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ANOTHER MINUTE: BNA makes it easier to get out of town

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Nashville International Airport announced it will have two daily nonstop flights to New York LaGuardia, beginning Jan. 6, 2013. The addition of these new flights by Southwest provides additional nonstop service to a high-demand market for business travelers. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines also serve LaGuardia with nonstop service.

Southwest also will add one daily nonstop flight between Nashville and Ft. Myers, as part of its seasonal market changes.

“We are pleased to add additional nonstop flights to New York LaGuardia, one of our most popular markets,” said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

“This is a big win for the Nashville community, since LaGuardia is a slot-restricted airport. By starting service to both LaGuardia and Boston Logan, starting Aug. 12, shows Southwest’s confidence in Nashville traffic.”

He added, “The Airport Authority, in conjunction with the airlines, is focused and working hard to increase air service to and from Nashville. We are committed to attracting new destinations that our business community and leisure travelers want and markets that help Nashville attract more conventions and corporate relocations.”

Nashville premiers “The Nutty Professor”
The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank announced this week it will be the presenting sponsor of the Nashville world premiere of a new production of “The Nutty Professor” as a musical.

The production will be a theatrical adaptation of the 1963 hit film starring Jerry Lewis and the first ever stage version of a Jerry Lewis film.

“As enthusiastic supporters of the arts, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring ‘The Nutty Professor’ to Nashville,” said J. Steven Cook, market leader of The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Nashville.

“What better place for this hilarious show to make its theatrical debut than a city renowned for its commitment to music and entertainment?”

Film and stage icon Jerry Lewis directs the production with music by Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and book and lyrics by multiple Tony Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Rupert Holmes. “The Nutty Professor” Musical will make its pre-Broadway world premiere in Nashville at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater, and the producers are planning the show’s debut on Broadway in 2013.

“This event is a great way for us to provide our clients with a unique experience that they might not otherwise have,” said Heidi Steiger, East region president of The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. “It’s a fun and creative way to interact with our clients and prospects in what we believe will be a memorable event.”

The production begins with a preview week from July 24 to July 29. Opening night is scheduled for July 31, and the show will run through Aug. 19. This is the first time a Broadway-bound developmental production has debuted in Music City. The show’s cast has been rehearsing in New York City throughout the month of June.

Local talent figures prominently in the ensemble and creative team, including Nashville natives Ned McLeod (executive producer), Mac Pirkle (producer), and Stephen Kummer (conductor). Additionally, the choreographer, JoAnn Hunter, assistant director Ray Roderick, and three of the musical’s ensemble are Nashville connected, and all but one of the orchestra’s 14 musicians are based in Nashville. Significant portions of the scenery, properties, wardrobe, and make-up work are also being created in Nashville.

Recognized as one of The American Film Institute's best comedies in their "100 Years...100 Laughs," The Nutty Professor, written by Lewis and Bill Richmond, was released by Paramount Pictures in 1963. The film also starred Lewis in one of his most famous roles and successful films.

The story centers on Professor Julius Kelp, a dull geek with a bright idea. Privately experimenting in his laboratory to find the cure for his social failures, he creates a potion that transforms him into Buddy Love, a smooth-talking party animal. Buddy is everything that Julius always dreamed of being and gets the girl that he always dreamed of dating, Stella. The only problem is that the potion doesn't last very long, creating comical complications that drive the riotous plot. Michael Andrew, personally chosen by Jerry Lewis, plays the double lead characters of Kelp and Love.                                   

More information about “The Nutty Professor” Musical can be found online at www.nuttyprofessormusical.com. Tickets are now on sale online at tpac.org, by calling 615-782-4040, or by visiting the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick in downtown Nashville.
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