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Delbert McClinton to play the Franklin Theatre November 8

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The Franklin Theatre today announced Grammy Award-winning Texas blues rocker Delbert McClinton will perform at the historic 300-seat venue on Tuesday, November 8.

The concert will be a fundraiser to benefit Keith DeArmond, McClinton’s longtime road manager and friend who has been battling serious illness. “Keith is a true friend, and I want to help him any way I can,” McClinton said. “I know he has many friends who will take this opportunity to celebrate him and help with his medical expenses.”

The evening will include a performance by McClinton and a silent auction. Tickets start at $50. Click here to purchase.

Born in Lubbock–hometown of such other musical notables as Buddy Holly and Joe Ely–McClinton came of age in the Fort Worth joints. He first appeared on a hit record in 1962, when his distinctive harmonica playing graced Bruce Channel’s No. 1 single “Hey Baby,” which inspired the harp work of a young John Lennon. In the early ’70s, McClinton and keyboardist-vocalist Glen Clark relocated to Los Angeles, where they cut a pair of prophetic roots-rock albums as Delbert & Glen.

Now a three-time Grammy® Award winner, McClinton was recently inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and has been in the studio with Clark recording the first Delbert & Glen album in nearly three decades.

Delbert’s latest solo release, “Acquired Taste” (2009) is a juke joint blend of country soul infused with blues, rock and jazz. “I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens–the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives,” McClinton said. “There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that.”

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation. For more information visit www.FranklinTheatre.com

 

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FRANKLIN THEATRE LAUNCHES LEADERSHIP SEARCH

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County announced plans to launch a search for the director of the newly restored Franklin Theatre.

Leading the search will be Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart and foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce. During the search, Pearce will serve as interim director.

In announcing the search, Pearce thanked Leiper’s Fork businessman Aubrey Preston, who has served as the theater’s volunteer interim director since November and shepherded the project through its restoration and re-opening. Preston will continue as an advisor to the theater.

“We are indebted to Aubrey for his volunteer leadership during the restoration and his vision in setting a high standard of excellence at the new Franklin Theatre,” Pearce said. “Now that the theatre is successfully launched, it’s time to determine the theater’s long-term management structure.”

Preston said the restored Franklin Theatre’s premier this summer is proof of broad community support that will sustain it in the years ahead. Highlighting the theater’s successful re-emergence is the return of movies on Main Street, a dozen sold-out live music shows, and a June 3 grand opening that drew a crowd of 20,000.

“The new Franklin Theatre is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon,” Preston said. “The beloved 70 year-old theatre on Main Street is back and here to stay.”

Pointing to performances by Grammy Award-winning artists like Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Keb’ Mo’, and Michael W. Smith, Preston said the 300-seat Franklin Theatre has quickly cemented its reputation as one of Nashville’s most versatile entertainment venues. The theater expands its repertoire in August with the addition of live theater in a partnership with Studio Tenn, a performance company of Emmy winning and Broadway veteran actors and producers.

Tickets to movies, music and more are available online at www.franklintheatre.com.

Built in 1937, the historic Franklin Theatre is re-emerging following a four-year, multi-million-dollar restoration funded by private donation.  The theater is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

The Heritage Foundation is a 44 year old historic preservation non-profit that’s mission is to protect the historic resources of Franklin and Williamson County and the ongoing revitalization of Main Street in the context of historic preservation.

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STUDIO TENN BRINGS ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’ TO MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee theatre company Studio Tenn kicks off its inaugural season at the legendary Franklin Theatre on August 18-28 with a production of the classic Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.”

Featuring a score by Frank Loesser, “Guys and Dolls” tells the tale of two big-city gamblers and the women who love them. Leading the talented ensemble cast are Jared Bradshaw and John Hickman, of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.”

Individual tickets are on sale now at www.franklintheatre.com. Also online, Studio Tenn season tickets are available at 20% off the regular price through August 12.

Set for a 10-day run, “Guys and Dolls” is the first-ever professional live theatre production at the Franklin Theatre. Built in 1937, the historic facility reopened in June following a four-year restoration.

As part of the restoration, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County — which owns the theater — added a $1.5-million sound and lighting system to support live entertainment in addition to traditional movie screenings.

“The Franklin Theatre is one of the last surviving movie houses in the South,” said Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce. “Now, we’re proud to offer movies, music and more — including world-class live theatre with Studio Tenn.”

Studio Tenn was founded in 2009 by nationally known director and artist Matt Logan, Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall, and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall. The company’s mission is simple: “Use a rich combination of talent from Nashville and Broadway to bring classic works ofdrama and musical theatre to life in Middle Tennessee, and provide innovative educational programs designed to entertain, educate and inspire rising artists.”

Jake Speck, Studio Tenn’s managing director, said the company’s goal is to bring Broadway-caliber theatre to Middle Tennessee.

“The history and vision of the Franklin Theatre brings an exciting new dimension to our work,” Speck said. “We are delighted to partner with an organization that shares our passion for high-quality and exceptional entertainment.”

In addition to “Guys and Dolls,” Studio Tenn will present “A Christmas Carol” on December 8-18 in conjunction with downtown Franklin’s “Dickens of a Christmas Festival.” Studio Tenn’s inaugural season at the Franklin Theatre concludes on February 23-March 4 with “The Miracle Worker.”

Tourists heading to the Franklin Theatre for “Guys and Dolls” can find lodging information online at www.visitwilliamson.com.

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MICHAEL W. SMITH HEADLINES FRANKLIN THEATRE BENEFIT

The legendary Franklin Theatre today announced Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith is volunteering his talent for a Green Nights concert on August 6 to benefit the historic landmark.

Smith will play the 300-seat venue as part of the new Green Nights concert series that will help sustain the nonprofit Franklin Theatre for future generations. Tickets to “Green Nights Presents Michael W. Smith” start at $50 and are on sale July 6 at www.franklintheatre.com.

“Green Nights is a special way for world-class artists to join us in preserving the heart of downtown Franklin’s Main Street,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, which restored the theater. “We are incredibly grateful to Michael W. Smith for his talent and his commitment to our community.”

With 44 GMA Dove Awards, three Grammys and more than 15 million in sales to his credit, Smith pioneered the Christian music genre and is one of the most respected ambassadors for faith-infused music worldwide. His latest album, “Wonder,” is a 12-song project that grapples with the disparities of life in the modern age.

In honor of Smith’s contribution to the Franklin Theatre, the Heritage Foundation will plant a legacy tree in a public space in Williamson County — a nod to the Green Nights philosophy of giving back to the community and the environment that we all care about. Previous Green Nights artists include Vince Gill and Amy Grant.

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre is 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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FRANKLIN THEATRE, STUDIO TENN ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP, UNVEIL 2011-12 SEASON

The legendary Franklin Theatre, which re-opens June 3, announced that critically acclaimed Studio Tenn will be the resident live theatre company, presenting classic plays and musicals as part of the new mission to offer the highest quality live entertainment in Middle Tennessee.

Additionally, the Franklin Theatre and Studio Tenn unveiled the 2011-2012 season:

August 18-28 — “Guys and Dolls”
Featuring a score by Frank Loesser, the classic musical tells the story of a group of small-time gamblers and the ladies in their lives.

December 8-18 — “A Christmas Carol”
The retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel takes a miser on a journey of self-redemption, and coincides with Franklin’s annual Dickens of a Christmas festival.

February 23-March 4 — “The Miracle Worker”
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 historic Franklin Theatre, built in 1937, re-opens to the public on Friday, June 3, after undergoing a multi-million-dollar restoration. As part of the restoration, the theater installed a world-class sound and lighting system to accommodate live entertainment, including concerts and plays.

“The Franklin Theatre is one of the last surviving movie houses in the South,” said Mary Pearce, Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, which owns the theater and led its restoration. “Now, we’re proud to offer movies, music and more — including world-class live theatre.”

Pearce added: “Studio Tenn has earned a great reputation in a very short period of time. We’re proud to call them partners.”

Studio Tenn was founded in 2009 by nationally known director and artist Matt Logan, Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall, and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall. The company’s mission is simple: “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 rising artists.”

Jake Speck, who played one of the lead roles in the Broadway production of “Jersey Boys,” serves as Studio Tenn’s managing director. “Studio Tenn’s goal is to bring New York-caliber theatre to Middle Tennessee in a way that is ‘uniquely Tennessean,’” Speck said. “The history and vision of the Franklin Theatre brings an exciting new dimension to our work.”

He added: “We are delighted to partner with an organization that shares our passion for high-quality and exceptional entertainment.”

Tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available online, at 20% off the regular ticket price through July 1. To purchase tickets, check out www.franklintheatre.com. Or for more information, go to www.studiotenn.com.

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