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December 09, 2023

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January Theater and Dance Shows

Never Land? New Jersey? Thailand? This month brings a world of entertainment to local venues.

Local venues are heatin’ up with theater and dance outings for your family to enjoy this month, including the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, The King and I, at TPAC (pictured above):

DISNEY’S FREAKY FRIDAY

Jan. 18 – Feb. 17 | All ages
615-646-9977
chaffinsbarntheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu – Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $62 adults, $32 students, $20 ages 5 – 11.

A comedy about a single mom and teenage daughter who switch bodies.

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.

Jan. 13 – 14 | All ages
615-538-2076
franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sun 1 & 4 p.m. $13 – $25.

A journey under the sea — and above — with Ariel and her aquatic friends.

DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR.

Jan. 12 – 14 | All ages
615-538-2076
franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 4 & 7 p.m., Sun 7 p.m. $13 – $25.

The African savannah comes to life during this coming-of-age tale.

FRANK

Saturday, Jan. 27 | Ages 11+
615-297-2966
nashvilleballet.com
Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 120 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 6 p.m. $18 adults, $12 youth.

Nashville Ballet presents a new work about a disfigured boy who goes to a new school and realizes he looks different from the other kids.

THE FULL MONTY

Jan. 12 – 28 | Ages 14+
615-332-7529
circleplayers.net
Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 ($10 on Thursdays).

A raucous, pop-rock musical send-up of expectations and stereotypes … that takes it all off.

FUNNY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE

Jan. 26 – Feb. 10 | Ages 10+
615-221-1174
townecentretheatre.com
Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu – Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students.

A comedy about L-O-V-E.

HAIRSPRAY

Jan. 5 – 21 | All ages
615-904-2787
boroarts.org
Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children.

Baltimore, 1960s, and a dance-loving teen wins a spot on a national TV show.

HAMLET

Jan. 4 – Feb. 3 | All ages
nashvilleshakes.org
Jan. 4 – 28 at Belmont’s Troutt Theater, 2112 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31 – Feb. 3 at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 615 Champion Way, Murfreesboro. 7:30 p.m. $29 adults, $20 students ($100 VIP available for Belmont shows).

The Bard’s longest play; a sullen prince returns home for his father’s funeral only to learn that his mother has already remarried.

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (HIGH SCHOOL EDITION)

Jan. 20 – 21 | Ages 13+
615-538-2076
franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 3 & 7 p.m. $13 – $25.

A teenage misfit hustles her way into the most powerful clique in high school with disastrous results.

HERCULES VS VAMPIRES

Saturday, Jan. 27 | All ages
615-782-4040
nashvilleopera.org
Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $26 – $45.

An opera/pop mashup synchronizes live music with the cult fantasy film Hercules in the Haunted World.

JEEVES IN BLOOM

Jan. 19 – 28 | Ages 10+
615-598-8950
encore-theatre-company.org
Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger.

The peaceful English countryside may never be the same after Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves, pay a visit.

JERSEY BOYS

Jan. 9 – 14 | Ages 12+
615-782-4040
tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $42.50 – $92.50.

The Tony Award-winning true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Contains authentic Jersey profanity.

THE KING AND I

Jan. 30 – Feb. 4 | All ages
615-782-4040
tpac.org
Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $30 – $75.

Two worlds collide in this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that tells the story of the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher.

ORDINARY PEOPLE

Jan. 19 – Feb. 4 | Ages 10+
615-847-0934
lakewoodtheaterco.com
Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students.

This play follows the disintegration of an upper-middle class family following the death of one of their sons in a boating accident.

PETER PAN THE PLAY

Sunday, Jan. 21 | All ages
615-538-2076
franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 11 a.m. $13 – $25.

Explore the world of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell.

SHEN YUN

Jan. 19 – 21 | All ages
shenyunperformingarts.org
Shen Yun Performing Arts at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. $80 – $150.

Five millennia of Chinese culture are on stage in a classical dance journey.

THE SNOWY DAY & OTHER STORIES

Jan. 18 – Feb. 11 | All ages
615-252-4675 
nashvillect.org
Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. opening night, then Sat – Sun 2 p.m. (no show Jan. 21) plus Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. (homeschool show). $20 adults, $15 youth.

Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats, this stage adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and groundbreaking Cadlecott winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting collection encourages kids to play and life life to the fullest each day.

STREB: SEA (SINGULAR EXTREME ACTIONS)

Jan. 27 – 28 | All ages
615-350-7200
ozartsnashville.org
OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. Sat 3 & 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $50 adults, $25 ages 12 & younger.

Elizabeth Streb’s death-defying spectacle of dance and acrobatics.

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