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Tennessee Performing Arts Center

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN, USA
Seats (approximate)
3547

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the first of its kind in the nation: Owned by a state, but managed by a non-profit organization, giving Tennessee citizens the same opportunities in the performing arts and cultural heritage available to people living in major cities nationwide, introducing school children to the worlds of theater, ballet, symphony and opera, to enhance their education, inspire their imagination, and enrich their lives. Dreaming of opportunities in the arts and a well-rounded education for their children and grandchildren, a group of private citizens, led by Martha Ingram, proposed an arts center for the citizens of Tennessee to the state legislature in 1972. Funding for the arts center, built in conjunction with the James K. Polk State Office Building and the Tennessee State Museum, was approved only after a private fundraising effort established an endowment of more than $4 million. Prior to the September 1980 dedication of the Center, the state legislature created the TPAC Management Corporation to oversee the public-private partnership. This unique non-profit organization was charged with the responsibility of providing affordable performance spaces for resident artistic companies and offering educational experiences in the arts for Tennessee school children. The performance venues at TPAC are Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075), Andrew Johnson Theater (256) and War Memorial Auditorium (1,661), the historic landmark located across 6th Avenue and the plaza from the Center. Among its many operations, TPAC presents a series of Broadway shows and special engagements, and administers a comprehensive education program. Today, the center is booked to near-capacity, presenting up to 500 performances each year, attended by up to 500,000 audience members. For some, TPAC is a dream come true, a source of "food for the soul." For others, TPAC is good for the economy – attracting industry, creating jobs, increasing business downtown, generating tax revenues. For one person, TPAC is a home for centuries-old cultural traditions. For another, TPAC is a place to laugh at the comedy or listen to the music. Together, artists, audiences, administrators, educators and supporters will carry the mission of TPAC into the next century. TPAC invites you to take part in the ongoing story of growth, success and service to the citizens of Tennessee.
War Horse
Jun 03, 2014 - Jun 08, 2014
Songmaker: John Tams
Play Original Drama
Million Dollar Quartet
May 06, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Musical Original
Wicked - Emerald City
Mar 26, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
I Love Lucy
Jan 14, 2014 - Feb 02, 2014
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Play Original Comedy
We Will Rock You
Nov 12, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Oct 29, 2013 - Nov 03, 2013
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
The Lion King - Gazelle
May 07, 2013 - Jun 02, 2013
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Flashdance The Musical
Mar 19, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Musical Original
Peter Pan
Mar 01, 2013 - Mar 03, 2013
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2012
Nov 13, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
Anything Goes
Oct 23, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012
Musical Revival Comedy
Mary Poppins
Mar 20, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012
Musical Original Spectacle
Memphis
Nov 15, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Oct 18, 2011 - Nov 06, 2011
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
May 17, 2011 - May 22, 2011
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Musical Revival Drama
Young Frankenstein
May 10, 2011 - May 15, 2011
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
In the Heights
Mar 22, 2011 - Mar 27, 2011
Musical Original
Shrek
Jan 25, 2011 - Jan 30, 2011
Musical Original Comedy
Dreamgirls
Oct 26, 2010 - Oct 31, 2010
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
9 to 5
Sep 21, 2010 - Sep 26, 2010
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Musical Original Comedy
A Chorus Line
May 04, 2010 - May 09, 2010
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
101 Dalmatians
Jan 19, 2010 - Jan 24, 2010
Musical Original
Little House on the Prairie
Oct 27, 2009 - Nov 01, 2009
Music by Rachel Portman; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by Donna Di Novelli
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Sep 01, 2009 - Sep 20, 2009
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Mar 18, 2009 - Apr 05, 2009
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Avenue Q
Oct 28, 2008 - Nov 02, 2008
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2007
Nov 27, 2007 - Dec 02, 2007
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
My Fair Lady
Oct 23, 2007 - Oct 28, 2007
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Big
Apr 21, 1998 - Apr 26, 1998
Music by David Shire; Book by John Weidman; Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
The King and I - 1997
Sep 16, 1997 - Sep 21, 1997
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Deathtrap
Jan 21, 1997 - Jan 26, 1997
Written by Ira Levin
Play Revival ComedyMysteryThriller
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Nov 05, 1996 - Nov 10, 1996
Musical Original Revue
Man of La Mancha
Sep 17, 1996 - Sep 22, 1996
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Musical Revival Drama
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night
Jul 30, 1996 - Aug 04, 1996
Musical Original
Grease
Jun 04, 1996 - Jun 09, 1996
Musical Revival Comedy
Aint Misbehavin
Mar 12, 1996 - Mar 24, 1996
Musical Revival Revue
Damn Yankees
Jan 23, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Musical Revival Comedy
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Nov 14, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Jekyll & Hyde
Oct 31, 1995 - Nov 05, 1995
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Original Drama
Hello, Dolly!
Apr 25, 1995 - Apr 30, 1995
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
The Who's Tommy
Jan 24, 1995 - Jan 29, 1995
Musical Original
Crazy For You
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Musical Original Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Sep 27, 1994 - Oct 02, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Drama
Camelot
Jul 05, 1994 - Jul 10, 1994
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Musical Original Drama
Guys and Dolls
Jan 18, 1994 - Jan 23, 1994
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Musical Revival Comedy
Annie Get Your Gun
Nov 09, 1993 - Nov 14, 1993
Musical Revival Comedy
The World Goes 'Round
May 18, 1993 - May 23, 1993
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Original Revue
A Chorus Line
Mar 16, 1993 - Mar 21, 1993
Musical Revival Drama
The Will Rogers Follies
Feb 09, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Musical Original
Once on This Island
Oct 20, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original
City of Angels
Sep 15, 1992 - Sep 20, 1992
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Musical Original Comedy
Brigadoon
Aug 18, 1992 - Aug 20, 1992
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Grand Hotel
Mar 10, 1992 - Mar 15, 1992
Musical Original Drama
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Feb 18, 1992 - Feb 23, 1992
Music by Buddy Holly; Book by Alan Janes; Lyrics by Buddy Holly
Musical Original
Cats - Fourth National
Jun 25, 1991 - Jun 30, 1991
Musical Original
Lend Me a Tenor
Oct 16, 1990 - Oct 21, 1990
Written by Ken Ludwig
Play Original Comedy Farce
Fiddler on the Roof
Sep 04, 1990 - Sep 09, 1990
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Jun 12, 1990 - Jun 17, 1990
Music by Meredith Willson; Book by Richard Morris; Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Musical Revival Comedy
Anything Goes
Mar 20, 1990 - Mar 25, 1990
Musical Revival Comedy
Into the Woods
Sep 19, 1989 - Sep 24, 1989
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Comedy Drama
Can-Can
Oct 18, 1988 - Oct 23, 1988
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Abe Burrows; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Musical Revival Comedy
South Pacific
May 03, 1988 - May 08, 1988
Musical Revival Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Mar 29, 1988 - Apr 03, 1988
Musical Original
La Cage aux Folles
Feb 02, 1988 - Feb 04, 1988
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Original Comedy
Singin' in the Rain
Jun 02, 1987 - Jun 07, 1987
Musical Original Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
May 12, 1987 - May 17, 1987
Musical Original
Biloxi Blues
Mar 17, 1987 - Mar 22, 1987
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
On the Twentieth Century
Nov 16, 1986 - Nov 16, 1986
Musical Revival Comedy
Dreamgirls
Oct 21, 1986 - Oct 26, 1986
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
The Tap Dance Kid
May 27, 1986 - Jun 01, 1986
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Charles Blackwell; Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Musical Original
A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking
Dec 17, 1985 - Dec 22, 1985
Written by John Ford Noonan
Play Original Comedy
Noises Off
Oct 22, 1985 - Oct 27, 1985
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Comedy Farce
42nd Street
Sep 03, 1985 - Sep 15, 1985
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Original Comedy
Zorba
Jan 08, 1985 - Jan 13, 1985
Zorba
Jan 08, 1985 - Jan 13, 1985
Zorba
Jan 08, 1985 - Jan 13, 1985
Music by John Kander; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival
Sugar Babies
Oct 30, 1984 - Nov 04, 1984
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book based on traditional material written by Ralph G. Allen; Lyrics by Al Dubin, Dorothy Fields
Musical Original Revue Comedy Burlesque
Little Shop of Horrors
Sep 11, 1984 - Sep 16, 1984
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
Jerry's Girls
May 22, 1984 - May 27, 1984
Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Original Revue
Camelot
Apr 03, 1984 - Apr 08, 1984
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Peter Pan
Jun 21, 1983 - Jun 26, 1983
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Annie - Third National
Mar 02, 1982 - Mar 13, 1982
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy
One Mo' Time
Jan 22, 1982 - Jan 24, 1982
Written by Vernel Bagneris
Musical Original Revue
They're Playing Our Song
Jul 21, 1981 - Jul 26, 1981
Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Musical Original Comedy Romantic Comedy