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Tennessee Performing Arts Center

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

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.


Productions Production Dates
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Jun 03, 2014 - Jun 08, 2014
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
May 06, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Mar 26, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
I Love Lucy
Play, Original, Comedy
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Jan 14, 2014 - Feb 02, 2014
We Will Rock You
Musical, Original
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Nov 12, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Oct 29, 2013 - Nov 03, 2013
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
May 07, 2013 - Jun 02, 2013
Flashdance The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Mar 19, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Mar 01, 2013 - Mar 03, 2013
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2012
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Nov 13, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 23, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Mar 20, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Nov 15, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Oct 18, 2011 - Nov 06, 2011
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
May 17, 2011 - May 22, 2011
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
May 10, 2011 - May 15, 2011
In the Heights
Musical, Original
Mar 22, 2011 - Mar 27, 2011
Shrek
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 25, 2011 - Jan 30, 2011
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Oct 26, 2010 - Oct 31, 2010
9 to 5
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Sep 21, 2010 - Sep 26, 2010
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
May 04, 2010 - May 09, 2010
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 02, 2010 - Mar 07, 2010
101 Dalmatians
Musical, Original
Jan 19, 2010 - Jan 24, 2010
Little House on the Prairie
Musical, Original
Music by Rachel Portman; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by Donna Di Novelli
Oct 27, 2009 - Nov 01, 2009
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sep 01, 2009 - Sep 20, 2009
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Mar 18, 2009 - Apr 05, 2009
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Oct 28, 2008 - Nov 02, 2008
High School Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 22, 2008 - Jan 27, 2008
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - 2007
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Nov 27, 2007 - Dec 02, 2007
My Fair Lady
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Oct 23, 2007 - Oct 28, 2007
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 01, 2007 - May 06, 2007
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
May 19, 1998 - May 24, 1998
Big
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Shire; Book by John Weidman; Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Apr 21, 1998 - Apr 26, 1998
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Feb 25, 1998 - Mar 28, 1998
The King and I - 1997
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Sep 16, 1997 - Sep 21, 1997
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 15, 1997 - Apr 20, 1997
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
Feb 25, 1997 - Mar 30, 1997
Deathtrap
Play, Revival, Comedy,Mystery,Thriller
Written by Ira Levin
Jan 21, 1997 - Jan 26, 1997
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 05, 1996 - Nov 10, 1996
Man of La Mancha
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Sep 17, 1996 - Sep 22, 1996
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 04, 1996 - Jun 09, 1996
Aint Misbehavin
Musical, Revival, Revue
Mar 12, 1996 - Mar 24, 1996
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 23, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 14, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Oct 31, 1995 - Nov 05, 1995
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Apr 25, 1995 - Apr 30, 1995
The Who's Tommy
Musical, Original
Jan 24, 1995 - Jan 29, 1995
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Sep 27, 1994 - Oct 02, 1994
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 26, 1994 - Jul 31, 1994
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Jul 05, 1994 - Jul 10, 1994
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 14, 1994 - May 29, 1994
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Jan 18, 1994 - Jan 23, 1994
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 09, 1993 - Nov 14, 1993
The World Goes 'Round
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
May 18, 1993 - May 23, 1993
The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Feb 09, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
Once On This Island
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Oct 20, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992
City Of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Sep 15, 1992 - Sep 20, 1992
Brigadoon
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Aug 18, 1992 - Aug 20, 1992
Grand Hotel
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 10, 1992 - Mar 15, 1992
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jun 25, 1991 - Jun 30, 1991
Lend Me A Tenor
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Ken Ludwig
Oct 16, 1990 - Oct 21, 1990
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Sep 04, 1990 - Sep 09, 1990
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Mar 20, 1990 - Mar 25, 1990
Into the Woods
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sep 19, 1989 - Sep 24, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Mar 29, 1988 - Apr 03, 1988
Singin' in the Rain
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 02, 1987 - Jun 07, 1987
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
May 12, 1987 - May 17, 1987
Biloxi Blues
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Mar 17, 1987 - Mar 22, 1987