East Meets West for Performers of ‘Blast! The Music of Disney

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Performers from Blast! The Music of Disney in rehearsal at East Nashville Magnet High School. Photo by: Earl Flippen, Jr.

NASHVILLE, TN — Recently, more than 40 musicians and crew are spending the summer rehearsing at the East Nashville Magnet High School before they launch a multi-week tour of Japan with stops in Tokyo, Osaka, Shiga, and Nagoya, to perform Blast! The Music of Disney. A new touring production of Blast! The Music of Disney has arrived in Music City.

Mayor Megan Barry. Photo by: Earl Flippen, Jr.
Mayor Megan Barry. Photo by: Earl Flippen, Jr.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Consul-General Masami Kinefuchi, joined representatives from Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and Metro Nashville Public Schools, for a catered “Welcome Luncheon” during a break in the action from rehearsals.

Kyodo Tokyo, which produces and presents Broadway touring shows in Ja- pan, moved its rehearsal to Nashville as part of a unique collaboration, facilitated by TPAC, between the company and Metro Schools. In exchange for using the high school’s gymnasium and other facilities, Kyodo Tokyo made a $5,000 donation to the high school’s band program. The students were very excited to observe and interact with the performers.

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