June 2018

Nashville’s Diverse Theatre Scene Shines in June

by Jim Reyland

Handmade – Friendships Famous, Infamous, Real and Imagined by Jim Reyland is available at writersstage.com. Also, catch the award-winning STAND – two shows on October 27 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the 4th Story Theater at WUMC. jreyland@audioproductions.com

The best thing about Nashville’s growing theatre scene is that it comes to us in all forms, from many levels, and it all (well, mostly all) sticks to our ribs and keeps us coming back. Whether it’s theatre, musical theatre, or the comic stuff they make up as they go, jump into June with a selection that’s cool, accessible, epic, and eclectic. There’s a diversity of the arts you’ll find only in the most creative city in the world—Music City USA.

Circle Players has been leading the way for longer than most, and in June, Kamryn Boyd plays Belle in the Circle Players production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, June 1–17 at the Looby Theater. Tickets at www.circleplayers.net.

Lenne Klingaman, Desi Oakley and Charity Angel Dawson in the National Tour of WAITRESS; Photograph by Joan Marcus

Perennial favorite Doyle & Debbie continues its historic run at the Station Inn Tuesdays in June. From the fertile imagination of Bruce Arntson, featuring Jenny Littleton and Matthew Carlton, D&D is like Country Music chili, always better the second time with visiting family and friends. Tickets at www.doyleanddebbie.com.

Studio Tenn’s Legacy series returns to “The Mother Church of Country Music,” Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium! The Glen Campbell Legacy is a two-night musical tribute on June 30 and July 1. Tickets at 615-541-8200.

It’s Good to Have You Near Again features Nan Gurley and Stan Tucker. Two old friends reunite for a music theatre cabaret at the Nashville Jazz Workshop on June 21–22. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Explorastory Storytelling presented by Explorastory at the historic Rock Castle visitor’s center in Hendersonville celebrates the storied history of Middle Tennessee on the first Wednesday of each month. June 6 at 6:45 p.m. Bring your own special Middle Tennessee story. It’s all free.

Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) and Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) star in Love Never Dies; Photograph by Joan Marcus

Love Never Dies is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Can’t wait to see what happens next? The rest of the story is at TPAC June 19–24. You can also enjoy WAITRESS at TPAC June 5–10 as the award-winning Broadway productions never stop. Tickets at www.TPAC.org or 615-782-4040.

Pop Upright: The Tempest June 16. Six Nashville directors stage lively “Upright” readings of the Bard’s plays at surprise locations in and around Nashville. You will be texted the location 24 hours in advance. Cool. Tickets at www.Nashvilleshakes.org.

Broadway stars from the east, Encore Theatre Company in Mt. Juliet opens Double Wide Texas June 1–10. Call 615-598-8950 for reservations.

Franklin Improv All Stars on June 9, 7 to 9 p.m. The historic town of Franklin has learned to laugh—really laugh —with the growing popularity of its only comedy troupe, the Franklin Improv All Stars. Tickets at www.franklinimprov.com.

There are many more quality productions to delight and inspire in June, but space is a cruel master. No worries, they’re easy to find and enjoy; just listen for the roar of the crowd.


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