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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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.

 

Nashville Ballet Explores Lizzie Borden’s Infamous Murder Case this Halloween

Nashville Ballet will present a haunting double feature of original works just in time for Halloween—the long-awaited return of Lizzie Borden based on the infamous double murder and the world premiere of The Raven inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem—October 26-28, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden examines the real-life double murder case of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was famously accused, tried and acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother in a case that remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history.

“Because Lizzie Borden was acquitted and no one was ever charged for the murders, endless speculation still surrounds the case that makes it as fascinating as ever,” Vasterling said. “I have my own theories about what may have happened in the Borden household on the day of the murders, and leading up to it. This ballet explores the dark backstory and delves into the mind of Lizzie Borden—taking place in her memories—to show that there may be more to the story than meets the eye.”

Lizzie Borden has remained a fixture in American culture for more than a century as the subject of popular books, movies, television shows and even a well-known children’s rhyme (“Lizzie Borden took an ax…”). Nashville Ballet’s version was originally presented in 2006, and this time around will feature a newly commissioned score by English composer Philip Feeney along with updates to the choreography. Unique to this version, Vasterling explores the phenomenon of “shadow people,” ghostlike figures often attributed to the presence of the supernatural, who influence Lizzie Borden throughout the ballet.

Lizzie Borden will be complemented by the world premiere of Nashville Ballet company dancer Christopher Stuart’s The Raven. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, the ballet follows a mysterious raven that ultimately drives a heartbroken lover into madness. The brand-new work will feature a classical score by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Lizzie Borden with The Raven is presented by STF Events & Catering and Lightning 100. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at NashvilleBallet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at NashvilleBallet.com/Lizzie-Borden. Viewer discretion is advised; this production contains mature content.

About Nashville Ballet Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

Nashville Ballet Brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to TPAC September 23-24

  Nashville Ballet will open its performance season with one of the most beloved ballets of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, September 23-24, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The Sleeping Beauty features some of the most challenging classical choreography ever created, an iconic score performed live by the Nashville Symphony, and sets and costumes never before seen in Music City.…

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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.

 

 

 

Holiday dance hit ‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’ returns to Nashville

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater for one performance on Nov. 25.

Tickets for The Hip Hop Nutcracker 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.

The production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn-based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre. It was adapted to contemporary New York City by Mike Fitelson, executive director of United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo as well as an on-stage electric violinist. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and executive produced by Eva Price.

Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, once again will open the show with a short set before rapping the introduction to The Hip Hop Nutcracker.

For more information, visit http://hiphopnutcracker.com, or follow The Hip Hop Nutcracker online at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 If You Go:

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Nov. 25, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

About The Hip Hop Nutcracker Creative Team

Jennifer Weber:  Jennifer Weber is an award-winning director-choreographer whose career has spanned concert dance, commercial events, theatre and TV. A physical storyteller at heart, Weber brings projects to life with her unique sense of visual narrative. Weber is the founder and director of Brooklyn-based hip hop theatre company, Decadancetheatre (for which she was nominated for the “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award). Her concert dance work has toured across the U.S., U.K., Russia and France performing at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, The Everyman in Liverpool, New York City Center, Bumbershoot in Seattle, The Music Center, Los Angeles and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow.

Weber has choreographed immersive and staged events for brands including American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs, Hormel and CK2. She is currently the director for the tour of Lifetime’s Bring It Live! With Coach D and the Dancing Dolls.

As a choreographer, her theater credits include the U.S. Premier of Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm at Stageworks/Hudson, PBS’s Odd Squad Live TourJames Brown: Get On the Good Foot for The Apollo Theater/U.S. Tour (contributing choreographer with director Otis Sallid), Cruel Intentions The Musical, and Ars Nova’s upcoming immersive theater experience, KPOP (Fall 2017).

 

Eva Price: Eva Price is a Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts. She is a member of the Broadway League’s Board of Governors and was named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars. Current and notable productions include: Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards); On Your Feet! (The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan); Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival); Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking; The Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth); as well as several solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops, Kathy Griffin, Lewis Black, and Hershey Felder. Recent off-Broadway projects include the Drama Desk-nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company); Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning The Lion (Drama Desk winner, Off-West End winner for Best Musical); and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds.  International and Touring Credits include: The Hip Hop Nutcracker, featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow, Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred and Ginge(Directed/Choreographed by Tony Winner Warren Carlyle), as well as The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge; Ella, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald; ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical; Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical, Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Private Jokes, Public Places (London). For five years Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for ABCNEWS.COM. Upcoming: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.

Kurtis Blow: A hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow was 20 in 1979 when he became the first rapper to be signed by a major label. Mercury released Christmas Rappin, and it sold more than 400,000 copies, becoming an annual classic. Its gold follow-up, The Breaks, helped ignite an international Rap Attack. He released 10 albums in over 11 years: his full-length debut, Kurtis Blow; his second, Deuce, a Top 50 Pop album and a big hit across Europe; Party Time featuring a pioneering fusion of rap and gogo; and Ego Trip, including the hits “8 Million Stories,” “AJ” and “Basketball.” In 1985, he released America, featuring “If I Ruled the World,” a Top 5 hit on the Billboard R&B chart; Columbia/Sony recording artist Nas debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Album chart with a cover of the song in 1997. For more information, visit KurtisBlow.com.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the U.S. and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and it nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.

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.