Theatre Listings: April 2019

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Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant theatre community has a lot happening in April. Check out all the upcoming shows this month including the Nashville Opera’s “Tales of Hoffmann” and Ben Folds with the Nashville Ballet! 



March 23-April 13
Shakespeare in Love
Nashville Repertory Theatre

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243


Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy? 

Showtimes: March 21 and 27-28 and April 3-4 and 10-11 at 6:30 p.m.; March 22-23 and 29-30 and April 5-6 and 12-13 at 7:30 p.m.; March 30 and April 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m.  

Tickets start at $25 and are available at  

The Tales of Hoffmann

April 4 + 6
Tales of Hoffmann
Nashville Opera

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243


Walking the fine line between dreams and reality, this fantastical thrill-ride takes the audience along on a poet’s exhaustive search for the perfect woman.  Loosely based on the life and loves of E.T.A. Hoffmann (whose “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” became a really famous ballet), Offenbach’s vignettes glitter with sensuality, emotion and the glorious agony of the creative process.  An imaginative art deco set and famous tunes you already know make this a night of must-see theatre. 

Showtimes: April 4 at 7:00 p.m. and April 6 at 8:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $26 and are available at  

April 4-7
Spring Awakening

1301 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130


Spring Awakening is an angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up. Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of Human sexuality. The musical hits hard on themes such as sexuality, gender, authority, and education. These stories are told through the eyes of several teenagers, and their outcomes are the consequences of society. 

Showtimes: April 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $10 and are available at  

April 4-7
The Suppliants
Vanderbilt University Theatre

2301 Vanderbilt Pl
Nashville, TN 37212

A “suppliant” is an individual making a plea to someone in power. The premise of this Ancient Greek Drama might have been taken from today’s headlines Facing oppression in their homeland, a father and his daughters sail to Greece seeking asylum. The Greek king faces an immigration case. He expresses security concerns, but he allows his citizens to democratically decide the issue. Should a city aid those in need, or reject their pleas? Reimagined in a contemporary setting, this abbreviated adaptation explores dislocation and community through the timeless figure of the refugee.   

Showtimes: April 4-6 at 8:00 p.m. and April 7 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets are $5 and are available at 

April 5-14
The Pillowman
Murfreesboro Little Theatre

702 Ewing Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 34230


Katurian, a writer of short stories that often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. The story is told between his interrogation and the tales he’s crafted from his disturbed imagination, a result of his dark childhood. 

Showtimes: April 5-6 and 11-13 at 7:00 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $5 and are available at 

April 5-14
Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)
Encore Theatre Company

6978 Lebanon Rd
Mt Juliet, TN

It’s Dad’s turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them. 

Showtimes: April 5-6 and 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.  

Tickets start at $13 and are available at  

April 5-20
Jack and the Giant
ACT 1 Theatre Company

4610 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

The scrappy orphan Jack has never left his tiny village on the fjord, but when a terrible storm delivers a curious sailboat to the shore, he embarks on an epic adventure to slay a mysterious giant and reclaim an enchanted golden harp. Jack and the Giant is a joyous, heartfelt, and family-friendly new folk musical. This new spin on the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” has a dynamic score and intriguing new characters. 

Showtimes: April 5-6, 11-13 and 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.  

Tickets are $15 and are available at  

April 11-14
Blood Wedding
Lipscomb University

4001 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

On the morning of her wedding day, a young bride is visited by a former paramour, reigniting a family blood feud that has been simmering for years. Their isolated village is a pent-up powder keg of love and deception, family and revenge, beauty and betrayal. The bride must make a decision that could prove the difference between life and death. 

Showtimes: April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2:30 p.m.  

Tickets are $15 and are available at  

April 11-14
The Pajama Game
Austin Peay State University

601 College St
Clarksville, TN 37040

The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy from the creators of “Damn Yankees.” Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7½-cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. 

Showtimes: April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13-14 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $10 and are available at 

Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary TourApril 12-13
Rock of Ages

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243


Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America! Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake, among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger-than-life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock of Ages into a global phenomenon.

Showtimes: April 12 at 8:00 p.m. and April 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $30 and are available at  

April 25-May 19
Tomas and the Library Lady
Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St
Nashville, TN 37210

Based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this play, told in both Spanish and English, follows the son of migrant farm workers as he discovers a surprising world of possibility inside his local library thanks to a special librarian.  This inspirational, theatrical biography proves that reading and respect can make anything possible. 

Showtimes: April 25 at 6:30 p.m., April 27 at 2:00 p.m., May 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 at 2:00 p.m., and May 8 at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $16 and are available at  

April 26-28 
Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243


Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters series showcases choreographers that have challenged the bounds of the art form through big ideas and intriguing collaborations. The Ben Folds Project makes its triumphant homecoming after Nashville Ballet’s critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in 2017. George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant delivers a rare look at the breadth of the father of American ballet’s magnificent repertory, while The Lottery keeps audiences and dancers both on edge with the promise of a thrilling climax—the ballet’s final soloist will be selected by a real lottery live on stage. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern rituals, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom rounds out the program. 

Showtimes: April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $35 and are available at 

Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly!April 30 – May 5 
Hello, Dolly!

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243


Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

Showtimes: March 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., March 15 at 8 p.m., March 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and March 17 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  

Tickets start at $45 and are available at 

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