A Nashville audience will get a glimpse of the non-touring Garth Brooks when he appears Dec. 9 at the intimate Acuff Theatre in a special show, Lime Creek Christmas.
The production combines dramatic performances by actor Anthony Zerbe with acoustic music by Brooks, who will perform Christmas songs and other music appropriate to scenes of a western ranch in winter.
Lime Creek Christmas was inspired by Joe Henry’s novel-in-progress. Henry wrote Brooks’ song “Belleau Wood,” about Christmas Eve on a World War I battlefield. His western play includes scenes depicting the birth of a foal and a gathering of ranching families on Christmas Eve.
At a press conference Oct. 9, Brooks said he has given up touring to devote time to fatherhood, so his appearance in Nashville represents a rare opportunity to see him live.
Brooks and Zerbe first performed Lime Creek Christmas at the WYO Theater in Sheridan, Wyo., in 1991. They will return to Sheridan for a performance on Dec. 8.
Zerbe’s film credits include Cool Hand Luke, The Omega Man and Papillon. On television, he has had roles in The Young Riders and Harry O and guest appearances on Frasier, Total Recall and Tales From the Crypt.
Tickets for the Nashville performance of Lime Creek Christmas go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Grand Ole Opry Plaza box office and at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 615-871-OPRY and 615-889-3060. Tickets are $20, plus a $3 service charge. There is a six-ticket limit.
Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club of Nashville and the Opry Trust Fund.