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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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Franklin Theatre Announces New Director

Music Industry Executive to Take Office at Historic Franklin Theatre

December 20, 2011–The Board of Directors of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County today announced that Dan Hays will become the new Director for the Franklin Theatre.

Hays’ acceptance of the post culminates a rigorous leadership search for the historic Main Street institution which recently underwent an $8 million renovation with a commitment to be the best 300 seat music venue in the world. Since its re-opening, The Franklin Theatre has hosted a diverse, world-class musical lineup including Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, The Judds, Keb’ Mo’, Sam Bush–with much more on the horizon–and has sold out every show in its concert series,Franklin Theatre Live.

Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart said the four-month executive search process was purposely intensive. “We owed it to our community to be very deliberate about finding the right person to lead the Franklin Theatre,” Stewart said. “We feel strongly that Dan Hays is the ideal choice and the theatre will build on its already phenomenal trajectory under his leadership.”

Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation Mary Pearce said she believes in Hays’ leadership. “Dan has tremendous nonprofit management experience and a wealth of contacts in the music industry,” Pearce said. “He has proven his dedication to music and truly understands and appreciates the fabric of this community and all the Franklin Theatre is and can be.”

Since 1990 Hays has headed the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), a music industry trade organization headquartered in Nashville. During his tenure, IBMA developed from an association in its infancy to an influential music industry player. IBMA Board Chair Stan Zdonik said, “IBMA will sorely miss Dan’s presence. In his 21 years, IBMA has grown into a multifaceted resource for the bluegrass community. He approached the work of the organization with vigor and integrity and we were all the better for it. Speaking for the IBMA Board, we wish Dan all the best in his new position.”

“I am honored and look forward to joining the extraordinary staff at the Franklin Theatre,” Hays said. “This intimate historic Theatre is bursting with promise and is a vibrant cultural asset for our community and the talents we present.”

Hays will initially split time between IBMA and the Franklin Theatre until a new director is hired for the IBMA, the search for whom is already underway. He expects to take office full time at the Franklin Theatre in early 2012.

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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Studio Tenn Theatre Company Adds “The Sound of Music” to its 2011-2012 Season at the Franklin Theatre

Encore musical production planned for May-June 2012

Franklin, TN – December 9, 2011 – At Opening Night of Studio Tenn’s “A Christmas Carol” Thursday at the Franklin Theatre, the crowd went wild before the performance even began. Company Managing Director Jake Speck and Artistic Director Matt Logan greeted the audience with an announcement that Studio Tenn would stage a fourth production, “The Sound of Music,” as part of their 2011-2012 season.

Speck said the announcement—met with resounding cheers—was due to the unprecedented success and popularity of both “A Christmas Carol” and the company’s Franklin Theatre debut production, “Guys And Dolls.”

“We are so glad to see such a healthy demand for professional live theater here in Franklin and Williamson County, and we want to keep feeding that demand,” Speck said. “We are especially excited about “The Sound of Music” because it hasn’t been done in this [Nashville area] market for several years.”

Though tickets to “The Sound of Music” will not go on sale to the public until March 5, 2012, an exclusive pre-sale package including tickets to “The Miracle Worker” (Feb 23-March 4) and “The Sound of Music” is being offered to patrons of “A Christmas Carol” throughout the run of the show (Dec 8-18). The pre-sale combo ticket will be available to the public beginning December 19.

“We want to thank our closest fans and supporters by giving them first dibs on tickets to “The Sound of Music,” which may well turn out to be our most popular show of the season,” Speck said. “There’s certainly a possibility we could sell out “The Sound of Music” before the public on-sale date. If you want a guaranteed seat, the combo tickets are your best bet.”

Demand for Studio Tenn tickets has been on the rise throughout their inaugural season at the Franklin Theatre. In fact, the company decided to open up two additional performances of “A Christmas Carol” after the initial 10-show run came within 5% of a total sellout just days after Thanksgiving.

Speck said he has equally high hopes for The Sound of Music. “It’s such a treasure of musical theater,” he said of the show. “We cannot wait to bring it to the Franklin Theatre stage.”

About Studio Tenn

Studio Tenn, proudly tapped by the Franklin Theatre to be their resident theatre company for the 2011-2012 season, made quite a splash with their highly lauded inaugural 2010-2011 season, and their upcoming productions have fulfilled their promise to be even more stellar. Following “A Christmas Carol”, “The Miracle Worker” is set for Feb. 23rd-March 4th. And just announced, “The Sound of Music” will wrap up the season in for May and June 2012.

Showcasing this city’s great artistic talent alongside Broadway stars, the first four shows from this young company–”Our Town,” “Hello Dolly!”, “A Christmas Carol”, and “The Glass Menagerie”, were heavily lauded by audiences and critics alike.

Studio Tenn Theatre Company is lead by Artistic Director Matt Logan and Managing Director Jake Speck, both Nashville natives who made good on Broadway and have brought their experience back home to middle Tennessee. Studio Tenn was founded in the Fall of 2009 by Logan, a nationally recognized director and artist, along with Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall. The company’s inaugural production of Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” was an enormous success and enough to convince Studio Tenn’s founders this was something that should continue. Shortly thereafter, Jake Speck left the Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” where he played the lead role of Bob Gaudio to join Studio Tenn as its Managing Director.

Studio Tenn’s mission boldly states that they will “use a rich combination of talent from Nashville and Broadway to bring classic works of drama and musical theatre to life in Middle Tennessee; and provide innovative educational programs designed to entertain, educate and inspire the rising artists of our unique community.”


Coming Up Next:

The Miracle Worker
February 23-March 4, 2012

Tickets on sale as of November 11, 2011.
William Gibson’s three-act play tells the inspirational story of Anne Sullivan’s struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.


The Sound of Music

May 31-June 10, 2012

Tickets go on sale March 5, 2012

*Pre-sale opportunity for those who purchase tickets to The Miracle Worker beginning December 19, 2011.
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