by Jim Reyland
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Part of the Plan Opens the 2017–2018 Broadway Series
“Dan Fogelberg had many ties to Nashville. His stirring music was the
soundtrack of a generation, and TPAC couldn’t be more proud to bring this
moving, touching story to the stage so that new audiences can enjoy his music.”
—Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC President and CEO
For the first time, September 8–24, TPAC will present a developmental production of a new American musical, featuring the music of singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg. Part of the Plan takes audiences through the post-World War II boom times, the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the political upheaval of the 1970s, while exploring the theme that everything in life happens for a reason.
Who doesn’t like “never been done before”? When I sat on the TPAC stage at the read-through of Part of the Plan last year, I remember thinking what a great opportunity this was for the writers, the legacy of Dan Fogelberg, and, of course, musical-theatre fans in Nashville and across America. CEO Kathleen O’Brien has once again invited us into the world of the new. Thanks to TPAC’s creative thinking, we’ll all be part of the plan.
Fun Home, October 10–15. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
An American in Paris, October 31 to November 5. The new Tony Award®-winning musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, all yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
The King and I, January 30 to February 4, 2018. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the relationship that develops between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher whom he brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
Cabaret, February 27 to March 4. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?
Wicked, March 28 to April 22. The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz—but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin— smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent.
Waitress, June 5–10. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness.
Love Never Dies, June 19–24. This is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York where he lives among the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island.
2017–18 Broadway Special Add-ons
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, August 1–7. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
Les Misérables, November 14–19. Set against the backdrop of 18th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Jersey Boys, January 9–14. The true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide—all before they were 30!
The Illusionists – Live from BroadwayTM, February 16–18. Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Nashville! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. It’s packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic.
No matter one’s musical theatre taste, there’s something on stage for everyone in the 2017–2018 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series.
For more information, visit www.tpac.org/broadway, where season tickets are on sale now, or call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615-782-6560.