The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has opens its Broadway season in September with the international percussion sensation Stomp and features two tours with celebrities in starring roles – Maureen McGovern in Little Women – The Musical and Hal Linden in Tuesdays with Morrie. The full five-show schedule for “HCA/TriStar Broadway in Nashville at TPAC” is:
Stomp, featuring a high-energy multicultural ensemble using everyday objects – from broomsticks to Zippo lighters — to create complex rhythms, September 20-25, 2005;
Little Women – The Musical starring Maureen McGovern as “Marmee,” the role she currently plays on Broadway, in the musical staging of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age story, set during the late 1800s, November 15-20, 2005;
Hairspray, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a musical comedy set in Baltimore during the early 1960s, January 17-22, 2006;
Tuesdays with Morrie starring Hal Linden, adapted from the Mitch Albom’s best selling book about his relationship with a former professor, February 14-19, 2006; and
Annie, the feel-good family musical that won seven 1977 Tony Awards when it debuted and became one of the most popular and longest-running musicals ever produced on Broadway, May 16-21, 2006.
While Stomp and Annie have enjoyed successful engagements at TPAC in the past, the titles are included in the season package for the first time.
In addition to the five-show subscription series, TPAC is presenting the return of A Tuna Christmas, starring Tony Award-nominated creators Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, masters of comedy and quick change who portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, December 6-11, 2005, and Dora the Explorer LIVE!, Dora’s Pirate Adventure, the second musical adapted from the popular children’s television series, February 1-5, 2006.
“Announcing the next Broadway series is always an exciting event for TPAC,” said Brent Hyams, director of marketing. “We work hard every year to bring Nashville the best titles and the highest quality productions on tour. The upcoming season reflects strong local demand for family entertainment, our natural interest in Broadway hits and big Tony Award winners, and our efforts to bring brand new tours to Nashville. We’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary with a variety of shows that represent the variety in Broadway entertainment that TPAC has presented throughout its history.”
Subscriptions – or season tickets – for the full season are now on sale. Single tickets will be on sale to the general public roughly six weeks prior to their openings dates at TPAC. The cost of the five-show package for HCA/TriStar Broadway in Nashville at TPAC ranges from $87 to $337, depending on seat location and day of performance.
“The most convenient and economical way to enjoy Broadway at TPAC is to buy season subscriptions,” said Hyams. “Subscribers also receive a full package of benefits including customer service on a dedicated phone line, a free subscription to Show People magazines, and a Subscriber Rewards Card with dozens of special offers from area restaurants, retailers and attractions.”
Another benefit, “Share the Stage with a Friend,” gives subscribers a $20 credit on their account when they make a referral to TPAC that results in the sale of a new subscription.
Current subscribers have been mailed information on how to renew their season tickets for 2005-2006. TPAC Subscriber Services is also accepting new orders, processed on a “first come-first serve” basis after seating assignments for renewing subscribers are made.
For more information on HCA/TriStar Broadway in Nashville at TPAC, visit the web sites www.tpac.org or www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, where season subscriptions also may be purchased on-line; call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615/782-6560 (or 1-800-410-4216, outside of the Nashville calling area) or visit the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick Street or Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills. For information on discounts for groups of 20 or more, call the TPAC Group Sales Office at 615/782-4060.
Here’s a rundown of the subscription series with descriptions provided by the producers of each tour:
STOMP (September 20-25, 2005) is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
Join the remarkable March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy – as one of America’s most beloved books soars to the stage in LITTLE WOMEN – THE MUSICAL (November 15-20, 2005). Starring Maureen McGovern direct from Broadway, this dazzling new musical, based on Louisa May Alcott’s timeless tale about the power of family, friendship and romance, is capturing the hearts of a new generation and captivating audiences of all ages! Don’t miss this “richly sentimental favorite with family-friendly appeal.” New York Newsday
HAIRSPRAY (January 17-22, 2006), Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning musical-comedy phenomenon, takes you back to 1962 Baltimore, as 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams—and even bigger hair!—change the world…and still have time to win the boy she loves? This mega-hit is piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance—and enough deliriously tuneful new songs to fill a nonstop platter party. It’s the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!”
Tuesdays with Morrie starring Hal Linden By Mitch Albom (February 14-19, 2006) is based on the New York Times Bestseller, Albom’s autobiographical story of a career-obsessed journalist, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch learns that his old professor is dying of an incurable disease. Mitch reunites with Morrie and simple visits turn into weekly pilgrimages and a last class in the meaning of life. "Unforgettable!" John Simon, New York Magazine.
Leapin’ lizards! Annie is coming to Nashville! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back (May 16-21, 2006), giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow,” Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don’t miss this all-new production, featuring a brand new song "Why Should I Change A Thing?" by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse!