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world without The Wizard of Oz? Now that would be a horse of a different color. Flying monkeys. And your little dog, too! You can hardly go through a day without
hearing a reference to the 1939 Judy Garland movie, says Michael McGoff, associate director of the national tour. “It’s that much a part of our zeitgeist. It’s a very American story. People return to it again and
The Wizard of Oz company — Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion and all — performs the “Merry Old Land of Oz.” The show, which began in 2011 in London, travels with seven trucks.
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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.
“We try to give the audience a multisensory roller-coaster ride that wraps you in and then BOOM — there you are.” MICHAEL MCGOFF ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
again because they want to see their story.” That story, of course, centers on Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale, swirled up from her bitterly real sepia-tone home of simple folk and vast plains to a Technicolor dreamland somewhere over the rainbow. She dodges danger, defeats the Wicked Witch of the West and finds friendship with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Thanks to the marvels of theater-tech wizardry, Dorothy’s onstage adventure now unfolds as an elaborate spectacle, promising more wow and pizazz. The seven-truck tour has evolved since 2011, when it opened in London amid great fanfare, partly
due to six new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar). The tunes from the movie are here, too, but Webber and Rice have given the Wicked Witch of the West her own song, titled “Red Shoes Blues.” Scenic and costume designer Robert Jones has created a neon Oz in a more contained space than a Hollywood sound stage Casting short actors helps enhance the illusion, too, McGoff says, and heightens theatergoers’ sense “that Oz is its own real world. It may even suggest that this whole thing wasn’t just a fever dream. “We are given the idea that this story can continue, and people who know and love Oz are
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CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: Rachel Womble as Glinda; Mark A. Harmon as the Wizard, Morgan Reynolds as the Scarecrow, Sarah Lasko as Dorothy, Aaron Fried as the Cowardly Lion and Jay McGill as the Tin Man in the Wizard’s chambers; Shani Hadjian as the Wicked Witch of the West, who in this version, gets her very own song.
happy to learn that there’s the possibility of more to the story.” Audiences come to The Wizard of Oz “wanting to be transported” and McGoff believes the traveling show delivers. It combines lighting effects with IMAX-size video projections to pump up the magic and provide a cinematic experience, almost like being caught up in the movie. Remember how Dorothy spots a cow while she’s twirling in the twister? The flying cow is here. “We try to give the audience a multisensory roller-coaster ride that wraps you in and then BOOM — there you are.”
McGoff admits to having a soft spot for this tour’s Dorothy (Sarah Lasko). He was in the room when the University of Maryland grad auditioned. The creative team eventually agreed with him. “Sarah had it all,” he says. “She can project the youth and naiveté of the Dorothy we expect, while also suggesting the feminism” that a production today demands. Dorothy is both tomboy and young woman but should never be seen in a sexual light. The teenage heroine is a born leader, yet the mature actor must not respond as an adult. She must be genuinely scared
of the Wicked Witch, yet find the gumption to challenge her. Lasko, who’s always had a deep love for Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, will have played the role more than 150 times by the time Atlanta audiences see her. She’s earned nice reviews along the way, from being described as “plucky” and “winsome” to “just as endearing as Judy Garland.” Any actor who tries to re-create what Garland did in the movie “is going to fail because she
is so untouchable,” Lasko says. “Bringing my own personality and perspective to the role every night is important and necessary for the audience.” Lasko and Dorothy share similar truths. Both have big dreams and have traveled far from family to pursue them. And just like Dorothy, Lasko has discovered along the way “that family and community are the most important things in life.”
Sarah Lasko as Dorothy and Nigel as Toto in the “Over the Rainbow” number made iconic by Judy Garland and the 1939 Oz movie.
And Toto, too ... The frisky little dog that plays Dorothy’s constant companion has been winning ahhs across the country. A Des Moines reviewer said that Toto (played by a pup named Nigel) “shamelessly” steals the spotlight when he jumps into Dorothy’s arms. Nigel, an 8-year-old Cairn terrier, is the same breed as the movie’s Toto. He and his understudy, named Loki, are trained by Bill Berloni, Broadway’s go-to source for stage pooches everywhere. Nigel doesn’t miss many performances
and can’t wait to be onstage, says Sarah Lasko, who plays Dorothy. “He knows every cue. Once he hears certain lines or melody lines he starts to perk up because he knows it’s almost his time to get back out there. “It’s so cool how he knows every little thing. If I were standing in the wrong place, he would lead me to the right place.” Nigel gets excited about 5 p.m. daily because he knows it’s time to head to the theater. Except Mondays, when the actors get a day off. “On Mondays,” Laski says, “he’s a little sad.”
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SHANI HADJIAN, AARON FRIED, JAY McGILL, MORGAN REYNOLDS, RACHEL WOMBLE RANDY CHARLEVILLE, EMMANUELLE ZEESMAN, DANIELLE BEHRENS, AMY BUTTON, DIEGO DIAZ, WILL GEOGHEGAN, LINDSEY HAILES, BEAU HUTCHINGS, NICK MORGAN, JUSTIN G. NELSON, NICK PICKNALLY, COREY RIVES, DOMINICK SANNELLI, JENNA BROOKE SCANNELLI, MAGGIE SPICER, ALEX SWIFT, ADAM VANEK, SHANNON WALSH, KALEY WERE, KYLE WHITE, DORSEY ZILLER Music
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JEREMY SAMS THE WIZARD OF OZ: TM & Â© Turner Entertainment Co. (s11) From the book by L. Frank Baum. Based upon the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment and produced with the permission of Warner Bros.Theatre Ventures and EMI Music Publishing.
CAST Dorothy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SARAH LASKO Professor Marvel/The Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MARK A. HARMON
Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West . . . . . . . . . . . . SHANI HADJIAN Hunk/Scarecrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MORGAN REYNOLDS Hickory/Tin Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAY McGILL Zeke/Lion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glinda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RACHEL WOMBLE Uncle Henry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RANDY CHARLEVILLE Auntie Em . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EMMANUELLE ZEESMAN Toto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NIGEL ENSEMBLE DANIELLE BEHRENS, AMY BUTTON, RANDY CHARLEVILLE, DIEGO DIAZ, WILL GEOGHEGAN, LINDSEY HAILES, BEAU HUTCHINGS, NICK MORGAN, JUSTIN G. NELSON, NICK PICKNALLY, DOMINICK SANNELLI, JENNA BROOKE SCANNELLI, MAGGIE SPICER, ALEX SWIFT, ADAM VANEK, KALEY WERE, EMMANUELLE ZEESMAN, DORSEY ZILLER SWINGS DANIELLE BEHRENS, COREY RIVES, SHANNON WALSH, KYLE WHITE DANCE CAPTAINS SHANNON WALSH, KYLE WHITE UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.
For Dorothy — JENNA BROOKE SCANNELLI, DORSEY ZILLER For Professor Marvel/Wizard — RANDY CHARLEVILLE, COREY RIVES For Hunk/Scarecrow — BEAU HUTCHINGS, ADAM VANEK For Hickory/Tin Man — BEAU HUTCHINGS, NICK MORGAN For Zeke/Lion — COREY RIVES, ALEX SWIFT For Glind — MAGGIE SPICER, KALEY WERE For Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West — EMMANUELLE ZEESMAN, DORSEY ZILLER For Auntie Em — DANIELLE BEHRENS, KALEY WERE For Uncle Henry — BEAU HUTCHINGS, DOMINICK SANNELLI For Toto — LOKI
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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 1 Overture KANSAS Scene 1: The Gale Farm Nobody Understands Me*+ . . . . . . . . . . . Dorothy, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Hunk, Hickory, Zeke, Miss Gulch Scene 2: Over the Rainbow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dorothy The Open Road Wonders of the World*+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Professor Marvel Scene 3: The Twister* THE LAND OF OZ Scene 4: Munchkinland Arrival in Munchkinland/Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead Follow the Yellow Brick Road . . . . . . . . . .
Glinda, Dorothy and Munchkins
Scene 5: On the Yellow Brick Road If I Only Had a Brain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scarecrow We’re Off to See the Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dorothy and Scarecrow If I Only Had a Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If I Only Had the Nerve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lion Scene 6: The Poppy Fields We’re Out Of The Woods . . . . . Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Ensemble Scene 7: The Gates To Emerald City Scene 8: Emerald City The Merry Old Land Of Oz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company Scene 9: The Wizard’s Chamber Bring Me The Broomstick* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Wizard
MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 2 Entr’acte THE LAND OF OZ Scene 1: The Witch’s Castle Red Shoes Blues*+ . . . . . . . . . . . . Wicked Witch of the West and Winkies Scene 2: The Scary Forest Scene 3: The Witch’s Castle Bacchanalia* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ensemble Over the Rainbow (reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dorothy Scene 4: The Scary Forest If We Only Had a Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow
Scene 5: Back at the Witch’s Castle The Rescue* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ensemble, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion Hail-Hail! The Witch Is Dead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ensemble Scene 6: The Wizard’s Chamber Scene 7: Emerald City Farewell to Oz*+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Wizard Already Home*+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glinda, Dorothy and Ensemble BACK IN KANSAS Scene 8: Dorothy’s Bedroom Finale
Original songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg *Additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber + Additional lyrics by Tim Rice Original background music by Herbert Stothart
THE WIZARD OF OZ ORCHESTRA Music Director/Conductor: DAVID ANDREWS ROGERS Associate Music Director/Keyboard: WAYNE GREEN Keyboards: MATTHEW J. POOL, DREW NICHOLS Violin: SUSAN FRENCH Flute/Piccolo: JASON BROOK Clarinet/Tenor Sax: TOM COLCLOUGH French Horn: HECTOR RODRIGUEZ Trumpet: DAVID TORRES Trombone: DAVE GROTT Drums/Percussion: TIM MULLIGAN Keyboard Programmer: STUART ANDREWS Music Coordinator: TALITHA FEHR, TL MUSIC INTERNATIONAL ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21
BIOS SARAH LASKO (Dorothy) National tour debut! Favorite credits include The Fantasticks (Luisa), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), She Loves Me (Amalia), and The Crucible (Abigail). UMCP graduate. Love and immense gratitude to JDC, Achilles, the Oz team and my incredible family. www.sarahlasko.com
RANDY CHARLEVILLE (Uncle Henry, Ensemble) Tours: Flashdance and The Phantom of the Opera. OffBroadway: Rasputin and Definitely Doris. TV: Tony Awards w/Liza Minnelli, ESPY Awards, “Gossip Girl.” Tremendous thanks to God, Mom, Aunt Betty and the entire creative team for this amazing opportunity!
MARK A. HARMON (Professor Marvel/The Wizard) National tours: Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright), Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad). Regional: The Normal Heart (Felix Turner), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), Art (Yvonne), 1776 (Charles Thompson), A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), A Little Night Music (Fredrik Egerman), A Funny Thing … Forum (Marcus Lycus).
EMMANUELLE ZEESMAN (Auntie Em, Ensemble) National tours/off-Broadway: A Christmas Carol, Little Mermaid, Passion and five seasons with symphony orchestras on four continents. Regional: Guys and Dolls, Tommy, Blood Brothers (CCC award winner/ best actress). For Mom, Dad, Jade, Jérémie, Eliana, David and Gramma! www.emmanuellezeesman.com
SHANI HADJIAN (Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West) Ohio native. National tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fancy Nancy. Off-Broadway: Fancy Nancy. Regional highlights: Spamalot, As You Like It, Les Misérables, Caroline, or Change. BFA — The Hartt School. Thank you Creatives, JDC, Planet H and Emily. Instagram/Twitter: @shadjian www.shanihadjian.com
DANIELLE BEHRENS (Ensemble, Swing) is a California native now based in New York. Recent credits include The Light in the Piazza with Marymount Manhattan College and Peter Pan with CRT. She holds a B.A. in musical theater from MMC. More at www.daniellebehrens.com
AARON FRIED (Zeke/Lion) Tours: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Addams Family, Grease. New York: Sowa’s Red Gravy. Regional: Ogunquit, North Shore, Gateway, Theatre by the Sea. Training: Ithaca College, B.F.A. Thanks to the creative team, Joe, my friends and family for their support! JAY McGILL (Hickory/Tin Man) Regional: West Virginia Public Theatre (two seasons). Television: “Being Erica,” “The Latest Buzz,” “Wingin’ It,” “Super Why” (Aladdin). Proud graduate of CCM (University of Cincinnati). Thanks to Mom, Dad and the Price Group. MORGAN REYNOLDS (Hunk/Scarecrow) is living his childhood dreams of following the yellow brick road! Performing theater worldwide and seven years with the Walt Disney Co. Love to Mom, Dad, Jodi and Jeff! Like his selfies and follow his tour shenanigans on Instagram @MorganWReynolds. RACHEL WOMBLE (Glinda) is thrilled to be making her national tour debut! Training: Rice University (B.A.), NYU (M.M.). Favorite credits: Forum (Philia), 1776 (Martha) and Carousel (Julie). Special thanks to the Oz team, my family, Sam, and YOU for supporting live theater! www.rachelwomble.com
AMY BUTTON (Ensemble) Tour debut! Regional — Lyric Stage: Into the Woods (Little Red); CityRep OKC: South Pacific. Proud Oklahoma City University graduate. Love and thanks to Troika, Joy Dewing Casting, DAR, MaryAnn, LWK and the FIERCE fam. For Mom, Dad and Jeff. DIEGO DIAZ (Ensemble) is loving Oz! Tour: Titanic the Musical. NYC: Foolerie (NYMF), Alley of Masks, Sing a Merry Madrigal. Regional: White Christmas, The Producers, Ring of Fire, 42nd Street, Rent and Hairspray, among others. Thanks to DAR and my incredible family. www.thediegodiaz.com WILL GEOGHEGAN (Ensemble) is from Frankfort, Ky., and beyond excited to be making his tour debut! Will was last seen performing on Disney Cruise Lines after graduating from Point Park University in 2014. Shout-out to his family & friends for their love and support! www.willgeoghegan.net LINDSEY HAILES (Ensemble) The Wizard of Oz is Lindsey’s national tour debut. She attends Point Park University for musical theater and is a Kansas native. BEAU HUTCHINGS (Ensemble) Previous national tours: The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man) with NETworks Presentations; West Side Story (Snowboy). Cruise ship: Chicago the Musical on the Allure of the Seas. B.F.A. from Western
BIOS Michigan University. All the Love to Mom and Dad in Michigan. NICK MORGAN (Ensemble) is super excited to be performing in his first national tour. He’s originally from Pittsburgh, and is a recent graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory. He thanks his friends and family for their constant support! JUSTIN G. NELSON (Ensemble) Memphis native. MTSU and U of M graduate. Credits: Hairspray (Duane), A Chorus Line (Richie), The Color Purple, Billy Elliot, Footloose, Mary Poppins, Dreamgirls. Memphis and Baltimore, thanks for the love and support. The best is yet to come!! www.justingnelson.com NICK PICKNALLY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his tour debut with Oz. A Muhlenberg College theater and dance alumni. Regional: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby), A Chorus Line (Don). Huge thanks to family and friends for all their love and support! @nicholas.pickolas COREY RIVES (Swing) recently graduated from the University of Alabama and Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester. Credits: Alcestis Ascending (offBroadway — Dance Swing); Next to Normal (Gabe); 42nd Street (Andy); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Van Buren); A New Brain (Mr. Bungee). DOMINICK SANNELLI (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be on his first national tour. Regional: Pirates of Penzance (Ensemble), Sign of the Seahorse, Kennedy Center. Other theater credits: Madagascar (DreamWorks workshop), 21 the musical (world premiere). Film: Silver Linings Playbook. Gratitude and love to family. JENNA BROOKE SCANNELLI (Ensemble) attended the Boston Conservatory for musical theater. Credits include Jenny in Aspects of Love (Walnut Street Theater), Natalie u/s (Eagle Theater). She has worked in film, television and commercials. Jenna is so excited to be traveling to Oz on her first national tour! MAGGIE SPICER (Ensemble) Regional: Your Name on My Lips (NYC); A Little Night Music (Anne) and Les Misérables at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; South Pacific at Oklahoma City Rep. Proud graduate of Oklahoma City University & Kansas native! Thanks to Nancy and love to Mom, Dad, Tristan & Perry.
ALEX SWIFT (Ensemble) is honored to make his touring debut with The Wizard of Oz! Credits include West Side Story, Dreamgirls, On the Town, La Cage aux Folles. B.F.A. Boston Conservatory. Thanks to Henderson-Hogan and to my Grandmother for all of her wisdom. ADAM VANEK (Ensemble) is thrilled to embark on his first national tour! Credits: Les Misérables, Evita (Flat Rock); Livewire! (Hersheypark); Paradis, Elements (Norwegian Cruise Line); Smokey Joe’s Café (SummerTide). Thanks to JDC, CTG, UA, Mom, Dad, Rachel, Sammy and my Toto! www.AdamVanekOnline.com SHANNON WALSH (Dance Captain, Swing) is thrilled to tour with this magical show! Favorite credits: Into the Woods (Little Red), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Love and thanks to Joy Dewing Casting, LDT, and my friends and family. For Mom and Dad. www.shannonwalsh.net KALEY WERE (Ensemble) is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University. Tour debut! Credits: Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Genevieve), Billy Elliot (Lesley), Big Fish, Mary Poppins and Oklahoma! (Kate), all at the Regional Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Love to my family, Brenda Holleman and Benjamin. www.kaleywere.com KYLE WHITE (Dance Captain, Swing) born in Pocatello, Idaho ,and moved out to Los Angeles to get his B.F.A. in musical theater from AMDA. Spent the past two years performing with Disney Cruise Lines as a swing/dance captain. @kylewhite20 DORSEY ZILLER (Ensemble) National tour debut! Proud graduate of Point Park University. Thanks to the cast and creative team, Troika, Joy & Sam, CTG, Joey, Mom & Dad and everyone who has helped me make this dream come true! NIGEL (Toto) was rescued from the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society by guardian/trainer, William Berloni in 2008. He follows in a long line of Totos trained by Berloni. In 2009 he appeared as Toto in The Wiz opposite Ashanti in New York City. He has been on “The Today Show” and “Dogs 101.” Nigel also appeared in the feature film Someday This Pain Will Be Useful with Marcia Gay Harden and Toby Regbo.
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BIOS LOKI (Toto Understudy) was discovered through Cairn Rescue USA in 2008 by guardian/trainer William Berloni. He was about 18 months old when he was rescued from a Missouri puppy mill. His first production of The Wizard of Oz was the as an understudy in the 2009 national tour. In 2010 he took over the role on that tour and has played Toto all across North America. MOLLY GOODWIN (Production Stage Manager) is delighted that she’s off to see the Wizard on her sixth national tour! Previous tours: Sister Act, Ghost, West Side Story, Blast! and Legally Blonde. Other notable credits: Celine Dion’s A New Day: Live in Las Vegas. Molly holds a B.A. in theater and dance (Luther College) and an M.F.A. in stage management (UNLV). She thanks her friends and family, without whom she would not have her brains, heart and courage. LISA GREEN (Stage Manager) enjoyed a full career as a Broadway performer that included dancing for Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse and Graciela Daniele, devising steps for Chita Rivera and Meryl Streep, and honoring Fred Astaire at the first Kennedy Center awards. As a stage manager, which she unexpectedly loves, she has fulfilled her dream of working with Twyla Tharp. A longtime SGI member, she’s married to musician Wayne Green and is Mom to contemporary dancer Ben Green. ANDREW TERLIZZI (Company Manager) is in his fourth season with Troika Entertainment. He has worked on the national tours of Sister Act the Musical, Ghost: the Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Before joining Troika, he was assistant company manager for the first national tour of West Side Story. He has also company managed for Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. His B.F.A. is from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. HAROLD ARLEN, 1905-86 (Music) Born and bred in New York, Harold Arlen began his career as an accompanist in vaudeville and appeared occasionally as a band vocalist on records, often singing his own compositions. He wrote more than 500 songs, including such familiar tunes as “Get Happy,” “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Stormy Weather” (all with lyrics by Ted Koehler). He had a long and productive partnership with Johnny Mercer, the team behind such hits as “That Old Black Magic,” “Blues in the Night” and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” Broadway musicals include Bloomer Girl, St. Louis Woman, House of Flowers, Jamaica and 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Saratoga. Films include The Petty Girl, The Farmer Takes a Wife and Gay Purr-ee. With Ira Gershwin he wrote “The Man That Got Away” for Judy Garland to sing in A Star is Born. He won an Oscar for the song “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard Of Oz. E.Y. HARBURG, 1896-1981 (Lyrics) Edgar Yipsel Harburg, known as Yip Harburg, was an American popular song lyricist who worked with many of the most famous composers of the 20th century, including George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jule Styne and Burton Lane. His best-known songs, apart from those in The Wizard of Oz, include the perennial standards “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?,” “April in Paris” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” His Broadway credits include the musicals Bloomer Girl, Finian’s Rainbow, Flahooley, Jamaica and Darling of the Day. Films include Gold Diggers of 1937, At the Circus, Cabin in the Sky and the animated film Gay Purr-ee. He won an Oscar for “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. HERBERT STOTHART, 1885-1949 (Original Background Music) was nominated for nine Oscars and won for best original score for his work on The Wizard of Oaz (1939). As a young man he studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin, where he also taught. He worked as a musical director for Arthur Hammerstein and later began writing music for the producer’s nephew, Oscar Hammerstein II, including some for the operetta Rose Marie. In 1929, he was signed to a contract by Louis B. Mayer and spent the last 20 years of his life at MGM Studios working on films including Rose Marie, A Night at the Opera, Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Madame Curie, Idiot’s Delight, Northwest Passage, Mrs. Miniver, Mutiny on the Bounty, National Velvet and What Every Woman Knows. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Additional Music) Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. His newest musical, a stage version of the movie School of Rock, opened on Broadway in December. As theater producer he has presented his own shows and others, including the Olivier awardwinning La Bête and Daisy Pulls It Off. As composer he has won seven Tony awards, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship,
BIOS the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for best contemporary classical composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem Mass, which contains one of his best known compositions, “Pie Jesu.” He owns six London theaters, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium. He was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992 and made an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. TIM RICE (Additional Lyrics) has been writing for musicals since 1965, and moderately successfully since 1970, when the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar, written and produced with Andrew Lloyd Webber, succeeded before any stage production existed. Since then he has worked with Alan Menken (Aladdin), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and Elton John (The Lion King). He has won several awards, mostly for the wrong reason, or simply for turning up. Latest show: From Here to Eternity (with music by Stuart Brayson). It makes its U.S. debut at the Finger Lakes Music Festival in New York this month. JEREMY SAMS (Director and Adaptation) Directing credits include The Wizard of Oz (West End & Toronto); Educating Rita (West End); The Sound of Music (West End & Toronto); 13 (Broadway); Little Britain (London & U.K. tour); Noises Off (RNT & Broadway); Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera, New York); Passion; Wild Oats; Marat/Sade; Enter the Guardsman; The Wind in the Willows; Two Pianos, Four Hands; Spend Spend Spend; Benefactors. Lyrics: Amour (Tony nominated); Translations: Indiscretions; The Miser; and Mary Stuart (RNT); The Rehearsal; Beckett; Figaro’s Wedding; La Boheme; The Magic Flute; Wagner’s Ring Cycle (ENO); and Merry Widow (Covent Garden and the Met Opera). As a composer: The Wind in the Willows, Arcadia (RNT); The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC); The Mother (BBC); Enduring Love (Pathe); Hyde Park on Hudson and Le Weekend (Film 4); and Persuasion (BBC Films, BAFTA Award). As an adapter: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London & New York), The Enchanted Island (Met Opera). ARLENE PHILLIPS (Choreographer) Film credits include Annie and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. Music video credits include Whitney Houston, Queen and Elton John. Ballet credits: Dance Me to the End of Love; for Whelan/Watson: Other Stories (coming to New York); musicals: Starlight Express, The Sound of Music, Grease, Saturday Night Fever and We Will
Rock You; arena shows: Monty Python Live, and as a director Strictly Come Dancing Live, Lord of the Dance, Manchester Commonwealth Games and creative director of Judy — The Songbook of Judy Garland. Arlene’s insightful entertainment expertise has been broadcast to millions in her role as a TV Judge: “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Strictly Come Dancing.” The Queen has honoured her for her services to dance. Twitter: @arlenephillips ROBERT JONES (Scenic and Costume Designer) has designed more than 30 West End productions including Rock ‘n’ Roll (also Broadway), Heroes (also Los Angeles) and The Sound of Music (U.K. tour, Toronto, Tokyo). He is an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he has designed more than 15 productions, including Look Back in Anger and Noises Off (also Broadway, West End & U.K. tour). he’s also designed numerous productions for the Almeida Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse. Opera includes Tristan & Isolde (Vienna State Opera and Tokyo), Andrea Chenier (Royal Opera House), Don Carlos (Frankfurt), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Paris, Berlin) and Anna Bolena, Die Fledermaus and Guilio Cesare (Metropolitan Opera New York). Film: RSC Hamlet with Patrick Stewart and David Tennant. He has won a Dora Award and a Dramalogue Award and been nominated for four Olivier Awards. HUGH VANSTONE (Lighting Designer) has designed for plays, musicals, operas and ballets in London, New York and around the world. He’s received three Olivier Awards. New York credits include An Act of God (Studio 54); Matilda (Shubert, Tony Award); I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers (Booth); Ghost (Lunt Fontanne, Tony nomination); La Bête (Music Box); A Steady Rain (Schoenfeld); God of Carnage (Jacobs); Mary Stuart (Broadhurst Theatre, Tony & Drama Desk nominations); Shrek (Broadway); Boeing-Boeing (Longacre); Spamalot (Shuber, Tony nomination). MICK POTTER (Sound Designer) has designed more than 100 productions worldwide including such West End & Broadway musicals as Saturday Night Fever, Bombay Dreams, The Woman in White, Zorro, The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act, Evita, Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Betty Blue Eyes, From Here to Eternity, Miss Saigon, School of Rock. Awards include an Olivier for The Woman in White, London 2005; a Parnelli Award for The Phantom of the Opera, Las Vegas 2006; a Green Room Award for Love ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25
BIOS Never Dies, Australia 2011; a Tony nomination for Les Misérables, Broadway 2014; and a Helpmann Award for Les Misérables, Australia 2015. JON DRISCOLL (Video/Projection Designer) studied cinematography at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, and theater design at Croydon College of Art. His theater designs include The Effect, The People, and Last of the Haussmans. West End designs include The King’s Speech, The Wizard of Oz and Love Never Dies. Broadway designs include Chaplin the Musical and Ghost the Musical (Drama Desk award, Tony nomination). Dance designs include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Royal Ballet/ National Ballet of Canada (Olivier Award nomination). Event designs include The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and Secret Cinema’s Blade Runner. DANIEL BRODIE (Video and Projection Design) is a multimedia artist and projection designer from Brooklyn. He graduated with a theater degree from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. His Broadway designs include Motown the Musical, Jekyll & Hyde and Disney’s Aladdin. Other designs include Christopher Wheeldon’s ballets Winter’s Tale, Cinderella, Basil Twist’s Behind the Lid, Arias With a Twist, Rite of Spring and Sisters’ Follies. Daniel has created large-scale video designs and interactive installations for Kanye West, Mariah Carey and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. www.brodiegraphics.com DAVID CULLEN (Orchestrator) is best known as the orchestrator of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, particularly Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, the new version of Evita and, most recently, Love Never Dies. Other musicals include Abbacadabra, Children of Eden, Shogun the Musical, Stepping Out, Edna the Spectacle and the London revivals of Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife, Carmen Jones, the Donmar production of Parade and London production of The Wizard of Oz. He reorchestrated sections of Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and Evita for the movie and video productions and provided orchestrations for the movie of The Phantom of the Opera. GRAHAM HURMAN (Musical Supervision, Vocal & Dance Arrangements) is the musical supervisor & conductor for Cats in Paris. He created the orchestral 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
reduction for Cats (U.K. tour, Palladium Theatre, Australia and Paris. Other musical supervisor credits: Cats (London & U.K. tour); Stephen Ward (London); The Wizard of Oz (Toronto & North American tours). As musical director & conductor: The Wizard of Oz, Oliver! and Les Misérables (all London); Starlight Express (Germany & first national U.K.); Cats (25th anniversary U.K. tour). As music associate: Starlight Express (U.S. tour, second U.K. tour & German production); Saturday Night Fever (U.S. tour, Las Vegas). As assistant musical director: Cats (Hamburg). Recordings include The Wizard of Oz (2011 Original Cast); the DVD of the Australian production of Love Never Dies (Australian production); and Oliver! (2009 Live Original Cast). DAVID ANDREWS ROGERS (Associate Music Supervisor, Music Director) Broadway/international tours include Les Misérables, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Chicago and Fiddler on the Roof. Other conducting credits include the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and New York’s Lincoln Center. David has music directed and conducted such Broadway performers as Harvey Fierstein, Patti LuPone, Joel Grey, Sutton Foster and Kristin Chenoweth, and recording artist Debbie Gibson. He also has off-Broadway, recording and symphony pops guest conducting credits, and has done more than 150 regional theater productions. He was educated at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Queen’s College, Oxford University, and lives in New York City. www.maestrodar.com MICHAEL McGOFF (Associate Director) was the associate director and provided the concert staging for Pride & Prejudice, A New Musical. He has directed The Wizard of Oz three times in other incarnations, Richard Kalinoski’s A Beast on the Moon, Gaffney & Najimy’s Parallel Lives and Michael Cristofer’s The Shadow Box. Stage-managing credits include Next to Normal, Wicked, Cymbeline, Butley, Festen, Edward Albee’s Seascape and The Rivals on Broadway. National tours: The Wizard of Oz (European production, and North American tour); La Cage aux Folles, Next to Normal and Rent (Broadway tour). Five productions in Central Park including The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. Off-Broadway favorites: The Explorers Club (MTC), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard), Our Lady of Kibeho and Burn This, among others. Regionally he has worked with Arena Stage on Dear Evan Hansen, the Denver Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Guthrie and Utah
BIOS Shakespearean Festival. Michael has called NYC home for 17 years with his husband, Don. RICHARD ROE (Associate Choreographer) Theater credits: choreographer on Crush (U.K. tour) and The Songbook of Judy Garland (UK Tour); associate choreographer on Monty Python Live (O2) and Urinetown (St. James & Apollo); assistant choreographer on Ben Hur Live (European stadium tour); and Imagine This (New London Theatre). Original West End productions: assistant dance captain for Lord of the Rings, We Will Rock You, Closer to Heaven, Notre Dame de Paris, Sinatra and Rent. West End: resident choreographer for The Wizard of Oz, Sweet Charity and Cats. Regional theater: Gypsy, Chess, Fame, A Chorus Line and dance captain for Grease. Workshops include The Little Mermaid, Mahabharata and Love Shack. TV and film credits as associate choreographer include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BBC), “Absolutely Fabulous,” Series One of “Megamaths,” Jesus Christ Superstar, Julie and the Cadillacs and several Royal Variety performances. WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Trainer) 2011 Tony Honoree for Excellence in Theatre. Recipient of 2014 Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award. Broadway: Annie (original Sandy, 20th, 30th and 35th anniversary revivals); Living on Love; The Audience; Bullets Over Broadway; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill; A Christmas Story; Joe Turner’s Come and Gonel Legally Blonde; Camelot; Frankenstein; The First; Alice in Wonderland; Oliver!; Anything Goes; Nick and Nora; La Bete; The Wiz; The Wizard of Oz; Dinner at Eight; Double Feature (NYCB); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; The Woman in White; Awake and Sing; and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Animal director for Because of Winn Dixie at the Delaware Theater Company in March 2015. Hundreds of off-Broadway, regional productions, tours, movies and TV shows. He premiered his new reality series “From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni” on Discovery Family Channel and trained Nana in Peter Pan Live (2014) and Toto in The Wiz Live (2015) on NBC. Author of Broadway Tails. www.theatricalanimals.com JOY DEWING CASTING (Casting) Broadway: Soul Doctor, Wonderland. Off-Broadway: Forever Dusty, Soul Doctor, The Voca People, Dear Edwina. Current/ recent tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, 42nd Street, The Wizard of Oz, Bring It On, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Catch
Me If You Can. Dance companies: Rasta Thomas, Elizabeth Streb. Past tours: In the Heights, Fiddler on the Roof (with Topol/ Harvey Fierstein), Cats, 42nd Street, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar (with Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. TALITHA FEHR TL MUSIC INTERNATIONAL (Music Coordinator) strives daily to carry on the contracting traditions of her mentor, Sam Lutfiyya. Broadway: A Christmas Story. National tours: Sister Act, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ghost the Musical, West Side Story, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Come Fly Away, Mamma Mia!, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Movin’ Out and 101 Dalmatians. International tours: West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Swing!, Cinderella, The King and I. Other: The Pirate Queen, 2010 Winter Olympics ceremonies. JIM LANAHAN (General Manager) has spent more than 20 years managing and marketing Broadway tours. First national tours: Footloose, Titanic, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, The Lion King, War Horse and Jersey Boys. Other selected projects: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (third national), Les Miserables (25th anniversary), Billy Elliot (second national) and the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Most recently Jim served as marketing director for all domestic and international tours of Blue Man Group. Jim is from Round Lake, N.Y., lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and runs half marathons so that he can enjoy carbohydrates. RANDALL A. BUCK (Producer, Chief Executive Officer) has produced more than 50 productions across the globe for Troika Entertainment. Before joining Troika in 1999, he was vice president and general manager for Livent in Toronto. Buck was a stage manager for more than 20 years, surviving a year with Mary Martin and Carol Channing in Jimmy Kirkwood’s Legends!, a year in Japan with Siegfried & Roy, opening The Phantom of the Opera Music Box Company and opening Show Boat on Broadway. When not on the road, Randy can be found in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Sierra Ashley Buck.
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BIOS/STAFF DONALD KINDL (Chief Financial Officer) joined Troika in 1992 as the company’s comptroller and became CFO in 2000. He is responsible for the financial, administrative and human resources aspects of the company. He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree from the University of Connecticut. He has been involved in the production of such Troika shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Café, Swing!, Come Fly Away and many others. Kindl thanks his wife, Cindy, and three children for their love and support over the years. MICHAEL J. ORSINO (Chief Operating Officer) has enjoyed more than a decade of working around the world with Troika Entertainment, touring several years as a stage manager and company manager before landing in the office. Orsino is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of DeSales University. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Anissa, a fellow tour veteran, and their sons, Cameron and Carson. TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for more than two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Tthe company also has experience in the casino and leisure markets, having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include 42nd Street, Annie, Cheers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Never Dies and Wine Lovers. With strong ties to the Broadway community, Troika prides itself on delivering top-quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com
STAFF FOR The Wizard of Oz EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Randall A. Buck GENERAL MANAGER Jim Lanahan Assistant General Manager......... Abram Best TOUR MARKETING & PRESS Amy Katz, Courtney Davis PRODUCTION MANAGER John Wilson Associate Production Manager..... Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager... Ártemis López TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Randy Moreland COMPANY MANAGER Andrew Terlizzi TOUR BOOKING AGENCY The Booking Group Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart Laura Kolarik, Laura Yost www.thebookingroup.com CASTING Joy Dewing Casting Joy Dewing, CSA
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER... Molly Goodwin Stage Manager................................. Lisa Green Asst. Company Manager/ Asst. Stage Manager.......................... James Carey Associate Director....................... Michael McGoff Associate Choreographer..................... Richard Roe Animal Handler............................. Patrick Peavy Flying Director.................................. R.J. Scala Associate Scenic Designer................ Christine Peters Production Props............................. Clista Jarrett Associate Lighting Designers....... Craig Stelzenmuller, Carolyn Wong Moving Light Programmers.. Joseph Allegro, Chris Herman Production Electrician........................ Jeremy Lane Associate Sound Designer................... Emma James Production Sound.......... Colle Bustin, Benjamin Furiga Tour Video and Projection Designer........ Daniel Brodie Associate Projection Designer........... Patrick Southern Projection Programmer............... Preston Rounsaville Keyboard Programmer.................... Stuart Andrews Associate Keyboard Programmer......... David Weiser Production Wardrobe.................. Rachel Christensen Production Hair............... Dave Bova & J. Jared Janas Production Assistant... ....................... Garrett Kerr HEAD CARPENTER....................... Sean Sacco Assistant Carpenters..................... Leon Lobsinger, Matthew Cowles, Ryan Brooke Head of Properties............................ Clista Jarrett Assistant Properties...................... Courtney Wrenn Head Electrician...................... Preston Rounsaville Assistant Electricians..... Brian Pearson, Jeremy Bolnick, Kirt Kaminiski Head of Sound.............................. Marc Rongere Assistant Sound........................ Gaven Wedemeyer
BIOS Head of Wardrobe.................... Marguerite Peresich Assistant Wardrobe....................... Katherine Kraus Head of Hair.................................... Tony Lauro Assistant Hair......................... .... Brittney Griffith
Rehearsed at RIPLEY-GRIER STUDIOS, New York, NY. Technical Rehearsals and Previews held at the STANLEY THEATRE in Utica, NY
Physical Therapy..... NEURO TOUR, Physical Therapy, Inc. Medical Director..................... Thomas Meyer, MD
Costumes are made with
Accounting........................ Zwick & Banyai, PLLC Employee Benefits ..................... The Capital Group Insurance.................. Maury, Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Legal.................................... S. Jean Ward, Esq. Creative Services............. Cosmic Designs, Rich Stein B-Roll......................................... HMS Media Production Photography................. Daniel A. Swalec Merchandise Provider............................ Platypus For TROIKA Entertainment Chief Executive Officer.................. Randall A. Buck Chief Operating Officer.................. Michael J. Orsino Chief Financial Officer...................... Donald Kindl General Managers....... Jim Lanahan, Townsend Teague Assistant General Managers.. Abram Best, Brian Schrader Production Manager.......................... John Wilson Associate Production Manager.............. Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager............. Ártemis López Marketing Manager........................ Courtney Davis Marketing Consultant........................... Amy Katz Booking Manager......................... Doria Montfort Budgeting & Forecasting Manager ..... George Lamberty Controller................................ Honey Aboutorabian Staff Accountant.......................... Lourdes Castillo Staff Accountant.......................... Colin Djieugoue Accounting Clerk......................... Marite Espinoza Warehouse Manager......................... Scott Garrish Office Assistant......................... Shaquille Stewart
The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E) The Director-Choreographer is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre.
For TROIKA Costumes
Costume Shop Manager............. Danielle M. King Costume Shop Administrator......... Alison M. Smith Workroom Manager...................... Helen Jones First Hand............................. Katherine Kraus Craft Manager................................ Risa Ono Project Assistant.................. Rachel Christensen Lead Stitcher......................... Laura Browning Stitchers................ Jennifer Bae, MaryElise Collier, Naomi Davidoff, Sharon Landrum, Karen Murphy, Jesse Shipley Crafts Persons......... April Camlin, MaryElise Collier, Naomi Davidoff, Izzy Lawlor, Ariel Pond, Kat Zotti
Production Housing and Ground Transportation by ROAD REBEL ENTERTAINMENT TOURING, San Diego, CA. Scenery, Painting and Show Deck Automation by HUDSON SCENIC STUDIOS, INC., Yonkers, NY. Additional Scenic Drop Painting by SCENIC ART STUDIOS, Newburgh, NY. Show props by PARAGON PROPS, Oakville, ON and CLISTA JARRETT. Lighting Equipment by CHRISTIE LIGHTS, Orlando, FL., Sound and Projection Equipment by SOUND ASSOCIATES INC., Yonkers, NY. Backline by JONAS PRODUCTIONS, Fountaintown, IN. Original Costumes by SEAMLESS COSTUMES, SIAM COSTUMES, COLEMAN JAMES, LORRAINE RICHARDS, MEINIR ROBERTS, DAVID PLUNKETT, FAY FULLERTON, PHIL REYNOLDS. Production Costumes provided by TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT COSTUME SHOP. Millinery by SEAN BARRETT and JENNY ADEY. Print and Dye by NICOLA KILLEEN TEXTILES. Footwear by JITTERBUG BOY, HEAVENLY DANCE SHOES, HANDMADE SHOES and LaDUCA SHOES. Hair and Wigs Provided by DANUTA. Trucking by JANCO, LTD., Wayne, NJ, Rick Rosenthal. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.)
from the creators of
Music and Lyrics by
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Book by
QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES Conceived by
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Direction by
JUSTIN ANDERSON Musical Direction by
ANN-CAROL PENCE Choreography by
RICARDO APONTE A CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN
July 21–August 28, 2016 (678) 226-6222 or www.AuroraTheatre.com
September 8–18, 2016 at The Rialto (678) 528-1500 or www.TheatricalOutfit.org
neighborhood Hollywood sinks its vampire teeth into a corner of the Old South By Stell Simonton
he graceful little city of Covington could easily have emerged from a time capsule. It has all the vestiges of an old plantation economy, with its antebellum homes, magnolias and a town square with a Confederate monument. This town 35 miles southeast of Atlanta, however, is a hustling up-to-the-moment place. With a little help from Hollywood, it has stepped into a new day. Never been there? Watch the 2014 feature film Selma, and you’ll see the polished wood interior of the historic Newton County Courthouse. Revisit “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-85) and see the ornate courthouse tower. Tune in to “The Vampire Diaries” on the CW Network and see the Mystic Grill restaurant, the 1850 Worthington Manor and plenty of other spots. Covington has been a choice film location since the 1970s and now pulls in tourists from around the world who come to commune with settings from favorite movies and TV shows — especially “The Vampire Diaries,” now in its seventh season. The Travel Channel, in fact, has rated Covington as the sixth-best vampire destination in the world. The city, home to more than 60 film productions to date, has been cast as a Civil War village, a 1950s hamlet and a modern-day city. Today it’s known best as Mystic Falls, Va. (as in “The Vampire Diaries”), but it’s also been home to the long-running series “In the Heat of the Night” (1988-95). Let’s take a closer look.
Welcome to Covington’s little corner of the South. Pictured is the nearby Porterdale Mill Lofts. No vampires there.
HISTORICAL NUGGET: Leonard Covington, a War of 1812 general, generously gave his name to the city — and no less than 10 other American towns and counties. Covington was incorporated in 1822, nine years after the general was shot down on the battlefield. The land, once part of Creek Indian territory, became a cotton-growing and textile-producing area. During the religious fervor of the Great Awakening, an evangelical movement in the 1730s and ’40s, Salem Camp Ground was established for religious revival meetings, which continue today. WHO LIVES HERE: Before being walloped by the Great Recession, Covington was one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. Some of its 13,600 or so residents commute to Atlanta for jobs. Others work locally in manufacturing. Covington’s two historic districts showcase elegant houses from the 1800s, but a quarter of its residents live below the poverty line. Covington Square is a busy spot, with restaurants and businesses ranging from computer repair stores to financial services to clothing shops. WHAT TO SEE: Covington, though small, is big on art. Maybe it’s the influence of those Hollywood types, but the city supports its artists. Visit Southern Heartland Art gallery or WildArt Creations gallery and gift shop, on opposite corners of the square. Both offer community painting times when anyone — beginner or pro — can ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 37
FROM TOP: The Callaway House on College Avenue was built in 1909 and is now used as a law office; at WildArt Creations, anyone can come in and paint —for a fee; the Worthington Manor appears frequently in the CW Network’s “The Vampire Diaries.”
WHERE TO SHOP: On Location Gifts, also known as Vampire Stalkers, is great for memorabilia, including hoodies. Step in to New Shoez and get a special fitting of name-brand comfort, including the Georgia Boot, Durango and Aetrex labels. Southern Heartland stocks art supplies and PomPoms and Pirouettes has ballet leotards and tights. Bread and Butter Bakery sells fresh loaves plus mouthwatering chocolate chip pecan and cranberry pecan pies. WHERE TO EAT: If you want Southern soul food and a cordial atmosphere, try the Town House Cafe. A traditional meat-and-three is served at the family-owned spot, which broke the segregation barrier on the square in the late 1960s. Mystic Grill, a bar and restaurant, is proud of its spicy shrimp and grits and its Clocktower burger, piled high with bacon, cheese and onion rings. Your Pie serves brick-oven pizzas in an open and airy loftlike space that includes leather armchairs. Also try the pizza and pasta at Amici, the coffee at Square Perk Cafe and the ice cream at ScoopS, where you can sit in yellow rocking chairs or blue booths.
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come in and wield a brush. The Arts Association-Newton County can clue you in to the next concert on the square or any other local event. Covington Regional Ballet has a school; its students and area adults do three performances a year — including an annual Nutcracker and a contemporary ballet. Of course movie and TV fans — especially lovers of “The Vampire Diaries” and its spinoff, “The Originals” — can tour to their hearts’ content. Get information at On Location Gifts or the nearby tourist office. Visitors also can take self-guided driving tours of 45 historic homes and other buildings with a map from the tourist office. In neighboring Porterdale (population: 1,300-ish), the Porterdale Film Crew holds inpromptu movie screenings.
WHERE TO EAT Amici. 1116 College Ave. S.E. 678.625.3000. amici-cafe.com/ covington Mystic Grill. 1116 Clark St. 770.728.1670. mysticgrill.restaurant ScoopS. 1131 Church St., 770.787.0807. scoopssweettreats.com Square Perk. 1105 Church St. 678.712.6464. squareperk.com Town House Cafe. 1145 Washington St. S.W. 770.787.2788. thetownhousecafe.net Your Pie. 1115 Washington St. S.W. 470.327.2799. yourpie.com/ locations/covington WHERE TO SHOP Bread and Butter Bakery. 1153 Monticello St. 470.444.1330. breadandbuttercovington.com New Shoez. 1142 Monticello St. 770.784.7233. No website. On Location Gifts. 1102 Monticello St. 770.728.1669. mysticfallstours.com PomPoms and Pirouettes. 1111 Washington St. S.W. 678.658.7188. facebook.com/PompomsPirouettes-115168338514552/ WHERE TO PLAY
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield. 770.784.3059. georgiawildlife. com/node/694 Covington Regional Ballet. 1114 College Ave. S.E. 678.625.0042. covingtonregionalballet.com Mystic Falls Tours. 1102 Monticello St. 770.728.1669. mysticfallstours.com Newton County Courthouse. 1124 Clark St. co.newton.ga.us Porterdale Film Crew (offers pop-up film screenings). facebook. com/groups/1677049079181669/ Southern Heartland Art. 1132 Monticello St. 770.788.8799. southernheartlandart.com Visitor Information Center. gocovington.com. WildArt Creations. 1105 Washington St. 678.208.5772. thewildart.com
WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW: One of Georgia’s more infamous “tourists” — William Tecumseh Sherman stopped in Covington three days out from Atlanta. His soldiers burned and ransacked the countryside but somehow left most of Covington’s homes standing. A map at the tourist office lets you follow Sherman’s march in your car, and includes audio that describes sites all the way to Savannah. HIDDEN GEM: The spirit of outdoorsman and newspaper columnist Charlie Elliott lives on in the rocks, trees and ponds of the 6,400acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in nearby Mansfield. Go there to hike, bike, picnic, watch birds, ride horses, fish, hunt or just enjoy the lodge. The visitors center and museum has a collection of outdoor lore, a freshwater fish aquarium, a bird-viewing alcove and a collection of Elliott’s writings.
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Arts Association-Newton County. 1106 Washington St. 770.786.8188. newtoncountyarts. org
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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.
THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 â€˘ Www.foxtheatre.org
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 Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing 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
EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby, Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Robert Minnear, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edward Negri, Edgar Neiss, Joe Patten, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Alan Thomas, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills
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Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue
PLUS OUR SUMMER SPOTLIGHT CONCERTS
Yacht Rock Revue Remember When Rock Was Young Elton John Tribute with Atlanta Pops Orchestra
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A Tribute to Prince and the Revolution
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Ferris Bueller, Audrey Hepburn, crazy Jack, Shrek, Citizen Kane and a Little Mermaid all await you in the dark By Kathy Janich ATLANTAâ€™S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 45
June Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 7:30 p.m. June 10. A 30th anniversary screening of the 1986 comedy about a kid who just wants to have fun, high adventures and a day off from high school. A 24-yearold Matthew Broderick leads the shenanigans. Alan Ruck and Mia Sara co-star. Remember, leisure rules. • Trivia nugget: Watch the end of the movie carefully. When Ferris kicks off his shoes before jumping into bed, he kicks off three of them. 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
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en movies over three months, one deep-sea sing-along, one ginormous screen and an untold number of popcorn boxes. Those are just some of the numbers behind the Fox Theatre’s annual Summer Film Festival. This year’s slate of classic and contemporary movies includes the great Audrey Hepburn (June 30), Citizen Kane (Aug. 25) and a Little Mermaid sing-along (Aug. 27). The festival opens June 10 with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and closes Aug. 27 with a movie chosen by fans. To vote for your favorite, visit the Fox Theatre on Facebook (facebook.com/ TheFoxTheatreAtlanta). Discounted movie tickets are on sale on the Fox website or at 855.285.8499. Most tickets are general admission (you decide where to sit) and are $8 through June 2. Beginning June 3, they are $10. Day-of tickets are $12. Processing fees are extra. These are the same prices as the past several years. There is one exception. Tickets to The Little Mermaid singalong are $15 in advance and $20 day-of-show, plus processing fees. Seating is reserved. For select screenings, a pre-show event will include s a singalong with a vintage cartoon and the famous Mighty Mo organ by surprise guests. You might recall that the Fox’s longtime organist, Larry-Douglas Embury, died in February. Movie tours (capacity: 20) are available before many screenings, taking guests through the projection booth, screening room, celebrity dressing rooms and on to the stage. Tours aren’t recommended for age 7 or younger; age 2 and under are not permitted. Be forewarned: The tour is not ADA accessible and includes plenty of steps. Tours must be purchased with a movie ticket ($35 total). Some $5 parking slots will be available in nearby Lanier lots. You’ll find details on the Fox website. Enough logistics! Here’s a closer look at the main features.
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A youthful looking 24-year old Matthew Broderick twisted and shouted — well, lip synced — his way into fans’ hearts thirty years ago in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as a wise-guy high schooler in this $70 million-grossing cult classic.
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 7:30 p.m. June 30. A 55th anniversary screening of the 1961 classic based on the Truman Capote novel. A flighty New York party girl named Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) becomes interested in a young man (George Peppard) who has moved into her apartment building. The cast includes Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal and Mickey Rooney. Hepburn filmed this after Roman Holiday (1953) and The Nun’s Story (1959) and before Charade (1963). • Trivia nugget: Marilyn Monroe was originally cast as Holly Golightly, but her drama coach told her that playing a call girl was bad for her image.
July The Shining. 7:30 p.m. July 7. A wild-eyed Jack Nicholson turns from nice guy to menace in this 1980 thriller based on the Stephen King novel and scripted by Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange). If you’re a normal writer and ex-teacher, be careful what hotels you check in to in winter. Shelley Duvall plays Nicholson’s wife. • Trivia nugget: According to Shelley Duvall, the famous “Heere’s, Johnny!” scene took three days and 60 doors to film. Princess Fiona, Shrek, the Donkey and Lord Farquaad (voices by Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow) celebrate the movie’s 15th anniversary with a July 21 screening at the Fox.
Shrek. 7:30 p.m. July 21. A 15th anniversary screening of the 2001 animated story about a big green ogre who just wants his swamp back. Voiced by Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona) and John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad). If you’re into jokes about flatulence, this one’s for you. • Trivia nugget: Chris Farley (“Saturday Night Live”) was originally cast as Shrek and had recorded most of the dialogue before he died of a drug overdose in 1997. Title to be announced. July 18. August Title to be announced. Aug. 18.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. A 45th anniversary showing of the 1971 original. This family-friendly fantasy from the pen of Roald Dahl centers on a boy named Charlie Bucket, who receives a golden ticket to a candy factory and discovers there’s an adventure in 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Saturday Morning Cartoons. 10 a.m. Aug. 20.
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“Heere’s Johnny!” The Shining comes to the Fox Theatre on July 7 as part of the 2016 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival.
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Longtime Fox organist Larry-Douglas Embury, sitting at the keys of the Mighty Mo, died in February. For this summer’s fest, special guests will play the organ but not for every movie, like Embury did.
everything. Oompah loompas abound. Gene Wilder is Willy Wonka. With lyrics and music by Leslie Bricusse (“The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination”). • Trivia nugget: Peter Ostrum, who plays Charlie Bucket, made no other movies. He became a veterinarian. Citizen Kane. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Rosebud, Rohhhhzzz-bud. A 75th anniversary screening of the 1941 feature considered an American classic by almost everyone. When a publishing tycoon dies, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final words. Orson Welles directed a cast that includes such famous names as Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorhead (decades before her Pollyanna and “Bewitched” days), Ruth Warrick (“All My Children”) and Welles himself. • Trivia nugget: The movie, obviously based on his life, infuriated newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. “Rosebud” was reportedly his pet name for a certain body part of his longtime mistress. The Little Mermaid (sing-along). 2 p.m. Aug. 27. A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea witch in order to meet a human prince on land in this 1989 animated Disney musical. It’s loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and features one of the earlier scores from the songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (“Part of This World,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl”). It won two Oscars — one for best score and one for the song “Under the Sea.” • Trivia nugget: When King Triton arrives at the arena in the opening scene, you can briefly see Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog in the crowd of sea-people as mermen. Fan favorite. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
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Upon the release of Citizen Kane, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, upon whom the character Charles Foster Kane is partially based, prohibited mention of the 1941 mystery drama in any of his publications.
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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.
The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels: Legend
Thomas Edwards Georgia Natural Gas Sean Oh
Bill Hughey Chris Hurst Janice & Gary Sloan John R. Adams Cindy Askounis Diana Blank Douglas Borenstein Matt & Michelle Chambless Colgate Crib Mattress Concierge Services of Atlanta Michael Crew Allied Integrated Marketing Cinema Concepts Carole & Anthony Musarra
Ira & Talmer Curry, Jr. Kevin Foley Roger Gelder George Kuhn Lanier Parking Holdings Jerel & Janet Rush Jason Stutzman Nicole and Allan Vella Susan & Jeff Quesenberry Jim Spencer Alan & Diane Thomas
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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 54 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
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 speciallypriced 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 (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.
TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M
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
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
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
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
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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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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