Theatre Listings: May 2019

Nashville Theatre Listings

Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant theatre community has a lot happening in May. Check out all the upcoming shows this month including the Nashville Opera’s The Cradle Will Rock.


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

May 1
Oz Arts Nashville

6172 Cockrill Bend Circle
Nashville, TN 37209

In this evening of live storytelling, Jakob Lewis examines the idea of attention as a commodity, and what cost or joy we might get from attending to one another. Through a series of intimate stories and intricate soundscapes, Attend asks us to question how we “pay-out” our attention to the world around us. Do we have any of this resource left for what we say matters to us? What can be said about each of us by examining what we pay attention to? How willing are we to invest in our community with our attention, one of our most valuable and life-changing currencies? Lewis joins forces with one of Nashville’s most beloved theatre directors, Denice Hicks, to interweave moving stories throughout this powerful evening of imagery, sound, and performance. 

Showtime: May 1 at 7:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $12.50 and are available at  

May 3-12
Crossing Delancey
Encore Theatre Company 

6978 Lebanon Rd
Mt Juliet, TN 37122


Isabel is a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a book shop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother, Bubbe, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This irascible granny and her friend the matchmaker have found a “catch” for Isabel, whose initial reluctance gives way to a blossoming romance when she finally meets Sam, the pickle vendor as the end of the play offers a new beginning. 

Showtimes: May 3-4  and 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.  

Tickets start at $12 and are available at 

May 3-19
Sistas: The Musical
Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project

2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

By popular demand, TWTP brings back “Sistas: The Musical,” by Dorothy Marcic. Five women: three sisters, a great-granddaughter, and a sister-in-law sort through the attic of their recently departed family matriarch, in search of inspiration for her memorial service. They unearth trials and tears, love and laughter, and perform the music of iconic artists from Bessie Smith to Beyoncé. “Sistas” traces the relationship of Black women and popular music, with songs including “Oh, Happy Day,” “God Bless The Child,” “Stormy Weather,” “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” “I Will Survive,” “Single Ladies,” “I Am Not My Hair,” “A Woman’s Worth,” and many more.

Showtimes: Thu/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2:30.

Tickets are $10-20, available at

May 10-11
Papalagui Exposed
Oz Arts Nashville

6172 Cockrill Bend Circle
Nashville, TN 37209

Papalagui Exposed delivers an original, moving evening of dance-theatre from the mind of acclaimed choreographer Windship Boyd that explores Western culture’s obsession with nature, money, and time. The “Papalagui” is a Samoan term that literally translates to “he who breaks through the sky,” referencing the giant white sail on a boat that first brought Europeans to islands of Samoa. By deconstructing Erich Scheurmann’s controversial 1920 book Der Papalagui, Boyd’s team of dancer-actors magnify the norms of everyday life we take for granted in today’s society by examining them from an outsider’s perspective.    

Showtimes: May 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m.  

Tickets are $25 and are available at  

May 10-12
The Cradle Will Rock
Nashville Opera

3622 Redmon St
Nashville, TN 37209


Once banned for its hot-button social commentary, this landmark jazz opera serves up its comedic drama in a satisfying cocktail of classical, pop and musical theatre.  As relevant today as it was when Orson Welles directed its 1937 debut, our CRADLE might stir up a little controversy even now.  Not to worry…our Nashville-studded cast will soften Blitzstein’s barbs. 

Showtimes: May 10-11 at 8:00 p.m. and May 12 at 4:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $26 and are available at 

May 10-25
Street Theatre Company

1120 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37210

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. 

Showtimes: May 10-18 and May 23-25 at 7:30 p.m.  

Tickets start at $15 and are available at  

May 11
The Spotlight Awards

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243


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 “Outstanding Musical” perform and honors are presented in a variety of categories, including “Outstanding Lead Actor” and “Outstanding Lead Actress.” The winners in those two categories then move on to national consideration for The Jimmy Awards in New York. 

Showtime: May 11 at 7:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $15 and are available at  

May 17- June 2
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Studio Tenn

230 Franklin Rd
Nashville, TN 37064


The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive this spring in Studio Tenn’s musical retelling of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future, Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, finds himself the center of a comedic tale of family, betrayal, and service to a hilariously Elvis-like Pharaoh. A truly timeless Old Testament tale, the Tony Award winning Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat spans a multitude of musical genres from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll. You won’t want to miss this season’s best kind of feel-good, warm-hearted, and irresistibly spectacular season finale! 

Showtimes: May 17-19, 23-25, 30-31, and June 1-2 at 7:00 p.m. and May 18-19, 25-26, and June 1-2 at 2:30 p.m.  

Tickets start at $35 and are available at  

May 23-June 9
Shrek: The Musical
Hendersonville Theatre Company

260 W Main St
Hendersonville, TN 37075


Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. 

Showtimes: May 23-25, 30-31, and June 1 and 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and May 25-26 and June 1-2 and 8-9 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets start at $15 and are available at 

May 31-June 16
A Chorus Line
Circle Players

2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

A stunning musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition while exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies. The show features one powerhouse number after another. 

Showtimes: May 31 and June 1, 6-8, and 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and June 2,9, and 16 at 3:00 p.m.  

Tickets are $20 and are available at