As a young man, the Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick studied violin at Northwestern University, hoping he might land with “a second-rate symphony orchestra somewhere.” But that all changed when his good friend Charlotte Rae loaned him her cast album from Finian’s Rainbow.
To understand Jackie Nguyen’s unique connection with Miss Saigon, one need only consult her cast bio in the program – “Dedicated to my family who escaped Vietnam over 30 years ago.”
Kathleen O’Brien has seen tremendous change over the last 30 years – not only at Tennessee Performing Arts Center but throughout Nashville itself. But even as the nonprofit’s longtime leader prepares to step down from her post in July, it’s clear that her passion for the arts remains strong.
Broadway’s Analisa Leaming has graced the stages of Lincoln Center Theater and Carnegie Hall. But the Murfreesboro native insists that there is something quite special about returning to TPAC in the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!”
For Chazz Palminteri, it’s all about honest storytelling. And perhaps that explains the longstanding and universal appeal of “A Bronx Tale,” the hit Broadway musical arriving at TPAC’s Jackson Hall on February 12.
Showcasing chart-topping hits and Tony-nominated choreography, “On Your Feet!” is wowing audiences worldwide. But music icon Emilio Estefan hopes the uplifting story behind the music will inspire fans long after they leave the theater.
Over the years, the Lythgoe family has earned a reputation for producing popular reality television shows, such as “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” But also they share a real passion for “bringing affordable theatre to families across America.”
TPAC kicks off the holidays Nov. 13 with the return of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” But for Nashville native Jeremy Benton, the season’s greatest gift is performing for his hometown crowd.