The Holidays are just FABULOUS
Deck the Music Hall
with Shakespeare's Midnight Madness:
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Inspired by both titles of William Shakespeare's popular, musical comedy, Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, continues its seventh season of plays with a turn-of-the-century musical hall production of Twelfth Night, or What You Will.
Coming off the company's record-breaking production of Richard III over Halloween,Twelfth Night will run December 11-21 in the Dixon's Winegardner Auditorium to celebrate all the seasonal holidays during our Winter Solstice.
The production is sponsored by Pat and Ernest Kelly.
Directed by TSC founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary (Richard in Richard III), Twelfth Night features more than the usual cross-dressing, music, and songs in Shakespeare's play. The close-quartered Dixon space invites a celebratory party atmosphere reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Seventh Season of Plays
(July 28, 2014) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, today announced its 2014-15 schedule of plays, which includes three by Shakespeare, the Southern Exposure Series, a continuing partnership with Dixon Gallery & Gardens, a new summer partnership with the University of Memphis, and a new Musical Works Festival sponsored by the Broadway licensing company of Memphis, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, and All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley.
The season features performance programming year-round for the first time in TSC's history.
Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary plays the title role in Shakespeare's Richard III over Halloween in Germantown Performance Arts Center, followed by a festive musical hall production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in Dixon Gallery & Gardens in December. The Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala, with a Broadway headliner to be announced, plays February 14, 2015, in GPAC. The Tuesday Literary Salons return in the spring with Kate Chopin and William Faulkner. TSC then partners with the University of Memphis to present Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on the University's mainstage during the solstice weeks of June. The U of M mainstage will also host the exciting Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival in May, June, and August, sponsored by New York's Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
"For the first time in our organizational life, we are now able to present a wide-ranging performance season as we have been doing with our innovative, four-season education programs," says founder, Mr. McCleary. "This expansion is in line with our initial strategic plan, and it allows us to present important, all-new productions and projects in three distinct geographies for our patrons.
Broadway's most glorious soprano Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala for Education
(December 4, 2014) -- We are thrilled to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will headline TSC's Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on February 14, 2015.
Ms. Luker's intimate hour-long show to benefit TSC's education program will feature her Broadway and Jerome Kern songbooks as well as stories from her fabled 30-year career.
A New Musical Works Festival
a collaboration sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
TSC’s partnership with the University of Memphis makes possible a very special collaboration sponsored by one of Broadway’s elite musical licensing companies, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW).
The team of collaborators (TSC, University of Memphis, and TRW) will launch Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival from May through August 2015.
Part of TSC’s Southern Exposure Series, the high-profile Festival will select three musical scripts in various stages of development, invite the shows’ creators to Memphis for ten days to work intensely on the pieces and rehearse with professional performers from around the country, and then present a staged reading/singing of the musical on a Saturday night on the University of Memphis MainStage.
One of the three new musicals will then be selected for additional development in New York and Memphis over the next year en route to a more full production in TSC’s 2016 season.
Staged readings/singings will be Saturdays at 7:00 pm on May 23, June 27, and August 15 2015.
Tickets will be made available in 2015.
Theatrical Rights Worldwide and its President/CEO Steve Spiegel, based in New York City, represent musicals from Broadway and Off-Broadway. TRW cultivates and introduces new work along with extending the production life of musicals to all theatrical marketplaces. TRW licenses productions to a broad range of customers, from schools to Broadway. As agents for the authors, TRW grants live stage production rights.
TRW’s Broadway collection includes Memphis-centric musicals All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis. Their internationally-popular collection also includes Monty Python’s Spamalot, which won the Tony for Best Musical, Kander and Ebb's Curtains, The Color Purple, and recent releases Ghost the Musical, Big Fish, and The Addams Family.