Theatre Listings: March 2020

Nashville Theatre Listings

Let’s do this, March…

March is a month of considerable frustration — it is so near the warmth of spring, yet still clinging on to the coldness of winter.

What better way to stay out of mother nature’s weather drama then by staying indoors and seeing some fantastic local theater?

Whether it be original works, world premieres or classics we all know and love, take your loved ones to a show this March to see some of the great talent in Nashville’s local theater community.

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Every show by every Nashville theatre company in March:

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Hans Christian Anderson

Feb. 20 – Mar. 8

Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St | Nashville, TN 37210

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Additional Lyrics and Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

World Premiere

13-year-old Christian Andersen is the first commoner ever chosen by the King of Denmark to study at the Royal Academy, but he isn’t sure he wants to go. However, royal students have shoes without holes in them… and books; Christian can’t even afford paper. Plus, his new teacher is rumored to be meaner than a sea witch. Based on the real life of Hans Christian Andersen, this world premiere musical, featuring a score by legendary Broadway composer Frank Loesser and an original libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald, follows Hans’ journey from poor storyteller to one of the most celebrated writers of all time.

Showtimes: Check Website

Contactnashvillechildrenstheatre.org

Tickets: $23 for adults, $19 for seniors/military/educators, $17 for youth (ages 3-17)

Natural shocks

Natural Shocks

Feb. 28 – Mar. 15

Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project

Alexander Looby Theater

2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd | Nashville, TN 37228

Inspired by the words of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks bursts to life when we meet Angela, who’s waiting out an approaching storm in her basement. She brims over with quirks, stories, and confessions. As the real danger grows imminent, she reveals a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America into sharp focus.

Showtimes: 7:30 pm – Feb 28 & 29, Mar 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14

2:30 pm – Mar 1, 8 & 15

Contact: twtp.org

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students & Seniors (60+)

All seats $10 on Thursday evenings

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Oddly Puddle

Feb. 29 – Mar. 8

The Theatre Bug

4809 Gallatin Pike | Nashville, TN 37216

Oddly Puddle is the story of a non-verbal child with special needs, finding his voice in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Oddly Puddle is from inner space, it’s a lot like outer space, except you can only tell he’s different on the inside. While the audience is able to hear Oddly’s thoughts, the characters in his life cannot. Through Oddly’s journey we hope to promote advocacy and empathy for children with special needs who can comprehend far more than they can communicate. Oddly Puddle will be presented in partnership with Courtney’s Corner, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with special needs to step into the spotlight and shine through the integration of the creative arts.

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: thetheatrebug.org

Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Mar. 3 – 8

Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater

505 Deaderick Street | Nashville, TN 37243

Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane,” and “Superstar.”

Showtimes: Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Contact: TPAC.org

Burnt money

Plata Quemada (Burnt Money) presented by Oz Arts

Mar. 6 – 7

Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater

505 Deaderick Street | Nashville, TN 37243

With breathtaking stagecraft and multimedia innovation, cutting-edge ensemble TeatroCinema pulls out all the stops to deliver a heart-pounding noir tale of bandits, betrayals, and blowouts in Plata Quemada (Burnt Money). Their groundbreaking visual storytelling intertwines live-action performances with eye-popping video and animation, creating a hyper-stylized graphic novel that comes to life before your eyes. This thrilling new work is based on an infamous 1965 bank heist in Argentina.

Plata Quemada is performed in Spanish with projected English supertitles.

This production is recommended for high school and above due to depictions of violence.

Showtimes: 8:00 p.m.

Contact: ozartsnashville.org

Tickets: $25-45

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Elevate

Mar. 6 – 8

Lipscomb University

4001 Granny White Pike | Nashville, TN 37204

Lipscomb Theatre’s resident dance company, Foundation Dance Theatre (FDT), in conjunction with invited professional choreographers and theatre dance classes, present an exciting performance featuring all styles of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, theatre, modern and more. FDT company members include Lipscomb University students with a strong dance background and a passion for telling stories through movement.

Showtimes: March 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m.

March 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Contact: lipscomb.edu/theatre

Tickets: $15 General Admission, $5 Student

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Barely Heirs

Mar. 6 – 15

Encore Theatre Company

6978 Lebanon Road | Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

All Jane needs to do to collect her inheritance is get married and wait six months simple enough. But who wants to go through the hassle of finding a husband? Jane’s friend Tom has agreed to pretend to be her spouse for the afternoon so that Jane can stay single and keep the money for herself. Everything is set to go off without a hitch, and by suppertime, Jane should be rich. That is IF Tom shows up on time, IF Jane can get rid of Tom’s real wife, Claire, and IF she can distract the pool boy and the bothersome police officer who keep stopping by unannounced. Yes, the whole plan should still work out as long as Jane keeps these people, along with the interior decorator, the nurse, and her ex-boyfriend, away from her meddling mother who just happened to stop by… Will Jane lose everything or just barely pull it off?

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: encore-theatre-company.org

Tickets: $16

Diary of a Wombat

Diary of a Wombat

March 7

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

505 Deaderick Street | Nashville, TN 37243

All proceeds from this performance will go to WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, Inc.), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization, which has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years.

Diary of a Wombat is the story of Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia, who is bored with her daily routine. She goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence humans are quite easily trained! Based on the multi-award winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Diary of a Wombat features stunning puppetry, a live cello score and a brilliant set design in Monkey Baa’s signature style.

Showtime: 11:00 a.m.

Contact: TPAC.org

Tickets: $10

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A Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Mar. 7 – Apr. 19

Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St | Nashville, TN 37210

Mama and Buddy Bear invite you and your “youngin” to a unique theatrical experience! Be placed in an intimate and magical playground where everyone is part of the action at The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. When complications arise with Mama’s Special Surprise, the Bear Family sets off on a plan, with the audience’s assistance, to make all that is wrong right again. Join them in the festivities as they prepare to dine, dance The Teddy Bear, and deliver an unforgettable day!

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

Tickets: $12

The Art of International Whiskey

The Art of International Whiskey

March 12

War Memorial Auditorium

301 Sixth Avenue North | Nashville, TN 37243

Join us at historic War Memorial Auditorium for an evening of whiskey appreciation and education led by Bobby Wegusen of San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co. Taste your way around the world with international whiskies and experience the rich variety each offers. Whether you are a whiskey connoisseur, interested in learning more about the art of whiskey, or simply want to try something new, this event is sure to please.

Tickets to the Art of International Whiskey include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a specialty whiskey cocktail, and an exclusive tasting including Lot 40 (Canadian), Dingle (Irish), Kavalan Distillery Select (Taiwanese), Nikka Coffey Grain (Japanese), JH Cutter (US), and Old Potrero Rye (US).

Proceeds from this event support Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s nonprofit mission.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Contact: TPAC.org

Tickets: Starting at $50

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Keely and Du

Mar. 13 – 21

Darkhorse Theater

Presented by Act1

4610 Charlotte Ave | Nashville, TN 37209

Keely awakens to find herself being held captive in a makeshift prison. Her only main source of human contact is Du (her assigned caregiver) and Walter (the leader of an extremist pro-life organization). They have kidnapped Keely in order to stop her from aborting her unwanted pregnancy, the product of a rape committed by her ex-husband, Cole. Throughout their ordeal, Keely and Du form a bond that seemingly overcomes the brutality that is the reality of their relationship. This play puts a human face to one of the most controversial and important debates of our time and examines the bonds between two women from opposite sides of the discussion.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm

Contact: act1nashville.com

Tickets: $15 General Admission, Students free on Sundays

Thursday performance are pay-what -you-can

Dear miss Barret

Dear Miss Barrett

Mar. 20 – 28

Street Theatre Company

1120 Elm Hill Pike | Nashville, TN 37210

Sarah Martin, 24, manages a rare-book shop / tearoom in an American city.  She adores all things Victorian and dreams of living in a more civilized era. Her “kindred spirit across time” is Victorian English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  In 1845, Elizabeth dreams of escaping the dark London room where, in frail health, she is kept a virtual prisoner by her domineering Papa. Forbidden by Papa ever to marry, Elizabeth receives an extraordinary fan letter from the young, rising literary star, Robert Browning.  In the present, Sarah receives an equally extraordinary offer from her boyfriend Henry, and two fabulous love stories, sumptuously told in gorgeous melodies and charming dialog, unfold back and forth across time. Richly embroidered with their many historic letters and poems the Brownings’ little-told yet astonishing romance is given fresh relevance through the trials and humorous adventures of an endearing modern couple.

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: streettheatrecompany.org

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The Hobbit

Mar. 20 – Apr. 5

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company

260 W Main St # 204 | Hendersonville, TN 37075

It’s unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: hpactn.com

Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Senior (over 65), Children/Students (with ID)

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A Raisin in the Sun

Mar. 20 – Apr. 5

Circle Players

Alexander Looby Theatre

2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd | Nashville, TN 37208

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: circleplayers.net

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The Aretha Legacy

Mar. 26 – 29

Studio Tenn

408 Church St | Franklin, TN 37064

The seventh installment of the Studio Tenn Legacy Series is ready to hit the stage at the Franklin Theater! With hit after hit from an immense repertoire of music, The Studio Tenn Legacy Series brings you an eclectic variety of best-selling music and medleys from the industry’s most beloved artists! We can’t wait to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, with The Aretha Legacy!

Showtimes: Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Contact: studiotenn.com

Tickets: $52 – 88

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Mary Poppins

Mar. 26 – Apr. 5

Nashville Repertory Theatre

505 Deaderick Street | Nashville, TN 37243

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents the magnificent story of the world’s favorite nanny! Mary Poppins flies into the home of the Banks family where young Jane and Michael are in need of both affection and discipline. With the help of Bert and a colorful cast of London characters, Mary Poppins uses magic, adventure, and a spoonful of sugar to teach the entire Banks family to love each other and their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lives. With new music and classics from the film, this musical adaptation of Disney’s masterpiece is practically perfect in every way!

Showtimes: Check Website

Contact: TPAC.org

Tickets: Starting at $45

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Mar. 27 – 29

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

505 Deaderick Street | Nashville, TN 37243

The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times). With a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.”

Showtimes: Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Contact: TPAC.org

Robin Hood

Mar. 27 – Apr. 4

Belmont University

2100 Belmont Blvd | Nashville, TN 37212

Not so long ago it was traditional in England for May Day to be celebrated on the village green with organized May Games. It is a re-creation of these May Games which provides the framework for this musical version of the Robin Hood legend. We join a group of villagers celebrating May Day with a variety of pastimes – singing, dancing, acrobatics and competitive sports. Against this background are set a number of playlets in which the villagers take on Robin Hood roles to tell the various well-known tales of Robin Hood, including “Robin Hood and Friar Tuck,” “Robin Hood and Little John” and “Robin Hood and Allen-a-Dale.”

Showtimes: Thursday, Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10

Driving Miss Daisy

Mar. 27 – Apr. 5

Centerstage Theatre Company

171 Hale Rd. | Watertown, TN 37184

Contact: CenterStage Theater Company