THEATER: Studio Tenn brings Broadway to Main Street


THEATER: Studio Tenn brings Broadway to Main Street

By AMY STUMPFLToday we continue a three-part series on upcoming fall productions with a look at what’s ahead for Studio Tenn, the professional resident theatre company of the historic Franklin Theatre.

Second of a three-part series
As we head into the dog days of summer, it’s hard to imagine that autumn will ever arrive. But local theatre companies already are hard at work, preparing for a busy season. Local audiences certainly will have plenty of choices – including everything from star-studded musicals and searing dramas to uplifting holiday classics.

Today we continue a three-part series on upcoming fall productions with a look at what’s ahead for Studio Tenn, the professional resident theatre company of the historic Franklin Theatre.

In September, Studio Tenn will continue its mission to showcase Broadway stars alongside homegrown talent. Its much-anticipated 2012-2013 season kicks off on Sept. 20 with “Smokey Joe’s Café.” A musical celebration of the prolific songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the popular revue features familiar hits such as “Kansas City,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love,” and “Stand By Me.”

“We are so thrilled to be returning to the beautiful Franklin Theatre with four productions this season, including three full-blown musicals,” says Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck.

On Oct. 18, Studio Tenn will partner with the historic Williamson County Courthouse to stage the powerful courtroom drama, “Twelve Angry Men.”

“We are very excited at the prospect of taking our work beyond the walls of the theater – yet still in downtown Franklin – with ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at the historic courthouse,” Speck says.

And Dec. 6 marks the return of Studio Tenn’s critically acclaimed “A Christmas Carol.” This will be the company’s third production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, and is set to coincide with Main Street’s annual “Dickens of a Christmas Festival.” But audiences can expect fresh designs and casting, plus a live five-piece orchestra to accompany the action on stage.

“Studio Tenn specializes in reinventing classic productions,” says Artistic Director Matt Logan. “We always select shows that are generally beloved and have stood the test of time, but it is also our artistic promise to bring something new and different to the interpretation. We want you to see these shows like you’ve never seen them before.”

Complete details and ticket information are available at studiotenn.com or franklintheatre.com, or by calling 538-2075.

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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