We sat down with country singer and actor JT Hodges to discuss what it’s been like to work on a brand new musical. ‘Part of the Plan’ premieres here at TPAC September 8-24.
Q: How did you get involved with ‘Part of the Plan’?
JT: I got involved with POTP through a fellow songwriter friend of mine who happened to be looking for someone to cast from Nashville for a role. I auditioned and got a call from someone at TPAC, I came in and read a scene and played a little Cat Stevens medley. After the reading they offered me the role and now here I am!
Q: Have you ever done a Broadway style musical before?
JT: I did a musical in high school where I basically got to play myself. I was Conrad Birdie in ‘Bye, Bye, Birdie’. It was a lot of fun and pretty awesome. Although it was a non-alcoholic Old Milwaukee beer I did get to chug it onstage at a high school musical which was kinda cool.
Q: What do you think of the show premiering in Nashville?
JT: I think the show premiering in Nashville is awesome. This has been my home for the past seven years now. Songwriting is the backbone of this town and Dan Fogelberg is obviously a phenomenal songwriter, he wrote his single ‘Part of the Plan’ here in Nashville so I think it’s great.
Q: Who would you recommend to come and see the show?
JT: I would recommend all of Nashville, I’m still trying to decide if my 6 year old and 4 year old are ready for it. It might be 12 and up. If my 6 year old sees me kissing Rebecca onstage she might get a little sad. The script is incredible. It’s a period piece and I think everyone can relate to it. I met a kid 13 years old that’s been playing the guitar, all the stuff he’s learning is Led Zeppelin and The Doors. It’s an era that not just people who lived in it are fascinated by. Anyone can relate to this.
Q: What do you hope audiences take away from POTP?
JT: I think viewers are going to take away that we all have struggles in our life; things that we think shouldn’t happen at that moment do happen. As much as we want to fight it, it tends to be, for lack of a better word, all ‘Part of the Plan”.
You can also check out Eric from Out and About Nashville’s interview with JT here:
If You Go:
Part of the Plan
Sept. 8-24, 2017
TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.
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.