TPAC LAUNCHES BROADWAY SEASON IN HISTORIC COLLABORATION WITH STUDIO TENN ON STUNNING NEW PRODUCTION OF EVITA
Starring Broadway Powerhouse Eden Espinosa as Eva Perón, EVITA Combines Brightest Talents of New York and Nashville
Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) launches its 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway season in September with a stunning new production of EVITA, created in collaboration with the Franklin-based Studio Tenn Theatre Company and featuring the best and brightest talents from both Nashville and Broadway.
With its debut in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall for an extended engagement September 9-18, 2016, EVITA marks Studio Tenn’s first time presenting a musical on TPAC’s annual Broadway series. EVITA blends the strong artistic aesthetic that is the hallmark of Studio Tenn productions with the area’s signature Broadway series while celebrating Nashville’s creative capacity.
“EVITA is a popular, often-requested title for our Broadway series, and this particular production is a true artistic celebration for the city of Nashville,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “As our creative community grows, we are seeing the exceptional quality of art and music created right here in Nashville and in Middle Tennessee. Studio Tenn’s vision and creative choices are stunning, and audiences will enjoy both the production value and the story of Eva Perón told from a new perspective. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to create a new dialogue about how to produce world-class Broadway theatre here at home for our audiences.”
Led by Nashville natives and Broadway veterans Matt Logan and Jake Speck, Studio Tenn is known for its innovative, design-driven productions, celebrating and elevating the creation of professional live theatre in Middle Tennessee.
Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn the Musical, RENT) will star as Eva Perón, with additional cast members from Nashville and New York bringing their diverse musical backgrounds together for a production unique to Music City. The production, including sets and costumes, is being built and cultivated from Nashville’s local creative community with Perón’s life story as inspiration.“Studio Tenn has long dreamed of doing EVITA, and we are beyond thrilled to have recruited the incredibly talented Eden Espinosa as our leading lady – a role she was born to play,” said Matt Logan, Studio Tenn’s artistic director. “This story powerfully combines passion, tenacity, and grit with mythos and romance. Studio Tenn is developing original costume and set designs that will embrace the power of color and fluid staging to bring to life EVITA’s vibrant and dynamic emotional landscape.”
“We are so honored and proud to be the first local company ever to design, build, and co-produce a show for TPAC’s prestigious Broadway series,” says Jake Speck, Studio Tenn’s managing director. “This historic collaboration will showcase the incredible creative capacities of both Nashville and New York in a way that’s never been done before.”
EVITA tells the unforgettable life story of Eva Perón: activist, suffragist, and venerated celebrity. Perón captivated a nation as Argentina’s First Lady, and inspired others with her dedication to helping the poor. 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.
If You Go:
EVITA Dates: September 9-18, 2016 TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall 505 Deaderick Street Nashville, TN
Tickets: Website: TPAC.org Phone: 615-782-4040 Group Tickets: 615-782-4060
About Studio Tenn Theatre Company
Studio Tenn Theatre Company is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional theatre and production company based in Franklin, Tennessee, founded and led by critically acclaimed Broadway professionals Matt Logan and Jake Speck. Their vision for programming centers on innovative, custom-designed presentations of classic plays and musicals as well as an original “Legacy” series of theatrical concerts celebrating the work of time-honored musicians. Currently entering its seventh season, this company on the rise is quickly becoming one of the most celebrated theatre companies in the southeast region. 2016-17 season performances are slated for Jamison Theater at The Factory at Franklin, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Ryman Auditorium. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit StudioTenn.com.
EVITA is the first production featured in the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season, and is presented locally by Nashville Originals. Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsors for the season include NewsChannel 5 and The Tennessean. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.
TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact Lori Ward at LWard@TPAC.org or 615-782-4077.
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Over three decades, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 11 million audience members and served more than 1.6 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, resources for teachers, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs for adults. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit TPAC.org.