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It seems like eons since we enjoyed watching live productions in a seat and not on a screen, and now, they are slowly and safely coming back! Local performing arts organizations have come up with innovative and safe ways to delight audiences this month with in-person events. All shows have limited capacity and social distancing policies in place for the safety of attendees and performers, but the future is looking bright for the return of live performances.

Nashville Ballet LIVE at Ascend Amphitheater

Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, 7:30 p.m.

The last time Nashville Ballet performed live on stage was at the Ballet Ball in February 2020. This weekend, it makes a triumphant return at Ascend Amphitheater for two performances. Seasons, choreographed to Vivaldi’s score by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, and Posters, with music from Louis York & The Shindellas and spoken word from Caroline Randall Williams, are sure to delight all ages. Tickets can be found at nashvilleballet.com.

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Studio Tenn's Cabaret on Stage

Friday, May 15, 8 p.m.

Studio Tenn, in partnership with Tennessee Performing Arts Center, launches its Broadway cabaret series with an evening with Tony-nominated actress Susan Egan. The audience will be seated and socially distanced on the stage of the Polk Theater for an intimate on-stage experience alongside world-class performers for five monthly performances that conclude in September. Help Nashville’s theater scene open safely by purchasing tickets at studiotenn.com.

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OZ Arts Nashville’s Sloppy Bonnie: A Roadkill Musical for the Modern Chick

May 20-29

The contemporary arts destination is turning its parking lot into an outdoor honky-tonk for this cosmic country musical about a rowdy bride-to-be. Follow Bonnie (“Sloppy Bonnie” when she’s drunk) on a road trip with her fiancé in this play from Vanderbilt writer-in-residence Krista Knight and composer Barry Brinegar during the 10-day run, with an ASL-interpreted show on Thursday, May 27. Expect to enjoy the irresistible and deliciously cheeky songs and story after buying tickets at ozartsnashville.org/sloppy-bonnie.