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Two Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand) reach Uganda, where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re greeted by one of the locals (ensemble member Monica L. Patton). Hasa Diga Eebowai?
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evares Myrick was a middle-school student in Cobb County when he made his first trip to the Fox Theatre. As he watched agog at a touring company of Annie, he admits now that he “didn’t really know what was going on.” But he was intrigued, and returned to the Fox for a second show: The Phantom of the Opera. “And then I was like, ‘Oh, wow, I want to do this!” he recalls. And so he did. With the national touring company of The Book of Mormon here this week for its second Atlanta run, Myrick gets a 180-degree flip in his point of view, onstage singing and dancing in the ensemble and looking out into the sold-out theater. “I am just so excited to play the Fox for the first time,” he says.
And, arguably, in one of the most popular Broadway shows of the 21st century. With book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), The Book of Mormon won 10 Tony awards in 2011, including best musical. It continues to sell out eight times a week on Broadway, and now has two national touring companies. A politically incorrect whirlwind in which naïve Mormon missionaries are sent to Uganda, Mormon combines tap dancing with graphic profanity and jokes about AIDS, “We Are the World,” the Osmonds and rape. It’s the perfect musical for the Cards Against Humanity generation. There are also inside jokes and call-outs to such musical theater giants as The Lion King,
“When I break it down for people I give them the bare minimum, cause I don’t want to tell them any of the jokes,” says Myrick. A Chorus Line, The King and I and the great choreographer Agnes DeMille, plus plenty of pointed jabs at the tenets of Mormonism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which many guessed might not react well, has actually accepted the musical’s popularity and built on it, sometimes buying ads in the program that say: “The book is always better.” “When I break it down for people I give them the bare minimum, cause I don’t want to tell them any of the jokes,” says Myrick. A 2003 graduate of the performing arts program at Pebblebrook High School in Marietta, Myrick performed for years in Atlanta theaters. “My first professional theater gig was Smokey Joe’s Café at Atlanta Lyric Theatre,” he
says. “I was just out of high school, trying not to embarrass myself.” He was eventually nominated five times for the Suzi Bass Awards, professional Atlanta theater’s version of Broadway’s Tonys. “We cast him in Christmas Canteen so that we could have a strong dancer and wow!” recalls Ann-Carol Pence, associate producer at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville and a longtime metro theater mainstay. “Not only can he sing, he can sing in any style, and he can make up harmonies on the spot. All those musical gifts are really like hitting the lottery in a performer. “Plus I remember him playing the piano for a song I sang in Canteen,” Pence says. “That would rank in the highlights of my Canteens — to have another performer be at ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 13
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Elder Price dreams of making his mission to Orlando and Disney World, not Africa; Elder Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand) is well-intentioned but tends to stray from the Mormon story; Denèe Benton and Strand.
such a level that you feel he always has your back.” Myrick was a big fan of “South Park” and was aware of The Book of Mormon, which had already opened when producers came to Atlanta to cast the touring company. After two auditions here and two more in New York, Myrick got the call. “I felt my heart hit the floor I was so excited,” he says. “I was jumping up and down.” He served as a “vacation swing” for the ensemble, meaning that he would fill in for whoever was sick or on vacation in the Broadway company or either of the touring companies. Eventually he joined the Broadway ensemble for several months, and has added the title of assistant dance captain for this tour. In addition to his Mormon duties, Myrick co-wrote the hip-hop musical iLLa: The Musi14 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
cal with creative partner Ronvè O’Daniel (also a Pebblebrook grad). “It’s the story of a young ballet dancer who has dreams of becoming a hip-hop star and his battles with being accepted,” Myrick says. “A story of self-love, having swagger, just really being true to yourself.” When not on the road he also sings with the local wedding and corporate band Big Night Dynamite and the tribute band Almost Elton John. Metro Atlanta is still home, specifically Hiram in Cobb County, where he and his girlfriend and their baby have a new house. “I’m just looking forward to hanging out at home with my family,” he says.
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Mormon.......................................................................................................................DERECK SEAY Moroni........................................................................................................DAXTON BLOOMQUIST Elder Price................................................................................................................... RYAN BONDY Elder Cunningham.................................................................................. CODY JAMISON STRAND Missionary Voice...................................................................................................EDWARD WATTS Price’s Dad.............................................................................................................EDWARD WATTS Cunningham’s Dad.............................................................................................. CJ PAWLIKOWSKI Mrs. Brown.......................................................................................................MONICA L. PATTON Guards......................................................... WILL LEE-WILLIAMS, MARCUS TERRELL SMITH Mafala.................................................................................................................. STERLING JARVIS Nabulungi......................................................................................................CANDACE QUARRELS Doctor.................................................................................................MELVIN BRANDON LOGAN Elder McKinley..........................................................................................DAXTON BLOOMQUIST Joseph Smith........................................................................................................... EDWARD WATTS General....................................................................................................... DAVID ARON DAMANE Mission President...................................................................................................EDWARD WATTS Ensemble................................................................................CHARNETTE BATEY, KEVIN CLAY, JAKE EMMERLING, ERIC GEIL, JACOB HAREN, DARYN WHITNEY HARRELL, ANTWAUN HOLLEY, ERIC HUFFMAN, KOLBY KINDLE, WILL LEE-WILLIAMS, MELVIN BRANDON LOGAN, MONICA L. PATTON, CJ PAWLIKOWSKI, DERECK SEAY, MARCUS TERRELL SMITH, NICHOLE TURNER UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for the listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For Elder Price: KEVIN CLAY For Elder Cunningham: KENNY FRANCOEUR For Mafala Hatimbi: KOLBY KINDLE, MARCUS TERRELL SMITH For Nabulungi: CHARNETTE BATEY, KRISTEN JETER For McKinley/Moroni: ERIC HUFFMAN, DERECK SEAY For Price’s Dad/Joseph Smith/Missionary President/et al: CJ PAWLIKOWSKI, DERECK SEAY For General: JEVARES MYRICK, MARCUS TERRELL SMITH Standby for Elder Price: ZACH HESS Standby for Elder Cunningham: CHAD BURRIS, CONNER PEIRSON SWINGS JR BRUNO, KENNY FRANCOEUR, KRISTEN JETER, OYOYO JOI, TREVOR LEADERBRAND, DIMITRI JOSEPH MOÏSE, JEVARES MYRICK DANCE CAPTAIN JR BRUNO ASSISTANT DANCE CAPTAIN JEVARES MYRICK THE BOOK OF MORMON ORCHESTRA Conductor/Keyboard 1—David Truskinoff; Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2—Adam Laird; Guitar—Tim Morey; Bass—Marc Hogan; Drums—Jeff MacPherson; Keyboard Programmer—Randy Cohen LOCAL MUSICIANS FOR THE BOOK OF MORMON Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax—Sam Skelton; Violin, Viola—Mary Burndrett; Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, Flugel Horn—Lee King; Trombone, Bass Trombone— Tom Gibson; Sub Keyboard—Robert Strickland; Music Contractor—Leonard Altieri THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION 20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Cody Jamison Strand
David Aron Damane
Daryn Whitney Harrell
Melvin Brandon Logan
Dimitri Joseph Moïse
Monica L. Patton
Marcus Terrell Smith
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BIOS RYAN BONDY (Elder Price). Broadway: The Book of Mormon (standby Elder Price). National tour debut. Credits include Yorkville the Musical, Prairie Nurse, Innocence Lost, Ring Round the Moon, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Ryan sends love to his family and friends. CODY JAMISON STRAND (Elder Cunningham) is fresh from the Broadway company of The Book of Mormon. He is proud to hold a B.F.A. in acting from the University of South Dakota. He sends out huge love to his mom, dad, brother and sister. Massive gratitude to everyone at TKO. And thank you to the brilliant creative and casting team for this unforgettable opportunity. For Grandma Betty, Bob and Donna. CANDACE QUARRELS (Nabulungi). National tour debut! Candace is absolutely thrilled to be joining The Book of Mormon family. She is a proud student of Belmont University’s musical theater program in Nashville, Tenn., and would like to send all her love and thanks to Momma and Daddy, Sissy, Dr. Sandra Franks, JoLynn Burks, Doug Conwill, Brandy Allison and all her dear friends. DAXTON BLOOMQUIST (Elder McKinley). Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Regional: Gypsy, The Producers, Camelot, Miss Saigon (MTW), The Producers (KCStarlight), 42nd Street, Chitty ... Bang! (Lyric of OKC), Disney’s Wishes (DCL). B.F.A., Wichita State University. Love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, family, friends, the creative team, my teachers and my mentors. STERLING JARVIS (Mafala Hatimbi). Credits include Helen Lawrence (BAM, European/CND tours); Driving Miss Daisy; CND premieres of The Whipping Man, Ruined, The Wild Party, Caroline or Change; (Dora Award), Clybourne Park; We Will Rock You - 2 years; Lion King - 3 years. Awards/nominations: 4 Doras; 2Junos. Film/TV: Aaliyah, “Degrassi,” “Rookie Blue,” “Suits,” “Nikita,” “Lost Girl,” “Covert Affairs,” “The Sentinel,” “The West Wing.” EDWARD WATTS (Price’s Dad and others). Broadway: Scandalous. Off-Broadway/NYC: The Fantasticks, It’s … Superman (Encores!); The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera); Show Boat (Lincoln Center). Tours: The Little Mermaid, Seven Brides ... Regional: Roman Holiday, Les Misérables, A Funny Thing ... Forum (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.— Helen Hayes nomination, best supporting actor), The Music Man. TV: “The Sopranos,” “All My Children,” “Rescue Me.” DAVID ARON DAMANE (General). Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Big River, The Life, Riverdance, Porgy & Bess (NYC Opera). B’way tours: The Color Purple, Big River, 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Riverdance, The Who’s Tommy. Regional: Macbeth (Stratford, Ontario), Dinah Was, A Christmas Carol (MSG), Titus Andronicus, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Avery Fisher Hall, the Point (Dublin), Paper Mill Playhouse. TV: Maurice Owens on “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Intent,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “Hope & Faith,” “Guiding Light.” CHARNETTE BATEY (Ensemble). National tours: Seussical, Hair’itage. Credits: Dreamgirls (Deena) (The Gallery Players), Tarzan (The MUNY), Damn Yankees (Lola), The Wiz (Dorothy), Little Shop of Horrors. Indiana University B.F.A.! Thanks and love to my family, BOM casting and creative teams. JR BRUNO (Dance Captain/Swing) Broadway: West Side Story. Favorite regional/European: [title of show], Avenue Q, ... Spelling Bee, Into the Woods. Graduate of the B-W Conservatory of Music. He thanks his friends, family, colleagues and teachers. Thank you Book of Mormon team for being amazing! Special thank you to Mom, Dad, Jade and T.J.” CHAD BURRIS (Standby Elder Cunningham) is excited to be making his national tour debut with this show! He would like to thank OBU, YAG and SMTI. This show is dedicated to the most unbelievable family. KEVIN CLAY (Ensemble). National tour debut! Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre Wichita and Wagon Wheel Theatre. Proud graduate of Penn State with a B.F.A. in musical theater. He would like to thank his family and, of course, Crew 15. JAKE EMMERLING (Ensemble) is ecstatic to make his national tour debut with BOM! He is a native of Derry, Pa., and earned a B.F.A. in music theater from Shenandoah Conservatory. Regional: South Pacific (Cable), West Side Story (Snowboy), and Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio). He wouldn’t be here without the love and support of his amazing friends, family and educators. Thanks to the BOM creative team. KENNY FRANCOEUR (Swing). Broadway: Book of Mormon. Tours: Anything Goes (Purser). Regional: Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, Spelling Bee. B.M. vocal performance from NYU Steinhardt. Thanks to The Book of Mormon family, SW Artists and my family! ERIC GEIL (Ensemble) recently earned a B.F.A. from CCM, and has performed at KC Starlight. He would like to thank God, his incredible family for their unending support, CYT, faculty at CCM, AEA and MT15 “you know whats.”
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BIOS JACOB HAREN (Ensemble). Regional: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse, world premiere), Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. Thanks to The Mine, Bobby and Daniel. DARYN WHITNEY HARRELL (Ensemble). National tour: Elf (Jovie). Credits: Queenie Pie — Chicago Opera Theater, Royal Caribbean, All Shook Up — Fireside Theatre. B.A. North Central College. Special thanks to Carrie Gardner, BOM creatives, Mom, Dad, friends, Carin and Paonessa Talent. ZACH HESS (standby Elder Price) is so excited he finally gets to go on a mission! He would like to thank his friends and family and BOM for this chance to go out and help heal the world. ANTWAUN HOLLEY (Ensemble). American Idiot. Regional: Lin Manuel’s 21 Chump Street, Passing Strange, Big River. Special thanks to Carrie Gardner Casting, CESD and my loving family and friends. ERIC HUFFMAN (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his tour debut in The Book of Mormon. Credits include Dames at Sea (Dick) with Randy Skinner, Oklahoma! (Will Parker), Out of this World (Mercury), Hello Again (Young Thing), Stages St. Louis, North Shore Music Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre and Surflight Theatre. Huffman is a recent graduate of CCM, winning two Cincinnati Acclaim awards. Much love to Debbie and Jeff for their support. KRISTEN JETER (Swing). Credits: Hair (Dionne), Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Nuncrackers. Raised in Smyrna, Ga.; attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. “Love and thanks to the Jeters for their neverending support!” KOLBY KINDLE (Ensemble). Tours: Sister Act (Curtis Jackson), Dreamgirls (Marty), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth u/s). Regional: Music Theatre of Wichita, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Westchester Broadway Theatre. Special thanks to family, friends and CTG. B.F.A.: Otterbein University. OYOYO JOI (Swing) is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Book of Mormon! Regional favorites include Once on This Island (Ti Moune) at CST, Ragtime (Sarah) at HCTWV, Hairspray at Tuacahn (Dynamite), The Wiz at Maltz Jupiter Theatre and a national tour of Memphis! A heartfelt I love you to my amazing family! Thank you for your continued support!
TREVOR LEADERBRAND (Swing) couldn’t be happier to travel with the Mormon family! Broadway: The Book of Mormon. National tour: Catch Me If You Can. Regional: Maples Repertory, Timber Lake Playhouse, VADco. Many, many thanks to Kate and Carrie Gardner. Trevor couldn’t be here without his family, friends and Ms. D. Proud Florida State graduate! MELVIN BRANDON LOGAN (Ensemble). National tour debut. Melvin is overjoyed to be joining the BOM family! Regional: Marriott Theatre, MUNY, Arvada Center, Olney Theatre Center. B.F.A. from CCM. Much gratitude to the BOM team, 9MUSE and my incredibly supportive family! WILL LEE-WILLIAMS (Ensemble). OffBroadway: Seussical. National tour: Miss Saigon. NYC/regional: Philly in From My Hometown (Wilde Award winner), Aida, Tommy, Rent. Film/web: Losing Lester, Passed Over. Recordings: Seussical: original off-Broadway Cast. 4 my Roxana. Love to Dad, Mom and TIC. DIMITRI JOSEPH MOÏSE (Swing). N.Y./regional: Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Tyler) at the Signature, Johnny Baseball (Tim Wyatt), Hair (Hud), A Chorus Line (Richie). Film: Broadway 4D. Proud graduate of the New Studio on Broadway at NYU Tisch and proud AEA member. For my family, friends and faculty, whose inspiration is indelible. JEVARES MYRICK (Assistant Dance Captain/ Swing). Broadway: The Book of Mormon. National tour: The Book of Mormon. Regional: The Producers, Hairspray.Five-time Suzi Bass Award nominee in Atlanta theater. Love and thanks to my all my family and friends. Love you, Ezra J. Myrick. MONICA L. PATTON (Ensemble) understudied Eartha Kitt in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Broadway: Charlotte in Finian’s Rainbow; Leah in Abby’s Song; Sarah (u/s) and performed the role countless times in Ragtime. OffBroadway: Tiny Lee in Little Ham. National tours: Shenzi the Hyena in Disney’s The Lion King; Starto-Be in Annie 30th anniversary; and Narrator in Joseph ... Dreamcoat. City Center Encores!: On the Town, Pipe Dream, Fanny, Anyone Can Whistle and Applause. CJ PAWLIKOWSKI (Ensemble). Off-Broadway: The Underclassman (The Duke on 42nd). Regional: Memphis (Huey, Phoenix Theatre; BroadwayWorld Award for best actor). “Wouldn’t be here without Mom and Dad, The Crew, The Mine and BoM casting and creatives. Believe. Cheers!”
BIOS CONNER PEIRSON (standby Elder Cunningham) is excited to jump into The Book of Mormon family. Favorite roles include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Rent (Mark), Seussical (Horton) and Commedia in the Park. Thanks to my supportive family, friends and mentors. Curtis G. this is all your fault. DERECK SEAY (Ensemble). Tour debut! Regional: Goodspeed, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory. Proud University of Michigan Graduate — B.F.A. in musical theater. Thanks to everyone who’s helped along the way. MARCUS TERRELL SMITH (Ensemble) is ecstatic to join the Jumamosi tour of The Book of Mormon. He has a B.A. in linguistics the University of Arizona and received his M.F.A. in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School NYC. Theater: Big River (Jim), The Full Monty (Horse), Song for a New World (Man 1). Film: The Griddle House (Officer Darcy). NICHOLE TURNER (Ensemble) is grateful! Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Tours: Ghost the Musical (Louise, u/s Oda Mae) and Madagascar Live! (U.K. tour, Gloria). Regional: Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle). Biggest thanks to my backbone and my family. I love you more than words can express. Peace and blessings. TREY PARKER (Co-Director, Book, Music, Lyrics) wrote and directed his first feature film, Cannibal! The Musical, while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. A few years later, he co-created the hit animated series “South Park” with Matt Stone (his college friend and Cannibal! producer). “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997 and is in its 16th season. The show has won four Emmy awards as well as a coveted Peabody Award. The same year “South Park” debuted, Parker wrote, directed and starred in the film Orgazmo. Two years later he and Stone released the critically acclaimed feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The movie, which Parker directed and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination for best song and the first-ever New York Film Critics Circle Award for best animated film. In 2004, the pair returned to movies with Team America: World Police, an action movie co-written and directed by Parker, starring a cast of marionettes. It has been a longtime dream of his to write a musical for Broadway. Parker is originally from Conifer, Colo. ROBERT LOPEZ (Book, Music, Lyrics) is the Tony, Grammy and Emmy–winning co-creator of the smash hit musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. With wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote the songs for Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen. Their hit song “Let It Go” was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe
Award. They also wrote songs for Winnie the Pooh (Disney Animation, 2011) and Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing at Walt Disney World since 2006). They are writing an original stage musical called Up Here, directed by Alex Timbers. Lopez shared two Emmy awards for his music for “The Wonder Pets” and an Emmy nomination for the “Scrubs” musical episode. His work has been seen on “South Park,” “The Simpsons” and “Phineas and Ferb.” He is a member of the BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild Council, WGA and AEA. He is a Yale grad and native New Yorker. Thanks Buzzetti, Mom, Dad, Billy, Katie, Annie and especially, Kristen, for all the love and support. MATT STONE (Book, Music, Lyrics) met Trey Parker at the University of Colorado, and together they made a short animated piece called The Spirit of Christmas. This launched their most recognized work, the critically acclaimed and award-winning TV show, “South Park.” The animated series is in its 16th season on Comedy Central and has won four Emmy awards and a coveted Peabody Award for Stone. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which he produced and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best animated film. In addition to the “South Park” projects, he has partnered with Parker on the low-budget Cannibal! The Musical, the superhero comedy Orgazmo and the marionette action-thriller Team America: World Police. Stone is originally from Littleton, Colo. CASEY NICHOLAW (Co-Director, Choreographer) won 2011 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his work as co-director of The Book of Mormon. Other Broadway credits: Elf: The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations) and Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols (2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for best choreography). Additional New York credits: for City Center Encores!, the highly acclaimed productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction and choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging); and for the NY Philharmonic: Candide, South Pacific at Carnegie Hall (also on PBS’ “Great Performances”), and Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall with the world-famous Rockettes. Nicholaw directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky’s at Center Theatre Group, Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe and Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue in Seattle. SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design). Selected Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Tony); The Pillowman (Tony); The House of Blue Leaves, A Steady Rain; A Behanding in Spokane; Promises, Promises; Hair; The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk, ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25
BIOS Outer Critics Circle and Hewes awards); Pal Joey (Tony nom.); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nom. and Drama Desk Award); Nine; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Speed-the-Plow; November; Take Me Out; Martin Short ...; The Vertical Hour; Sweet Charity; and Urinetown. London credits include The Country Girl, Love Song, On an Average Day (all West End); Barnum (U.K. tour). Also Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera) and Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. BArch. and honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona, M.F.A. Yale School of Drama. ANN ROTH (Costume Design). Theater credits include Hurlyburly, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Singin’ in the Rain, Purlie, The Odd Couple and Waiting for Godot. Tony nominations: The Crucifer of Blood, The Royal Family, Present Laughter and The House of Blue Leaves. Films include Midnight Cowboy, Klute, The Day of the Locust (BAFTA), The Goodbye Girl, Coming Home, Hair, Working Girl, Sabrina, Silkwood, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Mambo Kings, The Birdcage, The English Patient (Oscar), The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Hours, Cold Mountain, Angels in America, The Way Way Back, The Stepford Wives, The Village, Closer and Evening. She won an Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. BRIAN MacDEVITT (Lighting Design). The Book of Mormon (Tony Award). Recent New York City: Death of a Salesman directed by Mike Nichols, The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson, Chinglish on Broadway and The Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera. Last season he designed Le Compte Ory at the Metropolitan Opera. Dance: American Ballet Theater, Tere O’Connor Dance, Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch and Nancy Bannon, among others. Director: Proof at Theater Three. Awards: Five Tonys, Obie, Bessie, Outer Critics’, Hewes and Drama Desk, among others. He is a member of Naked Angels and faculty at University of Maryland. He is a father to Jake and Georgie. BRIAN RONAN (Sound Design) has designed the sound for more than 20 Broadway musicals and plays. Recent designs include Bring It On; Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony nomination); The Book of Mormon (Tony Award); Anything Goes (Drama Desk); American Idiot; Promises, Promises; Next to Normal (Tony nomination); Grease; Curtains; and Spring Awakening; as well as Grey Gardens and The Pajama Game, which both earned Drama Desk nominations. Off-Broadway designs include Rent, Everyday Rapture, Saved, 10 Million Miles and Bug (Obie and Lucille Lortel awards). Regional designs include Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla), Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe) and A Christmas Carol (McCarter). His career has spanned 25 years, taken him across America, Europe, 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
and Asia, and afforded him the opportunity to work with the most talented composers, directors, designers, actors, musicians and stagehands in the world, for which he is eternally grateful. STEPHEN OREMUS (Music Director, Vocal Arranger, Co-Orchestrator). Broadway: Tony and Drama Desk awards for co-orchestrating The Book of Mormon and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Worldwide music supervisor and arranger of Wicked. Music supervisor, vocal arranger and orchestrator: Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 to 5; co-producer with Dolly Parton of the Grammynominated 9 to 5 Broadway cast recording. Music supervisor and arranger of Kinky Boots. Other credits: music supervisor, vocal arranger and orchestrator of tick, tick ... BOOM! Music director: Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party; Jerry Springer — The Opera at Carnegie Hall; and Rufus Wainwright concerts at London’s Royal Opera House; and his re-creation of Judy Garland’s legendary concert at Carnegie Hall. DAVID TRUSKINOFF (Music Director/ Conductor). Broadway: Rent, Hair, End of the Rainbow. DVD: Rent — The Final Broadway Performance (music director). CD: Rachel Bay Jones/ShowFolk (producer/arranger). As an educator: Yale, NYU, National Theatre Institute. www. davidtruskinoff.com JOSH MARQUETTE (Hair Design). Broadway and off-Broadway: Dogfight, The Best Man, The Book of Mormon, Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone. West End: To Be or Not to Be, Pig Farm, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Altar Boyz and Mamma Mia!. West Coast: Aladdin, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Peep Show, Minsky’s and Vanities. Other New York: Show Boat at Carnegie Hall; No, No, Nanette; and Follies at Encores! Numerous productions at Juilliard. National tours: Drowsy Chaperone and Barbie Live! Television: “30 Rock.” CARRIE GARDNER, C.S.A. (Casting) also serves as casting director for the Roundabout. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Off-Broadway: Sons of the Prophet, Look Back in Anger, Suicide Incorporated, Dream of the Burning Boy, Tigers Be Still, Ordinary Days, The Understudy, The Language of Trees, Distracted, Speech & Debate and The Marriage of Bette & Boo. GLEN KELLY (Dance Arrangements). Music supervisor and arranger for The Producers and Young Frankenstein. Other Broadway credits include Death of a Salesman, Scottsboro Boys, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Death of a
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BIOS Salesman, The Frogs, High Society, Steel Pier, Dance a Little Closer and A Christmas Carol. For NYCB, he arranged the music and co-wrote the libretto for Double Feature. Other ballet credits: Thou Swell (for NYCB) and But Not for Me for the Martha Graham Company. MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator). Current Broadway: Hamilton, The Color Purple, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Lion King. Upcoming Broadway: Gotta Dance, SpongeBob. Tours: Kinky Boots, If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Wicked. Pamela, Alexis, Zachary and Christin make it all worthwhile. STEVE BEBOUT (Associate Director) also served as associate director of The Addams Family (Broadway, tour, Brazil and Australia); Sister Act (Broadway); 101 Dalmatians (tour); and Girl Crazy (Encores!). Directing credits include I Got Fired and Two Rooms in New York City. Regional: The Full Monty, The Buddy Holly Story and Little Shop of Horrors. NYU: Urinetown and Bye Bye Birdie. Thanks to Casey, Trey, Jen and the entire BOM team. STEPHEN SPOSITO (Associate Director). Wicked. Associate director on Broadway: Cat ...; How to Succeed ...; Promises, Promises; Shrek. Director: Shrek (national tour), American Theatre Wing Gala, the Obie Awards. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Graduate, the University of Michigan. JENNIFER WERNER (Broadway Associate Director). Associate director: Follies (Encores!), Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe) and Winnie the Pooh (international tour). Choreography: ABC’s “Upfronts,” As Long As (Roundabout), NFL national commercials, and Drama League Awards. Regional: Ogunquit, TriArts, Engeman and NC theaters. Off-Broadway choreography: Bloodsong of Love, (ArsNova), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lortel/ TheatreworksUSA), ReWrite (Urban Stages), Things to Ruin (Second Stage) and The Black Suits (The Public Theatre/SPF). JOHN MacINNIS (Associate Choreographer). Director and choreographer of medal ceremonies at the Olympic Winter Games (2002 and 2010) and Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City. He choreographed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, currently running in Europe. He has also choreographed at the Shaw Festival, Goodspeed, 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh CLO, TUTS, MTW, Sacramento Music Circus and North Shore Music Theatre. He has performed in eight Broadway shows. AURORA PRODUCTIONS (Production Management). Current projects: The Book of 28 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Mormon, Matilda (Broadway and national tours), Once (national tour, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Amazing Grace, The Flick, The 39 Steps, The Humans, Allegiance, King Charles III, A View From the Bridge and School of Rock. Upcoming projects include Noises Off, The Crucible, Hughie, An Act of God (L.A. and San Francisco), Eclipsed, Shuffle Along and A Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Aurora has provided technical supervision and production management to the entertainment industry since 1989. www.auroraprod.com JOYCE DAVIDSON (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be a part of The Book of Mormon. National tours: Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia! Commercial: Blue Man Group (Live at Luxor). Regional: Productions for Theatreworks in northern California, workshops for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and eight seasons with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. STEVE HENRY (Stage Manager). Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. National tours: Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Fat Camp, From Up Here, Tryst, It Goes Without Saying. Love to my family! DERRIC NOLTE (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Annie, Evita. OffBroadway: Rent, Avenue Q. New York: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Cotton Club Parade (Encores!), Carousel (N.Y. Philharmonic). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Porthouse Theatre. Education: University of Cincinnati’s College—Conservatory of Music. LARRY HOCHMAN (Co-Orchestrator) won a Tony Award for The Book of Mormon. Tony nominations: Fiddler on the Roof, A Class Act and Spamalot. He won four Emmy awards as composer of “The Wonder Pets” (Nickelodeon). Other Broadway includes The Addams Family, The Scottsboro Boys, and Jane Eyre. Off-Broadway: 28 shows, including The Visit (Kander & Ebb). Seventeen films, including multiple Disney films and Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant! Composer: Little Mermaid II (additional music), Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and In Memoriam (symphonic, publ. E.B. Marks). Recordings and concerts: Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Not the Messiah (Eric Idle), Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Maury Yeston, Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony. BRIAN USIFER (Associate Music Supervisor). Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras: The Book of Mormon, Sister Act, Wicked, Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz and The Burnt Part Boys. Five years of regional theater, including Follies (Barrington Stage
BIOS Company). Concerts: Clay Aiken Tried and True DVD, arrange and/orchestrate many readings and workshops of new musicals, and music director for Kinky Boots. He graduated with a bachelor’s in music from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s from NYU Steinhardt. DAVID TURNER (General Manager). Since joining Stuart Thompson Productions in 2008, Turner has managed 12 Broadway productions and tours, including The Book of Mormon and Jerusalem. He previously managed numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including Spelling Bee, Show Boat and Barrymore. From 1994 to 2007 he founded and ran the Adirondack Theatre Festival, where he produced more than 60 plays and musicals and led the construction of a new theater in a vacant Woolworths store in Glens Falls, N.Y. ALLIED LIVE (Press and Marketing) is a full-service marketing and advertising agency representing Broadway shows, national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities. Clients include Blue Man Group, The Book of Mormon, A Christmas Story, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf, Ghost, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Motown, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, Stomp, We Will Rock You, West Side Story and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. ANNE GAREFINO (Producer) is the executive producer for the Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV series “South Park.” She has produced two critically acclaimed films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police. Before moving to Los Angeles she lived in Washington, D.C., and worked for public television station WETA-TV. During her tenure at WETA she co-produced the “In Performance at the White House” series. The Tony and Grammy award-winning production of The Book of Mormon marks Garefino’s Broadway debut. She began her career in entertainment at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre on Capitol Hill and is thrilled and honored to be working in theater once again! She attended Boston College and the American Film Institute and is originally from Lambertville, N.J. SCOTT RUDIN (Producer). Films include Moonrise Kingdom; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Moneyball; Margaret; The Social Network; True Grit; Greenberg; It’s Complicated; Fantastic Mr. Fox; Julie & Julia; Doubt; No Country for Old Men; There Will Be Blood; Reprise; The Queen; Margot at the Wedding; Notes on a Scandal; Venus; Closer; Team America: World Police; I Heart Huckabees; School of Rock; The Hours; Iris; The Royal Tenenbaums; Zoolander; Sleepy Hollow; Wonder Boys; Bringing Out the Dead;
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; The Truman Show; In & Out; Ransom; The First Wives Club; Clueless; Nobody’s Fool; The Firm; Searching for Bobby Fischer; Sister Act; and The Addams Family. Theater includes Passion; Hamlet; Seven Guitars; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Skylight; The Chairs; The Blue Room; Closer; Amy’s View; Copenhagen; The Designated Mourner; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; Caroline, or Change; The Normal Heart; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Doubt; Faith Healer; The History Boys; Shining City; Stuff Happens; The Vertical Hour; The Year of Magical Thinking; Gypsy; God of Carnage; Fences; The House of Blue Leaves; Jerusalem; The Motherf**ker With the Hat; One Man, Two Guvnors, and Death of a Salesman. Television includes “The Newsroom.” ROGER BERLIND (Producer). Recent productions include Copenhagen; Kiss Me, Kate; Proof; Medea; Anna in the Tropics; Caroline, or Change; Wonderful Town; Doubt; The History Boys; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Faith Healer; Deuce; The Year of Magical Thinking; Curtains; Rock ’n’ Roll; Is He Dead?; Gypsy; 13; Equus; Ragtime; A Little Night Music; A Behanding in Spokane; Driving Miss Daisy; La Bête; Arcadia; and Jerusalem. SCOTT M. DELMAN (Producer) co-produced Arcadia, That Championship Season, All My Sons, Speed-the-Plow, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart (Tony nominee), Reasons to Be Pretty (Tony nominee), Hamlet, Ragtime (Tony nominee), The Addams Family and American Idiot (Tony nominee). JEAN DOUMANIAN (Producer). Tribes (Drama Desk Award); Cock; The Mountaintop (Olivier Award); Death of a Salesman (Tony Award); The Motherf**ker With the Hat; The House of Blue Leaves; August: Osage County (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize); and Our Town (Lortel and Obie awards); as well as film adaptations of August: Osage County, Blackbird and Galveston. SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS (Producer) has initiated and produced more than 130 new productions in the West End and on Broadway. ROY FURMAN (Producer). Broadway: The Heiress, Annie, War Horse (Tony), Nice Work If You Can Get It and Evita. Other productions includ: The Addams Family, Seminar, West Side Story, Spamalot (Tony), Gypsy, The Color Purple and The History Boys (Tony). Furman co-founded the investment firm Furman Selz, and is now vice chairman of Jefferies & Co. and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners, its private equity arm. He is also vice chairman of Lincoln Center and chairman emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29
BIOS/STAFF STEPHANIE P. McCLELLAND (Producer) founded Green Curtain Productions (GCP). McClelland has six Tony and Drama Desk awards and has produced more than 50 theatrical productions worldwide. Broadway credits include Cripple of Inishman, All The Way, A Raisin in the Sun, After Midnight, Betrayal, Twelfth Night/Richard III, Testament of Mary, I’ll Eat You Last, The Heiress, One Man Two Guvnors, Jerusalem, Arcadia, La Bête, Red, The Addams Family, A Behanding in Spokane, Ragtime, Hamlet, All My Sons, Sunday in the Park With George, Cyrano de Bergerac, Journey’s End, History Boys, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Glengarry Glen Ross, Pillowman, Democracy, Jumpers and Flower Drum Song. Boards: The Juilliard School and American Associates of the National Theatre. Love and gratitude to my family. KEVIN MORRIS (Producer) has proudly been Trey and Matt’s lawyer and friend since they slept on his couch. He is producer of the documentary Hands on a Hardbody and author of op-eds for The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. In addition to running his law practice, he also writes fiction. Thanks to Gaby and their beautiful kids, Rocky and Dulcie, who won’t be allowed to see this production for a long time. JON B. PLATT (Producer). Tony awards: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Pulitzer Prize) and Perestroika; Clybourne Park (Pulitzer Prize); Copenhagen; God of Carnage; The Book of Mormon; and Death of a Salesman. Nominations: Wicked, A View From the Bridge, The Motherf**cker With the Hat, Jerusalem, Venus in Fur and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Off-Broadway: C*ck. STUART THOMPSON (Executive Producer). This season on Broadway: King Charles III, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Of his numerous producing credits, recent ones include The River, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, The Testament of Mary, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, Jerusalem, The Motherf*cker With the Hat, A View From the Bridge, God of Carnage and Exit the King.
STAFF FOR THE BOOK OF MORMON GENERAL MANAGEMENT STUART THOMPSON PRODUCTIONS Alexa Bishop Brad Broman Susan Brumley Megan Curren Kevin Emrick Micah Frank Rebecca Habel Garrett Holtz Zak Jacobs James Lawson Nick Lugo Adam J. Miller Shaun Moorman Julie Schneider Spencer Smith Brittany Weber ASSOCIATE GENERAL MANAGER Nick Lugo COMPANY MANAGER Shaun Moorman PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AURORA PRODUCTIONS Ben Heller, Chris Minnick, Liza Luxenberg, Anthony Jusino, Isaac Katzanek, Geoff Quart, Kelly Levy, Katie Hesketh, Andrew McCarthy, Helen Jones, Melissa Mazdra, Rob Ward, Gene O’Donovan TOUR BOOKING AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGEMENT THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, President Kara Gebhart, Vice President Operations TOUR PRESS & MARKETING ALLIED LIVE LAURA MATALON MARYA PETERS Andrew Damer John Gilmour Meghan McDonald Doug Blemker Mary Alyce Blum Sarah Dahlberg Jen Gallagher Anne Dailey Meyer Jacqueline Smith Anne Waisanen BROADWAY PRESS OFFICE BONEAU/BRYAN-BROWN Chris Boneau Jim Byk Kelly Guiod ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Steve Bebout Stephen Sposito BROADWAY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Jennifer Werner ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER John MacInnis SCOTT RUDIN PRODUCTIONS Colin Greten Robert Moya Melody Ramnath Jason Sack Jeff Schwartz Production Stage Manager...........Joyce Davidson Stage Manager........................................ Steve Henry Assistant Stage Manager.......................... Derric Nolte Assistant Company Manager..................Spencer Smith Dance Captain.............................................. JR Bruno Assistant Dance Captain....................... Jevares Myrick Associate Scenic Designer................ Frank McCullough
STAFF Assistant Scenic Designers.................. Lauren Alvarez, Christine Peters Associate Costume Designer.......... Matthew Pachtman Assistant Costume Designer................... Irma Brainard Costume Shoppers..........................Summer Lee Jack, Isabelle Simone Associate Lighting Designers..........Benjamin C. Travis, Jennifer Schriever Assistant Lighting Designer..........................Carl Faber Associate Sound Designer..................... Cody Spencer Production Carpenter.............................Mike Martinez Production Electrician................................... Dan Coey Production Sound Engineer...........Christopher C. Sloan Production Props.................................... Peter Sarafin Moving Light Programmer....................David John Arch Keyboard Programmer............................Randy Cohen Drum Programmer................................Sean McDaniel Head Carpenter.................................. LaVoid McKibbin Advance Carpenter.............................. Tom Bertino Jr. Deck Carpenter........................................ Steve Ruelle Automation...................................................Tony Ball Flyman....................................Brent “Squatch” Jahnke Head Props..........................................Ryan Marquart Assistant Props..................................... Jill B. Gounder Head Electrician...................................... Bruce Tyrrell Deck Electrician......................................Mike Novosel Advance Electricians...............................Jody Durham, EJ Mechley, Collier Woods Followspot.............................................. Mike Holmes Head Sound............................................. Mike Tracey Assistant Sound.....................................Jeff Dublinske Wardrobe Supervisor........................... Gerbie Connolly Assistant Wardrobe........................................Joe Reid Stitcher............................................... Michael Harrell Hair Supervisor...................................Sonya Reynolds Assistant Hair Supervisor........................ Jimmy Goode Associate Musical Supervisor..................... Brian Usifer Assistant to Anne Garefino.......................Carly J. Price Production Assistants............................Alan D. Knight, Katrina Olson, Lori Byars Casting Associates..........Kate S. Boka, Rebecca Scholl Casting Consultant................................... Jeremy Rich Rehearsal Pianist.................................Kathryn Sherrell Rehearsal Drummer................................Gary Seligson Banking......................................... City National Bank/ Erik Piecuch, Michele Gibbons Payroll................................... Castellana Services, Inc. Accountant....................... Fried & Kowgios CPAs LLP/ Robert Fried, CPA Controller..................................................J.S. Kubala Insurance.......................................DeWitt Stern Group Legal Counsel............................Lazarus & Harris LLP/ Scott Lazarus, Esq., Robbert C. Harris, Esq. Marketing Consultant.......................... Crispin Ollington Advertising.......................................... Serino/Coyne/ Nancy Coyne, Greg Coradetti, Scott Johnson, Sarah Marcus, Ryan Murphy, Brian DeVito
Digital Outreach.....................BLT Communications, Inc. Logo and Artwork Design...... BLT Communications, Inc. Website Deisgn.................... BLT Communications, Inc. Vocal Consultant......................................... Liz Caplan Production Photographer..........................Joan Marcus Travel Agent........................ Tzell Travel/The “A” Team Company Housing..................Chris Renzulli/Tourwerks Transportation............................Executive Car service Physical Therapy.............. Neuro Tour Physical Therapy CREDITS Scenery fabrication by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Groups, LLC, New Windsor, NY. Lighting equipment provided by PRG Lighting, Secaucus, NJ. Sound equipment provided by Masque Sound. Costumes by Eric Winterling, Inc; Gilberto Designs, Inc.; Katrina Patterns; Izquierdo Studios, Ltd; Studio Rouge, Inc. Millinery by Rodney Gordon, Inc. Custom fabric printing by First 2 Print LLC.; Jeff Fender Studios; Eyewear provided by Dr. Wayne Goldberg. Custom footwear by LaDuca Shoes, Inc., Props executed by Cigar Box Studios, Tom Carroll Scenery, Jerard Studios, Deadalus Design and Production, Joe Cairo, J&M Special Effects, Jeremy Lydic, Josh Yoccom, Anna Light. Wigs made by Hudson Wigs. Makeup provided by MAC Cosmetics. Keyboards from Yamaha Corporation of America. SPECIAL THANKS John Barlow, Lisa Gajda, Angela Howard, Bruce Howell, Beth Johnson-Nicely, Sarah Kooperkamp, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Katie Lopez, Annie Lopez, Kathy Lopez, Frank Lopez, Billy Lopez, Brian Shepherd, Eric Stough, Boogie Tillmon, The Vineyard Theatre, Darlene Wilson. Souvenir merchandise designed and created by The Araca Group. Rehearsed at New 42nd Street Studios. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians, conductors, music preparation personnel and librarians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. 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 ROOMS 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 walk up 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.)
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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Broadway in Atlanta TOP: The Phantom of the Opera will haunt the Fox Theatre again in February 2017. OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM TOP: Riverdance, an audience favorite returns in May 2017; A Christmas Story sings and dances next December.
roadway in Atlanta will bring 11 shows to the Fox Theatre in the 201617 season, including a two-week return of The Phantom of the Opera and several shows still playing in New York. “When you count the number of titles, it’s the biggest season in our history,” says Russ Belin, Broadway in Atlanta’s vice president. “Maybe not in show weeks
but in titles.” Seven of the 11 shows are part of the subscription season; four titles are optional. The season begins in September 2016 with The Illusionists — Live From Broadway and ends in August 2017 with An American in Paris, one of three shows still running on Broadway. Finding Neverland (May 2017) and Matilda the Musical (April 2017) are the others.
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2016-17 season includes Phantom return, plus Matilda, An American in Paris By Kathy Janich
The four optional titles are The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera, Riverdance and Mamma Mia! All have played the Fox Theatre previously. One change from past seasons is that three shows — The Little Mermaid, Riverdance and Mamma Mia! will be here for runs that last less than a full week. The full season, Belin says, is “good for arts in Atlanta as well as the Fox Theatre.” Subscription packages go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 7. Prices vary depending on show time, day of week and seating location. New subscriptions are available online at BroadwayInAtlanta.com or by calling 800.278.4447. Single-show tickets go on sale eight to 12 weeks before opening night. Here’s a closer look, and please know that dates are subject to change.
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THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY | Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2016 The Illusionists, a show based on magicians, visited Broadway each of the past two holiday seasons and in December aired as an NBC television special. Its seven illusionists — the Anti-Conjuror, the Manipulator, the Inventor, the Escapologist, the Trickster, the Weapon Master and the Daredevil — provide a mix of levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and escape acts. CABARET | Nov. 1-6, 2016 Fox audiences haven’t seen this musical, set in pre-World War II Germany, in some time. The John Kander-Fred Ebb show has been around since 1966, but was revived in 1988 with a darker, sexier and more sinister undertone, and with Alan Cumming as (the Tony Award-winning) Master of Ceremonies. A revival of that version finished a yearlong Broadway run in March. On tour, Randy
Harrison (Showtime’s “Queer As Folk”) straps on the suspenders and holds the keys to the Kit Kat Klub. Together, the original and the first Cumming revival collected 12 Tony awards including best musical and best musical revival. A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL | Nov. 29Dec. 4, 2016 Welcome to 1940s Indiana, where a boy named Ralphie really, really wants an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle for Christmas. The musical by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul is based on the 1983 movie starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. It was based on the Jean Shepherd book “In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash.” Georgia Shakespeare staged a non-musical version in 2010; Fox audiences have not yet seen the musical. We double-dog dare you. THE LITTLE MERMAID | Jan. 12-15, 2017 The Little Mermaid last waded into the Fox in July 2014 (and before that in September 2013 with Theater of the Stars). The Disney musical, based on the 1989 animated film, follows Ariel’s battle to trade fins for human legs and find true love. The Alan Menken score includes “Under the Sea,” “Positoovity” and “Kiss the Girl.” Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA | Feb. 22-March 5, 2017 The longest-running show in Broadway history is also a Fox favorite. The Phantom, Christine Daaé, Raoul, Carlotta Guidicelli, and Monsieurs André and Firmin return for more music in the night. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s chandelier first crashed in New York in January 1988. His musical, adored by many and loathed by some, is based on the novel Le Fantome de
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Matilda (top), featuring a determined heroine invented by writer Roald Dahl, plays the Fox for the first time in April 2017. The Bodyguard, based on the Whitney Houston movie, arrives in March 2017.
THE BODYGUARD | March 28-April 2, 2017 This musical based on the 1992 Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner feature film has yet to see Broadway. A U.K. tour did launch in September 2014 with Heather Headley (Aida) in the Houston role. Grammy-nominated singer and Broadway actress Deborah Cox (Aida, Jekyll & Hyde) headlines the U.S. national tour that begins in the fall of 2016 and may eventually see New York. Cox provided the vocals for the Whitney Houston Lifetime movie “Whitney.” The Bodyguard features such Houston hits as “Queen of the Night,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “Run to You,” “How Will I Know” and “I Will Always Love You.”
MATILDA THE MUSICAL | April 18-23, 2017 This musical, new to Atlanta and based on the 1998 Roald Dahl children’s book, has been filling Broadway’s Shubert Theatre since March 2013. The title character is a precocious 5-year-old who loves reading, overcomes obstacles with family and school, and helps her teacher reclaim her life. The U.K. original won seven 2012 Olivier awards, the most ever by a single show at the time. The Broadway company won five Tony awards, including best book of a musical. RIVERDANCE | May 5-7, 2017 Riverdance, which many Atlanta subscribers have asked about, Belin says, is back for a 20th anniversary world tour that includes companies in Canada, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as the United States. The traditional Irish music and dance show began as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. Since opening in Dublin in Febru-
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Both Finding Neverland (top) and An American in Paris (bottom) are still running on Broadway. The Neverland tour plays the Fox Theatre in May 2017, followed by An American in Paris in August 2017.
FINDING NEVERLAND | May 16-21, 2017 This tells the story of J.M. Barrie’s friendship with the family that inspired the original Peter Pan and generations of fans who won’t grow up. The 2004 movie featured Johnny Depp as Barrie. The Broadway musical, which opened in April 2015 and, as of this writing, is still running, featured Broadway regular Matthew Morrison (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific and, yes, TV’s “Glee”) as Barrie. The movie is one of several sources cited for the musical, which has a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, the first Broadway credit for each. MAMMA MIA! | June 13-18, 2017 ABBA lives! And returns to the Fox for a brief stay. This entertaining excuse for a 1970s songfest is set on a tiny Greek island where a wedding is about to take place. Fans in New York paid to sing along for 14
seasons. Now Atlanta gets another turn. The stem-to-stern score includes “Honey, Honey,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Chiquitita,” “Dancing Queen,” “Lay All Your Love on Me” and 15 more, including the title song. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | Aug. 15-20, 2017 New to Atlanta and, by all accounts, one of the most gorgeous productions of the 2015 Broadway season. Playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza, Reckless) updates the story from the 1951 Gene Kelly movie, setting it in 1945 at the close of World War II. The lush score comes from George and Ira Gershwin — “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “’S Wonderful,” “Shall We Dance,” “But Not for Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” and “They Can’t Take that Away From Me.” Nominated for 14 Tony awards, including best musical. Won for choreography, orchestrations, scenic design and lighting design.
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30 years after Dian Fossey’s death, Rwanda’s mountain gorillas are thriving
here is no book you can read, no documentary you can watch, and nothing I can tell you that will adequately prepare you for the overwhelming emotional experience of standing less than 10 feet from a family of wild mountain gorillas in northern Rwanda. We could discuss the swell of adventurous anticipation that begins the moment you pull into the parking lot of Parc National des Vol-
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cans, where hundreds of hikers, trackers, porters and guides assemble every morning to coordinate one of the world’s most exclusive treks. We could describe the dense undergrowth and often steep inclines your group must navigate to reach the gorillas’ preferred nesting grounds. We could talk about the way your heart pounds a throbbing tribal beat the moment your guide instructs you to drop your backpacks and walking sticks because, “the gorillas are very close.”
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But there’s nothing that can compare with standing in the midst of a 6-foot-wide clearing in the foothills of Mount Sabyinyo, thoroughly awestruck, as a tiny 3-month-old gorilla pounds its chest in a comical display less than six feet from your face while his mother nibbles on the nearby greenery. Or having to quickly move out of the way as Big Ben — an adult gorilla with male-pattern baldness — uses a bending tree branch to descend and execute a perfect somersault right where you just stood. Keep in mind that this was just the first five minutes of our hourlong visit to the 13-member Sabyinyo gorilla group, which is led by Guhonda, the largest silverback (weighing in at about 485 pounds) measured in Volcanoes National Park to date.
None of this would be possible today were it not for the groundbreaking work of Dian Fossey, who’s probably best known for her best-selling autobiographical book, Gorillas in the Mist, and the 1988 film version starring Sigourney Weaver (and nominated for five Academy Awards). Along with Jane Goodall and Biruté Galdikas, Fossey was one of three iconic primatologists influenced and assisted by legendary archaeologist/paleontologist Louis Leakey. Known as the Trimates or “Leakey’s Angels,” they made huge strides in the field research of primates in their natural habitats, which Leakey believed was as crucial to archaeology as unraveling the mysteries of human evolution. And they did it in an era when women in scientific research were considered highly controversial. San Francisco-bred Fossey became the second of Leakey’s “angels,” even though her background was in occupational therapy for children. She first got his attention during a life-changing 1963 visit to East Africa. They met in Olduvai Gorge, where she made a vivid first impression by breaking her ankle, falling into an excavation and vomiting on a giraffe fossil. She encountered Leakey again three years later at a lecture in Louisville, Ky., where she showed him articles she’d written about her African adventures. Impressed by her pluck, Leakey hired her for a long-term study of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, which border the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Very little was known about the reclusive species then. Enduring temperatures below 40 degrees, carrying gear on their backs, and traveling through thick vegetation and mudslides, Fossey and her team established the Karisoke Research Center at 12,000 feet above sea level on an extinct Rwandan volcano. They gradually familiarized the gorillas with humans by carefully mimicking their sounds and body language. A National Geographic cover story made Fossey and her mountain gorillas famous, and her work influences nearly every aspect of gorilla conservation today. Unfortunately, her interactions with locals were less productive. Her aggressiveness in protecting the gorillas made enemies among government officials and indigenous peoples, many of whom poached animals in the gorillas’ forests to feed their families. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 47
Most families in this part of Rwanda (top) have at least one member working as a tracker, porter, guide or souvenir vendor. On a sunny day (bottom), a silverback chews and ponders the skies.
On Dec. 26, 1985, Fossey was killed in her sleep. The mystery of her murder has never been solved, and her marked grave at the remote Karisoke camp has long since fallen into ruin. But the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (which has its headquarters at Zoo Atlanta) continues her work, helping Rwanda’s mountain gorilla population grow from 254 in 1981 to about 500 today. 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
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With trekking permits at $750 and 10 gorilla groups attracting 80 hikers per day, the mountain gorillas are now at the epicenter of Rwanda’s thriving ecotourism industry. Locals help protect them because they’ve got a financial stake in their conservation: Most families in the area have at least one member who works as a tracker, porter, guide or souvenir vendor. Our colorful guide, Francois Bigirimana, is among the park’s oldest: He’s been working here since 1978, and served as a porter for Fossey in the early 1980s. His love and respect for the gorillas is obvious as he talks about their family units, what they eat and how humans should behave around them. You’re not supposed to get closer than six feet, but the gorillas clearly did not get that memo. In addition to Big Ben’s acrobatic antics, a female strolls through our group as we’re photographing Guhonda feeding on leaves, gently putting her hand on someone’s shoulder as she passes by. Right before our magical hour is up, we spend several breathless minutes in a nest beneath foliage, surrounded on all sides by mothers, toddlers and infants laying down before their midday naps. It’s one of the most powerful and surreal moments of my life. Putting those feelings into words couldn’t possibly do them justice. It’s something you simply have to experience for yourself.
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ifMusic be the Food of Love … former movie palace that was originally planned as part of a large Shrine Temple, the Fox Theatre’s blend of Islamic and Egyptian architecture and night sky ceiling make it one of America’s most picturesque places to see a concert. Everything from classic rock and hip-hop to contemporary classical music and New Age/ world-music fusion plays here. Here’s a quick look at much of what’s coming up through April. Please note that several concerts were added after this piece was reported: HeartByrne, a Tribute to the Talking Heads on Jan. 1; Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton on Jan. 2; an evening of singer-songwriters with Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anais 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Mitchell on Feb. 18; the 12th annual Atlanta Blues Festival on Feb. 19; and the 12-member a cappella group Vocalosity on Feb. 28. Also, Yanni performs Feb. 20. Visit the Fox website — at http://foxtheatre.org/ — for details and updates. MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS | Jan. 29 Most people discovered this Seattle-based duo when its breakthrough single, “Thrift Shop,” reached the top of the Billboard chart in 2013. But Macklemore (a.k.a. Ben Haggerty), who was influenced by underground hip-hop acts like Freestyle Fellowship and Talib Kweli, has been releasing records since 2000. Producer Ryan Lewis has
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brought out Macklemore’s best work, including four Grammy Award wins for their 2012 debut album, The Heist. The two are touring in support of their follow-up, which didn’t have a firm release date or title at our deadline. STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE CONCERT TOUR | Jan. 30 Star Wars may getting more hype at the moment thanks to the blockbuster success of The Force Awakens. But with 50 years of history under its belt, Star Trek remains the granddaddy of geeky obsessions. This concert hall tour is a fanboy’s dream come true, pairing music played by an impressive symphony orchestra with iconic footage from the various Star Trek TV shows and films projected on a massive 40-foot screen. The music comes from legends like Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner and Leonard Rosenman. 2CELLOS | Feb. 9 If you’re not familiar with this Croatian duo’s subversive talents, check out their viral video for AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” which has more than 49 million YouTube views. Cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, both in their 20s, bridge the cultural gap between traditional classical music and more contemporary rock sounds. It’s rare to find instrumentalists as passionate about Bach and Vivaldi as they are Guns N’ Roses and Michael Jackson. But 2Cellos makes classical music cool and, in the process, introduces audiences on both sides of the cultural divide to new sounds. EXPERIENCE HENDRIX | Feb. 27 Originally launched in 2004, the Experience Hendrix tour is a unique concept, gathering brilliant musicians to pay tribute to the bluesrock legend who died in 1970 at age 27. With a rhythm section anchored by bassist Billy Cox (who played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys), the 27-city tour features such guitar greats as blues legend Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Dweezil Zappa. No one will ever replace Jimi, a true original, but their renditions of hits such as “Purple Haze” and “Voodoo Child” should prove a moving tribute. THE LEGENDS OF SOUTHERN HIP-HOP | March 19 Longtime rap fans might argue that a Legends of Southern Hip-Hop show that doesn’t include Atlanta icons like Outkast, Goodie Mob or
Ludacris is woefully incomplete. But with Pastor Troy repping the ATL, former Geto Boys OG Scarface repping Houston, Juvenile and Mystikal showing out for New Orleans, and Memphis duo 8Ball & MJG and Miami’s Trick Daddy on the bill, the concert offers a diverse sampling of what Southern-stylethd hip-hop is all about. JETHRO TULL | April 16 Emerging from the late 1960s British blues-rock scene, Jethro Tull was always eccentric, with frontman Ian Anderson’s flute and overcoat forming the basis for the band’s distinctive logo. But it emerged as one of the most successful prog-rock bands ever, with 11 gold and five platinum records that sold a combined 60 million copies. The band officially broke up in 2014 after Anderson and guitarist Barre announced plans to go solo. This show, written and performed by Anderson, celebrates the English agriculturalist for whom the band was named, combining narrative storytelling with classic hits and new songs. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN | April 17 Much like Jimi Hendrix, psychedelic soul singer Janis Joplin was a brilliant musician whose star burned a bit too brightly before flaming out at age 27, also in 1970. This show, which played Broadway for four months, was sanctioned by Joplin’s estate. It pays tribute to the growling entertainer’s talent and to the artists who influenced her, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Nina Simone. Mary Bridget Davies, who toured Europe with Joplin’s group Big Brother & the Holding Company, earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of the rock icon. Variety deemed her renditions of “Piece of My Heart” and other Joplin hits as “electrifying.” LET IT BE: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES | April 22 The Fab Four played its last concert together on the roof of Apple Records’ offices in 1969. It’s incredible that people still clamor for opportunities to hear their music performed live — even by completely different people — nearly 50 years later. This Broadway/West End show comes with an intriguing premise: What if John, Paul, George and Ringo had reunited on John Lennon’s 40th birthday (Oct. 9, 1980) to perform a greatest-hits retrospective that charted their career from the early Cavern Club days to Let It Be? This is an amazing opportunity to see what The New York Times called “by far the best Beatles show yet.” ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 51
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The Fox Theatre’s 50-millionth guest is Steven Hensley of Marietta, who celebrated with (from left) wife Chris, granddaughter Hailey Pierce and daughter Jennifer Pierce.
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In addition to a lifetime of recognition, Steven received these goodies: • A proclamation from the Fox Theatre. • An overnight stay at the Georgian Terrace across the street from the theater. • Fox Theatre merchandise. • Fox Theatre champagne. • A special private behind-the-scenes tour of the Fox. • A tiara and souvenir program for Cinderella. • Four tickets for Wednesday evening performances of Elf the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta. Steven said it was an honor to be the Fox Theatre’s 50-millionth guest, even more so because he remembers when the theater was almost torn down in 1974. 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
“It’s a testament to the incredible, longstanding support of the Atlanta community that we’re able to serve our 50-millionth guest,” Jamie Vosmeier, the Fox Theatre’s senior director of sales & marketing, said on the occasion. “We’re honored that so many people have come to experience the Fox’s rich history since 1929, and we look forward to creating memories with 50 million more guests in the future.” Here are a few fun facts about the Fox Theatre: • The landmark opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1929 to a sold-out crowd. • Since then, the Fox has hosted more than 18,000 performances. • The Fox Theatre attracts more than 500,000 guests per year. • The theater has 4,678 seats. • Billboard Magazine named it the No. 1 nonresidency venue in the world, booking a wide range of events from rock concerts to Broadway shows, ballets, comedy and movies. • In 2015, the theater celebrated the four decades since it was saved from demolition with yearlong 40th anniversary of Save the Fox festivities. For more information about the theater and to see a list of upcoming events, visit foxtheatre.org.
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Atlanta’s Fox Theatre hit another monumental milestone during the Nov. 4, 2015, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta engagement of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella — its 50-millionth guest. The fortunate ticket holder was Steven Hensley of Marietta, who attended the performance with his wife, Chris, daughter Jennifer Pierce and granddaughter Hailey Pierce.
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