At the theatre: Urinetown the Musical and Sayre

Cast members performing a scene from the play Urinetown.

See two different but amazing local productions. One is a Tony award-winning musical satire and the other is an original local production dealing with mature and possibly triggering subjects such as sexual assault/#metoo, domestic violence, suicide, LGBTQ inclusivity and women’s rights including healthcare access and abortion.

Nashville Repertory Theatre is celebrating a major milestone since becoming Nashville’s premier regional theatre in 1985, and the highly anticipated 35th Season opened last weekend with Urinetown the MusicalUrinetown the Musical is a musical satire, envisioning a world where a water shortage has forced the regulation of private toilets. Anyone who can’t afford to pay to pee is sent off to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” The Tony Award-winning show follows brave young hero Bobby Strong as he leads a rebellion against Caldwell B. Cladwell and the corrupt Urine Good Company. With fantastic music and clever comedy, Urinetown the Musical runs through September 29 in TPAC’s Johnson Theater.

Directing the show is Jason Tucker, who has assembled a cast of Nashville favorites and new faces to bring Urinetown the Musical to the stage. Galen Crawley and Jacob York lead as comedic duo Little Sally and narrator Officer Lockstock. Mitchell Ryan Miller stars as Bobby Strong alongside Mariah Parris as ingenue Hope Cladwell. Chip Arnold plays the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, and Megan Murphy Chambers plays Penelope Pennywise, manager of the poorest public restroom in town.

The cast is completed by Derek Whittaker, Matthew Carlton, Samuel Whited, Rona Carter, Garris Wimmer, Tamiko Robinson Steele, Scott Rice, Meggan Utech, Mike Sallee, Maria Logan, Juan Graterol, and Ayla Williams. Pamela Atha choreographed, and Kelsi Fulton conducts asassistant music director. Teresa Driver is stage manager. Christopher Jones is Nashville Rep’s director of production. Gary C. Hoff, Randy Craft, Dalton Hamilton, Colleen Garatoni, and Amanda Creech designed the show’s set, sound, lights, costumes, and props, respectively.

Details on all ticket options can be found at nashvillerep.org/tickets and tickets for all Nashville Rep shows can be purchased from TPAC’s box office at 615-782-4040.

Top row from left to right: Shalen Espinoza, Jay Delworth, Chloe LaMar, Susan Adkins and Holly Constant. Bottom row, Grace Montague, Emily Dodson, Olaketi Helen Shute-Pettaway and Dana Delworth.

The debut production of Sayre, written by Bel Stuart and Emily Dodson, directed by Bel Stuart, and produced by Poppy + Pimento, a new East Nashville Women’s Arts Collective, runs for three shows, September 27 at 7:30 PM and September 28 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM at the Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 – 27th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.

Set in modern-day Music City, the cast explores the powerful stories and struggles of being a spirited woman in the Athens of the South. Inspired by sources ranging from Greek mythology to the ongoing crusade for women’s rights and the #metoo movement, Sayre takes you on a confessional journey through eight women and their interactions during an open mic night at a local coffeehouse.

Original music and poetry are interwoven with dialogue to tackle difficult conversations in an unconventional approach to modern theater, starring Helen Olaketi Shute-Pettaway, Emily Dodson, Dana Delworth, Susan Adkins, Holly Constant, Chloe Lamar, Shalen Espinoza, and Grace Montague. This show is all ages, tickets are $15 and can be purchased at: www.poppyandpimento.com.

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