PERFORMING ARTS

May at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Concerts this month with the Nashville Symphony (unless otherwise noted): May 4-6: Classical Mystery Tour: A tribute to The Beatles with the Nashville Symphony; May 12-13: An American Requiem and Schumann’s First; May 14: The Righteous Brothers Live on Mother’s Day; May 17: Side-by-Side Concert; May 19-21: Movies at the Schermerhorn presents Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert with the Nashville Symphony; May 25: Arlo Guthrie with the Nashville Symphony Featuring Alice’s Restaurant; May 26: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong with the Nashville Symphony; May 27: Symphony Under the Stars at Ascend Amphitheater – Tchaikovsky Spectacular with the Nashville Symphony. For tickets, call the box office at (615) 687-6400 between 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday or 10 am and 2 pm Saturday, or go to the website at nashvillesymphony.org.

May at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: May 2: Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers; May 3: Love Letters: Thistle Farms Turns 20; May 5: Pixies; May 6: Garrison Keillor Celebrates the Ryman; May 7: Sam’s Place; May 10: Steve Winwood; May 12-13: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors; May 15: Phoenix; May 16: The Peach Pickers & Friends; May 17: Mastodon; May 19-20: Little Big Town May 31: Lake Street Dive; May 31: Ryman presents Julianne & Derek Hough at the Opry House. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

May 2, 9, 23, 30 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets are $20 and the show begins at 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday night’s weekly, two-hour live radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene, from country to Americana. $15 reserved seats; $10 general admission; free for 5 and under. musiccityroots.com

May 4-6 – Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got The Will

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Dedicated to the presentation of high-quality productions suitable for family audiences at an affordable price, The Larry Keeton Theatre presents thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

May 4-7 – John & Jen

Holy Trinity Community Church, 6727 Charlotte Pike. An original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies. Written by Andrew Lippa, the acclaimed composer/lyricist of Wild Party, The Addams Family, and Big Fish, John & Jen features two actors and two musicians working intimately to create a beautiful picture of relationships. streettheatrecompany.org

May 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 – Monty Python’s Spamalot

Jamison Hall, The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Studio Tenn is pulling out all the stops to present a musical comedy of truly epic proportions for our 16/17 season finale. Monty Python’s Spamalot is a hilariously irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend, inspired by the 1975 cult classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Marking their first performance together in a Studio Tenn musical, our own Matt Logan and Jake Speck will lead the cast of local and national all-stars. These ragtag Knights of the Round Table bring our exploration of perspectives full circle with a side-splitting reminder to “always look on the bright side of life.”StudioTenn uses a rich combination of talent from Nashville and Broadway to bring classic works of drama and musical theater to life in middle Tennessee, and each production promises the audience a fully immersive, emotional experience. studiotenn.com

May 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28 – Beau Jest

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Thursday and Sunday matinees. dinnertheatre.com

May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm. fristcenter.org

May 5-7 – Nashville Ballet presents Seven Deadly Sins featuring Ten out of Tenn

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. A world premiere production from Nashville Ballet company dancer and celebrated guest choreographer Christopher Stuart, Seven Deadly Sins follows one man’s journey as he is tempted by corrupt forces on his path to redemption. Nashvile’s singer-songwriter collective Ten out of Tenn will perform all-new music with the Nashville Symphony. In Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling presents an abstract interpretation of Copland’s iconic score that explores the strength, tenacity and creative spirit of women. nashvilleballet.com

May 5-7, 11-14, 18-21 – Women’s Work

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents this festival and celebration of works created by women. Each year, women playwrights, poets, singers, musicians, essayists, circus performers, painters, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, and photographers from across Tennessee and the country are showcased in this high-quality theatrical production. Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm. May 14 is Poetry Sunday. twtp.org

May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 – The Tempest

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. As part of our “Introduction to Shakespeare” series, Wishing Chair Productions presents the story of a wizard named Prospero who, marooned on an enchanted island, stirs up an incredible storm with the help of a resident magical fairy. Prospero and his daughter encounter a cast of wacky ne’er-do-wells and in the end find justice from conspiracy. An original and kid-friendly adaptation based on the play by William Shakespeare; featuring Tom Tichenor’s brilliant marionettes. 30 minutes, showtimes 10:30 and 11:30 am. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

May 6, 7, 13, 14 – Goodnight Moon

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. Everybody’s favorite bedtime book is magically transformed into an imaginative, unforgettable theatrical experience, live, on NCT’s stage. It’s a sparkling, wonder-filled musical that elaborates on the original with style and wit, yet remains true to the simple, loving heart of this beloved book. You’ll find a hundred delightful surprises on the way to getting exactly what you expect! “Good night comb and good night brush; Goodnight nobody; Goodnight mush; Goodnight to the old lady whispering hush.” nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

May 6, 13, 19 – Snap on 2&4
May 20 – The Beegie Adair Trio

The Jazz Cave, 1319 Adams Street. Peter and Will Anderson on May 6; Trombonist Roland Barber on May 13; the Ryan Middagh Quartet featuring Christina Watson on May 19. Beegie Adair, one of the most accomplished and highly regarded musicians in Music City, performs on May 20. Soft drinks and bottled water available. BYOB and snacks. Tickets: $25, High school and college students: $15. nashvillejazz.org

May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Kidsville Story Time

Inside The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Every Saturday from 11–11:45 am, ages 12 and younger will explore a different theme and create a related piece of art. May 6: hear the Greek mythology story of how Athena is the goddess of crafts; May 13: hear the Greek mythology story of Athena’s mother; May 20: Musicians from Intersection, Nashville’s contemporary classical music ensemble, will demonstrate how new music can expand our minds and ears. May 27: celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the Greek mythology story of the mythical Titan that represents memory. conservancyonline.com

May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Bye Bye Liver: The Nashville Drinking Play

Blue Bar and Rack Room, 1911 Broadway. This fast-paced sketch comedy takes a satirical look at the drinking culture every Saturday night. Audience members participate in Would You Rather, Name That Tune, and more. Tickets: $12. 21 or over. byebyeliver.com/nashville

May 7, 14, 28 – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” The evening entertainment begins at 8 pm. (615) 255-3307. stationinn.com

May 12-14, 18-21, 25-27 – Noises Off

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by ACT 1 (Artists’ Cooperative Theatre), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, both classic and modern, to Nashville audiences. Now in its twenty-seventh season, ACT 1 has performed productions of more than a hundred of the world’s greatest plays. Performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets: $15. High school and younger students will be admitted free of charge to Thursday evening performances and Sunday matinees. darkhorsetheater.com, tickets.act1online.com

May 22 – Richie Kotzen

City Winery Nashville, 609 Lafayette Street. Triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, brings his mix of rock, blues, jazz, fusion, and soul to Music City. Nashville’s Red Light Symphony will open the show. Tickets $20-$30, Doors open at 6 pm, show 8 pm. citywinery.com

May 23-28 – Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. The inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. You’ll feel the earth move. tpac.org

May 26 – Dueling Piano Night

Cafe Fontanella, 4225 Whites Creek Pike. Join local favorites Erik Blue & Teri Reid for an interactive night of music that will be one for the record books. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, $10 cover, advance tickets available, seating first-come first-serve. fontanelmansion.com

May 26, 27 – Legally Blonde

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This delightful musical follows the transformation story of sorority girl Elle Woods, who enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. After discovering the law can be used to help others, she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal to use her newfound skills defending a workout queen in a murder trial. The show opened on Broadway in 2007, was nominated for several Tony awards, and has since been performed all around the world. Join us for an evening that one reviewer described as “ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish” (The Independent). pull-tight.com

May 31-June 1– The Odd Couple

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. The Darkhorse is host to a variety of theater groups who perform new works, classical theater, live music, dance and multimedia shows. Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple is presented by The Girl Has No Name. darkhorsetheater.com

June at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. ?Concerts this month: June 1-3: Copland’s Third featuring Fanfare for the Common Man with the Nashville Symphony; June 9: Boney James; June 11: Jonny Lang with Guthrie Brown; June 13: Ann Wilson of Heart, presented without orchestra; June 16: Movies at the Schermerhorn: DreamWorks Animation in Concert with the Nashville Symphony; June 19: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers; June 23: Johnny Mathis – The Voice of Romance 2017 with the Nashville Symphony; June 24: Symphony Under the Stars at Ascend Amphitheater: The Music of Led Zeppelin with the Nashville Symphony; June 30: Movies at the Schermerhorn: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in concert with the Nashville Symphony. The Nashville Symphony will also perform Symphony Under the Stars Community Concerts, a series of free outdoor community concerts at area parks on June 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 27 and 28. For tickets, call the box office at (615) 687-6400 between 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday or 10 am and 2 pm Saturday, or go to nashvillesymphony.org.

June at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: June 1: Opry Country Classics; June 2, 3: Four Voices: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers; June 4: Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit; June 5: Darius Rucker and Friends; June 6: O’Charley’s presents Stars for Second Harvest; June 7: Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam; June 9: Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band; June 17: DanTDM; June 22: Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman featuring Vince Gill; June 24: Punch Brothers; June 29: Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman featuring Earls of Leicester. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Thursdays and Fridays – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm. fristcenter.org

June 1 – The Odd Couple

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. The Darkhorse is host to a variety of theater groups who perform new works, classical theater, live music, dance and multimedia shows. Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple is presented by The Girl Has No Name. darkhorsetheater.com

June 1-3 – Emergence

Nashville Ballet Studio A, 3630 Redmon Street.Emergence offers a first glimpse into the creative works of some of today’s most fearless artists. An experimental lab in the black-box theater setting of Nashville Ballet’s intimate studio, choreographers and musicians boldly create without inhibition to showcase the beginning of raw, unfiltered works. Watch new art unfold before you, then hear from the artists themselves about what inspired their works. nashvilleballet.com

June 1-4, 9, 10 – Legally Blonde

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This delightful musical follows the transformation story of sorority girl Elle Woods, who enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. After discovering the law can be used to help others, she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal to use her newfound skills defending a workout queen in a murder trial. The show opened on Broadway in 2007, was nominated for several Tony awards, and has since been performed all around the world. pull-tight.com

June 2, 3 – Pat Coil

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Pianist, synthesist, organist, composer, studio musician, artist, producer, arranger, musical director and educator Pat Coil will be joined by drummer Josh Hunt and bassist Jim Ferguson for 2 evenings of live jazz at Nashville’s newest jazz club, located in the Gulch. Cover: $8, Showtime: 8 pm. rudysjazzroom.com

June 2-4, 8-11, 15-18 – Saturday Night Fever

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. This musical adaptation of the ’70s classic film is the story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. The score to Saturday Night Fever includes many disco-era hits by the Bee Gees. circleplayers.net

June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Bye Bye Liver: The Nashville Drinking Play

Blue Bar and Rack Room, 1911 Broadway. This fast-paced sketch comedy takes a satirical look at the drinking culture every Saturday night. Audience members participate in Would You Rather, Name That Tune, and more. Tickets: $12. 21 or over. byebyeliver.com/nashville

June 4, 11, 18, 25 – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” The evening entertainment begins at 8 pm. (615) 255-3307. stationinn.com

June 6, 13, 27 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets are $20 and the show begins at 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

June 7, 14, 21 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday night’s weekly, two-hour live radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene, from country to Americana. $15 reserved seats; $10 general admission; free for 5 and under. musiccityroots.com

June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30 – Sister Act

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Thursday and Sunday matinees. dinnertheatre.com

June 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 – Pippin

Holy Trinity Community Church, 6727 Charlotte Pike. Get ready for a new vision of Stephen Shcwartz’s greatest Broadway hit – before Wicked, that is. Pippin tells the story of a young man looking for meaning in life. Along the way he tries war, sex, politics, and domestic life. Meanwhile, The Players are striving to show us a more nefarious story with Pippin as the main attraction. ?streettheatrecompany.org

June 9-11, 15-18, 22-24 – Reefer Madness, The Musica

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by ACT 1 (Artists’ Cooperative Theatre), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, both classic and modern, to Nashville audiences. Now in its twenty-seventh season, ACT 1 has performed productions of more than a hundred of the world’s greatest plays. Performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets: $15. High school and younger students free of charge for Thursday evening performances and Sunday matinees. darkhorsetheater.com, ?tickets.act1online.com

June 11 – 2017 – Tony Awards Viewing Party

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Celebrate the hottest shows on Broadway at a special viewing party for the 71st Tony Awards, and watch the 2017 awards ceremony broadcast on the big screen. Grab a comfortable seat, or mix and mingle, and see how your predictions line up with the night’s big winners. We’ll provide the food, door prizes, and a cash bar to make this a fun and exciting way to enjoy Broadway’s biggest night with your fellow theatre lovers. Doors open at 6:30 pm for 7 pm program. General admission, seating is not guaranteed. tpac.org

June 15-18, 22-25, 29-July 1 – Mary Poppins

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the practically perfect nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” Dedicated to the presentation of high-quality productions suitable for family audiences at an affordable price, The Larry Keeton Theatre presents thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

June 24 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with Femke Weidama, Latin Grammy Winner, producer and composer. Enjoy a hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! Gates open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7 pm. $20/person, $75/car owlshill.org

June 30 – The Long Players Perform Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. The Long Players are Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen (20/20), Steve Ebe (Human Radio), and Brad Jones (record producer), plus a stellar rotating roster of Nashville’s exceptional vocalists and musicians. Named the Long Players for playing front-to-back renditions of classic albums, each performance is true to the original recording. The band will pay tribute to beloved American rock icons Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in celebration of the 40th anniversary year of their debut album. fristcenter.org

June 13-18 – Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Not Your Mother’s Tupperware Party! Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway, the UK and Australia by storm! Join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good old-fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became a member of the illustrious “#1 Tupperware Seller in the World” Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products! Adult content. tpac.org

June 15 – FALL Dance & Mary Mooney Art

OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. OZ Arts is Nashville’s destination for innovative contemporary art experiences. FALL (Nashville’s first aerial contemporary dance company), presents a new work examining overcoming obstacles and personal limits. Mary Mooney, Nashville-based visual artist and self-taught jewelry designer, will paint a number of large, museum-grade acrylic “canvases” in, around and throughout the performance. Bao Down Food Truck & Oliver’s Icebox will be on-site. oznashville.com

June 22 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by this month’s featured local poet, Karissa Sorrel. scarrittbennett.org

June 27-30 – Something Rotten!

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, 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! tpac.org