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WSM Radio 650 AM named Official Media Partner for Five Shows in Franklin Theatre’s Spring Lineup

The Franklin Theatre today announced that WSM 650 AM “The Legend” will be the Official Media Partner for several upcoming shows in its spring lineup.

The WSM-sponsored string of shows kicks off with bluegrass royalty The Travelin’ McCourys on March 24, followed by the legendary Guy Clark with Matraca Berg on March 31, Western-swingers Asleep at the Wheel on April 7, Nashville’s original rocker, Buzz Cason & The Love Notes: “Living the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream” on April 21 and Americana master Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives‘ Album Release Celebration on April 28. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit FranklinTheatre.com/music.

About WSM

650 AM WSM is the most famed country music station in the world. Each day, the station shares country, bluegrass, and Americana as well as the excitement of Music City with friends in Middle Tennessee and listeners around the world.

WSM debuted on Oct. 5, 1925, and less than two months later, the show would birth its most famous show (and the show that would make country music famous), the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry was the first of WSM’s shows to develop such an excited audience that fans would visit live studio broadcasts. That tradition continues today not only with the Opry, but with other signature programming including “An Intimate Evening with Eddie Stubbs”, “Station Inn Sessions”, and more.

In 1928, WSM was given the frequency of 650 kilohertz and admission to an elite group of maximum power, Class 1-A clear-channel broadcasters. In 1932, the station’s new 50,000-watt transmitter made it a nation-spanning giant. At the heart of this expansion was a diamond-shaped vertical antenna located just South of Nashville, the tallest tower in the nation at the time. The station today still spans the nation with its AM signal, of course, while also circling the globe online.

WSM has gone on to become a broadcasting giant and a friend to hundreds of thousands of fans. The station has won hundreds of broadcasting awards and was named Country Radio Station of the Century by “Radio & Records” in 2000. WSM’s personalities are nationally recognized figures in country music, and its listeners range from U.S. Presidents to Country Music Hall of Famers, to artists climbing the charts toward their first number one hit. You never know when a famous listener might drop in for a visit or to take the studio’s reigns for a while.

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Studio Tenn’s “The Sound of Music” Now On Sale

Encore musical production planned for May-June 2012

Franklin, TN – March 6, 2011 – Tickets to Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s highly anticipated encore musical production “The Sound of Music” will go on sale to the public Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at FranklinTheatre.com.

“The Sound of Music” will be staged at the Franklin Theatre May 31 through June 10 and will comprise an eight-piece orchestra and a cast of 22.

Live on Stage May 31-June 10

Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck said he expects “The Sound of Music” to be one of the most highly anticipated shows in the theatre company’s three-year history. “We cannot imagine a better fit for Franklin and Williamson County than this beloved family classic,” Speck said. “We are very excited to bring a Broadway-caliber production of ‘The Sound of Music’ to Main Street this summer.”

Speck and company Artistic Director Matt Logan decided to add the musical to Studio Tenn’s 2011-2012 season after the overwhelming successes of “Guys and Dolls” in August 2011, the debut theatrical production at the Franklin Theatre. The company has seen continued success with subsequent plays, “A Christmas Carol”–which sold out so rapidly, two encore performances were added—and “The Miracle Worker,” the inspirational true story of Helen Keller and her Teacher Annie Sullivan, which wrapped up March 4.

At each performance of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Miracle Worker” the audience was given an exclusive opportunity to purchase advance tickets to “The Sound of Music”. As a result, hundreds of tickets have been reserved prior to the public on-sale date. “That’s completely unprecedented,” said Speck of the pre-sale participation. “If that’s any indication of the demand for this show, ‘The Sound of Music’ may well turn out to be our most popular production yet.”

Tickets to Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s “The Sound of Music” go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at FranklinTheatre.com. Purchases may also be made over the phone beginning at noon on Wednesday by calling the Franklin Theatre box office at (615) 538-2076. For more information, visit FranklinTheatre.com or StudioTenn.com.

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, BroadwayWorld.com 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..”-BroadwayWorld.com

“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 FranklinTheatre.com

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 FranklinTheatre.com.

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 FranklinTheatre.com.

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 FranklinTheatre.com.

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GUY CLARK PERFORMANCE RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 31, 2012

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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