Cast of ‘Nashville’ Sets Farewell Concert in Music City
The cast of Nashville will say a final goodbye to the show's namesake city in a very special live performance.
The stars of the CMT drama will perform at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on March 25 in a farewell performance billed as Nashville in Concert: Final Season Celebration.
Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Lennon and Maisy Stella will all be on hand for the one-night-only gig, as well as Rainee Blake, Kaitlin Doubleday, Nic Luken and Jake Etheridge.
Bowen has played Scarlett O'Connor on Nashville since it debuted on ABC in 2012. She says the farewell concert is "the perfect way to say goodbye. Or maybe just, 'See you later,'" (quote via the Tennessean).
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Though many of the cast members have frequently played on the Opry stage during the show's run, the farewell show marks the first and only time the entire cast of Nashville have played a concert in Nashville. Cast members have staged several successful tours both in the U.S. and overseas, and Executive Producer Steve Buchanan says casting actors who were strong enough musicians to acquit themselves onstage was a key element to the show.
"That was always a part of the vision of what we were doing — that we would have a cast that were very capable of touring, and that quickly proved to be true,' he states. "Really, everyone involved before they came to the show had experience as an artist, not just as an actor."
Nashville is currently airing its sixth and final season on CMT, with production slated to wrap in April. The concert is scheduled during the shooting for the season so the actors could participate before wrapping the show and beginning work on new projects.
"We want to make sure that all of the Nashies are aware that this is the best opportunity this year in the U.S.," Buchanan says.
The cast will also embark on a farewell tour of the U.K. from April 14-21.
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