Archives for July 2012

Dance Theatre of Tennessee announces innovative third season

Imagine the magic that ballet can work on the imagination of a wide-eyed eight-year-old boy or girl. It’s not that hard, since it’s happened before. Christopher Mohnani was just eight when he attended his first ballet, an outdoor performance of Don Quixote. The event changed his life. “I loved the beauty and athleticism of the […]

Film review: ‘Beasts’ Paints Inspiring Vision on Fantasy Canvas

We’ve all seen movie posters with such statements as “A celebration of life!” or “A triumph of the human spirit!” emblazoned on them. Such assessments are usually mere hype, but not for the glorious gem that is Beasts of the Southern Wild. While I’m quoting typically tired marketing lines, here’s another: “If you see just […]

99 and All Is Fine: Happy Birthday to Clara Hieronymus!

PHOTOS BY MARTHA HIERONYMUS Today the great Tennessean theater critic and arts journalist – and longtime American Theatre Critics Association secretary as well as former chair and co-founder – Clara Hieronymus is 99! The following pictures were taken today in Savannah, Tenn. 99 and All Is Fine! Clara goes every Wednesday to the nursing home adjacent […]

‘Nutty Professor’ Scenic Designer Gallo Creates Story Canvas

David Gallo has won acclaim for his scenic designs all over the world. An incomplete list of places where his prodigious talents can be found includes theater, live music, television, industrial shows and even the circus. Gallo has many facets to his work, but at heart he’s one thing – a storyteller. And it’s obvious […]

2012 First Night Theater Honorees Revealed at Preview Party

Eight individuals with significant contributions to Nashville theater are members of the 2012 Class of First Night Honorees. Their names were announced Monday night by First Night founder and executive producer Jeffrey Ellis during the annual First Night Preview Party at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre. In addition to those honorees, nine men were named as […]

Amun Ra Theatre’s End Begins New Chapter for carr, Colleagues

Amun Ra Theatre is ending an 11-year run on the Nashville theater scene. But for founder jeff obafemi carr and his colleagues there is much to celebrate as a new chapter in their artistic lives begins. “When we started it, there was the idea that we would expose the hidden light of African-American culture through […]

‘Beasts’ Co-Producer, Actor At Belcourt For Screening Q&As

The highly acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild opens Friday, July 27, at the Belcourt Theatre with co-producer and Nashville native Matthew Parker and New Orleans baker-turned-actor Dwight Henry, who plays Wink in the film, in attendance, it was announced this week. Parker and Henry will be there for special post-film Q&A sessions following the 7:45 […]

Film review: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ brings trilogy to a heroic end

The Dark Knight Rises is filled with inevitability. Surely, it was foreordained that Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, would emerge from self-imposed exile if finally faced with a worthy foe. It was likewise assured that their fated confrontations would be as violent and relentless as the nearly three-hour-long, percussion-heavy soundtrack that accompanies director […]

Tickets For ‘Stand’ Go on Sale Friday

Tickets for Nashville playwright Jim Reyland’s Stand go on sale Friday at  The new play is directed by David Compton and stars Barry Scott and Chip Arnold. All 36 performances will raise funds to benefit Room In The Inn. The play runs for 12 consecutive weekends beginning Aug. 24. All general admission tickets are $15 […]

NSO awarded grants

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra has been awarded grants from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. These funds will be used to sustain its commitment to enriching the community through music and arts education and to commissioning and recording new American repertoire. The Symphony, one of […]

Nashville Opera Adds Second ‘Sound of Music’ Sing-a-long

Franklin Theatre will be alive with even more of The Sound of Music in August. Nashville Opera has announced an additional screening of its “Sound of Music Sing-A-Long” to accommodate the tremendous demand for tickets. The audience participation event now features two screenings on Sunday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the […]

Krall renews love affair with Nashville

Jazz/pop songstress Diana Krall loves playing Nashville, and the attraction is mutual. Friday night she returned to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the midst of her biggest tour since 2009, and played an exhaustive, mostly outstanding 135-minute set plus encore before another sellout crowd. She got a loud ovation initially, and standing ones at the end […]

A Peek Behind the Curtain as ‘Nutty Professor’ Debut Approaches

PHOTOS FOR ARTSNASH BY RICK MALKIN What follows are photographs taken last Wednesday during the media day for The Nutty Professor at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. There are also some quote excerpts collected that day during and after a press conference, a rehearsal and (in the case of composer Marvin Hamlisch) by phone interview with ArtsNash. Previews […]

‘Earnest’ Actor Mark Cabus Finds New Home in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. – Mark Cabus became a well-respected actor/director/writer during his years in Nashville. Now he’s part of Atlanta’s bustling theater scene, and he’s presently playing one of Oscar Wilde’s great creations. The Belmont University graduate is drawing laughs and praise for his portrayal of Lady Bracknell in Georgia Shakespeare’s revival of The Importance of […]

Theater review: Boiler Room Theatre’s ‘Pippin’ Finds Its Corner of the Sky

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Pippin has tried (and often found) its corner of the sky since the musical hit Broadway in 1972. It certainly soars to the heights at Boiler Room Theatre. The imaginative directing vision of Paul J. Cook has transformed the strolling players of the Stephen Schwartz/Roger O. Hirson/Bob Fosse smash into circus performers. That touch enhances […]

Belcourt Promotes Silverman and Names New Board Officers

The Belcourt Theatre Board of Directors has promoted managing director Stephanie Silverman to executive director, according to an announcement made today. In addition, the Board elected new officers for its 2012-2013 term. Donna Drehmann, president of customer experience consulting firm Listen, Learn, Live, will serve as board chairman; Van Pond, Jr., architect and principal of […]

‘Pokerface’ Concludes Darkhorse Run Before Windy City Beckons

John Holleman’s play Pokerface  concludes its Darkhorse Theater presentation this Thursday, Friday and Saturday before heading to Chicago for a short run. The play was produced in several theaters around the country after its original production in Nashville in 1996. For that production the play had the title Fish or Cut Bait and was directed […]

Second Annual Sideshow Fringe Festival Comes Alive in August

Sideshow @ Actors Bridge presents the second annual Sideshow Fringe Festival: Nashville’s Progressive Performing Arts Event. The four-day festival runs in the Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhood Aug. 2-5. The Sideshow Fringe Festival unites progressive art and adventurous audiences featuring theatre and related live presentations with an emphasis on innovation. Dance, music, puppetry, aerial arts, juggling, circus arts, […]

Shakespeare in the Park ‘Much Ado’ Will Swing With 1940s Flavor

There’s a 1940s flavor to the upcoming Nashville Shakespeare Festival production of Much Ado About Nothing that runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 16 at Centennial Park. The play, which marks the festival’s 25th annual Shakespeare in the Park, will be performed Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening. […]

AGO concludes convention with dramatic premiere

The American Guild of Organists ended its 51st national convention on Friday night with a major world premiere at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Composer Roberto Sierra supplied the music, a Concerto for Organ and Orchestra that mixed Baroque concertante style with Latin rhythms and modern orchestrations. Organist Todd Wilson gave a bracing solo, which received […]