Studio Tenn Makes History with “Evita” at TPAC

Middle Tennessee’s leading professional theatre company Studio Tenn has announced expanded programming, venues and ticket options for its 2016-2017 “Season of Illuminating Perspectives.”

In addition to its five-show season that will take place at Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin as well as the Ryman Auditorium, Studio Tenn is collaborating with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) to open the HCA TriStar Broadway at TPAC Series in September with “Evita.” This will make Studio Tenn the first-ever local theatre company to produce a show on the series in TPAC’s 34-year history. Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa (“Wicked,” “Brooklyn The Musical,” “Rent”) will star as Eva Perón.

Artistic Director Matt Logan, who will design and direct the show, said, “We have long dreamed of doing ‘Evita,’ and we are beyond thrilled to have recruited the incredibly talented Eden Espinosa as our leading lady.”Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck adds, “Studio Tenn is so honored and proud of this opportunity to showcase the creative talents of both Nashville and New York with this historic collaboration.”

Evita Eden EspinosaStudio Tenn 16/17 Subscribers can add “Evita” to any season ticket package purchase at a 15% discount. Single tickets to “Evita” go on sale June 24 at 10am at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at TPAC’s Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville.

Following “Evita,” Studio Tenn returns to Jamison Theater in The Factory for a new original work, “The Battle of Franklin: Civil War Reflections through Word and Song.” Then the company’s signature holiday concert returns under the new name “A Studio Tenn Christmas” for an expanded two-week run. Next, the Tony Award-winning drama “The Elephant Man” kicks off 2017, followed by a field trip to the Ryman Auditorium for the company’s third original theatrical concert, “The Loretta Legacy: A Tribute to the Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

“The Ryman Auditorium is the ‘Mother Church’ of country music and the ideal venue for this year’s concert tribute to honky-tonk queen Loretta Lynn,” said Logan. “We are so proud and elated to be making this pilgrimage.”

The season wraps up back in Jamison Theater with the musical comedy finale “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” co-starring Artistic Director Matt Logan and Managing Director Jake Speck as knights of the round table—their first performance together in a Studio Tenn main stage musical.

From musical comedy to poignant drama, the 16/17 lineup offers something for everyone, says Artistic Director Matt Logan. “As a company, we seek to further engage and challenge our community this year by exploring a wide range of stylistic and emotional content,” he said. “We have chosen to bring these stories to our stage because we believe each of them is enriching in a different but equally important way.”

Studio Tenn’s 15/16 season continues with “The Ray Legacy,” running now through May 1 in Jamison Hall at The Factory at Franklin. Tickets and details are at studiotenn.com. Concluding the 15/16 season is the full musical production of “West Side Story,” live on stage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center June 3 and 4 featuring Jerome Robbins’ original choreography and a full symphony orchestra. Tickets and details at nashvillesymphony.org.

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