The great blizzard of 2010, much less dramatic than we were told to expect, has given way to chilly rains. That sounds like perfect theatre weather to me, and our community has some great offerings this weekend.
101 Dalmatians The Musical at TPAC
1/21 – 1/24
This lively show is an experience for the entire family about what it means to be a family, canine and courageous. More than a simple story about good versus evil, the family bands together to overcome every hurdle and hardship in the most difficult times. Led by the creative team of Jerry Zaks (La Cage Auz Folles, Everybody Loves Raymond), B.T. McNicholl (Spamalot, Cabaret) and Dennis DeYoung (founding member of Styx, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), 101 Dalmatians The Musical will transport audiences to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show that will leave everyone cheering.
The Tempest at Belmont University’s Troutt Theatre
1/21 – 1/24
Join The Nashville Shakespeare Festival for its third annual Winter Shakespeare production at Troutt Theater. THE TEMPEST is Shakespeare’s magical tale of old enemies and young lovers, timeless folly and enduring wisdom. This sumptuous and touching play will be a delight for all ages. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s production of THE TEMPEST is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest and also supported by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Signs of a New Day: The Z. Alexander Looby Story at The Looby Library Theatre
1/22 & 1/23
Don’t miss the premiere of Signs of a New Day: The Z. Alexander Looby Story. Written and directed by award-winning playwright Carolyn German, the play is based on the life and accomplishments of the acclaimed civil rights attorney. The Amun Ra Theatre is sure to offer an insightful window into history with this important offering.
InsideOut of the Lunchbox: Proof at TPAC
TPAC Education and Vanderbilt University have joined forces to arrange this lunchtime series that includes enlightening panel discussions, performance excerpts, and a free lunch. Who says there’s no such thing? The excellent cast of TN Rep’s Proof will read excerpts while the panel discusses the fine line between genius and madness. A free box lunch will be provided for the first 300 people to RSVP to email@example.com. Remember, that’s Thursday the 21st at 11:30 AM.
The Diary of Anne Frank at The Nashville Children’s Theatre
Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl has moved and inspired the world, and this powerful play dramatizing Anne’s years in hiding is a classic of the American stage. Yes, it is history, and great literature, too – but it is also the haunting, human story of an articulate, precocious young lady coming of age in a world gone mad. “In spite of everything,” wrote Anne, “I still believe that people are good at heart.” May we live up to her faith in us. For ages 9 and up.
(On Monday, January 11, 2010 Miep Gies passed away at the age of 100. She was one of the friends who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during the war. Listen to NPR’s story about Meip Gies.)
Logan L. Masterson
Nashville Theatre Examiner
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