For Tennessee theater audiences, this weekend presents a bounty of theatrical riches, with six shows opening: Blackbird Theatre's Red (that's Justin Boccitto on the left), Sideshow's Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's Spreading it Around, Boiler Room Theatre's Parade, Tennessee Women's Theater Project's Shooting Star and Street Theatre Company's latest incarnation of Macabaret.
These new shows join the productions already up and running: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at Nashville Children's Theatre, Studio Tenn's Smokey Joe's Café, Jim Reyland's Stand (which this weekend moves to Actor's Pointe Theatre in Hendersonville, midway through its run that continues until November), dueling productions of 9 to 5: The Musical at the Roxy Regional Theatre and the Gaslight Dinner Theatre at Dickson's Renaissance Center, Alice in Wonderland is onstage at Steeple Players in Hendersonville, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo directed by Melissa Williams at Towne Centre Theatre. Meanwhile, up in Crossville-at Cumberland County Playhouse-theater-goers have four musicals to choose from: Backwards in High Heels, Five Guys Named Moe, Big River and Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge.
And, no doubt, we've left something and someone out of our list. But the point is there's a lot of great theater just waiting for audiences and now is the time to experience the magic of live theater in the Volunteer State.
So, what about the show's opening this weekend? Why should you go see them? That's the question we put to the folks responsible for ushering them to the stage…
- Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), presented by Actors Bridge Ensemble's Sideshow at The Darkhorse Theatre October 4-7. Directed by JP Schuffman, it stars Sara Gaddis, Ricardo Puera, Matt Marcum, Erin Randolph and Hayley Rose. Look for: Celebrity impersonation contests, dance-offs, video-karaoke, and mayhem as Sideshow brings sexy back for one explosive weekend. Producer Jessika Malone explains why you need to see this one…
Why should we come see Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)? Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), is unlike anything else happening in town. It's part costume-party, part-play, and entirely new to Nashville. Sideshow is committed to producing live theatrical events in increasingly innovative ways that help build a community invested in the future of performing arts. If you're into what's new, what's fresh, what's just the right amount of weird... this is the show for you.
How did this show find a space on your season schedule? Sideshow brings fresh voices in theatre, challenging traditional perceptions of what theatre ought to be in order to explore the possibilities of what it could be. We fell in love with Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) because it was loaded with powerful truths told in a funny, provocative, and compelling way. It gave our ensemble actors the opportunity to stretch with quirky characters like a foul-mouthed 11-year-old, an anthropomorphized apartment, and of course, Justin Timberlake himself. The play presents fabulous opportunities for emerging designers to think outside the box and for our director to try his hand at a more unconventional narrative structure. Plus, it's just really fun, different, and just plain cool. We had to make it happen!
Here's a tip for you: Sideshow launches its second season of fringy self-producing with a one-of-a-kind theatrical event you have to see to believe-and it's for ONE WEEKEND ONLY!