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From porch swinging on Sunday afternoons, to researching the roots of her hometown, to ordering her tofu fried, Rachel Parker is proud to be a southern girl. Homegrown in beautiful Tennessee, Rachel has worked for the past seven years as a professional dancer in various theaters along the east coast and visited over 25 countries as a performer with Princess Cruise Line Productions. Graduating from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in English, emphasis in Creative Writing, she is currently writing and editing for a variety of freelance projects. Rachel loves Nashville’s beautifully eclectic art, music, and theater scene, as well as its deep appreciation for history through touring exhibitions and preservation of historic buildings.

ONCE The Musical Debuts At Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s 2014-2015 Broadway Series is officially underway with the opening of the much anticipated, Once the Musical.  The eight time Tony Award winning musical made its Nashville debut Tuesday, September 16 and will run in the Andrew Jackson Hall until Sunday, September 21, 2014.

The cast of Once The Musical. Photo Credit: Once The Musical.

The cast of Once The Musical. Photo Credit: Once The Musical.

The production earned the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, telling the story of a Dublin musician whose passion and dreams are renewed by an enchanting and often blunt young woman.
The chemistry between Guy, played by Stuart Ward and Girl, Dani de Waal is immediate and infectious, and it stays tangible throughout the production.  You feel for them, hurt and hope with them.  Their performance is honest and full.
The incredible cast each play all their own instruments and create the music and heart of the performance.  The musical is intimate, immediately breaking the fourth wall by allowing audience members to walk onstage before the show and be a part of the Irish pub set as the ensemble plays.  The musical energy is an immediate driving force and brings pulsing life to the stage before a line is ever spoken.
Original, raw, driving, and gentle, the choreography, by Steven Hoggett, runs throughout the show, intensifying lyrics and gracefully moving the plot with creative beauty through scene transitions.
It is a musical that is honest, but not necessarily straightforward, and yet there is a sweet simplicity.  It leaves much room for thought and personal relation.  It is an all around beautiful production that will remind you why you love live theater and music and the feeling of falling in love.
Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal in Once The Muscial.  Photo credit: Once the Musical.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal in Once The Muscial. Photo credit: Once the Musical.

WHEN: Now through Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Andrew Jackson Hall: Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219
Ph. 615-782-4040

TICKETS: Please click here to purchase tickets.

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