FRANKLIN, Tenn. — CMA-nominated artist Michael Martin Murphey will bring country music at it’s finest to the historic FranklinTheatre on March 30. Murphey is using this current tour to promote his most recent album Tall Grass and Cool Water.


With six gold records to his name, Murphey is a world-class act and well-respected songwriter and performer in the music world. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Lyle Lovett, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

Throughout his career, Murphey’s work has gained recognition from iconic music corporations. BMI awarded his hit single “Wildfire” for its airplay after it reached a startling four million plays on radio and television.

A five-time winner of the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Murphey has also been nominated for three CMA awards as well as a Grammy Award. He and his music have appeared on PBS/RFD-TV hit series America’s Heartland, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Austin City Limits, CMT and TNN.

Also proving himself to be a passionate activist, the Texas native has been recognized for his conservation efforts with the Golden Smokey Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. National Parks Service and the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets are on public sale now and start as low as $33.00 for classic seating. They can be purchased at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at or by calling 615-538-2076.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

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Broadway Stars Jessica Grové and Ben Davis to Lead Studio Tenn’s “The Sound of Music” Cast

Tickets on sale now at for May 31-June 17 performances

Studio Tenn Theatre Company today announced complete casting for their upcoming musical production, “The Sound of Music,” running May 31-June 17 at the historic 300-seat Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. In leading roles are Broadway stars Jessica Grové as “Maria” and Ben Davis as “Captain Von Trapp”.

Grové has starred on Broadway in “Les Miserables” (Eponine), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Miss Dorothy), “A Little Night Music” (Mrs. Anderson) and “Sunday in the Park with George” (Celeste). She also starred as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at Madison Square Garden with Mickey Rooney and Ertha Kitt. Last month, Jessica played Cinderella in the third annual ShowHope benefit production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”, directed and designed by Matt Logan and featuring Jake Speck of Studio Tenn at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony.

Ben Davis has starred on Broadway in some of the same shows, including “Les Miserables” (Javert), Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Trevor Graydon), “A Little Night Music” (Mr. Lindquist), “Knickerbocker Holiday” (Brom Broeck) and Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” (Marcello).

Other principal cast members include Nan Gurley as the Mother Abbess, Marguerite Lowell Hall as the Baroness, Matthew Carlton as Uncle Max, and recent Belmont University graduates Kelsey Self and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman as Liesl and Rolf. Portraying the rest of the Von Trapp children are seven of Tennessee’s most talented young actors, including Jack Alcott as Friedrich, Annabelle Fox as Louisa, Mary Marguerite Hall as Brigitta, Matthew Dyra as Kurt, Virginia Richardson as Marta and Bella Higginbotham as Gretel.

The cast will be rounded out with some of the region’s best actors and singers, including such Nashville main-stays as Shelean Newman, David Compton, Emily Webb, Melodie Madden Adams and Linda Sue Simmons Runyeon.

 Studio Tenn Managing Director Jake Speck will serve as Executive Producer and the company’s Artistic Director Matt Logan will design and direct. The production will be choreographed by Emily Tello, Chris Rayis will serve as Music Director/Conductor and Laura Matula will vocal direct.

Studio Tenn’s production of “The Sound of Music” runs Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 17 at the Franklin Theatre. Matinee and evening performances are available. Tickets are on sale now at the Franklin Theatre Box Office, (615) 538-2076 or online at Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. To inquire about group rates, please email

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Critics are Raving about Studio Tenn’s “The Miracle Worker” at the Franklin Theatre Feb 23 – March 4

This weekend wraps up the 7-show run of Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s production of William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker”–the true story of deaf, blind and mute Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. The show has been unanimously lauded by critics, including reviewers from The Tennessean, and Nashville Parent Magazine. Here are some highlights of what the critics are saying:

“…Studio Tenn’s production is flawless, deeply emotional and a perfect representation of what a tremendous theater experience should be.”-Nashville Parent Magazine

“It’s hard to imagine a more satisfying production of this inspiring drama than the one currently on stage at Studio Tenn in Franklin.”-The Tennessean

“[10-year-old Madeliene] Hall utilizes everything in her arsenal to bring six-year-old Helen Keller so vividly to life in front of you. Her performance is expressive and heartbreakingly genuine..”

“The opening-night audience was riveted, with many wiping away tears as the lights came up. Indeed, it’s a powerful evening of theatre.”-The Tennessean

Annie Sullivan really was a miracle worker, and Studio Tenn’s production of Helen Keller’s young life certainly does her proud.”-Nashville Parent Magazine


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Marty Stuart’s Album Release Celebration to be held April 28 at Franklin Theatre

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at

The Franklin Theatre today announced that Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will perform at the historic 300-seat venue on April 28, 2012 in conjunction with the release of their album, “Nashville, Volume 1: Tear The Woodpile Down” (Sugar Hill Records). Tickets for the Album Release Celebration go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at

The four-time GRAMMY Award winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music memorabilia preservationist, stylist, designer, photographer, songwriter, all around renaissance man, charismatic force of nature, and (first of all, perhaps), leader of the extraordinary, versatile touring and recording band The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music.

Franklin Theatre Program & Development Director Sara Preston said, “We are so honored and excited to have been selected as the venue for Marty Stuart’s album launch. He is a world-class musician and performer, and we look forward to this celebration of his latest project.”

Tickets for Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives’ Album Release Celebration at the Franklin Theatre start at $47.50 and go on sale to the public on Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. More information is available online at

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The Franklin Theatre recently learned that Guy Clark will not be able to perform his previously scheduled show on Sat. Jan 21 at the Franklin Theatre due to unforeseen health circumstances requiring emergency surgery.

The concert is rescheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. and all original ticket(s)—including original seat(s)—will be honored for this new date.

Patrons who are not able to attend the March 31 concert may request a full refund through Friday, February 10. (This date is set to allow time to re-sell tickets to other patrons.) To receive a refund, patrons should call the Franklin Theatre Box Office at 615-538-2076.

After Friday, February 10, ticket purchases will no longer be refundable.

The Franklin Theatre regrets any inconvenience this may have created and sends best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Clark.

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