Archives for June 2012

Lakewood Theatre Sets Off ‘Miss Firecracker Contest’

Lakewood Theatre Company will present its production of The Miss Firecracker Contest from July 20 to Aug. 5. The Miss Firecracker Contest – written by playwright Beth Henley, author of the acclaimed Crimes of the Heart – centers around Carnelle Scott, a Southern girl trying to salvage her tarnished reputation as “Miss Hot Tamale” by […]

Classical preview: American Guild of Organists holds national convention in Nashville

Fourth of July fireworks won’t be the only pyrotechnics in Nashville next week. That’s because many of the country’s preeminent pipe organ virtuosos will be in town, dashing off toccatas, fugues and concertos as part of the American Guild of Organists 51st National Convention. This year’s biennial event, which has attracted 1,500 or so registrants […]

Film review: Lyrical ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ a Visual Marvel

Like most critics that have reviewed Moonrise Kingdom I am as gung-ho about it as Edward Norton’s Scout Master Ward is about the Khaki Scout movement he earnestly serves. It is a lyrical visual marvel. Wes Anderson’s seventh feature film (his first since the delightful 2009 animated flick Fantastic Mr. Fox and his latest live-action piece since The Darjeeling […]

Nashville Symphony tickets set to go on sale

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra has just sent out a press release (reprinted below) announcing that tickets for its 2012-13 season are about to go on sale. The release mentions a lot of famous names – Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell and (yikes) Boyz II Men – but, alas, fails to mention any of the […]

Ballet celebrates Christmas in July

OK, so it’s 100 degree outside right now. Nevertheless, the Nashville Ballet still believes we have a reason to live. Starting Monday, tickets for the ballet’s 2012-13 season will go on sale, and the company will offer a nice discount on tickets for the world’s most popular cold-weather ballet – the Nashville Nutcracker. We feel […]

Chris Walters sings the blues at the Jazz Cave

Pianist, vocalist and composer Chris Walters, along with a topflight band, adroitly blended lyrical sophistication and musical flair Friday night in an excellent performance at the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave. The concert nicely mixed thematic elements. Sometimes it was a showcase for a skilled instrumental ensemble that was equally effective doing suites with intricate […]

Dance groups will headline at Fringe Fest

The third annual Nashville Fringe Festival bills itself as “a celebration of the arts featuring music, dance, crafts, spoken word, film and performance art of all varieties.” Dance will be well-represented at the festival, with Inimois Dance, Kirstin Kapustik, Kim & Company, Simone Sobers, Gierre Godley, Heritage Dance Project and Shauna Dever all scheduled to […]

Classical review: Conductor Alastair Willis is back with Beethoven

For its second Beethoven festival concert of the summer season, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra joined forces with an old friend. Alastair Willis, who led the NSO in a Grammy-nominated recording of Ravel a few years ago, was back on the podium on Friday night as guest conductor. The musicians must have been glad to have […]

Commentary: The Future of Nashville Theater is Bright

A week has passed since I saw the excellent Sideshow Ensemble @ Actors Bridge production of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s dark comedy boom. It still has my imagination in its grasp. Why? The troupe put on a very memorable show at the Belmont Black Box Theatre. It was a finely crafted production from Michael Redman’s museum-meets-Metropolis […]

Film review: Promising ‘Seeking a Friend’ Skewered By Sentiment

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the feel-good comedy of the year!” Ah, no. It is an off-kilter romantic comedy that ultimately buries itself in good feelings, which in this case is a shame. The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is a sweet-natured flick that […]

‘Paper Bag Princess’ Premieres at Theater Bug’s New Home

It’s a new show in a new space: The Theater Bug will premiere The Paper Bag Princess on June 29. It’s a musical based on the acclaimed children’s book of the same name by Robert Munsch. Theater Bug founder Cori Anne Laemmel has written the musical’s book and co-written the music with Eric Fritsch. The […]

BRT Has (Circus) Magic To Do Just For You In ‘Pippin’ Revival

FRANKLIN, TENN. – The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT), Williamson County’s original and longest-running professional theatre company, follows its successful run of Next to Normal with an imaginative take on the Stephen Schwartz/Bob Fosse extravaganza Pippin. The production will run from July 6th through the 28th at the theatre’s iconic namesake venue in the historic Factory […]

Live on the Green announces first act

There’s nothing like a little voodoo mysticism to kick off a music season. That’s exactly what Live on the Green plans to do this September, when it launches its fourth annual series with a performance by legendary New Orleans bluesman Dr. John. “Dr. John has been a part of music history for more than four […]

Classical preview: NSO to play community concert

If music be the food of love, then the Nashville Symphony Orchestra has the perfect repast for you. The orchestra under the direction of associate conductor Kelly Corcoran will play a splendiferous community concert this Tuesday, June 19, at Centennial Park. Pack a picnic basket and bring the family early to enjoy the 7:30 p.m. […]

Idina Menzel: Barefoot with the NSO

Fontanel Mansion and Farm used to be the home of country music entertainer Barbara Mandrell. On Saturday night, it briefly became the domain of a very different diva, this one named Menzel. Idina Menzel, the popular Broadway vocalist, was at Woods Amphitheater, on the grounds of the old Mandrell estate, to perform with the Nashville […]

Classical review: NSO, Eroica Trio open Beethoven fest

Beethoven would seem to need a music festival about as much as Harry Potter needs a book fest. The great composer’s music is well represented on symphonic programs. It requires no additional attention. But that’s not stopping the Nashville Symphony Orchestra from throwing a Beethoven bash this June.  The NSO is presenting three festival concerts […]

Film review: ‘Hysteria’ Mischievous But Muddled Movie

Hysteria makes welcome mischief with rigid Victorian mores, but its muddled tale leaves one wondering about focus. Is it a ribald farce, a more refined romantic comedy or a sly dramatic treatise on sexism? It’s understandable if director Tanya Wexler and husband-and-wife scriptwriters Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer want this film to be all those […]

Pittsburgh-Based Playwright Wins 2012 Primus Prize

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announced Thursday that playwright Tammy Ryan has won the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods. She receives $10,000, a wall plaque and a chance to be celebrated at an upcoming ATCA conference. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, […]

NSO wins award for adventurous programming

Congratulations are in order for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which has once again won important recognition for its commitment to contemporary American music. The NSO was presented with an ASCAP Award for its programming at last week’s League of American Orchestra’s conference. The award caps off a season that featured three important world-premiere performances and […]

Darkhorse Premiere For Emmy Winner’s ‘So She Lived’ Play

Six-time Emmy-winning composer Chris Boardman will premiere his first play this week in Nashville. So She Lived will make its initial bow at the Darkhorse Theater this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Boardman’s luminous credits in TV and films – he was Oscar-nominated for his work in The Color Purple – include projects involving such show biz […]