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The pop superstar’s song catalog turns The Bodyguard, a 1992 movie, into a fully realized stage musical. By Julie Bookman
rom 42nd Street to Xanadu. From Legally Blonde and Billy Elliot to Kinky Boots, The Lion King and Newsies. As Disney Theatricals and many other producers know, it’s reasonable and often profitable to turn a feature film into an ampedup stage musical. So why not The Bodyguard? The 1992 movie, a star vehicle for pop superstar Whitney Houston, won hearts for two reasons: the unexpected on-screen pairing and passable chemistry of Houston and co-star Kevin Costner, and Houston’s powerful performance of “I Will Always Love You.”
The Dolly Partonpenned song won the Grammy Award for record of the year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. The movie soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy for album of the year. So the stage must be next, right? Well yes, and no. It took creators 20 years to get there. Revisit the film today and you’ll notice that 1990s’ superstars and their handlers conducted highoctane business without benefit of cellphones. Do the musical’s creators stick to that era or update? What else is different?
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The stage version of The Bodyguard, which launched in the United Kingdom in 2012, does include cellphones and social media. And it brought audiences to their feet. The musical premiered this past December at the highly reputable Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J., then began a national tour. It has not yet played Broadway. Book writer Alexander Dinelaris (an Oscar winner for Birdman) fiddled just slightly with the essential Bodyguard story: A stalker is threatening superstar Rachel Marron (the Houston role), so her security team is beefed up with the hiring of the nononsense Frank Farmer. In the movie, Farmer is a former Secret Service agent haunted by the 1981 shooting of President
Ronald Reagan. The musical spends more time on Rachel’s story than Frank’s. If you watch the movie to see where the songs might go, you might come up empty. Then you learn that the stage musical is filled with Houston hits (“I’m Every Woman,” “One Moment in Time,” “Greatest Love of All,” among many others), and you think, “Well, of course.” Like other jukebox musicals (Jersey Boys and On Your Feet! come to mind), the plot goes on hold when the hits are performed. The Bodyguard’s songs, wrote The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood, “were written to top the pop charts, not to move along a story or define a personality.” You might also notice that the role of Rachel’s
Deborah Cox (at the piano) plays superstar singer Rachel Marron, the role played on-screen by Whitney Houston. Jasmin Richardson is her sister, Nicki, giving the show, as one critic said, two divas for the price of one.
sister, Nicki, has grown. She, too, is romantically interested in Frank Farmer. “We wanted to create a triangle around what happens when two sisters whose lives are locked up in a big celebrity world both fall in love with the same Mr. Perfect,” said British director Thea Shattock. The goal: “a thriller and kaleidoscope of love stories.” The Bodyguard “offers two divas for the price of one,” said Bergen County (N.J.) Record critic Jim Beckerman, reviewing the
Paper Mill production. The two leading ladies, he said, took turns blowing the roof off the theater. The Frank Farmer character isn’t asked to sing anything more than a light karaoke moment. As you might expect, some of the movie’s moments and themes have been heightened for the stage. A top goal was to focus on the RachelFrank story arc but not exclusively. The stalker story also gets its time. Without him, Shattock said, “You wouldn’t need the bodyguard.”
It took creators 20 years to turn the Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner movie into a stage musical. You’ll notice a few updates, and killer costumes. Deborah Cox (pictured) plays pop superstar Rachel Marron.
• Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat, The Big Chill) wrote the first Bodyguard screenplay in the mid1970s as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. • Kevin Costner reportedly modeled his “cool detachment” after McQueen and chose a closely cropped McQueen haircut. • The movie was the seventh-highest grossing film of 1992, earning $410 million worldwide. • Heather Headley, a Tony Award winner for Aida (2000), originated the role of Rachel Marron in London. • The musical, which spent years in development, opened nine months after Whitney Houston’s death on Feb. 11, 2012. 12 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
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CAST in order of appearance Frank Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JUDSON MILLS Klingman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW SCHMIDT Assassin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRADFORD RAHMLOW Rachel Marron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEBORAH COX Rachel Marron (Sat. Mat. & Sun. Eve.) . . . . . . . . . . JASMIN RICHARDSON Bill Devaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHARLES GRAY Tony Scibelli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALEX CORRADO The Stalker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JORGE PANIAGUA Fletcher (Tue., Thu., Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.) . . . . . . . . . . DOUGLAS BALDEO Fletcher (Wed., Fri., Sat. Mat. & Sun. Eve.) . . . . . . . . . KEVELIN B. JONES III Sy Spector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JONATHAN HADLEY Rory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRADFORD RAHMLOW Douglas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW SCHMIDT Nicki Marron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JASMIN RICHARDSON Ray Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JARID FAUBEL DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW SCHMIDT Backup Vocalist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEQUINA MOORE College Girls . . . . . . . . . . MEGAN ELYSE FULMER, DEQUINA MOORE, NAOMI C. WALLEY Jimmy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW SCHMIDT Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW SCHMIDT Oscar Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW SCHMIDT Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . BRENDON CHAN, MEGAN ELYSE FULMER, ALEJANDRA MATOS, DEQUINA MOORE, RADFORD RAHMLOW, BENJAMIN RIVERA, MATTHEW SCHMIDT, JAQUEZ ANDRÉ SIMS NICOLE SPENCER, NAOMI C. WALLEY SWINGS WILLIE DEE, SEAN ROZANSKI, MARIA CRISTINA SLYE, LAUREN TANNER DANCE CAPTAIN BENJAMIN RIVERA FIGHT CAPTAIN SEAN ROZANSKI UNDERSTUDIES
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For Frank Farmer: JARID FAUBEL, JORGE PANIAGUA; For Rachel Marron: DEQUINA MOORE, JASMIN RICHARDSON, NAOMI C. WALLEY; For Bill Devaney: MATTHEW SCHMIDT, JAQUEZ ANDRÉ SIMS; For Tony Scibelli: BRADFORD RAHMLOW, JAQUEZ ANDRÉ SIMS; For The Stalker: BENJAMIN RIVERA, MATTHEW SCHMIDT; For Sy Spector: JORGE PANIAGUA, MATTHEW SCHMIDT; For Nicki Marron: DEQUINA MOORE, NAOMI C. WALLEY; For Ray Court: BRADFORD RAHMLOW, MATTHEW SCHMIDT The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS ALL AT ONCE ALL THE MAN THAT I NEED GREATEST LOVE OF ALL HOW WILL I KNOW I HAVE NOTHING I’M EVERY WOMAN I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU JESUS LOVES ME MILLION DOLLAR BILL ONE MOMENT IN TIME QUEEN OF THE NIGHT RUN TO YOU SAVING ALL MY LOVE SO EMOTIONAL WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION
ORCHESTRA Music Director/Keys: Matthew Smedal Associate Music Director/Keys: Wendell Vaughn Woodwinds: Owen Broder • Trumpet: David D. Torres Guitar: Michael Karcher, Ralph Agresta • Bass: John Toney Drums: Joe McCarthy • Music Coordinator: Talitha Fehr (TL Music International) MUSIC CREDITS “All at Once” Written and composed by Osborne and Masser. Published by Music Sales Corporation and Universal Music Publishing Group. “All the Man I Need” By Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Body Electric Music (BMI), and Fifth of March Music (BMI). All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. “Greatest Love of All” Written by Linda Creed and Michael Masser. Published by EMI Gold Horizon Music Corp. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “How Will I Know” Written and composed by Narada Michael Walden, George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. Published by Universal Music Publishing Group and WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) and Gratitude Music (SOCAN). All rights on behalf of itself and Gratitude Music administered by WB Music Corp. “I Have Nothing” By David Foster and Linda Thompson. Published by Peermusic III Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group and Linda’s Boys Music (BMI). All rights on behalf of Linda’s Boys Music administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. “I’m Every Woman” Written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Published by Nick O Val Music Co Inc (Administered by EMI April Music Inc.) All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” Written and composed by Merrill and Rubicam. Published by Universal Music Publishing Group. “I Will Always Love You” Written and composed by Dolly Parton. Published by Carlin Music Corporation. “Jesus Loves Me” Written by Benjamin Winans and Cedric Caldwell. Published by BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd., a BMG Chrysalis company, and EMI Blackwood Music Inc. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Million Dollar Bill” Written by Alicia Augello-Cook, Allan Felder, Kasseem Dean, Norman Harris and Ronald Tyson. Published by Universal Music Publishing Group and EMI April Music Inc., Lellow Productions. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “One Moment in Time” by John Bettis and Albert Hammond. Albert Hammond/Albert Hammond Music/ Kobalt Music America and John Bettis Music (ASCAP). All rights on behalf of John Bettis Music administered by WB Music Corp. “Queen of the Night” by Daryl Simmons, Whitney Houston, Kenneth Edmonds and Antonio Reid. Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Boobie and DJ Songs, Inc. (BMI), all rights on behalf of Boobie and DJ Songs, Inc. administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp; Nippy Music Inc. (ASCAP); Franmar Music (BMI), a division of Unidisc Music Inc. “Run to You” Written and composed by Jud Friedman and Allan Rich. Published by Songs of Peer Ltd./Music by Candlelight (administered by Songs of Peer Ltd.) and Universal Music Publishing Group. “Saving All My Love” Written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser. Published by Universal Music Publishing Group and Screen Gems–EMI Music Inc. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “So Emotional” Written and composed by Steinberg and Kelly. Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” Written by Chuck Jackson and Frank Wildhorn. Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd., a BMG Chrysalis company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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BIOS DEBORAH COX (Rachel Marron) is a Grammy® Award-nominated and multiplatinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress. She made her Broadway debut in the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical Aida. She starred on Broadway in 2013 as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde and as the legendary Josephine Baker in Josephine at Asolo Repertory Theatre in spring 2016. Cox began her recording career as a background singer with Celine Dion, before securing her first recording contract with Clive Davis at Arista Records. Her platinum-selling debut album Deborah Cox earned an American Music Award nomination. From her second CD, One Wish, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” which held the record for the longest-running #1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks and earned an NAACP Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award, a Lady of Soul Award, a best female vocalist Juno nomination and a Billboard Music Award nomination for R&B single of the year. The Canadian-born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including 12 #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. In 2000, Cox collaborated with Whitney Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD. Cox has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to the LGBTQ community (2007 NY State Senate Civil Rights Award, 2014 CA State Senate Award, 2015 Out Music Pillar Award, 2015 Harvey Milk Foundation’s Diversity Honoree, 2016 Liberty Bell and Proclamation for Philadelphia LGBTQ Pride Day). www.deborahcox.com @Deborah_Cox www.facebook.com/DeborahCoxDRG JUDSON MILLS (Frank Farmer) was born in Washington, D.C ., and grew up in northern Virginia in a little stone house in the woods built by George Washington before he was president. Mills grew up hunting and fishing and, through high school enjoyed small-town life. After high school, he majored in theater at Barry University in Miami. He then moved to New York and attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After school, he booked his first audition and spent three years on the soap opera “As the World Turns.” Mills has since done more than 35 guest-starring roles on television including “Law and Order,” “The X 20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Files,” “Dexter,” “The Mentalist” and ABC’s “Notorious.” He can be seen on the HBO series “Westworld,” from JJ Abrams. Judson was a series regular alongside Chuck Norris on the CBS action show “Walker, Texas Ranger” and starred with Norris in the CBS movie “The President’s Man: A Line in the Sand.” He has appeared in 20 feature films, including Major League 3: Back to the Minors, Mighty Joe Young, Chill Factor and the Academy Awardnominated Gods and Monsters. Mills is thrilled to be back onstage and honored to be working with Deborah Cox and the amazing cast of The Bodyguard. @JudsonMills DOUGLAS BALDEO (Fletcher) Broadway: Kinky Boots (Young Lola). National tour: Motown. Appearances: MCC Miscast, The Preacher’s Wife, Ragtime on Ellis Island, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. TV: “Sesame Street,” “So You Think You Can Dance.” Thanks to family, Abrams Artists, Tracey Moore, George and Sean, N’Kenge, Yolanda Wyns, Aubrey Lynch, Harlem School of the Arts and ESOTA. @douglasbaldeo ALEX CORRADO (Tony Scibelli) is very excited to be in this production of The Bodyguard. He thanks all involved, especially Alexander Dinelaris. Corrado has been seen in Dinner Rush, Hannibal, “Sex and the City,” “Blue Bloods” and “Gotham,” where he has a recurring role as Gabe, the Penguin’s Henchman. He thanks everyone for their support, especially his wonderful wife, Lisa. JARID FAUBEL (Ray Court, U/S Frank Farmer) is thrilled to help tell this story, and looks forward to having local BBQ ASAP. For credits, visit www.JaridFaubel.com. Education: Carnegie Mellon. Love to my fiancée, Kat. Thanks to my team at JB Inc. and MKS&D. Twitter: @JaridFaubel. “Wherever you are, be there.” CHARLES GRAY (Bill Devaney) has performed on stages across the globe. From St. Petersburg, Russia, to Carnegie Hall. Broadway: Grease as Teen Angel and The Color Purple as Mister, Old Mister, Pa. Tours: The Lion King as Mufasa and Scar. Internationally,
BIOS he’s toured with Riverdance the Show as a baritone soloist, and backup for Kubota Toshinobu (Japanese tour). Gray is thrilled to join The Bodyguard family and happy to be where he’s truly happiest, onstage. Latest release, Love Is Love, available on iTunes. JONATHAN HADLEY (Sy Spector) appeared on Broadway as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys, a role he played for more than 2,000 performances on both the national and international tours. Broadway: A Class Act. Off-Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Widowers’ Houses, Rothschild and Sons. Tours: Into the Woods, Joseph, Fiddler on the Roof, Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Pete ’n’ Keely, Vanya and Sonia, Call Me Madam (at Paper Mill with Leslie Uggams), Tammy Faye’s Final Audition, Dirty Blonde, Yiddle With a Fiddle (Boston Herald Award). TV/film: After Ella, “Writer’s Block,” “Another World,” “Sex and the City.” Hadley holds degrees from UNSCA (acting) and Brooklyn College (directing). KEVELIN B. JONES III (Fletcher) a native of Flint, Mich., began his journey after winning Best Overall Child Singer at the 2016 AMTC Shine Conference. He’s performed for the Idlewild Music Festival, celebrity basketball games and local youth theater. This dedicated young man is grateful to God and ready to perform.www.kevandali.com JORGE PANIAGUA (The Stalker, U/S Frank Farmer, Sy Spector) is delighted to make his national tour debut. Favorite credits include The Full Monty (Palace Theatre), The Receptionist (Interplayers) and Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He thanks the incredible team at The Bloc NYC as well as his family and friends for their continued support. Follow him @captaincostarica. JASMIN RICHARDSON (Nicki Marron, U/S Rachel Marron) graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.F.A. in musical theater. She is most recognized for her media campaign with Clinique Cosmetics and the national/international tours of Memphis (Felicia), Dreamgirls (Deena). Regional credits: Dreamgirls (Michelle), Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), Once on This Island (Erzulie). To my beautiful
family, I love you all. Check Jasmin out at www.JasminRichardson.com! @Jazzysweethang BRENDON CHAN (Ensemble) was born and raised in San Francisco. He began his dance training at age 10. After receiving his B.A. in dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he began performing on cruise ships around the world until moving to NYC. WILLIE DEE (Swing) National tours: Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Shrek and Anything Goes. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Olney Theatre Center, Gateway Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse. Represented by MSA! @WillieDeee MEGAN ELYSE FULMER (College Girl, Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of The Bodyguard! National tours: Ensemble, Straight Outta Oz; Female Swing, Shrek the Musical. Regional: Tricia, A Chorus Line (Riverside Theatre); Delores/Molly, The Full Monty (Fulton Theatre/MSMT). B.F.A Montclair State. Thank you God and family! www.meganelysefulmer.com. @meg_fulms ALEJANDRA MATOS (Ensemble) is from Caracas, Venezuela, and thrilled to be part of this beautiful cast. She began her training in her home country and continued her dance career in Los Angeles and New York. TV credits include “Americas Got Talent,” “The Best Time Ever” (NBC). Theater credits include Carmen an AfroCuban Jazz Musical. Special thanks to my family, mentors and the Universe. @alekitty DEQUINA MOORE (Backup Vocalist, College Girl, Ensemble, U/S Nicki Marron, Rachel Marron) Broadway: Legally Blonde (Pilar), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Happy Days (Joyce), Hair. Nat’l tours: Flashdance (Kiki), Madea’s Big Happy Family (Rose). Film: Joyful Noise (Devonne), Madea’s Big Happy Family, Ghost Town, Rachel Getting Married, Camp. TV: “Law & Order: SVU” (guest star), “Racing for Time” (Tonya), “Third Watch” (Tania Monroe), “All Falls Down” (Nycole). NYU: B.F.A. Thanks and love to GOD, Mom, Dad, Eron, fam & friends! ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21
BIOS BRADFORD RAHMLOW (Assassin, Rory, Ensemble, U/S Tony Scibelli, Ray Court) is ecstatic to be a part of The Bodyguard. Favorite recent credits include Mamma Mia! Las Vegas (Ensemble, u/s Pepper) and Legally Blonde NCL (GM Chad, Carlos). To Mom, Dad, Kyle, Dave & Honu, I have nothing if I don’t have you. B.A. dance and history from the University of New Mexico, NASM-C.P.T. at Barry’s Bootcamp. @rahmstagram BENJAMIN RIVERA (Dance Captain, Ensemble, U/S The Stalker) is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and has performed for Disney Cruise Line (Dance Captain/Swing), the national tours of Dirty Dancing (Swing, u/s Neil), Anything Goes (Swing), Elf (Ensemble) and Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage. www.benjamindouglasrivera.com SEAN ROZANSKI (Fight Captain, Swing) was born and raised in Queens, New York. He danced with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, touring nationally and internationally with the company. First national tour of Dirty Dancing. He’s honored to join the cast of The Bodyguard. All my love to my family and friends. MATTHEW SCHMIDT (Klingman, Douglas, DJ, Jimmy, Stage Manager, Oscar Host, Ensemble, U/S Bill Devaney, The Stalker, Sy Spector, Ray Court) most recently played Ever in Dancing Lessons at Penguin Rep. Member of Noises Off on Broadway and The Foreigner offBroadway. Regional credits include Hannay in The 39 Steps, 17 characters in Around the World in 80 Days and the HBO Comedy Festival. NYU graduate acting alumnus. JAQUEZ ANDRÉ SIMS (Ensemble, U/S Bill Devaney, Tony Scibelli) Broadway: Motown (Swing). National tour: Matilda (Rudolpho). Off-Broadway/NYC: Spandex (Trip Allen), Apollo Club Harlem (Featured Dancer). National commercial: Beats by Dre featuring Pharrell. Last seen playing LeBron James in LeBron: The Musical. Chicago native and Tisch graduate. Much love to CTG, Brick and Mom! @justjaquez 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
MARIA CRISTINA SLYE (Swing) National tours: Ghost the Musical, Elf the Musical. Regional: Seven Brides ... Seven Brothers (Dorcas, Ogunquit Playhouse); A Chorus Line (Diana Morales, John W. Engeman Theatre); West Side Story (Rosalia/Maria u/s, John W. Engeman Theatre); In the Heights (Carla, Hangar Theatre); Cats (Rumpleteazer, Cortland Repertory Theatre); The Little Mermaid (Ariel, Riverside Dinner Theatre). Honor to God and thanks to the most supportive family imaginable! www.mariacslye.com NICOLE SPENCER (Ensemble) After training at Tampa Ballet Center, she earned her BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Favorite credits include: Dirty Dancing National Tour (Dance Captain/Swing), The Portal Off-Broadway, Inaugural Royal Princess, Andrea Bocelli, and SNL. Nicole sends all her love to Mom, Dad, and Chris! LAUREN TANNER (Swing) is delighted to be part of The Bodyguard! She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree. Recent credits include the Saturday Night Fever national tour and West Side Story at The Muny. Lauren thanks God, family and friends. Let’s dance! NAOMI C. WALLEY (College Girl, Ensemble, U/S Rachel Marron, Nicki Marron) is an NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad. Notable credits: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with Selena Gomez, Daddy Yankee North American tour 2015, Netflix’s “The Get Down” and numerous Web and theatrical productions. Follow @naomicwalley MELISSA CHACÓN (Production Stage Manager) National tours: The Bridges of Madison County, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot, Contact and Rent. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q. Regional credits include The Iceman Cometh at BAM with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, Les Misérables and Shida. She earned her M.F.A. in stage management from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. RICHARD A. LEIGH (Stage Manager) National tours: Jersey Boys, Hair, Bring It On the Musical, Ghost the Musical, How the Grinch
BIOS Stole Christmas, My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! with Sally Struthers. Also, Elton John’s Aida (Taiwan) and Guys and Dolls (assistant director on the national tour). Much love to my parents, my family and to Peter.
Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Still Life (Manhattan Class Company), The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater) and In This, Our Time (59e59). Dinelaris is a proud member of the Writers Guild and the Dramatists Guild.
STACY N. TAYLOR (Assistant Stage Manager) is honored to work on The Bodyguard. Previous credits include Blue Man Group (Walt Disney World in Orlando) plus national tours of Spring Awakening, South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast and Annie. Proud graduate of the stage management program at CCM.
THEA SHARROCK (Director) won the young director of the year award in 2000, directing Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, which transferred to the West End and toured the UK twice. She was Britain’s youngest artistic director when she took over the Southwark Playhouse, going on to become the artistic director at the Gate Theatre. Freelance directing credits include Equus with Daniel Radcliffe (also Broadway); The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley; Heroes with John Hurt; Richard Griffiths in The Sunshine Boys (his last stage performance) with Danny DeVito; and Kevin Spacey in his last show at the Old Vic. Her production of After the Dance for the National Theatre won eight major awards. She directed Henry V with Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC. The Bodyguard is playing all over the world. Her first film, Me Before You, was released in summer 2016.
LAWRENCE KASDAN (Screenplay) has directed, written or produced 21 motion pictures, including Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. He has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Bodyguard, the first original screenplay that Kasdan sold. The Big Chill and The Accidental Tourist were nominated for Academy Awards as best picture. The Accidental Tourist was named best picture of 1988 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear as best picture of the 1992 Berlin Film Festival. Kasdan has been nominated for four Academy Awards and six Writers Guild Awards, and was honored by the Writers Guild of America with its Laurel Award for advancing the literature of motion pictures. In 2013, Kasdan joined JJ Abrams to co-write Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, the newest entry in the worldwide phenomenon that is the Star Wars saga. ALEXANDER DINELARIS (Book) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He is the co-creator and executive producer of the series “The One Percent” for MRC, starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris. He is adapting the novel Entering Hades into a feature film with Michael Fassbender. His film The Year of the Monarchs is in development with Mandalay Entertainment. Dinelaris wrote the book for Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet! Other recent work includes his plays Red Dog
TIM HATLEY (Set & Costume Designer) Tony awards: Private Lives and Shrek the Musical (Broadway). Olivier awards: Stanley and Private Lives (West End). Drama Desk awards: Spamalot, Shrek the Musical and Private Lives. Theater includes: Ghosts (BAM/ Almeida); Little Eyolf (Almeida); Spamalot (Broadway, West End); Shrek the Musical (Broadway, West End); Temple (Donmar); Mr Foote’s Other Leg (West End); Betty Blue Eyes (West End); Quartermaine’s Terms (West End); An Enemy of the People and The Pajama Game (Chichester/West End); Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady (Chatelet, Paris); The Crucible (Broadway); Endgame, Lucie Cabrol (Complicite); Mrs Klein (Almeida); Carmen, Don Quixote (Royal Ballet). Film: Stage Beauty, Closer, Notes on a Scandal. KAREN BRUCE (Choreographer) is an Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director. Her recent work in the West End and on UK tours includes The Last Tango, Dance ’til Dawn, Midnight Tango, Love Me Tender, Never Forget, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and The Wedding ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23
BIOS Singer. For television: “Strictly Come Dancing” (BBC, 7 seasons); “So You Think You Can Dance” (BBC, 2 seasons); “Toast” (BBC Film); “Children in Need” (BBC) and “The Voice” (BBC). Her awards include an Olivier for best choreography for Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse, London) and the TMA best musical for Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible, England). MARK HENDERSON (Lighting Designer) won the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2010 and 2016 Laurence Olivier awards for lighting design, a 2006 Tony Award for The History Boys and received a Welsh BAFTA. He has lit extensively for all major theater, opera and dance companies in the UK, including more than 60 productions at the National Theatre and more than 70 in the West End, plus more than 20 on Broadway. Recent productions include Funny Girl and Sunset Boulevard in the West End and a Chekhov trilogy at the National Theatre. RICHARD BROOKER (Sound Designer) Previous productions include Dreamgirls (West End); Funny Girl (West End); What’s It All About? (Close to You) Bacharach Reimagined (West End); The Last Tango (UK tour); Bend It Like Beckham (West End); Annie (UK tour); The Bodyguard (West End, UK tour & Cologne); Made in Dagenham (West End); Dance ’til Dawn (West End & UK tour); Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (UK tour); Avenue Q (South Korea); Back Beat (Toronto & Los Angeles); Chess (Toronto); The Sound of Music (Moscow); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West End); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK & Spain national tours). DUNCLAN McLEAN (Video Designer) Credits include Privacy (Public Theater, New York); Hangmen (Royal Court/Wyndham’s); Saint Joan, One Night in Miami, Privacy, City of Angels, Tempest, Julius Caesar and Henry VI (Donmar Warehouse); The Hairy Ape, A Flea in Her Ear, The Tempest, The Real Thing, The Norman Conquests and All About My Mother (Old Vic); Ghost the Musical (Germany); Shrek the Musical (Drury Lane/UK tour); War Horse Prom (Royal Albert Hall); Let It Be (West End/UK tour/ Broadway/worldwide); All New People (Duke of York’s & UK tour); Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction (UK tour); The Norman Conquests (Broadway); 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Frost/Nixon (Gielgud); and Evita (New Zealand tour). www.duncanmclean.co.uk @dmprojection CHRIS EGAN (Orchestrator and Additional Music) Film credits include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ethel & Ernest, Napoleon. TV credits include “The Halcyon,” “Hooten and the Lady,” “Cilla,” the Academy awards, the Tony awards, “Man Down,” “Upstairs Downstairs,” “Girlstuff Boystuff” animation series, “Late Night With Jerry Springer.” Video game credits include Halo 5: Guardians. Theater credits include The Bodyguard, National Theatre 50th anniversary, Water Babies, End of the Rainbow, The Pajama Game, Kiss Me Kate, Crazy for You, Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Footloose. Egan has written arrangements and conducted for such recording artists as Paul McCartney, David Foster, Annie Lennox, Lionel Richie, Lady Gaga, Oliva Newton-John, Phil Ramone, Dionne Warwick, Dame Shirley Bassey and Above & Beyond at the Hollywood Bowl. MIKE DIXON (Production Musical Supervisor and Vocal Arrangements) graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1979 and during the course of his career has established himself as a leading musical figures in the UK. Theater credits include Mrs Henderson Presents, Oh What a Lovely War, The Bodyguard, Hair, Zorro, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aspects of Love, Doctor Dolittle, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La Cage aux Folles. TV credits includes “A Life in Song — Tim Rice,” “Surprise Surprise,” “A Life in Song — Don Black,” “This Is Lionel Richie,” “The Electric Proms,” “Concert for Diana,” “Glastonbury 2007,” “Pop Idol,” “The Royal Variety Show,” “Miss World,” “The British the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Rock Concert,” BBC “Proms in the Park.” Awards include Helpmann Award for Musical Direction-We Will Rock You, Sony and New York Radio Awards (with TBI Media & BBC Drama). RICHARD BEADLE (Musical Supervisor and Additional Vocal Arrangements) has worked as musical supervisor for The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre), United States, Toronto, Germany & South Korea; and
BIOS Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tour). He has orchestrated The Girls (Phoenix Theatre, London). Musical director: The Girls (Phoenix Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), Hair (Gielgud Theatre), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). UK tours: Fame, Grease, Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show. Musical associate: Victoria (ITV television). Assistant musical director: Jesus Christ Superstar (Slovenia), Cabaret (Germany), Our House (Cambridge Theatre). Beadle writes songs and music for film & TV adverts. His first musical, Today Is My Day, premiered in London in 2010, and his album Songs was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. www.richardbeadle.com FRANK THOMPSON (Associate Director) was the director of the 2016 West End Proms starring Lea Salonga, Ruthie Henshall, Ramin Karimloo, Jodie Prenger & Jon Lee. Associate director for international productions of The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre London, the Dom Theatre Cologne and pre-production for Australian & South Korean productions). Director and staging of international tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Sound of Music. Directed new production of Blues in the Night (nominated for an Offie’s Award for best revival). Co-directed a new revival of the Boy George musical Taboo at the Club House Brixton (nominated for best choreographer award and Broadwayworld.com awards and won the WOS Award for best offWest End. Associate director and additional choreography for original production of The Bodyguard directed by Thea Sharrock at Adelphi Theatre and winner of best new musical at the 2013 What’s on Stage awards. Associate director and choreographer for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at London Palladium and the Ford Centre Broadway. AMY THORNTON (Assistant horeographer) Training: Laines Theatre Arts. Theatre includes: Matilda (West End); Rock of Ages (West End); Flashdance (West End); Fame (No 1 UK Tour); Grease (West End); Cats (1st UK tour); Never Forget (West End & 1st UK tour); Starlight Express (1st UK tour); Aladdin (Manchester Palace Theatre); Snow White and
the Seven Dwarves (Churchill Theatre); Peter Pan (North Wales Theatre). STUART CROSS (Associate Lighting Designer) has worked in the theater industry for more than 25 years. He started his career in rep and spent many years touring with some of the largest musicals. For more than 10 years, he has been a freelancer, mainly working as a programmer. West End theater credits include The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Elephant Man, Hair, Million Dollar Quartet, Rock of Ages, The Commitments, I Can’t Sing, Evita, The Bodyguard (West End, UK tour & Cologne), Cats (Russia, West End & Paris). TV credits include “Laughs in the Park 2011.” Comedy credits include Eddie Izzard’s Stripped (international tour). Music includes:Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo). TOM MARSHALL (Associate Sound Designer) has acted as an associate on some 30 shows in the UK and Europe. Before that he worked as head of sound on numerous large West End shows during the past two decades. As a freelance mix engineer, Marshall has worked on countless events, including the 2012 Olympic stadium athletics, and with such artists as the Coral, the Bees, the Lightning Seeds, Elaine Paige, Lewis Taylor, Martina-Topley-Bird and PJ Harvey. As a sound designer, he has worked on just as many productions, from intimate drama soundscapes to full-scale lavish musicals. www.tmsd.me CAMPBELL YOUNG ASSOCIATES (Hair, Wigs & Makeup Designer) Broadway: Front Page, The Crucible, Misery, Sylvia, Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, The Last Ship, It’s Only a Play, Betrayal, Les Misérables, One Man Two Guvnors, Spider-Man, Annie (tour). West End/Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 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, Guys and Dolls. Opera: Don Carlo, L’enfant et les Sortilèges (Bolshoi, Moscow), Anna Nicole (New York City Opera). Film/TV: “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black.” ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25
BIOS ROSS EDWARDS (Associate Set Designer) trained at Kent University studying drama and theater, and mastered in set design. He has assisted many established designers and has been the resident assistant at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Edwards assisted Tim Hatley on several designs for the National Theatre, Royal Ballet and West End. He is the associate designer for The Bodyguard UK tour, Germany and South Korea. JACK GALLOWAY (Costume Supervisor) His costume design theater credits include Batman Live (world arena tour); Calendar Girls (UK tour); Walker Dance Park Music (Royal Opera House); Love Song, Girl in the Red Dress, The Barber of Seville and Candoco Dance Company (NI Opera). As associate designer: Shrek the Musical (produced by Dreamworks in London & New York); Dirty Dancing (London, Hamburg, Utrecht & Berlin); Hairspray (London & UK tour); Jersey Boys; and High School Musical. LEON DOBKOWSKI (Associate Costume Designer for the US tour) Credits include Seussical (St. Louis Theater Circle Award); Tarzan (Judy Award); The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! (Muny); South Pacific (Asolo Rep); The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde (Music Theatre of Wichita); The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter); Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic (Feld Entertainment); First Date (Blumenthal Performing Arts); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Paper Mill); Peter and the Starcatcher (Weston Playhouse); George M! (Westchester Broadway Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep); The Weir (Irish Rep); The Leopard and the Fox (Alter Ego, NYIT Award nomination); Claudio Quest (New York Musical Theatre Festival, 2015 outstanding design). M.F.A. Yale School of Drama. www.LeonDobkowski.com MATTHEW SMEDAL (Musical Director) National tours: Matilda the Musical (first national tour), Ghost and Catch Me If You Can. Toronto: Matilda the Musical. Elsewhere: Big Fish, Man of La Mancha, 1776 (Musical Theatre West); Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins (Ogunquit Playhouse); and Jesus Christ Superstar (North Shore Music Theatre). All social media and Web @matthewsmedal. 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
TALITHA FEHR TL MUSIC INTERNATIONAL (Music Coordinator) strives daily to carry on the contracting traditions of her mentor, Sam Lutfiyya. Broadway: A Christmas Story. National tours: Sister Act, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ghost the Musical, West Side Story, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Come Fly Away, Mamma Mia!, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Movin’ Out and 101 Dalmatians. International tours: West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Swing!, Cinderella, The King and I. Other: The Pirate Queen, 2010 Winter Olympics ceremonies. PAUL HARDT (Casting Director) lives in New York City and has cast for Broadway, off-Broadway, and national and international tours. He also casts for suchl regional theaters as Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn.; Philadelphia Theatre Company; Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla.; Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Del. JIM LANAHAN (General Manager) has spent 20-plus years managing and marketing Broadway tours. First national tours: Footloose, Titanic, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, The Lion King, War Horse, Jersey Boys and The Phantom of the Opera. Additional selected projects: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (3rd national), Les Misérables (25th anniversary), Billy Elliot (2nd national), Blue Man Group and An American in Paris. Lanahan is from Round Lake, N.Y., and lives just outside Washington, D.C. #TLJL ANDREW TERLIZZI (Company Manager) is in his fifth season with TROIKA Entertainment and has worked on the national tours of Cheers Live on Stage, The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act the Musical, Ghost the Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Before joining TROIKA, he was assistant company manager for the first national tour of West Side Story. He has a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
BIOS TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Tour Management) has been an 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 and has produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include Annie, 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 PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE (Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director; Todd Schmidt, Managing Director) is the 2016 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, a place where American musical theater is celebrated and pushed in exciting new directions. A beloved New Jersey institution since 1938, Paper Mill has been consistently recognized for artistry of the highest quality and a commitment to supporting the development of new works as well as the careers of Broadway’s best talent and emerging artists. Paper Mill Playhouse productions have launched national tours and gone on to Broadway — including The Bodyguard, Newsies and A Bronx Tale — as well as national telecasts and cast recordings. PaperMill.org MICHAEL HARRISON (Producer) West End productions include Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre, which won four 2016 Olivier awards, including best musical revival; Mrs. Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre; and The Bodyguard at the Adelphi and Dominion theaters. Other credits include Annie, Barnum with Cameron Mackintosh, Titanic, Chess, Jolson & Co., I Dreamed a Dream, The Witches of Eastwick, Aspects of Love and the forthcoming UK tour of Funny Girl. He is managing director of Qdos Entertainment and, in 2016, created Cinderella, the first pantomime at the London Palladium in nearly 30 years. In 2012 he was awarded a companionship to LIPA by Sir Paul McCartney.
DAVID IAN (Producer) has produced theater all over the world and has received five Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. His credits include Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr. Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys, Annie, Xanadu and Show Boat. NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS INC. (Producer) is a producing company under the leadership of James L. Nederlander. The company operates a chain of legitimate theaters including the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, LuntFontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace and Richard Rodgers on Broadway, and worldwide landmark venues from Los Angeles to London. Recent credits include the new Broadway production of Cats, An American in Paris and On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks
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STAFF THE BODYGUARD TOUR STAFF GENERAL MANAGEMENT &
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT GENERAL MANAGER Jim Lanahan Assistant General Manager. . . . Arnie VandeBrake PRODUCTION MANAGER Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager. . . Ártemis López TECHNICAL DIRECTOR John Ward COMPANY MANAGER Andrew Terlizzi Assistant Company Manager. . . . . Brian Schrader TOUR MARKETING Amy Katz EXCLUSIVE TOUR BOOKING The Booking Group Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart www.thebookingroup.com CASTING Paul Hardt PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER. . . . . . . . MELISSA CHACÓN Stage Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard A. Leigh Assistant Stage Manager. . . . . . . . Stacy N. Taylor Associate Director . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Thompson Assistant Choreographer. . . . . . . . . Amy Thornton Associate Scenic Designer. . . . . . . . . Ross Edwards Production Properties. . . . . . . . . . . Emiliano Pares Additional Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennie Marino Associate Costume Designer. . . . Leon Dobkowski Costume Supervisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Galloway Associate Lighting Designer. . . . . . . . Stuart Cross Moving Light Programmer. . . . . . . . . . . Brad Gray Production Electrician. . . . . . . . . . Kwame Tucker Associate Sound Designer. . . . . . . . . Tom Marshall Production Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Dale Associate Video Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . Salvador Bettencourt Avila Projection Programmer . . . . . . . . . . Kirt Kaminski Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer. . Luc Verschueren/ Campbell Young Associates Music Production Services. . . . . . Chris Egan LTD Music Programming. . . . . . . . . . .Trystan Francis/ Chris Egan LTD Rehearsal Pianist . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wendell Vaughn Dance Captain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Rivera Fight Captain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Rozanski 28 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
HEAD CARPENTER. . . . . SCOTT ORLESKY Assistant Carpenters. . . . . . . . . . . Mike Troncone, Kasey L.Walraven, Mark Wise Head Electrician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kwame Tucker Assistant Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . Kirt Kaminski, Adrian Workman Head of Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nikki Lalonde Assistant Properties. . . . Miriam Gonzales-Hernandez Head of Sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allison Ebling Assistant Sound. . . . . . . . . . . . Gaven Wedemeyer Head of Wardrobe. . . . . . . . . . Marguerite Peresich Assistant Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Poiesz Star Dresser. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roni Burks Head of Hair and Makeup. . . Derrick Cosmo West Physical Therapy. . . . NEURO TOUR, Physical Therapy Medical Director. . . . . . . . . . . Craig E. Weil, MD Athletic Trainer. . . . Angelica Davison, LAT, ATC Children’s Services. . . . . . . . . . . In Site Education Tutor / Child Guardian. . . . . . . Pamela Thompson Accounting. . . . . . . . . . . . . Zwick & Banyai, PLLC Employee Benefits. . . . . . . . . . The Capital Group Insurance. . . . . . . Maury, Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Legal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jean Ward, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz B-Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HMS Media Creative Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dewynters Michael Havard-Bilton .Kimberley Taylor, Stephanie Cumbley, Hannah Petts Production Photography . . . . . . . . . . Joan Marcus Merchandise Provider. . . . Creative Goods/Pete Milano For MICHAEL HARRISON ENTERTAINMENT Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Harrison General Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jake Hine Production Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Eden Production Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Finch Associate Producer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Jenkyns For DAVID IAN PRODUCTIONS Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Ian (Chairman) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max Finbow (Managing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brook Land General Managers . . . . . . . . . Rosamund Cranmer Lisa Fleming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Halpern Production Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . Jeffrey Brady Production Assistants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Jones Simon Karaiskos Laura Tompkins Office Manager and PA to the Directors. . . . . Jo Dorey
STAFF For TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT Chief Executive Officer . . . . . . . . Randall A. Buck Chief Operating Officer. . . . . . . Michael J. Orsino Chief Financial Officer . . . . . . . . Michelle Jones Chief Financial Officer Emeritus . . . . Donald Kindl General Managers. . . . . Jim Lanahan, Karen Berry Assistant General Manager. . . . . . Arnie VandeBrake Senior Production Manager. . . . . . . . Laura Dieli
Rehearsed at the New 42ND STREET STUDIOS, NYC Technical Rehearsals and North American Premiere held at PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE in Millburn, NJ Wigs made by CAMPBELL YOUNG ASSOCIATES Official Makeup Sponsor www.jaymanuelbeauty.com
Production Manager. . . . . . . . . . . Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager. . . . . Ártemis López Marketing Consultant. . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Katz Booking Manager. . . . . . . . . . . Doria Montfort Budgeting & Forecasting Manager . . . George Lamberty
The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians.
Senior Accountant. . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Moore Staff Accountant. . . . . . . . . . . . Lourdes Castillo Accounting Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . Marite Espinoza Warehouse Manager. . . . . . . . . . . Scott Garrish
Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E)
Office Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . Shaquille Stewart
The Director-Choreographer is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.
For TROIKA Costumes
United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre.
Costume Shop Administrator. . . . Alison M. Smith Workroom Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helen Jones First Hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellouise Davis Project Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Christensen Craft Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Risa Ono Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Elise Collier, Marla Parker Stitcher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Browning
This production is produced by a member of the Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.
CREDITS Scenery by PROOF PRODUCTIONS, INC. Costumes by PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE COSTUME SHOP: Draper: Rachel Ralby; Gladys Brito, Aida Cando, Antonio Consuegra, Susan Hawley, Juventina Rosales, Cathy Small. Additional costumes by TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT COSTUME SHOP, Glen Burnie, MD and JENNIFER LOVE COSTUMES. Costume crafts by JULIANN KROBOTH. Lighting equipment provided by CHRISTIE LITES. Audio equipment by MASQUE SOUND. Automation by SHOWMOTION, INC. Production Housing and Ground Transportation by ROAD REBEL ENTERTAINMENT TOURING, San Diego, CA. Trucking by JANCO, LTD. Wayne, NJ, Rick Rosenthal.
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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.
THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 â&#x20AC;˘ 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 Jimmy McConico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Jerome Carter. . . . . . . . . . . Facilities Operations Supervisor
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 Official Beverage of the Fox
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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.)
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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HAPPY TR AILS to you
AT LEFT: A view of a green at Brazzell’s Creek in Reidsville, in southeast Georgia. BELOW: The Lakes in Waycross, south of Atlanta.
BRAZZELL’S CREEK | THE LAKES
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
KING AND PRINCE BEACH & GOLF RESORT
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. CALLIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.
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
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.
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
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. …
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
Georgia Natural Gas Royce Pedersen Janice & Gary Sloan
Teresa Dau Jamie Medalie Longhurst Repro Products
John R. Adams Alliance Fire Protection Services, LLC Douglas Borenstein Cathy & Mayson Callaway Matt Chambless & Michelle Love Colgate Crib Mattress Concierge Services of Atlanta Michael Crew Ira & Talmer Curry, Jr. Dynamics AX Consulting Roger Gelder
Allied Integrated Marketing Diana Blank Collins Project Management, Inc. Drew Eckl & Farnham
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 II Susan & Jeff Quesenberry Jim Spencer Alan & Diane Thomas
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:
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• 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.