Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in May. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.
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
April 27 – May 13
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Oak Ridge Playhouse
Broadway’s greatest musical farce is back! Stephen Sondheim’s joyous romp through ancient Rome is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest shows ever written. In exchange for his freedom, a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master by devising a master plan that becomes a domino of twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, love potions, and chases.–“Something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and available at orplayhouse.org
Modern Masters: Kylian, Wheeldon & Balanchine
Modern Masters brings the work of three internationally renowned choreographers together for a hands-selected program that shines a spotlight on some of the most innovative, spectacularly grand dance that’s come out of the ballet world.
Showtimes are Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $28 and available at TPAC.org.
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project
Lauren Gunderson’s seriously funny comedic quartet introduces four badass women facing the flames of the French Reign of Terror – in the shadow of the guillotine. They form an unlikely alliance to fight for liberté, égalité, et sororité: liberty, equality – and sisterhood. Our cast: Corinne Bupp as Charlotte Corday, soon to be notorious for killing Jean Paul Marat, Corrie Maxwell as Olympe de Gouges, a playwright battling writer’s block, Aleta Myles as Marianne Angelle, a free black woman fighting slavery in the French colony of Ste. Domingue, and Jennifer Richmond as Marie Antoinette – yes, THAT one!
Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at twtp.org
The Little Foxes
Set in an Alabama town some 35 years after the end of the Civil War, The Little Foxes, one of the modern masterpieces of the American theater, weaves a tale of avarice and greed among a decaying Southern family, battling society and one another for their continued place of prominence and authority amid changing times and the encroachment of forces from outside their control. At the center of the story is Regina Giddens, an imperious and aging Southern belle eager to claim her birthright at a time when only the sons of the well-to-do were able to inherit family fortunes. As she fights with her nefarious brothers, Ben and Oscar, she lashes out at her complacent and ineffectual husband Horace Giddens, demanding he accede to her demands so that she might rightfully assume command of a family dynasty long denied her, and at her powerless and pitiable sister-in-law Birdie (Oscar’s abused wife).
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and available at eventbrite.com
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. Studio Tenn brings the too-cool-for-school “T-Birds” and smoking hot “Pink Ladies” to the Jamison Theatre, paying tribute to a cult classic that has influenced every generation. A show immersed in bright lights, big colors and a showcase of songs that are sure to rock the jukebox, Grease adds the perfect amount of lighthearted laughter to balance the scales of the Studio Tenn season. This rocking musical paying homage to the fifties will take audiences back to a time of drive-in movies, malted milk shakes and the age-old desire to be rebellious. So put on your poodle skirts, grab your saddle shoes and join Studio Tenn in this 2017-2018 season finale where Grease is always the word!
Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and available at studiotenn.com
Center for the Arts
Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining “Little Hobos” parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:30p.m. Sun 2:00p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available at boroarts.org.
Backyard Barn’s Twelfth Night
Murfreesboro Little Theatre
One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night features a love quadrangle and some very trying house guests who show no intention of leaving! Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, disguised as the boy Cesario, is the intermediary as Duke Orsino attempts to woo the wealthy countess Olivia. Of course, Olivia falls for Cesario, and Sebastian’s unexpected arrival on the scene leads to some hilarious complications. Will everyone end up with a spouse? Will it be the one they expect?
Admission is free at the door.
TPAC and Lipscomb University
Spotlight Awards are presented in partnership with Lipscomb University’s College of Entertainment and the Arts to encourage young theatre artists in Middle Tennessee. Through the program, high school musicals are evaluated by a diverse panel of adjudicators. In May, the program culminates with workshops taught by industry professionals on the Lipscomb campus. That evening, exemplary work is recognized with The Spotlight Awards ceremony at TPAC, where the top 10 contenders for “Best Show” perform and honors are presented in a variety of categories, including “Best Actor” and “Best Actress.” The winners in those two categories then move on to national consideration for The Jimmy Awards in New York.
Showtimes: Sat at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and available at TPAC.org
Oz Arts Nashville
Inspired by John Cage’s anarchic, community “happenings” of the 60s and 70s, Colleen Phelps invites a multitude of artists from a range of ages and disciplines to convene at OZ Arts for a “MusiCircus” of simultaneous and overlapping performance. Capitalizing on the growing number of soloists, ensembles, improvisers, composers and music styles in Nashville, Phelps aims to represent not only the nexus of new music practitioners, but also the breadth of poets, dancers, chefs, vocalists, and visual artists in Music City for OZ Arts’ final TNT of the Season. This MusiCircus will exuberantly celebrate the diversity of arts in Nashville.
Showtimes: Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and available at ozartsnashville.org
May 17-June 3
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company
Ugly looks quite a bit different form his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his Mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.
Showtimes are Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sat/Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and available at hpactn.org.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a ‘bawdy, countercultural sprite’ and by the Guardian as ‘European, weird, and sexually ambiguous’. Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur – but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire.
Showtimes: Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available at tpac.org