Last night, many subscribers, donors, members of the media and guests piled into TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall awaiting the announcement of Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s 2015-2016 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Series. This event is one of my personal favorites as attendees get a taste of each show, whether it be a video or live performance. It’s a night filled with news, performances, thanks and excitement!
After a brief message from TPAC’s President Kathleen O’Brien and a champagne toast, the countdown began for the highly anticipated season announcements!
First up was Motown the Musical. We were greeted by cast members Snydee Winters and Curtis Wiley Junior as they sang and danced to some famous Motown songs such as “Get Ready,” “Dancing in the Street,” and “Signed, Sealed Delivered.” The jukebox musical is based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown. The story follows Gordy and his relationships with MoTown Artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. Motown the Musical will come to TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall February 16-21, 2016.
Bullets over Broadway was the next show announced. This show follows a young playwright whose first Broadway play is financed by a gangster. The musical is based on the film, Bullets Over Broadway by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath. Appreciate dance? This show is known to have some impressive choreography! You can catch this show November 10-15 in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.
O’Brien’s announcement that Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage will be launching TPAC’s 2015-2016 Season on September 22-27, 2015 had many women in the audience screaming with excitement! This musical follows the classic story of Baby and Johnny, and features all the hit songs such as “She’s Like the Wind” (co-written by Nashville resident Stacy Widelitz, “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and more.
A musical about choices, If/Then will be coming closing TPAC’s 2015-2016 Season from June 7-12, 2016. If/Then is a contemporary Musical following 40-year-old Elizabeth when she moves back to New York City for a fresh start. It represents the importance of the decisions we make, and shows that one small decision can alter the course of our lives.
Next up was Tony Award Winning Matilda the Musical, which is based on the popular movie Matilda. Bailey Ryon from the original cast took the stage and sang “Naughty.” She was then joined by the Hume Fogg High School Choir for an impressive performance of “When I Grow Up.’ It’s always refreshing to see young talent! Matilda the Musical will be at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall January 26-31, 2016.
The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best selling novel by Robert James Walker. The story follows a lonely Italian woman who engages in an affair with a National Geographic photographer. You can catch this performance on May 10-15, 2016.
The last to be announced, but certainly not least, was the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, The Phantom of the Opera. The Phantom of the Opera has sold more tickets at TPAC than any other Musical, and will be returning for a TWO WEEK engagement March 9-20, 2016 at Andrew Jackson Hall. Cameron Mackintosh’s re-imagined production of Phantom and is supposedly “bigger than ever” with a combine cast and orchestra of 52 people. Krista Buccellato and Nick Cartell gave the audience a wonderful preview of what is to come in 2016, singing “All I Ask of You.”
Let’s not forget the Special Engagements, including Disney Favorites Cinderella, coming to TPAC October 20-25, 2015, and Beauty and the Beast, coming to TPAC on May 31-June 5, 2016. The “ultimate feel good musical,” Mamma Mia!, will also be returning to TPAC on April 26-May 1, 2016.
Like what you see? Season tickets, renewals, and group sales are now on sale for the 2015-16 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Series. For more information, you can visit www.tpac.org/broadway.