TPAC CELEBRATES NASHVILLE’S CREATIVE CAPACITY WITH 2016-17 BROADWAY SEASON
Season launches with EVITA, produced by Studio Tenn, closes with SOMETHING ROTTEN! with music and lyrics by Nashville songwriter
Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON
Season tickets, season renewals, and group tickets on sale now
NASHVILLE – Beginning and ending with productions featuring significant local connections, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)’s 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season shines a spotlight on Music City’s vibrant and talented creative community and celebrates the region’s growing appreciation for the best of Broadway.
Announced today at an exclusive event for season ticket holders, sponsors, donors, group leaders, and devoted theatre lovers, the upcoming Broadway season launches with EVITA, produced in collaboration with TPAC by the Franklin-based professional theatre company Studio Tenn, and closes with the hysterical valentine to musical theatre, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, for which the music and lyrics were co-written by Nashville songwriter and musician Wayne Kirkpatrick.
The season includes the Nashville debuts of the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour, direct from London’s West End THE BODYGUARD, the new and critically-acclaimed production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, and the Tony®-winning and Grammy®-winning show BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.
Special presentations include the return of RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. And, back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a sold-out and record-breaking one-week run in 2014, returns to Nashville.
“As a whole, our series honors a wide variety of traditions in American music and Broadway musicals. What I like best about next season is its diversity – the mix of great classics and the best of the cutting-edge productions in New York from the past few years,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “We are exceedingly proud of the high entertainment and artistic value of every single show on the season. Each is exceptional entertainment. In some cases, our audiences will be transported to another place and time. In others, they’ll be swept away with joy and inspiration. In all cases, I am certain that our audiences will appreciate every minute of the magic, the music, and the power of the live performance.”
The unique collaboration to present Studio Tenn’s EVITA on TPAC’s annual Broadway season is a testament to Nashville’s capacity to make and appreciate great art. Much of the production design and construction will be done locally, and though further casting has yet to be done in both New York City and Nashville, TPAC is proud to announce EVITA will feature Broadway veteran Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn the Musical, RENT) in the starring role.
“After 34 years of presenting Broadway, we are doing something we’ve never done before in presenting a collaboration with a local theatre company on our season. We have wanted to present Evita for some time, and when we found out Studio Tenn wanted to produce that show, the stars aligned for us to seize the opportunity,” O’Brien said. “This allows us to present a highly-anticipated title, build it using Nashville’s creative capability, cast it with Broadway stars, and provide audiences the chance to experience the incredible artistry, design, and craftsmanship behind its creation.”
A full listing of the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Season is:
2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC
EVITA a co-production with Studio Tenn – September 9-18, 2016
RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour – October 18-23, 2016
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER – January 24-29, 2017
THE SOUND OF MUSIC – February 14-19, 2017
THE BODYGUARD – March 21-26, 2017
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME – April 25-30, 2017
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – May 23-28, 2017
SOMETHING ROTTEN! – June 27 - July 2, 2017
NOTE: Season ticket holders and groups receive priority seating for the Broadway Special Add-ons announced on April 11:
2016-17 Broadway Special Add-ons
THE BOOK OF MORMON – November 15-20, 2016
RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour – April 21-23, 2017
Season tickets, season renewals, and group tickets are now available. An eight-show season package for the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series starts at $180.50. Season ticket holders save up to 25 percent versus purchasing shows individually. Single tickets for individual shows go on sale approximately eight to 10 weeks prior to the performance.
Season ticket holders receive exclusive perks and services, including free ticket exchange privileges, additional pre-sale offers to other TPAC-presented shows, flexible payment plans, and access to a dedicated subscriber services team.
Current season ticket holders will receive information on how to renew their tickets. TPAC Subscriber Services is accepting new orders, processed on a first come-first served basis after seating assignments are made for renewing season ticket holders.
For more information on the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, visit TPAC.org/Broadway, where season tickets may be purchased, call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615-782-6560, or visit the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For information on group tickets, call the TPAC Group Sales staff at 615-782-4060.
Full descriptions of the titles in the eight-show season package and special add-ons are included below from text provided by the producers of each show:
September 9-18, 2016
(StudioTenn.com) 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 the Tennessee Performing Arts Center built 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 – winning Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and others – and has been performed all over the world.
RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour
October 18-23, 2016
(RentOnTour.net) In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER
(www.AGentlemansGuideBroadway.com) Getting away with murder can be so much fun . . . and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical – A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder! Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “Never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical,” Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance . . . and be done in time for tea.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
(www.TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com) THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a brand new production directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
(www.TheBodyguardMusical.com) THE BODYGUARD is the award-winning musical, based on the smash hit film, starring Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment In Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
(www.CuriousOnBroadway.com) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway is the recipient of five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. Directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott, The National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel. 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. The production was named among the Top 10 productions of 2014 by amNY, Asbury Park Press, Associated Press, Bergen Record, Broadway.com, Broadway Insider, Chicago Tribune, Daily News, Deadline, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, New York Post, NY-1, The New York Times, Playbill, Star Ledger, Time Magazine, Time Out New York and Towleroad.
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
(www.BeautifulOnBroadway.com) Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager. By the time she reached her twenties, King had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. BEAUTIFUL features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and the title song
(www.RottenBroadway.com) Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point! From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (NY Post).
2016-17 Special Add-ons
THE BOOK OF MORMON
(www.BookOfMormonTheMusical.com) The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of the Tonight Show says “It’s genius. It’s brilliant. It’s phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Contains explicit language.
RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour
(www.Riverdance.com) 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 – The 20th Anniversary World Tour.
The 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series is supported by The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. Media sponsors for the season include The Tennessean and NewsChannel 5. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.
TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.