Nashville Notes

Nashville Notes: Nancy Allen

Nancy 1_FinalNashville theatre's greatest treasure is the Musical Theatre Program at Belmont Univerisity, which in recent years has brought us amazing productions of shows like THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE DROWSEY CHAPERONE and LES MISERABLES.

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Nashville Notes: Mike Fernandez

e1222372212In the few short years that he has been Chair of the theatre department at Lipscomb University, Mike Fernandez has radically changed the Nashville theatre scene, not only through the department's own outstanding productions but also by sponsoring the Black Bird Theatre Company - a recent addition to Nashville's professional theatre community

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Nashville Notes: Manuel's Couture

Manuel-Cuevas 3689-200x300True story # 1: 1950. Johnny Cash has just been signed to a record label and he needs some performance couture, so he goes to his friend Manuel and commissions five suits. Manuel has a stock of back fabric. He creates five suits. Cash say's "They're all black." "Yes,' says Manuel, "and they're each one of a kind." The next time Cash ordered suits, there was no discussion about color. Johnny Cash becomes known as the "Man in Black".

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Nashville Notes: Dr. Leah Lowe & Vanderbilt University Theatre

542293 10150979399243069_1296695500_nIn the 19th century, before folks started calling us Music City, Nashville was known as "The Athens of the South" because of it's outstanding educational institutions - with Vanderbilt University at the top of that list.

Today, in addition to it's academic contributions, Vanderbilt is a major player on the

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Nashville Notes: Paul Gatrell

paulgFall is just around the corner and pretty soon Nashville's university theatre departments will be back in action. Since I arrived here i 1999, Belmont University has lead the way on this front by proudly putting it's young actors and theatre artists on the front line where most universities put the football team. Belmont's Department of Theatre

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Nashville Notes: Kathleen O'Brien

KathleenOBrienOne of the most exciting activities on the cultural front here in Nashville these days is the "Stronger ARTS/STRONGER Cities" series presented monthly by the Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble. So far this year we have heard from Alan Valentine, CEO of The Nashville Symphony and Nashville Shakespeare Festival's

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Nashville Notes: David Rush

David RushI am very excited to be producing a reading of LENNY - David Rush's one man play about Leonard Bernstein. I felt that this was the perfect play to with which to kick off the second half of the 2014 Nashville Parks Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series.I asked David to tell us something about himself and this is what he has to say:What role did theater and the arts play in your childhood and
upbringing?Theater and the arts actually played very little role in my upbringing. My family was not arts-oriented so, although I grew up in Chicago,

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Nashville Notes: aka Veronika Electronika

veronikaI owe my career to drag queens.

My musical CAFE ESCARGOT never went anywhere until I cast three guys (including the incredible Flotilla DeBarge) as the ladies of the Buckhead-Dunwoody Diet Brigade in the 1994 off off Broadway production. The 2003 Nashville production of CAFE ESCARGOT was a great success thanks to Angelica DeVil and her crew and the amazing talents of Tony Domeico, whose turn as food critic Emily Snit made the show.

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Nashville Notes: The Road to OZ

oz"I'm just letting the city evolve around me" said my friend Diane Di Ianni when I ran into her at OZ - and OZ itself (www.oznashville.com) is certainly the prime example of how Nashville is evolving on the cultural front. We were there for the very last performance of the U.S. tour of the Peter Brook production of THE SUIT,and if it weren't for OZ, I doubt that Nashville would have had the opportunity to experience this marvelous performance -

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Nashville Notes: Apollo's Struggle

nashnotesIn 1978, I fell in love with Theatre History.

I was already in love with history - European history in particular - and when the man who was to become my mentor, Richard Thomas Pike, taught that theatre history course which was the last course of my undergraduate career (starting with the Greeks, of course) I saw that history in a whole new light, through the eyes of the many artists - actors,

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