NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A classic comedy made its worldwide debut on a Music City stage. On Tuesday, for the first time a musical debuted in Nashville before ever hitting a Broadway Stage in New York.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center welcomed the cast of Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor on Tuesday.
"If you want to feel good about yourself go to this show because it's very motivating. It's very inspirational. But the best thing is, I think it will make you laugh a lot," said Kathleen O'Brien, the CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
The musical is based off the 1963 movie and later Eddie Murphy remake. TPAC organizers are confident it will bring a big crowd during its debut run, but they also hope it will put Nashville on the map in the theatre industry, not just as music city but a musical city as well.
"If we can perhaps provide that history and legacy for the Nutty Professor and attract producers to do the same thing this could be a great business venture for Nashville and for Tennessee, " said O'Brien.
There is Nashville DNA running through this production, including cast members, the conductor and the choreographer who got her start at Opryland.
After its debut run at TPAC, The Nutty Professor will head straight to Broadway. It's an unprecedented move for the city and could open the door for a new business opportunity in a city already known for its creative community.
The musical opened on Tuesday and runs through August 19, 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the TPAC website.