NASHVILLE, TN (Friday, July 8, 2022) – Nashville Rep’s annual fundraiser, Broadway Brunch, will take place on August 21, 2022 at WildHorse Saloon chaired by Jeanette Barker and Janet Kurtz. The event features brunch, cocktails, both a live and silent auction and musical performances from Nashville’s theatrical talent. This year’s Ovation Award recipient of Broadway Brunch will be Tony Award winning actress, Donna McKechnie.
Donna McKechnie, who received a Tony Award for her performance in the original company of A CHORUS LINE, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies. Donna has starred in and choreographed productions in London’s West End, along with theatrical productions in Tokyo and Paris. Some of Ms. McKechnie’s Broadway credits include HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, THE EDUCATION OF HYMAN KAPLAN, SONDHEIM: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE, (which she also choreographed), PROMISESPROMISES, COMPANY, ON THE TOWN and STATE FAIR (Fred Astaire Award) and THE VISIT. She has starred and/ or choreographed numerous regional plays and musicals, including FOLLIES, MACK and MABEL, GYPSY, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, SWEET CHARITY, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, GUYS AND DOLLS and can be seen in concert and with Symphony Orchestras as well as TV Specials and dramatic series including FAME, CHEERS, and DARK SHADOWS. She was featured in the film EVERY LITTLE STEP and played the Rose in the film THE LITTLE PRINCE. Ms. 2 McKechnie’s memoir, TIME STEPS: My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster. Donna was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2019.
“We are beyond thrilled that this year's Broadway Brunch brings Broadway legend Donna McKechnie to Nashville to accept the Ovation Award. Ms. McKechnie will join the Rep's esteemed artists on stage for a surprise performance,” said chairs Jeanette Barker and Janet Kurtz. “Guests who support the Rep by joining us for this spectacular event can expect spectacle, delights, and showtunes that will have us all singing and clapping along. The event promises a celebration of our local arts and artist community, all while raising critical funds for the Nashville Repertory Theatre.”
This year’s Broadway Brunch sponsors include our Title Sponsor Amazon, Presenting Sponsor Nashville Law Offices, PLLC, Spotlight Sponsor Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, and Supporting Sponsors AllianceBernstein, Bradley, Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Nashville PLLC, FirstBank, First Horizon Foundation, Ingram Charities, Lipman Brothers, Piedmont Natural Gas, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Publix Super Markets Charities, Rose Hill Flowers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Todd Dean, Vanderbilt University, Waller, and WildHorse Saloon.
Broadway Brunch will take place on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at WildHorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201. Funds raised at Broadway Brunch will support Nashville Rep’s professional productions, public staged readings, Ingram New Works Project and Festival, and educational and enrichment programs for students and the community. For tickets and more information, visit nashvillerep.org/broadwaybrunch. Tickets to the Broadway Brunch are limited and should be purchased in advance.
Those interested in attending the brunch may purchase tickets for $250. Tables seat up to 10 people. The Rep also has Patron tickets available at the $1,000 (Director), $2,500 (Investor) and $5,000 (Producer) levels that will include an elegant Patron Party at the Sugartree Clubhouse, hosted by Jason Bradshaw and Bob Deal on Thursday, August 18. Both general admission and 3 Patron tickets are on sale now at nashvillerep.org/broadwaybrunch. Sponsorships for Broadway Brunch range from $2,500 to $25,000. To learn more or get involved, contact Amos Glass, Director of Community Engagement at 615-349-3226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7th Annual Broadway Brunch launches Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2022-2023 season including the Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT September 16 - 25, 2022, the Nashville premiere of THE CAKE October 21 - 30, 2022, , the joyous holiday production of ELF THE MUSICAL December 21, 2022 - January 1, 2023, one of the greatest American plays of all time AUGUST WILSON’S FENCES March 3 -5, 2023, the stage adaption of the beloved novel THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME March 24 - April 2, 2023, and closing the season with the intimate musical VIOLET May 12 -21, 2023. For Nashville Repertory 2022- 23 season tickets and showtime information, visit www.nashvillerep.org or www.tpac.org.
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Since 1985, Nashville Repertory Theatre has been Nashville’s premier regional theater, entertaining and inspiring audiences by creating exceptional theatre exploring the diversity of human experience. Nashville Rep produces work that is designed, built, and rehearsed in Nashville, by highly skilled actors, designers, directors, and technicians, creating the highest quality professional productions and serving as a cultural, educational, and economic resource in Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities. Nashville Rep is committed to bringing classic and contemporary theatre to Nashville that inspires empathy and prods intellectual and emotional engagement in audiences. The Nashville Rep has been named Best Professional Theatre by the Nashville Scene, Best Local Theatre by The Tennessean, Largest Arts Organization by Nashville Business Journal, and recognized by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for 35 years of service to the community. The Rep’s shows, actors, directors, and designers have been honored by Nfocus, Nashville Scene, The Tennessean, and the First Night Awards.