NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville Repertory Theatre is thrilled to unveil their 23/24 Mainstage Season, featuring a lineup of musicals, plays, and a brand new holiday spectacle. As the company celebrates the 39th annual season, it invites you to explore the idea of courage and bravery in everyday life.
“We’re so excited about the upcoming year,” says Micah-Shane Brewer, Artistic Director of Nashville Rep. “Our theme surrounding the season is ‘Be Brave.’ All of our productions in the 39th season tell stories of brave and courageous people and celebrate resiliency, ambition, and life. I’m inspired by the artists and staff at the Rep and look forward to creating memorable work in the upcoming season.”
Nashville Rep will kick off the season in style with a musical production of Dolly Parton’s beloved comedy, 9 to 5. Based on the hit film, 9 to 5 follows three working women who take revenge on their sexist, lying, hypocritical, egotistical, bigoted boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Doralee, Violet and Judy live out their wildest fantasy of taking control of their lives! With an energetic score by Nashville’s own Dolly Parton, this high-energy musical celebrates female empowerment and equality in the workplace. With such songs as “Shine Like the Sun,” “Backwoods Barbie,” and the title song “9 to 5,” the show promises to be a rip-roarin’, toe-tappin’ good time! 9 to 5 will be performed September 8 – 17, 2023 in TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater.
For the next production audiences will experience the magic of the holiday season like never before! Nashville Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a brand-new adaptation of the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. In this new, heartwarming, and spectacular production, Artistic Director Micah-Shane Brewer brings Charles Dickens’s classic story to life on stage. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly prosperous curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Through these encounters, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of kindness and generosity. The production features stunning sets and costumes that transport the audience to Victorian England, and the timeless story is sure to be loved by audiences of all ages. A Christmas Carol will be performed December 1 – 17, 2023 in TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater. In addition, this production is also presented in partnership with TPAC’s Theatre for Young Audiences Series presenting several daytime matinees for local area schools.
The third production of the season is the Nashville Premiere of Indecent, a breathtaking play by Paula Vogel. Indecent is a powerful and poignant play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent follows the journey of the play’s cast and crew as they navigate the challenges of artistic expression and the repression of their voices. It explores the impact of censorship on art and is a moving tribute to the resilience of artists and the power of art to transcend borders and time. Indecent will be performed February 2 – 11, 2024 in TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater.
The fourth production of the season is the musical The Color Purple. The Color Purple is a stirring and soulful musical that tells the story of Celie, a young woman who endures years of abuse and hardship at the hands of the men in her life. Along the way, Celie forms close bonds with other women, including the vibrant and independent Shug Avery and the strong and fierce Sofia. Through the power of sisterhood and self-discovery, Celie finds her voice and breaks free from the chains of oppression. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the hit 1985 movie, The Color Purple has an unforgettable score mixed with gospel, blues, and jazz. The Color Purple is a moving and inspiring story of hope and a celebration of life and the human spirit. The Color Purple will be performed March 24 – April 2, 2023, in TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater.
For the finale of the season, Nashville Rep is proud to present the regional premiere of Selina Fillinger’s POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. The roof is about to blow off of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When the President of the United States spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the seven women he relies on must risk everything to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. This fiercely feminist farce will have audiences rolling in the aisles! POTUS is a biting satire that highlights the challenges faced by women in positions of power and the absurdity of contemporary politics. POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive will be performed May 10 – 19, 2023 in TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater.
“After two record-breaking seasons, we are thrilled to announce this exciting lineup of shows for 2023/2024,” says Drew Ogle, Executive Director of Nashville Rep. “With beloved classic titles and contemporary work fresh from Broadway, musicals, non-musicals, and a new adaptation of one of the world’s most popular Christmas stories, Nashville Rep is excited to offer a little something for everybody in our upcoming season!”
Season tickets go on sale in May with single tickets available for all five shows in July. Tickets can be purchased at www.nashvillerep.org or www.tpac.org. To stay up to date on ticket releases and Nashville Rep news, follow us on all social platforms and sign up for the mailing list on the website.
The Nashville Rep has been named Best Professional Theatre by the Nashville Scene, Best Local Theatre by The Tennessean, Largest Arts Organization by Nashville Business Journal, and recognized by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for 35 years of service to the community. The Rep’s shows, actors, directors, and designers have been honored by Nfocus, Nashville Scene, The Tennessean, and the First Night Awards. For more information, visit www.nashvillerep.org or www.tpac.org.
ABOUT NASHVILLE REP
Since 1985, Nashville Repertory Theatre has been Nashville’s premier regional theater, entertaining and inspiring audiences by creating exceptional theatre exploring the diversity of human experience. Nashville Rep produces work designed, built, and rehearsed in Nashville, by highly skilled actors, designers, directors, and technicians, creating the highest quality professional productions and serving as a cultural, educational, and economic resource in Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities. Nashville Rep is committed to bringing classic and contemporary theatre to Nashville that inspires empathy and prods intellectual and emotional engagement in audiences.