Before they finish filming the show’s final season, the stars of CMT’s “Nashville” are set to play one last concert in the U.S. in March.
Where? The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, of course.
“Nashville in Concert: Final Season Celebration” will take place March 25 at the Opry House, and will feature performances from Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella, as well as Rainee Blake, Kaitlin Doubleday, Jake Etheridge and Nic Luken.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.opry.com/nashvilletour.
Bowen — who’s played “Scarlett” on the show since its first episode — says playing the Opry House is “the perfect way to say goodbye. Or maybe just, ‘See you later.’ ”
“It’s kind of like a second home, and we wouldn’t be here without the Opry.”
“Nashville” was partly conceived by executive producer Steve Buchanan, president of Opry Entertainment Group. The show’s cast has embarked on four annual U.S. tours, and will return to the U.K. for a farewell tour in April. The live success of “Nashville” hasn’t surprised him.
“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. Really, everyone involved before they came to the show had experience as an artist, not just as an actor.”
Believe it or not, this is the first ticketed concert in Nashville for the full cast, though all of the performers have frequented stages in Music City — particularly with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
“Nashville” is set to wrap filming in April. The Opry House concert is a bit unusual for the show, as it’s occurring during production — before the cast members head off for new projects.
Sadly, that means a U.S. tour is not in the cards for “Nashville.”
“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.
“Nashville” is in the midst of its final season on CMT. The season is being split into two parts, with the series finale airing this summer.
“Nashville” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. CT on CMT.