I'm currently in the great city of Nashville, rehearsing for the World Premiere production of the Dan Fogelberg Musical PART OF THE PLAN.
It's been a fantastic time so far, and I am absolutely loving this city. I was lucky enough to be here on the path of the totality of the solar eclipse, though unfortunately a giant cloud come and covered up the sun right before the total eclipse. Still amazing to see the city turn from day to night and back again in a few minutes.
My cast and crew are great, and we're having a fun time together not only getting the show ready, but exploring the city and enjoying the nightlife. One particular highlight is the free concert series happening every week only a few blocks from our theater called Live on the Green.
My housing is a beautiful old craftsman, 5 bedroom house in the 5 Points section of East Nashville. It's an up and coming "hot spot," featuring a bunch of great bars, restaurants, shops and music venues all within a few blocks walking distance from the house.
K-Squared Entertainment and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) are thrilled to announce the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Part of the Plan, a new, original musical written by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris and scored with the music and lyrics of celebrated singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg.
Directed by Tony nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett (“Swing!”), the show interweaves 20 iconic Fogelberg songs arranged by Grammy Award winners Victor Vanacore (Ray Charles) and Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney), including “Leader of the Band,” “Longer,” and “Same Old Lang Syne.”
Part of the Plan is set to make its debut at TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater in Nashville on Friday, Sept. 8, with an official opening date set for Sunday, Sept. 10. The developmental production will run through Sunday, Sept. 24.
Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. For 2017-18 Broadway Season Ticket and Flex Package subscribers, tickets are available by calling 615-782-6560 or by clicking here.
Part of the Plan is a powerful story that spans three decades and follows the lives of an adopted boy and the teenaged girl who is forced to give him up. While exploring themes of love, loss, renewal, and how everything in life happens for a reason, Part of the Plan brings Fogelberg’s music to a new generation as well as to the many die-hard fans who long to hear his music in all forms.
Featuring a mix of talented performers from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, the Part of the Plan cast will be led by Broadway’s Harley Jay (“Rent”), Nashville’s own J.T. Hodges (Academy of Country Music nominated artist), along with Kate Morgan Chadwick (“BED”), Jayme Lake (“I Love Lucy: Live on Stage”) and Daniel David Stewart (Deaf West’s “Spring Awakening”). Joining them to bring this new story to life are Chris Roberts, Benjamin D. Hale, Erica Aubrey, Katy Blake, Melinda Porto, Wyatt Rogers, Miles DeMaria, Darian Peer, Euriamis Losada, Megan Murphy Chambers, Joshua Drew Payne, Curt Bonnem, and Kristin Towers-Rowles.
“The cast and creative team of Part of the Plan brings together the cream of the crop in their respective fields for this new artistic endeavor featuring Dan Fogelberg’s most poignant, memorable, and beloved music,” says Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris have worked since 2010 to bring this production to the stage, and we’re delighted to partner with them to co-produce this original production and to host the world premiere in Nashville, a town where Dan lived, performed, and wrote some of his most notable works.”
Part of the Plan features Drama Desk nominees: scenic designer, Jason Sherwood (“The View Up Stairs”) and costume designer, Loren Shaw (“The Mysteries”). With lighting design by Broadway’s Jason Kantrowitz (“Dames at Sea”) and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (“Penn & Teller on Broadway”), the production will be under the musical direction of Stephen Kummer (“Evita”).
For more information on the 2017-18 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, visit TPAC.org/Broadway or call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615-782-6560 or 800- 410-4216 (outside Nashville). For information on group tickets, call the TPAC Group Sales staff at 615-782-4060.