TPAC announces 2017-18 Broadway season

Charity Angél Dawson (Becky) is beyond excited to step into the role of Becky down at the diner in WAITRESS! She’s been part of the production since its Cambridge run, where she originated the role of Nurse Norma. She has previously appeared on Broadway in Side Show; on Tours in: The Color Purple, Dreamgirls; and done Regional roles in: Waitress, A.R.T.; Kiss Me, Kate; The Wiz; West Side Story.

Charity Angél Dawson (Becky) is beyond excited to step into the role of Becky down at the diner in WAITRESS! She’s been part of the production since its Cambridge run, where she originated the role of Nurse Norma. She has previously appeared on Broadway in Side Show; on Tours in: The Color Purple, Dreamgirls; and done Regional roles in: Waitress, A.R.T.; Kiss Me, Kate; The Wiz; West Side Story.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announced its 2017-18 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, and delighted in plans for presenting for the first time ever the world premiere of a developmental production of PART OF THE PLAN, a new, original musical written by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris and scored with the music and lyrics of famed singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg.

Produced by K-Squared Entertainment and co-produced by TPAC, PART OF THE PLAN follows three turbulent decades in the lives of an adopted boy and the teenaged girl of privilege who was forced to give him up and explores themes of love, loss, renewal, and how everything in life happens for a reason.

This poignant and powerful new work launches a blockbuster season that includes the Nashville debuts of contemporary Broadway hits like the ground-breaking 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical FUN HOME; the gorgeous Tony Award-winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin; the irresistible hit musical WAITRESS, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film and featuring original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award® nominee Sara Bareilles and the long-awaited continuation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ultimate love story, LOVE NEVER DIES, the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

The season also will feature beloved classic titles like the breathtaking Lincoln Center Theater production of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I; a new production based on the Tony-Winning revival of Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of CABARET and the highly anticipated return of WICKED, which will play four weeks in 2018.

In addition, TPAC will present several special Broadway engagements, including the summer debut of DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID; the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical, JERSEY BOYS; Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, which last played Nashville in 2011; and a limited engagement of the mind-blowing THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY.

“We’re so fortunate to have access to a deep and rich menu of classic and contemporary Broadway titles to present in Nashville,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer, during the annual event for season ticket holders, sponsors, donors, group leaders and enthusiastic fans of the arts. “Along with returning fan favorites only available on tour, our season brings new productions that explore relevant themes and current issues, bringing them to life on stage in extraordinary ways. We hope audiences will find themselves in these stories and make new connections with those around them through the shared experience of live theatre.”

Dates for the 2017-18 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Series

PART OF THE PLAN – September 8 to September 24, 2017
FUN HOME – October 10 to October 15, 2017
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – October 31 to November 5, 2017
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I – January 30 to February 4, 2018
CABARET – February 27 to March 4, 2018
WICKED – April 3 to April 8, 2018 (Week 2)
WAITRESS – June 5 to June 10, 2018
LOVE NEVER DIES – June 19 to June 24, 2018

See these performances this month at TPAC

Riverdance—The 20th Anniversary World Tour will be at Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN – April 21 through April 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. Riverdance—The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be at Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN – April 25 through April 30, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play, is coming to Nashville as part of the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season! Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony® winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.