In the wake of The Nutty Professor's successful premiere run at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville remains "Musical City" for the upcoming season as touring shows come to town to entertain theater fans, with the companies of Anything Goes, Catch Me If You Can and Disney's The Lion King headed to the Volunteer State.
And we're wondering what show you're most eagerly anticipating this season?
Anything Goes, starring Rachel York (who was last on the Jackson Hall stage as Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmatians the Musical) recreates the Tony Award-winning revival that continues to pack the house at Lincoln Center. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the Cole Porter musical will run October 23-28.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas returns for a November 13-18 pre-holiday season run, featuring the recent Broadway staging based upon the classic film musical. White Christmas shines with classic Berlin hits like "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.
Catch Me If You Can takes to the Jackson Hall stage for a January 22-27 run is based on the DreamWorks film and the true story that inspired it. Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy Broadway musical that tells the stroy of Frank W. Abignale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forgEd Checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer-living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end... and finds something he never expected.
Traces, which "combines awe-inspiring acrobatics with infectious urban energy," comes to TPAC for a February 19-24 run. "Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, the artists of TRACES employ every trick in the book-from music, dance, and illustration to skateboarding, basketball, and high-risk acrobatics-to make a lasting impression," according to a press release.
Flashdance-The Musical, the stage musical based on the film of the same name, comes to TPAC's Jackson Hall for a March 19-24 run, and tells the story of "Alex Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh with a dream of becoming a prefessional dancer. She works by day as a steel mill welder, and a bar dancer at night while aspiring to be accepted at a prestigious ballet acaemy. When Alex catches the eye of her boss Nick Hurley, their romance shows her the meaning of love and drives her ambition to pursue her dream."
Disney's The Lion King, running May 7-June 2, one of Nashville's best-loved musicals, returns to TPAC for a second multi-week stand following its record-breaking 2006 engagement. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, the show features "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life."
Based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot comes to Jackson Hall for a March 5-7 run, "boldly taking the American musical where it's never gone before," resulting in an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!"
Featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the title track, American Idiot features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and Tony Award winning set design by Christine Jones and lighting design by Kevin Adams.
Five-time 2009 Tony nominee Rock Of Ages comes to TPAC's Jackson Hall, playing April and 20, 2013, and featuring a mix of 28 rockin' 1980s tunes including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA's most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 1980s.
For further details about the upcoming TPAC season and to buy tickets, go to www.tpac.org.