Upcoming 'Broadway at TPAC' Shows

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EVITA

September 9-18, 2016
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 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. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/evita-2016-tpac some text

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
September 30 – October 1
UCB TourCo brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences all around the country. The UCB Theatre—founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh—is home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like "Broad City," "Saturday Night Live," "Silicon Valley," "Veep," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, UCB's alumni are everywhere, including the writing rooms of "Key and Peele," "The Daily Show," "Inside Amy Schumer," and many more. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/ucb-tourco-2016-tpac

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Gilmore Guys Live: A Stars Hollow Town Meeting
October 9, 2016
Die-hard "Gilmore Girls" fan Kevin T. Porter and rookie Demi Adejuyigbe are bringing their popular podcast out on the road. Gilmore Guys is a podcast in which Kevin and Demi watch every single episode of "Gilmore Girls" and then analyze, go deep, and gab about all things Stars Hollow and beyond. Join them for their live podcast show where they’ll dive into another episode with all your favorite segments, sing-alongs, and a free car* for everyone who attends! (*The Gilmore Guys define "a free car" as "a good time.”) Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/gilmore-guys-2016-tpac

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Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour
October 18-23, 2016
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 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.
*Contains adult content. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/rent-2016-tpac

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Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man
November 4-5, 2016
This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of a meet-the-author event, and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan turns the event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan’s tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event ... that is for Dan to know, and you to find out.
*Show includes adult humor and content. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/sex-tips-for-straight-women-2016-tpac

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Octonauts Live!
November 6, 2016
Calling all Octo-Cadets! For the first time ever, "The Octonauts" are bringing their live stage show to the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand-new and fan-favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso. Join them as they embark on an exciting new quest through an aquatic world full of adventure, interactive opportunity, and “must-sea” surprises from coast-to-coast. Octonauts Live! promises to be the perfect theatre show for all fans of the Disney Jr. series. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/octonauts-live-2016-tpac

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The Book of Mormon
November 15-20, 2017
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 calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal!" It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the good word.
*Contains explicit language Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/book-of-mormon-2016-tpac

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker
November 25, 2016
A holiday mash-up for the entire family and a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980's Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/hip-hop-nutcracker-2016-tpac

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Cheers Live On Stage
January 12-14, 2017
Cheers Live On Stage is a rousing new theater comedy set in Boston’s iconic basement bar where WE know everybody’s name: Diane and Sam. Carla, Coach, Cliff... Norm! Utilizing the original award winning television scripts skillfully adapted from the first season of NBC’s long-running sitcom, the stage production gives modern audiences the chance to experience live for the first time since its original taping, that rare sophisticated TV comedy that seamlessly combines slapstick comedy, romance and drama. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/cheers-live-2017-tpac

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
January 24-29, 2017
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! As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical!” Gentleman’s Guide tells the story of Monty, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his was to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentleman’s Guide restores our faith in musical comedy.” Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/gentlemans-guide-2017-tpac

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The Sound of Music
February 14-19, 2017
The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to TPAC. The 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,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production 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. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/sound-of-music-2017-tpac

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Raisin’ Cane
February 24, 2017
In the American Black community, during the years leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, there was a sense of building artistic expression. Outlets and avenues for its poets, musicians, novelists, artists, and actors were few. But in 1918, as the first great World War concluded and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home victorious, this mountain of artistic expression was now ready to explode. The words and thoughts of Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and many others, became the voice of a new generation of African-Americans – looking forward but still struggling with the past and present. Starring the award winning actress, singer and dancer Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin’ Cane celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement and imagery.  

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The Bodyguard
March 21-26, 2017
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". Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/bodyguard-2017-tpac 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
April 25-30, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play, is coming to Nashville as part of the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season! Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony® winner Marianne Elliott. 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. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/curious-incident-2017-tpac

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
May 23-28, 2016
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical 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. Featuring 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, Beautiful has a book by Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award. Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/beautiful-2017-tpac

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Something Rotten!
June 27 – July 2, 2017
From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. 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! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers + The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared!” (New York Magazine). Link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/something-rotten-2017-tpac

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