James M. Nederlander, the 10-day program celebrates the most talented high school actors from across the nation.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Lipscomb University’s College of Entertainment & the Arts on the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, and we’re excited to contribute to growing this important cultivation of local talent,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “Whether they involve young performers taking their first steps on stage in a recital or Broadway stars returning to dazzle us in a touring Broadway production, we delight in those signature moments on TPAC stages when we celebrate the creative abilities honed right here in Music City. We can’t wait to see what new moments these future stars of the stage will bring.”

Early Bird Registration for the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards is open. Registration is $210 until Sept. 30, 2016, $250 until Nov. 30, 2016, and $290 until Jan. 30, 2017. The price includes three adjudicator visits to the school production, feedback from adjudicators, workshops at Lipscomb on May 13, and seats at The Nashies at TPAC on May 13, 2017. Click here to register. For more information or to see if a school is within the judging radius for Middle Tennessee, please email NashvilleMTA@Lipscomb.edu or call 615-966-7111.