Motown the Musical highlights TPAC 2015-16 season

Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL First National Tour Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2014

Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL First National Tour
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2014

Motown is coming to town! The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a storybook lineup that blends long-awaited returns with six of the hottest Broadway titles in its upcoming 2015-16 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series and Broadway special engagements. Prime among them is the Nashville premiere of Motown the Musical coming in February, 2016.

Motown the Musical began as one man’s story, became everyone’s music, and is now Broadway’s musical. It is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives, and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown the Musical. Running February 16-21, 2016, this is the perfect way to celebrate Black History Month.

TPAC will bring The Phantom of the Opera to Nashville in a spectacular new production for a two-week run March 9-20, 2016. This beloved blockbuster will be paired with six new Broadway titles making their Nashville debuts, including Dirty Dancing and Bullets Over Broadway, as well as the Tony Award-winning hits Matilda the Musical, The Bridges of Madison County and If/Then.

Also, TPAC announced a trio of special Broadway presentations, including the first national tour of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which features a contemporary take on the classic tale. Other specials include the highly anticipated returns of Mamma Mia!, and NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Our theme for the coming year is, ‘Stories you remember, shows you’ll never forget,’” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president/chief executive officer, speaking to a crowd of season ticket holders, group leaders, donors, special guests, and media. “We wanted to offer audiences a chance to revisit some of their favorite Broadway productions as well as a chance to experience without boundaries the familiar characters, stories, and music from other titles in a way that only Broadway can provide.”

A full calendar of the 2015-16 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series and special presentations is listed below:

2015-16 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC:

Dirty Dancing – September 22 to September 27
Bullets Over Broadway – November 10 to November 15
Matilda The Musical – January 26 to January 31, 2016
Motown The Musical – February 16 to February 21, 2016
The Phantom of the Opera – March 9 to March 20, 2016
The Bridges of Madison County – May 10 to May 15, 2016
If/Then – June 7 to June 12, 2016

Special presentations:
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella October 20 through October 25, 2015
Mamma Mia! – April 26 to May 1
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – May 31 to June 5

For more information on the 2015-16 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, visit the website at <TPAC.org/Broadway>, where season tickets may be purchased, or call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615-782-6560, or 1-800-410-4216 if you live outside Nashville. You may also visit the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville. For information on group tickets, call the TPAC Group Sales staff at 615-782-4060.