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hen lyricist Martin Charnin first approached potential collaborators about creating a musical based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, he heard only, “Ughhh, I hate it.” “Ughh,” said composer Charles Strouse (Bye Bye Birdie, Applause).

Lyricist Martin Charnin, who conceived the musical, saw the orphaned girl (Tori Bates, left, as Annie with Macy as Sandy) as an almost mythic character, a lost and wandering child with indomitable spirit, a metaphor for courage, morality and innocence in a time of cynicism and pessimism.

“Ughh,” said writer Thomas Meehan, best known then as a New Yorker magazine contributor. It was 1972. January. Charnin’s prospects seemed as cold as the New York winter. But as it always does, the sun eventually came out for Annie. Charnin assured his would-be colleagues ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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that he didn’t want to musicalize a comic strip. He saw Annie as an almost mythic character, a lost and wandering child of indomitable spirit, a metaphor for courage, morality, innocence and optimism in a time when cynicism and pessimism ruled the day. It was the early 1970s, remember. Richard Nixon was in the White House, America was still fighting in Vietnam and the country was in the midst of an economic depression. After his initial “ughh,” Strouse, too, grew enthusiastic. As a boy, his mother had forbidden him to read comic strips, so he’d done so on the sly. He had a deep affection for “Little Orphan Annie” (first brought to life in an 1895 James Whitcomb Riley poem, a poem that also led

to the creation of Raggedy Ann dolls). Cartoonist Harold Gray was inspired, too, and began drawing the strip in Chicago in the 1920s. It followed the wide-ranging adventures of Annie, dog Sandy and benefactor Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. The strip attracted adult readers with political commentary that targeted, among other things, organized labor, FDR’s New Deal and communism. The strip’s popularity faded over the decades and was canceled in June 2010, but the characters still appear occasionally in the “Dick Tracy” strip. Annie began her leap to Broadway when Charnin, shopping for a friend’s Christmas gift in 1971, happened upon a tome titled Little Orphan

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The Annie orphans may have a hard-knock life being parent- and penniless, but they sure can sing and dance.


Annie: Her Life and Hard Times in a Manhattan bookstore (the friend never got it). Annie had a five-week tryout at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., before opening April 21, 1977, at Broadway’s Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon, home to the reincarnated Cats). She’s never looked back, but she did blink — broadly — once. That was with the show’s first review, a pan from WNEW-TV’s Stewart Klein. He called Annie “another sorry example of show that had bowled them over out-oftown but had absolutely no chance in New York.” Meehan, who had less than a dollar in his pocket, said he contemplated jumping off the George Washington Bridge. 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Klein, however, stood alone. “To dislike the new musical Annie would be tantamount to disliking motherhood, peanut butter, friendly mongrel dogs and nostalgia,” Clive Barnes wrote in The New York Times. “It would also be unnecessary, for Annie is an intensely likable musical. You might even call it lovable; it should settle down to being a sizable hit.” Annie ran almost six years on Broadway; won seven Tony awards, including best musical; made stars of Andrea McArdle (Annie) and Broadway journeyman Dorothy Loudon (Miss Hannigan); and provided steppingstones in the careers of Sutton Foster and Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s been revived on Broadway twice (1997 and

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The Annie company — orphans, house staff, FDR, Warbucks, Annie and, yes, Sandy, celebrate a “New Deal for Christmas.”


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2014) and has toured, it seems, in perpetuity. The Fox Theatre has seen Annie 14 times since 1991, mostly recently in January 2012. That makes this stop No. 15. The non-Actors’ Equity tour will take its turn regaling little girls, little boys and their grown-up caretakers with “It’s the HardKnock Life,” “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover,” “NYC” and the rest. Why has Annie been such a hit, from New York to Tokyo, from Helsinki, Finland, to Caracas, Venezuela? “I suspect that it is because Annie is an oldfashioned and upbeat retelling of the Cinderella story with a subtext of contemporary social and political comment,” Meehan said. “Elements in it seem to appeal to just about everyone, from the very young to the very old, from relatively naive

teenagers to hard-bitten sophisticates.” The show also is extremely well-crafted. Knock its sentimentality, if you wish, butalso notice how deftly the storytelling melts into song, how poignant and potent its lyrics are and how moving a tale it is. Ironically, by the time the original show opened on Broadway, the mood of the country had changed. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Vietnam War had ended and the economy was recovering. Still, the musical has proved buoyant no matter what the mood of the country. Annie begins with a few simple, plaintive notes from a single trumpet. That’s the kind of dead-on simplicity that keeps a 40-year-old musical light on its feet. Yes, it can be tempting to see this sunny show as facile, as child’s play. That would be wrong.

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Mallory King as Lily St. Regis (from left), Michael Santora as Rooster Hannigan and Erin Fish as Miss Hannigan — dance, sing and dream of the joys on “Easy Street.”


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THOMAS MEEHAN

CHARLES STROUSE

Lyrics By

MARTIN CHARNIN

Original Production Directed by MARTIN CHARNIN Original Broadway Musical Staging by PETER GENNARO Presented on Broadway by MIKE NICHOLS Produced by: IRWIN MEYER STEPHEN R. FRIEDMAN LEWIS ALLEN ALVIN NEDERLANDER ASSOCIATES INC. THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER ICARUS PRODUCTIONS for the PERFORMING ARTS BASED ON “LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE” BY PERMISSION OF TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC. 2014

Starring

GILGAMESH TAGGETT ERIN FISH TORI BATES as “Annie” CASEY PRINS MICHAEL SANTORA MALLORY KING JEFFREY B. DUNCAN BUNNY BALDWIN JACQUELINE GALVANO AVA SLATER AMANDA SWICKLE AMANDA WYLIE KATIE WYLIE and at select performances AMANDA SWICKLE as “Annie”

TIMOTHY ALLEN TODD BERKICH KATIE DAVIS ADAM DU PLESSIS MIA FITZGIBBON CAROLINE LELLOUCHE CONOR MCGIFFIN MACKENZIE PERPICH CONNOR SIMPSON DAVID VOGEL ANASTASIA WOLFE ROXY YORK Scenic Design

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CAST in order of appearance Annie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TORI BATES Annie (at select performances) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMANDA SWICKLE Molly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUNNY BALDWIN Pepper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMANDA SWICKLE Duffy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATIE WYLIE July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JACQUELINE GALVANO Tessie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMANDA WYLIE Kate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AVA SLATER Miss Hannigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ERIN FISH Bundles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONOR MCGRIFFIN Apple Seller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TIMOTHY ALLEN Dog Catcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONOR MCGIFFIN Asst. Dog Catcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TODD BERKICH Sandy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MACY/SUNNY Lt. Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONNOR SIMPSON Eddie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TODD BERKICH Sophie the Kettle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROXY YORK Grace Farrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CASEY PRINS Drake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ADAM DU PLESSIS Mrs. Greer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIA FITZGIBBON Mrs. Pugh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROXY YORK Cecile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAROLINE LELLOUCHE Annette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KATIE DAVIS Oliver Warbucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GILGAMESH TAGGETT Star to Be . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATIE DAVIS Rooster Hannigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MICHAEL SANTORA Lily . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MALLORY KING Bert Healy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TODD BERKICH Fred McCracken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONOR MCGIFFIN Jimmy Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ADAM DU PLESSIS Buddy, the Sound Effects Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TIMOTHY ALLEN Bonnie Boylan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATIE DAVIS Connie Boylan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAROLINE LELLOUCHE Ronnie Boylan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIA FITZGIBBON Harold Ickes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TIMOTHY ALLEN Frances Perkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROXY YORK Cordell Hull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONNOR SIMPSON Henry Morganthau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TODD BERKICH F.D.R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JEFFREY B. DUNCAN Louis Howe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONOR MCGIFFIN Judge Brandeis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONNOR SIMPSON ENSEMBLE TIMOTHY ALLEN, TODD BERKICH, KATIE DAVIS, ADAM DU PLESSIS, MIA FITZGIBBON, CAROLINE LELLOUCHE, CONOR MCGIFFIN, CONNOR SIMPSON, ROXY YORK DANCE CAPTAIN DAVID VOGEL ASSISTANT DANCE CAPTAIN ANASTASIA WOLFE SWINGS MACKENZIE PERPICH, DAVID VOGEL, ANASTASIA WOLFE UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific notice is posted at the time of the performance. For Annie: JACQUELINE GALVANO, AMANDA SWICKLE For Oliver Warbucks: JEFFREY B. DUNCAN, TODD BERKICH For Miss Hannigan: ROXY YORK For Grace Farrell: MIA FITZGIBBON; For Star to Be: CAROLINE LELLOUCHE For Rooster Hannigan: TIMOTHY ALLEN For F.D.R: CONOR MCGIFFIN, CONNOR SIMPSON; For Bert: TIMOTHY ALLEN, DAVID VOGEL For Lily: CAROLINE LELLOUCHE; For Molly: KATIE WYLIE 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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ACT I OVERTURE “Maybe” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie, Molly “It’s the Hard Knock Life” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie, Orphans “It’s the Hard Knock Life” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orphans “Tomorrow” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie “We’d Like to Thank You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie, Ensemble “Little Girls” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Hannigan “Little Girls” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Hannigan “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie, Grace Farrell, Ensemble “N.Y.C.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Annie, Ensemble “Easy Street” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Hannigan, Rooster, Lily “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long” . . . . . . . . . . Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Annie, Ensemble “Maybe” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie ACT II ENTR’ACTE “Maybe” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” . . . . . . Bert Healy, The Boylan Sisters “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orphans “Easy Street” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Hannigan, Rooster, Lily “Tomorrow” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie, Oliver Warbucks, F.D.R., Cabinet “Something Was Missing” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oliver Warbucks “Annie” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grace Farrell, Ensemble “I Don’t Need Anything But You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Ensemble “Maybe”(Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace Farrell, Annie “A New Deal for Christmas” . . . . . . . . . . . .Annie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, F.D.R., Orphans, Ensemble THERE WILL BE ONE 15 MINUTE INTERMISSION

ANNIE ORCHESTR A Music Director/Keyboard: Keith Levenson Associate Music Director/Keyboard: Matthew J. Pool Woodwinds: Erika Friedman Violin: Danielle Giulini Trumpet: Emma Stanley Trombone: Craig Watson Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin: Darren Lucas Drums: Katie Steinhauer Music Coordinator: Talitha Fehr (TL Music International) The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19


BIOS GILGAMESH TAGGETT (Oliver Warbucks) is delighted to continue this international tour of Annie for a third year. An actor, teacher and director in Cleveland, he’s played many roles over the decades, but his favorite was when he made the final callback to be partners with his beloved Allison. Instagram: @gilgameshtaggett Facebook: ActorGilgameshTaggett www.gilgameshtaggett.com

B.F.A. Western Michigan University. Thanks Daniel Hoff Agency, Joy Dewing, Mom, Dad, Patrick! Psalm 19:14. malloryking.com

JEFFREY B. DUNCAN (F.D.R., U/S Oliver Warbucks) returns for his eighth national tour of Annie. Previous national tours include Oklahoma! (Andrew Carnes) and Ragtime (Henry Ford). Jeff thanks God, his family, friends and Martin Charnin for all they have ERIN FISH (Miss Hannigan) lists her favorite done and the love they give. credits as Mamma Mia! (Donna), 9 to 5 (Violet), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Muriel), The TIMOTHY ALLEN (Ickes, Ensemble, U/S Last Five Years (Catherine), The Full Monty Rooster Hannigan, Bert) has been seen off(Vicki), The Producers (Ulla), Singing in the Rain Broadway at the Snapple Theatre (Pirate (Lina), Anything Goes (Reno), Guys and Dolls Story) Regional credits: Surflight (Wizard of (Adelaide), Nunsense (Amnesia), South Pacific Oz, Scarecrow); Moonlight (Fiddler, Motel); (Nellie), H2$ (Hedy), Hairspray (Velma). Beck Center (Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour; Originally from ND. To Tyler, Life Is Good! Spelling Bee, Leaf). Teacher: SDSU, CUNY York. M.F.A. musical theater; Michael Twitter:@ErinLFish Chekhov master teacher candidate. #GLMCC; TORI BATES (Annie) from Sarasota, Fla., @TimAllenTweet. is making her national tour debut. Favorite www.timothyallenonline.com credits: Young Josephine (Josephine — Asolo Repertory), Little Red Riding Hood (Into the BUNNY BALDWIN (Molly) makes her Woods Jr. — Player’s Theatre). Tori spends time national tour debut. Credits: Kenny Rogers in jazz, tap, ballet and voice classes. She loves Christmas, Molly (Annie), Young Cosette (Les performing and thanks God for this blessing Misérables). Thanks to Miss Nancy and staff at and the love and support of her family, friends the Dance Center in Winchendon, Mass., Joy Dewing & love to Daddy! She dedicates this and community. performance to her Nana ... mmm, Banana CASEY PRINS (Grace Farrell) National Tour “bricks!” debut! Regional: Mary Poppins (Legacy Theatre). Cedar Point’s On Broadway and Rockin’ Country. TODD BERKICH (Bert, Ensemble, U/S B.F.A. Ball State University ’16. Thanks to Oliver Warbucks) was last seen in Murder on the JDC, TROIKA, Martin Charnin. Sincerest love Nile and 1776 at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. and gratitude to my beautiful family, friends, National tours: Guys and Dolls, Ragtime. and Jonny. www.caseyprins.com. @caseyaprins Education: West Virginia University (M.F.A.) and the Hartt School (B.F.A.). Much love to MICHAEL SANTORA (Rooster Hannigan) Elizabeth and family. www.toddberkich.com grew up in New Orleans and graduated with a B.F.A. in theater. National tours: Flashdance KATIE DAVIS (Star to Be, Ensemble) makes (Joe), Anything Goes (Ensemble/Billy/us). her tour debut. Credits: Pirates of Penzance Favorite regional credits: The Music Man (Mabel), The Addams Family (Wednesday), (Harold Hill), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Singin’ Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Wizard of Oz (Studio in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Will Rogers Follies Tenn). Proud graduate of Belmont University Class of ’16. Thanks Mom & Dad, and Shelly. (Will Rogers). All glory to Him. Instagram: katieddavis MALLORY KING (Lily St. Regis) National tour debut. Favorite regional credits: Legally ADAM DU PLESSIS (Drake, Ensemble) Blonde NCL (Serena), Charlie Brown (Sally), is from South Africa. His credits include I Love a Piano (Eileen), Spelling Bee (Olive). Macbeth, Phantom of the Opera, See How They 20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BIOS Run, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Last Five Years, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Rock of Ages and Boys in the Photograph.

(Busch Gardens). Composer/lyricist: Minnie Quay. B.F.A.: Kent State University. Thanks to family, friends, Joy and Martin!

MIA FITZGIBBON (Ensemble, U/S Grace) is thrilled to be on the road with Annie! Regional: Of Mice and Men (Curley’s Wife), August: Osage County (Jean Fordham), Godspell (All Good Gifts). B.F.A. musical theater, Indiana University. Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad and Otto. www.miafitzgibbon.com

AVA SLATER (Kate) makes her national tour debut. Special thanks to God, my family, the Annie creative team, TROIKA Entertainment, Joy Dewing, Hannah Cecille, Atlanta School of the Performing Arts, Impact Dance of Atlanta, Young Actor’s Playhouse, Lisa Jones, and my cats Socks and Mittens. www.AvaLynette.com

JACQUELINE GALVANO (July, U/S Annie), from Bradenton, Fla., is making her national tour our debut. Special thanks to Spotlight Kids (Cynthia Ashford, Terri Balash); Manatee Players; Broadway Artists Alliance; Joy Dewing; Martin Charnin; and TROIKA for this amazing experience. Mom, Dad, Michael and William — I Love You! www.jacquelinegalvano.com

AMANDA SWICKLE (Annie Alternate, Pepper), from Jericho, N.Y., is excited to make her national tour debut. Special thanks to Jennifer Johns, DMO, SGM, Jonathan, Amelia, Badiene, Ann, Denise, Joy Dewing, TROIKA. Love to my mom, brothers, grandparents, family and friends for their love & support. www.amandaswickle.com

CAROLINE LELLOUCHE (Ensemble, U/S Lily, Star to Be) Ecstatic to make post-collegiate debut in a show that was her stage debut in 5th grade! Credits: The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theatre), Chicago (Hunyak), Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie). Love to family and friends for their overwhelming support!! B.F.A. Boston Conservatory.

DAVID VOGEL (Dance Captain, Swing, U/S Bert) is on his first national tour. B.F.A. musical theater from Oakland University. Regional: West Side Story; Hello, Dolly!; Pageant; Cabaret. Lead singer, Carnival Cruise Lines. Thanks to Brian at Baker Management, JDC, and my family and friends for their support. IG: davogel. More at: www.davidvogelonline.com

ANASTASIA WOLFE (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing) is thrilled to make her CONOR McGIFFIN (Bundles, Ensemble, national tour debut. She was most recently seen U/S FDR) is very excited to join this timeless regionally as Fredrika in A Little Night Music. show! University of Michigan graduate. Endless thanks to her mom, love, teachers, Recent productions include Man of La friends and Broncs! www.anastasiawolfe.com Mancha (Ivoryton Playhouse) and Bullets Over Broadway (first national tour). To Mom, Dad, AMANDA WYLIE (Tessie) is ecstatic to make her national tour debut. Big shout-out to her Bridget & Lexie — I love you all! sister (also in the cast), her parents, BAA, and MACKENZIE PERPICH (Swing) First all of her friends and teachers at the Franklin national tour. Favorite credits: Footloose, Once School for the Performing Arts, especially Raye Upon a Mattress, Legally Blonde, working with Lynn Mercer. Broadway Dreams Foundation and the Alliance Theatre. Recently, U.S. premiere of Tim Rice’s KATIE WYLIE (Duffy, U/S Molly) is proud From Here to Eternity. Love to CTG, SY, Mike to make her national tour debut at age 9 with her awesome sister Amanda. Special thanks & Jean. @Mackperp, Deuteronomy 30:19 to her parents, BAA, Raye Lynn Mercer and CONNOR SIMPSON (Lt. Ward, Ensemble, all the teachers at the Franklin School for the U/S F.D.R.) is thrilled to return to Annie! Performing Arts. Credits: 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down, Spamalot, Around the World on 80 Days, Gloria! ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21


BIOS ROXY YORK (Mrs. Pugh, Ensemble, U/S Miss Hannigan) is a Long Island native and a 2013 graduate of The Boston Conservatory. National tours: Beauty and the Beast (Madame Grande Bouche), Flashdance (Ms. Wilde). Regional: The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Fiddler (Golde). For Annabelle — a future Annie. Instagram: @roxyyork MACY (Sandy) was adopted from Rocky Spot Rescue in Oklahoma City, Okla., in December 2009 by guardian and trainer William Berloni. She was 18 months old. Her journey is inspiring. Her first production of Annie was in the summer of 2010 and, since then, she has starred in more than two dozen productions nationwide. This is her third year on tour with this production. SUNNY (Sandy) was discovered by guardian and trainer William Berloni at BARC Municipal Animal Shelter in Houston. Berloni found Sunny’s soulful eyes reminiscent of the Sandy from the original Broadway production. Sunny starred on Broadway in Annie, loves toys that squeak and all children, especially red-headed little girls. This is her third year on tour with this production of Annie. SUZAYN MacKENZIE-ROY (Production Stage Manager) is excited for another “Tomorrow” with Annie. She has toured with Annie as the stage manager for the past year and has previously worked as a star dresser/liaison for such performers as Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, the late Theodore Bikel and Mike Tyson. She was production stage manager on two consecutive tours of Fiddler on the Roof. Knathan-liily! KELSEY CLARK (Stage Manager) is delighted to start her career with TROIKA Entertainment on the national tour of Annie. She is a proud alumna of both SUNY Oswego and the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. Endless thanks to Oz and her family. MARK JOHNSON (Company Manager) has managed Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours and dance companies for more than 30 years. His productions include Cats, Song and Dance, Smile, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph, Chicago, Rent, Buddy, The Radio 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

City Christmas Spectacular, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grinch, A Christmas Story, My Fair Lady, Hair, Guys and Dolls, Dreamgirls, Blast, Grease, Bring It On, The Producers, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Eddie Izzard, etc. He has loved every minute of it. MARTIN CHARNIN (Director, Lyrics) is celebrating his 60th year in the entertainment industry. He began in 1957, creating the role of Big Deal (one of Jerome Robbins’ authentic juvenile delinquents) in the original company of West Side Story. He played the role for exactly 1,000 performances. Since then, he has been involved in more than 151 theatrical, television, film and nightclub productions as a director, producer, composer or lyricist. He is one of the dozen people who has won Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, Drama Desk awards, New York Drama Critics awards and the Peabody Award for Broadcasting. Annie, which came to Broadway in 1977, originally ran for 2,377 performances; it has been revived there three times. He has directed Annie 20 times (after directing the original production in New York), in London, Montreal, Amsterdam and Melbourne as well as Annie’s 15 national companies. He has collaborated with Charles Strouse, Vernon Duke, Marvin Hamlisch, Mary Rodgers and twice with Richard Rodgers, on I Remember Mama and Two by Two. He has written for or directed Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, Jack Benny, Anne Bancroft, Betty Hutton, Sutton Foster, Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine ZetaJones, Bebe Neuwirth, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Larry Kert, Chita Rivera, Jane Lynch, Tony Bennett, Jason Alexander and Jay-Z, among countless others, and for his wife, Shelly Burch (who originated a leading role in the original company of Nine) and who opened her new one-woman show at the Metropolitan Club in New York in December 2016. Last year “Tomorrow” from Annie became one of the 100 most performed musical numbers of the past century. He has three musicals “circling over Kennedy,” getting ready for production in New York. They include Robin Hood, Something Funny’s Going On and a revival of Annie Warbucks, the continuation of the Annie saga, which opened off-Broadway in 1993. In 2017, his most recent musical called Wallenberg


BIOS (a musical drama about the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who single-handedly saved the lives of 100,000 Jewish souls during the Holocaust) goes into rehearsals for a Broadway opening. THOMAS MEEHAN (Book) is a three-time Tony Award-winning book writer for the Broadway musicals Annie, The Producers and Hairspray. He has written the books of a dozen or so other Broadway musicals, including Richard Rodgers’ I Remember Mama, Cry-Baby, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Elf, Chaplin and, most recently, Rocky (with Sylvester Stallone). A longtime contributor of humor pieces to The New Yorker magazine and an Emmy Awardwinning TV comedy writer, he has also written a number of screenplays, most notably To Be or Not to Be and Spaceballs. He is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. CHARLES STROUSE (Music) is a graduate of New York’s P.S. 87, Townsend Harris H.S. and the Eastman School of Music. He has studied composition with Aaron Copland, Arthur Berger and David Diamond in the United States, and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Charles has composed copious amounts of chamber music, two piano concertos, a string quartet and two operas. Afterward, being broke like most composers, he was a rehearsal pianist and dance arranger for many shows, played in barrooms, ballet classes, at weddings and strip joints (a particular boon when composing the music for the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s). One morning in 1960 he awoke to find he had written (with Lee Adams and Mike Stewart) Bye Bye Birdie (Tony Award), which is still among the most performed musicals in America. More musicals followed: Golden Boy with Sammy Davis Jr. (Tony nomination); Applause (Tony Award); It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman; Rags (Tony nomination); and Annie (Tony Award). In between, there have been scores for movies including Bonnie and Clyde and All Dogs Go to Heaven. Charles has received the Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Frederick Loewe and Leonard Bernstein awards for musical achievement. He is married to director-choreographer Barbara Siman and is the father of Benjamin (attorney, author, composer), Nicholas (psychotherapist),

Victoria (screenwriter) and William (also a screenwriter.) LIZA GENNARO (Choreographer) has choreographed extensively on Broadway, offBroadway and in regional theaters, including: the Booth Theatre, the Broadhurst Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the Old Globe, Hartford Stage, the Guthrie Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pioneer Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and the St. Louis Muny Opera. She is a member of the SDC Executive Board and a Tony Award voter. Her chapter, “Evolution of Dance in the Golden Era of the American ‘Book Musical’” appears in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical; a new chapter, co-written with Stacy Wolf and titled “Dance in Musical Theatre,” appears in the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater. Liza has taught at Barnard College and Princeton University. She is cohead of the musical theater B.F.A. program at Indiana University’s Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. BEOWULF BORITT (Set Designer) Broadway: Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Therese Raquin (Tony nomination), Hand to God, On the Town, Sondheim on Sondheim, Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two and Only. Off-Broadway: 100 shows including In the Secret Sea, The Toxic Avenger, The Last Five Years and Miss Julie. Other designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet) and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 Obie Award for sustained excellence. SUZY BENZINGER (Costume Designer) Broadway and national tours include Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, Saturday Night Fever, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Some Like It Hot and Miss Saigon. Film designs include Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett, for which she won the Costume Designers Guild Award for best contemporary film design (2013). Other credits with Allen: the 2016 version of Café Society; “Whatever Works,” a soon-to-be released Amazon series; Deconstructing Harry; Celebrity; and “Don’t Drink the Water.” Other credits include the ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23


BIOS films Club Paradise and Walking the Dog. Dance includes the Joffrey Ballet and A.B.T. She designed two water spectaculars for Franco Dragone: The House of Dancing Water in Macau and Le Réve at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Her commercial work includes designs for Elton John, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan and Paula Abdul. She is the proud recipient of the Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Designer) has 98 Broadway shows to his credit, including such theater milestones as Sweeney Todd and the current production of Chicago. He worked on many touring productions over the years including Chicago (worldwide), Riverdance (lighting supervisor), Fiddler on the Roof (19762012), White Christmas, 9 to 5, High School Musical and The Drowsy Chaperone, to name a few. Other projects include Hugh Jackman in Concert for SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; “The Shamu Shows”; and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (1979-2006). Ken’s many awards include the Tony, NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards; the Ace Award for television lighting; and the Lumen for his architectural work. PETER HYLENSKI (Sound Designer) is a Grammy, Tony and Olivier award-nominated artist. Selected designs include Rocky; Bullets Over Broadway; After Midnight; Motown; Shrek the Musical (New York, U.S. tour, London); Rock of Ages (New York, London, Toronto, Australia, Las Vegas, U.S. tour); The Scottsboro Boys; On a Clear Day; Lend Me a Tenor; Elf; Wonderland; Cry-Baby; The Times They Are A-Changin’; The Wedding Singer; Sweet Charity; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Little Women; Brooklyn. Other credits: Le Réve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das Musical (Hamburg), King Kong (Melbourne), How to Train Your Dragon (international arena tour), Walking With Dinosaurs (international arena tour); Mame.

American Psycho, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Matilda, Ghost, Mary Stuart, Billy Elliot, Private Lives, Rock ‘n’ Roll. West End: Groundhog Day, Funny Girl, The Master Builder, The Lorax, Gypsy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Bodyguard. TV: “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black.” WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Trainer) was named a 2011 Tony honoree for Excellence in Theatre and awarded a 2014 Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award. Broadway: Annie (original Sandy, 20th, 30th and 35th anniversary revivals), The Crucible, Living on Love, The Audience, Bullets Over Broadway, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, A Christmas Story, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Legally Blonde, Camelot, Frankenstein, The First, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver!, Anything Goes, Nick and Nora, La Bete, The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, Dinner at Eight, Double Feature (NYCB), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Woman in White, Awake and Sing and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Animal director for Because of Winn Dixie at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (January 2017). Hundreds of off-Broadway, regional productions, tours, movies and television shows. He premiered his new reality series “From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni” on the Discovery Family Channel. Look for his animals on “Mr. Robot,” “High Maintenance” and “Sesame Street.” Berloni is the author of Broadway Tails and owes his career to Annie creators Martin Charnin, Charles Strouse and Thomas Meehan and is thrilled to be back with them. www.theatricalanimals.com

KEITH LEVENSON (Music Supervisor, Additional Orchestrations, Tour Supervisor, Music Director) recently completed musicaldirecting/conducting the first national tour of Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County. Broadway: Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls, Peter Pan, The Flowering Peach, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. National tours: Annie, Annie Warbucks, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Big River, Dreamgirls, Jekyll CAMPBELL YOUNG ASSOCIATES (Hair, Wigs & Makeup Designer) Broadway: and Hyde, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Crucible, Misery, Sylvia, A Delicate Balance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, etc. Music director The Last Ship, It’s Only a Play, Betrayal, Les and arranger for the Who, Roger Daltrey, Misérables, One Man Two Guvnors, Spider-Man. Kiss, Meatloaf, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, West End/Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereueses, Nigel Kennedy, Yes and others. Libretto and 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


STAFF lyrics for Starcrossed with Jeanine Tesori and RANDY MORELAND (Technical Director) Alexa Junge. Composer of Winchell with is in his third season with TROIKA Entertainment, working on Annie, The Wizard Martin Charnin. of Oz and Love Never Dies. For more than 40 years Randy has toured Broadway shows and TALITHA FEHR special events around the world, including The TL MUSIC INTERNATIONAL (Music Coordinator) strives daily to carry on Phantom of the Opera (Music Box Company), the contracting traditions of her mentor, Les Misérables, Cats, Siegfried and Roy in Japan, Sam Lutfiyya. Broadway: A Christmas Story. Fela!, Fiddler on the Roof (with Zero Mostel), National tours: Sister Act, Annie, The Wizard Stop the World (with both Sammy Davis Jr. and of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Anthony Newley) and Hello, Dolly! (with Pearl Dreamcoat, Ghost the Musical, West Side Story, Bailey). Randy thanks his wife, Mara, for her Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla Queen love and support. of the Desert, Come Fly Away, Mamma Mia!, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL Cats, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chita (www.mtimusicalworlds.com) is one of the Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Movin’ Out and 101 world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, Dalmatians. International tours: West Side protecting the rights and legacy of composers, Story, The Sound of Music, Swing!, Cinderella, lyricists and book writers and supplying scripts The King and I. Other: The Pirate Queen, 2010 and musical materials and other theatrical resources to theaters around the world. With Winter Olympics Ceremonies. more than 250 titles in its catalog, MTI has JOY DEWING CASTING (Casting Director) been the driving force in perpetuating such Casting credits include Broadway, off- great musicals as Guys and Dolls, West Side Broadway, regional theater, dance companies Story, and Fiddler on the Roof as well as such fine and a gazillion tours. Current tours: 42nd family musicals as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Street, Mamma Mia!, Rent, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Shrek and Annie. Additionally, MTI and Cheers Live on Stage! Past tours: Joseph and is the home of the Broadway Junior Collection, the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring 70-minute adaptations of Broadway musicals Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), In the designed for middle school children to perform Heights, Cats, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ (Annie Jr, The Music Man Jr, Disney’s Aladdin Superstar (starring Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, Jr and many others) and the Kids Collection, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Bring 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary-school children (Disney’s Cinderella It On. and The Jungle Book, among others). TOWNSEND TEAGUE (General Manager) received a B.A. in arts management from Indiana GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE in East University and began a career in theatrical Haddam, Conn., is a nonprofit organization management working with the original Broadway dedicated to the preservation and advancement company of The Producers. Townsend is a board- of musical theater and the creation of new certified member of the Association of Theatrical works. Annie premiered at Goodspeed in Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) and has August 1976. enjoyed working as a company manager, general manager and producer. Townsend currently RANDALL A. BUCK (Producer, Chief serves as general manager to national tours of Executive Officer) has produced more than An American in Paris and Annie. Additional 50 productions worldwide for TROIKA select tours include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Entertainment. Before joining TROIKA in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables, Mel 1999, Buck was vice president and general Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and Mel Brooks’ The manager for Livent in Toronto. He was a stage Producers. Broadway credits include The Norman manager for more than 20 years, surviving a year with Mary Martin and Carol Channing Conquests, Gypsy, Radio Golf and The Producers. in Jimmy Kirkwood’s Legends!, a year in Japan ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25


BIOS with Siegfried & Roy, opening The Phantom of the Opera Music Box Company and opening Show Boat on Broadway. When not on the road, Randy can be found in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Sierra Ashley Buck. DONALD KINDL (Chief Financial Officer) joined TROIKA in 1992 as the company’s comptroller and became CFO in 2000. He is responsible for the financial, administrative and human resources aspects of the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He has been involved in the production of such TROIKA shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Café, Swing!, Come Fly Away and many others. Kindl thanks his lovely wife, Cindy, and three wonderful children for their love and support over the years. MICHAEL J. ORSINO (Chief Operating Officer) has enjoyed more than a decade of working around the world with TROIKA Entertainment, touring several years as a stage manager and company manager before landing in the office. Orsino is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of DeSales University. He is pleased to have settled down in Maryland with his wife, Anissa, a fellow tour veteran, and their sons, Cameron and Carson. TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for more than two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets, having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, The Wizard of Oz and Love Never Dies. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top-quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com

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STAFF ANNIE TOUR STAFF EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Randall A. Buck GENERAL MANAGER Townsend Teague Assistant General Manager. . . . . . . . . Brian Schrader TOUR MARKETING Amy Katz PRODUCTION MANAGER Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager. . . Ártemis López TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Randy Moreland COMPANY MANAGER Mark Johnson Assistant Company Manager. . Clinton M. Kennedy EXCLUSIVE TOUR BOOKING THE ROAD COMPANY Stephen Lindsay, Brett Sirota www.theroadcompany.com CASTING JOY DEWING CASTING Casting Director. . . . Joy Dewing, CSA Casting Assistant. . Sam Yabrow Casting Intern. . Danielle Gavish

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER. . . . . . . SUZAYN MacKENZIE-ROY Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelsey Clark Tour Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Levenson Assistant to the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shelly Burch Assistant to the Choreographer . . . . . . . . . Hillary Reiter Animal Handler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mel Rocco Associate Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . . Jared Rutherford Production Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clista Jarrett Assistant Production Properties . . . . Andrew Butkovich Associate Costume Designer . . . . . Martha Bromelmeier Hair, Wigs and Makeup Designer . . . Luc Verschueren for Campbell Young Associates Assistant Hair and Wig Designer . . . . . . Annalisa Proto Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Riggs Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . John Demous Moving Light Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Arch Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Atwell Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . Simon Matthews Production Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colle Bustin Production Sound Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Powell Synth Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Levenson Rehearsal Piano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Lambert Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Vogel Assistant Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . Anastasia Wolfe Production Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claire Carden HEAD CARPENTER. . . . CHRISTOPHER R. BELANGER Assistant Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason B. Miller Assistant Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacob Bowden Head of Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Garrett Crooks Assistant Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amberly Soto Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quentin J. Mariano Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Ruggio Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colton Sellers Head of Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Lutz Assistant Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.D. Arney Head of Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tess Weaver Assistant Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Mairena Head of Hair and Makeup . . . . . . . . . . . Taylor Thiede

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Rehearsed at RIPLEY-GRIER STUDIOS, New York, NY. Technical Rehearsals and Previews held at the STANLEY THEATRE in Utica, NY Wigs made by: CAMPBELL YOUNG ASSOCIATES The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents technicians, artisans, and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, film, and television production. The Director-Choreographer is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre.

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

THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 • Www.foxtheatre.org

STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill. . . Director of Operations & Public Safety Lester Andrews. . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

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

EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Robert Minnear, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edward Negri, Edgar Neiss, Joe Patten, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Alan Thomas, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

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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 foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.

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

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


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The 20-plus-course Georgia Golf Trail turns heads with its quirky challenges, varied terrains and fancy amenities. By Phil Kloer

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AT LEFT: A view of a green at Brazzell’s Creek in Reidsville, in southeast Georgia. BELOW: The Lakes in Waycross, south of Atlanta.

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or one week every spring, Georgia is the center of the golf universe. Every golfer and golf fan’s attention is focused on the Masters in Augusta, home of expensive admission tickets, green champions’ jackets, brilliant azaleas, fabled pimento cheese sandwiches and the hushed, reverential voices of CBS announcers. And, naturally, there’s the course itself, so exclusive that 99.99 percent of us will never play it. For the rest of the hackers, duffers and weekend warriors out there, Georgia has some 400 courses not named Augusta National. The Georgia Golf Trail highlights 22 of the best, from Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (the highest course, in the northeast corner of the state), to the links course at George T. Bagby State Park (near the Alabama-Georgia line). The Trail provides a vast range of terrains, challenges, prices and amenities. It’s the brainchild of Doug Hollandsworth, a lifelong Georgian and golfer who created it to bring awareness to Georgia golf and the state’s real estate, attractions and other economic opportunities. Hollandsworth wants to continue with major golf events and corporate functions that will have a major economic impact on Georgia. “It’s not just about the 18 holes,”he says. “Someone in ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 35


FOLLOW THE TRAIL You’ll find Georgia Golf Trail courses north, south and east of Atlanta; none are located to the west. Depending on where you call home, these courses are as close as a 36-minute drive (Stone Mountain) and as far as a five-hour drive (Georgia coast).

NORTH, NORTHEAST Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris; Chateau Elan in Braselton; Highland Walk in Royston; Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Club in Buford; Stone Mountain Golf Club. SOUTH, SOUTHEAST Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club in Cordele; Meadow Links in Fort Gaines; Brazell’s Creek in Reidsville; Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton; Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge, near Helena/McRae; The Creek & The Lakes, both in Waycross; and the Club at Savannah Harbor Westin.

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New York calls Delta and gets their tickets and gets here. They go to Avis, and eat at Longhorn and spend the night at the Westin. It’s about economic impact.” It’s also about competition with neighboring states for recreation dollars. Myrtle Beach, S.C., aggressively promotes golf vacation packages, as do many Florida communities. But the Southern king of the concept has been the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama. Named after a legendary golf-course architect (no relation to the fabled Georgia golfer Bobby Jones), it consists of 11 courses. “Other Southeastern states were helping promote golf,” Hollandsworth says. “Georgia is losing millions of dollars from golf groups that want to go there instead of coming to our state. Robert Trent Jones was growing like crazy. But who the heck wants to go play golf in Alabama, when we have so much more to offer the traveler and golfer here in Georgia?” So in 2013, Hollandsworth, whose background is in marketing, publishing and sports radio, started Georgia Golf & Travel LLC. He teamed with the Georgia Departments of Economic Development and Natural Resources, and put the Georgia Golf Trail on the map. It started with 15 courses (now 23, give or take). “We’re going for quality, not quantity,” he says. And diversity. Major tickets on the Trail include the prestigious Reynolds Plantation (Reynolds Lake Oconee) and Sea Island. But the trail also lists some excellent state park courses with reasonable greens fees. “Georgia has some great golf, from the mountains to Atlanta, to the lake, to the coast,” Hollandsworth says. Next for the Trail, he hopes, are courses in Columbus and Augusta.

HIGHLAND WALK

Please note: The list changes slightly year to year. This is the most updated information available. Let’s follow the points on a compass:


The Trail also promotes recreational activities associated with the courses, so that non-golfing family members have plenty to do while their golfer is out swinging madly and likely being reminded of the Bobby Jones quote: “Golf is the only game I know of that actually becomes harder the longer you play it.” More details on some of the courses and their amenities, listed alphabetically. Remember, this is just a sampling: • Callaway Gardens: Two courses — one for pros and one that’s less challenging. Plus kayaking, canoeing, ziplining and a butterfly center. In Pine Mountain, an hour southwest of Atlanta. Details at callawaygardens.com or 800.852.3810.

CALLAWAY GARDENS

• Chateau Elan: A total of 63 holes, some with recently renovated greens. Plus winery tours and tastings, and day and overnight spas. In Braselton, about an hour northeast of Atlanta. Details at chateauelan.com or 678.425.0900. •S  tone Mountain Park: A total of 36 holes that date to 1969. Plus cable-car rides to the mountaintop, a theme park, hiking and fishing. In Stone Mountain, 36 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. Details at stonemountaingolf.com or 770.465.3278. •B  rasstown Valley Resort & Spa: Five sets of tees that wind through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams. Rated by Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top Georgia courses to play. Plus horse stables, trail riding and massages, facials and other

Bogey, birdie, eagle, hole-inone? Chase your dreams at the Highland Walk (top) in Royston, north of Atlanta or at Callaway Gardens (above) in Pine Mountain, southwest of Atlanta.

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You can’t knock the sunset at King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island.

SOUTHWEST Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. EAST Arrowhead Pointe in Elberton; Harbor Club on Lake Oconee & Reynolds Lake Oconee, both in Greensboro; and Stone Creek Golf at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Social Circle. Georgia Golf Trail details: georgiagolfandtravel.com or 770.266.0331.

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body treatments in the spa. In Young Harris and the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 2 hours, 20 minutes north of Atlanta. Details at brasstownvalley.com or 706.379.9900. • Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club: Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course earned a four-star rating from Golf Digest. Plus a Georgia veterans military museum, train rides and a marina. In Cordele, about 2 hours, 10 minutes south of Atlanta. Details at lakeblackshearresort.com or 229.276.2377. • Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge: The 18-hole Wallace Adams Course is surrounded by loblolly pines, willows and magnolias. Plus swimming in the lake and a children’s splash pad. Near Helena and McRae, about 2.5 hours southeast of Atlanta. Details at littleocmulgeelodge. com or 229.868.7474. • The Club at Savannah Harbor Westin: The 18-hole course is the former home of the PGA Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Champions event (2003-13). Plus all of Savannah, one of the South’s great tourist spots and home to top restaurants, nightlife, history and walking tours. About 3.5 hours southeast of Atlanta. Details westinsavannah.com or 912.201.2000. Georgia’s climate makes golf possible year-round in much of the state, although that’s not the same as being able to play 365 days a year. A driving tour of all 23 courses could take a couple of months and more than one credit card but is certainly doable. Hollandsworth says he knows only one golfer lucky enough to have completed the Trail. His name: Doug Hollandsworth.

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SOUTHEAST, ON THE COAST Jekyll Island Georgia on Jekyll Island; Sea Island Golf on Sea Island; Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center and the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, both on St. Simons Island.


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Pizza, pasta, biscuits and barbecue: Hungry for the latest happenings now? Story and photos by David Danzig DOUBLE ZERO has found a happy home near Emory University. CALLIE’S and HOLLER & DASH are, or will be, delivering the sort of BISCUITS of which dreams are made. And we note two PASSINGS in the metro Atlanta CHEF community. Read on. 42 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


Well done When Double Zero, the modern Italian/Neapolitan pizza mainstay on Roswell Road, said “ciao” last year, many Sandy Springers wept as if they were at an Italian opera. The lease was up, so the Castelucci Group — which also operates Cooks and Soldiers, Sugo Kitchen and the Iberian Pig — brought the concept to Emory Village intown. The area, a promising nexus for Emory University, Oakhurst and Morningside, never seems able to keep a great idea around. That might change now. Double Zero, named for a type of Italian fine flour used in pizza and pasta, has hauled

its colossal brick ovens to the old Ink and Elm space, which, sadly, was too stylish and pricey to sustain itself when school was out. The new dining room is a more basic space with an open and elevated kitchen, where diners can watch executive chef Edwin Molina and staff cook some of the tastiest Italian cuisine in the city: arancini with smoked brisket; grilled octopus; fresh pastas like scarpinòcc (skar-PEE-nohtch), carbonara and orecchiette; big fluffy Neapolitan pizzas loaded with splendid authentic Italian ingredients. Calling Double Zero’s food approachable is an understatement. It’s rich, comforting and offers

B’s Cracklin Barbecue, which originated in Savannah, now has a second location in Riverside. Behold the glorious fixins’ of its BBQ plate.

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something for everyone, from kids and students to Italophiles craving great pizza and local craft beer. The Casteluccis are on a roll, with a soon-to-be announced spot opening this spring in Krog Street Market. :: FROM TOP: Double Zero executive chef Edwin Molina works the bricks ovens at the eatery’s new Emory Village location; this is how he plates the burrata, a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.

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Atlanta attracts some of the best talent in the country and great ideas that have been exported. Like baseball, prospects develop their talents in the minor leagues until they’re called up to the bigs. And so Atlanta is now home to the second outpost of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits. Callie’s began in Charleston. Carrie Morey seems like an ordinary mom who just wanted to make golden, buttery, from-scratch biscuits to honor her mom, also named Callie. But from her pursuit sprouted a full-blown national biscuit (“The Today Show,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” The New York Times). You can taste what all the hype is about at the corner of

Virginia and North Highland avenues. Look in the front window. See the hand-rolling and stamping of dough. See perfect little mounds of Southern goodness placed in the oven. The biscuits, sold in pairs, are slightly crusty on the outside, flaky and buttery on the inside. They come in traditional buttermilk, cheese and chive, or shortcake style. You can fill them with a wonderfully salty chopped country ham, black pepper bacon, pimento cheese, a creamy sweet cinnamon spread or (just in Atlanta) sweet peaches. Whether you’re a Southerner, Northerner or a biscuit novice, we dare you to try Callie’s biscuits and not love them. :: There’s another smokin’ import in town, this one from Savannah. Pitmaster Bryan Furman was a welder when he discovered his gift for


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A gallery of delights from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit in VirginiaHighland. The hand-rolled biscuits come in buttermilk, cheese and chive, or shortcake style. Fill them with your choice of country ham, black pepper bacon, pimento cheese, sweet cinnamon spread or peaches.

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smoking meats, roasting a whole hog for his daughter’s birthday in 2010. Four years later he and wife Nikki opened their own place, sourcing only purebred, pasture-raised heritage-breed hogs smoked over cherry and oak. B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque earned praise from Southern Living magazine before an equipment fire burned it down in June 2015. It rebounded four months later; since fall, the second B’s has been going whole hog in a cozy house just off Bolton Road in Riverside. B’s is South Carolina-style all the way — soft, smoky and salty meats that require no sauces. Pulled pork, chicken, brisket and ribs are offered along with such sides

as amazing crispy pig skins, fried pickles, collard greens, cracklin’ cornbread and slaw. Simmering Holler & Dash Biscuit House, a new fast-casual operation from the Cracker Barrel chain, is coming to Westside Ironworks in late spring. Westside is an adaptive reuse project on Howell Mill Road in West Midtown. Look for biscuits like the Kickback Chicken (fried chicken, goat cheese, green onions and sweet pepper jelly) and Strawberry & Dash (whipped Creole cream cheese, strawberries, powdered sugar). Still in place are the 45-foot-high exposed roofs with industrial wood and steel trusses, as well as massive


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Signage helps tell the story at B’s Cracklin Barbecue in Riverside, a place that bears the stamp and smoky sustenance made by pitmaster Bryan Furman.

entrance doors and windows. Fifth Group Restaurants is once again betting on Buckhead, with a third edition of its European concept Ecco. Look for the Johnson Studio design to open in mid-2017, with 240 seats inside and a 50-seat landscaped patio. Ecco Buckhead will sit at Peachtree and Wieuca roads next to Phipps Plaza and the under-construction AC Hotel by Marriott. Ecco began in Midtown, then added a spot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. … Fifth Group also plans a new South City Kitchen, opening this spring, on the ground floor of the 3350 Peachtree tower. Toast When the butcher-inspired Cockentrice closed at Krog Street Market in November, there was speculation that other Megan and Kevin Ouzts projects would follow. Now the hot-dog stand Frankly and the Spotted Trotter Market are gone. The Spotted Trotter in Kirkwood, the Outzs’ boutique charcuterie/butcher shop, remains open. …

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Toco Hill’s 30-year-old Famous Pub, a haven for sports fans, closed just before Christmas, done in apparently, by the area’s continually changing demographic. … BLT Steak in downtown’s W Hotel closed on New Year’s Eve, but was relaunched as a casual, modern bistro called The W Kitchen. … Madre + Mason, the Latin American/ Southern restaurant in Lenox Park, has closed. In memoriam Foodies should take note of two passings. Richard Thomas, the man behind the healthy and casual 24-hour institution R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill in Buckhead died Jan. 25 at age 82. … Angus Brown, chef and co-owner of 8Arm and Octopus Bar, died earlier in January at age 35. :: Food for Thought is Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeping you up to date on openings, closings and what chefs are up to. Suggestions? Email kathy@encoreatlanta.com.


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local restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers.

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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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN

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

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE

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

SOHO’s tempura calamari with a ginger-soy glaze.

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

STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/ venue/stk-atlanta. M

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


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DINING GUIDE BREWPUB/ GOURMET PUB FARE

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

CREOLE/CAJUN

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

EUROPEAN FUSION

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

ITALIAN

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

MEXICAN

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

SEAFOOD/SUSHI

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

VEGAN

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


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

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels: Legend

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George Kuhn Lanier Parking Holdings Adam Malone Trip Martin Leslie McLeod Paycor Jerel & Janet Rush Allan & Nicole Vella Woody & Jenny White Fred Wilhite

Carole & Anthony Musarra Susan & Jeff Quesenberry Jim Spencer Alan & Diane Thomas


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CELEBRATING THE ART OF GIVING

ARTitude is an uptown funky gala benefitting the Circle for Children in its 90th year. A festive cocktail party, auction and menu of arts precede a seated dinner with fabulous entertainment including comedian Jerry Farber and energizing Platinum Band Atlanta, all to impact the lives of children for years to come ‌

Saturday, March 25, 2017 | Mason Fine Art, Atlanta Tickets $185 | www.circle4children.org | 404.295.9510

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FOX FUN FACTS Uncover the mysteries that lie within the Egyptian Ballroom There’s more to the Fox Theatre than its 4,665-seat auditorium, Moorish design and spacious stage. Its hallways, alcoves and meeting/event spaces are just as luxe as everything else in sight. In fact, the Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon and Spanish Room — all event spaces that can be rented for parties, weddings and the like — were originally Shriners’ meeting spaces. Here are few more fun facts about the Egyptian Ballroom:

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FOX THEATRE

• The ballroom’s balcony is a scarab, or dung • The Atlanta Shriners organization, which beetle, the symbol for the sun god Ra, who first conceived the idea for the majestic home was thought to ward off evil. It’s surrounded that became the Fox, reserved the Egyptian by the wings of Osiris, god of the underworld, Ballroom for their ceremonies and celebrations. afterlife and resurrection. They reserved the adjoining Grand Salon for their library. • The gilded and glazed wings of Osiris stretch above the ballroom’s stage. A plaster intaglio • The ballroom’s original 7,500-sq. ft. floor panel (an incised or engraved design) of is made of hard maple, also known as Ramses II subduing an enemy is the focal rock maple. A custom-designed carpet point here. with Egyptian symbols of the afterlife and resurrection now protects the maple floor. • The painted symbols in the ballroom are authentic hieroglyphics but don’t form any real • The ballroom’s walls were covered with several phrases when put together. coats of paint in the 1970s, obscuring its original stenciled designs. When the years of paint were removed, vivid Egyptian symbols for life and rebirth once again saw the light of day and night.

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