Evita opens the Broadway season, Kayla Rowser is Cinderella, Linsey Sterling plays, and there’s a Hip Hop Nutcracker; and these are only a few highlights. This fall there is so much awesome entertainment to enjoy at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
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 TPAC built right here in Music City, using the finest talents from Nashville and New York.
Following its initial debut as a rock opera concept album in 1976, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit stage production of Evita swept the 1980 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and others and has been performed all over the world. Enjoy the production Friday, September 9 through September 18, 2016 in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.
Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella will be performed at James K. Polk Theater, beginning Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2016. Choreography and Story interpretation by Paul Vasterling; live music performed by the Nashville Symphony, based on music by Sergei Prokofiev. All ages can enjoy this production that runs 2 hours (including 2 intermissions).
A final stroke of midnight changes it all when a beautiful princess, handsome prince and glass slipper come together on stage for a sparkling rendition of the fairytale Cinderella. Two menacing stepsisters (hilariously played by men) inject a little bit of humor into this whimsical love story that chances fate. A refreshing take on the classic tale, Vasterling’s Cinderella shows that anything can happen with a little magic—and determination.
Cinderella will be at TPAC’s Polk Theater for five (5) performances: Friday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. – (LIMITED AVAILABILITY); Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 18, at 1 p.m. – (SOLD OUT); and Sunday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets NOW if you want to see Kayla Rowser in the title role; she stars on Friday night, and the Saturday and Sunday matinees only. Sarah Cordia is scheduled for the lead on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough Tour 2016 will be at Andrew Jackson Hall on Thursday, October 10, at 8:00 p.m. Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Ariz., Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 8 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.4 billion views on her YouTube channel, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.
To date, Lindsey’s tours have sold over 500,000 headline tickets worldwide. In January 2016, Lindsey released her first book with Simon& Schuster, a memoir called “The Only Pirate at the Party.” Additionally, Stirling is the model of a modern independent recording artist who has a symbiotic relationship with her fans. A motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker will be at James K. Polk Theater November 25, at 7:00 p.m. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.
Other upcoming events include Hannibal Buress – The Hannibal Montanabal Experience at James K. Polk Theater Sunday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. Nashville Opera presents Don Giovanni at Andrew Jackson Hall October 6 through October 8. Nashville Repertory Theatre presents Noises Off at Andrew Johnson Theater October 13 through November 5, and Rent—20th Anniversary Tour will be at Andrew Jackson Hall October 18 through October 23.
Don’t miss Black Ballerina on PBS Monday, September 26, 11:00 pm on NPT-HD
Black Ballerina is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the over-whelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Sixty years ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson (the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s first black ballerina) confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in segregated mid-century America.
In 2015, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas, and find that many of the same obstacles their predecessors faced are still evident in the ballet world today. Through interviews with current and former ballet dancers along with engaging archival photos and film, the one-hour documentary uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers on a subject that reaches far outside the art world and compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.
View Additional Airings Tuesday Sept 27 late midnight/Wed. Sept. 28 at 12:00 am on NPT2; and early Saturday mornng Oct 1 at 5:00 am NPT2.