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.
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.