Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in February. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.
January 30 to February 4
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
Showtimes: Tues/Weds/Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sat at 2:00 p.m. Sun at 1:00 p.m./6:30p.m. Tickets start ar $45 and are on sale at TPAC.org.
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail; instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits. Rated PG-13
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 at BoroArts.org.
Pushing the boundaries of Nashville Ballet’s Attitude series, Light / The Holocaust and Humanity Project offers a groundbreaking exploration of devastating loss, resiliency, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $28 and are on sale now at TPAC.org.
Set in NYC, Sara is new to city life, and quickly forms a bond with Callie, who knows her way around the city. As their friendship grows, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they would never anticipate.
Showtimes: Feb. 9,10,15,16,17 at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5-10 and available at mltarts.com.
A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable.
Showtimes: Feb. 9, 10, 14, 16 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5-10 and available at Belmont.edu.
In this play set just before Obama’s election, the volatile dynamics of talking about race intertwine with the romantic interactions among four racially diverse Harvard intellectuals. A physician, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist who is studying the brain’s response to race, all find that discussions about race can turn unexpectedly, even among friends who are well educated and socially aware.
Showtimes: Weds/Thurs at 6:30 p.m. Fri at 7:30 p.m. Sat at 2:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47 and are available at TPAC.org.
“What do you do when you’re unsure?” So asks John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the literary masterpiece Doubt: A Parable. When an unthinkable accusation is leveled against Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at StudioTenn.com.
Within this chimerical comedy, three Victorian lady explorers set out on an adventure that takes them to darkest Africa, highest Himalaya and Terra Incognita. Blending Tom Stoppard’s limber linguistics with the historic overview of a Thornton Wilder, Mr. Overmyer takes his audience on a mirthful safari… spinning into time travel.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-15 and available at Lipscomb.edu.
Orlando, a beautiful charismatic nobleman, has enjoyed a lifetime of adventures: he becomes the favorite of Queen Elizabeth the First, he dallies with many fine ladies, losing his heart to one mysterious Russian Princess, he wanders Shakespeare’s London and endures the chill of the Great Frost, he travels to Constantinople, where his reputation for spectacular debauchery is indeed vast.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7-10 and available at the Vanderbilt Box Office.
Born on June 27, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American poets to gain national recognition. His parents Joshua and Matilda Murphy Dunbar were freed slaves from Kentucky. His parents separated shortly after his birth, but Dunbar would draw on their stories of plantation lifethroughout his writing
Showtimes are 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at TNState.edu.
The plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio “tames” her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10-15 and available at APSU.edu.
One day a traveling salesman, wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect. He reflects on how dreary life as a traveling salesman is. As he looks at the wall clock, he notices that he has overslept and missed his train for work. Gregor becomes annoyed at how his boss never accepts excuses or explanations from any of his employees no matter how hard-working they are, displaying an apparent lack of trusting abilities.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:00 Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at MTSU.edu.
February 27 to March 4
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret – John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony®-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
Showtimes: Tues/Weds/Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sat at 2:00 p.m. Sun at 1:00 p.m./6:30p.m. Tickets start at $27 and are on sale now at TPAC.org.