Tennessee Performing Arts Center announces June 2011 schedule

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced its June 2011 schedule, with award-winning productions STOMP and The Color Purple among the month’s highlights.

Tickets and more information are available at the TPAC website. The June 2011 schedule is listed below:

STOMP

Andrew Jackson Hall (June 17-19, $35-$60)

STOMP 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. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, "STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places." STOMP: See what all the noise is about.

The Color Purple 

Andrew Jackson Hall (June 21-26, $25-$70)

The Color Purple, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love, and a Broadway phenomenon. With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, The Color Purple is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a community of joy.

Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Andrew Jackson Hall  (June 30, 7:30 p.m., $30-60)

Test your news knowledge at a live taping of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Join host Peter Sagal, official judge & scorekeeper Carl Kassell, and a line-up of witty panelists for a fast-paced, irreverent look at current events. It’s a rare trip to Nashville for this oddly informative news quiz show, so don’t Wait Wait to buy tickets – shows sell out fast!