The 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Season will sparkle with recent Broadway hits – including recent Tony-winning Best Musical and Best Play selections – and traditional favorites as well as a first-ever union with a local theater troupe. It’s understatement to say there’s something for everyone here; quite bluntly if you don’t care for any of the selections it’s hard to imagine you’re a fan of theater.
“As a whole, our series honors a wide variety of traditions in American music and Broadway musicals,” TPAC President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen O’Brien says in a statement sent to Nashville Arts Critic as the organization she leads prepared to announce next season’s slate during an event in the venue’s Jackson Hall tonight. “What I like best about next season is its diversity the mix of great classics and the best of the cutting-edge productions in New York from the past few years. We are exceedingly proud of the high entertainment and artistic value of every single show on the season. Each is exceptional entertainment. In some cases, our audiences will be transported to another place and time. In others, they’ll be swept away with joy and inspiration. In all cases, I am certain that our audiences will be appreciate every minute of the magic, the music, and the power of the live performance.
“After 34 years of presenting Broadway, we are doing something we’ve never done before in presenting a collaboration with a local theater company on our season. We have wanted to present Evita for some time, and when we found out Studio Tenn wanted to produce that show the stars aligned for us to seize the opportunity. This allows us to present a highly-anticipated title, build it using Nashville’s creative capability, cast it with Broadway stars, and provide audiences the chance to experience the incredible artistry, design, and craftsmanship behind its creation.
“Every year, we look for common threads among the shows in our Broadway season, and we could call this the season of award-winners and audience favorites. Over half of our season titles received the Tony Award for Best Musical, another was named Best Play, and two others received multiple nominations and wins. Without exception, each of the shows have done extremely well on Broadway, in London, or on tour.”
Now on with the schedule:
Activist, suffragist, and venerated celebrity, Eva Perón captivated a nation as Argentina’s First Lady. The international musical sensation EVITA chronicles her life and work, from her humble beginnings in the rural lowlands of South America through her ascent to fame, fortune, and untimely death. Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa stars in Studio Tenn’s custom-designed presentation, a collaboration with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center built here in Music City, using the finest talents from Nashville and New York. Following its initial debut as rock opera concept album in 1976, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit stage production of EVITA swept the 1980 Tony Awards – winning Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and others – and has been performed all over the world.
RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
January 24-29, 2017
The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER received ten 2014 Tony Award nominations, eventually winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
February 14-19, 2017
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a brand new production directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
March 21-26, 2017
THE BODYGUARD is the award-winning musical, based on the smash hit film, starring Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment In Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
April 25-30, 2017
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME on Broadway is the recipient of five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. The production was named among the Top 10 productions of 2014 by amNY, Asbury Park Press, Associated Press, Bergen Record, Broadway.com, Broadway Insider, Chicago Tribune, Daily News, Deadline, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, New York Post, NY-1, The New York Times, Playbill, Star Ledger, Time Magazine, Time Out New York and Towleroad.
BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
May 23-28, 2017
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager. By the time she reached her twenties, King had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. BEAUTIFUL features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and the title song.
June 27 – July 2, 2017
SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash (with music and lyrics co-written by Nashville’s Wayne Kirkpatrick) tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared!” (New York Magazine).
2016-17 Broadway Special Add-ons
NOTE: Season ticket holders and groups receive priority seating for the Broadway Special shows below.
THE BOOK OF MORMON
November 15-20, 2016
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show says “It’s genius. It’s brilliant. It’s phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park, and it’s back in Nashville! Contains explicit language.
April 21-23, 2017
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of RIVERDANCE.
For more information on the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, visit TPAC.org/Broadway, where season tickets may be purchased, call TPAC Subscriber Services at (615) 782-6560 or visit the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick St. in downtown Nashville. For information on group tickets, call the TPAC Group Sales staff at (615) 782-4060.
*Artwork as well as photos of Kristen Beth Williams (Sibella Hallward), Kevin Massey (Monty Navarro) and Adrienne Eller (Phoebe D’Ysquith) in A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, Alex Sharp (Christopher Boone) in THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Brian d’Arcy James and Brad Oscar with the cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN! and Abby Mueller (Carole King) with Britney Coleman, Sarah Bockel and Ashley Blanchet from BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, all by Joan Marcus, courtesy TPAC.