Poor Bonnie. All she wanted to do was take a little road trip to surprise her fiancé Jedidiah, who’s off training to be a youth pastor at a mountain retreat (and who seems to have stopped returning her calls). I mean, what could go wrong?

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Under the direction of Scene fave Jon Royal, the Nashville Repertory Theatre has kicked off its new Young Voices Competition. Twenty-two students from around the city studied the works of acclaimed playwright and poet Idris Goodwin and chose a poem or monologue to perform from his collected …

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I've just realized. If you’re also surprised by this news, maybe you don’t have anything planned. You can get in the spirit with a series produced by the Nashville Repertory Theater, Actually Love: Dramatic Readings of Historical Love Letters. Released o…

On Monday, Verge Theater Company continues conVERGEnce, the virtual discussion series that has been opening up conversations about representation in theater. Past discussions centered on anti-racism and reimagining arts institutions. At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Verge will host New Works as a P…

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and already the Tennessee Performing Arts Center has wrapped up the perfect treat with its newly filmed version of Mark Cabus’ acclaimed solo performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But what started as a way to reach local students has emerged…

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In October, the small-but-mighty Verge Theater Company kicked off conVERGEnce, a series of conversations with theater makers and arts professionals that address contemporary issues in the industry from the sound booth to the board room. Ahead of that virtual discussion, Verge board member Te…

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Along with the industries of music, film and visual art, theater is having a reckoning about systemic racism. In June, a group of more than 300 BIPOC theater makers formed the group WE SEE YOU, WHITE AMERICAN THEATER and published a letter excoriating the industry for the inequitable practic…

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Within days of the COVID-19 shutdown in March, local theater companies began fielding a barrage of questions from concerned patrons. When will performances resume? What does this mean for ticket holders? Four months later, struggling arts organizations face an even more pressing conundrum — …

Since 2011, Tennessee Performing Arts Center has been putting local students in the spotlight with its Disney Musicals in Schools program. In fact, TPAC Education and Metro Nashville Public Schools actually pioneered the innovative program, when they were selected by Disney Theatrical Group …

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Nashville Repertory Theatre brought its season-reveal party online yesterday, announcing the first of its 2020-21 productions on Facebook, Instagram and on the nonprofit’s website. Karen Sternberg — who destroyed us all as Blanche DuBois in February’s A Streetcar Named Desire — announced the…

There’s a longstanding debate in the theater world — is sound a technical field or an artistic form? For Nashville-based director-designer William Kyle Odum, it’s both.

With a blend of classics and new hit sensations, there’s something for everyone in Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s 2020-21 Broadway season.

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From Joan Didion to Gabriel García Márquez, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, literature is often preoccupied with memory, a theme that Nashville Story Garden takes on in If You Forget Me. Written by Chicago-based playwright Nora Leahy — who is also managing director of that city’s Jackalo…

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Since arriving in Nashville in 2013, Carrie Brewer has earned a solid reputation as an actor, singer and teaching artist. But Brewer also is an accomplished fight choreographer, having worked extensively in the indie theater scene in New York and teaching stage combat at The American Musical…

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Hamilton is the hottest ticket in town. But as theater lovers throughout the region snatch up tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster hit — which arrives at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Dec. 31 — some local students are busy creating their own stories.

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If you’d asked artist and writer Bandy a few years ago about the idea of sharing a deeply personal poem in front of an audience, they would have said it was impossible. But that was before they joined the Poverty and the Arts (POVA) Artist Collective in April.

Patrick Cassidy is rightfully proud of his theatrical career, which spans nearly 40 years and includes Broadway, film and television. But these days, the acclaimed actor, director and educator is most eager to discuss his new leading role — as artistic director for Studio Tenn in Franklin.

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In July, the internet lost its collective mind when the trailer for Tom Hopper’s film adaptation of Cats hit YouTube. Yes, that Cats — the fourth-longest-running musical on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s totally unnecessary fever dream adapted from T.S. Eliot’s even less necessary book of p…

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If you lately feel a little squirmy, a little squirrely, a little unusually patriotic, you might be awaiting Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the founding fathers won 11 Tonys in 2016, and seats in New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre are still hard to snag. The touring pro…

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Navigating what’s known to education theorists as the school-to-prison pipeline takes much more than a glance at a few statistics, but demographic information about our schools can be telling. In Nashville, Hume Fogg Magnet High School’s student population is 24 percent black, and 7 percent …

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Thanks in part to the gamer-geek characters in Netflix’s Stranger Things, Dungeons & Dragons is experiencing a revival in the popular imagination. And why shouldn’t it? The influence of the quintessential role-playing game is evident in even our most advanced modern technological gamepla…

Theater enthusiasts are in for a treat as TPAC kicks off another strong season with the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. The musical is scheduled to run in TPAC’s Jackson Hall Sept. 10-15, and in honor of its appearance, the production is hosting a digital lotte…

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Billed as a dark comedy, Pittsburgh-based artist Mora V. Harris’ highly imaginative new work, You Are What You, centers on a competitive eater named Francie. The play — which is currently receiving its world-premiere run at The Barbershop Theater courtesy of Garden Theatre Company — showcase…

Acclaimed Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will open the season at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Sept. 10-15. The play, which won the Tony award for Best Musical in 2017, has something special in store for each city on its tour, including Nashville. Fans can see their likeness as part of…

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Local all-ages theater company The Theater Bug will mount a new production of Showmance — the third edition of the company’s most popular play — July 25-Aug. 10 at New Life Baptist Church. The musical was written by The Theater Bug artistic director Cori Anne Laemmel and Eric Fitsch. The sho…

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It’s been said that there are only a handful of stories out there, their basic structures all a part of our cultural knowledge. We tell these stories — voyage and return, star-crossed lovers, Icarus flying too close to the sun — because we hope there are still more lessons they might teach u…

The internet has lost its mind over the new trailer for Cats — the first movie version of the fourth-longest-running musical on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s totally unnecessary fever dream adapted from T.S. Eliot’s even less necessary book of poetry, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Amid changes at large theater institutions, Actors Bridge, The Barbershop Collective and more are pushing the boundaries