It’s hard to imagine a more fitting venue than the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Belmont University for the school’s production of “42nd Street,” the 1980 megahit musical. Bearing witness to only a few student productions, the stunning $180 million colossus, which opened its doors in the fall of 2021, serves as a cathedral of sorts for the performing arts — namely music and dance. That’s precisely what Belmont’s “42nd Street,” with its big, brassy score and larger-
If you’re a Bible Belter who’s always wanted to experience Burning Man but not enough to make the trek to Nevada, find your way instead to Belmont’s Troutt Theater.
That’s where the university’s musical theater department is staging the hit 1971 musical “Godspell” through Sunday, and the experience can’t be too far off from the bohemian festival that graces the southwest deserts each summer.
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A buzzing crowd poured into TPAC’s Jackson Hall for the anticipated opening night of “Dear Evan Hansen.” Many theatergoers donned the show’s merchandise, demonstrating what an affectionate fan following the production has accumulated since its 2016 debut. “Dear Evan Hansen” made a name for itself as a deeply moving, Oscar-sweeping contemporary musical that communicates sensitive topics with graceful urgency. Wednesday night continued this legacy, leaving the audience breathle
The national tour of Broadway’s “The Prom” hit TPAC on Tuesday, scoring big — though sometimes questionable — laughs and getting people grooving in their seats with its dynamic dance moves and discoey beats. The musical’s plot erupts from the meeting of two main narratives: one of two gay teens and one of four narcissistic Broadway stars. At first, the two sets of character arcs don’t seem to gel. Broadway’s ironic eagerness to poke fun at its own culture often oddly taints t
The 2004 cult classic “Mean Girls” sprung to life on stage in TPAC’s Jackson Hall on Tuesday. Fans of the film will be delighted to discover the musical adaptation maintains much of the screenplay’s caustic wit, including the ultra-quotable quips that elevated it to its iconic status, echoing sarcastically down many high school halls over the last 18 years. Like the movie, the musical follows the sheltered heroine Cady Heron as she’s uprooted from her homeschooled life in Afr
Belmont’s musical theater department transported audiences from Nashville to the fictional city of Urinetown, where citizens have to pay to pee. The satirical musical opened on Nov. 10 at the Troutt Theater, Belmont’s first musical with a full live audience since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Belmont’s cast delivered a stunning performance that kept the audience hanging on every word. “Urinetown,” which first premiered off-Broadway in 2001 with music and lyrics by Mark