Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 14, 2013

Celebrate a Hometown Christmas, Broadway New Year December 8


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Playhouse stars Nate Hackmann and Nicole Begue Hackmann sing a special new Christmas/New Year’s concert on the CCP Mainstage on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30. Titled "Hometown Christmas, Broadway New Year," the concert expresses joy in a traditional Christmas in their adopted Crossville hometown, and excitement about Nate making his Broadway debut with Les Misérables in its new Broadway production early next year. The performance of Sanders Family Christmas previously scheduled that day has moved to Dec. 13 at 2:30. 

The couple will be joined by other leading members of the Playhouse Resident Company in sacred and secular hymns and carols of the season, plus great Broadway favorites from new and classic shows, including some they hope to sing at the Playhouse in future years. Britt Hancock, Weslie Webster, Daniel Black and Lauren Marshall will be featured; with CCP Resident Music Director Ron Murphy debuting the newly gifted Knabe Baby Grand Piano received from Arthur and Jonathon Evans, sons respectively of CCP founders Bette Evans Halverstadt and Lucretia (Lu) Evans.

Nate played the lead role of Jean Valjean in the Playhouse production of Les Misérables in spring 2013, and is currently playing the lead role of Tateh in Ragtime at CCP this fall. Opening on Broadway in March 2014, Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Les Misérables will feature Nate as the Factory Foreman. He is also covering the two lead male characters of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in "The World's Longest Running Musical."   

Nicole is currently featured at CCP as Mother in Ragtime, and as Murphy Stevens in Michael McKeever’s upcoming new farce, Suite Surrender, opening Nov. 8. Her role serves as the assistant to Athena Sinclair (played by CCP “diva” Patty Payne) one of the “dueling divas” whose feud with Claudia McFadden (played by the indomitable Weslie Webster) creates havoc and hilarity at the Palm Beach Royale Hotel in 1942. Jason Ross, Greg Pendzick and Carol Irvin are also featured in this forties madcap comedy, with Ross as a harried hotel manager struggling to keep the divas from destroying their rooms (and one another!). Britt Hancock directs the farce, while playing major roles in both To Kill a Mockingbird through Nov. 3, and Ragtime through the 16th.

Currently at the Playhouse: Ragtime (rated PG, sponsored by Dr. Calley J. Elsea, Cloudland Dental) through November 16; and A Sanders Family Christmas (Rated G, sponsored by Beef & Barrel, The Blind Zebra, Red’s Ale House and Cannon’s) runs through December 22. Call 931-484-5000 for tickets/information or visit Tickets and information are also available for Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, and other events.  All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.