Cast Revealed for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’

Casting has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, for the premiere Nashville engagement at TPAC.

Directly from the highly successful production of Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany, Gardar Thor Cortes will portray the man behind the mask, “The Phantom”, with Meghan Picerno as “Christine Daaé”, Karen Mason as “Madame Giry”, Sean Thompson as “Raoul”, Mary Michael Patterson as ‘Meg Giry’, and Casey Lyons and Jake Heston Miller sharing the role of “Gustave”.

The ensemble includes Chelsey Arce, Erin Chupinsky, Diana DiMarizo, Tyler Donahue, Yesy Garcia, Alyssa Giannetti, Michael Gillis, Tamar Greene, Natalia Lepore Hagan, Lauren Lukacek, Alyssa McAnany, Rachel Anne Moore, Bronson Norris Murphy, Dave Schoonover, Adam Soniak, Kelly Swint, Lucas John Thompson, Correy West, Arthur Wise, and Borris York.

Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Audiences will be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories.

The new touring production will reflect an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011.

Lloyd Webber said he knew about five minutes into seeing its first run-through that he and the new production team had achieved something special.

I have the great joy of being able to say that I think this production is probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.” -Andrew Lloyd Webber

In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, The Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan to the glistening and glorious world of Coney Island – not knowing what is in store for them.

Love Never Dies will be at TPAC June 19-24, 2018. Ticket sales will be listed on social media once announced.

‘Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus -LIVE!’

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus -LIVE!

The Off-Broadway hit Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on The New York Times #1 best-selling book of the same name returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Oct. 20, 2017.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 18, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom in a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up.

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! is more than just the book. After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars–Women are From Venus LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and will be playing to audiences around the United States and Canada throughout the year.

This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids.

When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. It’s a great recipe for a night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book. A delicious evening of entertainment.

Since being published in 1992, John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, exploring the differences between the sexes, has sold in excess of 50 million copies, been translated into 40 different languages and is one of the most recognizable titles in the world. Gray has written 17 books and became one of the most trusted relationship authors today, appearing on the national lecture circuit and on TV shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, and Larry King Live.

The producer, St. Louis based Emery Entertainment has produced or promoted thousands of events around the globe, including superstar attractions Blue Man Group, David Copperfield, and James Taylor.

The talented team assembled for this production continues with the award-winning playwright Eric Coble, direction by Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, and animation & video production by the talented animators at Bazillion Productions.

 

If You Go:

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!

Oct. 20, 2017

7:30 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

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

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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‘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.

 

 

 

 

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Mannheim Steamroller Comes to Nashville December 28

Mannheim Steamroller

America’s favorite holiday tradition, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, performs one night of holiday classics at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Dec. 28, 2017.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

The best-selling Christmas artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, founded and created by Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis, begins their annual Christmas tour on Nov. 13. The show, directed and co-produced by Davis with MagicSpace Entertainment, features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on the Billboard seasonal chart every year. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests, and is one of the longest-running tours in the music industry.

“Our first Christmas tour was 33 years ago in 1974 when we played in five cities,” says Davis. “Currently, we play an average of 75 cities each year, and it is a real privilege to continue sharing the holiday spirit through our performances.”

Along with the upcoming tour, PBS stations nationwide will be broadcasting “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” this year. The milestone special was filmed two years ago to mark the group’s 30-year anniversary of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking Fresh Aire compositions. This year’s tour includes many of the performances in the PBS special broadcast.

For more information about Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, visit http://www.mannheimsteamroller.com, or follow Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis online at Facebook and Twitter.

If You Go:

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis

Dec. 28, 2017

7:30 p.m.

TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller

From his longtime home in Omaha, Nebraska, Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, and the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 28 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1 selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. He also is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

 

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.

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.

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Miles and Erica Aubrey to lead workshops, host Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards on May 13

Miles and Erica Aubrey, a Nashville-based couple with a broad range of Broadway, TV, film, and music credits, will lead a full day of performance workshops and serve as celebrity co-hosts for the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, or “Spotlight Awards,” presented in partnership between the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and Lipscomb University on May 13.

Founded by Mike Fernandez, Dean of Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment & the Arts, to recognize excellence in local high school theatre, the awards program invites students and teachers to submit their performances and productions to be evaluated by members of the local theatre community, receive valuable feedback and compete for a variety of awards.

Now in its fourth year, the program has grown to include 30 high schools in Middle Tennessee, including: Pope John Paul II High School, Central Magnet School, St. Cecilia Academy, Hillsboro High School, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Davidson Academy, Station Camp High School, Brentwood High School, Goodpasture Christian School, Tullahoma High School, Wilson Central High School, Siegel High School, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville School of the Arts, Ravenwood High School, Oakland High School, Stewarts Creek High School, John Overton High School, Page High School, Hendersonville High School, Ensworth School, Monterey High School, Mount Pleasant High School, Franklin High School, Centennial High School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Father Ryan High School, Cane Ridge High School, Independence High School and Dickson County High School.

Students from these schools have been hard at work creating, rehearsing and performing their musical productions since October. A diverse group of adjudicators including Lipscomb faculty, TPAC staff and Nashville area theater professionals have attended performances and write evaluations with feedback for future improvement.

On May 13, the program will culminate on the Lipscomb campus with a full day of workshops, led by the Aubreys and others, on subjects like improv acting, dance, audition techniques, and more. That evening, TPAC will host the “Spotlight Awards,” a Tony Awards-style ceremony in Andrew Jackson Hall, where the top 10 schools will perform and students will be honored with a variety of awards. The ceremony will be available to the public with tickets on sale soon at TPAC.org.

“We are thrilled to have Miles and Erica Aubrey as our hosts this year. They bring a ton of professional and Broadway experience in musical theatre, vocal training, musicianship, and TV/film. One of the really great things about them is that they have followed their dreams and been successful both individually and together as a couple, and I think they will inspire the students in a way that they can see how to balance a career and family at the same time,” said Kari Smith, theater and dance instructor in Lipscomb University’s College of Entertainment & the Arts and director of the program. “Miles and Erica are multi-talented and have such incredible and inspiring resumes, but they are also so personable, down to earth, and encouraging. I believe the students are going to love working with them in the workshops, and I know we will all love seeing Miles and Erica perform together at the ceremony.”

This year, TPAC is bringing new resources and opportunities to the program, helping it to grow in scope and impact with the help of TPAC Education staff and its connections to the Broadway industry.

One of TPAC’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 and participate in The Jimmy Awards (www.JimmyAwards.com) on June 26, 2017. 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.

For more information, please email NashvilleMTA@Lipscomb.edu or call 615-966-7111.

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.

Miles Aubrey recently finished a nine-year run on Broadway as Norm Waxman in the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” directed by Des MacAnuff. Aubrey also was seen in Broadway’s “Ring of Fire,” directed by Richard Maltby Jr. Regional theater credits include numerous shows at North Shore Music Theater, Casa Manana, Goodspeed, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Charlotte Rep and Lyric Theater. Favorite roles include Dillard in “Foxfire,” the Prince in “Cinderella” and Hortensio in “Taming of the Shrew.” TV/film appearances include Charlie Calello in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “The Tonight Show,” The Tony Awards, “Live with Seth Meyers,” “Ellen,” and Comedy Central’s Onion News Network. During his years in NYC, Aubrey was cast in numerous readings and workshops, including “Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical,” produced by Gaylord Entertainment, and Broadway-bound musical “The Sting,” directed by Tony Award winning John Rando. Also an accomplished musician, Aubrey is currently on tour playing lead guitar for six-time Grammy nominee and Warner Brothers recording artist Brandy Clark. Aubrey has toured North America and the U.K., with several national television performances, and has over two dozen appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. He was also a guest artist at the prestigious All-Star Guitar Night in 2015. Numerous guitar companies professionally endorse Aubrey, including Fender, Taylor, Paul Reed Smith, and Kyser. His original music has been heard in productions at Nashville Repertory Theatre and North Shore Music Theater. A native Oklahoman, Aubrey studied at the University of Miami and SUNY Purchase.

 

Erica Aubrey holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in musical theatre from New York University. Aubrey spent the last decade working as a professional actress in New York. Most recently, she performed the role of Mrs. Newton in the Chicago-based Broadway tryout of “Amazing Grace,” directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gatelli. She was the standby for Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara in “Far From Heaven” at the prestigious Playwrights Horizons, directed by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif. She performed alongside Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth in “Music in the Air” at the New York City Center Encores! series, and has performed principal roles in equity theaters across the country, including the Ryman Auditorium, Casa Mañana, Theatre Aspen, Gateway Playhouse, American Folklore Theater, Ogunquit Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, and New York Stage and Film. Notably, she played Shelby in “The Spitfire Grill” in the 10th Anniversary production directed by the show’s composer, James Valcq, and played Judy Bernly in the first regional premiere of “9 to 5: The Musical” starring Sally Struthers. While in New York, she took part in numerous readings and workshops of new musicals, including “Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical,” co-written by Grammy Award-nominated and Warner Brothers Nashville recording artist, Brandy Clark. Aubrey has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” as a back-up singer for Clark and also has worked as a back-up singer for the jam band Phish, performing in sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden. She has performed in concerts with and on recordings for composers Alan Menken, Craig Carnelia, Stephen Schwartz, and Adam Gwon. She is the voice of Lucille in the MTI cast recording of “Junie B Jones The Musical,” which was released on iTunes and Amazon in January 2017. In Nashville, she remains active as an actress, session singer and voice-over artist, and recently took part in a staged reading of the new musical “Part of the Plan,” co-produced by KSquared Entertainment and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. She is working on a solo album and can be seen on Season One of the Netflix/Marvel Comic series “A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”

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TPAC Education included in 44 programs receiving CMA Foundation grants

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Students at Rose Park Magnet Math and Science Middle perform a song from their production of “The Lion King” at the DMIS Student Share at TPAC.

We are so proud and grateful to be included as one of 44 recipients of the 2017 CMA Country Music Association Foundation’s annual donation to support music education programs. The record-setting $3.1 million, issues this year thanks to the generosity of Country artists and fans who attend the annual CMA Music Festival, was announced last week on Giving Tuesday. The grants bring CMA’s total contributions since 2006 to more than $17.5 million.

“If it weren’t for the artists, who all perform for free during CMA Music Festival, and the thousands of fans who support the event each year, these donations would not be possible,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA Foundation donates to causes that are important to our community, but every dollar is given on behalf of the artists and fans that support Music Fest each June.”

According to the press release, “Studies show students who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate, have better attendance rates, and higher GPAs than students not enrolled in arts classes. The CMA Foundation recognizes the importance of music education in keeping kids engaged and in school as well as providing access to higher education through scholarships and supporting music educators.”

As one of the recipients, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center will use the CMA Foundation grant to support TPAC Education’s Disney Musicals in Schools program, a free semester-long, after-school musical theater program that inspires students and their school communities to organize around the challenging work of mounting a 30-60-minute musical production. Guided by TPAC teaching artists, the program utilizes active partnerships that combine school, professional, and community resources to create rich avenues for student learning while providing teachers with the training and tools needed to strengthen their arts programs. DMIS is expected to reach nearly 1,600 Metro Nashville Public Schools students in 30 elementary and middle schools this school year. Disney Musicals in Schools currently engages 26 Metro Nashville Public Schools, 1,200 students, 130 educators, 600 volunteers, and 12 teaching artists.

For more information on the CMA Foundation, visit CMAfoundation.org.

For more information on TPAC’s comprehensive arts education programs, visit TPAC.org/Education.

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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.

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