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For J. Harrison Ghee, playing the drag star in Kinky Boots is the stuff of which dreams are made. Story by Julie Bookman | Photos by Matthew Murphy


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Adam Kaplan as Charlie (left) and J. Harrison Ghee as Simon/Lola celebrate a boot-alicious moment in the shoe factory.

“I always say that when I was born, I didn’t come out crying — I came out singing.” J. HARRISON GHEE

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his is the story of a boy whose father doesn’t understand or connect with him, who likes to wear his mother’s high heels when no one’s looking. At New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a teacher sees something in this boy and, in an acting piece, casts him as a female wrestler. It changes everything. At 20, with newfound courage, this boy-turnedman begins performing in drag and realizes he’s found his place: onstage, in 4-inch heels, feather boas and lush false eyelashes. When he’s back in his man suit — heels, makeup and glitter gone — he’s also back to feeling insecure. This could be the back story for Simon, the drag queen who performs as Lola

in the 2013 musical Kinky Boots. In reality, it’s the story of J. Harrison Ghee, who, since November, has played Simon/Lola in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical. Growing up in in Fayetteville, N.C., Ghee (as in “gee-whiz”) was a self-described “bold child who questioned everything” and never did find a comfort level with his father, a Southern Baptist pastor with doctorates in history and philosophy. But he always enjoyed performing — everything from leading prayers and singing in church to using a microphone. “I always say that when I was born, I didn’t come out crying — I came out singing.” With Kinky Boots, he says, “What I am living through right


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now, these are the moments that I only dreamed of.” Ghee’s mother, who also sings, recently told her son that he’s also living her dream. His dad, who’s come around slowly, has seen his son in Kinky Boots twice. The first time, he expressed that he was “proud of me,” Ghee says. “But the second time, it really landed with him. He could not stop saying to me: ‘You are my son, you are my son,’ and now he runs through the streets saying ‘I’m Lola’s proud father! I’m Lola’s proud father.’ ” 12 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Before he was cast, Ghee, as a fan and fellow performer, couldn’t stop watching backstage videos of Billy Porter (Broadway’s Tony-winning Lola) getting into makeup and preparing to go onstage. Ghee’s chance came at a casting call for a different musical. He knew the agency involved also handled Kinky Boots, so he dropped off a headshot and résumé with an impassioned cover letter expressing his interest in Kinky Boots and his deep connection to Lola’s story. He even talked about his father.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The young Brit Charlie (Adam Kaplan) gets into his own shiny pair of Lola-like boots; shoe designs are debated by the factory team; Lauren (Tiffany Engen), an assembly-line worker, suggests Price & Son find an “underserved niche market.”

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The audition call came, and several rounds later, Ghee was hired to tour as a swing (covering several ensemble roles) and understudy the outrageous Lola. Eventually, the role became his. Ghee, 26, says he lives his life much as Simon/ Lola does. “Lola has this constant struggle to be true to himself as Simon. He just wants to be accepted for who he is, and he wants the same for others. That’s how I live my life. “I get to use all of the mess, per se, of my personal life to help raise people up every night. When I sing ‘Hold Me in Your Heart’ and ‘Not My Father’s Son,’ I am pulling on people’s heartstrings, making them think about their own relationships.” The musical, based on the 2006 movie of the same name, is inspired by real events. It whisks audiences from a struggling English shoe factory to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. It follows the story of Charlie Price, whose family owns that factory, and his efforts to make it profitable again.

Lola needs someone to build her fashionable but sturdy new shoes. Charlie and Lola find in each other kindred spirits. Mikey Piscitelli, Ghee’s dresser and best pal on the tour, is Ghee’s confidant. “He feels my energy and knows when it’s a great day or when it’s an off-day. He’s always there to give me whatever I need, whether it’s a Sour Patch Kid or a tissue.” Piscitelli has his hands full. Lola has 13 costume changes, including one that must be done in 45 seconds. In a two-minute change, Lola goes from full drag into a man’s four-piece suit, and his girly makeup is covered so he looks like a boy again. As Ghee talks, Piscitelli is “stoning” (covering Lola’s heels in red crystals and adding beads and rhinestones to the sides). This is of a new pair of thigh-high boots for Lola’s finale. Piscitelli, incidently, goes by “broadwaystoner” on Instagram. That’s show biz. Another day, another story, another stop on the road.


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HARVEY FIERSTEIN CYNDI LAUPER

Based on the Miramax motion picture “Kinky Boots” Written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth starring

J. HARRISON GHEE ADAM KAPLAN TIFFANY ENGEN AARON WALPOLE

CHARISSA HOGELAND JIM J. BULLOCK

JOE BEAUREGARD JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD SAM DOWLING JP QUALTERS SAM ROHLOFF JUAN TORRES-FALCON E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS SHAWNA M. HAMIC PATTY LOHR JOSH TOLLE ZACH ADKINS MERYN BECKETT DAMIEN BRETT ALEX DRESCHKE ANNIE EDGERTON NICHOLAS AARON JENKINS HUDSON LOVERRO ELLEN MARLOW MICHAEL MILKANIN ASHLEY MONIZ JENNIFER NOBLE AIDAN PASSARO JOMIL ELIJAH ROBINSON HORACE V. ROGERS TOM SOUHRADA SAM ZELLER Scenic Design

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CAST (in order of appearance) Mr. Price.............................................................................................................. TOM SOUHRADA Young Charlie................................................. (Wed, Fri, Sat Eve, Sun Mat) HUDSON LOVERRO, (Tues, Thurs, Sat Mat, Sun Eve) AIDAN PASSARO Young Lola...................................... (Wed, Fri, Sat Eve, Sun Mat) NICHOLAS AARON JENKINS, (Tues, Thurs, Sat Mat, Sun Eve) JOMIL ELIJAH ROBINSON Simon Sr......................................................................................................... HORACE V. ROGERS Nicola....................................................................................................... CHARISSA HOGELAND Charlie Price........................................................................................................... ADAM KAPLAN George................................................................................................................... JIM J. BULLOCK Don.....................................................................................................................AARON WALPOLE Lauren.................................................................................................................. TIFFANY ENGEN Pat............................................................................................................................... PATTY LOHR Harry............................................................................................................................ JOSH TOLLE Lola..................................................................................................................J. HARRISON GHEE Angels..............................JOE BEAUREGARD, JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD, SAM DOWLING, JP QUALTERS, SAM ROHLOFF, JUAN TORRES-FALCON Trish............................................................................................................... SHAWNA M. HAMIC Richard Bailey..........................................................................................................ZACH ADKINS Milan Stage Manager........................................................................................ANNIE EDGERTON Ensemble............................................. ZACH ADKINS, JOE BEAUREGARD, DAMIEN BRETT, JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD, SAM DOWLING, ANNIE EDGERTON, SHAWNA M. HAMIC, PATTY LOHR, ASHLEY MONIZ, JENNIFER NOBLE, JP QUALTERS, HORACE V. ROGERS, SAM ROHLOFF, TOM SOUHRADA, JOSH TOLLE, JUAN TORRES-FALCON, SAM ZELLER

STANDBYS AND UNDERSTUDIES Standbys and understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance Standby for Lola—E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS; Understudy for Lola—JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD; for Charlie—ZACH ADKINS, JOSH TOLLE; for Lauren—ELLEN MARLOW, ASHLEY MONIZ; for Nicola— ELLEN MARLOW, JENNIFER NOBLE; for Don—DAMIEN BRETT, SAM ZELLER; for George—DAMIEN BRETT, SAM ZELLER; for Simon Sr.—JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD; for Mr. Price—DAMIEN BRETT, SAM ZELLER; for Trish—MERYN BECKETT, ANNIE EDGERTON, ELLEN MARLOW; for Pat— MERYN BECKETT, ANNIE EDGERTON, ELLEN MARLOW; for Harry—ZACH ADKINS, ALEX DRESCHKE, MICHAEL MILKANIN; for Richard Bailey— ALEX DRESCHKE, MICHAEL MILKANIN; for Milan Stage Manager— MERYN BECKETT, ELLEN MARLOW; for Angels— ALEX DRESCHKE, MICHAEL MILKANIN Dance Captain— MICHAEL MILKANIN Assistant Dance Captain—JOE BEAUREGARD

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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 1 “Price & Son Theme”.................................................................................................. Full Company “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World”................................................................... Full Company “Take What You Got”..................................................................................Harry, Charlie, Ensemble “Land of Lola”................................................................................................................Lola, Angels “Land of Lola” (Reprise)................................................................................................Lola, Angels “Step One”.............................................................................................................................. Charlie “Sex Is in the Heel”.................................................................. Lola, Pat, George, Angels, Ensemble “The History of Wrong Guys”.................................................................................................Lauren “Not My Father’s Son”.................................................................................................. Lola, Charlie “Everybody Say Yeah”.................................................................... Charlie, Lola, Angels, Ensemble

ACT 2 “Entr’acte/Price & Son Theme” (Reprise)................................................................... Full Company “What a Woman Wants”............................................................................. Lola, Pat, Don, Ensemble “In This Corner”.................................................................Lola, Don, Pat, Trish, Angels, Ensemble “Soul of a Man”...................................................................................................................... Charlie “Hold Me in Your Heart”.............................................................................................................Lola “Raise You Up/Just Be”............................................................................................... Full Company

Kinky Boots Touring Orchestra Conductor/Keyboard 1—RYAN FIELDING GARRETT Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2—ROBERTO SINHA Guitars—OSCAR BAUTISTA, DOUG QUINN Bass—SHERISSE ROGERS Drums—JEFF ROBERTS Synthesizer Programmer—RANDY COHEN Associate Music Coordinator—MICHAEL AARONS Music Copying—EMILY GRISHMAN Music Preparation—EMILY GRISHMAN/KATHARINE EDMONDS Electronic Drum Programmer—SAMMY MERENDINO

LOCAL MUSICIANS Violin I –MARY BURNDRETT Alto, Tenor, Flute, Clarinet—SAMUEL BRUCE SKELTON Trumpet I/Flugel Horn—MARVIN LEE KING Trombone—TOMAS GIBSON Cello—NAN REBECCA KEMBERLING Contractor—ALTIERI AND ASSOC.

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J. HARRISON GHEE

ADAM KAPLAN

TIFFANY ENGEN

AARON WALPOLE

CHARISSA HOGELAND

JIM J. BULLOCK

ZACH ADKINS

JOE BEAUREGARD

MERYN BECKETT

DAMIEN BRETT

JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD

E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS

SAM DOWLING

ALEX DRESCHKE

ANNIE EDGERTON

SHAWNA M. HAMIC

NICHOLAS AARON JENKINS

PATTY LOHR

HUDSON LOVERRO

ELLEN MARLOW

MICHAEL MILKANIN

ASHLEY MONIZ

JENNIFER NOBLE

AIDAN PASSARO

JP QUALTERS

JOMIL ELIJAH ROBINSON

HORACE V. ROGERS

SAM ROHLOFF

TOM SOUHRADA

JOSH TOLLE

JUAN TORRES-FALCON

SAM ZELLER

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BIOS J. HARRISON GHEE (Lola). A North Carolina native. J. is excited to tell this amazing story, which is near and dear to his heart. He thanks his family, friends and everyone across the nation for their continued support and love. Dreams do come true, when you step out on faith. Regional: The Color Purple. Industrial: Tokyo Disney Resort, Norwegian Cruise Line. Education: AMDA (NY). ADAM KAPLAN (Charlie Price). Let’s get Kinky, America! Broadway: Newsies, Show Boat (NY Philharmonic). Select regional: Flat Rock Playhouse and MTWichita. Numerous concerts across the country, including a recent performance at the White House. B.F.A. music theater, Elon University. Endless thanks to the Kinky team, Innovative, Telsey, Justin, Goobz and the amazingly supportive Kaplan clan. Carpe diem, baby! Follow me: @AdamSKaplan. More at AdamKaplanOnline.com. TIFFANY ENGEN (Lauren). Broadway: Legally Blonde. First national tour: Legally Blonde (Serena). Vegas: Rock of Ages (Regina, nominated for Broadwayworld. com Award for best featured actress). Film: Hairspray (Noreen), Drop Dead Gorgeous. TV: “Raising Hope,” “Smash,” “Hart of Dixie,” Nickelodeon’s “Naked Brothers Band.” Love and high kicks to Jerry, Rusty, DB, Rachel and Justin. This is a dream come true! tiffanyengen.com. Twitter/Instagram: @tifnedooda. AARON WALPOLE (Don) is elated to join the Kinky Boots family. Broadway: Les Misérables (Brujon/Loud Hailer/Valjean u/s), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas). Mirvish: Les Misérables (Brujon/Loud Hailer/Valjean u/s), Rock of Ages (Lonny). Stratford Festival: Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar and many regional theatrical, film, television and recording artist credits. aaronwalpole.com.

(Ensemble), multiple For the Record shows. Charissa is also a singer-songwriter, and you can check her out at www.CharissaAHogeland.com or on Instagram @CharissaHogeland. Much adoration and admiration for this Kinky Krew! Ephesians 3:20. JIM J. BULLOCK (George). Broadway/first national tour: Hairspray. Regional: Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, etc. etc. etc… Television: “Too Close for Comfort,” “Hollywood Squares,” “ALF,” “Seinfield,” “Rosanne,” “Jim J And Tammy Faye,” “Glee,” blah, blah, blah. The voice of Queer Duck on Showtime’s “Queer Duck,” Prince Valium in Mel Brooks’ cult film Spaceballs. Proud supporter of the Actors Fund of America. ZACH ADKINS (Richard Bailey/Ensemble). Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music graduate. Regional: Dogfight (Boland), Murder Ballad (Tom, Playhouse Square), Love Story (Oliver), Spring Awakening (Melchior, Broadway World Award), Sweeney Todd (Anthony, GLTF, ISF). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Allison, Tiger, Vicky, Abrams, Telsey and BWMT ’15. Twitter/intsta: @zachadkins12. JOE BEAUREGARD (Angel/Ensemble) is thrilled to join the Kinky Boots family for his first national tour. He has performed as Tarzan/ Swing with Disney Cruise Lines and danced for film, television and music video productions. Special thanks to Mom, Drew, Cory and Telsey & Co.! MERYN BECKETT (Swing) is ecstatic to make her tour debut with Kinky Boots! Regional: Sister Act (Ogunquit/Gateway Playhouse), Le Cabaret Grimm (NYMF). B.F.A. — The Boston Conservatory. Endless love and gratitude to Mama, Jerry and Justin Huff. This one’s for you, Daddy!

DAMIEN BRETT (Ensemble). Two national tours of Billy Elliot the Musical (Swing; Ensemble; u/s Mr. Braithwiate; u/s Big Davey). CHARISSA HOGELAND (Nicola). Off- Regional favorites: Billy Elliot, Les Miz, Miss Broadway: Heathers the Musical (Veronica, Saigon, Crazy for You, Evita. Thanks and love Dance Captain). NYC: Show Boat at Lincoln to his talented wife, Briana Valerie. Center (Ensemble). Los Angeles: The Producers and Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BIOS JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD (Angel/ Ensemble). Excited to join KB. Joseph has been seen in The Lion King (Gazelle Tour), Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas) and most recently as Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the TonyAward winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Thanks: Mom, Dad, Justin, Jim, Toni! E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS (Standby for Lola). Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Wonderland, Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Kat & the Kings and The Lion King. National tours: Sister Act, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, The Goodbye Girl, The Wiz. E. Clayton thanks God, family and KMR for love and support. Twitter: Eclaycorn.

NICHOLAS AARON JENKINS (Young Lola) is thrilled to be on his first tour! He appeared in the Yiddish version of Waiting for Godot in New York and Ireland. He is extremely grateful for support from his Mom, family and friends. PATTY LOHR (Pat/Ensemble) is stoked to get Kinky with you! Nat’l tour: Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman). Favorites: BKLYN the Musical (Brooklyn), Avenue Q (Kate Monster) and Side Show (Daisy). Thanks and love to family, friends and JD. Proud BWU grad. @ pattylohr.

HUDSON LOVERRO (Young Charlie). National tour debut! Credits: A Christmas Story (Randy), Oliver! (Nipper), Fiddler on the Roof SAM DOWLING (Angel/Ensemble). Kansas (Herschel). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Audrey, City native. Oklahoma City University grad. Chloe, Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Justin Reamy, National tour: Rock of Ages. Regional: JC Libby Froeber, Cesar Rocha and the Kinky Superstar (Jesus), Floyd Collins (Homer), The Boots team. Full Monty (Jerry) and proud member of the Broadway Boys! Thanks to Justin, Jerry and ELLEN MARLOW (Swing). Broadway: Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Film: Telsey. Love to Mom! @Samdowling12. Claire Lyons in The Clique, Quid Pro Quo. ALEX DRESCHKE (Swing). National tour TV: “Cold Case,” “Criminal Minds,” “The debut! Alex is ecstatic to be a part of Kinky Forgotten,” “CSI: Las Vegas.” Thanks to Telsey, Boots, a dream come true for him. California CTG, family, friends and JR for your endless native, B.F.A. in dance, UC Irvine. Thanks to support. ellenmarlow.com. Justin Huff, Mom, Dad and all teachers, family MICHAEL MILKANIN (Dance Captain, and friends. Instagram: @dreschcode. Swing) is thrilled to be a part of the Kinky Boots ANNIE EDGERTON (Milan Stage Manager/ factory! Regional credits include Tuacahn Ensemble). B’way: Mamma Mia! (Rosie). Amphitheatre, Sundance and Arkansas Regional: Comedy of Errors (Adriana), Les Miz Repertory Theatre. Gratitude to God, his family, (Mme. Thenardier), Legally Blonde (Paulette), BYU and bloc for their endless love and supKing Lear (Goneril), 9 to 5 (Violet), Betrayal port. (Emma). National anthem: 22 MLB teams (so far!) Also professional wineau: Wine Minx. ASHLEY MONIZ (Ensemble). First national tours: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert), 9 to 5, Proud AEA. www.annieedgerton.com Legally Blonde, High School Musical. Graduate: SHAWNA M. HAMIC (Trish/Ensemble). UC Irvine. Endless love and gratitude to KB creBroadway: Sting’s The Last Ship (Mrs. Dees). ative team, cast, Telsey office/Justin, HardenNational tour: Les Misérables (Madame Curtis, friends, family and Benet. ashleymoniz. Thenardier). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, com. @ashmonymony. Goodspeed, Sacramento Music Circus, Alliance. Published photographer in Time, Rolling Stone, JENNIFER NOBLE (Ensemble). Broadway: Elle, Dance and Arrive magazines. Performer: Ghost (Molly u/s perf). Nat’l tour: WWRY www.ShawnaHamic.com. Photographer/artist: (Scaramouche u/s perf). Regional: Limelight (Lita Grey), La Jolla; [title of show] (Heidi), www.ShawnaHamicCreative.com Playhouse Square. Baldwin Wallace. Love & ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23


BIOS thanks to Mom, Dad, Zach, DFG,The Mine JOSH TOLLE (Harry/Ensemble). Touring debut! Las Vegas: Duck Commander Musical. and Telsey! @jennifernoble022. Regional: Next to Normal (Drury Lane), AIDAN PASSARO (Young Charlie) is Graduate of CCM. Proud member of Actors’ thrilled to be in his first Broadway national Equity. Thanks to Nicolosi & Co., Justin Huff tour. Regional: Billy Elliot (Small Boy), and my amazing Mom and Dad! @Jts1090 Miracle on 34th Street (Thomas Mara Jr.). Thanks to Abrams Artists, Telsey+Co. and JUAN TORRES-FALCON (Angel/ Dan Ragone. Love to his parents, brothers, Ensemble) is just thrilled to be HERE in this moment! Juan, a Cuban-American from family and friends. Miami, has a B.F.A. from NYU. Credits JP QUALTERS (Angel/Ensemble). Grateful include West Side Story (Chino), A Chorus to be part of Kinky Boots! Regional: Line (Paul), Rent (Angel). This and everything Goodspeed, Fords Theatre, Signature Theatre, is for Abuelo Andres. Twitter/Insta: @JuanTF. Hartford Stage, Zach Theatre. Special thanks and love to my family, CLA and Telsey. B.F.A. SAM ZELLER (Ensemble). Broadway: Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan (also film). National musical theater, Hartt School. Insta: jpq22. tours/regional/other: Les Misérables (Valjean), JOMIL ELIJAH ROBINSON (Young Lola). Fiddler/Roof (Tevye), Hairspray (Edna), Age 10. Jomil started his professional acting Disney’s Tarzan (Kerchak), Evita (Che), career in 2014 when he was cast as Marco in “Star Trek: DS9” (Lt. Ch’Targh). Thanks to the independent film Eggs & Soldiers, directed Eugene, Jerry, Stephen, D.B., Rusty, Mom, by Imelda O’Reilly. He thanks his parents and Pop, Donnie and Dipsy! samzeller.com. his agent, Shirley Faison, for their support. HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Playwright) wrote HORACE V. ROGERS (Simon Sr./ the recent Broadway hits Newsies (Tony nom) Ensemble). Broadway: Brooklyn the Musical, and Casa Valentina (Tony nom), as well as Tarzan. Toronto: The Lion King (Mufasa). Torch Song Trilogy (Tony, Drama Desk and Tours: Memphis the Musical (Delray), Rent Obie awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony (Collins), The Color Purple (Grady/Mister). and Drama Desk awards), A Catered Affair TV: “Gotham,” “Orange Is the New Black,” (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex “Boardwalk Empire,” Showtime’s “Soul (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Food.” N.C. A&T State University (B.F.A), Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground and more. His political editorials have been published UCONN (M.F.A). in The New York Times, TV Guide and the SAM ROHLOFF (Angel/Ensemble) is Huffington Post and broadcast on PBS’ “In thrilled to join this tour! Oakland University, the Life.” His children’s book, The Sissy B.F.A. musical theater. National tour: West Duckling (Humanitas Award), is in its fifth Side Story (Baby John). Regional: La Cage printing. As an actor, Mr. Fierstein is known aux Folles. Thanks to Dave at Daniel Hoff, worldwide for his performances in such films Telsey + Co. and my supportive family and as Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day and Bullets Over Broadway; onstage in Hairspray friends. IG: samrohloff4. (Tony Award), Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage TOM SOUHRADA (Mr. Price/Ensemble). aux Folles and Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Broadway and national tours: Mary Poppins, Award); and on TV shows such as “Smash,” Evita, My Fair Lady, The King and I, The Boy “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Friend (directed by Julie Andrews). Tom has Wife,” “Cheers” (Emmy nomination), “The performed extensively off-Broadway and in Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Nurse Jackie.” numerous regional theaters across the country. CYNDI LAUPER (Composer and Lyricist) For my Dad. is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning (for Kinky Boots) artist, who after 30 sterling 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BIOS years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for best new artist and became the first female in history to have four Top 5 singles from a debut album. Lauper has released 10 additional studio albums, with her most recent, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, ruling the Billboard blues chart for 14 consecutive weeks and becoming the best-selling blues album of 2010. Overall, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy awards, two American Music awards, seven American Video awards and 18 MTV awards. She recently captured her journey through music and life in her New York Times best-selling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Lauper made her Broadway acting debut in The Threepenny Opera alongside Alan Cumming in 2006. She has appeared in numerous TV shows, including “Mad About You” (Emmy Award) and “Bones” and films including The Opportunist with Christopher Walken, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Life With Mikey, Off and Running and Vibes. Lauper also continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund. JERRY MITCHELL (Director/ Choreographer) received the Tony Award for his choreography for the 2013 Tony Awardwinning best musical, Kinky Boots. His direction was recognized with a Tony nomination. In the 33 preceding years, Jerry was involved with more than 50 Broadway, off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. He made his Broadway debut as a choreographer with You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (Tony nomination), Gypsy (Bernadette Peters), Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), La Cage aux Folles (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can. West End credits include Love Never Dies and the hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which he also directed. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award

for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers. Twenty-three years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as executive producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, which ran for five years) and London (West End Bares). STEPHEN OREMUS (Music Supervisor/ Arranger/Orchestrator). Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award for best orchestrations and 2013 Grammy Award); The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony and Drama Desk awards for co-orchestrating and 2012 Grammy Award). Worldwide music supervisor/arranger of Wicked; music supervisor/vocal arranger/ orchestrator of Broadway productions/tours of The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 to 5; co-producer (with Dolly Parton) of 9 to 5 Broadway cast recording (Grammy nomination); conductor and contributing arranger for the Oscar-winning Disney film Frozen. DAVID ROCKWELL (Scenic Design) designed sets for Lucky Guy; Catch Me If You Can; Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk nominations); Legally Blonde (Drama Desk nomination); The Normal Heart; A Free Man of Color; The Rocky Horror Show (Drama Desk nomination); All Shook Up (Drama Desk nomination); and the Academy Awards (2010 Emmy Award). He is the founder of Rockwell Group, a New York-based architecture and design firm. Honors include the Pratt Institute Legends Award, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and Presidential Design Award. GREGG BARNES (Costume Design). Broadway: Aladdin, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony nomination), Follies (2012 Tony Award, Drama Desk), Elf, Legally Blonde (2007 Tony nomination), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony and Drama Desk awards), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Flower Drum Song (Tony nomination), Side Show, Bye Bye Birdie. New York: The Wizard of Oz, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Merry Widow (NYC Opera), ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25


BIOS Pageant (N.Y. and London, Olivier nomination). Regional: Robin and the 7 Hoods, Mame, Allegro (Helen Hayes Award). TDF Young Master Award.

The Producers, Follies, Sunset Blvd., Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, A Christmas Carol, Titanic. Films: The Crazies, Little Children, Spider-Man 2, Company Man, Runaway Bride, Meet Joe KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design). Black, Hearts in Atlantis, The Mirror Has Two More than 50 Broadway play and musical Faces. Client list includes Barbra Streisand, theater credits. Designs extensively Off- Glenn Close, Tina Fey, Sigourney Weaver, Broadway, for resident theaters and touring Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Lauren productions throughout the United States as Bacall. RandyHoustonMercer.com. well as internationally. Selected Broadway credits: Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Catch Me KATHY FABIAN (Props Supervisor) has If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, If/Then, created props for more than 50 Broadway Pippin, Cinderella, Other Desert Cities, The productions. Recent credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Coast of Utopia/ Realistic Joneses, If/Then, Rocky, Bridges Shipwrecked, Side Man, The Odd Couple, of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Lucky Glengarry Glen Ross, …Charlie Brown, The Guy, Chaplin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Little Foxes and Wicked. Recipient of Tony, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stick Fly, The Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Normal Heart and House of Blue Leaves. awards. BRIAN USIFER (Associate Music JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Design). Supervisor) is the music director of Kinky Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award Boots on Broadway as well as the associate recipient), Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman: music supervisor of The Book of Mormon Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on on Broadway and on tour. Also an arranger/ a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan orchestrator, Brian has worked on many readand Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. Regional: ings and workshops of new musicals. The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Other credits include RYAN FIELDING GARRETT (Music The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Director). NYC: Jasper in Deadland, Finding Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Neverland, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd Business… (’95), The Who’s Tommy and Guys (NY Philharmonic), Matilda, The Three Little Pigs. Regional: Next to Normal (Weston and Dolls. Love to my beautiful gem. Playhouse), Little Miss Scrooge (Rubicon JOSH MARQUETTE (Hair Design). Theatre), Passing Strange, [title of show], Broadway/off-Broadway/West End: Aladdin, Chess (Playhouse Square), Two Gentlemen First Date, Kinky Boots, The Book of of Verona (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare). Music Mormon, Elf, Dogfight, The Best Man, Look director for Heidi Blickenstaff (Signature Back in Anger, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pig Theatre, Disney Cruise Line). NYC orchesFarm, The ... Trailer Park Musical, Altar tration credits include Darling, A Night Boyz, Mamma Mia! West Coast: Robin and Like This. Graduate of Baldwin Wallace the 7 Hoods, Peep Show, Minsky’s, Vanities. University. ryanfieldinggarrett.com. Other N.Y.: Show Boat at Carnegie Hall, Encores!; No, No, Nanette and Follies, numer- MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator) ous Juilliard productions. National tours: The and MICHAEL AARONS (Associate): Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Broadway: Hamilton, The Color Purple (2015), School of Rock. Upcoming Broadway: Barbie Live! Television: “30 Rock.” Gotta Dance, SpongeBob. Tours: If/Then, The RANDY HOUSTON MERCER (Makeup Bridges of Madison County. Design). Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Cry-Baby, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, La Bohème, Flower Drum Song, Cabaret, 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BIOS RUSTY MOWERY (Associate Choreographer). Thrilled/blessed to be working with Jerry Mitchell again! Rusty is associate choreographer for Kinky Boots on Broadway, and Legally Blonde in London and the U.K. tour. Production dance supervisor of Hairspray on Broadway and first national tour. Rusty appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Seussical, Ragtime, Cats. Love to Barry and family. D.B. BONDS (Associate Director) is thrilled to continue his association with Jerry Mitchell after working with him as an actor in the national tours of Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. D.B is the associate director of Kinky Boots on Broadway.

performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities. Clients include Blue Man Group, The Book of Mormon, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. SMITTY/THEATERSMITH ASSOCIATES LLC (Technical Supervisor). Credits include Chaplin, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Elf, Wonderland, Behanding in Spokane, Tale of Two Cities, Xanadu (Japan), August: Osage County, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, On Golden Pond, Scoundrels, Brooklyn, Millie, Aida, Imaginary Friends, Disney’s Hunchback, Capeman, Show Boat, Spider Woman. With Nancy Ringham, daughters Caitlyn and Madeline.

AMY JO JACKSON (Dialect Coach). The Flea: The Mysteries, These Seven Sicknesses, Behind the Painting, The Pearl, NYTW, GREGORY R. COVERT (Production Stage Prospect Theatre, UCB, Singapore Rep. amy- Manager). Broadway: Les Misérables (2014 revival); The Addams Family; Phantom of jojackson.com. the Opera; Beauty and the Beast; Brooklyn NEURO TOUR (Physical Therapy) provides the Musical; Sight Unseen. Off-Broadway: performing arts physical therapy and is hon- The Fantasticks (2006 revival); Bingo. Tours: ored to be part of Kinky Boots. Neuro Tour has Jersey Boys (second national), We Will Rock provided backstage treatment for more than You, Billy Elliot (national 2.5), Mary Poppins 80 musical theater produtions. On Broadway: (first national), A Chorus Line (revival first The Lion King, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. national), Grease (Europe). Off-Broadway: Stomp!, Sleep No More. Tours: Movin’ Out, Billy Elliot, Motown. Concerts: KATE McDONIEL (Stage Manager). Previous tours include the recent North U2, P!nk and Katy Perry. American tour of The Wizard of Oz and the TELSEY + CO. (Casting). Broadway/tours: Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, Misery, Folles. Thanks to my family and friends in St. Allegiance, On Your Feet!, Sylvia, Spring Louis and across the nation for their support! Awakening, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, KRISTIN NEWHOUSE (Assistant Stage The King and I, Hand to God, Wicked, The Manager) has worked on Broadway, national Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, The tours, TV/film, opera, and corporate and speSound of Music, Love Letters, Newsies, cial events. Highlights: The Lion King; Mary Pippin, Motown, Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway: Poppins; Rent; Madame Butterfly; Burlesque; Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Film: Fun House, Kids’ Choice Awards; DevCon; and directTallulah, Ithaca, The Intern. TV: “Grease: ing Easter Bonnets and Gypsy of the Year for Live,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” Broadway Cares. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Masters of Sex,” FORESIGHT THEATRICAL (General commercials. www.telseyandco.com Manager) comprises partners Allan Williams, ALLIED LIVE (Marketing and Press) is a Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket, who overfull-service marketing and advertising agency see and supervise The Phantom of the Opera, representing Broadway shows, national tours, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, Tuck Everlasting, ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27


STAFF and American Psycho on Broadway, worldwide management of Kinky Boots, and Million Dollar Quartet in Las Vegas.

Woolf?; Cyrano; Dirty Dancing; West Side Story; Fiddler ...; The Addams Family; The Merchant of Venice; Race; Promises, Promises; Spider-Man; Priscilla Queen of DARYL ROTH (Producer) holds the the Desert; Evita; I’ll Eat You Last; Rocky; singular distinction of producing seven Kinky Boots (Broadway). Trustee, New York Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Presbyterian Hospital. Tropics, August: Osage County (2008 Tony), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony), How I Learned I N D E P E N D E N T P R E S E N T E R S to Drive, Proof (2001 Tony), Edward Albee’s NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium Three Tall Women and Wit. She has pro- of 50 of the nation’s leading Broadway preduced more than 85 award-winning produc- senters who skillfully manage a subscription tions including Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, base of 350,000 throughout America. Recent or Change; Curtains; The Goat, or Who Is Broadway/London/U.S. tours: Matilda, Sylvia?; Love, Loss and What I Wore; The Cinderella, Pippin, Jekyll & Hyde, Leap of Normal Heart (2011 Tony); A Raisin in the Faith, La Cage aux Folles, Wonderland, 9 to Sun (2014 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist’s 5, Ragtime, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Wife; War Horse (2011 Tony). Love to Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Steven, my wonderful family, Lucy and Leo Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. ever in my heart. DarylRothProductions.com. CJ E&M (Producer) is South Korea’s leadHAL LUFTIG (Producer). Winner of four ing company in live entertainment, film, Tony awards and London’s Olivier Award, broadcasting and music. Broadway and West Hal has worked on and off Broadway for the End credits include Kinky Boots, Big Fish, past 25 years. Broadway: Evita, Catch Me If The Bodyguard, Let It Be, The Sound of You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times Dreamcoat, Barefoot in the Park and The They Are A-Changin’, Whoopi, Movin’ Out, Woman in White. Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, High Society, The Diary of Anne Frank, JAYNE BARON SHERMAN (Producer). The King and I, Moon Over Buffalo, Angels in Broadway: Side Show, Hedwig and the Angry America, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden. Inch (Tony), Of Mice and Men, Kinky Boots He is developing the new musical The Last (Tony), The Normal Heart (Tony), Elling, 33 Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet Variations and A Raisin in the Sun. Also, This featuring music by Jeff Buckley. Hal has an Is Our Youth (Sydney Opera House), Carousel M.F.A. from Columbia University and an (West End) and It Shoulda Been You. Film/ TV: Love Is Strange, In the Life, “DTLA.” ulcer from tension. JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer). President of Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (chairman). Producing credits: If/Then, I’ll Eat You Last (Bette Midler), Rocky, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, West Side Story, Next to Normal. The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper; On Your Feet — The Gloria and Emilio Estefan story.

JUST FOR LAUGHS THEATRICALS (Producer). CEO Adam Blanshay, chairman Gilbert Rozon. Subsidiary of Just for Laughs. Broadway: The River, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, Twelfth Night/Richard III, Kinky Boots. U.S. tour: Pippin, Evita. London: Made in Dagenham. Thanks to Hal. hahaha.com.

TERRY ALLEN KRAMER (Producer). Credits: Sugar Babies; Me and My Girl; The Goat… (Tony Award); Movin’ Out (Tony Award); Who’s Afraid of Virginia

JUDITH ANN ABRAMS (Producer), Tony and Olivier award-winning producer. Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening, Annie Get Your Gun, Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Dirty


PROGRAM NOTES Rotten Scoundrels (London), Matilda, Mark Rylance: 12th Night, The River (investor). Broadway Pixie Judy Troupe family musicals with Rodgers & Hammerstein Music Library. Full bio: Americantheaterwing.org. Advisory Committee.

Only a Play, Kinky Boots, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County and more. Upcoming projects: Somewhere in Time, Gettin’ the Band Back Together.

LUCY AND PHIL SUAREZ (Producer). Phil has executive-produced iconic commerYASUHIRO KAWANA (Producer). cials; Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” video; trailBroadway: First Date, Let It Be, Kinky Boots ers for Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, Evita. He (Tony Award), Evita (Tony nomination), Catch and Jean-Georges own numerous restaurants. Me If You Can (Tony nomination), Come Fly Lucy’s time has been devoted to philanthropic Away, Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Here works. She provided the impetus for venturing Lies Love. Has presented Let It Be, Rain: A into Kinky Boots. Happy to be part of the KB Tribute to the Beatles, The Full Monty and family. Fosse in Japan. BRYAN BANTRY (Producer). Last cenJANE BERGÈRE (Producer). On tury: Greater Tuna, You Can’t Take It With Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony), You Can’t You, Aren’t We All, Street Corner Symphony. Take It With You. Past highlights: Rocky; Recent: Kinky Boots Broadway (Tony Award), Annie; Twelfth Night/Richard III; Driving Here Lies Love. Miss Daisy; War Horse (Tony); Clybourne Park (Tony); A Little Night Music; All My RON FIERSTEIN & DORSEY REGAL Sons; Curtains; Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony); (Producers) are proud to help bring the great Caroline, or Change; Metamorphoses. jane- entertainment and important message of Kinky Boots to the stage. Ron is an author, a longbergereproductions.com. time music business executive and Harvey’s ALLAN S. GORDON & ADAM S. brother, lawyer and business manager. Dorsey, GORDON (Producer). Allan has received his wife, is a partner in the N.Y. law firm of Tony awards for Rent, Death of a Salesman, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney. Hairspray, Spamalot, Kinky Boots and Pippin. His career spans the fields of theater, law, JIM KIERSTEAD (Producer). Broadway: investment banking, real estate and venture Kinky Boots (Tony), Pippin (Tony), Side capital. Together, their credits include After Show, You Can’t Take It With You, Rocky. Midnight, Evita, Peter and the Starcatcher, Off-Broadway: Yank!, Thrill Me. Special Pippin, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Cry-Baby thanks to our team! and Flashdance. GREGORY RAE (Producer) is a gay activKEN DAVENPORT (Producer). Broadway: ist and producer. Credits include The Normal It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots, Mothers Heart (2011 Tony), Clybourne Park (2012 and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County, Tony), Bare, Hedwig (2014 Tony), Allegiance Macbeth, Godspell and more. Created “Be and Found. a Broadway Star” board game and iPhone app At the Booth. For more, read his blog BB GROUP (Producer), based in Germany, TheProducersPerspective.com. Upcoming: is among the market leaders in developing, Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Somewhere producing, managing and promoting premium live entertainment in Europe and beyond. in Time and The Great White Hope. bb-promotion.com. HUNTER ARNOLD (Producer) is a producer, entrepreneur and the founder of the CHRISTINA PAPAGJIKA (Producer). New Musical Creative Collective, an organi- Productions include the Lee Daniels film The zation committed to aiding the development of Butler starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest works from emerging artists. Broadway: It’s Whitaker and the upcoming The Family Fang ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29


BIOS/STAFF starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. MICHAEL DESANTIS (Producer) is a longtime theater producer/investor, involved in Broadway, regional, touring and West End productions. Go see a show! PATRICK BAUGH (Producer) is proud to help bring Kinky and its message of inclusion to audiences around the United States. “Just be who you want to be!” BRIAN SMITH (Producer). With Warner Bros. Television. Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony), Evita, Catch Me If You Can. N.Y. Innovative Theatre Award winner for outstanding director. Love to N.Y.C.

TOUR PRESS AND MARKETING ALLIED LIVE Laura Matalon  Marya Peters Jennifer Gallagher  Sarah Dahlberg NATIONAL PRESS REPRESENTATIVE DKC/O&M Rick Miramontez Molly Barnett  Chelsea Nachman EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION THE ROAD COMPANY Stephen Lindsay  Brett Sirota www.theroadcompany.com CASTING TELSEY & CO. Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Abbie Brady-Dalton CSA, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Andrew Femenella CSA, Karyn Casl CSA, Kristina Bramhall, Conrad Woolfe CSA, Rachel Nadler, Rachel Minow, Scott Galina, Rikki Gimelstob, Madison Sylvester, Lauren Harris, Laura Wade, Ally Kiley

TOM AND CONNIE WALSH (Producer): Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony), First Date. Tour: Evita. Supporters of nonprofit perform- Production Stage Manager.................. Gregory R. Covert ing arts in Seattle. Board members: 5th Avenue Stage Manager.........................................Kate McDoniel Theatre, Pacific NW Ballet. Thanks, Hal. Assistant Stage Manager......................Kristin Newhouse WARREN TREPP (Producer) has produced Evita, Legally Blonde, Movin’ Out and Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway. His proudest production is his son, Warren Edward, a credit he shares with his wife, Jâlé. JUJAMCYN THEATERS (Producer) looks forward to welcoming you to one of its five Broadway theaters where productions include the Tony Award-winning best musicals Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Jersey Boys. Join us at Jujamcyn.com and Givenik.com. AMUSE INC. (Associate Producer) is a leading talent agency and production company in Japan. AMUSE has joined in several Broadway musicals including Kinky Boots. STAFF FOR “Kinky Boots” GENERAL MANAGEMENT FORESIGHT THEATRICAL Aaron Lustbader  Allan Williams Mark Shacket  Alan Wasser Mark Barna COMPANY MANAGER Matthew Sherr

Assistant Company Manager....................... Ryan Garson Music Director................................ Ryan Fielding Garrett Dance Captain....................................... Michael Milkanin Assistant Dance Captain.........................Joe Beauregard Dialect Coach........................................ Amy Jo Jackson Properties Coordinator..................Kathy Fabian/Propstar Associate Scenic Designer...............................Dick Jaris Assistant Scenic Designer..........................T.J. Greenway Associate Costume Designer......................... James Hall Assistant Costume Designer..............Lindsay McWilliams Associate Lighting Designer.................. Anthony Pearson Assistant Lighting Designer.............. Jeremy Cunningham Associate Sound Designer........................David Patridge Associate Makeup Designer............................ Guy Smith Associate Technical Supervisor....................Patrick Shea Associate General Managers........................ Mark Barna, Marc Borsak Production Consultant.....................Thomas Recktenwald Additional Arrangements............................... Brian Usifer Associate Synthesizer Programmer.................Tim Crook Music Track Editor........................................... Derik Lee Moving Lighting Programmer.....................Jason Badger Head Carpenter.......................................Jason McGrath Flyman.....................................................Nathan Fulmer Automation Carpenter.................................Paul K. Ebert Assistant Carpenter...................................... Tim Dhority Production Electricians............................. Randy Zaibek, James J. Fedigan Head Electrician...............................Adam T. Cavanaugh


STAFF Assistant Electrician...................................Laura Prather Moving Light Technician............................... Sam Tepper Head Properties Supervisor.....................Greg Tassinaro Assistant Properties Supervisor................Chris Reininger Crew Swing.............................................Andrew Iverson Head Sound Engineer..................................Ben Madden Deck Audio/Assistant Sound Engineer.......... Alicia Martin Advance Production Audio.........................Kevin Kennedy Wardrobe Supervisor.................................Susan Malone Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor..........Stephanie Sweigard Star Dresser.............................................Mikey Piscitelli Hair Supervisor......................................Denise Reynolds Makeup Supervisor/Hairstylist...................... Sarah Wolfe Assistant Hair Supervisor....................... Jessica McGinty Advertising, Website & Interactive Marketing........ SpotCo Legal Counsel.............................. Lazarus & Harris LLP/ Scott Lazarus, Esq., Robert C. Harris, Esq. Accounting........................................Marks Paneth LLP/ Chris Cacace, Patricia Penderson General Management Associate....................Lane Marsh Management Assistant............................ Brent McCreary General Management Office........Rob Abud, Nina Greene, Aaron Jakubiec, Jennifer O’Connor Assistants to Daryl Roth.......... Perry Jones, Megan Smith Assistant to Hal Luftig.................................Scott Sinclair Production Photographer.......................Matthew Murphy Associate Props Coordinators.................Cassie Dorland, John Estep Props Artisans and Shoppers...................... Mary Wilson, Daniel Moss, Jasmine Roberts, Alexander Pitt, Brian Howard, Catherine Small, Christina Fabian, Gabrielle D’Entremont Assistant to Technical Director................. Rhiannon Clark Tutoring....................On Location Education/Kim Tobash Physical Therapy..........Neuro Tour Physical Therapy, Inc; Medical Director—Thomas Meyers, MD Insurance..........................Ventura Insurance Brokerage/ Jessica Brown Banking......................... City National Bank/Eric Piecuch, Anne McSweeney, Michael Tynan Payroll.......................... Checks and Balances Payroll Inc. Sarah Galbraith, Anthony Walker Merchandising..................Broadway Merchandising LLC/ Adam S. Gordon Travel.........................Road Rebel Travel and Touring Inc. Scenery and scenic effects built, painted, electrified and automated by Showmotion Inc., Milford, Conn. Scenery automation and show control by Showmotion Inc. using the AC2 Computerized Motion Control System; Lighting Equipment from PRG Lighting; Sound Equipment by Masque Sound; Specialty Props by Propstar, Daedalus Design and Production, Tom Carroll Scenery, Infinite Scenic LLC, and TD Production; Costumes by Eric Winterling,

Inc., Lynne Baccus, Donna Langman Costumes LLC, Tricorne Inc., Giliberto Inc., Pete’s Print Shop, Polly Isham Kinney, By Barak LLC; Millinery by Rodney Gordon, Inc.; Custom Fabric Painting & Printing by Jeff Fender Studios and Gene Mignola, Inc.; Custom Shoes & Boots by T.O. Dey; Onstage guitars courtesy of Taylor Guitars; Soft Goods by I.Weiss Theatrical Solutions; Scenic Painting by Scenic Art Studios; Trucking by Clark Transfer. SPECIAL THANKS Lisa Barbaris, Yamaha Keyboards, Pearl Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Roland USA, Toontracks, VicFirth, BraTenders, Maria Ficalora, Katrina Patterns, On Stage Dancewear, Bernadette Banner, Danilo Zambrano, AC Gottleib, Megan Rutherford, Melinda Hare, Marina Pulliam. Promotional consideration furnished by Apple, George Poulios and Jayne Smits. Custom red pump courtesy of Kenneth Cole. Cyndi Lauper wishes to thank her collaborators: Sammy James Jr., Steve Gaboury, Rich Morel and Tom Hammer, Stephen Oremus. Makeup provided by Rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios www.KinkyBootsTheMusical.com

This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Director-Choreographer is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATRE A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


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SHOTS FAWE Atlanta, like much of the nation, pulses with the spirit of tequila as another Cinco de Mayo approaches By A. Scott Walton

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FROM LEFT: Also at Tacos and Tequilas, the Skinny Margarita and the Strawberry Margarita; the pours are just as attractive as the bottles at Alma Cocina in downtown Atlanta.

TRIED AND TRUE The time-tested Jose Cuervo brand is rebooting, with the help of pop priestess Madonna, who’s been seen biting a lime wedge and licking salted rims on the company’s behalf. Closer to home, reliable pours pull thirsty fans into such happy hour hot spots as Tin Lizzy’s (several locations), Six Feet Under (Grant Park, West Midtown), Cockpit (southeast Atlanta) and Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong (Atlanta, Athens). GO LOCAL Buckhead’s Goza has been working for a decade to deliver three vintages from Mexican hillsides — the fresh-brewed Blanco, 38 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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as premium distilleries can churn out the beloved nectar of the agave plant. And Buckhead-based Goza Tequila, which hit the market in February, is poised to make its mark. And self-proclaimed foodies are flooding social media with praise for tequila-infused nibbles. “Taco Tuesday” isn’t enough anymore; now ”Tequila Tuesday” is a thing. With that in mind we offer a bit of a rundown on the local scene so you can be fully informed as you plan for that popular “national” holiday — Cinco de Mayo.


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OH, BUT WAIT ... Tequila does have a reputation for producing hangovers, though — the better the tequila, the lighter the morning-after bite, reportedly — but you’d still be wise to indulge at your own risk when sipping such well-known margarita and tequila libations as the FGR Herradura Double Reposado Cube, a spiked and frozen green apple juice at Alma Cocina (downtown Atlanta); the potent Naranjarita, which comes with a blur of blood-orange juice puree, at the Original El Taco (Virginia-Highland); and the El Paso, with pineapple and cilantro, at 4th & Swift (Old Fourth Ward). Thirsty? We thought so. Salud!

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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . Vice President & General Manager Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Elton Howze. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Carmie McDonald . . . . . . . . . Director, Fox Theatre Institute Joe Quillian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Dan Goldberger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-Commerce and Social Media Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Master Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 8-10 | Piedmont Park. This spring the Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be celebrating 80 years! With an expansive artists’ market and live music stages, Dogwood Festival has something for everyone. On one end of the park, the International Village showcases performances from around the globe, while on the other end dogs whiz through the air catching frisbees in the Disc Dog Southern Nationals – all of it connected by artists’ stands and snack shacks. Free. Good for all ages. No dogs allowed. http://www.dogwood.org

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April 16-17 | Downtown Sandy Springs. This outdoor event turns downtown Sandy Springs into an artists’ gallery that showcases local, regional and national artists as well as interactive art stations where visitors can test their own creativity. All the merrymaking is for a good cause. Artsapalooza benefits a scholarship fund for local artists administered by the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces. Free. Good for all ages. sandyspringsartsapalooza.com

The annual Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park is a spring ritual for thousands of metro Atlantans and visitors. The three-day event featuring artists, food, drink and, hopefully, plenty of sunshine, turns 80 this year.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

April 16-June 5 | Fairburn. Not many festivals promise chivalry, romance and turkey legs. Ren Fest returns for another season of jousting and good fun in an immersive medieval Europe experience. Check out “themed weekends” for deals and sights. $8-$22 (cheaper online). For all ages. garenfest.com

SweetWater 420 Fest

April 22-24 | Centennial Olympic Park. Perhaps Atlanta’s most famous beer and music fest. It combines the brewery’s tasty beer, a 5K run and a weekend-long lineup of live music. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 47


CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: The Shaky Knees music fest entertains throngs under expressive skies in downtown Atlanta; Piedmont Park’s trees provide a protective canopy at the Dogwood Festival, where kids can take to the carousel; the Inman Park Festival attracts a colorful crowd.

Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes

April 30-May 1 Inman Park. This little-bit-of-everything fest showcases the intown neighborhood with a parade, an arts & crafts market, a dance festival, live music and a tour of homes. “Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic festival,” as it calls itself, is free except for tour of homes tickets ($15-$20). Good for all ages. inmanparkfestival.org

Taste of East Point

May 7 | Downtown East Point. This six-hour (3-9 p.m.) event boasts one of the broader mixes of food, drink and art in the south metro area. With a margarita or draft beer in hand, browse paintings and prints, jewelry and handmade wood products from local artists. Also: Tastes from local eateries ($1 each) and live music. Free admission, family-friendly. downtowneastpoint.com/tasteofeastpoint

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 13-15 | Centennial Olympic Park. This 4-year-old fest is a music lover’s paradise. Expect five stages and more than 75 bands. Headliners include Florence + the Machine, Huey Lewis & the News, Jane’s Addiction and the Decemberists. Food trucks and snack booths stand ready to sate your appetite between perfor48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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This year’s acts include the Roots, Kid Rock, Ludacris and Bastille. Admission TBA. Under 10 free. Age 17 and under must be with an adult. sweetwater420fest.com


Visit LaGrange and be surprised by all we have to offer. Just a short drive from Atlanta, you’ll find authentic artifacts at the Biblical History Center, exquisite gardens at Hills & Dales Estate, exceptional recreational opportunities on West Point Lake and more. Be whisked away from the humdrum of everyday life. Plan your itinerary at visitlagrange.com.


TOP: Witness jousting and craftspeople at work at the Georgia Ren Fest before you tuck into your turkey leg.

mances. Single-day, three-day and VIP packages available ($97-$614). shakykneesfestival.com

Food That Rocks

May 14 | Sandy Springs. Eat, drink and party for charity at this onenight (7-11 p.m.) inaugural event that spotlights more than 25 restaurants and, for a single price, covers food, wine, beer, cocktail samples and local bands. Benefits the Sandy Springs-based nonprofits Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Must be 21. $55 advance; $65 at the door. business.sandyspringsperimeterchamber.com/events/details/ first-annual-food-that-rocks-3429?platform=hootsuite May 27-29 | Piedmont Park. One of the largest free jazz festivals in the country is produced by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Expect jazz greats and new artists — dozens and dozens of them — for both longtime aficionados and new fans. Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone have played previous fests. Pre-fest, check out the monthlong “31 Days of Jazz” with events throughout the city. Free and for all ages. atlantafestivals.com

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

June 2-5 | Midtown. Part taste-a-thon and part foodie education. This fest brings together some of the Southeast’s finest restaurants and wine bars, promising great bites and sips plus live demonstrations. Follow “tasting trails” through specific regions or try a signature dinner cooked by a renowned chef. Tickets (prices not yet announced) on sale now. Early-bird pricing good through April 15.

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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia.

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LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. N.E., 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M THE MELTING POT — A premiere fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. Four Atlanta locations. 754 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.389.0099, meltingpot.com. M MURPHY’S — This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great people-watching and contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave N.E., 404.872.0904, murphysvh.com, VH

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Rd, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V NEIGHBORHOODS CODES A Alpharetta

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SOHO — American style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta. com. V

Matt Ryan is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s (above).

TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road N.W., 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Two locations: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V 56 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M

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COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Take-out available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta.com. V

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PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW

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ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. N.E., 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

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DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B

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LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M

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HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great tasting. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M

LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposed-brick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Avenue N.E., 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com. M PRINCI | ITALIA — This chic Midtown eatery at the corner of 12th St. and Crescent Ave. serves seasonal Italian dishes, including homemade pastas, fresh vegetables, seafood and Napolitanostyle pizzas, in a warm, Tuscan farmhouse setting. Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Mon. – Thurs. 3 – 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 3 – 11 pm., Sun. 3 – 9 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 77 12th St NE, Atlanta; 404.709.2058; princiitalia.com. M

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ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH

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FOX FUN FACTS ELVIS, ANYONE? TAKE A ROCKIN’ TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE Ever since the early days of soul and R&B, Atlanta has held its own as a major recording and performance hub. The Fox Theatre has welcomed legends from both yesterday and today to its grand stage, where they’ve entertained guests under the starry (indoor) sky. From Bette Midler to the Rolling Stones, from Elvis to Linda Ronstadt, it’s almost impossible to separate the history of the Fox Theatre from the history of popular American music. In honor of the Fox’s ongoing comittment to booking ‘“super groovy, man” concerts, we relive some of the historic musical moments and iconic talents that have trod the big stage. Did you know? • In July 1976, the pop-rock act Lynyrd Skynyrd performed on three consecutive nights, recording the album One More From the Road and donating $5,000 to the Save the Fox campaign.

• Bette Midler was booked for three nights in February 1983. According to promoter Alex Cooley, when Midler entered her dressing room she claimed someone had died in that space and a ghost was present. The Divine Miss M refused to perform but relented when she was moved to another dressing room. The show must go on.

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• The Rolling Stones have performed at the Fox twice. In June 1978, the band was first billed as “The Cockroaches” — so as not to reveal its true identity before the official concert announcement was released.

• The Stones next played the Fox to a standing-room-only crowd on Oct. 26, 1981. Band members flew to Savannah for the day but, because of dense fog in Atlanta, the flight back was rerouted to Macon. The concert started about 90 minutes late.

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