World premiere at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Now Through Sept. 24
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Part of the Plan, a new, original musical presented by K-Squared Entertainment and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, written by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris and scored with the music and lyrics of celebrated singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, is making its world premiere now through Sept. 24 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.
The producers are excited to announce the show’s Guitar Arranger/Music Supervisor, Grammy® Award-winner Laurence Juber has arranged for C.F. Martin & Co. (est.1833) to donate a 000-15M Streetmaster guitar to the show. This guitar will be played in the show by two cast members: lead actor, Harley Jay, and Nashville singer-songwriter, Chris Roberts. C.F. Martin & Co. is the maker of the guitar used by the late Dan Fogelberg, bringing the world of his music full circle.
C.F. Martin is considered to be the 'father' of the American acoustic guitar. A native of East Germany, he set up shop in New York in 1833, launching the iconic brand favored by acoustic guitarists ever since. The list of players associated with the “Martin Guitar” is substantial and crosses genres from country to folk to rock, bluegrass to fingerpicking with names such as: Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Elizabeth Cotton, The Kingston Trio, Steven Stills, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton, to name just a few. Dan Fogelberg, himself, owned three of Martin’s D41 models. In 2001, Dan was honored by the company with a limited-edition signature guitar.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!,), Part of the Plan 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 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), Kate Morgan Chadwick (Bed) and Nashville’s own J.T. Hodges (Academy of Country Music nominated artist), along with 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 will be: Katy Blake, Chris Roberts, Erica Aubrey, Benjamin D. Hale, Euriamis Losada, Darian Peer, Melinda Porto, Joshua Payne, Wyatt Rogers, Curt Bonnem, Kirsten Towers-Rowles, Megan Murphy Chambers, Miles DeMaria and Cameron Gilliam.
Part of the Plan features scenic design by Jason Sherwood (The View UpStairs, Drama Desk nominee), costume design by Loren Shaw (The Mysteries, Drama Desk nominee), lighting design by Jason Kantrowitz (Dames at Sea), sound design by Josh Leibert (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and musical direction by Stephen Kummer.
Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.
For more information, visit www.danfogelbergmusical.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Laurence Juber
First recognized as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's Wings, Laurence Juber, has released two dozen solo albums and is recognized as one of the world’s top acoustic guitarists. His solo guitar version of “The Pink Panther Theme” earned him a Grammy® and his version of “Stand By Me” was featured in a national TV commercial. As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks, Seal and Sylvie Vartin. TV/Film studio credits include: “Home Improvement”, Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and, with his wife Hope, the scores to Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It’s The Housewives!
For tickets and more information, visit www.tpac.org.
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