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FINDING NEVERLAND | MAY 2017

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Billy Harrigan Tighe comes soaring back home, playing the scribe who dreamed up Peter Pan, in Finding Neverland. By Julie Bookman

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n 1897, Scottish novelist and playwright James Matthew Barrie was living in London, near Kensington Gardens. There he befriended a neighbor family, the Llewelyn Davies, who had three young sons, George, John and, in a baby carriage, Peter. The brothers’ games inspired Barrie. They, in

turn, loved his lively tales and his tricks — wiggling his ears and eyebrows. In some of his stories, Barrie said baby brother Peter could fly and that all babies had once been birds. By the time the family added two more sons, Barrie’s Peter stories had taken wing. He wrote and premiered the 1904

“There’s a lot of J.M. Barrie in me because I refuse to grow up,” says Billy Harrigan Tighe (left), who plays Barrie in this national tour of Finding Neverland. Tom Hewitt is Captain Hook.

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play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in a large and celebrated production complete with pirates and Indians. In 1911, he turned his play into the novel Peter and Wendy. Even then, no one could have predicted how far Peter Pan would travel in the next 100 years. Countless adaptations and reimaginings have been created, from Paramount Pictures’ 1924 silent film and Disney’s animated 1953 version, to the 1954 Broadway musical with Mary Martin (which became a popular NBC telecast). The Broadway show was revived in 1979 with Sandy Duncan, then again in 1990 for onetime Olympic gymnast

Cathy Rigby. Then came two movies — Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991) and Finding Neverland (2004) — and Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher (2009), adapted from the novel that gives Peter Pan a backstory. So what’s it like to inhabit the man who started all this mischief? “I feel a lot of responsibility,” says Billy Harrigan Tighe, the Atlanta native who happens to play Barrie in this national tour. (Director Diane Paulus and choreographer Mia Michaels have reportedly fine-tuned the Broadway musical’s production numbers for this tour.) Like the movie on which it’s based, Finding Neverland zeroes in on

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The company of Finding Neverland. How many Peter Pan characters can you identify from their costumes?


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Tighe’s advice for aspiring performers • If you’re going to pursue musical theater as your No. 1 goal, then you must better yourself via tap lessons, singing lessons, etc. There’s always something to work on. • Work hard and don’t take shortcuts. If you fail, you will grow from that failure. • Ask questions because we all rely on help and advice. There is always someone who can mentor you along the way. • You don’t need to always be in a show. “Some of my best work,” he says, “has, honestly, been in the shower.”

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Barrie, his friendship with the Llewelyn Davies, and the period leading to the playwright’s success with Peter Pan. “Most of all, I just want to make sure I’m giving the audience the same sort of values that Barrie instilled in his own piece,” says Tighe, 31. “I’m basically wanting to use Neverland as my own personal Peter Pan. “I feel that I embody a lot of the same things J.M. Barrie did, especially from the perspective of being an artist who feels most at home inside his own psyche and imagination. Sometimes I’ve felt like a youth trapped in an adult body, and I’ve come to think that he probably felt that way.” Playing the scribe

helps him stay in touch with his youthful zest for life and imagination, says Tighe, whose parents Bill and Mary Ellen live in Marietta. He’s named for his dad but has always gone by “Billy.” “I am absolutely a Billy,” he says. “I will never be a Bill. There’s a lot of J.M. Barrie in me because I refuse to grow up.” Tighe is over the moon about finally performing beneath the stars at the Fox Theatre, which he frequented while growing up. This is the sixth national tour for Tighe, a 2003 graduate of Pebblebrook High, Cobb County’s performing arts magnet. None of the others brought him home. He “owes everything”

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The touring life is OK, he says, except for the distance it puts between Tighe and wife Kristine Reese, also a performer (Broadway’ Mamma Mia!). Touring is doable because they don’t have children yet, he says. For now, romping onstage with talented kids who help “unlock my imagination every night” is enough. He’d “be happy doing any show, anywhere, any time,” he says. “If the big ones stopped calling, I would be doing a show in my garage.”

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TOP: Atlanta native Billy Harrigan Tighe (left) as author J.M. Barrie with Ben Krieger as Peter. ABOVE: Ben Krieger (left), Sammy the dog, Colin Wheeler, Tyler Patrick Hennessy and Finn Faulconer.

to Pebblebrook, he says. “It’s where I discovered my passion and learned what I needed to do to achieve my goals. The discipline and everything else I learned is still the foundation for all that I use now on a daily basis.” He played Zebulon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in his first Pebblebrook show. His professional resume includes the title role in Broadway’s Pippin revival; Elder Price in The Book of Mormon on tour and in London; and Fiyero in Wicked, also on tour.


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MUSIC AND LYRICS BY

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Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy

Based on the Miramax Motion Picture written by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee STARRING

Billy Harrigan Tighe

Christine Dwyer

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Tom Hewitt Karen Murphy Jordan Cole Finn Faulconer Tyler Patrick Hennessy Ben Krieger Colin Wheeler Mitchell Wray AND

Christina Belinsky Sarah Marie Charles Adrianne Chu Calvin L. Cooper Dwelvan David Nathan Duszny Victoria Huston-Elem Melissa Hunter McCann Connor McRory Thomas Miller Noah Plomgren Matthew Quinn Will Ray Kristine Reese Corey Rives Dee Tomasetta Lael Van Keuren Matt Wolpe SCENIC DESIGNER

COSTUME DESIGNER

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LIGHTING DESIGNER

SOUND DESIGNER

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John Miller

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CAST in order of appearance PETER PAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dee Tomasetta WENDY (Acting Troupe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adrianne Chu CAPTAIN HOOK (Acting Troupe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Ray J.M. BARRIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Billy Harrigan Tighe MARY BARRIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristine Reese LORD CANNAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noah Plomgren ALBERT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corey Rives CHARLES FROHMAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Hewitt ELLIOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Miller SYLVIA LLEWELYN DAVIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Dwyer MR. HENSHAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dwelvan David MR. CROMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Wolpe MISS JONES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lael Van Keuren MISS BASSETT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victoria Huston-Elem MRS. DU MAURIER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Murphy CAPTAIN JAMES HOOK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Hewitt PORTHOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sammy THE LLEWELYN DAVIES CHILDREN GEORGE: Finn Faulconer, Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler; PETER: Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler, Mitchell Wray; JACK: Tyler Patrick Hennessy, Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler, Mitchell Wray; MICHAEL: Jordan Cole, Tyler Patrick Hennessy ENSEMBLE Christina Belinsky, Sarah Marie Charles, Adrianne Chu, Calvin L. Cooper, Dwelvan David, Nathan Duszny, Victoria Huston-Elem, Thomas Miller, Noah Plomgren, Will Ray, Kristine Reese, Corey Rives, Dee Tomasetta, Lael Van Keuren, Matt Wolpe SWINGS Melissa Hunter McCann, Connor McRory, Matthew Quinn

UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitue for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For J.M. Barrie: Noah Plomgren, Will Ray; for Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook: Matthew Quinn, Matt Wolpe; for Sylvia Llewelyn Davies: Sarah Marie Charles, Kristine Reese, Lael Van Keuren; for Mrs. du Maurier: Victora Huston-Elem, Lael Van Keuren; for Mary Barrie: Sarah Marie Charles, Lael Van Keuren; for Porthos: Bailey Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Hunter McCann Assistant Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connor McRory Animal Handler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tyler Garstka

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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 1 “Neverland” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Instrumental “Welcome to London” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . London Parkgoers “My Imagination” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J.M. Barrie “Believe” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.M. Barrie, Sylvia, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Company “The Dinner Party” . . . . . J.M. Barrie, Sylvia, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Servants, Dinner Guests “We Own the Night” . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.M. Barrie, Sylvia, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Servants “All That Matters” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sylvia “We Own the Night” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter, George, Jack, Michael “Sylvia’s Lullaby’’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sylvia “Neverland’’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J.M. Barrie, Sylvia “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Frohman “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Barrie “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. du Maurier “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 4) . . . . . . . Charles Frohman, Mrs. du Maurier, Mary Barrie, Company “Stronger” (Part 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.M. Barrie “Hook” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Captain James Hook, J.M. Barrie, Pirates “Stronger” (Part 2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Captain James Hook, J.M. Barrie, Pirates ACT 2 “The World ls Upside Down” . . . . . . . . . J.M. Barrie, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Acting Troupe “What You Mean to Me” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J.M. Barrie, Sylvia “Play” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Frohman, Sylvia, J.M. Barrie, Company “We’re All Made of Stars” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter, George, Jack, Michael “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.M. Barrie, Peter “Something About This Night’’ (Part 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Frohman, Elliot, Actors “Something About This Night’’ (Part 2) . . . . . . . Charles Frohman, Elliot, J.M. Barrie, Peter, Actors “Neverland” (Reprise) . . . . . . . J.M. Barrie, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Sylvia, Mrs. du Maurier, Charles Frohman and Actors “Finale” . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. du Maurier, J.M. Barrie, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Company ORCHESTRA Conductor/Keyboard: Ryan Cantwell; Associate Conductor/Keyboard: Valerie Gebert; Drums: Greg Germann; Violin: Laraine Kaizer; Reeds: Ryan Claus; Bass: Sean Murphy; Guitar: Nicholas Difabbio; Synthesizer/Acoustic Guitar/Mandolin: David Manning

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BIOS BILLY HARRIGAN TIGHE (J.M. Barrie). Thrilled to be in Neverland! Broadway/West End: Pippin; The Book of Mormon (Elder Price). National tours: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price); Wicked (Fiyero); La Cage aux Folles (Jean-Michel); Dirty Dancing. Favorite regional: Back Home Again (Ben), Lesher Center; Hairspray (Link), Marriott Theatre; Happy Days (Potsie), Goodspeed Opera House; Footloose (Ren). Vocal soloist with symphonies around North America including the Cincinnati POPS, Modesto, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Detroit, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphony orchestras. Training: CCM graduate. CCCEPA graduate. Billy wouldn’t be here without his incredibly supportive family, friends, teachers and wife Kristine, ’06. Thanks to BRS/GAGE, Stewart/Whitley. Instagram: billyharrigantighe Twitter: @billytighe, www.billytighe.com CHRISTINE DWYER (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies) feels incredibly lucky to bring this beautiful show on the road. Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba). NYC/national tours/regional: Rent (Maureen), Murder Ballad (Sara), Tinyard Hill (Aileen), New Hopeville Comics (April), The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), Two Very Dangerous People (Ginny). Christine’s voice can be heard on Lyons & Pakchar’s debut album, #LOVE Live, and Ben Roseberry’s solo debut album, The Fractured Years, both available on iTunes. She also had the incredible honor of representing the United States at the Hannover Messe, performing for President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Christine would be nowhere without her loving family, incredible friends, supportive teachers and new fiancé, Matt. Love to Chowdah and all four-legged creatures. CLA, Hardin-Curtis, Hartt School — Patience and Love. www.deangelisanddwyercoaching.com, @cteendryer: instagram and twitter. TOM HEWITT (Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook). Broadway includes Jesus Christ Superstar; Chicago; Dracula the Musical; The Rocky Horror Show; The Boys From Syracuse; The Lion King. National tours: Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan. Off-Broadway: Another Medea; Treasure Island; Jeffery; Beau Jest. Regional: Irma Vep; Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots; Titanic; Kiss Me, Kate; Travesties. KAREN MURPHY (Mrs. du Maurier). Broadway veteran, has enjoyed an expansive career from stepping in for Angela Lansbury during the B’way revival of A Little Night Music to winning a Drama Desk nomination for the

off-B’way musical My Vaudeville Man. Other Broadway credits: A Christmas Carol, 9 to 5 (atta gurl drunk), All Shook Up, King David, Titanic, 42nd St. and NYC Opera in Most Happy Fella. Off-B’way: Zombie Prom, Showtune, My Vaudeville Man, Forbidden Broadway, Hysterical Blindness. National tours: Les Miz, White Christmas, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins. Recordings: Zombie Prom, My Vaudeville Man and Karen’s CD debut, Torch Goddess, at CD Baby and iTunes. U.S. and Canadian orchestras have heard Karen in The Nifty 50s: The Golden Age of Black and White. Proud member of my union: Actors’ Equity. JORDAN COLE (Michael) is a fourth-grader from Westchester, N.Y., who is excited to make his Broadway tour debut in Finding Neverland. Regional: Les Miserables (Gavroche), Mary Poppins (Bert). Special thanks to Barry Kolker, Jenna, Jason and Dan from WST; Emily Gatesman; Jackie Presti; and Lisa Rochelle. Love to my Mom, Dad, my sister Alexa and my grandparents. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you! FINN FAULCONER (George) is thrilled to make his professional debut. Regional: Christmas Carol, Les Miz, Mary Poppins, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fiddler on the Roof. Ballet: ABT, Chautauqua, French Academie, Colorado, Charlottesville. Thanks to Mom, Dad & Neve; Live Arts; Melissa (DMR); Sara, Francois, Liz, Hank, Eva & Shelli at RKS Mgmt. TYLER PATRICK HENNESSY (Michael, Jack) is thrilled to make his national tour debut in Finding Neverland. He has been in such regional productions as Ragtime (Little Boy), Gypsy (Clarinet Boy), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), The King and I (Royal Child) and The Who’s Tommy (youngest Tommy). Tyler thanks his Mom, Dad and three older sisters for all of their love and support, plus the numerous other people who have helped him get here! BEN KRIEGER (Peter, George, Jack) is from South Florida and thrilled to have found Neverland! Other favorite shows: Pippin national tour (Theo), The Sound of Music national tour (U/S Kurt & Friedrich) and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Les Miserables (Gavroche). Thank you to all the magical teachers, friends and family that made this possible! “You can be anything you want to be!” Visit me at www.benkriegeractor.com or check out my «Ben Krieger!» YouTube channel. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21


BIOS COLIN WHEELER (George, Jack, Peter) is thrilled to make is national tour debut! Fresh off the world premiere of I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk with Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth. Regional/workshops: Les Miserables (Gavroche), Moonshine and Mistletoe (Duncan), A Christmas Story the Musical (Ralphie), School of Rock (promotional tour). Many thanks to Jamie and Victoria, Andrea and Stewart/Whitley, Lauren, Trapper, Badiene, Ryan, and all of his family and friends for all their love and support, most of all his mom, dad, Haley and Anna! MITCHELL WRAY (Peter, Jack) is thrilled to make his Broadway tour debut! Theater credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, To Kill a Mockingbird and Mary Poppins. Film: Crossroads of America and One Starry, Starry Night. Huge thanks to Lisa Calli, Abrams Artist Agency, Justin Reamy, Benton Whitley, the Rooney family, Kaye Tuckerman, and of course my entire family for all of their support! CHRISTINA BELINSKY (Ensemble). Tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (U.S./Japan), The Aluminum Show (U.S./Int’l). Favorite regional credits: White Christmas and Mary Poppins (Fulton), Sweet Charity (Palace). UArts B.F.A. modern dance performance. Thank you CESD, Mom, Dad, Nana. Believe! www.ChristinaBelinsky.com. SARAH MARIE CHARLES (Ensemble, u/s Sylvia, Mary) is thrilled to join the Finding Neverland family! Favorite credits: Peter Pan 360 (Wendy), Titanic (Kate McGowan), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Children of Eden (Yonah) and Baby (Lizzie). Proud Ithaca College grad. Endless thanks to BRS/GAGE, Benton Whitley, Adam and Mom & Dad. @sarchar. ADRIANNE CHU (Ensemble, Wendy [Acting Troupe]). National tour debut! Regional: Palace Theatre N.H., Arrow Rock Lyceum, American Music Theatre, RCCL Quantum of the Seas. Marymount Manhattan College, B.F.A. dance. Thank you to the FNL team, Stewart/Whitley, DHA, and to her family and friends for their constant love & support! www.adriannechu.com. CALVIN L. COOPER (Ensemble) was born in Newport News, Va., and started dancing at age 16. He studied dance at Woodside High School and the E.V.S.P.A under the direction of Dr. Maryann Laverty and Sandra Balestracci. He thanks Sharon, Tamisha, LaTanya, Di’sya, 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

and Nikkolas for their love and support. Thanks MSA for everything! DWELVAN DAVID (Ensemble, Mr. Henshaw). Tour: Porgy and Bess. NYC: Standby (NYMF). Regional: Sweeney Todd (Denver Center); Sister Act (Tuacahn); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (STAGES/ Riverside); Show Boat (Lyric Opera Chicago); The Wiz (TATC); Caroline, or Change (Human Race); Ragtime (Drury Lane); Cats (Carousel); The Nativity (Goodman); Hot Mikado (Marriott). TV: “Billions,” “Gotham,” “Codes of Conduct.” B.F.A. Millikin University. AEA proud. @dwelvandavid www.dwelvandavid.com. NATHAN DUSZNY (Ensemble). Hailing from N.H., a ballet boy gone rogue who decided to do musicals instead. Credits include Flashdance the Musical (Ballet Boy), Beauty and the Beast (Swing), Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular (Ensemble), Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble) and many more. Thanks to everyone who got me here! This is a dream come true! VICTORIA HUSTON-ELEM (Ensemble, Miss Bassett, u/s Mrs. du Maurier). Off-Broadway: Himself and Nora, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge. National tour: The Addams Family. Regional: The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), Sister Act (NSMT), Les Misérables (Lyric), Little Women (Village). Ever grateful to Clear Talent Group. This performance, like all others, is for her family. www.victoriahustonelem.com. KRISTINE REESE (Ensemble, Mary Barrie) Broadway/National Tours: Pippin (Catherine -1st Nat’l); Wicked (Nessarose-1st and 2nd Nat’l); Les Miserables; Mamma Mia! Vocal soloist with symphony orchestras across North America. CCM Alum. Proud AEA member. Thanks mom/ dad, 44West/DGRW, Dr. Wendy, SW and her husband, Billy. @KristineReese. www.kristinereese.com. THOMAS MILLER (Ensemble, Elliot). National tour debut! Texas State University, B.F.A. musical theater, minor in honors studies. Regional: A.D. Player’s Theater, Houston: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ralph Herdman), Godspell (Swing). Workshops at Texas State University: Hooray for Iceboy! (Telegram Boy) with Mark Hollman; Snoopy: The Musical (Linus) with Kaitlin Hopkins, Larry Grossman, and Adam Cates. Thomas grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moved to the Woodlands, Texas, when he was 12. He thanks God for the gift of performing. Love to his new wife, Kaylin,


BIOS his family, friends, life mentors, and to his parents who first taught him how to fly. Romans 5:8. www.thethomasmillerstory.com. NOAH PLOMGREN (Ensemble, Lord Cannan, u/s J.M. Barrie). Thrilled to be on tour with Finding Neverland! Other national tour credits: Hair (Claude). Regional: From Here to Eternity and Treasure Island (Finger Lakes MTF); Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet) and Circus in Winter (Elephant Jack) at Goodspeed Opera House; Noises Off (Garry) at Pittsburgh Public; Lend Me a Tenor (Max) at Bay Street; Next to Normal (Gabe) and Titanic (Murdoch) at Hangar Theatre; Tigers Be Still (Zach) at City Theatre Co: Education: Carnegie Mellon. www.noahplomgren.com @plomegranate WILL RAY (Ensemble, Captain Hook [Acting Troupe], u/s J.M. Barrie). Broadway: Les Misérables (Valjean U/S). Off-Broadway: Meet Me in St. Louis (John Truit), Balls the Musical?!!! (Will). Tours: Little House on the Prairie (Almonzo Wilder), Disney on Classic (Japan). Favorite regional: Miss Saigon (Chris), Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis). CCM grad. Love to family and B! Twitter: @Willray21. COREY RIVES (Ensemble, Albert) is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Broadway Dance Center professional semester. National tour: Wizard of Oz (Swing, Lion/ Wizard u/s); off-Broadway: Alcestis Ascending (Timon, Dance Swing); other: Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), A New Brain (Mr. Bungee), BBAJ (Martin Van Buren), Next to Normal (Gabe). DEE TOMASETTA (Ensemble, Peter Pan, Associate Choreographer). Broadway national tour debut! Radio City NY Spectacular. TV: “SNL,” “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” “America’s Got Talent.” Massachusetts native. Proud University of Michigan graduate, B.F.A. dance 2015. Thank you Mom, Dad, Anthony, my incomparable family & friends, Mia, Clear Talent Group and my loved ones looking down from Neverland. Always believe! @deetomasetta | www.deetomasetta.com. LAEL VAN KEUREN (Ensemble, Miss Jones, u/s Sylvia, Mrs. du Maurier, Mary). Broadway: Sister Act (original cast). First national: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert). Regional: Mary Poppins (u/s Mary, NSMT), Will Rogers Follies (New Ziegfeld Follies, Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Heartfelt gratitude to the creative team, casting & Lava Ent. For my beautiful family, always. In Him.

MATT WOLPE (Ensemble, Mr. Cromer, u/s Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook). Broadway: Finding Neverland. Tour: Once. Off-Broadway: Hell’s Belles. Regional: Laguna, Weston, Kirk Douglas, Sacramento Music Circus, Ensemble SB, La Mirada, Pasadena, The Blank. Matt is an award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with for records out. Love and thanks to Mom, Pops, BRS/GAGE and all of Neverland! Music and more: MattWolpe.com @mattwolpe. MELISSA HUNTER McCANN (Swing, Dance Captain) is thrilled to be flying around America with Finding Neverland! NYC: West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), Paint Your Wagon (Encores!), Ludo’s Broken Bride (NYMF), The Nine Fathers of Ariel (workshop). TV: 2016 Tony Awards. Pace B.F.A. commercial dance 2016. Love to my incredible family, friends, the Neverland team, CESD and especially Mom & Dad! CONNOR McRORY (Swing, Assistant Dance Captain) is excited to perform in the first national tour of Finding Neverland. Recent credits: Trip of Love (off-Broadway); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (national tour). Regional theaters including Pittsburgh CLO, MUNY, Maine State Musical Theatre. Proud Penn State graduate. Thanks to my parents, TKO and crew15. Connormcrory.com INSTA:Connormcrory. MATTHEW QUINN (Swing, u/s Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook). National tours: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Scooby Doo LIVE! Regional: The Addams Family (Gateway/Ogunquit), Crazy for You (New London Barn Playhouse). Several Disney Cruise shows. Universal Studios Japan. Severely grateful for this opportunity! GARY BARLOW (Composer/Lyricist). Multiaward-winning singer-songwriter and member of the successful U.K. band Take That. He has 15 U.K. No. 1 singles and eight U.K. No. 1 albums as a solo artist and with Take That, and has been awarded six Ivor Novello swards. Finding Neverland is Gary’s first venture into composing for a musical. ELIOT KENNEDY (Composer/Lyricist) is a Grammy Award-winning musician/singer/ songwriter from Sheffield, England. Eliot has had No. 1 hits with artists including Take That, Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin and more. Winner of Ivor Novello, Juno and Critics Choice awards. Golden Globe ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23


BIOS nominee. Honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University. Eliot has worked with Gary Barlow for more than 20 years as a co-writer/ co-producer. JAMES GRAHAM (Book). James’ plays include the acclaimed Privacy (2016) at New York’s Public Theater with Daniel Radcliffe; The Vote (2015) at London’s Donmar Warehouse; and This House (2012) at the National Theatre and nominated for the Olivier best play award and screened worldwide as part of NT Live. His first feature film, X Plus Y, was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival 2014. DIANE PAULUS (Director) is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Broadway: Waitress; Finding Neverland; Pippin (Tony Award, best direction and best revival); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, best revival); Hair (Tony Award, best revival). Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. Diane was selected for the 2014 Time 100, Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. For Katharine and Natalie. MIA MICHAELS (Choreographer). TV: “So You Think You Can Dance” (three-time Emmy Award winner, five-time nominee); “SYTYCD Canada.” Film: Rock of Ages. Stage: New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (director/choreographer); Finding Neverland (Broadway); Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill); Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium; Celine Dion’s A New Day, Madonna, Prince. Dance: RAW (founder/artistic director/choreographer). Inspirational master teacher worldwide. Dedicated to my mom and dad in Neverland! SIMON HALE (Orchestrator). Broadway: Finding Neverland, Spring Awakening, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk nomination). He has worked as an arranger/ orchestrator for Gary Barlow, George Benson, Björk, Ray Davies, Josh Groban, Jamiroquai, Lang Lang, George Michael, Oasis, Sade, Duncan Sheik, Simply Red and Sam Smith (Grammy nomination), for whom he orchestrated the Oscar/Golden Globe-winning “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre. www.simonhale.co.uk. FRED LASSEN (Music Supervision). Broadway: Once, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Cabaret, 42nd Street. Off-Broadway/regional: The 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Threepenny Opera (Atlantic), Zorro (Alliance), Adrift in Macao (Primary Stages). Helen Hayes nomination, outstanding music direction, Sycamore Trees (Signature, D.C.). International: Prince of Broadway (Tokyo/Osaka), Once (Dublin), Cabaret (Folies Bergere, Paris). SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design). Broadway productions include Finding Neverland, The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Waitress, Something Rotten!, The Visit, Blackbird, It’s Only a Play, Pippin (Tony nom.), I’ll Eat You Last, The Pillowman (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nom.), Hair, Nine, Take Me Out, Casa Valentina, Pal Joey (Tony nom.) and Urinetown. Also: Peter Grimes (Met Opera), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. Instagram @scottpaskstudio. SUTTIRAT ANNE LARLARB (Costume Design Theater). Theater: Macbeth (LA Opera); Waitress (Broadway); Finding Neverland (Broadway); Of Mice and Men (Broadway); Frankenstein (National Theatre); Hold on to Me Darling (Atlantic); Dying for It (Atlantic); The Killer (TFANA); Macbeth (Hartford). Select film/TV: American Gods, Steve Jobs, The Walk, 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony (Emmy), Cinema Verite (Emmy nomination),127 Hours (production & costume design, Art Directors Guild nomination), Slumdog Millionaire (Costume Designers Guild Award), The American, Sunshine. M.F.A., Yale. KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design) has more than 50 Broadway play and musical theater credits. He designs extensively off-Broadway, for resident theaters and touring productions throughout the United States, as well as internationally. He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk. Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Obie awards. JONATHAN DEANS (Sound Design). His work can be heard worldwide in theatrical productions and permanent installations. Jonathan is grateful that his love for the theater has resulted in numerous Broadway musicals, operas, plays and Cirque du Soleil productions. He has been honored with nominations and awards. More at www.designingsound.com. JON DRISCOLL (Projection Design). Broadway: Finding Neverland, Chaplin, Ghost, Frost/Nixon, Brief Encounter. Off-B’way: Richard III (BAM). West End: Kate Bush: Before the Dawn, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet),


BIOS The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), 3 Winters, King Lear. Recipient: Drama Desk, Obie, Olivier awards. RICHARD MAWBEY (Hair/Makeup Design). Theater: Evita, La Cage aux Folles, South Pacific, Frost/Nixon, Elf, White Christmas, Assassins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The Producers. Television: “Little Britain,” “Poirot,” Dame Edna, Dame Judi Dench. Film: The Ghost Writer, Titanic. Star Wars. www.wigspccialties.co.uk. PAUL KIEVE (Illusions). Broadway: The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout); Finding Neverland, Ghost (DD Award); Matilda; Pippin; Side Show; An Act of God; Macbeth (Armory); Groundhog Day (Old Vic in London and forthcoming Broadway). Movies: Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Mickey and the Magician (permanent show at Disneyland Paris). Has consulted for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine. Awarded Creative Fellowship of the Magic Castle, Hollywood. An associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre. www.stageillusion.com DANIEL WURTZEL (Air Sculptor). Credits: Sochi Winter Olympics, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Julie Taymor), Spades (dir. Robert Lepage). Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna (dir. Diane Paulus), Radio City Rockettes, NY Spectacular (dir. Mia Michaels), Air Play Show (dir. West Hyler), The Tempest (dir. West Hyler). “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” New World, Latin Grammy awards, Cirque du Soleil’s The Eye of the Storm. Museums: Smithsonian, Musée Rodin, Grand Palais in Paris, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Phaeno, Museu do Amanha. www. danielwurtzel.com. DAVID CHASE (Original Music Supervision and Dance and Incidental Musical Arranger). Music director, supervisor and/or arranger for 30 Broadway productions. Other credits: Several West End productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Radio City, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Pops, Kennedy Center Honors. TV: Music director/arranger for NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!” (Emmy nominations for both). Grammy nod for Nice Work album. Music training: Harvard, biology degree. ANNMARIE MILAZZO (Vocal Design). Original music and lyrics for Radio City Summer Spectactular; If/Then; Spring Awakening; Next to Normal; Carrie; Bright Lights, Big City; Dangerous Beauty; Prometheus Bound; Some Lovers; A Little More Alive. Lyricist: Cirque du

Soleil’s Le Reve and Carmen. La Jolla Playhouse. Grammy-nominated vocalist for Aria Electronica and East Village Opera Company on Decca/ Universal Records. RYAN CANTWELL (Music Director). First national tours: Pippin (Diane Paulus); La Cage aux Folles (Terry Johnson). In development: MD/composer for A Helluva Life (George Hamilton). MD/arranger: La MaMa: The Golden Toad; Babes in Toyland (Pasadena Playhouse); The Nomad (Liz Swados, NYC workshop); Table (David Shire, NYC workshop); resident MD at NYMF. TV/film: CBS’ “Jim Henson Christmas Special,” Race (Sundance, Gloria Allred). Ryan writes/performs with his sister, Dawn (Wicked, The Last Ship). www.DawnandRyan.com. Love to his friends, family and fiancée, Shoshana. JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Recent Broadway: Holiday Inn; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Bronx Tale; Waitress; Something Rotten; Beautiful; Jersey Boys. Musician (bass): Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, B.B. King, Bob Dylan. Album: Stage Door Johnny — John Miller: Takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics. www.johnmillerbass.com WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Trainer). A 2011 Tony honoree for excellence in theater. Starting with Annie in 1977, 25 Broadway shows, hundreds of off-Broadway shows, regional theater, tours, television and movies. Animal director for Because of Winn Dixie the Musical, Alabama Shakespeare Festival (January 2017). Author of Broadway Tails. TV: “From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. www.theatricalanimals.com. STEWART/WHITLEY (Casting). Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/ NYC: The Great Comet, On the Town, Pippin, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant. West End/U.K.: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; Tours: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You. Upcoming: Prince of Egypt, Waterfall, August Rush. Regional: American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25


BIOS Royal Caribbean. Casting associate with Andrea Zee CSA & casting assistant with Danny Dunitz. stewartwhitley.com. THE BOOKING GROUP (Tour Booking) has represented more than 20 Tony Awardwinning best musicals/plays since its inception in 1996. In addition to Finding Neverland, TBG also represents the touring productions of An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, The Bodyguard, Cabaret, The Color Purple, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fun Home, The Humans, Motown the Musical, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, Something Rotten!, the 20th anniversary tour of Rent, Waitress and Hamilton. NANCY HARRINGTON (Artistic Associate). With Diane Paulus: Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Hair, Capeman, Death and the Powers, Prometheus Bound, Turnadot Rumble. A collaborator of Bill Irwin’s for 26 years and one of the creators of Fool Moon. MIA WALKER (Associate Director). Credits with Diane Paulus include the American Repertory Theater’s Broadway and national tour productions of Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and the Broadway production of Waitress. Recently, Mia directed the new musical Normativity at New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Upcoming: Tour director of the second national tour of Pippin. Education: B.A. Harvard University. www.miapwalker.com. JOSE SOLIVAN (Company Manager). Broadway tours managed: Cabaret, Cinderella, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent, The Producers, Grease and Spamalot. Broadway tours performed: Oklahoma! Other notable productions performed include Candide with Dayton Opera and Pacific Overtures starring George Takei. Special thanks to Ryan Cowles. KELSEY TIPPINS (Production Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Previously National Tours: Dirty Dancing (PSM), Beauty and the Beast (PSM), Elf the Musical (PSM - first national), Shrek! the Musical (ASM - Asia & North America). Favorite Other Experience: Weston Playhouse, Piedmont Opera, Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Graduate of UNCSA’s Stage Management program. Thanks and love to the 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

family, to NETworks, and to Corey. @kelseytippins to follow my adventures. GENEVIEVE KERSH (Stage Manager), graduate of Ithaca College theater program, has most recently worked as the Assistant Stage Manager for Broadway’s Finding Neverland. Prior credits include Roundabout Theater’s Broadway Revival of Noises Off, The first national tours of Blithe Spirit, Sister Act & Anything Goes. As well as Waitress, Cinderella, Boston Ballet & Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. ALEX EBERLE (Assistant Stage Manager). International Tour: Shrek The Musical (PSM), Beauty and the Beast (PSM). National Tour: Anything Goes (PSM). Regional: The Old Globe, Triad Stage, Barrington Stage Company. BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Thanks M&D for the constant love and support! HARVEY WEINSTEIN (Executive Producer). Co­chairman of the Weinstein Company and co­founder of Miramax. Past award-winning productions include All the Way; The Producers; Frost/Nixon; August: Osage County; and God of Carnage. This season, productions include the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City, The Elephant Man, The Audience and Wolf Hall. He dedicates this musical to the one thing his daughters have in common - they love the movie. NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer). Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, NETworks has been an industry-leading producer and manager of touring musical theater productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. It has toured more than 60 productions throughout North America and is expanding into such international markets as South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing, Elf the Musical, Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once the Musical, The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. BARRY & FRAN WEISSLER (Executive Producer). Recipients of seven Tony awards, including for the longest-running American musical of all time, Chicago.


BIOS/STAFF ALECIA PARKER (Executive Producer). Chicago worldwide, The Scottsboro Boys, Finding Neverland on Broadway, Waitress, The Musical, etc. Licensing Once the Musical internationally. Proud mother of Michael. TRINITY WHEELER (Executive Producer) Broadway: Les Misérables (production stage manager). National tours: Bullets Over Broadway (executive producer); Elf (executive producer); Beauty and the Beast (executive producer); The Phantom of the Opera (supervisory production stage manager); Les Misérables (production stage manager); Mary Poppins (production stage manager); Young Frankenstein with Roger Bart; and Rent with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. Trinity works on the national tours of Finding Neverland, Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music. @trinitywheeler. SETH WENIG (Production Supervisor) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse with Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall and has produced the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and the National Theatre production of War Horse. With Cameron Mackintosh, Seth served as executive producer of both the U.S. and U.K. tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, the 25th anniversary U.S. tour of Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions — Marlo and Camden. NETJETS. The leader in private aviation for more than 50 years, NetJets redefines what’s possible, connecting owners with the people and places that matter most.

STAFF FOR Finding Neverland Production Supervisor Seth Wenig General Management Gentry & Associates Inc. Gregory Vander Ploeg, Jamey Jennings, Anne Cape Production Management NETworks Presentations LLC Jason Juenker, Hector Guivas, Emma Downey Production Consultants BJ Holt and Dan Posener Tour Booking Agency The Booking Group Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart www.thebookinggroup.com Tour Press & Marketing Anita Dloniak & Associates Inc. Anita Dloniak Melissa A. Hazek Casting Stewart/Whitley Duncan Stewart, CSA; Benton Whitley, CSA; Andrea Zee, CSA; Dale Brown, CSA; Danny Dunitz Company Manager Jose Solivan Assistant Company Manager Katie Cortez Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Kelsey Tippins Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Genevieve Kersh Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Eberle Associate Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . Mary Hamrick Associate Costume Designer . . . . . Martin Schnellinger Assistant Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Lizzie Donelan Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . Joel Shier Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . Timothy Reed Lighting Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Beach Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . .Brian Hsieh Associate Projections Designer . . . . .Gemma Carrington Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susanna Wolk Associate Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . Dee Tomasetta Assistant Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . .Ryan Worsing Dance Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clare Cook Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kenneth Britt Assistant Carpenter/Automation . . . . . . . Jason Fehlen Deck Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corey Tobin Production Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Burch Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashley Harman Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Joans Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Briggs Asst. Electricians . . . . . . . Andrew Dyer, Rob Connors Head Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Jarrell Assistant Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Mallory Video Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Herman Head Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Whitaker Assistant Properties . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Butkovich Production Properties . . . . . . . . . . . Emiliano Pares Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Fauscett Wardrobe Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kersten Gavin Hair and Makeup Supervisor . . . . . . . . . Jillian Floyd Aerial Rigging Consultant . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Deull Dialect Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dawn-Elin Fraser ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27


STAFF Dialect Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anastas Varinos Synthesizer Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Marder Associate Synthesizer Programmer . . . James Jayawardena Rehearsal Pianist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cam Moncur Music Copying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Grishman Music Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . .Adriana Grace / Alden Terry On Location Education Tutor & Child Wrangler . . .Drew Lundquist Physical Therapy . NEURO TOUR Physical Therapy Inc., Carolyn Lawson Animal Handler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tyler Garstka Production Assistants . . Rebecca Azenberg, Patrick Egan, Alice Pollitt Print Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SpotCo Radio Spot Production . . . .SpotCo, TourDesign Creative TV Spot Design/Video Production . . . . . HMS Media, SpotCo, TourDesign Creative Interactive Marketing . . . . . . . . . Situation Marketing Production Photography . . . Jeremy Daniel, Carol Rosegg Merchandising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creative Goods Merchandise Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Moss Accounting . . . . . . . . . NETworks Presentations LLC Technical Production Accounting . . . . . . .Colin Byrne Legal Services . . . . . . . . . . . David F. Schwartz, Esq. Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP HR & Payroll Services . . . . . . . Human Resources inc. Housing . . . . .Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company Travel Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clark Transfer Staff for NETworks Presentations Chief Executive Officer . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Gentry Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . Scott W. Jackson President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orin Wolf Executive Vice President Production . . . . . . Seth Wenig Executive Assistant / Associate General Manager . . Curt Owens Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Kinna Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jennifer Gifford Director, Tour Accounting . . . . . . . . . Laura S. Carey Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trinity Wheeler Senior Director, Booking & Engagements . . . Mary Witte Engagement Manager . . . . . . . . Esther Schwarzbauer Director of Marketing/PR . . . . . . . . . . Heather Hess Digital Marketing Strategist . . . . . . . . Perrin Shapiro Senior General Manager . . . . . . Gregory Vander Ploeg General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamey Jennings Assistant General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Anne Cape Senior Production Manager . . . . . . . . . Jason Juenker Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Hector Guivas Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . Emma Downey Music Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Mezzio IT Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Pizza Warehouse Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad Korff Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buddy Piccolino Administrative Assistants . . . . Carol Jewel, Kevin Persaud Credits Scenery built by Hudson Scenic Studios, Yonkers, NY; Show Control and scenic motion control featuring Stage Command SystemsÂŽ by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Productions Resource Group, L.L.C., New Windsor, NY; Scenic items fabricated by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Group, L.L.C., New Windsor, NY; Scenery fabrication by Proof Productions and Daedalus Studios; Lighting and Rigging by Christie Lights; Audio and Video equipment provided by Sound Associates; Properties by

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BB Props; Costume Shops: Bethany Joy Costumes; Timberlake Studios, Inc.; John Kristiansen New York, Inc; B.D. Weger Tailoring Rehearsed at Gibney Dance Studios, NYC. Special Thanks to The Sheas Performing Arts Center and NAC Entertainment, Albert Nocciolino, President; JoAnne WillKaminski, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Vehicle Outfitters/ Absolute Perfection, Ellicot City, MD

Tax & Financial Consulting, Accounting Services CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Linda Rubenstein, Brian Enverso, Pat Guerieri Insurance Broker Services Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Robert B. Middleton, Sr and Meghan Shriver Financial Services and banking arrangements by SunTrust Bank Find us online FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com Like us on Facebook @FindingNeverlandTheMusical Follow us on Instagram@FNLMusical Follow us on Twitter @NeverlandBway #FNLTour

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. All stage work performed by employees represented by IATSE. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The Press Agents employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.


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 Jimmy McConico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Jerome Carter. . . . . . . . . . . Facilities Operations Supervisor 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 Official Beverage of the Fox

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FAREWELL TOUR JUNE 13-18

FoxTheatre.org/MammaMia • 855-285-8499

The Dancing Handkerchief By Adam Koplan based on a story by Geoff Sobelle and Adam Koplan Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez

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Mature magically. JUNE 1 – 18, 2017

A Co-production with

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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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JACK HARTIN


Abhann Productions Presents

Starring PRINCIPAL DANCERS Maggie Darlington, Natasia Petracic, Lauren Smyth Bobby Hodges, Jason O’Neill, Will Bryant The Riverdance Irish dance troupe, musicians and singers and featured International soloists. Set Designer ROBERT BALLAGH

Costume Designer JOAN BERGIN

Sound Designer MICHAEL O’GORMAN

Lighting Designer JOHN COMISKEY

Projection Animation LUIS POVEDA

Poetry Written by THEO DORGAN

Orchestrations by NICK INGMAN and BILL WHELAN

Press Representative Polk & Co.

Executive Producer JULIAN ERSKINE COMPOSER BILL WHELAN PRODUCER MOYA DOHERTY DIRECTOR JOHN McCOLGAN

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CAST

The Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe PRINCIPALS Maggie Darlington, Natasia Petracic, Lauren Smyth, Bobby Hodges, Jason O’Neill, Will Bryant

TROUPE Megan Baffa, Ellen Bonner, Will Bryant, Orlagh Carty, Darren Casey, Courtney D’Angelo, Michael Gardiner, Kieran Hardiman, Mitchell Hodges, Kelsey Latham, Miriam Lee, Mia Leonelli, Jennifer Murray, Patrick O’Mahony, Louise O’Sullivan, Gianna Petracic, Jack Quinn, Peter Wilson THE RIVERDANCE BAND Mark Alfred Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán Musical Director Ceilidh Briscoe Fiddle Tara Howley Uilleann Pipes / Low Whistle / Tin Whistle Emma Frampton Saxophone THE RIVERDANCE SINGERS AND DRUMMERS Members of the Company THE RIVERDANCE BARITONE SOLOIST JL Williams THE RIVERDANCE FLAMENCO SOLOIST Marta Ortiz Deusto THE RIVERDANCE RUSSIAN ENSEMBLE Rifat Gabdulkhakov, Katrina Meske, Ana Turcan, Eugeniu Turcan, Anna Vedenina, Anatolii Zavitov THE RIVERDANCE TAPPERS Tyler Knowlin JL Williams POETRY NARRATED BY John Kavanagh ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL IRISH DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY — MICHAEL FLATLEY ORGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY MAVIS ASCOTT, JEAN BUTLER, JOHN CAREY, BRENDAN DE GALLAI, COLIN DUNNE, CAROL LEAVY JOYCE, EILEEN MARTIN, PAULA NIC CIONNATH, MARIA PAGES, TARIK WINSTON At certain performances, alternative principal performers will dance the principal roles. Cast and content may be subject to change without prior notice. I-4 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


THE SHOW Act 1 Reel Around the Sun . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal & Troupe The Heart’s Cry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Singers The Countess Cathleen . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Riverdance Female Irish Dance Principal, Troupe and Russian Folk Dancers Caoineadh Chú Chulainn (Lament) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Irish Piper Thunderstorm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal & Troupe Firedance . . . . . . . . . . . . Flamenco Soloist and the Riverdance Male Irish Dance Troupe Shivna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Russian Folk Dancers and the Riverdance Singers Slip into Spring – The Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Musicians Riverdance . . . . The Riverdance Irish Dance Principals & Troupe, Singers and Drummers

Act 2 American Wake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Irish Dance Troupe and Riverdance Singers Heal their Hearts — Freedom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Baritone Soloist Trading Taps . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal & Male Troupe and the American Tappers Macedonian Morning /The Russian Dervish . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Musicians & The Russian Folk Dance Troupe Andalucía . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Flamenco Soloist Anna Livia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Female Irish Dance Principal & Troupe Slow Air & Tunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Musicians Heartland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Riverdance Irish Dance Principals & Troupe Finale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-5


CAST

The Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe consists of world-class Irish dancers. They hail mostly from Ireland, but also from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Among them, the dancers can boast of hundreds of championships won in Ireland and abroad. Most started dancing at age 3 or 4 at local dance schools and progressed to world-championship level before being chosen to perform in Riverdance. The dancers would have known and competed against each other at various competitions, including the World Championships. Riverdance has given them the opportunity to perform together for the first time in a noncompetitive way. The grace and eloquence of their soft-shoe dance and the power and precision of their hard-shoe routines clearly display the endless hours of practice and their dedication to the art of Irish dance. I-6 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

JACK HARTIN

THE RIVERDANCE IRISH DANCE TROUPE


PRINCIPAL DANCERS THE RIVERDANCE PRINCIPAL DANCERS

— Female Lead Dancers —

MAGGIE DARLINGTON

Maggie began dancing with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance in California. She won four North American Championships, two All-Ireland Championships and,in 2007, won the World Irish Dancing Championship. In 2010 Maggie performed the lead role in Busch Gardens’ Celtic Fyre and originated the lead female role in Battle of the Dance. She joined the cast of Riverdance in 2011. NATASIA PETRACIC

LAUREN SMYTH

Lauren was born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, and began Irish dancing with the St. Patrick’s School of Irish Dance. She won many regional championships including the Ulster and Northern Ireland titles numerous times. Lauren transferred to the Reilly School of Irish Dance, where her success in competition continued. She joined Rhythm of the Dance in 2007, where she performed the lead role for three years. In 2010 she fulfilled a lifelong ambition and joined Riverdance.

ROB MCDOGALL

The Australian-born Natasia began dancing at age 3. She trained in all styles with a strong focus on classical ballet and Irish dance. Throughout her dancing career Natasia won seven national Irish titles while training as a ballerina with the Australian Ballet School. This led her to be chosen as an original cast member in the debut world tour of Heartbeat of Home (2013).

Since then she has continued to perform as as a lead with Heartbeat of Home (2015) as well as leading Prodijig’s show Footstorm in China (2014). After joining Riverdance in 2014, Natasia is proud now to be performing the leading role in the show that inspired her to pursue Irish dance.

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THE BAND — Male Lead Dancers — BOBBY HODGES

Bobby was 6 when he started dancing in his hometown of Bristol, England. After an illustrious career as a competitive Irish dancer, winning 10 world titles, he joined the cast of Lord of the Dance. After six weeks in the show he was cast as the principal lead. In 2012 he joined the cast of Prodijig to help create its debut show, Footstorm. Bobby was then cast as a lead dancer in Heartbeat of Home, which has toured internationally. He’s thrilled to be performing a lead in Riverdance, the show that inspired him to pursue dance. JASON O’NEILL

WILL BRYANT

Born in Sydney, Australia, Will trained with the Halloran Dance School in various styles from the age of four. Will performed lead roles in musical productions and made regular appearances on TV. At University he studied a Bachelor of Music and is an accomplished guitarist. An ambitious athlete, Will is studying personal training on and off tour. Following an impressive competitive Irish dance career, placing top 3 internationally and winning state and national titles, he went on to perform with Celtic Illusion and Heartbeat of Home. In 2014 he joined Riverdance, touring over ten different countries, and is thrilled to be joining the lead team.

JACK HARTIN

Jason started dancing at age 5 alongside his six sisters. Under the tuition of the Armstrong School in Belfast, he developed a deep-rooted passion for rhythm. Jason has been a lead dancer with Prodijig’s Footstorm and with Heartbeat of Home and is truly honored to attain the lead role in

three shows. An avid traveler, he has now performed in 200 cities worldwide. Jason is delighted to join Riverdance again for its remarkable 20th anniversary.

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DANCERS THE RIVERDANCE BAND

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MARK ALFRED Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán / Musical Director Mark, a native of Monaghan, Ireland, began playing drums at the age 4. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and then the Performing Arts College. He is one of Europe’s most-sought -after and highly regarded drummers and is constantly in demand by many leading international music acts. His individualistic and energetic style has seen him play with such artists as Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Katie Melua, Josh Groban, the Corrs, the Divine Comedy, Lemar, Gary Moore, Mary Coughlan, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Donny Osmond and the late Christy Hennessy. Mark uses and proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks and Protection Racket Cases. CEILIDH BRISCOE Fiddle Ceilidh has been playing the violin for 16 years. She is in the middle of the third year of her bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the University of Ottawa. In2013, she performed as first violinist in a conservatory-formed quartet that placed first at the National Music Festival of Canada. In summer 2014, she took part in the two-week Summer Music on the Shannon program in Limerick and Ennis, Ireland, where she taught and performed with the orchestra and as a soloist. Ceilidh has been a soloist with the Master Series Conservatory Orchestra, the Sooke Philharmonic and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra. She holds a substitute position with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and a full-time position with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. She is a five-time North American Fiddle Champion, an AllIreland Fiddle Champion and has studied the Sligo style of Irish playing extensively via the Internet and in person with Brian Conway in New York City.

EMMA FRAMPTON Saxophone Emma graduated from Leeds College of Music with an honors B.A. in jazz and relocated to London. In eight years she established herself as an in-demand session musician. Emma has toured the world for the record labels Hedkandi and Fierce Angel, and has performed with such acts as Olly Murs, John Newman, Busted, Mr Hudson, the Ting Tings and Patrick Wolf, among others. Emma is looking forward to being part of the Riverdance Shannon Company and is very much looking forward to touring North America and Canada this spring.

TARA HOWLEY Uilleann Pipes / Low Whistle / Tin Whistle / Concertina Tara is an award-winning 21-year-old multiinstrumentalist, singer and dancer from Ireland’s Kilfenora County Clare. She is a two-time senior All-Ireland champion on the uilleann pipes. Tara began playing classical and traditional music at age 4 and has won numerous All-Ireland titles in solo competitions and with bands and groups, playing the concertina, fiddle, drums, mouth-organ, piano, whistle and uilleann pipes. In 2014, she toured Britain and Ireland with the group Macalla na hEireann and The Echoes of Erin. She produced and launched her debut solo album in April 2015 and is studying Irish music and dance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-9


DANCERS THE RIVERDANCE RUSSIAN ENSEMBLE THE RIVERDANCE RUSSIAN ENSEMBLE

combines elegance and grace with verve, dynamism and joyous physicality. The company’s dancers come from a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds. What they have in common is a dedication to dance and many years of training and performance in pursuit

of perfection in their chosen art. Working as individual performers, they have come together for Riverdance, where they share their individual talents and fuse the many elements that have gone into the development of their own unique style of dance.

THE RIVERDANCE FLAMENCO SOLOIST MARTA ORTIZ DEUSTO

and Pedro Córdoba, among others. While in Madrid, she performed as a cast member of The Trick at some of the most prestigious flamenco theaters (or tablaos) in the capital city. As creator and choreographer of the Cádiz company Carnaval en Danza, Marta produced three shows that fuse the musical styles of Andalusia, Cádiz carnival and traditional flamenco. She spent a large part of 2016 dancing and teaching in Japan as well as touring with Riverdance.

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Marta began dancing at age 4 and developed her talent through many disciplines, earning her degree in Spanish dance at age 21 and a certificate in flamenco at age 24. Marta has studied with such greats as Rubén Olmo in Centro Andaluz de Danza, and in the prestigious center of flamenco Amor de Dios in Madrid for two years. Her second year there saw her work with such famous masters as Carmela Greco, Lola Greco, Alfonso Losa

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THE RIVERDANCE TAPPERS

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JL WILLIAMS (Baritone / Tapper) JL is celebrating 15 years of show business, performing on Broadway, television, film and theater in more than20 countries. Selected credits: original Broadway cast of Fela!; the Japan and U.S. tour of 42nd Street in the role of Andy Lee; and world tours of Magic of the Dance. He is a Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award alumni, an alumni of Broadway’s Shuffle Along and CBS’ “The Gregory Hines Show.” Follow on Instagram @jltapsoul or www.tapsoulpro.com.

TYLER KNOWLIN

Tyler is a professional tap dancer from Connecticut. He attended the Hartford Academy for the Arts, where he was introduced to rhythm tap and given the opportunity to train with such masters as Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines. At 14, Tyler performed at New York City’s first tap festival, Tap City. His East Coast performances include Jacob’s Pillow, the Bushnell, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Playhouse on Park, the Duke Theater and Lincoln Center. In 2007, Tyler moved to San Francisco, where he taught at City Dance Studios and ODC Dance. In 2013, Tyler taught and performed in Brazil. He most recently a featured performer in Hillary Marie’s original show Soul Walk. Tyler thanked everyone who has supported him on this amazing journey. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-11


CREATIVE THE RIVERDANCE CREATIVE BILL WHELAN

Composer Bill has composed extensively for theater, dance, film and the concert stage. His film work includes Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep, Some Mother’s Son with Helen Mirren and Lamb with Liam Neeson. Music for television includes “The Seven Ages,” a history of the Irish state. He was appointed composer to the W.B. Yeats International Theatre Festival at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 1989, writing original music for 15 Yeats plays. His adaptation of H.M.S. Pinafore received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. The Seville Suite, Whelan’s first largescale orchestral work, was commissioned for Ireland’s National Day at Expo ’92 and was performed at Maestranza in Seville. The Spirit of Mayo followed in 1993 and the Connemara Suite, a trilogy of pieces written for chamber orchestra, premiered at Carnegie Hall in March 2005. Whelan’s Symphonic Suite from Riverdance was first performed in 2013. His production and arranging credits include U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris, Planxty, the Dubliners and many traditional world musicians and performers. He won the 1997 Grammy Award for best musical show album for Riverdance (music and lyrics). The album is certified platinum in the United States, Ireland and Australia. Whelan is a member of the boards of Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Limerick, Crash Ensemble and Music Generation, the newly established music education body for Ireland. He has completed a co-teaching course with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon at Princeton University and was recently appointed an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Drama, Film and Music. Whelan is a fellow of the Royal College of Music and has received such international awards as the Spirit of Ireland Award in New York.

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MOYA DOHERTY

Producer Moya’s career includes theater, radio and television journalism and an award-winning track record in TV production in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Moya was the commissioning producer and originator of Riverdance for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994. She is a founding director of Tyrone Productions, Ireland’s leading independent television production company, whose many credits include Beckett on Film and the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games (in Dublin in June 2003). Her drama credits include Ros na Rún, now in its 18th season for TG4, and Quirke, a major co-production with the BBC, starring Gabriel Byrne. Moya is chair of RTÉ, Ireland’s national public broadcasting service. She is a writer and broadcaster and has co-presented radio arts documentaries on George Bernard Shaw, John McCormack and Paddy Kavanagh, among others. She is a founding director of Today FM radio station. She has sat on a number of arts-related boards, including chair of the Dublin International Theatre Festival for seven years, the Ark Children’s Theatre in Dublin, Business to Arts and the board of the Abbey Theatre. She is the producer of the new musicand dance-stage spectacular Heartbeat of Home, which had its world premiere in Dublin in October 2013, also playing Beijing and Shanghai and North America as part of its global tour. Awards and honors include Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and the National University of Ireland in recognition of her success and her ongoing commitment to the arts in Ireland.


CREATIVE/STAFF JOHN MCCOLGAN

Director John’s career as a multi-award-winning producer and director began in the mid-1970s at RTÉ Television, where he eventually became the head of entertainment. While at RTÉ, he produced and directed programming that ranged from light entertainment to drama to documentary. He was awarded a Jacob’s Television Award in 1980 for “the consistently high quality of his entertainment programming.” He was also head of weekend entertainment at TVAM — ITV’s breakfast TV service. John played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from an original seven-minute dance number and went on to direct the full stage show. He has been closely involved with the Abbey Theatre, serving on the board for five years. He also served as chairman of the Abbey Centenary Committee and directed a critically acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century melodrama The Shaughraun. In May 2011 he produced a major theatrical event marking the historic state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland. John is the director of the new music-anddance stage spectacular Heartbeat of Home, which had its world premiere in Dublin in October 2013 and has gone on to Beijing, Shanghai and North America as part of its global tour. John’s awards include an honorary doctorate of law from the National University of Ireland in recognition of his services to the arts and entertainment industry.

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Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moya Doherty John McColgan David Orr Executive Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paula Burke RIVERDANCE DUBLIN PRODUCTION OFFICE

Associate Director and Brand Manager . . Padraic Moyles General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean O’Brien Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary O’Donnell Head of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Murray Costume Shop Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . .Monica Ennis Social Media Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Griffin Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dominick Tighe Production Office Assistant . . . . . . . . . . Alan Bradley Original Design Credits Lighting Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rupert Murray Costumes for Riverdance Eurovision . . . . . Margaret Crosse Costumes for Riverdance – The Show . . . . . . . . Jen Kelly Projection Animation . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Pearcy Poetry and Music Riverdance poetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Theo Dorgan Spoken by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Kavanagh Music orchestrations by . . . Nick Ingram and Bill Whelan Riverdance soundtrack recorded and mixed by . . . . . . Andrew Boland and Willie Mannion NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STAFF

North American Press Representative . . . . .Polk and Co. Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marie Barrett Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jesse White Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Marc Anderson Associate Company Manager . . . . . . . . Oran Ostinelli Technical Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Emma Doyle Irish Dance Captains . . . Ellen Bonner, Louise O’Sullivan Russian Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ana Turcan Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jared Brackett Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . Craig Caccamise Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Adam Lansing Assistant Electrician/Carpenter . . . . . . . .Brandi Fucci Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joel Bulthuis Head Sound/Monitors . . . . . . . . . . . Isaac Sheppard Assistant Sound/FOH Mixer . . . . . . . . . . James Blake Advance Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daragh Murphy Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brigid Brown Wardrobe Assistant . . . . . . . . . Gillian Austin Clifton Physical Therapy . . NEURO TOUR Physical Therapy, Inc. Physiotherapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Hendley Medical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig E. Weil, MD Massage Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Clark Merchandising . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SEE Merchandising www.seemerch.com/www.riverdancestore.com International Representation . . . . Second Symphony Ltd N. American Representation . . . WME Entertainment LLC ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-13


STAFF CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dance Flooring and Covering . . American Harlequin Corporation Fibre Optics & Starcloths . . . iWeiss Theatrical Solutions Lighting, Video, LED Screen . . .High Resolution Lighting Ltd. / VER Sound Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLAIR Global Trucking Provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janco Ltd. Tour Buses by . . . . . .Star Coaches and Lamers Bus Lines Travel Arrangements by . . . . . .Andi Henig, Tzell Travel Makeup provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MAC Drums provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PEARL Cymbals provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zildjian Drumheads provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evans Drumsticks provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vater Travel Arrangements by . . . . . .Andi Henig, Tzell Travel Protection provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . Racket Cases Digital Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . Situation Interactive LED Projection Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luis Poveda Photography . . . . . . . . . Deidre Buck, Barbara Corsico, Julian Erskine, Hugo Glendenning, Jack Hartin, Tom Lawlor, Joan Marcus, John McColgan, Rob McDougall, Sean Breithaupt & Yvette Monahan The producer would like to give special acknowledgement to: RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Limited Paul McGuinness — Principle Management, Liam Miller, Maurice Cassidy, Tommy Higgins The Office of Public Works The National Gallery of Ireland Elements of the Ardagh Chalice and other artefacts by kind permission of the director of The National Museum of Ireland STAY IN TOUCH WITH RIVERDANCE www.riverdance.com www.riverdancestore.com facebook.com/riverdance twitter.com/riverdance youtube.com/riverdance instagram.com/riverdance_ official The Musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. Backstage Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The Press Agents, Company and House Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.

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ention “Roswell” and some folks will tell you it’s the place in New Mexico where aliens supposedly landed in 1947. Say it to ATLiens, and they’ll likely tell you that Roswell, Ga., is a pretty fine place to land. Go 22 miles north of Atlanta and see that the Old South isn’t gone with the wind, not by a long shot, but that this once quaint mill town is yielding territory to a newer Southern sensibility. Whether you’re looking for Civil War history or haute cuisine, Roswell has a gracious plenty to offer and not just to the 94,000 people who call it home. Historic housing Now part of North Fulton County, Roswell was once in Cobb County. Call it an early revolt against long commute times, but when 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

residents tired of the four-hour horseback ride to the county seat of Marietta, they filed for cityhood. A charter for city incorporation was approved in 1854. A Southern trio of historic homes — Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and the Smith Plantation (now museums and event venues) — perch grandly on the green landscape, geography so fertile that the Cherokee called it the “Enchanted Land.” Barrington Hall was named for Barrington King, whose family co-founded the colony that is now Roswell. Generations of King’s family preserved the property, a vast tract now whittled down to seven acres. The house is widely recognized as a prime example of Greek Revival Temple architecture. Take a self-guided tour and walk the only antebellum public garden in metro Atlanta.


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TOP: Azaleas bloom in spring on the grounds of Smith Plantation, constructed by one of Roswell’s founding families. Tours are available. BOTTOM: The trail system in Old Mill Park includes rolling hills, Civil War sites and a view of Vickery Falls.

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See a play or a historic display at Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother. The museum room details life from the family’s arrival in 1838 and includes information about President Roosevelt’s 1905 visit. A chronicle of the Bullochs, a family bitterly divided by the Civil War, is included. Like most landed Southerners, they owned slaves and the slave quarters bear a plaque of the names of those who worked and served on the property. Smith Plantation was built in 1845 on 300 acres that includes a guest house, slave quarters, a cook house, carriage house and barn. Three generations of Archibald Smith’s family lived in the house and some of the original furnishings remain. There’s still some of the Civil War outdoors. Hike into Old Mill Park to see the ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Co., textile mills and blacksmith shop. Fully operational by 1839, it was burned by Union soldiers in 1864 when Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman ordered that 400 mill workers, mainly women and children, be charged with treason. Rebuilt after the war, it burned again in 1926. The park is open daily and includes a walking trail with

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WHERE TO EAT Altobeli’s Your neighborhood Italian restaurant. 3000 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek 770.664.8055 altobelis.com The Freakin Incan Take your palate to Peru. 4095 Alabama Road NE 770.592.4420 thefreakinincan.com Little Alley Steak Home of the dry-aged lollipop ribeye. 955 Canton St. 770.998.0440 littlealleysteak.com Osterio Matone Rome in Roswell. 1095 Canton St. 678.878.3378 osteriamattone.com

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a covered bridge and the picturesque Vickery Creek Falls. A monument dedicated to the “Lost Mill Workers of Roswell” stands at on Sloan Street. Eat, drink and get scary Eateries are interspersed with boutiques and galleries on Canton Street. Period storefronts add the look of yesteryear but several restaurants are known for innovative contemporary cuisine. The popular Osteria Matone, which opened three years ago, serves Italian food with a “when-in-Rome” feel. Dine casually in the osteria on the everything-is-fresh Neopolitan pizza or step into the trattoria and go full-on Italia. Choose from a changing menu of dishes like Agnello al Scottadito (grilled glazed lamb chops with mushroom risotto),

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WHERE TO GO WILD Chattahoochee River Trail Hike the land or tube, canoe, raft or motorboat down the ‘Hooch. Riverside Road 800.776.7935 exploregeorgia.org/listing /810-chattahoochee-rivertrails Roswell Ghost Tours Meet at the bandstand in the town square. 617 Atlanta St. 770. 649. 9922. roswellghosttour.com

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duck-stuffed pasta or short-rib ravioli. Reservations are recommended. Adult beverages abound at Salt Factory Pub, which has an impressive beer and wine list, more than 40 bourbons and a few dozen choices of single malt scotch. That means some decision-making time before you move on to the menu of comfort food. Pair your drink with salmon tostadas or sip while you tuck into the chicken pot pie served in an actual pot. Fans often say this is the best pub at which they’ve ever eaten. (See sidebar for more suggestions.) Another nearby option is Altobeli’s Italian Restaurant and Piano Bar in Johns Creek. The ristorante features veal, beef, chicken and fish dishes with an unending list of pastas, an extensive wine list and seven nights of music every week. Roswell Ghost Tours explore the city’s tumultuous past with a touch of the modern all year long. There are beer crawls in case you need liquid courage before you confront Casper and, on some of these 2.5-hour tours, your pet is welcome. Roswell’s haunted history has been featured on the SyFy channel’s “Ghost Hunters.”

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OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM TOP: Canton Street is Roswell’s restaurant row; go with pizza or full-on Italia at Osteria Mattone; the Garden Tonic at Salt Factory Pub. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: This year’s Flying Colors Butterfly Festival happens June 3-4 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center; canoeing on the ‘Hooch.

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WHERE TO SHOP 425 Market Place Antiques Eclectic shopping collective. 425 Market Place 770.992.5400 425marketplaceantiques.com Southern Style Clothing, accessories and an artist’s cottage. 1116 Canton St. 770.933.2434 southernstyleinc.com

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Roswell Ghost Tours Meet at the bandstand in the town square. 617 Atlanta St. 770. 649. 9922. roswellghosttour.com

FROM TOP: An eclectic assortment of glass, furniture, jewelry and more awaits antiquarians at 425 Market Place Antiques; inside, the HO-scale trains run all day at Blue Ox Model Trains.

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Hidden gem Not all good live theater is in big cities. Roswell’s awardwinning Georgia Ensemble Theatre has been producing for 24 years. Its seasons combine new works (sometimes by local playwrights), time-tested musicals, concerts and a theater schedule for younger audiences as part of the Family Stage series.

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The new bar menu at Buckhead’s Fogo de Chao features a lineup of small plates — braised beef sliders, Brazilian empanadas stuffed with pincanha (the house special top sirloin) and crispy parmesan polenta fries, among them.

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WELL DONE Atlanta’s sprawl of undiscovered epicurean pockets expands into Chamblee with Hopstix, Asian-fusion cooking with a raw bar and an honest-to-goodness American brew pub all rolled into one. The menu offers a greatest hits of the Pacific Rim: sashimi and nigari, special sushi rolls, ramen, a variety of rice bowls, poke and robata grill. Home brews like the Trackside Pale (the first commercial beer brewed in Chamblee), the Gold Line Ale and Hopsession pair nicely with the diverse menu. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 43


FROM TOP: Buckhead’s Atlas is also offering a lighter variation of its high-end menu. The indoor-outdoor Tavern at Atlas, attached to the main restaurant, offers small plates including this citrus-cured salmon flatbread. ABOVE: New to Collier Road is DAS BBQ, where the menu features pork ribs, sausage, smoked chicken wings and Texas-style smoked brisket.

On Collier Road in Midtown Atlanta, the all-new DAS BBQ is smoking meats with lots of hickory and pecan. Pitmaster Stephen Franklin offers tender pulled pork, pork ribs, sausage, smoked chicken wings and, of course, Texas-style smoked brisket — large slabs of lean beef married to a strip of savory, gelatinous fat to bring home the flavor. The sides range from grilled creamed corn and collards, to brisket-bark pinto beans and mac-and-cheese. Complete the experience with a white cocoa-banana pudding and a Creature Comfort Tropicalia beer from the tap. Two of the city’s high-end institutions are offering new variations on their experiences without having to go “all in.” Brazilian steakhouse mainstay Fogo de Chão, recently presented a less formal “Bar Fogo” menu that lets diners savor bites and sips as opposed to the traditional meat-a-thon format of an all-you-can-eat churrascaria. The lineup of small plates includes braised beef sliders, Brazilian empanadas stuffed with pincanha (the house special top sirloin) and crispy parmesan polenta fries. Wash it down with a strawberry hibiscus caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) made with signature cachaça while it’s in season. Available at both the Buckhead and Dunwoody locations. Buckhead’s Atlas is taking a similar step with the Tavern at Atlas, a luxe indoor-outdoor setting attached to its namesake. Artfully plated small dishes — like the petit lobster pot pie, wagyu beef sliders and beet tartare — go with a diverse wineby-the-glass list, craft cocktails and Instagram-worthy desserts. Now you can to sit among the masterworks and sample the five-star fare without committing to a multi-course meal. SIMMERING Beltline star Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall will soon have two sibling restaurants occupying the former H. Harper Station. One will be called Golden Eagle, reports say. Its

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FROM TOP: For something on the sweeter side, try the rolled ice cream at Sweet Charlie’s on Roswell Road in Buckhead; the new Tavern at Atlas makes dulce de leche doughnuts.

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creators promise a full-service “workingman’s tavern.” The second concept, Muchacho, will offer counter service and casual West Coast staples like breakfast and lunch tacos, toasts, grain bowls and poke bowls. Both openings are said to be imminent. This summer expect to see Bar Americano and Bar Crema from the folks behind Decatur’s Pinewood and Ponce City Market’s Mercury. Both are Italianthemed. Bar Americano will serve lunch and dinner; the adjoining Bar Crema will focus more on Italian desserts, gelato and coffees. The duo will open in the former Prohibition space at 56 E. Andrews Drive NW in Buckhead. After watching a video on Asian “rolled” ice cream, 19-yearold entrepreneur Kyle Bilig decided to try an Americanized version. He’s calling it Sweet Charlie’s. Rolled ice cream is a made-to-order phenomenon that rolls ice cream or frozen yogurt, along with flavors and toppings, on a surface that is minus 20 degrees. Sweet Charlie’s plans a late spring opening next to Superica on Roswell Road in Buckhead. Forbes calls it “the cool new trend in Asian sweets.” Kaiser’s Chop House arrives this spring in Sandy Springs’ burgeoning Roswell Road corridor. The collaboration comes with the impressive pedigrees of chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun, and will focus on quality cuts of meats, superior ingredients, and a boutique wine and cocktail program. Reports point to the upcoming opening of an 18,000-sq. ft. food hall that will be called Marietta Square Market and is expected to feature multiple restaurants a la Krog Street and Ponce City markets. The development, just off the Marietta


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Square, will resemble a turn-of-the-century railroad depot. A summer 2018 opening is planned. TOAST Krog Street Market has suffered has another casualty. The Luminary, “Top Chef” alum Eli Kirshtein’s brasserie-style restaurant, said au revoir on March 31. Suitors wanting to nab the spot are said to be lining up to take their shot. ... Ray’s Rio Bravo in Sandy Springs recently said adios. The original Rio was a beloved local Tex-Mex chain that thrived in the 1990s until founder Ray Schoenbaum sold it to a corporate conglomerate. The suits drove it into the ground by 2002. Schoenbaum tried to get the queso flowing again last August, but the public said no thanks. ... Finally, the last Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, took the midnight train to the graveyard of all closed eateries following a series of family and legal difficulties. :: FROM TOP: The house brews at Hopstix, new to Chamblee, are hopping fresh; also at Hopstix, the sushi corndog, a beer-battered spicy tuna roll; an outdoor fire pit at the indoor-outdoor Tavern at Atlas.

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Food for Thought, Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeps you up to date on openings, closings and what chefs are doing in one of three categories — well done (reasons for praise), simmering (what’s in the works) and toast (what’s closed, etc.). Email kathy@ encoreatlanta.com.


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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN

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 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

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 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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 TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

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: NEIGHBORHOOD CODES A Alpharetta

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BREW PUB/ 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

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 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

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

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

CREOLE/CAJUN

MEXICAN

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

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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

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FOX FUN FACTS Movie Palace History Atlanta’s Fox Theatre was one of five “crown jewel” Fox theaters around the country. The others were in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Detroit and St. Louis. All were atmospheric in their design and décor. The Fox in Brooklyn closed in 1966 and was demolished in 1979. The San Francisco Fox closed and was demolished in 1963. Like Atlanta’s Fox, the Detroit and St. Louis theaters are now performing arts centers that host a variety of acts as well as touring Broadway musicals. Here are some more fun facts about your Fox: • William Fox, who was born in Hungary and moved to America as a child, grew up to become a movie mogul with theaters around the country. He wanted to own one in Atlanta and liked the exotic design of the Shriners’ headquarters on Peachtree Street, so he agreed to lease the auditorium from them. This gave the Shriners enough money to pay for the building’s construction. • The theater opened Dec. 25, 1929. Tickets cost 15 cents to 75 cents. Two shows were advertised — one at 1:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m. — and included Walt Disney’s cartoon Steamboat Willie and the feature film Salute.

• The Fox was known as the “Disney theater” because it was the first in Atlanta to screen such family-friendly Disney movies as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp. • The movie tradition continues today with the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, special events spotlighting the Mighty Moeller organ and on other occasions.

• It was equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including three projectors (most theaters had one or two) and speakers to amplify sound for the new “talkies.” The Fox converted to digital movie projectors in the 2000s. Those projectors sit beside the original equipment. • The Disney movie Song of the South — with Walt Disney in attendance — premiered on Nov. 12, 1946. 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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