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.

 

‘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.