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Steve Blanchard as Little Mermaid’s King Triton (at left), played the Beast in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast for eight years. The characters are similar, he says. Both are trapped in a world they’ve taken for granted and think will always exist.
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nlike Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King — both Broadway cash cows — the original version of The Little Mermaid hardly got splash-worthy reviews when it opened in 2008. For starters, the sea creatures simulated being underwater by moving around on “merblades,” or Heelys roller shoes. The show closed after 20 months and 685 performances, but Disney Theatricals didn’t give up on its tale of a headstrong mermaid who falls in love with a human
and yearns to live on land. (The show is based on the 1989 Disney animated film, which is, in turn, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale.) Director Glenn Casale was hired to reshape the show. He threw some songs out, put in new ones and tightened the storytelling. He tossed out the roller shoes for everyone but the eels. Ariel and most of her fish mates are now attached to wires that swish and swoop across and above the stage to create an underwater illusion. “At one point, I had a harness that dug ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION
Diana Huey is Ariel in this Little Mermaid staging, created in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
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What do you admire about his Little Mermaid direction? A: He’s a breath of fresh air in the musical theater world. He is a stickler about realism. Whatever you are doing, he insists that you make it real. He told the prince and sailors not to pretend to be doing something on the boat, that they each needed a definite purpose, reason and action. I absolutely love that and wish we had more of it. Q: Can you imagine playing King Triton for 3,000 (give or take) performances — for as long as you played the Beast? A: Beast was the most amazing experience of my 37-year career. I was still discovering new layers in year 8. It is the perfect show, so well-written. With the changes done to this show, I get the same feeling. I discovered that the Beast was like an onion, with so many layers. The longer you do a role, you can build it layer by layer and that’s what I like, to make every character that much richer. I don’t know how people only play a role for six months. You haven’t even scratched the surface of that character.
into my diaphragm, which made it harder to sing,” says Broadway’s Steve Blanchard, who plays King Triton, Ariel’s father. “That was tough, but now I have a much better harness not pushing into my ribs.” This is Blanchard’s second national tour as King Triton, but the father of three knows Disney well. He played the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (in Toronto, on Broadway from 1999 to 2007, and then on tour) as well as the beefcakey, oblivious Gaston. Blanchard, 58, agreed to dry-dock and chat while the Mermaid company caught its breath in Seattle.
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A: They are both trapped, or locked, in a world that they have taken for granted and think will always exist. They both undergo real growth and change within the span of the story. Although Triton is not onstage as much as the Beast, the arc of Triton is still very strong because he’s the catalyst for Ariel to discover herself. She’s also his catalyst because she changes him — his view of the world and his prejudice toward humans. She draws him out of his shell. It’s a wonderful arc for an actor to play. Q: When Mermaid was reworked, did the role of King Triton improve? A: This version of the show emphasizes the father-daughter relationship in a way that was not there before. Fathers who have had to let a daughter go for whatever reason can
relate. In fact, I know they’re getting lumps in their throats. I’ve seen fathers with tears streaming down their faces. Q: Do you have a “dream role” you still want to play? A: Besides being a series regular on a TV series shot in New York? I want to do Sweeney Todd one day. That was my Hamilton, my Rent, my Spring Awakening that I saw as a college student in 1979. I realized that dark, gritty, passionate theater is what I wanted to do. Q: Any advice for someone who wants a stage career? A: Don’t be afraid to just be, nothing more. But you have to want it more than anything or get out. Because someone else wants it more than you. MARK KITAOKA
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Based on Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film, produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements
ALLEN FITZPATRICK FREDERICK HAGREEN BRANDON ROACH CONNOR RUSSELL JAMIE TORCELLINI and
DIANA HUEY as ARIEL
AMY CLARK & MARK KOSS Wig & Hair Design
LEAH J. LOUKAS Associate Director
MICHAEL HEITZMAN Executive Producer/General Manager
Original Soundscape Design
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Flying Sequences Choreographed by
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GLENN CASALE Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions Scenery, props and new costumes were created by a partnership with Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO and Theatre Under The Stars. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
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CAST Ariel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DIANA HUEY* Pilot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANE STOKINGER* Sailors . . . . .VENNY CARRANZA*, MICHAEL McGURK*, JAMES SHACKELFORD*, BRIAN STEVEN SHAW*, MICHAEL WORDLY* Prince Eric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MATTHEW KACERGIS* Grimsby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALLEN FITZPATRICK* Flounder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONNOR RUSSELL* Scuttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMIE TORCELLINI* King Triton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .STEVE BLANCHARD* Sebastian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MELVIN ABSTON* Mersisters Aquata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LISA KARLIN* Andrina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KRISTIN BURCH* Arista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRENNA WAGNER*, BECCA ORTS* Atina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BECCA ORTS* Adella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMANDA MINANO* Allana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TAYLOR NIEMEYER* Flotsam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRANDON ROACH* Jetsam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FREDERICK HAGREEN* Ursula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JENNIFER ALLEN* Gulls . . . . . . . . . . VENNY CARRANZA*, MICHAEL McGURK*, MARCO RAMOS* Maids . . . KRISTIN BURCH*, LISA KARLIN*, AMANDA MINANO*, BECCA ORTS*, MOMOKO SUGAI*, BRENNA WAGNER* Chef Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANE STOKINGER* Chefs . . . . . . . . . VENNY CARRANZA*, MICHAEL McGURK*, MARCO RAMOS*, JAMES HACKELFORD*, BRIAN STEVEN SHAW*, MICHAEL WORDLY* Princesses . . . . . . . . . . . KRISTIN BURCH*, LISA KARLIN*, AMANDA MINANO*, TAYLOR NIEMEYER*, BECCA ORTS*, BRENNA WAGNER* ENSEMBLE KRISTIN BURCH*, VENNY CARRANZA*, LISA KARLIN*, MICHAEL McGURK*, AMANDA MINANO*, TAYLOR NIEMEYER*, BECCA ORTS*, MARCO RAMOS*, BRIAN STEVEN SHAW*, JAMES SHACKELFORD*, DANE STOKINGER*, MOMOKO SUGAI*, BRENNA WAGNER*, MICHAEL WORDLY* DANCE CAPTAIN ROBBIE ROBY* FLIGHT CAPTAIN BRITTANY ZEINSTRA* UNDERSTUDIES & SWINGS Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For Ariel: AMANDA MINANO*; For Prince Eric: FREDERICK HAGREEN*; For Ursula: LISA KARLIN*; For King Triton: DANE STOKINGER*; For Sebastian: MICHAEL WORDLY*; For Scuttle: VENNY CARRANZA*; For Flotsam: BRIAN STEVEN SHAW*; For Jetsam: BRIAN STEVEN SHAW*; For Grimsby: DANE STOKINGER*; For Flounder: MARCO RAMOS*; For Chef Louis: VENNY CARRANZA* Male Swing: ROBBIE ROBY*; Female Swing: BRITTANY ZEINSTRA* ATLANTAâ€™S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19
CAST & ORCHESTRA
STAGE MANAGEMENT Production Stage Manager: MICHAEL McEOWEN* Assistant Stage Manager: RACHEL BURY* Assistant Stage Manager: JESS MANNING*
DISNEYâ€™S THE LITTLE MERMAID TOURING ORCHESTRA Conductor: COLIN R. FREEMAN Associate Music Director/Keyboards: CHRISTOPHER BABBAGE Drums: ANTHONY DE AUGUSTINE
ADDITIONAL MUSIC STAFF Music Coordinator: DANE ANDERSEN Rehearsal Pianist: CASEY CROSS Rehearsal Drummer: CHRIS MONROE Keyboard Programming: JIM HARP, SYNTHLINK LLC
MUSICAL NUMBERS Act I “The World Above” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariel “Fathoms Below” † . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pilot, Sailors, Prince Eric, Grimsby “Daughters of Triton” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mersisters “If Only (Triton’s Lament)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . King Triton “Daddy’s Little Angel” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam “Part of Your World” * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariel “The Storm” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sailors “Part of Your World (Reprise)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariel “She’s in Love” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mersisters, Flounder “Her Voice” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Prince Eric “Under the Sea” * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sebastian, Sea Creatures “If Only (Ariel’s Lament)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariel “Sweet Child” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flotsam, Jetsam “Poor Unfortunate Souls” * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ursula Act II “Positoovity” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scuttle, Gulls “Beyond My Wildest Dreams” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariel, Maids, Grimsby “Les Poissons” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chef Louis “Les Poissons (Reprise)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chef Louis, Chefs “One Step Closer” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Prince Eric “Daddy’s Little Angel (Reprise)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam “Kiss the Girl” * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sebastian, Animals “If Only (Quartet)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, King Triton “The Contest” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grimsby, Princesses “Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ursula “Finale” † . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prince Eric, Ariel, Ensemble
Music by Alan Menken * Lyrics by Howard Ashman † Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater All other lyrics by Glenn Slater ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21
BIOS DIANA HUEY (Ariel) couldn’t be more honored or excited to swim across the country and live out this childhood dream! Regional: 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Flat Rock Playhouse, Prospect Theatre and Playwrights Horizons. TV: Leverage, The Glee Project and New Day Northwest’s theme-song singer. Huey is a Helen Hayes Award winner (best leading actress) for Signature Theatre’s Miss Saigon. Endless thanks to this team for this incredible opportunity and her family and Andrew for their support and love. DianaHuey.com MELVIN ABSTON (Sebastian) Broadway: Sister Act. National tour: The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Little Mermaid and Sister Act. Regional: ZACH Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, TUTS, 5th Avenue Theatre, Goodman Theatre. Film/TV: Solace, Chastity Bites, “Gotham,” “Raising Hope,” “Chuck,” recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “H+: The Digital Series,” “Weeds.” VO: Verizon Wireless, South Park Studios and The Prince of Peace. Proud member of AEA and SAGAFTRA, prouder father to Jaron, Stevie and Krystina! JENNIFER ALLEN (Ursula) Broadway credits include starring and co-starring roles in Bridges of Madison County, Sister Act (Mother Superior), Memphis, A Catered Affair, Cats (Grizabella), Little Me, Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide) and City of Angels. Allen has been seen in national tours of Ragtime (Emma Goldman), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Ma and Tessie Tura) and Cabaret (Sally Bowles). Regionally, she’s worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse. Allen lives in New York with her loving family, husband Rob and two gorgeous children, Cedric and Frances. STEVE BLANCHARD (King Triton) Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, A Christmas Carol and The Three Musketeers. National tours: Newsies, Little House on the Prairie, Camelot and Phantom of the Opera. Television: “The Tap,” “Law & Order,” 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
“Third Watch,” “Cupid,” “Ed,” “Sunset Beat,” “Police Story” and “Goody Goody.” Film: In Stranger Company, Those Who Wander, When the Moon Was Twice As Big, By the Dashboard Light and Rap Master Ronnie for HBO. Original recordings: Johnny Guitar, Sundown, Frankenstein and Northbound Train. MATTHEW KACERGIS (Prince Eric) Regional: The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric) at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Les Misérables (Marius), Billy Elliot (Tony), Chasing Nicolette (Aucassin) and Anne of Green Gables (Gilbert Blythe) at Village Theatre. Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Wickham) at La Mirada Theatre. Parade (Frankie/Young Soldier) and The Civil War (“Tell My Father”) at Ford’s Theatre. Spring Awakening (Melchior) and Cinderella (Prince Christopher) at Olney Theatre Center. Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular (Aladdin) at Disney’s California Adventure. Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) at the Ogunquit Playhouse. TV: “Veep.” Cast recording: A Walk on the Wild Side. Proud Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA member. MatthewKacergis.com ALLEN FITZPATRICK (Grimsby) His 10 appearances on Broadway include Les Misérables, 42nd Street, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Memphis, Driving Miss Daisy, Passion, Sweet Smell of Success and Damn Yankees. Fitzpatrick was featured in five national tours, including the role of Max in Sunset Boulevard. Multiple TV/film roles. He portrays Major Werner on “Chaldea.” allenfitzpatrick.weebly.com FREDERICK HAGREEN (Jetsam) is elated to be back with the 5th! Seattle credits include John Hinckley Jr. in Assassins, Pirates of Penzance and Jasper in Deadland (5th Avenue Theatre); Come From Away (Seattle Rep); Bad Apples (ACT); Disney’s Mary Poppins and Les Misérables (Village Theatre); American Idiot and Really, Really (ArtsWest). Love to B, Kels, L-Dawg and the family. BRANDON ROACH (Flotsam) National tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Tuacahn (Sister Act, Disney’s When You Wish); Surflight (The Wizard of Oz); Cd’A Summer
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CONNOR RUSSELL (Flounder). Quentin in October Sky (Old Globe); premiere of Disney’s Aladdin, Hairspray Anniversary Concert, A Chorus Line (5th Avenue Theatre); Idaho! The Comedy Musical (Smith Center); A Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO); White Christmas (Arkansas Rep); The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre); and Gypsy (Capital Rep). Film: Paul in the Hinterlands (IAWTV Award nomination for best leading actor); Brand Upon the Brain (Toronto and New York film festivals); Truth Slash Fiction (SeriesFest 2016 winner). Instagram/Twitter: @mrconnorrussell
MICHAEL McGURK (Gull, Ensemble) Broadway: The Wedding Singer (original cast), The Music Man (original revival cast). OffBroadway: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. National tour: Dr. Dolittle. McGurk has performed on the Tony awards twice. B.F.A.: The Boston Conservatory.
JAMIE TORCELLINI (Scuttle) Broadway: Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), Little Johnny Jones (Donny Osmond standby), Me and My Girl (Jim Dale standby), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Man of La Mancha (Barber), Beauty and the Beast (LeFou) and the original company of Billy Elliot. TV/film: “Law & Order,” “ER,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” Mrs. Santa Claus, Stuart Little. Torcellini has provided character voices for Disney’s Tarzan, Pocahontas and was the character model for the body of Aladdin. KRISTIN BURCH (Andrina, Ensemble) Overjoyed to return to this magical show! 5th Avenue: How to Succeed. International tour: West Side Story (Anybodies/Maria u/s). Regional: Legally Blonde (Elle), Chicago (Roxie), Oliver! (Nancy). Love to Mom, Dad and her husband, Matthew. SHMILY. VENNY CARRANZA (Gull, Ensemble, Chef Understudy, Scuttle Understudy) is excited to go “Under the Sea.” B’way: A Chorus Line, Camelot, We Will Rock You, Seussical, Hair. Regional: Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, Señor Discretion Himself and others. Film/TV: Jack and Jill, “Scrubs.” Thanks to all of the Mermaid team, Mr. Wolfe and God! LISA KARLIN (Aquata, Ensemble, Ursula Understudy) 5th Ave debut! Broadway/national tours: Pippin (Leading Player), The Addams Family (Wednesday u/s), Ragtime (Emma
AMANDA MINANO (Adella, Ensemble, Ariel Understudy): Off-Broadway: Let Her Kick. Touring: Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, IVRT. Love to Anthony Boyer, the Minano clan, Max and Lucas. You are enough! @amanda.minano. #mermanda. TAYLOR NIEMEYER (Alana, Ensemble) is thrilled to return with 5th Avenue in this magical production. 5th Avenue credits: Bebe (A Chorus Line), Zaneeta Shinn (The Music Man), ensemble (How to Succeed ...). Love to Tim! BECCA ORTS (Atina, Ensemble) is thrilled to be among this magnificent group of artists. Favorite credits include The Last Five Years (Cathy), Xanadu (Kira), Rocky Horror Show (Janet), Cabaret (Sally) and Shrek (Princess Fiona). Love to Kody and fam. MARCO RAMOS (Gull, Prince Eric Double, Ensemble, Flounder Understudy) Regional: The Little Mermaid (TUTS), Spamalot (Hollywood Bowl) and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). B.A. in theater from UCLA. Love to Kevin, BBR and his family for their love and support. Connect at mrmarcoramos.com ROBBIE ROBY (Swing, Dance Captain) Broadway: Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Paint Your Wagon (Encores!, cast album). National tours: Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, Joseph ... Dreamcoat (cast album), Starlight Express. Baltimore native, B.S. in elementary education from Towson University. Dare to dream!
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BIOS JAMES SHACKELFORD (Ensemble) Tours: The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric u/s, Swing). Regional: Hairspray (Link Larkin), A Chorus Line (Al) at Lyric Theatre OK; Hair (Tribe) at Sacramento Music Circus. For more – jamesdshackelford.com BRIAN STEVEN SHAW (Ensemble, Flotsam/ Jetsam Understudy) Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh CLO, TUTS, 5th Avenue Theatre, McCoy Rigby, 3-D Theatricals, Disneyland. Commercial: “Frozen Fun” (Disneyland Resort). Thanks Glenn, John, Craig and Nick. Instagram: brianshaw_ blue. DANE STOKINGER (Chef Louis, Pilot, Ensemble, Triton Understudy, Grimsby Understudy) At the 5th: A Christmas Story (Old Man), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lancelot). SCT: Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Caractacus Potts). Village Theatre: Full Monty (Jerry), Trails (Mike), No Way to Treat a Lady (Morris Brummell). Love to Jess. MOMOKO SUGAI (Ariel Double, Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful show. Credits include: Broadway: Allegiance (Peggy). Regional: Hair, Seussical, Side Show, Nunsense, A Chorus Line, Godspell, Mary Poppins, How to Succeed ... and The Rocky Horror Show. Thanks to her family, ATB and Ish! BRENNA WAGNER (Arista, Ensemble) is absolutely joyous to join Disney’s The Little Mermaid! 5th Ave: Paint Your Wagon. Seattle: ArtsWest’s Violet (Violet); Village Theatre’s Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady. Regional: Arizona Theatre Company. Love to Mama and Dad. MICHAEL WORDLY (Ensemble, Sebastian Understudy) Off-Broadway: Spamilton: The American Parody. Regional: Memphis (Gator), Smokey Joe’s Café (Adrian), Aida (Mereb) and Hairspray (Seaweed). Proud member of AEA. Huge thanks to family and friends for their continuous love and support. Proverbs 3:5. michaelwordly.com BRITTANY ZEINSTRA (Swing) Regional: Mamma Mia! (Sophie) at The Muny, How to 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Succeed ... at TUTS, Me and My Girl. B.F.A. from Boston Conservatory. Love to my parents and fearless sisters. BrittanyZeinstra.com ALAN MENKEN (Music) Stage credits: Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and the Beast; A Christmas Carol; King David; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Real Life Funnies, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravits; Weird Romance; and Der Glocker Von Notre Dame. Film credits: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and Home on the Range. Other achievements: A Billboard #1 album (Pocahontas) and #1 single (“A Whole New World”). Awards include eight Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, 10 Grammys, a London Evening Standard, an Olivier, a New York Drama Critics Award, a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical. Stage adaptations: A Christmas Carol and The Hunchback of Notre Dame plus the film “Noel.” HOWARD ASHMAN (Lyrics) wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin (three songs). He served as producer on The Little Mermaid and executive producer on Beauty and the Beast. With composer Alan Menken, he received two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for best song (“Beauty and the Beast” and “Under the Sea”) and four Grammy awards. He received an Oscar nomination with Menken for “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. As author, lyricist and director for the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors, which ran in New York for five years and was produced worldwide, Ashman won two Outer Critics Circle awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a London Evening Standard and a Drama Desk Award. His screenplay for Little Shop of Horrors received a Screen Writers Guild nomination and “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” was nominated (with Menken) for an Oscar (best song).Ashman was an author, lyricist and the director of Smile, for which he received a Tony nomination (best book). Stage credits include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and The Confirmation (his only full-length play). Artistic director: WPA Theatre (1976-1982).
BIOS GLENN SLATER (Lyrics) Broadway: Houdini with Danny Elfman (2013). Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony Award nomination for best score, Grammy nomination for best cast album). West End: Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy (2009), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2010, Olivier nomination for best musical). Regional: Leap of Faith (Ahmanson Theatre, L.A., 2010). Off-Broadway: newyorkers (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2001, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Film: Disney’s Home on the Range (2004) and Tangled (2010, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best song). Awards: Kleban Award for lyrics, ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Jonathan Larson award. Slater lives in New York City and has two sons, Benjamin and Daniel. DOUG WRIGHT (Book) is a Pulitzer Prize winner and received Tony, Drama Desk, GLAAD Media, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Lucille Lortel awards for I Am My Own Wife, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2003. For Grey Gardens, he was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards (best book of a musical). In 1995, Wright won an Obie Award for his play Quills; his screen adaptation was named best picture by the National Board of Review and nominated for three Academy Awards. Wright was cited by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and awarded the Tolerance Prize from the KulturForum Europa. His plays include The Stonewater Rapture, Interrogating the Nude, Unwrap Your Candy, Grey Gardens, The Little Mermaid and The Pavilion. He serves on the board of the New York Theatre Workshop and is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. GLENN CASALE (Director) Broadway: Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (Tony Award nomination for best revival), which was filmed by A&E and earned two Emmy awards. OffBroadway: The Property Known As Garland starring Adrienne Barbeau, and Dragapella at Studio 54 (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel award nominations for best production). International: Disney’s The Little Mermaid,
Beauty and the Beast (Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Russia); The Wiz. Regional: Hunchback of Notre Dame; The Little Mermaid; Ballroom; Camelot with Rachel York and Lou Diamond Phillips; Wrestlers starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney; Bingo!; From the Top starring Carol Burnett; Los Angeles Ovation Award-winning best musical Anything Goes with Rachel York, Brent Barrett, Sally Struthers and Fred Willard; Camelot with Michael York; The Prisoner of Second Avenue with Jason Alexander. Television: ABC’s “The Faculty” starring Meredith Baxter and “The Wayans Bros.” Casale is the artistic director at California Musical Theater in Sacramento. JOHN MacINNIS (Choreographer) The Little Mermaid marks the third time MacInnis has worked at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. He choreographed Guys and Dolls and was associate choreographer of Disney’s Aladdin. MacInnis choreographed Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Tokyo, and the new company that opened in Nagoya, Japan, in November 2016. He also choreographed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which ran in five European countries. He is the associate choreographer of the new West End production of Dreamgirls and the Broadway productions of Something Rotten, Disney’s Aladdin and the 2011 Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon. He directed and choreographed the Olympic Medals Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympics Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia, and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He directed and choreographed the out-of-town productions of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (1999-2001), including the first international production in Mexico City. MacInnis has choreographed at the Shaw Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh CLO, Theatre Under the Stars, Music Theatre Wichita, Sacramento Music Circus and North Shore Music Theatre. COLIN R. FREEMAN (Musical Director/ Conductor) Regional (partial list): Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Andrews Brothers, Assassins, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (1992 national tour), Grease, Gypsy, Harmony, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25
BIOS Superstar, The Wizard of Oz. London/West End: Chess, Cats, Fame, Children of Eden, Matador, Me and My Girl. Freeman has conducted many of the country’s leading symphony orchestras and recorded for the BBC. He has worked with such artists as Michael Feinstein, Barry Manilow, Mitzi Gaynor and Rod Stewart. He has an LA Alliance Ovation Stage Award for best musical direction (2003). He lives happily in Palm Springs, Calif., with his wife, Lorna Luft.
Boat (Goodspeed); Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre). Awarded the 2012 Theater Hall of Fame Emerging Artists Fellowship. Now designing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
MARK KOSS (Costume Designer) designed at Sacramento Music Circus for La Cage aux Folles in 2014, Chicago in 2013, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Fiddler on the Roof in 2012, and The Producers and Camelot in 2011. He is the associate costume designer for PAUL RUBIN (Flying Sequence Choreographer) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME and Marvel Universe LIVE! Rubin’s career of choreographing flying produced by Feld Entertainment. Other credits sequences spans four decades. He is a member include Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic of The Little Mermaid, directed by Glenn Castle. At Seattle’s 5th Avenue: Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan. Broadway: Wicked; Curtains with Casale, co-designed with Amy Clark; San Francisco Playhouse’s Animals Out of Paper and David Hyde Pierce; Frozen; The Pirate Queen; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Shotgun Players’ The Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan; Kiss Me, Kate; Threepenny Opera; San Francisco Shakespeare Doctor Zhivago; The Green Bird; Dance of the Festival’s Pericles; Ray of Light Theatre’s The Vampires; Fiddler on the Roof; and Saturday Night Fever. International/touring productions: Who’s Tommy (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award). M.F.A., NYU Tisch. Disney’s The Little Mermaid (the Netherlands, Moscow, Tokyo, United States); Tori Amos’ The Light Princess (National Theatre, London); CHARLIE MORRISON (Lighting Designer) National/international tours: Disney’s The Little Evolution in China; Aladdin; West Coast Mermaid; How the Grinch Stole Christmas premiere of Carrie the Musical; 9 to 5 the (NYC/tour); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Miss Musical; Spamalot; Dora the Explorer LIVE; Saigon; Aida (U.S., Taiwan and China); The SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical; Seussical the Musical; and Scooby-Doo. TheFlyGuy.com. Producers; Man of La Mancha; Guys and Dolls; Groovaloo (NYC, L.A, Foxwoods and U.S.); Twitter: @theflyguy Hello, Dolly!; My Fair Lady; The King and I KENNETH FOY (Scenic Designer) Broadway: (U.S. and South Korea); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Gypsy; 42nd Candida with Joanne Woodward, Macbeth Street (U.S. and Japan); Smokey Joe’s Café; The with Nicol Williamson, Annie, An Evening Who’s Tommy (Europe and Japan); Titanic; With Jerry Herman, Gypsy (directed by Arthur The Music Man; and many others. Regional: Laurents) and more. National/international: My Fair Lady, Bombay Dreams, Doctor Dolittle, Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle White Christmas, The Sound of Music, The Rep, Theatre Under the Stars, Dallas Summer King and I, Disney’s High School Musical and Musicals, California Music Circus, Kansas High School Musical 2. Metropolitan Opera, City Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, George Houston Grand Opera, La Scala, Radio City, Street Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Ringling Bros. and Playmaker’s Rep, Tulsa Opera, many others. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Morrison has received two Helen Hayes awards (D.C.) for outstanding lighting design and AMY CLARK (Costume Designer) Chaplin has been nominated for seven of the awards. (Broadway, Barrymore); On Your Toes Website: cmlighting.com. (City Center Encores!); Other Desert Cities (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Lord of the Flies and The North Pool (Barrington Stage); Show
BIOS ED CHAPMAN (Sound Designer) Current/ recent touring productions: A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, The Little Mermaid (co-design with Randy Hansen). Other notable projects: Pirates of Penzance (director John Rando at Barrington Stage), The Wizard of Oz (Walnut Street Theatre), more than 20 productions at the Weston Playhouse, The Joker’s Game (world premiere in China), Bedbugs (off-Broadway), Rocky Horror Show (director Hunter Foster), American Pops Orchestra in Tokyo. Chapman sends much love and thanks to his parents, John and Gayle, and family Kate, Mary Ann, Johnny and Eddie. LEAH J. LOUKAS (Hair & Wig Design) At Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre: A Night With Janis Joplin. On Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Oh, Hello; The Heidi Chronicles; On the Town; A Night With Janis Joplin; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; American Idiot; Irena’s Vow. OffBroadway: The Royale (Lincoln Center); The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout); Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude and Plenty (Public Theater); Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park); Heathers: The Musical (Signature Theatre); Jelly’s Last Jam (Signature Theatre Company); Butler (59E59). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre. Education: University of Cincinnati’s CCM, B.F.A., theater design and production/ makeup and wig design. MICHAEL HEITZMAN (Associate Director) Recent directing credits: Legally Blonde and Big River, Sacramento Music Circus; Shrek and The Little Mermaid, North Shore Music Theater (IRNE in New England best director nomination); Buyer & Cellar at Mason Street Warehouse; and Vices (Jefferson Award in Chicago, best director nomination). Other credits: associate director for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Dallas Summer Musicals). michaelheitzman.com
ROBBIE ROBY (Associate Choreographer) has been with The Little Mermaid since its remounting at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2013. Other associate/assistant choreography productions include the world premiere of Beaches (Signature Theatre), The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park), Idaho! The Comedy Musical (Las Vegas premiere), Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse and Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas), Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert: The New York Pops and the 2006 national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Thank you John, Glenn and, of course, Doug. R.J. TANCIOCO (Associate Music Director) Favorite musical direction credits include Grease, Jasper in Deadland, Hairspray anniversary concert, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, First Date, Joseph ... Dreamcoat, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair (5th Avenue); Pump Boys and Dinettes, In the Heights, Les Misérables, (Village Theatre); Violet, American Idiot, Bat Boy (ArtsWest); Next to Normal, New Voices (Contemporary Classics). Music supervisor: Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre). A 2010 Gregory Award and 2011/2014 Gypsy Rose Lee award recipient, Tancioco is a vocal coach, arranger, composer and enjoys educating youth and cultivating new musicals. For his nephew, Xavier. HATTIE CLAIRE ANDRES (Assistant Director) is the 2016/17 directing & arts leadership fellow at the 5th Avenue in Seattle. Recent credits: Man of La Mancha (5th); Lizard Boy, Dear Elizabeth, All the Way (Seattle Rep); Seattle Children’s Theatre; Seattle Theatre Group; Washington Ensemble Theatre; and Youth Theatre Northwest. B.A.: St. Olaf College. Love to the family. GARY C. ECHELMEYER (Assistant Lighting Designer) Regional: Theater Under the Stars, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Texas Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Opera Illinois, Tulsa Opera. Touring: Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience; Jessica Lang Dance; Lines Ballet. Thanks to Charlie ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27
BIOS for the opportunity, Mom and B for all of your support! lightingbygce.com. ASHLEY ANDERSON (Assistant Flying Sequence Choreographer) is thrilled to be behind the scenes on this production. Her favorite performing credits include the tours of The Wedding Singer and The Little Mermaid and regional productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie. JOHN C. BRECKENRIDGE (Executive Producer and General Manager) has been involved with this production of The Little Mermaid since 2014. He has had 25 year career in senior management positions including ten years as President and CEO with Theatre Under The Stars. During that time, he oversaw more than 150 productions, including four world premieres. He served in various management and technical roles on national and international touring productions such as The Magic of David Copperfield, Big River, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma! He is a past President of NAMT and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League. Mr. Breckenridge is an alumni of the University of Michigan MICHAEL McEOWEN (Production Stage Manager) On the road and Broadway. Luminaries along the way have been Richard Thomas and George Wendt in 12 Angry Men; Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!; Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan; Fantasia in The Color Purple; Carl Anderson, Ted Neeley and Sebastian Bach in Jesus Christ Superstar; Theodore Bikel in Fiddler on the Roof; Leslie Uggams and Rip Taylor in Anything Goes; Mickey Rooney and Donald O’Connor in The Sunshine Boys; and Norbert Leo Butz and Tom Hewitt in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. RACHEL BURY (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Scandalous. 5th Avenue: Paint Your Wagon, The Sound of Music, Waterfall, Grease, Jasper in Deadland, Carousel, A Chrismtas Story, Spamalot, Oliver!, Secondhand Lions, The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray in Concert, The Music Man, Rent, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Saving Aimee, Aladdin, Guys and 28 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Dolls. 5th/ACT: Assassins. Other credits: Ordway, Seattle Rep, Intiman, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. JESS MANNING (Assistant Stage Manager) is flippin’ her fin to have the oppor-tuna-ty to return to this show. Regional credits: La Mirada, Geffen Playhouse and California Musical Theatre. Tours: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Spank! Fifty Shades Parody. Special thanks to her family and friends. She reel-y cod-n’t have done it with your kelp CHRISTOPHER HOLMAN (Company Manager) Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Christopher has spent 35 years in the entertainment business. His varied projects have taken him from running the booking and directing operations at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto, Canada, managing the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans to overseeing the productions of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City and the first Chinese produced and developed Resident Show Panda at the Palazzo Theatre in Las Vegas. Christopher’s extensive Company Management career has seen him tour across the globe. He has managed numerous tours including The Lion King in Singapore, Rent in China, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera throughout Europe, North American tours of The Magic of David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar with Carl Anderson and Ted Neeley, Man of La Mancha with Robert Goulet, 2 tours of Camelot with Michael York and Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theaters around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great 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
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THE 5TH AVENUE THEATRE in Seattle is one of America’s leading musical theater companies, committed to the development of new works and the next generation of musical theater artists. Under the leadership of executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong, managing director Bernadine C. Griffin and producing artistic director Bill Berry, the 5th has premiered 17 musicals since 2001, nine of which have moved to Broadway, including Hairspray (2003 Tony Award for best musical), The Wedding Singer, Shrek, Memphis (2010 Tony for best musical), Catch Me If You Can, A Christmas Story, Scandalous, First Date and, most recently, Disney’s Aladdin.
Production Supervisor . . . . John R. Edkins Foy Flying Director . . . . . . Ryan McAlpine Foy 1/Automation . . . . . . Adrian Gutierrez Assistant Carpenter/ Foy 2 Automation . . . . . . . . Sarah Walker Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Behle Production Electrician . . . . . Dustin Adams Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . Mark Vlahos Front Light . . . . . . . . . . . Patty Stratman Assistant Electrician . . . . . . Kate Raymond Head Sound . . . . . . . . . . Brian Canonico A2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Kobernuss Head of Props . . . . . . . . . Paige Zaloudek Assistant Props . . . . . . . Shawn Riley-Rau Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . Nichole Hull Assistant Wardrobe . . Mary Katherine Dean Hair and Wig Supervisor . . . . . Ron Wolek COMPANY MAN AGEMENT Company Manager . . . . Christopher Holman Assistant Company Manager . . . . . Casey Zelhart CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Producers wish to thank the TDF Costume Collection for its assistance with this production. Lighting and Equipment by Christie Lights Sound Equipment by adi: audible difference inc. and Sound Associates Flying by Foy SPECIAL THANKS Dr. Mark A. Burick, Official Chiropractor of The 5th Avenue Theatre Gold’s Gym Seattle, Official Gym of The 5th Avenue Theatre Jeff Carpenter Photography ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29
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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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email 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.)
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Experience s a boy growing up in Atlanta, my greatest travel fantasies were fueled by my grandparents’ extensive collection of National Geographic magazines. Dazzling photos of wildlife migrations in East Africa, marine life on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and penguin colonies in Antarctica gave way to dreams of adventure that I’m still living out today. I never knew there was an equally amazing opportunity less than a six-hour drive from home. 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Citrus County, 90 minutes north of Tampa in western Florida, is part of the state’s Nature Coast. Tacky neon and airbrushed tchotchkes are nearly absent here. Fishing, boating, birdwatching and hiking are the most popular pastimes. There’s more wildlife than people, including alligators, deer, opossums, raccoons, turtles, wild pigs and myriad bird species. But what makes the tiny towns of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs (populations 3,062 and 13,800, respectively) truly unique is that the rivers for which they’re named
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A group of manatees is called “an aggregation” or, more commonly, “a herd.”
SWIMMING WITH THE MANATEES Citrus County was the first place in Florida to protect its manatee population, one reason that Rodale’s Scuba Diving magazine voted it the best place in the United States to see large animals. Captain Mike’s Swimming With the Manatees snorkeling tours (swimmingwiththemanatees.com) give travelers a chance to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, which can weigh up to 1,300 pounds and measure more than 13 feet long. Prices are $65-$99 per person and include masks, snorkels and wetsuits. The semi-private Platinum Tour is longer (five hours), smaller (two-six people), visits several springs and includes a heated houseboat, snacks and beverages. The heated houseboat is noteworthy because 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
temps during peak manatee season (DecemberFebruary) often dip into the low 50s. After watching a brief video on manatee etiquette, you’ll put on wetsuits, climb aboard and take a 40-minute ride to where the animals often congregate. The guides know some manatees by name, and the friendliest may swim over to you. Their massive bodies attract itchy algae, and a cutie named Goofball rubbed against my wife and daughter to scratch himself. It’s an extraordinary experience, and the huge scars we saw underscored just how vulnerable these animals are to life-threatening boat strikes. KAYAKING WITH THE MANATEES If slipping into chilly waters with creatures that weigh more than a half-ton sounds too adventurous, consider a Crystal River Kayak Co. tour (www.crystalriverkayakcompany.com). For $55 per person, you get a kayak (or canoe or stand-up paddle board, if you prefer), paddles, a life vest and a knowledgeable guide who’ll show you the best places to find manatees in the wild. These tours explore unspoiled Kings Bay, which — as part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge — offers a gorgeous glimpse of Florida as it was before commercialism and overdevelopment moved in. Formed specifically for the protection of the species, the refuge’s countless springs are a prime habitat for wintering manatees.
have white sandy bottoms and year-round temperatures of 72 degrees. Perfect conditions for the planet’s largest annual gathering of West Indian manatees. More than 6,000 — a record number — were spotted during the state’s annual survey in 2016. It’s the only place in the world where you’re pretty much guaranteed to see these once-endangered, still-vulnerable sea cows in the colder months. There are three ways to see them, depending on your preferred activity level (and tolerance for cold).
CRYSTAL RIVER KAYAKING
If you choose not to hire a guide, you can rent a kayak or canoe ($35 for two hours in a two-person kayak, or $45 for four hours) and explore Kings Bay on your own. Springs such as Idiots Delight, Three Sisters and the King Springs group (which includes Tarpon Hole, Mullet’s Gullet and Little Hidden) are the most popular places for manatees. You can also find them in the bay itself, occasionally swimming right alongside your boat to get a better look. Curiosity is one of the manatee’s defining characteristics. SEEING MANATEES ON SOLID GROUND If water sports aren’t your thing, Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/ Homosassa-Springs/) offers an option for landlubbers. The park, at the headwaters of the Homosassa River, is the only one in Florida devoted to rehabilitating manatees and other native animals. For nature lovers, the park boasts a boardwalk under a gorgeous green canopy, making for a nice, quiet romantic stroll. There’s wildlife all along the way — black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators and playful river otters. Animal Encounter programs allow up-close interactions with snakes, opossums and other endemic species. But the park’s piece de resistance is its underwater observatory, where guests are guaranteed views of manatees and thousands of fish munching away in the crystal clear, 6-foot-deep spring. It may not be as exciting as swimming with manatees or having them bump up beside you as you paddle, but it’s still a great way to see this remarkable species in its natural home.
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Fried green tomatoes at the Atlanta Grill and a look inside the Distillery, the private dining room.
Views for your brews, a Ritz redux, ITP and OTP sizzle and big things cooking under the new dome. Story and photos by David Danzig Well done Ponce City Market continues its winning streak with a new rooftop concept, Nine Mile Station, with beer gardenstyle offerings and panoramic eyefuls of downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. The operators (also behind rooftop neighbor Skyline Park) have created a very of42 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
the-moment experience that’s true to PCM’s historic charm and the old-timey carnival atmosphere atop the market. Inside Nine Mile, expect a high-design beer hall with cool, green tile and warm, dark wood. The taps feature a dozen high-end craft beers brewed from Atlanta to Asheville, and from Austin to Norway. Nosh on the fried
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sweet peppers stuffed with a savory crab salad, pressed sandwiches and meats like bratwurst, kielbasa and merguez ordered “by the inch.” Minimum spends are required to reach the rooftop, but they’re worth it to get those views with your brews. Atlanta’s craving for Japanese ramen, massive bowls of fragrant, umami-rich broths stocked with tangled egg noodles and more, meets its match at Nexto in the Old Fourth Ward. Chef Mihoko Obunai, a nationally recognized ramen master who’d been doing pop-up meals around town, has landed on Ralph McGill Boulevard. If soup isn’t your thing, this spot offers cold dishes like wagyu beef tartare, hot dishes like steamed buns filled with crispy eel, and hot charcoal-grilled dishes like duck meatballs. Cocktails like the plum sour are pretty nifty too. Long before farm-to-table Southern cooking was all the rage, the downtown RitzCarlton’s Atlanta Grill served sophisticated Southern hospitality to out-of-towners and locals alike. Now, after a skillful makeover, it returns with updated menus, a revamped cocktail program (featuring seven types of ice) and refreshed, transitional-style interiors. Chef 44 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Joshua Fryer pays homage to Southern classics (fried green tomatoes, she-crab soup, pan-roasted scallops), then gets decadent with his Southern-fried chicken doughnut, a riff on chicken and waffles with a glazed doughnut supporting a perfectly fried chicken breast. American Cut, the long-promised LDV Hospitality steakhouse, has arrived at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta with three stories of big-city swagger. This version of the New York City concept has a ground-floor bar and lounge and a swank open-air rooftop dubbed the Regent Cocktail Club. Signature dishes include a Caesar salad prepared tableside, a chili lobster dish served in a warm fragrant broth with Texas-sized Texas toast, a 40-ounce tomahawk chop steak, and a smoked pastrami porterhouse that may be the most explosively flavored and unusually prepared meat in the city. With his new seafood concept, Noble Fin, chef Jay Swift resurfaces (pun intended) after the recent shuttering of Fourth and Swift. Seeking to dodge the onslaught of new competitors at Ponce City Market, Swift spreads his wings, er, gills, and lands in Peachtree Corners. He’s been delighting the OTP crowd with a seafood bounty in an
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understated elegant space that has a front-ofhouse bar and a back-of-house open kitchen. Swift enlists the talents of his son, Jeb Alrich (Joel, Canoe), as co-pilot. The duo keeps true to seafood classics like lobster rolls, fried calamari, fried oyster po’boys, clam chowder and a Maryland crab-cake sandwich. Down the menu you’ll find perfectly cooked fresh fish like steelhead salmon, Georgia rainbow trout, pan-roasted branzino and seared diver scallops. This is another huge win for the suburbs and perhaps a sign that intown’s restaurant reign has peaked. Simmering Fresh from being named one of the Top 100 steakhouses in the United States by Forbes, Roswell’s Little Alley Steak says it will establish a second outpost in Buckhead’s former AJA location. Sharpen your knife for some top-tier red meat in spring 2017. The brothers behind Roswell hits Table and Main and Osteria Mattone hit Alpharetta with a new concept called Coalition Food and Beverage. It will feature street-style art and “a casually cool, throwback playlist.” The menu will include 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
wood-fired classics, premium meats, salads, burgers, and craft beers and cocktails. Look for it this summer. The Woodruff Arts Center’s Twelve Eighty — Inspired Dining has nabbed former Villa Christina executive chef Andreas Georgakopoulos as its chef de cuisine as it continues a makeover. Expect global cuisine with a Southern twist, like maple bourbon salmon, ahi tuna salads and seared Maple Leaf Farms duck breast. Krog Street Market has announced the final player for its impressive food-court stalls: a second Varuni Napoli, the muchloved Midtown Neapolitan pizza joint. Piespinning pizzaiolo Luca Varuni plans to serve piping hot pies by early in the new year. Avalon, Alpharetta’s mixed-use mecca, continues to accumulate top talent with the spring opening of Brine Seafood Shack from executive chef/owner Marc Taft (Chicken and the Egg). Taft describes the concept as a Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica menu, with a rooftop bar serving tiki-style cocktails, a fire pit and a retractable roof. Fast-casual Tex-Mex juggernaut Taqueria del Sol plans new spots in Chamblee (March) and Grant Park (fall 2017).
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Finally, expect as much hype about the food offerings as the sports at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Signing on are Antico Pizza; Golden Brown & Delicious, a Southern concept from Atlanta’s Concentrics group; Delia’s Chicken Sausage; Farm Burger; Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q; Iberian Pig; and chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger. Toast Maybe it was the peculiar name, or the unsettling roast pig-turkey image on the dishes. Regardless, Krog Street Market’s original anchor, The Cockentrice, is gone.
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ESTABLISHMENT — In tribute to Southern fare, Establishment’s kitchen cultivates a traditional array of Georgia classics and original creations such pimiento cheese with bourbon bacon marmalade, hot boiled peanut hummus, venison “buckshot” meatballs, and one very special entree, an 1845 custom cut aged Delmonico steak served campfirestyle with parmesan rosemary truffle fries. Craft cocktails and regional beers. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 517 in Colony Square, 404.347.5291, establishmentatlanta.com. M LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M
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ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a clublike atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V
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TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M 52 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V
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GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M
COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta. com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW
ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M
DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B 54 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria. com. M MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road, 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P
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Find out what you need to know before the show. Read the current and past Encore Atlanta programs for the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Opera online at issuu.com/encoreatlanta.
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FOX FUN FACTS
Theater’s Mighty Möller Organ is mighty indeed
• The Fox Möller Opus 5566 Theatre Organ is the second-largest theater organ in the United States (behind only the instrument at Radio City Music Hall in New York). It has four manuals, 42 ranks and 3,622 pipes.
Maryland city of Hagerstown took notice of Möller’s early successes and induced him to move his business there in 1881. The relocation helped make Hagerstown a viable business center in the western part of the state.
• The organ is more popularly known as the Mighty Mo.
• The “box seats” on either side of the stage actually disguise Mighty Mo’s pipes and instruments.
• More than 7,000 theater organs were installed in American movie houses between 1915 and 1933, but fewer than 40 remain in their original theaters today, and even fewer are operational. That makes the Fox’s Mighty Mo even more exceptional.
• Within the organ chambers are actual instruments used to make dozens of sound effects — songbirds, sirens, a Ford horn, Ludwig snare drums, bass drums, sleigh bells, Zildjian cymbals and a bell from a 1928 railroad locomotive, among many others.
• The Mighty Mo was custom-built by M.P. Möller Inc. of Hagerstown, Md., in 1928 and 1929.
• The term “theater organ” originally referred to a pipe organ designed specifically to imitate an orchestra and accompany a silent film, but as the instrument evolved, new designs and sounds were incorporated.
• M.P. Möller, himself, emigrated to the United States in 1872 and, in 1875, founded the M.P. Möller Pipe Organ Co. in Greencastle, Pa. The 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
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It’s big, it’s historic and makes more sounds than you can count on two hands. Here are a few fun facts about the Fox Theatre’s Mighty Mo.
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