by Jim Reyland/ May 2016

“What I like best about next season is its diversity—the mix of great classics and the best of the cutting-edge productions in New York from the past few years.”

—Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC President and Chief Executive Officer

We look forward to it like spring. It represents a rebirth of artistic beauty and grace with all the music and dance, the creativity for which our great city is so well known. It brings us together for a common purpose, the celebration of the best that theatre has to offer. Of course I’m talking about the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC. And this year, it’s more local than ever with an unprecedented collaboration with Studio Tenn and Nashville songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, bringing his Broadway hit back home.

Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC President and Chief Executive Officer, is especially proud of the first show this new season. “After 34 years of presenting Broadway, we are doing something we’ve never done before in presenting a collaboration with a local theatre company on our season.”

EVITA with Studio Tenn

September 9 to 18, 2016

Activist, suffragist, and venerated celebrity Eva Perón captivated a nation as Argentina’s First Lady. The international musical sensation EVITA chronicles her life and work, from her humble beginnings in the rural lowlands of South America through her ascent to fame, fortune, and untimely death. Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa stars in Studio Tenn’s custom-designed presentation, a collaboration with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center built here in Music City, using the finest talents from Nashville and New York.

RENT—20th Anniversary Tour

October 18 to 23, 2016

A reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

January 24 to 29, 2017

The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season received ten 2014 Tony Award nominations, eventually winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle and received a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

February 14 to 19, 2017

The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy-, and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song.

THE BODYGUARD

March 21 to 26, 2017

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The UK Tour Cast in a scene from THE BODYGUARD. Photograph by Paul Coltas

A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment In Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time “I Will Always Love You.”

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG
IN THE NIGHT-TIME

April 25 to 30, 2017

The recipient of five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.

THE BOOK OF MORMON

November 15 to 20, 2016

Book of Mormon RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI)

The Book of Mormon Company in a scene from The Book of Mormon Photograph by Joan Marcus

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show says, “It’s genius. It’s brilliant. It’s phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine- time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

June 27 to July 2, 2017

Something Rotten B-Roll

Brian d’Arcy James and Brad Oscar with the cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN! Photograph by Joan Marcus

From the creative mind of Nashville songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, along with his brother, Karey, and John O’Farrell, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! with its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul.

If all that music and dance aren’t enough, check out the 2016-17 Broadway Special Add-ons that will surely get you going downtown.

BEAUTIFUL—The Carole King Musical

May 23 to 28, 2017

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. BEAUTIFUL features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and the title song.

RIVERDANCE

April 21 to 23, 2017

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A scene from RIVERDANCE, American Wake Photograph by Jack Hartin

The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland—in rock, music, theatre, and film—nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality, and the spectacle of RIVERDANCE.

It promises to be a season of mayhem and hilarity, joy and enchantment upon the TPAC stage. For more information on the 2016-17 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, visit www.tpac.org/broadway where season tickets may be purchased, or call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615-782-6560 or 800-410-4216.

Jim Reyland’s new book, Handmade: friendships famous, infamous, real and imagined, is available at Amazon.com in paperback and on Kindle. jreyland@audioproductions.com

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