Hollywood came to Nashville Thursday night (April 9) as fans lined the street and sidewalks surrounding the entrance of the Regal Green Hills Theater for the local premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie. Throngs of young fans waited patiently near the red carpet hoping to get a glimpse of stars Miley Cyrus, father Billy Ray Cyrus and their famous friends.
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Those friends included Taylor Swift, who wrote and performed one of the songs in the film. Also on the red carpet were Sara Evans, Phil Vassar, Martina McBride, Clint Black and Big & Rich's Big Kenny, who all attended with their families.
After an exciting entrance into the red carpet area, Miley and Billy Ray entered the packed theater to a welcome-home greeting and a few hugs for Miley from young autograph seekers. She graciously accommodated before the father-daughter team turned their attention to thanking fans for coming to see the Nashville VIP screening of the film.
They offered praise for the professionalism of the Tennessee Film Commission and local crew members while sharing their hope that the film will help bring more projects like this to the Nashville area. They spoke of their love for the beauty of the rural Tennessee countryside, which Miley touted as an additional star of the film. And indeed it was. Shot last summer when foliage was at its lush best, the farm country of middle Tennessee appeared so gorgeous on the big screen that any rock star would want to come home to it.
Billy Ray said he was pleased Disney has created a film that the whole family can watch and enjoy together. He said he and Miley were excited about sharing their hometown with the rest of the world and promised the show would be filled with music, including songs penned and performed by him and his talented daughter.
The plot of the film, a spinoff of Disney's highly popular television series, was much like the story of the Cyrus family. The famous rock star daughter, Miley Stewart, is brought home against her will by her dad, Robbie Ray. Her arrival places her right in the midst of a musical family celebration which provides the chance to once again embrace her small town values and country roots. Rascal Flatts also contributed a cameo appearance in the film.
Music City moviegoers were not disappointed as they left the theater humming the new songs. After picking up movie posters, a few young fans attempted to recreate dance steps from the "Hoedown Throwdown" dance sequence on their way to the parking lot. The dance featured Miley showing off her ability to deliver a not-so-simple choreographed routine with a whole set of extras following along stepping in time to the catchy tune. Miley showcased her vocal and acting ability in the dramatic climax of the film with a stirring performance of her new single, "The Climb." Throughout the film, she proved herself to be quite the well-rounded performer and actor.
Earlier on Thursday, Miley signed copies of her new book, Miles to Go, at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, an independent bookstore located at the nearby Green Hills Mall. Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus ended the day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville for a private concert attended by fans who won tickets through local radio stations.
View photos from the Nashville premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie.