When they’re not on international tour, Drum Tao performers are usually practicing on top of the isolated mountain in Japan where the group is based. “All day we practice, rehearse, and train. Japanese drum is very loud, [so] we can’t train in town,” said Taro Harasaki.
Almost 100 years ago, half of our country’s population was given the right to cast a ballot for the first time. In honor of this landmark moment in history, TPAC has joined over 40 other Nashville organizations to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote.
Not every Broadway conductor conducts their orchestra with a toothbrush. But since SpongeBob The Musical — which floats into TPAC Nov. 5-10 — isn’t your average musical, Patrick Hoagland is not your average conductor.
Director Jon Royal has been pushing Nashville theater to reflect the city’s diversity for years. And his take on Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, which runs Oct. 19 – Nov. 3 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, is no different.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite childhood story would be like sprinkled with some holiday magic and reimagined for a modern audience? Well, Kris and Becky Lythgoe did. And for the past decade, Lythgoe Family Panto has been revamping the age-old classics with a contemporary twist of comedy, dance and pop songs interwoven into the scripts.
Magic carpet ride? Check. Wish-granting Genie? Check. Evil sorcerer? Check. Aladdin and His Winter Wish, which comes to TPAC Dec. 12-22, may seem to check all the boxes of the children’s classic we all know and love.
When Disney Theatrical Group introduced Disney Musicals in Schools to Nashville in 2011, the idea of one day involving more than a thousand Tennessee students in its musical theater programs seemed like wishing upon a star.
“So many millions of people have a love affair with this show; I feel it is important to give them what they remember,” says Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed the first Broadway revival of the 1980 musical phenomenon by Andrew Lloyd Webber.