Hits, Nashville ties dominate TPAC's Broadway lineup

In fact, the upcoming Broadway season opens in September with “Evita,” produced in collaboration with TPAC by the Franklin-based professional theater company Studio Tenn. Espinosa (“Wicked,” “Brooklyn the Musical,” “Rent”), who will take on the title role, delivered a powerful rendition of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” during the event.

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Studio Tenn explores genius of Ray Charles

Whether it was gospel, rhythm and blues, country or rock and roll, Ray Charles had a way of bringing his own unique style to every song he ever sang. And with “The Ray Legacy: A Tribute to the Soulful Genius,” Studio Tenn Theatre Company promises a unique celebration of Charles’ vast influence and unmistakable sound.

As with the company’s previous Legacy productions, “The Ray Legacy” offers no narration or dialogue. But according to artistic director Matt Logan, this “theatrical concert” format “allows the music to speak for itself.”

“One of the things that really separated Ray Charles was his ability to interpret the music,” he says. “His stylistic diversity allows us to go a little deeper, looking at some of his early stuff and exploring different sounds. It’s a fine line, because we certainly don’t want it to feel like a cover band. And yet we don’t want to lose those elements that are identifiable as Ray, either.”

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Studio Tenn's new season explores 'Illuminating Perspectives'

New works of historical and cultural significance, a Tony Award-winning drama and a hilarious musical comedy highlight what Studio Tenn is calling a “A Season of Illuminating Perspectives.”

“As we continue to grow, we’re always looking for ways to explore new and different perspectives — not only through our programming, but also in terms of our overall mission and the regional audience we serve,” says artistic director Matt Logan.

The 2016-17 lineup certainly reflects this idea of varied perspectives, offering an intriguing mix of new and familiar titles. 

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