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‘Rudolph’ Star Lexy Baeza Has Prepared Long and Well For Role

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You might say Los Angeles-based performer Lexy Baeza has been preparing for years to play the title character in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; at the age of eight she played Toto in a production of The Wizard of Oz and more recently was John Darling (as well as an understudy for the role […]

We Always Give Thanks for Nashville Rep’s ‘A Christmas Story’

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As we give thanks today we know Christmas is coming. That means many things, but one of the best things about the holiday season in Nashville is the beloved annual presentation of A Christmas Story by Nashville Repertory Theatre. And we’re thankful that tradition resumes Friday with a preview performance and runs through Dec. 21 at Tennessee Performing […]

Theater Review: Like So Many, I Believe in ‘The Book of Mormon’!

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What else can a reviewer write about that awesome musical The Book of Mormon? At least a few tons in word-weight have been deservedly heaped on this theatrical-satirical hysterical-comical (and not-so-secretly sweet) smash since it arrived on Broadway with a multi-award-winning thunderclap more than three years ago. Now the national tour (more precisely, the second national tour […]

Interrobang?! – Money, Opportunity & the Development of “Talent”

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In his excellent book The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life, author Robert Fritz explains that human beings, like water, will naturally follow the path of least resistance, and that the only way to change the path of a river is to change the direction of the riverbed. […]

Studio Tenn Marks Christmas Season with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Studio Tenn Theatre Company debuts a new Christmas production this year, combining the cherished nostalgia of an iconic screen classic with the magic and immediacy of live theater – It’s A Wonderful Life runs Dec. 4-21 at Jamison Hall in The Factory at Franklin. A first for Studio Tenn, this production replaces A […]

Works by Charles Mee, Pig Iron Theatre Co in Humana 39 Slate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein today announced the lineup for the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays. A highlight of the cultural calendar for theatergoers, playwrights and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 4 through April 12, 2015. This year’s festival program […]

Theater Review: Fresh Take Makes ‘Camelot’ Shine Again

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In the grand setting of Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall that one brief shining moment glows again with a Camelot that’s about story and not star power of more than one stripe. T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” provided an excellent source for Alan Jay Lerner’s book, his lyrics and Frederick Loewe’s score […]

Theater Review: ‘Chicago’ Still Knows How to Razzle-Dazzle

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Welcome back to the Music City, Chicago. You still know how to razzle-dazzle us. This is the fourth time the tour of the John Kander/Fred Ebb/Bob Fosse megahit musical has hit Tennessee Performing Arts Center, but the first appearance in Jackson Hall since May 2005. And it still has all that jazz. Why? Well, it’s […]

All That Jazz: ‘Chicago’ with John O’Hurley at TPAC This Week

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John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld“) and colleagues are giving Nashville that ole razzle-dazzle this week as the four-decade hit musical Chicago plays Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall. Tickets (starting at just $25) are available at TPAC.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office (505 Deaderick St.) in downtown Nashville. For group tickets please […]

Belmont Hosts ‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ with Patricia Ward Kelly

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The Belmont Theatre and Dance Department has arranged quite a treat for lovers of dance and movies: on Oct. 24 and 25 Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer, will take Troutt Theater guests behind the scenes to share an intimate portrait of the man that changed the look of dance on film forever and […]

Theater Review: Nashville Rep ‘Sweeney’ a Worthy Return Trip

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Nashville Repertory Theatre has returned to London with a wickedly wonderful revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that is well worth another trip. The complicated words and notes of Stephen Sondheim’s delicious dark confection (sharpened to a razor’s edge by Hugh Wheeler’s devilishly delightful book) are once again served up by […]

No Place Like London: Attend Nashville Rep’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

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Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd indeed. When the (just rechristened) troupe formerly known as Tennessee Repertory Theatre presented the 1979 Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical masterwork in 2008, the sold-out run, featuring Lane Davies as the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and Martha Wilkinson as that very special pie baker Mrs. Lovett, wowed reviewers (including […]

Boiler Room Theatre Goes ‘Legally Blonde’ For Five-Show Run

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) opens the second show of its 14th season with the frothy, fun and energetic hit Legally Blonde the Musical that plays Tuesday through Saturday at historic Franklin Theatre with a cast led by Franklin native Laura L. Thomas. The opening performance of Legally Blonde this Tuesday (Sept. 30) is already sold out. Tickets are going fast […]

New Name: TN Rep Becomes Nashville Repertory Theatre

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Tennessee Repertory Theatre is now Nashville Repertory Theatre. The name change was announced today at a party in the Emma Bistro Cafe celebrating the group’s three decades as Music City’s flagship Equity theater company and the 2014-15 season that begins in October with Sweeney Todd. And with the new name there’s a new web address for the troupe: […]

‘Once’ Moves Seamlessly From Indie Screen to Musical Stage

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When doing a stage musical based on a beloved film it makes sense to not fix what isn’t broken. The creative folks behind Once certainly understood that when they adapted the 2007 film; adding two more songs from original “Guy” and “Girl” Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová to the theater version, plus a book by […]

Sincerity the Key to Heralded Actors’ Gang ‘Midsummer’ at OZ

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The Actors’ Gang has produced many highly acclaimed theatrical works since Tim Robbins (a multi-talented artist who won an Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in the film Mystic River) founded the troupe in 1981. That rapturous response may stem from the sincerity with which the company approaches the plays they perform, according […]

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Ready to Hit Street’s In Concert Series

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Street Theatre Company brings the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar to musical life as part of its acclaimed In Concert series beginning this Friday. The beloved theatrical brainchild of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (with lyrics from Tim Rice) tells the well-known Gospel story from the unique perspective of Judas Iscariot and explores the human side of Jesus’ […]

Tradition! Studio Tenn Plays Like a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – For the past 50 years Fiddler on the Roof has delighted and touched the hearts of audiences the world over. Now as the new theater season dawns Studio Tenn Theatre Company pays tribute with its own fresh take on one of musical theater’s most enduring shows starting Thursday and running through Sept. 21 in Studio […]

Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies 2014-15 Ingram New Works Fellow

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Add another very distinguished award-winning playwright to the impressive list of Ingram New Works Fellows at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Donald Margulies‘ plays include Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, God Of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What’s Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut. Among […]

Stratford Festival 2014 Review: Vibrant Timely Views of Madness

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STRATFORD, Ontario – Set amid the bucolic rolling hills of Southern Ontario, the small industrial town of Stratford would initially appear to be an unusual location for a theatrical tourist mecca that draws hundreds of play-going thousands each year from all over the world. However, for those with a deep and abiding love for William Shakespeare plays […]