Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in April. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.
March 23-April 8
Steel Magnolias is a stage play by American Writer Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister’s death. The story is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of southern women in northwest Louisiana.
Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and available at circleplayers.net.
March 24-April 21
Inherit The Wind
Lipscomb Theatre Department & Nashville Repertory Theatre
Produced in collaboration with the Nashville Repertory Theatre, and inspired by the sensational Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, this thrilling courtroom drama centers on the prosecution of a teacher who read about Darwin’s The Origin of Species to his science class from their biology book. The attention-grabbing trial becomes a boxing match for the two greatest legal giants of the century. The great storytelling of this classic is enhanced by its ties to actual historical characters, and this riveting drama rings with relevance to our culture’s struggle with the relationship between belief and science that continues to this day.
Showtimes: Wed/Thurs at 6:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sat at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47 and available at TPAC.org.
March 28-April 22
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Wicked looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman born with emerald green skin- smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships.
Showtimes are Tues/Weds/Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat 8:00 p.m. Sat 2:00 p.m. Sun 1:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. Tickets start at $39 and available at TPAC.org.
March 30-April 8
Center for the Arts
Godspell JR is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Easter showing at 4 pm. Rated G.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10-15 and available at boroarts.org.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Mrs. Warren’s Profession is about a former prostitute, now a madam, who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter.
Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $7 and available at Vanderbilt.edu
An innocent girl, falsely targeted by a whirlwind of rumors and lies, faces her accusers at the fire-and-brimstone revival meeting. Rooted in Appalachian music and set in rural East Tennessee, the folk-like Susanah surprisingly escalates to edge-of-your-seat intensity. Narrow-minded townspeople, jealous of young Susannah’s beauty, band together to harass and drive her away.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 8:00p.m. Sun 2:00p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are available at TPAC.org.
Little Shop of Horrors
This horror/comedy musical follows the story of Seymour, an insecure and naive young florist who discovers a never-before-seen species of plant that skyrockets him and Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists to fame. Just when Seymour’s life finally seems to be falling into place, his new plant, which he named Audrey II, turns out to be more than he bargained for.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and are available at the door.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Co Players Theatre
This version is a fresh approach to the all-time classic based on the comic strip by Charles Schultz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs. Two news songs, “Beethoven’s Day” and “My New Philosophy” have been added to the twelve numbers from the original version.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and available at coplayerstheatre.com
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company
Please join us at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse where the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce! Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer Ken and wife Chris must get the story straight before other guests arrive.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and available at hpactn.com
A Grand Night For Singing
Austin Peay State University
A Grand Night For Singing is a musical revue showcasing the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring songs from lesser known works, modest successes and hits like The King and I, Cinderella, and The Sound of Music.
Showtimes are Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sat/Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and available at apsu.edu.
April 12-May 13
Dragons Love Tacos
Nashville Children’s Theatre
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want a bunch of dragons at your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. But save the spicy salsa. When dragons eat spicy salsa…oh boy. You’ll discover the results can be explosive.
Showtimes: Thurs at 6:30 p.m. Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at ticketsnashville.com
Oz Arts Nashville
Oz Arts welcomes back world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and graphic novelist Kid Koala. Through subtle light changes in the room the audience is cued to play along. The audience is an integral part of the show, accompanying Kid Koala to create a vinyl orchestra.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sun at 2:00p.m. Tickets start at $37 and are available at ozartsnashville.com
Men on Boats
Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00p.m. Tickets start at $5 and available at belmont.edu
Murfreesboro Little Theatre
Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, this romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedies tells the story of English Heiress, Polly who is longing for only one thing: a boyfriend. Polly’s father convinced that any boy who isn’t wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation, forbids her to engage in any potential suitors.
Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sun at 2:00p.m. Tickets start at $5 and available at mltarts.com
Artist Community Theatre
The musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30p.m. Tickets start at $12 and available at artistcommunitytheatre.com
The Miracle Worker
The Center for the Arts
In The Miracle Worker, twenty one year old Annie Sullivan teaches a young Helen Keller how to read. Helen was left deaf and blind by an early childhood illness. Sullivan teaches Helen to use American sign language and helps her understand the world around her.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 2:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. Tickets start at $11 and available at boroarts.org