Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in November. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.
October 24-November 4
The Phantom of the Opera
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will make a triumphant return to TPAC as part of its North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.
Showtimes: Tues/Wed/Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri 8:00 p.m. Sat 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sun 1:00 pm. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55 and are available at TPAC.org
Anne and Emmett
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209
Anne & Emmett is an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial intolerance and hatred. Frank is the 15-year-old Jewish girl whose diary provided a gripping perspective of the Holocaust. Till is the 14-year old African-American boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi sparked the American Civil Rights Movement.
The one-act play opens with the two teenagers meeting in Memory, a place that isolates them from the cruelty they experienced during their lifetime.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:00 p.m. and Sun. 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at the TSU Performing Arts Center, Cox- Lewis Theater.
Be More Chill
Vanderbilt Off Broadway
24th Avenue S. & Vanderbilt Pl,
Nashville, TN 37240
What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In BE MORE CHILL, achieving the “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology—but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow. What could possibly go wrong? Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there’s never been a better time in history to be yourself—especially if you’re a loser…geek…or whatever.
Showtimes: Fri 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Sat 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and are available for reservation via google.com/docs
Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
2201 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37235
In a claustrophobic suburban landscape, everyone’s playing the new video-game sensation, Neighborhood 3. Teenagers are desperate to hack their way through an army of zombies. Parents, on the other hand, are frantic about their children’s growing addiction. Hilarious and haunting, this horror-comedy hybrid blurs the line between the virtual and the real.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 8:00 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Thurs 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at Sarratt Box Office.
A Tuna Christmas
Encore Theatre Company
6978 Lebanon Road
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
It’s Yuletide season in itty bitty Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre’s A Christmas Carol on the brink of cancellation, it’s a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Two actors play all 22 colorful citizens of Tuna, including OKKK Radio hosts Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie who report on the small-town festivities. This satirical ode to season is spiked with enough sass and shenanigans to make for one Texas-sized jolly holiday!
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:30 p.m. Tickets starts at $15 and are available at encore-theatre-company.org
1 University Park Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.
Boasting a score with chart topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak), and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Produced in partnership with the Lipscomb University School of Music and featuring a band made up of students from our Contemporary Music Program, we are excited to bring some authentic Nashville sound to this production.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at lipscomb.edu
November 8 – 10
Franklin Road Academy
4700 Franklin Pike,
Nashville, TN 37220
City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned.
Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet. Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri 7:00 p.m. and Sun 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at seatyourself.biz
November 9 – 10
505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243
Broadway star Madeline Mitchell and her grown children, Bea and Charlie, struggle to know and love each other over the course of three different holiday seasons, each ten years apart. Through its melodic soundtrack, this emotional, often humorous, drama explores how to love and embrace the family we are given. Come see why the Wall Street Journal calls Jake Heggie “the world’s most popular 21st century opera composer.”
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 8:00 p.m. and Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are available at nashvilleopera.org
November 13 -18
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219
This holiday season, discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and come see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas! It’s a must-see classic in a lavish musical that The New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.
Showtimes: Tues/Wed/Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri 8:00 p.m. Sat 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sun 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at TPAC.org
Oz Arts Nashville
6172 Cockrill Bend Cr.
Nashville, TN 37209
To be “ghosted” is to know what it means to reside in limbo, left by a significant other who suddenly and unexpectedly cuts off all communication. It is end without boundaries, a disconnection without resolution. And for Tony Perrin, Nashville-based dancer, fashion/costume designer, graphic/print designer and force behind Lock and Key jewelry, it represents a state for creative exploration.
In Ghosted, Perrin investigates defining this feeling as a noun referring to soul or spirit, and as a verb depicting movement gliding smoothly and effortlessly. These states meld together in a unique, process-revealing collaboration that includes live and pre-recorded performance of music and movement created by composer Aaron Walters and choreographer David Flores; large-format photography by Anna Haas of dancers David Flores, Erin Kouwe & Perrin himself wearing Perrin’s jewelry; and a series of shadow boxes displaying this jewelry in a suspended state, where the dancer has been “ghosted.”
Showtimes: Thurs 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12.50 and are available at ozartsnashville.org
Pop Up-right Shakespeare
As part of NSF’s 30th anniversary season, 6 directors will choose their casts and stage lively “upright” readings of the bard’s plays in surprise locations in and around Nashville. Ticket holders will be texted the site address 24 hours in advance and travel to unique settings inspired by each of the plays. Some of Nashville’s favorite (and bravest!) actors will bring Shakespeare’s words to life and ensure that audiences will experience these magnificent plays in an exciting and unusual way.
Showtimes: Sat 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at nashvilleshakes.org
November 23- December 9
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company
260 W. Main St. #204
Hendersonville, TN 37075
This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. Easily staged, the play may be presented without intermission or in two short acts if desired.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri 7:30 p.m. Sat 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at hpactn.com
419 Main St.
Franklin, TN 37064
She Sings is a truth inspired one woman musical show, derived from an amalgamation of many survivors’ experiences, that tells the story of triumph over injustice in a world where love and kindness must prevail. When She Sings, she speaks out for those who are voiceless.
This inspiring musical drama will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion: laughter, love, outrage, fulfillment, and realization. You will find yourself on your feet dancing! But in the end you will be singing with, and cheering for, this freedom singer and seeker. Special guest appearance by The Voice finalist, Adam Cunningham. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to Thistle Farms, Nashville.
Showtimes: Thurs 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available at franklintheatre.com
November 29 – December 8
110 W. Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
Join this magical cast as they take you on an adventure that is fun for the entire family. Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri 7:00 p.m. Sat 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sum 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at capitoltheatretn.com