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TPAC reopens with award-winning musical, new virus rules

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When Queen Elizabeth I lifted the closure she put on England’s theaters two years before due to the bubonic plague, England was thrilled, because with all the sickness and dying, people badly needed entertainment. 

Now, 600 years later, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is doing much of the same. 

TPAC is joining Broadway in New York and other theaters all over the states to make theatre as safe as possible by agreeing with special new rules that will be required of all audience members. 

During the last two years, several attempts have been made — to little success — to have a safe environment. Some theaters even closed for good. However, there is great hope and success with these new rules which are now required by all. 

Masks, of course, must still be worn. Also, you must show your vaccination card completed with correct number of shots to enter. For those who aren’t vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours before showtime is required. 

To launch the 2021-22 season, TPAC will show the outstandingly rare 10-time Tony Award-winning musical from 2019, “The Band’s Visit.” 

It all takes place in a small town off the beaten road, where a bus filled with an Egyptian police band has broken down and they are lost in a remote town with no hotel. They are taken in by the locals for the night while waiting for transportation. They also find that due to a screw up, they are now in an Israeli town, which is not what they had planned; however, it seems everything will be fixed by morning. 

The music in the show also won a Grammy award for best show album. 

If you eat dinner before the show at the Hermitage Hotel across the street, your valet parking is waived for dinner and the play. 

So, why not spend one night with the band in a visit to remember? 

The show plays from Oct. 19-24 in Jackson Hall at TPAC, located at 505 Dedrick St. in Nashville. 

Visit www.TPAC.org for more details or call 615-782-4040.

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