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DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | FEBRUARY 2016
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Some thought Samuel Shurtleff was crazy to quit his job and move to New York. Now he’s doing his second national tour in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast By Julie Bookman
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The Enchanted Objects of Disneyâ€™s Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth (Samuel Shurtleff) is the grandfather clock (far left).
Some thought he was crazy to quit his job and move to New York. Now Samuel Shurtleff is doing his second national tour in Disneyâ€™s Beauty and the Beast. By Julie Bookman | Photos by Matthew Murphy
“... What you see on the exterior, the first impression of someone, is not the genuine person. When we stop with the first impression and don’t even look to the heart of someone, we not only do that person a disservice, we do ourselves a disservice.” — Samuel Shurtleff
onth after month, year after year, the touring versions of Broadway musicals move in and out of the Fox Theatre. It seems reasonable, at any given performance, to imagine a few audience members watching with a what-if in their own minds. Samuel Shurtleff finally faced his own what-if at age 48. He was a middle-school teacher in greater Houston until three years ago, then quit and moved to New York to find out if he had what it takes. He had no contacts, no job.
The entire company of Beauty and the Beast invites you to be their guest.
He rented a room and worked as a private tutor to make ends meet. He took an acting class. A fellow actor asked him to be a scene partner at an audition for an agent. They did something from Sam Shepard’s True West. The agent signed them both. Now Shurtleff plays Cogsworth, head of the castle’s domestic staff (and stuck in the form of a grandfather clock) in this national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s his second tour as Cogsworth in the show inspired by a mid-18th-century French fairy tale. Shurtleff made his New York theater debut in a show called Bard at the Bar, a mixed bag
of Shakespeare scenes, playing the foolish Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Such roles suit him, he says of Bottom and Cogsworth. “They’re both uptight. The comedy that comes from both of them is right in my wheelhouse.” Shurtleff has “a vintage Hollywood comic character actor panache about him,” according to a Seattle reviewer. “I love this show and this character,” Shurtleff says of Beast. “And what I really like is being part of a production that tries to show people that your dream is worth chasing.” He also appreciates the musical’s central theme, “the overall idea that what you see on ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 13
The legend of a beauty and her beast dates back to a French fairy tale first published in 1740. It has seen many alterations since then, including cartoons, a TV series and this musical.
the exterior, the first impression of someone, is not the genuine person. When we stop with the first impression and don’t even look to the heart of someone, we not only do that person a disservice, we do ourselves a disservice.” What does he find trickiest about playing Cogsworth? “It’s not the easiest costume to move around in,” he says with a laugh. “I have these very large pants that are squared off at the bottom. The top half of the material is so heavy it’s like I’m wearing five quilts. I’m a little clutzy to start with, so it’s challenging not to step on the bottom edge of the pants when they’re bouncing.” In the scene before before the big “Be Our Guest” number, he must quickly run up and down stairs. “So far I haven’t fallen,” he says. “When I get through that bit, I always breathe a sigh of relief.” This tour of Beast takes Shurtleff back to Houston, where friends and family will 14 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
see him as Cogsworth, including some “who thought I had lost my mind and told me I would fail miserably if I went to New York. They said I would return with my tail between my legs.” They’ll see him with a swinging pendulum, but definitely no tail. Shurtleff hasn’t done this alone. He describes his fiancee, Terri Gresham, as his “muse and cheerleader for the past six years.” The two, who became engaged recently, plan to marry in April when the tour visits Vegas. “To quit my job and go to New York — I just wouldn’t have done it without her complete support and faith in me,” Shurtleff says. “She said, ‘You are going to make it, and you are going to be great.’ I needed that, needed to hear how much she believed in me. “I absolutely wouldn’t be up there without Terri,” Shurtleff says. “That is 100 percent true, and I want her to know that. It’s kind of amazing. It makes my heart overflow.”
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Disney Theatrical Productions Featuring Brooke Quintana Sam Hartley Matt DaSilva Kadence Edwards Stephanie Harter Gilmore Stephanie Gray DeAndre Horner Melissa Jones Thomas Mothershed Ryan N. Phillips Samuel Shurtleff Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek with Kari Baker Mike Baskowski Danny Burgos Kevin Paul Clark Ben Cullen Mary Beth Donahoe David Grindrod Lance E. Hayes Kyle Huey Hannah Jewel Kohn Lacey Kriston Kevin Kulp Jennie McGuinness Hayley Palmer Jeanette Palmer Colleen Roberts Sarah Shelton Micah Wallace Scenic Design Stanley A. Meyer
Costume Design Ann Hould-Ward
Lighting Design Natasha Katz
Sound Design John Petrafesa, Jr.
Hair Design David H. Lawrence
Fight Direction Rick Sordelet
Illusion Design Jim Steinmeyer
Puppet Design Basil Twist
Orchestrations Danny Troob Associate Director Sam Scalamoni
Dance Music Arrangements Glen Kelly Associate Choreographer Connor Gallagher
Music Coordinator John Mezzio
Production Stage Manager Jess Gouker Casting Patricia Pearce Gentry Bob Cline General Manager Mary K. Witte
Vocal Arrangements David Friedman Music Director/Conductor Kevin Francis Finn
Company Manager Colin Byrne
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Tour Booking The Booking Group Production Manager Hector Guivas
Music Supervision and Incidental Music Arrangements
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CAST OF CHARACTERS
Belle ......................................................................................................BROOKE QUINTANA Beast................................................................................................................SAM HARTLEY Gaston ............................................................................ CHRISTIAAN SMITH-KOTLAREK Lefou .............................................................................................................. MATT DASILVA Mrs. Potts .................................................................................................. STEPHANIE GRAY Lumiere ..................................................................................................... RYAN N. PHILLIPS Cogsworth ........................................................................................... SAMUEL SHURTLEFF Babette ..........................................................................................................MELISSA JONES Maurice ..........................................................................................THOMAS MOTHERSHED Madame de la Grande Bouche .........................................STEPHANIE HARTER GILMORE Chip (at certain performances) ........................................................... KADENCE EDWARDS Chip (at certain performances) .............................................................. DEANDRE HORNER Monsieur d’ Arque ...................................................................................... DANNY BURGOS Young Prince ...........................................................................................MIKE BASKOWSKI Carpet .......................................................................................................MIKE BASKOWSKI Silly Girls ..................... JEANETTE PALMER, COLLEEN ROBERTS, SARAH SHELTON Townspeople/Enchanted Objects KARI BAKER, MIKE BASKOWSKI, DANNY BURGOS, BEN CULLEN, MARY BETH DONAHOE, DAVID GRINDROD, LANCE E. HAYES, KYLE HUEY, HANNAH JEWEL KOHN, LACEY KRISTON, KEVIN KULP, JENNIE MCGUINNESS, JEANETTE PALMER, COLLEEN ROBERTS, SARAH SHELTON, MICAH WALLACE Voice of Prologue Narrator ........................................................HASSAN NAZARI-ROBATI UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For the Beast - BEN CULLEN, MICAH WALLACE for Belle -KARI BAKER, MARY BETH DONAHOE for Gaston - BEN CULLEN, MICAH WALLACE for Lefou – MIKE BASKOWSKI, KEVIN PAUL CLARK for Lumiere - DAVID GRINDROD, LANCE E. HAYES for Cogsworth – DANNY BURGOS, KYLE HUEY for Mrs. Potts - LACEY KRISTON, JENNIE McGUINNESS for Madame de la Grande Bouche - LACEY KRISTON, JENNIE McGUINNESS for Babette - COLLEEN ROBERTS, HANNAH JEWEL KOHN for Maurice - DANNY BURGOS, KYLE HUEY for Monsieur D’Arque - KYLE HUEY, KEVIN PAUL CLARK for Carpet - KEVIN PAUL CLARK, KEVIN KULP Dance Captain ...........................................................................................HAYLEY PALMER Assistant Dance Captain ......................................................................KEVIN PAUL CLARK Fight Captain......................................................................................................BEN CULLEN Swings .............................................................. KEVIN PAUL CLARK, HAYLEY PALMER
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MUSICAL NUMBERS MUSICAL NUMBERS AND SCENES ACT I Overture ......................................................................................................................Orchestra Prologue ......................................................................................................................Orchestra Belle ..................................................................... Belle, Gaston, Silly Girls and Townspeople Wolf Chase ................................................................................................................... Maurice Me ................................................................................................................................... Gaston Belle (Reprise) ................................................................................................................... Belle Home .................................................................................................................................. Belle Home (Reprise) ..........................................................................................................Mrs. Potts Gaston .............................................................. Lefou, Gaston, Silly Girls and Tavern Patrons Gaston (Reprise) ............................................................................................Gaston and Lefou How Long Must This Go On? ...........................................................................................Beast Be Our Guest .................................... Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Enchanted Objects, Ensemble If I Can’t Love Her ............................................................................................................Beast ACT II Entr’acte/Wolf Attack ................................................................................................. Orchestra Something There ..........................................Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth Human Again ......................Lumiere, Madame de la Grande Bouche, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Babette, Chip and Enchanted Objects, Ensemble Beauty and the Beast ................................................................................................. Mrs. Potts If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise) ............................................................................................ Beast A Change In Me ................................................................................................................ Belle The Mob Song ....................................................................... Gaston, Townspeople, Ensemble Home (Reprise) ..................................................................................................Belle and Beast Beauty and the Beast (Reprise) ........................................................... Belle, Prince, Company There will be one 20-minute intermission ORCHESTRA Music Director/Conductor/Keyboards: Kevin Francis Finn Associate Conductor/Keyboards: Shane Parus Violin: Deborah Moyer Reeds: Rebecca Hovan, Nathan Nix, Michael Witsberger Trumpet: Nicholas Berry French Horn: Rebecca Fathman Bass: Catherine O’Malley Cello: Eric Sheaffer Drums/Percussion: Kevin McNaughton
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BIOS SAM HARTLEY (Beast). Recent credits: Young Frankenstein (Frederick), Les Misérables (Enjolras) and Into the Woods (Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince). Training: University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thanks to the creative team for this incredible opportunity! For my invaluable parents, brothers, family, friends and teachers who continue to encourage, guide and inspire. @samfred88 BROOKE QUINTANA (Belle) is beyond ecstatic to be joining this national tour as Belle. Credits include Les Misérables (Eponine), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix). Brooke would like to thank God, her friends and family for their unwavering love and support on this incredible adventure. To my Mom “I love you TTFA.” MATT DASILVA (LeFou). National tour debut! Recent credits include How to Succeed ... (Bud), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lucas), New Dawn and Les Misérables. Proud Rhode Island native and Harvard grad. Thanks to Rod, Babs and B$L. Follow me: @mattydasilva KADENCE EDWARDS (Chip at certain performances) is 8 years old and thrilled to make his national touring debut as Chip. Professional credits include Joseph ... Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The Nutcracker, the short film Austin’s Christmas Wish and the upcoming Lifetime series “I Said I Loved You ... But I Lied.” STEPHANIE HARTER GILMORE (Madame de la Grand Bouche) spent last year chandelier-swinging as Duchess Estonia Dulworth in the national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Other favorite credits include The Tempest (Ariel), Cats (Jelly/Griddle), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy). For Stacy. stephaniehartergilmore.com STEPHANIE GRAY (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to be touring the country with one of her favorite musicals. She previously toured with Arts Power and is a former Young Artist at Seagle Music Colony. B.M. Boston University. All my love to Mom, Dad, Christina, Becca and Nate! DEANDRE HORNER (Chip at certain performances), 9, is from McDonough, Ga., and very excited to be part of this Broadway national tour. Thanks to all of the supportive people in my life, especially my family. MELISSA JONES (Babette). A Southern California native who lives in NYC. Favorite shows include 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Nunsense (Mary Leo) and Sugar Babies (Sugar Baby). All my love to family and my Mot. Don’t know what I would do without you. THOMAS MOTHERSHED (Maurice). National tours: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), West Side Story (Krupke) Regional: My Fair Lady (Harry), directed by two-time Tony winner Frank Galati; Les Misérables (Thénardier); All Shook Up (Jim Haller); 1776 (John Adams); Hamlet (Polonius); Merchant of Venice (Shylock). B.F.A. in acting from Florida State University. www.tmothershed.org RYAN N. PHILLIPS (Lumiere) is thrilled to rejoin the Disney family! Previous credits include the 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
national tour of In the Mood (Narrator), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), Urinetown! (Bobby Strong) and many shows with Disney Cruise Line. A huge thank you to NETworks, Bob, Dave and all my family and friends. www.ryannphillips.com SAMUEL SHURTLEFF (Cogsworth) is thrilled to be returning for his second touring season as Cogsworth! Previously, he has been seen in regional productions of South Pacific (Emile), Sordid Lives (G.W.), The Foreigner (Froggy) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom). He would like to thank his beautiful muse, Terrilynn. www.samuelshurtleff.net. #CogsyAcrossAmerica CHRISTIAAN SMITH-KOTLAREK (Gaston). “‘Time After Time’ was never better, and I heard Sinatra sing it.” — Carol Burnett; stunned me! Assassins (Booth), Marriage of Figaro (Almaviva), Die Zauberflöte (Papageno). NYC cabaret: Joe’s Pub; NYC solo shows: SubCulture, Rockwood Music Hall. Thrilled to be your Gaston! Insta/Twitter: @christiaanuum KARI BAKER (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is making her debut with the touring company of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Regional productions: Tarzan (Jane), A Chorus Line (Cassie), A Beef and Boards Christmas (Swing), Anything Goes (Purity), Mary Poppins, The Producers and The Wizard of Oz. A big thank you goes out to Bob, NETworks, her family and friends. Love you, Josh! Enjoy the show! Follow her on Insta/Twitter @KBake222 MIKE BASKOWSKI (Townsperson/Carpet) is excited to share Disney magic across the country! Recent credits: Goodspeed Opera House, the Palace Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, the Reagle Music Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, J&D +1, the Price Group and RC.” DANNY BURGOS (Monsieur D’Arque, Townsperson/ Enchanted Object) is humbled to make his national tour debut with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Favorite credits: West Side Story (Bernardo) and The Addams Family (Gomez). Proud Florida State University graduate! Special thanks to NETworks, friends, family, teachers and MT2015. www.dannyburgos.com KEVIN PAUL CLARK (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing). National tour debut! Regional credits include Merry Go Round Playhouse and Portland Center Stage. Company member alum of Nevada Ballet Theatre. Many thanks to this cast, crew and team. Endless gratitude to his loved ones! For Mom. BEN CULLEN (Townsperson/Enchanted Object, Fight Captain) is pumped to return to the provincial town for another season! Regional: Les Misérables (the Fulton; Foreman, Courfeyrac), Joseph ... Dreamcoat (The Fulton; Naphtali), The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia). Proud Penn State alumnus; WE ARE! BenCullenWalker.com, Instagram: @Built_by_Ben MARY BETH DONAHOE (Townsperson/ Enchanted Object) is delighted to make her national tour debut! Recent credits: White Christmas (Rhoda) at Fulton
BIOS Theatre; 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer); Spamalot; Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, The Music Man, Cinderella, Hair at MSMT. B.F.A. Ohio Northern. Love to the Donahoe Team. www.MaryBethDonahoe.com DAVID GRINDROD (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is from Annapolis, Md., and happy to be back on the road again after playing Mark on the national tour of A Chorus Line. A proud graduate of Pace University MT ’15. Love to his family, friends, teachers, Bob, Amy and the Mine. For Elizabeth. Catch the Energy! @david.grin LANCE E. HAYES (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is ecstatic to make his national tour debut! Select regional: The Producers, The Little Mermaid, Carrie: The Musical and Dames at Sea. Love and gratitude to Gregg Baker, Mom and Dad, family, friends, Bob Cline and NETworks. KYLE HUEY (Townsperson/Enchanted Object), from Grapevine, Texas, and very excited to join the BATB tour after returning from Disney Tokyo. Credits: Toy Story the Musical (Buzz Lightyear), Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), Les Misérables (Enjolras u/s), A Midsummer Night’s Dream opera (Puck), The Tempest (Adrian). B.A. Ouachita Baptist University. Thankful for my supportive friends and family! kylewhuey.com HANNAH JEWEL KOHN (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is excited to return to the cast of her dream show! Credits: Entwined (Luna), Joseph ... Dreamcoat (dance captain), Disney’s Youth Performing Arts promotional film. Love and gratitude to DDPC & family for endless love and support! LACEY KRISTON (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is thrilled to be returning to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Her theater experience includes Joseph (Narrator), Phantom (Christine), My Fair Lady (Eliza) and ensemble roles with the Indianapolis Opera. She thanks God and family with love to all. KEVIN KULP (Townsperson/Enchanted Object). Regional: Anything Goes (Marriott Theatre), Miss Saigon (Walnut Street and Signature theaters), A Chorus Line (Paul), The King and I (Walnut Street and Olney Theatre), Muhlenberg alumni. Love to Mom and Dad! Follow me on Instagram @Kulpy JENNIE McGUINNESS (Townsperson/Enchanted Object), originally from Allentown, Penn., a graduate of NYU Steinhardt and a professional Irish dancer. Favorite credits include the national tour of Elf the Musical (ensemble, Deb u/s) and regional performances in The Full Monty (Georgie), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy) and The Last 5 Years (Cathy). Love and hugs! HAYLEY PALMER (Dance Captain, Swing) earned her M.F.A. in acting from the University of California at Irvine. Roles include Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Twelfth Night (Maria), The Fantasticks (Mortimer) and Legally Blonde the Musical (Whitney/ensemble). Thank you family, friends and teachers for your love and support! www.hayleydrewpalmer.com
JEANETTE PALMER (Silly Girl/Enchanted Object). a Michigan native and overjoyed to make her national tour debut in her dream show! Credits: Singin’ in the Rain (ensemble/Kathy Seldon u/s), Funny Girl (Bubbles), White Christmas (Judy Haynes), Children of Eden (Eve) and Thoroughly Modern Millie. AMDA NY graduate. Showers of love to family, friends, cast and crew! Joshua 1:9 COLLEEN ROBERTS (Silly Girl/Enchanted Object). National tour debut! Select regional: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Cats, I Love a Piano (OPTC), Meet Me in St. Louis (Gretna Theatre). Love to family, friends, Jersey and Rider MT. SARAH SHELTON (Silly Girl/Enchanted Object) comes from Wichita, Kan. Graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance performance. Favorite roles include 42nd Street (Anytime Annie) and Legally Blonde (Serena). Love to Mom, Dad, Rog and Nicholas! MICAH WALLACE (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is excited to join the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! His latest credit is West Side Story (Riff) at the Palace Theatre. He’d like to thank his family, friends, Wolfenstein and God. www.micahwallace.net KEVIN FRANCIS FINN (Music Director/ Conductor/Keyboards). 1983 B.M. (piano) from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford (Conn.); 1978 graduate of NYC’s High School for the Performing Arts. As musical director, Finn has toured nationally with Joseph … Dreamcoat w/Donny Osmond, Cats IV, Dreamgirls. In NYC, he’s assisted Phil Reno on Chess (1992 off-Broadway revival). Musically directed and/or conducted regionally: Northern Stage (Vt.), Red Mountain Theater (Ala.), Springer Opera House (Ga.), Arizona’s Broadway Theatre. Was an artist in residence (1999-2004) and served as musical director for the Department of Theater and Dance at Millikin University. As a composer, his theater piece Girl’s Night Out was produced at the Warehouse Theatre in East Croydon, U.K., and 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey in 2010 at Red Mountain Theatre (Ala.). Numerous chamber works for violin, viola, and many, many songs for various voice parts. ALAN MENKEN (Composer). Theater: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Little Shop of Horrors, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Kicks, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Aladdin and Newsies. Film: Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Life With Mikey, Lincoln, Home on the Range, Noel, Enchanted, Shaggy Dog, Tangled and Mirror Mirror. Songs: Rocky V, Home Alone 2 and Captain America. Awards: eight Oscars (19 nominations), 11 Grammys (including song of the year), seven Golden Globes, Tony (plus four nominations), Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics, Olivier and London’s Evening Standard
BIOS Award, Drama League. Honors: Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, doctorates from New York University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. HOWARD ASHMAN (Lyrics) conceived, wrote and directed Little Shop of Horrors, based on Roger Corman’s 1960s’ horror flick, with music by Alan Menken. Little Shop played for five years off-Broadway and continues to be produced to great acclaim in the United States and internationally. In 2003, Little Shop was revived on Broadway and, in 2007, it was revived on the West End. It is one of the most-produced shows in U.S. high schools. In 1986, Ashman wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile, music by Marvin Hamlisch. Little appreciated at the time, Smile is now considered a lost gem of musical theater and is performed by high school students around the country. Ashman was pivotal in the renaissance of Disney animated musicals and in the development of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (producer and lyrics), Beauty and the Beast (executive producer and lyrics) and Aladdin (lyrics), all with music by Alan Menken. Ashman’s contributions to the revival of classic Disney were, perhaps, best expressed by the dedication to the movie Beauty and the Beast: “To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul. He will be forever missed.” Ashman’s awards include two Oscars, two Golden Globes, four Grammys, a Drama Desk and a London Evening Standard. He died in 1991 at age 40 from complications of AIDS. Ashman Sings Ashman, a CD of his work, with never-before-heard demos, including those from Smile, is available from PS Classics. Ashman’s papers are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. TIM RICE (Lyrics), (Sir Tim to you), has been writing lyrics for musical theater and related enterprises for more than 40 years, something he intended to do for a few months while waiting to become a pop star. The waiting has been extended, mainly because of the world’s failure to accept him as a rock god, but also because of the distracting success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita with Andrew Lloyd Webber; Aladdin, King David and Beauty and the Beast with Alan Menken; Chess with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson; and The Lion King and Aida with Elton John. He is known in England, his home country, for his love of cricket and as a tolerable radio and TV personality. He has won numerous awards along the way, including Oscars, Tonys and life-saving badges, but often for the wrong thing and often for simply turning up. He is at work on a musical play about Machiavelli and is plugging the recently released DVD and album of Chess in Concert featuring Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. More gripping info can be found on www.timrice.co.uk, but please don’t feel obliged to go there. LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book). While working as a development executive at CBS, Woolverton wrote the young adult novels Star Wind and Running Before the Wind. After Houghton Mifflin published her books, she began to write full time, beginning with scripts 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
for animated TV shows. One of her novels caught the attention of a Disney executive, and she was hired to write the script for the animated feature Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 movie won the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical and became the first animated film nominated for the best picture Academy Award. Woolverton then wrote the screenplay for The Lion King and rewrote the script for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey as well as writing for the animated feature Mulan. She adapted the script of Beauty and the Beast for Broadway and received a Tony Award nomination for best book of a musical in 1994. She won the Laurence Oliver Award for best new musical for Beauty and the Beast in the U.K. Beauty and the Beast ran from 1994 to 2007, becoming the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history. Woolverton also wrote the book for the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida, which ran for five years on Broadway. In 2008, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America-Animation Writers Caucus for her work in the field. Woolverton’s script for Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, was released in March 2010 and grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Her screenplay for Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, was released in May 2014 and became a worldwide success. She recently completed Through the Looking Glass for Disney, which is in production in the U.K., and is working on a TV pilot based on the Jean Auel novel The Clan of the Cave Bear. ROB ROTH (Director) received a Tony nomination for his Broadway directing debut, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which went on to become the eighthlongest running show in Broadway history. Beauty has been performed all over the world, winning awards for Roth and the production itself, including the Olivier Award for best musical. Roth directed the inaugural production of the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida and the Broadway musical Lestat, based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles (score by Elton John and Bernie Taupin). He co-wrote the book and directed the musical The Opposite of Sex at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In addition to his theater work, Roth directs rock concerts, having worked with such diverse artists as Kiss, Cyndi Lauper, Alice Cooper, the Dresden Dolls and guitar great Steve Miller. Roth is the executive producer of the movie Taken By Storm, about the life of legendary British artist Storm Thorgerson. He is the co-author of the coffee-table book The Art of Classic Rock, featuring more than 1,500 pieces from his collection of rock-and-roll graphics, the largest private collection of its kind in the world. Roth is married to noted psychologist Patrick Meade. They have homes in New York City and Long Island that they share with their two labs, Dash Rip Rock and Tag. MATT WEST (Choreographer). After asking his parents for tap lessons nonstop for more than a year, West began class at age 8. His father said, the story goes, “Let’s find a class, enroll him and in a few weeks, it’ll be over and he will stop asking.” That was 48 years ago. Matt began working professionally at age 13, touring the United States as Peter Pan for the
BIOS Walt Disney Co. When he outgrew his tights, Disney sent him to NYC as a member of Disney’s Kids of the Kingdom, performing a summer gig at Radio City Music Hall. West went on to perform in many Broadway musicals, including A Chorus Line (Bobby), a character he re-created in the movie directed by Sir Richard Attenborough. For choreographing Disney’s first Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast, West earned the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award, plus London’s Olivier Award, and New York Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Beauty received the Olivier Award for best new musical in the U.K. West also choreographed the Broadway musicals Lestat, with music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and Mimi le Duck starring the great Eartha Kitt. He choreographed the world premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, which had its world premiere at Alanta’s Alliance Theatre. Other favorites: Little Shop of Horrors, Buenos Aires; The Wanderer, Tokyo’s Parco Theatre; The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan for Disney Home Video; The Nutcracker for the Disney Channel; and The Spectacular Fantasmic at Tokyo’s Disney Sea. West is directing and choreographing the 2016 opening entertainment at Disneyland in Shanghai, “World of Color” for Disney’s California Adventure and the Broadway-bound musical Click. He dedicates this new Beauty to his mom and dad with the hope that they agree those tap lessons years ago were a good idea indeed. MICHAEL KOSARIN (Music Supervisor/Incidental Music Arrangements) was the original music director/ incidental music arranger of the Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast more than 20 years ago and has collaborated with composer Alan Menken ever since. Kosarin has worked steadily on Broadway for more than 30 years, on the original productions of Nine, Grand Hotel, Secret Garden, King David, Mayor, A Chorus Line, Triumph of Love, Little Shop of Horrors, Can-Can (Encores!), Hunchback of Notre Dame (in Berlin and now in development for the United States), The Little Mermaid, Leap of Faith, Sister Act, Newsies and Aladdin. His extensive film work includes the Disney animated films Pocahontas, Hercules and Home on the Range, as well as numerous live-action films, including Enchanted, Tangled and Captain America. He is music director/conductor and song arranger/producer of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast, featuring Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline and Dan Stevens (due in early 2017). Kosarin won an Emmy for outstanding music direction for NBC’s “A Christmas Carol,” for which he also provided the underscore. He music directed and scored ABC’s “Once Upon a Mattress” and “The Music Man” (Emmy nomination). He is music producer/arranger/ conductor for ABC’s “Galavant,” now in its second season. Kosarin is a three-time Grammy-nominated recording artist and producer. His recording and concert work includes longtime collaborations with Carly Simon (including the gold album and HBO special “My Romance”), Barbara Cook (including “Tribute,” recorded live at the Café Carlyle) and Jane Krakowski (“Live at Feinsteins”). An in-demand
composer for children’s television, his work has been featured on “Sesame Street,” “Wonder Pets” and the BBC’s “Third and Bird.” He lives in New York City with his wife and son. STANLEY A. MEYER (Scenic Design) has more than four dozen credits as a scenic designer, production designer and illustrator, having earned numerous awards and nominations, including the League of American Theatres and Producers, National Broadway Award, an American Theatre Wing Design Award nomination, a New York Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Los Angeles Ovation Award nomination, THEA Award (best outdoor nighttime spectacular for Peter Pan’s Neverland at Universal Studios Japan), IAPPA Brass Ring Award (best outdoor daytime spectacular for SeaWorld’s Blue Horizons – a stadium show with dolphins, whales, birds, trainers, acrobats and divers in Orlando, Fla., and San Diego), numerous Los Angeles Drama-Logue awards for his work at the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Southern California, and, most recently, the 2014 Presidents Trophy for his float design for the Tournament of Roses Parade seen worldwide on New Year’s Day. When first beginning in NYC, Meyer designed The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Cloud 9 and the Manhattan Punchline Theatre’s Festival of One-Act Comedies on Theater Row, as well as The Secret Garden for Theatre Works USA (his first union job). His critically acclaimed work includes Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; the Southeast Asia tour of Barbie Live!; the world premiere of Treasure Island — A New Musical (Arkansas Repertory); the world premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Elaborate Lives (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta); the 2014 version of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus; Legends!; Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s roller-coaster Verbolten!; the musical London Rocks!; Alice Cooper’s 2007, 2009 and 2010 world tours; the Steve Miller Band’s 2010, 2012 and 2014 world tours; Cyndi Lauper’s 2008 True Colors tour; SeaWorld’s Shamu show One Ocean, in Orlando, Fla., San Diego and San Antonio; the Disney on Ice show Dare to Dream; Barnum’s Funundrum, the 200th anniversary of the P.T. Barnum edition of the 2012 Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus; The New Nutcracker Ballet for the Lone Star Ballet, Texas; Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales; and a plethora of Disney industrials, parades and special events for all Disney theme parks, including Mickey’s Nutcracker, filmed for The Disney Channel. Meyer illustrated the witty and delightful self-help interior design book by James Swan and Carol Beggy called 101 Things I Hate About Your House. He is represented by the Michael Moore Agency. To view his design work, go to www. stanleyameyerdesign.com ANN HOULD-WARD (Costume Design) has worked on 30 international tours of Beauty. Broadway: The Visit, The People in the Picture, A Free Man of Color (Drama Desk nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination), Company, Dance of the Vampires, Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award, American Theatre Wing’s Design Award, Ovation Award, Oliver nomination), Into the Woods (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle nomination, L.A.
BIOS Drama Critics Circle Award), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park With George (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Harrigan ‘N’ Heart, Dream, St. Joan, Three Men on a Horse, Timon of Athens, In the Summer House, Little Me, The Moliere Comedies, House Arrest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Public Theater). Off-Broadway: Passion (CSC revival), Russian Transport, The Blue Flower, Wings, In the Grand Manner, Let Me Down Easy, Road Show, Surviving Grace, Lobster Alice, Cymbeline. Film: Strike! (Miramax). Other credits: Metropolitan Opera – Peter Grimes, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 2001 & 2003, The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera), Los Angeles Opera — Mahagonny, Graciela Daniele (Ballet Hispanico), Lar Lubovitch (White Oak Dance Project — San Francisco Ballet), American Ballet Theatre (Othello, Artemis and Meadow), Alvin Ailey (Reminicin’, Saddle Up, Morning Star). More than 100 credits in regional theaters. Ann is the U.S. representative for the International Design Quadrennial in Prague and a recipient of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Patricia Zipprodt Award NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Designer). Broadway credits include An American in Paris (Tony Award), Gigi, Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Motown, Once (Tony Award), Follies, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award) and Aida (Tony Award). Extensive designs off-Broadway, at American regional theaters, for concerts and permanent installations, and opera and dance including Royal Opera House, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera and NYC Opera. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Hewes, WhatsOnStage, Joseph Jefferson, Ruth Morely design and national Broadway theater awards. JOHN PETRAFESA JR. (Sound Designer) was the production sound engineer and/or associate sound designer for numerous productions of Beauty and the Beast, including Broadway, Los Angeles, Toronto, U.S. national tours 1 & 3, and the U.K. national tour. Other theatrical design and engineering credits include Elf the Musical (2012 U.S. tour), Under Fire (2010 NYMTF), The Music Man (Broadway), Guys and Dolls (national tour) and Les Misérables (Broadway and national tour). Petrafesa has also designed and/or consulted on numerous corporate, broadcast and special events. He is a director with Production Glue LLC, a New York-based creative and technical consulting agency. DAVID H. LAWRENCE (Hair Design) has worked on Broadway productions for many years with all of the best casts, crews and fellow designers on Broadway. This production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for NETworks is no exception. Broadway: Baby It’s You, A Catered Affair, Rock ’N’ Roll, Company, All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls, Tommy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The King and I, Grease, Death of a Salesman, the new 42nd Street and The Full Monty. Lawrence also designed the hair for two seasons of “Saturday Night Live.” He won the 1994 outstanding 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
achievement award from Theatrecrafts International for his work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to Paul Huntley, the late Bob Kelly, plus all who work so hard backstage nightly. RICK SORDELET (Fight Direction) has done 53 Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aida, among others, plus 52 firstclass productions worldwide, hundreds of shows offBroadway and in regional theaters. Other credits: Cyrano the opera with Placido Domingo at the Met, the Royal Opera House and La Scala in Milan; and Ben Hur Live on tour in Europe (www.benhurlive.com). Film and television: The Game Plan, Dan in Real Life, Hamlet and 12 years as chief stunt coordinator for “The Guiding Light.” Honors: Edith Oliver Award for sustained excellence by the Lucille Lortel Foundation; Jeff Award for outstanding fight direction for Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Sordelet is a member of the board at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, an instructor at the Yale School of Drama and wrote the plays Excalibur and Buried Treasure. JIM STEINMEYER (Illusion Design) is the “celebrated invisible man, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter-century,” according to The New York Times. Steinmeyer’s illusions have been featured by such magicians as Doug Henning, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Criss Angel and Ricky Jay. He has created special illusions for Broadway, off-Broadway, the West End and Las Vegas, including Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins and Aladdin, and for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He’s written several books on the history of magic, including the best-seller Hiding the Elephant, plus The Glorious Deception and The Last Greatest Magician in the World. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, TV producer Frankie Glass. BASIL TWIST (Puppet Design), originally from San Francisco, is a third-generation puppeteer who lives and works in New York City. Broadway credits include The Addams Family and The Pee-wee Herman Show. Original creations: The Araneidae Show, Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Dogugaeshi, La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco, Behind the Lid and Arias With a Twist. Partnerships include the Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center’s Voice and Visions Series, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Japan Society and Gotham Chamber Opera. He premiered his second opera, Hansel and Gretel, with the Houston Grand and Atlanta operas. Recent collaborations include A Streetcar Named Desire with Lee Breuer at the Comedie Francaise. Awards: an Obie, five UNIMA awards for excellence in puppetry, two Bessie awards, a Drama Desk award, New York Innovative Theatre award and a Henry Hewes design award. Twist is a Guggenheim fellow, an inaugural U.S. artist Ford fellow and an inaugural winner of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. This past year he was honored with a festival of his original works in Washington, D.C. Twist directs the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in New York
BIOS City. His Rite of Spring premiered with Carolina for the Performing Arts in 2013. www.basiltwist.com
and Shrek the Musical. He is the music coordinator for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Elf the Musical.
SAM SCALAMONI (Associate Director) is the director of the national tours of Elf the Musical, launching its sixth and seventh companies that crossed the United States in 2015, including the production at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. He directed the national tour of Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! for Broadway Across America (which broke box-office records at Radio City Music Hall) and the national tour of The Gazillion Bubble Show. Scalamoni is the associate director of the national and international tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, supervising on Broadway and mounting multiple companies worldwide. He was associate director for Elton John’s Lestat and is the artistic director of Skyline Theatre Company, a professional nonprofit theater company in New Jersey. In development are a new musical, 1000 Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, and a stage adaptation of the MGM musical Summer Stock. Scalamoni’s direction of original works includes two incarnations of Alan Menken’s Leap of Faith in workshop, the first development workshop of Mulan Jr. (Disney Theatrical Productions), workshop presentations of Sense and Sensibility (Playwrights Horizons and Shakespeare & Company), workshops of the musical At the Back of the North Wind (Players Theatre, National Arts Club and the Village Theatre), a workshop of The New Picasso (New World Stages), Treaty 321! (Lucille Lortel) and Fidelity Futurestage (New World Stages for Richard Frankel Productions). Regionally, he directed Les Misérables, (SALT Award for best director of a musical and best musical of the year) and Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest (Broadway World Award for best director of a play), both at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Scalamoni is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. For Tricia, Spencer and Mia.
JESS GOUKER (Production Stage Manager) is so excited to be back in the provincial town for a second season. Jess is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in theater, concentrating on stage management. National tours: Beauty and the Beast (ASM). New York: False Solution (SM) at La Mama, ETC., Ocean in a Teacup (ASM) at the June Havoc Theatre for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Wanderlust (SM) at The Tank for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Winter Conference and Wanderlust (ASM) at the Robert Moss Theatre for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. She has worked regionally with the Weston Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse and North Shore Music Theatre.
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTIShows.com) is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, granting schools and amateur and professional theaters around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to more than 60,000 U.S. theatrical organizations and more than 60 countries. MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theater as education and has created collections for younger performers. The MTI Broadway Junior Collection includes “JR.” titles (60-minute musicals for performance by middleschool students) and “KIDS” titles (30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children). MTI School Editions are musicals that have been annotated for performance by high school students, and the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Collection are 70-minute musicals designed for adults to perform for children. MTI ShowSpace.com is the theater world’s online community, where practitioners and fans from CONNOR GALLAGHER (Associate around the world share advice, photos, videos, sets, Choreographer) began his career as a performer props, costumes and more to help bring their next in the Broadway company of Beauty and the productions to life. Beast. Choreographer: First national tour of Elf the Musical, Tangled (Disney Cruise Line), The BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Bye Bye Birdie Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, (Goodspeed), Into the Woods (Public Theater, marketing and press company representing awardassistant director), HIFA (Zimbabwe), Northern winning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Boys, Stage, FringeNYC, NYMF, BCEFA. Dance educator: Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Broadway Dancer Center, Take It From the Top. CCM Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, Beautiful – The grad. UTPO. www.connorgallagher.com Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and JOHN MEZZIO (Music Coordinator) has conducted Murder, The King and I, Donny & Marie Christmas, such national tours as State Fair with John Davidson, The Sound of Music, Fun Home, The Curious Incident Victor Victoria with Toni Tennille, Seussical the of the Dog in the Night-Time, NETworks presents Musical with Cathy Rigby, Cinderella with Eartha Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Love Letters with Ali Kitt and Deborah Gibson, the Royal National Theatre’s MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, and The Rat Pack Is Back!. revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! www.bbonyc.com and The Wedding Singer. Additionally, Mezzio was associate conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE BOOKING GROUP (Tour Booking) is Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton and music Broadway’s premiere booking agency, representing coordinator for several national tours including Sweet more than 18 Tony Award-winning best musicals and Charity with Molly Ringwald, Annie with John Schuck plays since its inception in 1996. TBG has booked such and Mackenzie Phillips, Hairspray, The Producers, long-running tours such as “best musical of the century” The Book of Mormon; the most Tony Award-winning ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27
BIOS/STAFF musical in history, Mel Brooks’ The Producers; the worldwide hit Mamma Mia!; and the groundbreaking musical Rent. TBG is committed to bringing the best of Broadway to North America and beyond. KARY M. WALKER (Executive Producer) has been with NETworks since 2001 and formerly was executive producer at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago. He’s a founding board member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and a Vietnam veteran. Walker has been in show business for 40 years and has produced more than 150 shows. He is delighted to have just celebrated two years of legal marriage to his partner of 34 years, James Morvay. SETH WENIG (Executive Producer) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse with Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall and has produced Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and the National Theatre’s War Horse. Together with Cameron Mackintosh, Wenig executive produced both the U.S. and U.K. tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, the 25th anniversary U.S. tour of Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions — Marlo and Camden. NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS LLC (Producer) has been an industry-leading producer and manager of touring musical theater productions since its inception nearly 20 years ago, and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. NETworks has toured more than 60 productions throughout North America, and is now expanding into many international markets, including South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (domestic and international productions), Dirty Dancing, Blue Man Group and Elf the Musical. Upcoming touring productions include Bullets Over Broadway, Once the Musical and an international tour of Shrek the Musical.
STAFF FOR BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Executive Producer Kary M. Walker & Seth Wenig General Management Gentry & Associates Inc. Gregory Vander Ploeg Bobby T. Maglaughlin, Tyler Soltis, Mary K. Witte Production Management NETworks Presentations LLC Jason Juenker Laura Dieli, Hector Guivas, Dave Burch Tour Marketing Broadway Booking Office NYC Steven Schnepp, Temah Higgins, Kent McIngvale, Jenny Bates, Zach Stevenson, Scott Praefke Tour Direction THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair Mollie Mann, Kara Gebhart, Brian Brooks, Rich Rundle www.thebookinggroup.com Casting Patricia Gentry and Bob Cline Company Manager Colin Byrne ______________________________________ Production Stage Manager . . . . . . Jess Gouker Ass’t. Stage Manager . . . . . . . . Emily White Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Steele Ass’t. Director . . . . . . . . . .Michael Whitney Ass’t. Choreographer . . . . . . . Chandon Jones Ass’t. Company Manager. . . . . . . Dan Fisher Assoc. Scenic Designer . . . . . Christine Peters Assoc. Lighting Designers. . . . . . .Sean Beach, Jon Goldman, Peter Hoerburger, Daniel Walker Lighting Programmer . Sean Beach, John Dunkle Assoc. Costume Designer . . Christopher Vergara Ass’t. Costume Designer . . . . . .Abigail Hahn Assoc. Sound DesignerTylor Foster, Eric Talorico Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keefe Kennedy Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert DiCandia Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . Michael Latocha Production Electricians . . . . . . . Barb Bartel, Matthew Charles Hrinko, Trevor Maynar, Erik Plath Ass’t. Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Petito Head Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Motley Ass’t. Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gavin Little Head Properties . . . . . .Anna Katharine Mantz Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . Dani Lamb Ass’t. Wardrobe . . . . . . . . Shoshana Latocha Wigs/Hair Supervisor . . . . . . Crysta Menefee
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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 email@example.com. 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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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 Rick Robbins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Dan Goldberger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-Commerce and Social Media Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm
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ll work and no play makes for a dull love life. Whether you’re in the mood for a fancy night out, a great burger or an-out-the way vibe, we have a suggestions or two for you. They come courtesy of some of Atlanta’s more successful taste-makers, people who work hard to keep their small businesses afloat but know the importance of an occasional romantic meal. 38 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
1. Burger time When Bill Kaelin, an event marketing specialist and Georgia Voice opinion columnist, wants to unwind over food and drinks with his partner, Shawn, they let nature take its course. ”We love waking from our home near Piedmont Park to the Park Tavern to watch the sun set over the skyline,” Kaelin says. “It’s epic.”
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“We love our little getaways to the Iberian Pig (at left and below) after work,” entrepreneur Lisa Bailey Bobb says of the Decatur Square eatery. “There’s something soothing about the sharing menu. The atmosphere is cozy and the wine list is incredible. It just makes you want to cuddle up with someone special.”
They also try to hit one or two new hot spots each month. A recent late-night favorite: Little Trouble in West Midtown (404.500.4737, facebook.com/ littletroubleatl). It’s a place for hipsters who crave craft cocktails and light bites ($5-$15) of Asian fusion cuisine. “You can always enjoy great conversations and amazing new music there,” Kaelin says. Park Tavern, a pet-friendly cafe/bar, has expansive views of Piedmont Park and is good for drinks, burgers, salads and appetizers at about $10 each. Park Tavern (500 10th St. N.E. 404.249.0001, parktavern. com). 2. Your share of tapas To ease the pangs of competing with the best little-dress bou-
tiques in town, Squash Blossom owner Lisa Bailey Bobb strolls hand-in-hand with husband Kamau to nearby Decatur Square for adventurous wine and tapas tastings. “We love our quick little getaways to the Iberian Pig after work,” Bobb says. “There’s something soothing about the sharing menu. The atmosphere is cozy and the wine list is incredible. It just makes you want to cuddle up with someone special.” Go for the towering front windows and low-hanging chandeliers plus al fresco dining on sidewalk tables. The emphasis is on Spanish cuisine, wines and cocktails. Small plates ($4-$15) are house specialties. The Iberian Pig (121 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404.371.8800, theiberianpigatl.com). 3. Mmm, steak Dan Mullis, who makes and markets his Southern Haberdasher brand of small-batch pepper sauces by night and does custom clothing consultations by day, dines out with his wife, Deb, regularly and close to home. The further away from the urban “see-and-be-seen” scene the better, Mullis says. “I prefer a quiet table for two. Tonight, for example, we’re going to Capers, right near our house in Kennesaw.” Capers “elevates a meal to an event. When I suggest something Indian or Ethiopian, I notice that look of concern on my wife’s face at first. But I know she’s going to proclaim it one of her favorites by the night’s end.”
“When I suggest something Indian or Ethiopian, I notice that concerned look on my wife’s face. But I know she’s going to proclaim it one of her favorites by night’s end.”
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TOP: The sashimi at Umi on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. ABOVE: Marketing specialist and Georgia Voice columnist Bill Kaelin (right) and his partner, Shawn, have their favorites, but they also try to hit one or two new spots every month.
4. It’s French to you Lisa Rene LeClair, the Sassy Pie Hole blogger and co-author of the postpartum book It’s Actually 10 Months, coaxes husband Ricky out of their West Midtown home offices to the low-key northern edge of Buckhead for dinner on the porch at Anis. “It’s perfect for anyone who enjoys an exquisite meal, with exceptional wine, but doesn’t have the time or budget to fly off to Europe” LeClair says. “My friends are incredible and fun to be around, but whenever we have an opportunity to go out by ourselves, my first choice is
the same: an intimate dinner as far away from everyone as we can get.” Anis is set in an old cottage near pricey shopping and old-money neighborhoods. The food and wine are a nod to southern France. Plates ($9-$22) range from mussels and escargot to veal chops and duck confit. Anis Cafe & Bistro (2974 Grandview Ave., Atlanta, 404.233.9889, anisbistro.com). 5. Cocktails, sushi, sushi, cocktails Farshad Arshid — owner of the upscale sportswear emporium Ponce Denim at Midtown’s Ponce City Market — embraces schmoozing as an occupational necessity. “Being seen out isn’t so bad every once in a while,” he says. Especially when he and his bride, Sandy, enjoy their date nights. He suggests Umi for dinner, with drinks at Himitsu next door beforehand. “A mix of French and Japanese
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Cobb County’s upper-crust folk huddle here for premium steak, pasta, seafood and specialty desserts ($12-$25). The space is as broad, bright and casual as white-linen service gets. Capers on Main Street (1635 Old 41 Hwy. N.W., Kennesaw, 678.594.7735, capersonmain. com).
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6. Primo pasta To relieve the stress of curating her new lifestyle website, Patch of Earth, Travis Neighbor Ward treats husband Brian to sentimental dinners at the Inman Park bistro where they first dated some 42 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
15 years ago. “I lived in Florence, Italy, for five years when I was in my 20s,” Ward says, “and Sotto Sotto reminds me of that time. We love it so much that we had our big family dinner there after our wedding rehearsal. “The dining room glows at night,” she says. “I really love hearing the subtle details of the meal playing out … the silverware clinking against the plates, and the murmured voices. It’s cozy, but you feel like you’re part of a collective experience.” This indoor/outdoor venue crackles at night with conversation and the busy flow of traffic from one trendy live-work-play enclave to another on the edge of downtown. Good for pasta dishes ($17-$19) and herb-infused filets of beef, fish and chicken ($19-$38). Sotto Sotto (313 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.523.6678, urestaurants.com).
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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Deb and Dan Mullis prefer quiet tables for two as far away from the urban see-and-be-seen scene as possible; cocktails are as important as the food at Decatur’s Iberian Pig; Pasta rules many a meal at Inman Park’s Sotto Sotto.
delicacies,” he says, “is the perfect choice to set the mood.” The elite meet here to sip sake and sample new twists on sushi. The menu doesn’t bother to list prices. Try the Monkfish liver pate, seaweed salad and kobe beef rolls in a room adorned floor to ceiling with contrasting shades of polished wood. Himitsu is an exclusive cocktail lounge that requires reservations, a key code for entry and an appetite for caviar. Both are co-owned by Arshid’s brother, the maverick music and fashion impresario, Farshid. Umi (3050 Peachtree Road N.W., 404.841.0040, umiatlanta. com).
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Wit at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville: Longtime Atlanta actor Mary Lynn Owen learns about living while dying as the unyielding English professor Vivian Bearing. 44 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
By Kathy Janich
f you like musicals — and if you’re seeing Beauty and the Beast — you probably do, you’ll probably want to steep yourself in a few coming our way. Actor’s Express is in the middle of its run of Sweeney Todd, often considered Sondheim’s masterwor, and his Into the Woods opens in March at Aurora Theatre. The winter/spring lineup at metro theaters through May features four world premieres, two Pulitzer Prize winners and a double dose of Decatur-born, San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson, in addition to the estimable Mr. Sondheim. We’ve put together a Top 10 list, for your consideration. Any theater city in America would be proud to boast such a lineup. These are the titles that made us sit up and take notice when announced. You’ll find them at Actor’s Express (2), the Alliance Theatre (2) and Aurora Theatre (3), with one each at 7 Stages, Synchronicity Theatre and Theatrical Oufit. Our list is in chronological order. What might yours look like?
‘WIT’ Through Feb. 7 | Aurora Theatre. We haven’t seen this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece by Atlanta educator Margaret Edson since the Alliance Theatre did it in 1999. It’s high time. Mary Lynn Owen (Aurora’s 4000 Miles, Theatrical Outfit’s Dividing the Estate and many more) plays Vivian Bearing, a brilliant literature professor dying of ovarian cancer. Chris Kayser plays her chief oncologist and her father in this funny-sad drama about the importance of kindness and the harshness of modern medicine. Edson’s language is razor-sharp. Her story will break your heart and fill you with the beauty of life’s possibilities. PTlaloc Rivas directs. Details, tickets at auroratheatre.com.
‘SWEENEY TODD’ Through Feb. 22 | Actor’s Express. The West Midtown playhouse continues an excellent season with this operatic musical. Kevin Harry (Murder Ballad, Aurora’s Les Miserables) picks up the vengeful razor of Todd; Deborah Bowman (Serenbe Playhouse’s A Streetcar Named Desire) is Mrs. Lovett, his co-conspirator, chief encourager and purveyor of meat pies. Artistic director Freddie Ashley directs this murderous tale, subtitled The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It is bloody, and bloody good, but may not be everyone’s cup o’ tea. Details, tickets at actors-express.com. ‘DISGRACED’ Through Feb. 14 | Alliance Theatre. A perfect play for our time. American playwright Ayad Akhtar’s explosive Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is the most-produced play in the nation this season, according to American Theatre magazine. In it, a Pakistani-American lawyer learns that his wife and friends are less tolerant than he thought when, at a seemingly innocent dinner party, they show their true selves and the evening dissolves into ugliness and hate. The New York Times called Disgraced “terrific” and “turbulent.” The 4-year-old piece seems prescient now. It’s soon to be an HBO film, but see it here first. Artistic director Susan V. Booth directs. Details, tickets at alliancetheatre.org. ‘MOXIE’ Through Feb. 21 | Theatrical Outfit. World premiere. This drama by Atlanta playwrights Brian Kurlander and Lane Carlock was developed during the inaugural year of the Alliance Theatre’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab,, no small feat and no small achievement. In it, a Marine in AfghanATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 45
‘I AND YOU’ Through Feb. 21 | Aurora Theatre. This drama has proven to be the biggest hit yet for hometown girl Lauren Gunderson — the subject of a recent Sunday New York Times profile. I and You won the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which honors women playwrights. The story: The night 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
before a class assignment is due, Caroline and Anthony plumb the mysteries of a Whitman poem, unaware that a deeper mystery has brought them together. Expect an in-the-round set in the Harvel Lab. Aurora’s Jaclyn Hofmann directs. Details, tickets auroratheatre.com. ‘START DOWN’ Feb. 13-March 6 | Alliance Theatre. World premiere. This year’s winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, an event that has introduced such playwrights as Tarell Alvin McCraney, Mike Lew, Kenneth Lin and Meg Miroshnik to Atlanta audiences. This piece, by New York University/Tisch School grad Eleanor Burgess, questions how we live, how we educate our children and our core values around technology. Jeremy B. Cohen, producing artistic director at the
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istan connects with his son by crafting a handmade book. As the unfinished book of Moxie travels around the world, all who touch it are sparked to add their personal stories, contributing to its mystical force. Carolyn Cook (Blackberry Winter) and Bobby Labartino lead a stellar 11-member cast. Atlantan Elisa Carlson directs. Details, tickets at theatricaloutfit.org.
FROM LEFT: The 11-member cast of Moxie, getting its world premiere at Theatrical Outfit, includes Maria RodriguezSage (from left), Bobby Labartino and Royce Mann. The quintet of squabblers in the Pulitzer-winning Disgraced at the Alliance, comprises (from left) Andrew Benator, Tinashe Kajese, Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte, Courtney Patterson and Ali Sohaili.
Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, directs. Also scheduled during “Kendeda Week”: four staged readings of plays by the runners-up. Details, tickets at alliancetheatre.org. ‘THE REVOLUTIONISTS’ March 3-20 | 7 Stages. Plays about women. Plays about history. Lauren Gunderson (Weird Sisters’ EMILIE: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight) excels at both. This piece transports us to 1793 Paris during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, where four powerful and provocative real women — including Olympe de Gouge, Charlotte Corday and Marie Antoinette — tackle gender inequality, racial tension and rising violent radicalism while facing the guillotine and writing a play of their own. Artistic director Heidi S. Howard directs. Details, tickets at 7stages.org.
‘INTO THE WOODS’ March 10-April 17 | Aurora Theatre. Sondheim explores what happens after “happily ever after” in a fractured fairy tale that includes Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, a couple of wolves, Rapunzel, a baker and his wife, and, of course, a witch. As you might imagine with Sondheim, these woods can get dark and twisty, so this award-winning musical (three 1988 Tonys, five Drama Desk awards) might not be appropriate or entertaining for all ages. Aurora’s Justin Anderson, one of our favorite directors, leads a 16-person cast. Details, tickets auroratheatre.com. ‘SERIAL BLACKFACE’ April 2-24 | Actor’s Express. World premiere. Young playwright Janine Nabers, a Juilliard grad, sets her story in 1979 Atlanta, during the Atlanta Child Murders. The plot: A single mother copes
with the disappearance of her son and deals with her troubled teenage daughter while pondering the possibility of a new love. Serial Blackface won the 2014 Yale Drama Series competition for full-length, unpublished works. “Janine Nabers is an extraordinary writer,” said playwright Marsha Norman (’night, Mother) when choosing her for the Yale prize. “The crackling dialogue and the unswerving honesty are beautiful to experience.” Ashley again directs. Details, tickets at actors-express. com. ‘BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT: THE TROY DAVIS STORY’ April 8-May 1 | Synchronicity Theatre. A Synchronicity-commissioned world premiere. 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Atlanta playwright Lee Nowell has been working on this drama, described as a “balanced investigation of diverse beliefs about race, justice and the death penalty” for four years. It features a burned-out activist who finds purpose in efforts to exonerate Troy Anthony Davis, convicted and executed for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer in Savannah; her exasperated corporate lawyer husband; and an experienced civil rights activist who clashes with her grandson in light of a trauma in their past. The two acts alternate — with Act 1 coming first one night and Act 2 the next. Discussions follow each performance. Producing artistic director Rachel May directs. Details, tickets at synchrotheatre. com.
Sweeney Todd at Actor’s Express: Meat pie, anyone? Deborah Bowman is the scheming Mrs. Lovett, Kevin Harry the barber bent on revenge in Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterwork.
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Robert Battle has bided his time since becoming artistic leader of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (here Feb. 10-14).This is his time. By Julie Bookman
his is Robert Battle’s big moment. Battle, only the third artistic director in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 58-year history, has taken his time making dramatic waves (although no less than The New York Times has said he’s “injected the company with new life”). But now comes his big splash. The company, the nation’s first and most prestigious repertory company rooted in African-American dance has, in fact, pegged 2016 as “The Year of Robert Battle.” Two of his major works — Awakenings and No Longer Silent — will anchor Ailey performances during the company’s 20-city North American tour. In keeping with tradition, the dancers will be in Atlanta during Cupid’s peak season,
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs scenes from Robert Battle’s Awakenings.
partly because the company has a love affair with this town. “It’s palpable, the close relationship we have with Atlanta” says Battle, 43. “It’s like going home in a way.” That relationship has strengthened over the years — Ailey dancers have regularly led movement workshops in schools and offered other kinds of community outreach. “There’s a call-and-response from Atlanta, letting us know they are out there in the house and that they appreciate us,” Battle says. “The passion we get is quite different from other cities.” Awakenings is the first piece Battle has choreographed for the company since succeeding the regal Judith Jamison in 2011. It nods to his own rise, and celebrates company founder Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), who rose from poverty in small-town Texas to help shape modern black dance. Ailey’s pulse is still vibrant throughout the company. When Jamison retired, one of the first things Battle
did was visit the company’s archives to read interviews she did when Ailey died. “In every one she would evoke his name
“There’s a call-and-response from Atlanta, letting us know they are out there in the house and that they appreciate us. The passion we get is quite different from other cities.”
or spirit in some way,” he says. It didn’t end there. “Even in her staff meetings, she would always remind everybody — from marketing to arts and education to maintenance — she would talk about Alvin and say, ‘You must remember he’s the reason we are all here. We are not forgetting where we came from. We are always honoring that.’ ”
Awakenings, an 18-minute world premiere for 12 dancers, is something of a rite of passage. The central figure is trying to reach another plane of existence, and his community is inspiring him in the effort. Battle hopes that this inaugural piece will “awaken something in all of us, something that allows any of us to see more clearly, even for just a moment — like a crack in the Earth’s atmosphere.” He created No Longer Silent, a 35-minute militaristic work, in 2007 for the Juilliard School and now sets it upon these dancers. Silent was initially part of a concert of choreography set to forgotten scores by composers whose work the Nazis had banned. Battle drew upon photographic images of World War II to create the ballet that speaks to both oppression and the life of composer Erwin Schulhoff, who died in a concentration camp in 1942. There is tension within both works, and to help create that “dancers need to experience something that makes them tip,” Battle says. Silent features intricate patterns and “a lot of weaving through each other — and there’s no room for error,”
Battle says, or the dancers will collide. They may seem to be out of control, but don’t be fooled. It’s intentional. It reminds him in a way of something the late poet Maya Angelou once said about her work: “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Away from the studio, Battle — who describes his leadership style as low-key — says cooking is a passion and a way to unwind. “I like to observe and listen, to collect all the information I can before making a decision. But I also think I’m tough when I need to be.” He’s always the choreographer, though, even when in the kitchen. “I go online and look up every recipe within reason, and I follow the things that seem to make sense. If one recipe says ‘try peanut butter,’ I will think about that and maybe try it. “But I like to consider every possible scenario. I enjoy the entire ritual: the shopping for ingredients, the bringing it all home, the chopping, the breaking it down, the transformation, the flavors marinating and deepening.” It’s no surprise then when he says, “in some ways, it is like dance-making.”
ABOVE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs scenes from Robert Battle’s No Longer Silent. BELOW: The Ailey company with artistic director Robert Battle (center). Battle says he hopes Awakenings, his inaugural piece for the company, will “awaken something in all of us, something that allows any of us to see more clearly, even for just a moment — like a crack in the Earth’s atmosphere.” .
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You’ll step back in time to the B.C. decades, when the pharoahs favored opulent splendor and mystique in their Middle Eastern palaces. The Egyptian Ballroom is lavishly decorated with sweeping columns and ornamentation. Here are few details about it: • The ballroom measures 6,840 square feet (that’s 90 feet by 76 feet). • As an event space, it holds 800 guests standing and 480 for banquets. • The space is now managed for private events through the “Affairs at the Fox,” program, a partnership struck last year by the Fox Theatre and Affairs to Remember Caterers. • In the past decade, the room hosted more than 100 proms, contributing to memories for nearly 40,000 guests. • The ballroom was designed, and served as, a banquet hall. • The space officially became the Egyptian Ballroom in 1939, when it first became available to the public for special events. • It’s named for its Egyptian décor. • The ballroom has authentic hieroglyphics but not in a readable order (should you have the ability to read hieroglyphics). 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
• One column in the room remains unchanged by 1980s renovations, left to pay homage to the building’s past and present. • The painting over the stage features the pharaoh Ramses II. • The ballroom hosted Prince Charles at a 1977 event for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. • The room has hosted such notable acts as pop singers Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé; singer-songwriter Taylor Dayne; the 1970s’ funk band Earth, Wind & Fire; pop-rocker Glenn Frey; powerhouse vocalist Jennifer Holliday; the great Elton John; and the 1980s synth-funk band Midnight Star. • The Fox Theatre and its facilities made the 50 best-wedding-venues list for 2015 in American Bride magazine. • The ballroom can be seen on Fox Theatre tours, which generally take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. For more, visit http://foxtheatre.org/private-events/ egyptian-ballroom/.
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The Fox Theatre invites you to walk like an Egyptian, or at least party like one, when you enter the Egyptian Ballroom, an intriguing setting for weddings and receptions, corporate events and association functions.
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