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(Left) Dan Hays with Franklin Theatre and (right) Matt Gonring with Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

Franklin, TN:  Jackson National Life Insurance® (Jackson®) recently renewed its relationship with the historic Franklin Theatre as presenting sponsor.  The arrangements involve a three-year investment to support the high quality of programming the venue has become known for since reopening in 2011 after extensive renovations.

The theater expects to host more than 70,000 guests at 600 events in 2013 including world-class music concerts, Broadway caliber live theater, movies and a wide variety of educational, social and charity events.  Since reopening, more than $600,000.00 has also been raised through events in the space for important charitable causes in the community.  As a result of Jackson’s support, many local nonprofits serving youth and elderly in the community have had the opportunity to raise funds at this unique and historical venue.

“We’re proud to take a leadership role in supporting such a renowned landmark on Franklin’s historic Main Street and to play a role in the revitalization of the downtown Franklin area,” says Jackson President and CEO Mike Wells.  “Since expanding Jackson’s operations to Franklin, we have built a robust charitable program that focuses on enriching the communities where our associates live and work.  The Franklin Theatre is a unique venue for Jackson to host corporate and community events, and the outstanding entertainment that the theater attracts helps to drive tourism for the entire region.”

“As our presenting sponsor, Jackson leads a premier group of annual supporters investing in a level of programming that inspires, challenges and moves us,” adds Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.  “They are an ideal partner, wonderful neighbors and we are honored by their generosity and leadership.”

The reinvention of the Franklin Theatre adds to a growing entertainment reputation for the area.  With an already thriving shopping and dining scene, the charms of the historic downtown area now include several music venues including Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, the Franklin Mercantile, the Bunganut Pig and others.  Grey’s on Main, a new restaurant opening this winter, will also host regular music performances.

“This relationship is important because the theatre is a unique cultural and economic development asset for Franklin and the rest of Williamson County,” explained Matt Largen, president of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s former economic development director.  “Jackson Life has become the perfect model of corporate responsibility in Williamson County through all of it’s partnerships, including this one with the Franklin Theatre.”

Historic theaters routinely require donated funds and sponsor relationships to sustain programming and the Franklin Theatre has embarked on an annual campaign to raise approximately $300,000.00 to support those purposes.  Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact the Theatre to explore options.

Jackson National Life Insurance is a leading provider of retirement solutions with assets of nearly $130 billion and more than 4,000 employees nationwide.  The company is one of North America’s leading variable and fixed annuity writers.  Headquartered in Lansing, Mich., Jackson opened its Franklin regional headquarters in the spring of 2010.  Since then, the organization has expanded its Franklin branch to incorporate a new Information Technology (IT) center.  The Franklin office now employs nearly 400 associates, and continues to recruit for top talent.

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public in June 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


For further information please contact:

Chelsey Reardon




Darrell Scott Performance at Franklin Theatre Rescheduled for Friday, February 1st.

All original tickets will be honored or refunded through Monday, January 7th.


We were just notified that Darrell Scott will have to cancel his show this evening (Friday, December 28) at the Franklin Theatre due to illness. The concert has been rescheduled for Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. and all original tickets will be honored or refunded through Monday, January 7th. We regret any inconvenience this may create for ticket holders and we hope that all will join us in sending wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Scott.


Your original ticket(s)—including original seat(s)—will be honored for the February 1 date. If you wish to attend on February 1, no further action is needed; your tickets are automatically transferable.

If you are not able to join us for the rescheduled concert, we will be more than happy to refund your ticket purchase in full through Monday, January 7. (This date is set to allow time to re-sell tickets to other patrons.) To receive a refund, please e-mail or call the Franklin Theatre Box Office at (615) 538-2076.

After January 7, we will assume you plan to attend the February 1 performance and ticket purchases will no longer be refundable. Please feel free to let us know if you have any other questions or related needs we can assist with.


In lieu of a concert this evening (Friday, December 28), the Franklin Theatre will be showing “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding. We wish everyone a Happy New Year!



The Staff of the Franklin Theatre


This special season of thanks and to remember the past year is here. I want to do both by sharing just one of many stories that reflects how you help our historic venue touch people in very personal ways.

Before one of our many sold out performances this summer, we were approached by a family of four made up of three generations. They had been strolling Main Street but without tickets to our show, there were slim hopes of getting to see this particular performance.

The live music we were presenting was from the grandfather’s generation, a World War II veteran, and his children could clearly see he wanted to share this with them – especially his grandson. On hearing a little of their story and despite being sold out, we couldn’t turn them away so we quickly arranged some special seating for them.

During the show, I could see them laughing and holding hands as they watched and listened. The grandfather regularly leaned to his grandson to share a story from his life the music invited him to recall. During one particularly moving song, the grandfather began weeping and the grandson – no more than seven – simply took his hand without saying a word to gently comfort him.

After the show, the grandfather sought me out to say how important it was for him to get to see this particular band in person and possibly for the last time. The grandson was just bursting with excitement as he regaled me in stories about the songs he had just learned about and the man whose hand he was still holding.

It felt as though the two of them had just discovered music together for the first time and possibly each other. In fact, the young boy’s parents shared how they live several states away and were only rarely able to visit their aging father.

We hope this family has many more years together, but if not, at least for this one afternoon they were brought together to share music, inspiration and their love in an extraordinary place. A very personal and special experience was created, and a simple memory that can last a lifetime.

Events like this are made possible by you!

Whether as a donor, regular patron, attendee or contributing in other ways…you make it possible to bring the Franklin Theatre experience to life – and to transform lives – every day.

Thank you, and I hope you, too, have been touched this year by what we do.


Dan Hays



FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – The Franklin Theatre recently accepted a new addition to their facilities, as the Miller Piano Specialists and Gibson/Baldwin delivered a sparkling new grand piano into the music venue.  The Baldwin R1 Artist Grand model will become an important instrument for many future performances and was used for the first time in November during the live taping of renown vocalist and songwriter, Deborah Allen’s internet TV show “The Deborah Allen Show…Live at the Franklin Theatre”which will air on DEB-TV/

Ms. Allen, a Franklin resident and an endorsee of Gibson/Baldwin, was responsible for approaching the piano and instrument manufacturing company and spontaneously putting in a request for this incredible gift.

“I was hoping to give away a Gibson guitar at the TV taping and while on the phone with them I had an impulse to ask for a piano for the theatre, too.  When I heard a ‘yes’ coming back  to me over the phone…I was bouncing off the walls and grinning from ear to ear!” Deborah described.  “I am honored to partner with Gibson/Baldwin to gift our theatre with a beautiful new grand piano!  It truly makes my heart smile to be able to give back to my community which has such a passionate love for the arts.”

Gibson/Baldwin has gifted the Franklin Theatre with long-term use of this beautiful $48,300 instrument. Gibson is a globally, music focused and lifestyle-oriented company based in Nashville, Tennessee, that creates products that enrich the lives of musicians, fans and consumers.  “We are pleased to be able to give to Nashville’s surrounding communities and share with them a little piece of the Gibson lifestyle.  Hopefully this piano will add to the Franklin Theatre experience for the musicians who play there as well as the fans and patrons who come to see them,” explained Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar.

The Miller Piano Specialists located in Cool Springs joined efforts with Gibson/Baldwin to generously extend their tuning and training services to the theatre and assist with other equipment costs to transport and house the piano.

The Franklin Theatre is only able to provide the community with world-class entertainment through generous contributions like this one.  “Words are inadequate to express our appreciation for the gift of this grand piano and we will remember the kindness of Deborah, Gibson, Baldwin and Miller Piano every day – but especially when notes ring from it during performances”, said Franklin Theatre director, Dan Hays.

The Franklin Theatre looks forward to the use of this gift during the 2012 holiday season, moving into 2013, and for many years to come.

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

For further information please contact:
Chelsey Reardon
(615) 538-2079


FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – The Franklin Theatre will ring-out the old year and “Swing-In” the new with a distinctive evening and rare middle Tennessee appearance by the one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The theater opened it’s doors to the public in 1937 on Franklin’s historic Main Street. To honor the era that first welcomed the theatre, the evening will promise 1930s swank with a 21st century flair featuring two performances by this legendary dance band. The two shows of the evening, the first an early concert and the second a dance party, go on-sale Friday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m..

No group in Big Band history can get a crowd swinging like the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra! Known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, Tommy Dorsey was a master at creating superb dancing and listening arrangements. Tommy’s work included collaborations with the likes of Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl and Sy Oliver, and showcased singers who could project them brilliantly; most notably the leader of the Rat Pack himself, Frank Sinatra.

Today the talent of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra carries on with their present band leader, Terry Myers. Terry has performed with The Tex Beneke Orchestra, The Les Elgart Band, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray Charles, Chubby Jackson, Louis Bellson, Butch Miles and many others. An exceedingly charming host, Terry will bring a welcoming spirit to the celebration and wows audiences with the band’s musical presentation. Come ready to dance!

FIRST SHOW – 5 p.m. Cocktails/6 to 7:30 p.m. Performance

For patrons interested in enjoying the remarkable sounds and sights of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Franklin Theatre offers an early show that includes comfortable seating and unobstructed viewing of the band in the theatre’s state-of-the-art performance hall. Cabaret seating includes a celebratory bottle of champagne for each couple! Ticket prices are $60, $65, $75.

DANCE PARTY – 8:30 p.m. Cocktails/9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dance Party

A first of its kind for the theatre, the cabaret tables in front of the stage will be swept away, opening up the dance floor to every patron for a night of stylish revelry. This performance will also feature three complimentary drinks, a midnight champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors. Ticket prices are $75.

If you are concerned about driving on New Year’s, the theater has made arrangements with the Franklin Trolley service to reserve round-trip rides for only $6 per person from neighborhoods within the Franklin city limits. Reservations are limited and on a first come first serve basis through December 21.

For more details on ticketing or trolley services for this special evening, contact the Franklin Theatre box office (615-538-2076) or Layne Barton at .

Originally built in 1937 as a movie house, the Franklin Theatre re-opened in June 2011 following a multi-year restoration and now also hosts world class music performances, Broadway caliber live theatre and community events. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. For more information visit our website at .


For further information, contact:

Chelsey Reardon