“American Idol” Alums Burning Up Studio Tenn’s “Grease”

When Studio Tenn’s production of the beloved musical “Grease” hits the stage this spring, real-life husband and wife Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo will be portraying Rydell High’s most popular couple, Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson.

The two are perhaps best known for their appearances on “American Idol,” where DeGarmo was a finalist on season three and Young a finalist on season five. 

Together, they have conquered the world of Broadway by co-starring in both “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Hair,” where the initially met. The two later became engaged live on stage during Season 11 of “American Idol.”

Grease” will serve as DeGarmo’s return to Studio Tenn after first starring as Dorothy in 2014-15 season’s “The Wizard of Oz.” She has also appeared as a featured artist in Studio Tenn’s annual fundraising gala, “One Night Only.”  

It will be Young’s first Studio Tenn appearance.

“Grease” takes the stage May 10-27 at the Jamison Theater in the Factory at Franklin with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For tickets, visit StudioTenn.com or call 615.541.8200.  

55 South Expands to Spring Hill

One of downtown Franklin’s favorite restaurants, 55 South, is heading to Spring Hill. Chef/owner Jason McConnell has opened a third location on Wall Street to serve his signature Southern dishes. 55 South first opened in Franklin and has been a Main Street staple for several years. The second location opened in Brentwood just last summer. 

In the new Spring Hill location, 55 South will share a patio with Martin’s BBQ Joint and the Thirsty Goat, also a McConnell creation. 

Guy Fieri of The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featured 55 South on the program last December for their hot chicken sandwich. Menus in all three locations will be similar with only a few slight changes.

Icon Entertainment Group to Open Speakeasy in Downtown Nashville

House of Cards, an illusion-themed elevated dining experience, opened April 9 at 119 Third Ave. S. in Nashville. It offers diners an authentic 1930s-style speakeasy among a crafted environment of magic artifacts and antiques.

This 9,500-square-feet build-out beneath the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museums will feature magicians steeped in the art of deception with each reservation including a ticket to the nightly magic shows in the 50-seat showroom.  

Miss Daisy’s Kitchen Finds a New Home

The closing of Grassland’s Foodland left Miss Daisy without a place to sell her delicious homemade goodies. So, if you’ve been missing her for a few weeks, the good news is that her kitchen has found its new location in the center at Hillsboro Road and Mack Hatcher. Her new retail establishment will continue to sell her signature deli meats and cheeses, cookies and muffins, coffee, and prepared foods.  


When Manduu opened its first Nashville-area location last July, few people were familiar with the concept of electrical muscle stimulation, an ultra-low-impact strength fitness program that compresses a comprehensive, full-body workout into just 15 minutes. Now the demand at the Cool Springs location has prompted owner Jason Ritzen to open a second studio, in Hill Center Brentwood. 

Manduu takes advantage of EMS technology that has been used in orthopedic rehabilitation and other medical applications for years. Low-voltage electrical pulses not only stimulate healing, but they can activate muscle fibers not typically engaged during normal exercise, and boost fat-burning metabolism. Manduu’s FDA-certified trainers work privately with clients to customize a workout routine of basic movements enhanced by small electrical pulses that reach deep into more than 90 percent of the fibers within more than 80 percent of the body’s muscles—as much as 50 percent more effective than typical exercise. 

A 15-minute session can replace six to eight hours of time spent in a traditional gym, and progress is tracked and analyzed through a state-of-the-art precision body composition scan before each session.