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The unlikely story of ABBA, the Swedish pop phenom, and the catalog that inspired a Broadway musical. By Bret Love

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Take a Chance on Me The unlikely story of ABBA, the Swedish pop phenom, and the catalog that inspired a Broadway musical. By Bret Love

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f you grew up in the 1970s or ’80s, ABBA likely provided the soundtrack to your youth. For 10 years (1972-82), the Swedish quartet amassed 20 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. Fourteen made it into the Top 40, 10 into the Top 20, four into the Top 10 and two — “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” — sold more than a million copies each. ABBA’s infectious brand of sunny Swedish pop proved irresistible, blending memorable hooks, enchanting vocal harmonies and imminently danceable beats. When matched with Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s Scandinavian good looks and the band’s affinity for outlandish costumes, it was like nothing American audiences had seen or heard before. “The key to ABBA is their understated Swedishness,” says Carl Magnus Palm, author of ABBA: Bright Lights, Dark Shadows. “Specifically it’s the importance to their music of Swedish folk songs and of a sound called

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ABBA, in its mid-1970s heyday. Looking stylish (from left) are Anni-Frid Lyngstad (aka Frida), Benny Anderson, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus. The group's signature dancepop sound was inspired by the Beatles, the Beach Boys and a deep love of Swedish folk songs.


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Schlager, which means ‘hit’ in German. ... It’s not cool music, but ABBA grew up loving Schlager, and they added other things that they loved, like the Beach Boys and the Beatles, to that simple blueprint. So millions of people related to it.” Even American music critics couldn’t resist. Cashbox wrote, “There is a recurrent thread of taste and artistry inherent in ABBA’s marketing, creativity and presentation that makes it almost embarrassing to critique their efforts.” And then we have Mamma Mia! The little Broadway show built on 21 ABBA tunes — “S.O.S.,” “Thank You for the Music” and “Honey, Honey,” among them — has had theatergoers dancing in the aisles, literally, since its debut in 2001. You’d best dance now, if the spirit moves. Producers say this Fox Theatre visit is part of the company’s “final farewell tour.” Mamma Mia! became the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history and one of 12 musicals to run for more than 10 years. The West End production is in its 18th year, and an estimated 60 million-plus people have seen the show worldwide in 50 productions in 16 languages. Just how did a kitschy dance-pop band from Sweden get so big? Let’s look back.

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The Mamma Mia! company, some 30 performers strong, performs "Dancing Queen," which comes midway through Act 1 and again at the finale. The Broadway staging ran for almost 14 years.


I HAVE A DREAM ABBA’s story begins in the mid-1960s. Keyboardist Benny Andersson penned a string of Top 10 hits for the Hep Stars, his pop-rock band. Björn Ulvaeus was getting attention as the singer-guitarist frontman for the folk-skiffle Hootenanny Singers. The two songwriters occasionally crossed paths while touring and, in 1966, cowrote the song “Isn’t It Easy to Say.” They collaborated again in 1969, and Andersson submitted a song that placed second in the national festival that chose Sweden’s entry in the prestigious Eurovision contest. There he met Norwegian singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, his future bandmate and wife. By year’s end, the Hep Stars and Hootenanny Singers were done. In 1970, the duo Björn & Benny recorded its first album. Meanwhile, 18-year-old singer-songwriter Agnetha Fältskog had emerged as pop star on the rise, with a No. 1 record in Sweden. She wrote most of her own songs, rare for female artists then, and began dating Ulvaeus. She also began recording tracks with Andersson and Lyngstad on backup vocals. She and Ulvaeus married in 1971. THE NAME OF THE GAME Manager Stig Anderson was determined to get Björn & Benny into the international market. He got his chance in ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC ABBA never officially broke up, but the 1980 dissolution of Fältskog’s marriage to Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad’s to Andersson a year later, signaled the end. “When All is Said & Done,” which dealt with relationships ending, became ABBA’s final Top 40 hit. In December 1982, the band played its last live show. Lyngstad and Fältskog went solo; Andersson and Ulvaeus collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the 1988 musical drama Chess, short-lived on Broadway but still a cult favorite among musical theater lovers. ABBA hasn’t made any new music in 35 years, but the band never really went away. Artists such as Erasure, U2 and the Lemonheads have released cover versions of ABBA songs. Indie films —The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel’s Wedding — featured characters who were fixated on ABBA. A Swedish cover band, the A-Teens, sold millions of records by updating ABBA’s sound. In 2001, Mamma Mia! opened on Broadway. In 2005, Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Benny and Björn all appeared at the Stockholm premiere of Mamma Mia! At the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest, “Waterloo” was named the best song in competition history. ABBA joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and, in 2015, “Dancing Queen” entered the Grammy Hall of Fame. Reportedly, a “digital entertainment project” may be in their future. Who says art and money, money, money can’t coexist?

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Who's the bride? Lizzie Markson as Sophie (center) swaps secrets with friends (Chloe Kounadis, left, and Niki Badua). Badua won a 2016 Suzi Bass Award for her work as Kim in Serenbe Playhouse's Miss Saigon.

1972, when “People Need Love” was released as a single and credited to Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid. The record reached No. 114 on the U.S. singles chart. This bit of success convinced the foursome to record again. “Ring Ring,” the title song from this 1973 debut album gave them their first hit in Europe and South Africa. Anderson, tired of the group’s long name, began calling it ABBA, an acronym of their first names. (Unfortunately it was also the name of a well-known fish-canning company in Sweden, so the band had to negotiate for the rights.) ABBA’s big breakthrough came in 1974, when the upbeat single “Waterloo” made it the Swedish entry — and winner — of the Eurovision Song Contest. The band toured Europe and performed on major TV shows. The glam-rock-influenced tune ultimately became No. 1 in the U.K. and Germany, peaking at No. 6 on the U.S. charts. Within two years the quartet was, arguably, among the most popular bands in the world.


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CAST (in order of appearance) Sophie Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LIZZIE MARKSON Ali . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHLOE KOUNADIS Lisa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NIKI BADUA Tanya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CASHELLE BUTLER Rosie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SARAH SMITH Donna Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BETSY PADAMONSKY Sky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DUSTIN HARRIS SMITH Pepper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUSTIN MICHAEL Eddie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MAX EHRLICH Harry Bright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW TEBO Bill Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MARC CORNES Sam Carmichael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SHAI YAMMANEE Father Alexandrios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSHUA TAYLOR HAMILTON THE ENSEMBLE JOSHUA TAYLOR HAMILTON, MATTHEW JANISSE, MARCUS JOHN, CORI CABLE KIDDER, GABRIELLA MARCHION, LUKE MONDAY, CATHERINE NICKERSON, ALICIA OSBORN, CARLINA PARKER, YAEL REICH, ALEX SHEETS, JULIA CASSANDRA SMITH, IAN TAYLOR, BRIAN WHITEHILL UNDERSTUDIES Swings and understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the appearance. For Sophie Sheridan — YAEL REICH, JULIA CASSANDRA SMITH for Ali — GABRIELLA MARCHION, CARLINA PARKER for Lisa — GABRIELLA MARCHION, CARLINA PARKER for Tanya — CATHERINE NICKERSON, ALICIA OSBORN for Rosie — CORI CABLE KIDDER, ALICIA OSBORN for Donna Sheridan — CORI CABLE KIDDER, CATHERINE NICKERSON for Sky — LUKE MONDAY, BRIAN WHITEHILL for Pepper — MARCUS JOHN, IAN TAYLOR for Eddie — JUAN GUILLEN, MARCUS JOHN for Harry Bright — MATTHEW JANISSE, ALEX SHEETS for Bill Austin — JOSHUA TAYLOR HAMILTON, MATTHEW JANISSE for Sam Carmichael — JOSHUA TAYLOR HAMILTON, ALEX SHEETS for Father Alexandrios — ALEX SHEETS SWINGS KYLIE BRUNNGRABER, JUAN GUILLEN, STEPHANIE INGLESE, DANNY LOPEZ DANCE CAPTAIN DANNY LOPEZ THE BAND Conductor/Keyboard — KEVIN CASEY Assistant Conductor/Keyboard — CHRIS SANTILLAN Guitars — ALEX DOMSCHOT, JONATHAN HAWKINS Bass — KELLIE NITZ Drums — DEREK STOLTENBERG 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS in alphabetical order “CHIQUITITA” “DANCING QUEEN” “DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW” “GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!” “HONEY, HONEY” “I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO” “I HAVE A DREAM” “KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU” “LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME” “MAMMA MIA” “MONEY, MONEY, MONEY” “ONE OF US” “OUR LAST SUMMER” “SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS” “S.O.S.” “SUPER TROUPER” “TAKE A CHANCE ON ME” “THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC” “THE NAME OF THE GAME” “THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL” “UNDER ATTACK” “VOULEZ-VOUS” On a Greek Island, a wedding is about to take place ... PROLOGUE Three months before the wedding ACT ONE The day before the wedding ACT TWO The day of the wedding

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MARC CORNES

MAX EHRLICH

JOSHUA TAYLOR HAMILTON

CHLOE KOUNADIS

LIZZIE MARKSON

AUSTIN MICHAEL

BETSY PADAMONSKY

DUSTIN HARRIS SMITH

SARAH SMITH

ANDREW TEBO

SHAI YAMMANEE

KYLIE BRUNNGRABER

JUAN GUILLEN

STEPHANIE INGLESE

MATTHEW JANISSE

MARCUS JOHN

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LUKE MONDAY

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BIOS BETSY PADAMONSKY (Donna) is overjoyed to be a part of the MM! farewell tour! Favorite roles: Joseph ... Dreamcoat (Narrator), Cinderella (Portia), Grand Hotel (Raffaela), Godspell (Robin) and Shout! The Mod Musical (Orange Girl). Big thanks to Joy and WLP. Love to family, friends and most of all Ian, for the unwavering love and support! LIZZIE MARKSON (Sophie) is thrilled to be making her national tour debut! Favorite credits: Next to Normal (Natalie); Cortland Repertory Theatre: West Side Story (Anybodys), A Chorus Line (Kristine). B.F.A. Elon University. Thanks to JDC, WLP and the creatives. Hugs and gratitude to Mom, Dad, family and friends for their unwavering support. lizziemarkson.com. @mizzielarkson. CASHELLE BUTLER (Tanya) is thrilled to be returning to the island! Regional credits: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Parade (Lucille) and Legally Blonde (Paulette). University of Northern Colorado. Immense gratitude to JD Casting, WLP and creatives. Love to Mom, Dad, Shea, friends and family. cashelle-butler. com. @CashelleButler. SARAH SMITH (Rosie) is thrilled to be back on the island for her third year! Thanks to WLP, Joy Dewing and Nikki Grillos, I would not be here without you. Love to my family, my BFB’s, DJ and Harrison for keeping me weird. And to our audience, we are here because of you, thank you. Sarahsmithnyc. com. MARC CORNES (Bill) is happy to be back on the island! National tour: Mamma Mia!, Peter and the Starcatcher. Marc thanks everyone at Work Light and Joy Dewing Casting. Love to Greg and his family. Follow on Twitter @ Marc_Cornes and Instagram: marccornes. For Momma and Miller. ANDREW TEBO (Harry) is ecstatic to be back on the island! National tours: The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), A Christmas Carol (Present). He’s worked regionally from South Florida to Alaska. B.F.A. musical theater — Southeast Missouri State University. Thank

you to JD Casting. Love to family and friends! Follow him @andrew_tebo. SHAI YAMMANEE (Sam) has performed in musicals, operas, plays, pantomimes, cruise ships, film and television from Australia to London and now the U.S.A. Theatrical credits include Tom Collins (Rent), the Wolf/ Prince Charming (Into the Woods), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), the West Australian Opera Company (Ensemble), Principle Vocalist (Jubilee! — Las Vegas). DUSTIN HARRIS SMITH (Sky) is proud to return to the Greek Isles! Past favorites include American Idiot nat’l and int’l tour (Ensemble, u/s Tunny), Dogfight (Birdlace, NY regional premiere), Violet (Monty), Urinetown (Bobby), among many others. TV: “Meet the Browns.” B.F.A. drama, NYU: Tisch. Love to my Mama Mia, Dad, Brad and Merlin! dustinhsmith.com. NIKI BADUA (Lisa) is excited to return to Mamma Mia! Previous theater credits include Kim in Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse); Mamma Mia! national tour 2015-16 (Ensemble, u/s Ali, u/s Lisa); In the Heights (Ensemble). She sends her thanks to her mom, dad, friends and family, JDCasting and the Work Light team. nikibadua.com. @nikibadua. CHLOE KOUNADIS (Ali). National tour debut! Hartt School graduate, B.F.A. music theater. Regional credits: Goodspeed, Little Theatre on the Square, La Comedia Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse. International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Big thanks Mom, Dad, Katerina, Yiayia, Papou, Jake, D&W, friends, teachers and JDC. Phil 4:13. Follow Chloe: IG @choleekouna. MAX EHRLICH (Eddie) is honored to return for his second year with Work Light. Regional theater credits: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Spike), The Nutcracker (Richmond Ballet). Max thanks his family for their love, and gives a shout-out to his VCU family.

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BIOS AUSTIN MICHAEL (Pepper) is thrilled to return for farewell swims around “the island!” Select credits: Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby), Joseph ... Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disneyland Resort. Seven show seasons in Branson, Mo. Loyola Marymount University, B.A. film production (summa cum laude). Thanks to God, family, Steven, JD Casting, Team Mamma Mia! Galatians 6:9. austinmichael.info. KYLIE BRUNNGRABER (Swing) is thrilled to return to the island for a second year! The proud California native has a B.A. in dance performance from Loyola Marymount University. Regional: Memphis, Oklahoma! (Cabrillo Music Theatre). Endless love and gratitude to her family, friends and Work Light! kylie-b.com. JUAN GUILLEN (Swing, u/s Eddie) is excited to return to Mamma Mia! Regional: A Chorus Line (Al); Sunset Blvd. (Myron); 25th Annual (Leaf Coneybear); Aladdin a Musical Spectacular (Swing). Love to his friends and family for the constant support. Twitter: @Juan_Guillen or Instagram: @juanguillenactor. JOSHUA TAYLOR HAMILTON (Ensemble, u/s Sam, Bill, Father A). Credits include Carmen (Remendado), Aida (Messenger), Chamber Opera Chicago, da Cornetto Opera. Lead male vocalist, Holland America and Princess Cruise lines. Rent (Ensemble, the Welk Theatre); Monty Python’s Spamalot national tour (Sir Dennis, Galahad, Concord); Les Misérables (Enjolras, ITL Award, Performance Riverside); Ragtime (Ensemble, 3D Theatricals, Musical Theatre West). Hi Mom and Dad! STEPHANIE INGLESE (Swing) is excited to return for another year with the Mamma Mia! national tour. Favorite credits include In the Heights (Vanessa), Peter Pan (Tigerlily), Legally Blonde (Pilar), Spring Awakening (Martha) and West Side Story (Anita). B.F.A. musical theater from California State University, Fullerton. Special thanks to Dad, Mom, Nicki, Joey and Anthony. stephanieinglese.com.

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MATTHEW JANISSE (Ensemble, u/s Bill, Harry). National tour debut! Favorite credits: The Full Monty (Jerry), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Shrek (Shrek), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince) and R&H’s Cinderella (Jean-Michele). Thanks to the cast and crew, the creative team, Work Light and a big thanks to his friends, family and to his Donald Duck! MatthewJanisse.com. @matthewnofilter. MARCUS JOHN (Ensemble, u/s Eddie, Pepper) is thrilled to return for another year on the island! B.F.A., University of the Arts. Regional: The Jungle Book (Arden Theatre Company); Kill Move Paradise (Interact Theatre Company); iLLA: a hip hop musical (NYMF). All love to Support 7 and my Twerps. As always, Pray often, worry not! Marcusjohn.weebly.com. CORI CABLE KIDDER (Ensemble u/s Donna, Rosie), an Arkansas native, holds a bachelor of arts in musical theater from Ouachita Baptist University. She has toured with the international sensation In the Mood and, in 2015, received an Ovation nomination for her performance as Patsy Cline in Always ... Patsy Cline. coricablekidder.com. DANNY LOPEZ (Swing, Dance Captain) is very excited to be touring with MM! Credits include La Cage aux Folles (Mercedes), A Chorus Line (Paul San Marco), Grease (Roger), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), West Side Story, The Producers, 42nd Street, Crazy for You. Thanks to my family and friends for your unwavering love and support! GABRIELLA MARCHION (Ensemble, u/s Ali, Lisa). National tour debut! Select credits: Cry-Baby, a community world premiere (Allison); Damn Yankees (Lola); The Addams Family at Henegar Center of the Arts (Wednesday). MTSA Kennedy Center Theatre Arts Festival finalist and 2014 Irene Ryan nominee. Thanks to her family and friends who have supported her journey over the years!


BIOS LUKE MONDAY (Ensemble, u/s Sky). National tour debut! Regional: Hunchback of Notre Dame at Sacramento Music Circus, Rent at La Mirada, All Shook Up (Chad), Next to Normal (Gabe), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). International: Showroom at Sea for Holland America Line. Love always to Mom, Dad and JD. Thank you, Dave! lukemonday.com. CATHERINE NICKERSON (Ensemble, u/s Donna, Tanya). National tour debut! Favorite theater credits include South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), White Christmas (Betty Haynes) and Legally Blonde the Musical (Brooke Wyndham). She thanks her Mom, Dad, family and friends for their endless love and support. B.F.A. music theater, UC Irvine. catnickerson.com. ALICIA OSBORN (Ensemble, u/s Rosie, Tanya). Regional: 9 to 5 (Judy); The Secret Garden (Martha); Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2); The King and I (Anna Leonowens); Godspell (Joanne); and All Shook Up (Natalie/Ed). Proud AMDA grad. Love to family, friends, creatives and you for coming out to support live theater! CARLINA PARKER (Ensemble, u/s Ali, Lisa) is beyond excited to be a part of Mamma Mia! She is a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, with a B.F.A. in musical theater (May 2016). Favorite roles include the Narrator (Joseph ... Dreamcoat), Lorraine (All Shook Up) and Justice (Rock of Ages). YAEL REICH (Ensemble, u/s Sophie) is thrilled to return to Mamma Mia! Regional: Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), West Side Story (Anita), Annie (Lily), Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda/Patti, Dance Captain), Winter Wonderettes (Suzy). University of Florida: B.F.A. Extreme love and gratitude to ATB, JD, my incredible family, friends and support system! yaelreich.com. ALEX SHEETS (Ensemble, u/s Sam, Harry) is excited to join his first national tour with Mamma Mia! Regional credits include Leading Ladies, Bullshot Crummond, Pride and Prejudice, Smoke on the Mountain. Proud

Shenandoah University graduate. Thank you to all of my friends and family for your constant love and support! JULIA CASSANDRA SMITH (Ensemble, u/s Sophie) is stoked to return for her second year in Mamma Mia! Recent credits include In the Heights (Nina) and the world premiere of Loch Ness: A New Musical. Love and gratitude to her family, Dustin, Gabi, Kaitlin and Jim at TXST, JDC and creatives. juliacassandrasmith.com. Let’s party! IAN TAYLOR (Ensemble, u/s Sky) is thrilled to return to Mamma Mia! Previous credits include Mamma Mia! (Royal Caribbean) and Anything Goes (Utah Shakespeare Festival). He is a graduate of Otterbein University’s musical theater program. Lots of love and many thanks to Mickey and to family and friends everywhere! BRIAN WHITEHILL (Ensemble, u/s Sky). National tour debut! Favorite credits: 3DT’s Tarzan: The Musical, Spring Awakening (Melchior) and Legally Blonde (Kyle/ UPS Guy). B.F.A. in musical theater from California State University, Fullerton. Huge thanks to my incredible family and friends for their endless love, support and insanity. brianwhitehill.com. @brianwhitehill. WILLIAM FERRY (Company Manager) has been very fortunate to work with some amazing companies and artists including Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison. His theatrical touring history includes Stomp (original cast & American tour), Little Shop of Horrors, Radio City Rockettes, Burn the Floor and Billy Elliot. He is delighted to add Mamma Mia! to the list. Many thanks to my life partner and family for their love and support. JON SATROM (Assistant Company Manager) is thrilled to join the Mamma Mia! family for the farewell tour! Touring credits with Work Light Productions include A Year With Frog and Toad, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and The Ant and the Elephant. He has a bachelor of music degree from New York University. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23


BIOS GENEVA MATTOON (Production Stage Manager) is excited to return to Mamma Mia! She has worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Cutting Ball Theater, The Juilliard Professional Internship Program. B.F.A. stage management, University of Colorado. Thanks to her wonderful family, especially Phoebe, her parents and Geoff, for all their love and support, and Gram and Pop for their continued inspiration. ALEXANDER PIERCE (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be on the road with Mamma Mia! Recent favorites: Diner the Musical (Delaware Theatre Company); Mary Poppins; Memphis; 9 to 5 the Musical; Private Lives; And Then There Were None (Walnut Street Theatre); Disgraced (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Billy Elliot and Grease (Ogunquit Playhouse); Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Company). Graduate of Emerson College. KEVIN CASEY (Conductor/Keyboard). Originally planning to run for president in 2016, Kevin changed his mind when it became clear that his background of piano lessons and music school hadn’t prepared him to lead the free world. Luckily, he was offered the chance to travel the country playing ABBA songs, which suits him much better. JUDY CRAYMER (Original Producer/CoCreator) graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in 1977 and has worked extensively in the theater, film, TV and music industries. Judy originated the idea of Mamma Mia! and, in 1996, formed Littlestar Services Limited with Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Richard East to produce the stage musical in London. Since then, she has produced 50 productions of Mamma Mia! in 16 languages around the world. In 2002, Judy was presented with a Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her international success with Mamma Mia! In the Queen’s birthday honors list of 2007, she was honored with an MBE for her contribution to the music industry. In 2008, Judy produced Mamma Mia! The Movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. That same year, she was honored with the Women in Film ITV Achievement 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

of the Year Award. Mamma Mia! The Movie was nominated for a Golden Globe for best motion picture — musical or comedy and a BAFTA for outstanding British film. Judy was nominated by BAFTA for the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement. Mamma Mia! The Movie is the highest-grossing liveaction musical film worldwide. In 2010, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation presented Judy with its Humanitarian Award for her commitment to raising breast cancer awareness and research funding around the globe with Mamma Mia! and through sales of the specially created Rock Chick Supremo T-shirts. Following a passion for horses and show jumping, Judy was asked to be an ambassador for British Showjumping and is proud to support the British team. Judy also produced Viva Forever!, an original musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls. WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. In addition to Mamma Mia!, productions include Motown, Something Rotten!, Cinderella, Rent, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Crazy for You. Created the new a cappella group Vocalosity with Deke Sharon and is developing a new stage play based on the Paramount movie Clue. Produced Julie Andrews — The Gift of Music with performances at the Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena. Other recent touring productions include Tony Award winners American Idiot, In the Heights and Avenue Q. WLP is led by founding partner and president Stephen Gabriel and vice president Nancy Gabriel. worklightproductions.com. RICHARD EAST (Producer) is an originating producer of Mamma Mia!, and has been involved with the show since its inception. The Tony nominee has worked in the entertainment business for 35 years in Australia, London and the United States. BJÖRN ULVAEUS (Music & Lyrics) was born in 1945 in Gothenberg on the west coast of Sweden. After a successful career in Sweden with a folk group in the mid-1960s, he began collaborating with Benny Andersson. They went on to form ABBA with Agnetha Faltskog


BIOS and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Even during the ABBA years, the idea of writing a musical appealed to him and, in 1981, Björn and Benny met Tim Rice and co-wrote Chess with him, which opened in the West End in 1986. In 1995, Björn and Benny opened a new musical called Kristina Från Duvemåla, which played for three years in Sweden. Their most recent musical is the Stockholm production Hjälp sökes, which opened in 2013. Bjorn is one of the producers for Mamma Mia! The Party, which opened in Stockholm in January 2016. BENNY ANDERSSON (Music & Lyrics). Born Dec. 16, 1946, in Stockholm. Instructed by his father and grandfather, he started to play the accordion at age 6 and hasn't stopped yet. CATHERINE JOHNSON (Book). Theater: Rag Doll, Renegades, Suspension (Bristol Old Vic); Too Much Too Young (Bristol Old Vic and London Bubble); Boys Mean Business, Dead Sheep, Little Baby Nothing (Bush Theatre, London); Shang-a-Lang (Bush Theatre and national tour); Mamma Mia! (worldwide); and Through the Wire and A Letter to Lacey for NTConnections. Creative consultant on ABBA the Museum, Stockholm. Television: “Casualty,” “Byker Grove,” “Love Hurts,” “Gold,” “Linda Green.” Original screenplays: “Rag Doll,” “Where’s Willy?” (HTV) and “Sin Bin” (BBC), the series “Love in the 21st Century” (Channel 4) and “Dappers” (BBC3). Catherine has won the Bristol Old Vic/HTV Playwrighting Award, Thames Television’s Writer-in-Residence Award and Thames Television’s Best Play Award and was nominated for a 2002 Tony Award for best musical/book for Mamma Mia! Film: Catherine wrote the screenplay for the Mamma Mia! movie released in July 2008. PHYLLIDA LLOYD (Director). Theater: The Taming of The Shrew (Delacorte Theater, NYC); The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar (Donmar/St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYC); Josephine and I (Bush Theatre/ Public Theatre, NYC); Mary Stuart (Apollo, Broadway — Tony nomination); Mamma Mia! (London, Broadway, worldwide); Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteria, Wild East

(Royal Court); The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Old Vic Tunnels); The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre); Artists and Admirers, The Virtuoso (RSC). Film: The Iron Lady (Pathe), Mamma Mia! (Universal), Gloriana. Opera: La Bohème, Medea, Carmen, L’Etoile, Gloriana, Albert Herring, Peter Grimes (Opera North); Macbeth (Paris/ROH); The Handmaid’s Tale (Copenhagen, ENO, Toronto). ANTHONY VAN LAAST (Choreographer). Theater credits include Side Show (Broadway); Mamma Mia! (worldwide, Dora Mavor Moore award and Helpman award nomination); Sister Act (Worldwide Olivier nomination); Bombay Dreams (London/Broadway Tony nomination); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide Olivier award nomination, Dramalogue award); Jesus Christ Superstar (London/Broadway); Whistle Down the Wind (London); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance (Green Room Award); Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and A Little Night Music, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (Olivier Award); and Siegfried and Roy and EFX (Las Vegas). His film work includes Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Mamma Mia!, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Never Say Never Again. In 1999 he was awarded the MBE for services to dance. MARK THOMPSON (Production Designer). Theater includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Drury Lane); Mamma Mia! (worldwide); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide); Doctor Doolittle (Hammersmith Apollo); Bombay Dreams (London/Broadway); Art (worldwide); The Children’s Hour (comedy); The Lady in the Van (Queen’s); La Bête (comedy/Broadway); God of Carnage (Gielgud/Broadway); Three Days in the Country, One Man, Two Guvnors (West End/Broadway); London Assurance, She Stoops to Conquer, England People Very Nice, What the Butler Saw, The Rose Tattoo, The Madness of George III, The Wind in the Willows. Donmar Warehouse: Welcome Home Captain Fox, The Blue Room (also Broadway), Company (also West End), Insignificance, The Front Page and Uncle Vanya/Twelfth Night ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25


BIOS (costumes only also BAM). Awards: Five Olivier awards: Two Critic Circle awards and five nominations for Tony awards. HOWARD HARRISON (Lighting Designer) is a 14-time Olivier/Tony Award-winning/ nominated lighting designer. His work has been seen all over the world, including New York, Paris, Sydney, Las Vegas and the West End. He won the Olivier for best lighting for a revival of City of Angels and won in 2012 for Macbeth in NYC/London. Olivier Award nominations: Mary Poppins, Ragtime, The Witches of Eastwick, Guys and Dolls and West End plays including Anna Christie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Private Lives, Tales From Hollywood and The Tempest. Tony Award nominations: Mary Poppins and Macbeth. His work on Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse earned him the Knight of Illumination Award in 2013. He won the Australian Green Room Award in 2008 for his work on Mamma Mia!

Broadway/worldwide), We Will Rock You (London/worldwide), Grease (London/ worldwide), Lennon (Broadway), Return to the Forbidden Planet (London/U.S.A./Japan/ Australia), Five Guys Named Moe (London/ tours). Bobby was the sound designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. He has also served as a consultant for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and 2016 opening ceremony in Rio. Opera credits include Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Aida, Tosca, La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

MARTIN KOCH (Musical Supervisor, Additional Arrangements and Materials). Musical supervision includes Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Oliver! Orchestrations include Mamma Mia! (Tony nomination), Just So, Moby Dick, Jerry Springer the Opera, Billy Elliot (Tony Award and Drama Desk awards), Bad Girls, Desperately Seeking Susan, Kombat Opera, numerous operas for BBC TV, Paparazzi and Cattle Call, two ballets by Richard Thomas and ANDREW BRUCE (Sound Designer) began Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. More than 30 albums his theater career at Glyndebourne Festival including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Oliver!, Opera in 1968 and was appointed head of Hey! Mr Producer, Mamma Mia! (Grammy sound at the Royal Opera House in 1971. A nomination), Jerry Springer the Opera, Billy year later he co-founded Autograph Sound Elliot, Bad Girls, John Barrowman — The Recording, a leading British sound design Album and Shoes. Music supervisor for the and equipment rental company responsible for numerous productions worldwide. He was four London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic associate designer on such landmarks of British ceremonies. Music director and composer for the London 2012 Paralympic opening musical theater as Evita, Cats and Starlight ceremony. Express. Original design: Song and Dance, Abbacadabra, Little Me, Les Misérables, Chess, Follies, Into the Woods, The Card, Miss Saigon, MARTHA BANTA (Resident Director) is the artistic director of the Adirondack Theatre Children of Eden, City of Angels, Martin Festival. She served as artistic associate at Guerre, The Fix, The Witches of Eastwick, The New York Theatre Workshop and on the Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Mamma Mia!, Sweeney Todd, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, production staff at New York City Opera. Credits include directing new works at Clark Mary Poppins. He recently designed Seven Theatre, Lincoln Center, NYTW, Soho Rep, Deadly Sins and Isadora for the Royal Ballet, EST, New Georges, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Mother Courage and Her Children for the Portland Stage, Capital Rep, Juilliard. Also, National Theatre. Rent in Japan and Germany and Playhouse Disney Live at Disney World. She has taught BOBBY AITKEN (Sound Designer) has at NYU, SUNY Stony Brook and Vassar. been involved with theater sound for more than 30 years. Recent theater work includes Viva Forever! (London), Ghost (London/ Broadway/worldwide), Dirty Dancing (London/worldwide), Mamma Mia! (London/ 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BIOS DAVID HOLCENBERG (Associate Music Supervisor). Broadway: Matilda, Ghost, The Story of My Life, Bye Bye Birdie, Good Vibrations, Seussical, Titanic, Show Boat. Other music directing credits include Dessa Rose and The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center, the U.S. premiere of Ragtime (L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Distinguished Achievement in Musical Direction) and The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto. David’s show Bingo, written with Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid, is playing around the country. JANET ROTHERMEL (Associate Choreographer). Broadway: Joseph ... Dreamcoat (Dance Captain). National tours: Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress), Joseph ... Dreamcoat (Dance Captain/ Supervisor). Television: Miss USA, Miss Universe pageants, assistant choreographer; “The Carol Burnett Show,” assistant choreographer. JOY DEWING CASTING (Casting Director). Casting credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, dance companies and about 525,600 tours. Recent tours: 42nd Street, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz and the upcoming Cheers Live on Stage. Past tours: In the Heights, Cats, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Bring It On. ALLIED LIVE (Press and Marketing) is a full-service marketing/advertising agency represent­ing national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities throughout North America. Current touring clients: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, Rent 20th anniversary tour, Kinky Boots, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical, Once, Elf and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours include School of Rock and The Humans. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27


STAFF STAFF FOR MAMMA MIA! GENERAL MANAGEMENT WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS Stephen Gabriel  Nancy Gabriel Scott Seay  Anièle Fortin  Kevin Greene  Courtney King Emily Miller  Carolyn Smith TECHNICAL SUPERVISION PORT CITY TECHNICAL Rhys Williams  Mike East Mackenzie Foster  Rossella Human Wade Jolly  Susie Prueter COMPANY MANAGER . . . . . . . WILLIAM FERRY ASSISTANT COMPANY MANAGER . . . JON SATROM PRODUCTION TEAM RESIDENT DIRECTOR . . . . . . . . MARTHA BANTA ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER . JANET ROTHERMEL ASSOCIATE MUSIC SUPERVISOR . . DAVID HOLCENBERG ASSOCIATE SCENIC DESIGNER . . . . NANCY THUN ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER . . . . RON GLOW ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER . . CATHERINE LOVEJOY ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER . . . ED MCCARTHY ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER . . . DAVID PATRIDGE ASSOCIATE HAIR DESIGNER . . . .JOSH MARQUETTE MUSICAL TRANSCRIPTION . . . . . ANDERS NEGLIN CASTING JOY DEWING CASTING Joy Dewing CSA, Kevin Metzger TOUR MARKETING DIRECTION ALLIED LIVE Laura Matalon  Marya Peters Meghan Kastenholz  Anne Dailey Meyer Doug Blemker, Mary Alyce Blum, Sarah Dahlberg, Andrew Damer, Jen Gallagher, John Gilmour, Scott Praefke, Jacqueline Smith, Anne Waisanen Music Published by EMI Grove Park Music, Inc. and EMI Waterford Music, Inc. PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER . . GENEVA MATTOON Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Alexander Pierce Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Lopez Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . Addison Grist Assistant Carpenter . . . . . . . . . Gabi Lourigan Assistant Carpenter/Flyman . . . . . Samantha Vettrus Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . Maxfield Bishop Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . David Inabinette Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . . Elvira Valencia Sound Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Human Production Sound Engineer . . . . Anthony Cuozzo Head Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Skladel Assistant Sound . . . . . . . . Brian “Rudy” Rudell Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Laemmerhirt Production Hair Supervisor . . . . . . . Jeff Knaggs 28 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . Catherine Lovejoy Assistant Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . Chris Jones Assistant to the Choreographer . . . . Ryan Sander Assistant Sound Designer . . . . . .Kevin Kennedy Electronic Keyboard Prep . . . . . . . Bryan Crook Production Assistant . . . . . . . . Anna Aschliman General Management Consultants . . Bespoke Theatricals Legal Counsel . . . . . . Levine Plotkin Menin, LLP Loren Plotkin, Cris Criswell Accounting . . . . . . . . . .WithumSmith+Brown Robert Fried, CPA, Karen Kowgios, CPA, Anthony Moore, CPA Controller . . . . . . . .Galbraith & Co/Kenny Noth Original Logo Design . . Littlestar Services Limited Merchandising . . . . . . Max Merchandising, LLC/ Randi Grossman Insurance . . . . . . . . .Maury, Donnelly and Parr Bob Middleton Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Signature Bank Thomas Kasulka, Margaret Monigan Payroll . . . . . . . . . . . . PEOPLE/Kim Merhar Travel Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rebel Hauling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janco Limited TOUR BOOKING AGENCY THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, Mollie Mann, Brian Brooks and Rich Rundle www.thebookinggroup.com CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Scenery constructed and painted by Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc. Sound equipment supplied by Masque Sound. Lighting Equipment supplied by 4Wall Entertainment and Vari*Lite, Inc. Soft goods by I. Weiss and Sons. Costumes executed by Barbara Matera Ltd., Tricorne New York City, and Carelli Costumes. Millinery by Lynn Mackey. Wet suits by Aquatic Fabricators of South Florida. Custom Men’s shirts by Cego. Custom knitting by C.C. Wei. Custom fabric printing and dyeing by Dye-namix and Gene Mignola. Shoes by Native Leather, Rilleau Leather and T.O. Dey. Gloves by Cornelia James. Properties by Paragon Theme and Prop Fabrication. SPECIAL THANKS Clemson University — Lillian Harder, Woody Moore, David Hartmann Mamma Mia! was originally produced in London by Littlestar Services Limited on April 6, 1999. INGLOT is the Official Makeup Provider of the National Tour of Mamma Mia! Visit Mamma Mia! on the Web at MammaMiaOnTour.com Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.).


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

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

STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill. . . Director of Operations & Public Safety Lester Andrews. . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager 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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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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In the Southeast, the trend known as ‘glamour camping’ can mean a yurt, a houseboat, a luxury tent and even your own concierge. By Therra Gwyn Jaramillo

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nce while camping at a Florida beach and sleeping in a tiny pop-up tent with my husband, the wind woke us. It was after midnight, and air blasted in as I unzipped the opening and saw fast-moving clouds. After a day outdoors I was spent (and still slightly sand-encrusted), so I dropped 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

my head back onto my microscopic camping pillow. “I’m just going to sleep until something happens,” I said. At that moment, all of our outside gear blew into the water. “Something happened,” my husband said.


Glamping, also known as luxury, comfort or “glamorous” camping, is trending worldwide with travelers choosing from a wide mix of yurts, tricked-out tents, houseboats, luxuriously outfitted Airstreams, tropical huts and igloos. Accommodations What actually happened, I later realized, was that we hadn’t gone glamping. Glamping, also known as luxury, comfort or “glamorous” camping, is trending worldwide with travelers choosing from a wide mix of yurts, tricked-out tents, houseboats, luxuriously outfitted Airstreams, tropical huts and igloos. Accommodations can come with down-covered queen-size beds, air conditioning, fresh-cut flowers, breakfast and even a personal concierge. Glamping is also called “lazy camping.” Everything to love about camping culture is there: nature’s beauty and the feeling of getting away from it all. The bonus is plenty of upgrades that usually are absent when you’re roughing it — throughout the country and the Southeast.

can come with down-covered queen-size beds, air conditioning, freshcut flowers, breakfast and even a personal concierge.


My friend Wendy and I were delighted with what we didn’t have to tote: no tent, no gear. We were told to bring our own linens, so I packed a fat feather pillow, a cooler, coffee and clothes. Wendy brought a kayak and stand-up paddleboard. Glamping amenities vary from place to place. Some include private bathrooms. We already knew ours didn’t, so upon arrival I checked out the facilities. The bathhouse with showers was sparkling, roomy and temperature-controlled. Carts stood by to haul our gear downhill to the yurt. So far, so great. My beach camping blowout wasn’t Our yurt was lakeside, with a private deck unique. Many vacationers don’t, or won’t, overlooking the water, and a level area with a camp because it can be difficult, dirty and grill, picnic table and firepit. uncomfortable. It might mean skipping a Firewood was stacked by the front door, shower or sleeping in your clothes. which locked. The yurt held two beds, a Others don’t want to invest in copious convertible couch, a solid table, chairs, amounts of camping gear or don’t have room and that most precious of commodities — in their subcompact to haul it. They want electricity. Super convenient for charging a sheets with a thread count and a soft place to cellphone, computer or such life appliances as land where they can recharge their cellphones blenders (for margaritas) and CPAP machines. and themselves. The yurt was spacious, with smooth Tugaloo State Park, a tree-shaded hardwood floors and a ceiling fan that turned peninsula surrounded by the 56,000-acre Lake on and off with the flip of a switch. It also Hartwell, is one of six Georgia state parks that included a lamp, game table and, for cold offers glamping in yurts: tall, circular, canvas- weather, a plug-in heater. and-wood tents originally designed by the I didn’t relish the idea of a midnight trip to nomadic tribes of Central Asia. the shining bathrooms on the hill, but at least Tugaloo, less than two hours from the path was paved, with muted lighting that Atlanta, rates nicely on the “getaway” scale. came on after dark. 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

FROM TOP: Tugaloo, xxxx, is one of six Georgia State Parks that take yurt glamping seriously, with a lakeside view, picnic table and firepit; inside, the yurt is spacious, comfortable and bright, with lots of natural wood.


Glamping delivers on enjoyment and diminishes the time needed to set up camp. We had fun immediately: a relaxing sunset paddle on the lake, an outdoor fire that lit up the night as the sun dipped and woodland creatures that began their evening song. A full moon rose over the water — a special one known as the Pink Moon, named for wild ground phlox, flowers that bloom in early spring throughout North America. More orange than pink, the moonrise was magnificent, especially on the beach where trees couldn’t obstruct the view. Later, tucked into a cozy futon, I almost forgot I was in a scaffolded tent. The woodland creatures still sang, leading me into sleep. 38 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

The next morning, in search of the coffee cups I’d forgotten — always check with your glamp-site on how equipped it is — I was stopped by two young deer who hopped into my path. They looked at me. I looked at them. “Go ahead,” I said, “You have the right of way.” As if they understood, one bounced ahead and the other followed. I marveled at the simple thrills that Mother Nature supplies. A lake. A fire. A sunset. A moonrise. A comfortable bed. A wildlife hello. I was a happy glamper.

GOERGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES; WENDY PALMER

FROM TOP: The "Tiny Cabins" at Skidaway State Park near Savannah come with screened porches, bathrooms, master bedrooms and a sleeping loft; glamping offers all the relaxation of camping but with updgrades in amenities.


A-glamping you can go Yurt. Teepee. Houseboat. Here’s a sampling of glamping options in the Southeast. IN THE REGION Airbnb: Possibilities include greeting dolphins in the morning. You can stay on a sailboat or houseboat on the Alabama coast in the (usually) calm Gulf of Mexico. Floating accommodations vary in size (sleeping 2-10) and price ($65-$500 per night). Some allow pets. Boating experience not required. For a fee, boat owners will happily take you and your guests for a ride. Info: www.airbnb.com (you’ll need to search by beach, state, city or region). GlampingHub: Features some 7,000 sites worldwide, including such Southern sweet spots as a tented cabin in Asheville, N.C., (outdoor shower, camping toilet, fresh-baked goodies delivered to your door); an Airstream trailer in Ellijay, Ga., with a tree-house loft; and an upcycled luxury shipping container in Jupiter, Fla., with a bathroom, kitchen and sky deck. The shipping container goes for $90 per night. The others begin at $130 per night. www.glampinghub.com FLORIDA Westgate River Ranch (an hour south of Orlando): Where the buffalo roam. Glamping at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, a 1,700-acre dude ranch and resort for all ages, puts you in a 384-sq. ft. canvas tent (air-conditioning, equipped kitchenette, private bath nearby) from $174 per night. A 600-sq. ft. luxury teepee adds a personal concierge who will set up ranch tours and activities from $400 per night. Rail cars sleep four, and feature full bathrooms and kitchenettes for about $250 per night. Pet-friendly. Discounts for Florida and Georgia residents, AAA members, military, government employees and seniors (50+). Call 888.792.1082 or 863.692.1321. Book online at https://www.westgateresorts.com GEORGIA Six state parks — Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo, High Falls, Red Top Mountain, Sweetwater Creek and Tugaloo (35-121 miles from Atlanta) have a total of 40 yurts. Each houses up to six glampers and comes with comfy beds, screened windows, locking doors and electricity. Heated in winter. Restrooms and hot showers within walking distance. No pets. $75-$100 per night. http://gastateparks.org/ Savannah: “Tiny Cabins,” aka Camper Cabins, in nearby Skidaway State Park have screened porches, bathrooms and master bedrooms plus sleeping lofts. $125 per night. Reservations strongly recommended. Go online or call 800.864.7275. http://gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland NORTH CAROLINA Blue Ridge Mountains: At Blue Bear Mountain Camp in Tod, eco-friendly teepees have queen-size beds, tables, chairs and access to private baths. Leashed pets allowed. $75-$105 per night. Call 828.406.4226. www.bluebearmountain.com SOUTH CAROLINA Myrtle Beach: A CarrollWoods getaway means a private two-room tent with a nicely appointed queensize bed (linens included), chairs, throw rugs, a ready-to-light fire and a nearby bathhouse. Extras include candles, a breakfast basket, wine tastings and fresh-cut flowers. $85-$100 per night. Call 910.653.5538. www.myrtlebeachcampingwest.com — Compiled by Therra Gwyn Jaramillo

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Vital Life goes way beyond the typical chiropractic office. Its adjustment tables, specialized neurology and X-ray equipment, brainretraining computer programs and machines (including a space age-y item called a GyroStim) help recalibrate cognitive function for everyone from ex-military patients with PTSD to children dealing with ADHD or autism and those who have multiple seizures.

FROM TOP: Chiropractor Ryan Cedarmark (left) treats Georgia Tech volleyball coach Rafael Silva on the GyroStim; Silva and Cedarmark.

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Where Wellness Meets the Future Atlanta’s Vital Life Health Center is ground zero for new techniques in chiropractic and kinesiology, which see the nervous system as key to good health. Story by K athy Janich | Photos by Palmer Rubin ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 43


FROM LEFT: Karima Cooper, one of five chiropractors on staff, assesses a young client; Dr. Christopher Odom (left) and Vital LIfe community relations manager Niko Chaniotakis.

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t 67, Guy F. Riekeman is in pretty fine shape. No health complaints to speak of. Full of energy, working nonstop and taking time to live the good life. It wasn’t always so. Riekeman grew up athletic, playing basketball throughout high school and college at a pretty high level and tearing up both ankles in the process. By age 60, he used a wheelchair because they’d no longer support him. And he dealt with frequent back tremors and head twitches. That experience informs his work today. Riekeman, who you may know as president of Life University, is also the driving force behind Vital Life Health Center, a first-of-its-kind wellness clinic tucked on a sliver of street near Emory University Hospital Midtown within sight of the downtown skyline. Riekeman’s recovery began a few years ago when surgeons mastered the art of ankle replacements. After surgery, his brain needed to be reactivated. For that, he turned to chiropractic care and functional kinesiology. Those put him back on his feet for good and what looked like Parkinson’s disease was gone. His real passion goes beyond prevention and taking care of conditions, however. Wellness for everyone is his mission. He’s as much entrepreneur and cheerleader as he a chiropractor and educator. Vital Life Health Center, open since October 2016, cares for people from birth to age 101. The forward-thinking 17,000-sq. ft. clinic encompasses the Atlanta Birth Center and its midwives, doulas, psychologist, naturopath and patients, as well as the Vital Life portion, where patient advocates and chiropractors lead clients through a thorough series of tests that assess the state of their nervous systems, hold free educational sessions and care for the whole person.


From the moment you enter, you’ll realize this health center is different. Everyone and everything seems designed to calm and welcome you, from the metal wall sculptures, water elements and wall-mounted wooden planters, to the cushy curved seating — some child-sized — and kid-friendly teepee. Vital Life goes way beyond the typical chiropractic office. Its adjustment tables, specialized neurology and X-ray equipment, brain-retraining computer programs and machines (including a space age-y item called a GyroStim) help recalibrate cognitive function for everyone from ex-military patients with PTSD to children dealing with ADHD or autism, to those who have multiple seizures. GyroStims aren’t nearly as common as, say X-ray machines. There are only 16 in the United States and eight in other countries. The Vital Life team also works with patients — including athletes — who’ve had multiple concussions. Using tests that track how and when the brain fires, they can reset it, make it function the way it should again and not just assume things are OK because the symptoms have gone away. Football recruits with a history of concussions can be baseline tested before the season begins to see what toll those concussions might have taken. Not too far in the future, Vital Life likely will be a vital stop for coaches and players at all levels. THE VITAL DIFFERENCE Medical professionals tend to see the human body as a gigantic machine that will break down somewhere along the way, Riekeman says. Patients are treated through drugs and surgery and put back to where the physician thinks they should be.


Vital Care promotes what Riekeman calls "vitalism." It believes that the body is intelligent, self-healing and selfmaintaining if you respect the natural process and get rid of interferences that affect the nervous system — physical traumas, chemical traumas like cigarette smoking, pesticides in food and emotional stresses. “It’s not a competition,” Riekeman says about medicine and chiropractic/functional neurology, “that’s not the point. We often work together for the patient, but there was a shift. People were saying they wanted a different kind of health care.” At the moment, Vital Life offers chiropractic care and functional neurology. Look for vitalistic nutrition, functional kinesiology and positive psychology soon. Most people coming to Vital Life initially are those who’ve VITAL LIFE: THE FOUR FOUNDERS “We wanted to create the health care of the future,” says Dr. Guy F. Riekeman, one of the four founding members of Vital Life Health Center and Atlanta Birth Center. Here’s a brief look at each, in alphabetical order: •  ANJILI HINMAN is executive director of the Atlanta Birth Center and a certified nurse midwife (CNM). She’s also a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and has a master of public health degree. The Atlanta Birth Center is the only accredited birth and health facility in metro Atlanta. It offers comprehensive midwifery and birth services (including water births), gynecological care, prenatal care, lactation and nutrition, acupuncture and massage. •  SHANNA JACKSON, PH.D., LPC, CPCS, offers psychotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples and groups. She emphasizes building self-awareness, promoting prosocial behaviors and assessing lifestyle management. She also works with families who have experienced loss and fertility issues. •  RACHEL MARYNOWSKI, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician. She focuses on natural tools that can be used to improve health and prevent disease. These include botanical medicines, functional nutrition, supplements, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling. •  GUY F. RIEKEMAN, D.C., is an international leader in vitalistic health care. His team offers chiropractic care, functional neurology, vitalistic nutrition, functional kinesiology and positive psychology. He’s a second-generation chiropractor who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (in Davenport, Iowa) in 1972. He practiced chiropractic and created companies and seminar programs to improve the chiropractic practice and facilitate personal growth. He became chancellor at Palmer before joining Marietta’s Life University. He recently was named chancellor of the Life University System. had health conditions ranging from mild to serious or get sick all the time,” Riekeman says, “or are parents who worry that their child isn’t developing correctly.” While most find help with their health problems, many continue to visit for prevention and wellness care. Although Atlanta is home base for Vital Life, he plans to expand the practice to 50 cities across the nation. 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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EVERYONE’S FINAL 25 YEARS “We know that the nervous system is what makes your body work,” says Riekeman, who talks excitedly about how Vital Life believes in proactive wellness (keeping you healthy) rather than reactive treatment (waiting until illness or injury strike and then prescribing care). “People are coming in to prevent problems,” he says, “to make sure their nervous systems are working correctly.” This group includes business executives who want to avoid neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, athletes who have to work at peak performance and others who seek similar goals. It includes a large number of health-minded, college-educated people who are anticipating long lives. Most people born in the United States today, Riekeman says, will live to be at least 100 years old. Demographics back him up. The question is, he says, “What are the last 25 years going to be like? Are you going to be in a home, in diapers, not recognizing your family? Or are you going to be vibrant, happy, traveling, learning new things, having sex? "The decisions we make today are going to affect how we spend those last 25 years,” he says. “It has to begin now. We have to find ways to be healthy throughout our lives.”


VITAL LIFE: WHAT IT COSTS The caregivers at Vital Life Health Center “do absolutely nothing until we educate you,” says Dr. Guy F. Riekeman, a chiropractor and co-founder. Even then, patients are the ones who decide to decline or proceed. He calls the approach “health management by agreement.” Here are some of the numbers: • FIRST VISIT — $32. This covers the initial assessment and lasts about an hour. “That way we’re not running up unnecessary expenses on people before we know whether we can help them,” Riekeman says. •  SECOND VISIT — UP TO $75. A patient advocate will sit with the client and explain what tests in the initial assessment turned up. Recommendations for care are made, whether it’s at Vital Life or another healthcare practice. Each individual decides what, if any, type of treatment to pursue and knows up-front what it will cost and if additional exams are necessary. • SUBSEQUENT VISITS — $75 EACH. •  MONTHLY PLANS — $300-$400. Some clients opt to pay monthly for any and all services they need. ATLANTA BIRTH CENTER Feelings of peace, home and family fill the Atlanta Birth Center, which has seen 93 babies born in the 9.5 months since it opened. Another 21 births were expected in April, with 21 due in May. Each of three birth rooms was designed by a different individual (a doula in one case, or a business) and has a singular theme — water, earth or fire. Light is kept low. The large beds are dressed with multiple pillows and comfy bedding. Each room is spacious enough to accommodate family members, includes a large bathroom and shower, and a birthing pool. Hotels should be this inviting.


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ESTABLISHMENT — In tribute to Southern fare, Establishment’s kitchen cultivates a traditional array of Georgia classics and original creations such pimiento cheese with bourbon bacon marmalade, hot boiled peanut hummus, venison “buckshot” meatballs, and one very special entree, an 1845 custom cut aged Delmonico steak served campfirestyle with parmesan rosemary truffle fries. Craft cocktails and regional beers. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 517 in Colony Square, 404.347.5291, establishmentatlanta.com. M LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M

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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a clublike atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus led by upcoming Atlanta Chef Kyle Schmidt who comes to Paces & Vine after 8 years in Atlanta kitchens King and Duke, JCT Kitchen, and No. 246 among others. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V

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

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE

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

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

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/ venue/stk-atlanta. M ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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DINING GUIDE 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 TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M

CREOLE/CAJUN

COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta. com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW

EUROPEAN FUSION

ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

ITALIAN

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B 52 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria. com. M MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road, 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P

MEXICAN

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

SEAFOOD/SUSHI

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

VEGAN

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


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

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FOX FUN FACTS Tales of the fog-delayed Stones, Bette Midler’s ghost and turning the stage into an ice rink Atlanta’s Fox Theatre has played host to many world-renowned artists, from the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Bette Midler and Widespread Panic. In July 1976, in fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed for three consecutive nights, recording the album One More From the Road and donating $5,000 toward the Save the Fox campaign. In February 1993, the band played another three nights, one of which was broadcast on pay-perview television. Here are a few other rockin’ fun facts:

• The Stones next appeared Oct. 26, 1981, playing for a standing-room-only crowd. As history has it, the bandmates traveled to Savannah for a day-trip and, due to dense fog in Atlanta, their return flight was rerouted to Macon. The show began 90 minutes late. • Bette Midler was scheduled for a three-night gig in February 1983. According to longtime Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley (who died in 2016), when she reached her dressing room she claimed that someone had died there, that it was haunted and she would not perform. The Divine Miss M was moved to another dressing room and, apparently content enough, agreed to go onstage. 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

• On New Year’s Day 2005, Broadway on Ice ice-skating pros Nancy Kerrigan and Rudy Galindo took to the stage, along with Broadway’s Leslie Uggams (a Tony Award winner for Hallelujah, Baby! ). Creating an impromptu ice rink was an overnight process that called for spraying the stage with water and quickly freezing it. Again and again and again. Do you have concert memories from the Fox? If so, please share them on facebook.com/ EncoreAtlanta with the hashtag #RockTheFox.

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• The Rolling Stones have performed at the Fox twice, to date. In June 1978, the show was first billed as “the Cockroaches,” so as not to reveal too early the true identity of the performers.


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