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One after another, those dynamos played the supporting role of sultry singer Shug (pronounced like “sugar”) Avery in the recent Broadway revival of The Color Purple. All are showstoppers. Any one of them is a tough act to follow. But Carla R. Stewart welcomes the challenge. She must have some kind of courage to take on a role handled by such luminaries. “Yeah, I think I’m brave,” says Stewart. “Life has only shown me that I just gotta get in the ring and fight. If you come to New York to try to make it, that alone is ballsy. Then it’s also pretty easy to get stifled by other people’s talent and then not get in that ring because you’re intimidated.” Shug has that “certain something that people are attracted to,” Stewart says. It’s “that star quality.” “Everybody loves Shug,” you’ll hear. “Ain’t no other woman like Shug.” “It’s your own essence that you bring to it,” Stewart says. “Jennifer Hudson was a little bit slinky. Heather Headley was very stern, more direct. Jennifer Holliday was very funny, she brought more quirkiness to the character. I think I play on the sexy of who Shug is. Even though she’s broken, she’s the ‘it’ girl and she knows it. Even the women who hate her can’t help loving her.” ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION
In the show-stopping number “Push Da Button,” Shug cuts loose. “I come to have a party there,” Stewart says. “I’m flirting with the men and teaching the women along the way.” The Color Purple, which won the 2016 Tony Award for best musical revival, closed in January. Atlanta is the third stop on a 30-city national tour. As on Broadway, it’s a pareddown interpretation by director John Doyle, who has taken a similar approach with revivals of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company. The musical is based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, which spans 40 years and traces the hardships that AfricanAmerican women in the South faced in the first half of 20thcentury — poverty, sexism, racism, rape, incest and domestic violence. As you may recall, the show was developed in 2004 at the Alliance Theatre, then tweaked a bit for its 2005 Broadway opening. The expansive original staging earned 11 Tony nominations (and a win for lead actress LaChanze, who played Celie). By the time it closed three years later, it had grossed more than $103 million. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley reviewed both, calling the revival “a slim, fleet-footed beauty, simply attired and beguilingly modest” yet holding “a deep wealth of power within its restraint.” This version is no spectacle, Stewart says. “You hear the juiciness in the words and in the language. That’s the heart of the show.” In shaping the revival, Doyle says he “just looked at the text and saw what I needed to see from it. I treat it as a new play or a new piece.”
This staging of The Color Purple, a pared-down interpretation by awardwinning director John Doyle, won the 2016 Tony Award for best musical revival as well as critical and popular acclaim.
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Atlanta’s J.D. Kellum, a real estate agent by day and a theatergoer by night, saw all three versions: the Alliance world premiere, its Broadway transfer and this revival. “Each one unforgettable,” he says. “To me, the magic of this show is in the way these gals know how to withhold.” Kellum appreciates Doyle’s pulled-back interpretation. The minimalism of the set and the paring down of other elements, he says, “yield a maximum effect in amplifying the story and characters.” Stewart, a lifelong Chicagoan from a big singing family, performed in the revival from opening night to closing night. As an ensemble member, she took on smaller roles (Church Lady) and understudied Shug and Sofia. The Color Purple was her Broadway debut. She went on as Shug about a dozen times, “but never for Jennifer Hudson, because she never missed a performance.” About owning the role now, she says, “I feel like a kid going back to school, the kid who’s so excited to be back, to build the show all over again, to meet new friends and be with my old friends.” Perhaps the high point from her Broadway experience? “What comes to mind is a rehearsal,” she says, “shortly before we opened. Alice Walker sat in, and she was so pleased with the direction that John Doyle was going in. She said she felt like she was watching her book come to life.”
When novelist Alice Walker attended a preBroadway rehearsal of this staging of The Color Purple, she reportedly said it was like watching her book come to life.
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ADRIANNA HICKS CARLA R. STEWART CARRIE COMPERE GAVIN GREGORY J. DAUGHTRY N'JAMEH CAMARA DARNELL ABRAHAM AMAR ATKINS KYLE E. BAIRD ANGELA BIRCHETT JARED DIXON ERICA DURHAM BIANCA HORN GABRIELLE REID C.E. SMITH CLYDE VOCE NYLA WATSON J.D. WEBSTER BRIT WEST NIKISHA WILLIAMS MICHAEL WORDLY SET DESIGN
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CAST in alpabetical order Adam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARNELL ABRAHAM Guard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMAR ATKINS Bobby/Buster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KYLE E. BAIRD Church Lady. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ANGELA BIRCHETT Nettie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N’JAMEH CAMARA Sofia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CARRIE COMPERE Harpo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. DAUGHTRY Grady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JARED DIXON Squeak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ERICA DURHAM Mister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GAVIN GREGORY Celie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ADRIANNA HICKS Church Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BIANCA HORN Olivia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GABRIELLE REID Preacher/Ol’ Mister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C.E. SMITH Shug Avery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CARLA R. STEWART Pa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.D. WEBSTER Church Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRIT WEST All other roles are played by members of the company. SWINGS CLYDE VOCE, NYLA WATSON, NIKISHA WILLIAMS, MICHAEL WORDLY UNDERSTUDIES For Celie: GABRIELLE REID, NIKISHA WILLIAMS; for Shug Avery: BIANCA HORN, BRIT WEST; for Sofia: ANGELA BIRCHETT, BRIT WEST; for Mister: AMAR ATKINS, CLYDE VOCE; for Harpo: AMAR ATKINS, JARED DIXON; for Nettie: ERICA DURHAM, NIKISHA WILLIAMS; for Squeak: GABRIELLE REID, NIKISHA WILLIAMS; for Bobby/Buster: CLYDE VOCE, MICHAEL WORDLY; for Pa: CLYDE VOCE, MICHAEL WORDLY; for Guard: CLYDE VOCE, MICHAEL WORDLY; for Church Ladies: NYLA WATSON, NIKISHA WILLIAMS; for Preacher/Ol’ Mister: CLYDE VOCE, MICHAEL WORDLY; for Adam: CLYDE VOCE, MICHAEL WORDLY; for Grady: DARNELL ABRAHAM, MICHAEL WORDLY; for Olivia: NYLA WATSON, NIKISHA WILLIAMS. Dance Captain: J. DAUGHTRY Fight Captain: BIANCA HORN
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MUSICAL NUMBERS “Huckleberry Pie” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celie and Nettie “Mysterious Ways” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company “Somebody Gonna Love You”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celie “Our Prayer” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nettie, Celie, Mister “Big Dog”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mister and Men “Hell No!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sofia and Women “Brown Betty” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harpo, Squeak and Men “Shug Avery Comin’ to Town” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mister, Celie and Company “Too Beautiful for Words” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shug “Push da Button” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shug and Company “Uh Oh!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company “What About Love?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celie and Shug
“African Homeland” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nettie, Celie and Company “The Color Purple” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shug “Celie’s Curse” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mister “Miss Celie’s Pants” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celie and Women “Any Little Thing” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harpo and Sofia “I’m Here” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celie “The Color Purple” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celie and Company ORCHESTRA Conductor / Keys 1: Darryl Archibald Associate Conductor / Keys 2: Wayne Green Reed 1 (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute): Dave Stambaugh Reed 2 (Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone): Bill Leary Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Dobro, Harmonica, 12 String): Michael Karcher Bass (Electric, Acoustic): Chris Thigpen Trumpet: Andrew Golden Drums: Trevor Holden Keyboard Programming: Randy Cohen Music Coordinator: Talitha Fehr
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BIOS ADRIANNA HICKS (Celie) is beyond thrilled to be playing Celie in her first national tour of The Color Purple! Her Broadway credits include Swing (The Color Purple, revival), Fortune Teller/ Jasmine’s Attendant (Aladdin); regional/ international: Deloris cover (Sister Act, Germany), Judge/Pilar cover (Legally Blonde, Austria), Sarah (Ragtime), Marlena (Buddy Holly) and backup singer for Michael Bublé (Call Me Irresponsible tour, Okla.). Adrianna thanks and dedicates this experience to her family, friends, and professors for their undying love and support. Proverbs 16:3. Insta: @missadriannahicks Twitter: @msadriannahicks CARLA R. STEWART (Shug Avery) is thrilled to tour as Shug after making her Broadway debut in the Tony and Grammy-winning revival (Olivia/Church Lady). An AMDA New York graduate. Recent/favorite regional credits: first national tour of Ghost the Musical (Oda Mae Brown), The Wiz (Dorothy), Rent (Joanne), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell). Many thanks to Irene Cabrera at DDO Agency. Look What God Has Done! Matthew 5:16. In loving memory of Anita Stewart-Montgomery Ruth and O.D. Stewart. Till we meet again. Instagram: @mzzzruth CARRIE COMPERE (Sofia). Broadway: The Color Purple revival (Sofia/Church Lady), Holler If You Hear Me (Ensemble). Off-Broadway: The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Sistas the Musical. National tour: Shrek the Musical (Dragon). Regional: Golden Apple (Encores), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (TUTS). TV: “Seven Seconds” (Fox/Netflix), “NYC 22” (CBS), “Gurland on Gurland” (CBS/ Showtime). Special thanks to my amazing husband, Jerry, and beautiful children Isaiah and Pneuma; awesome manager Susan (CBU Management) and JC Williams Agency. Thank you, Lord for the many blessings. For my mommy Jeanne! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @carriecompere GAVIN GREGORY (Mister). Broadway: The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (Crown standby); The Color Purple. Tour: Kinky Boots (Simon SR.); The Lion King first national. Regional: Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Don Quixote); The Whipping Man (Simon); Ragtime (Coalhouse); Violet (Flick); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney). Love to Steve Maihack, Justin Huff and Corey L. Slaton. J. DAUGHTRY (Harpo). Look what God has done! Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Color Purple (revival). Tour: Motown
the Musical, Born for This. Member of Anthony Brown and Group Therapy. Alum of Bethune Cookman University. Thanks to my agents at The Mine. Special thanks to my mother, Sharon, for always supporting me and encouraging me to keep going! N’JAMEH CAMARA (Nettie). X: or Betty Shabazz vs. the Nation (world premiere); Julius Caesar (off Broadway); Up Here and OjO (La Jolla Playhouse); Marguerite to Maya (original one-woman show); Dance of the Holy Ghost (Ubuntu Theater Project); Mr. Burns (UCSD). M.F.A. from UC San Diego. Instagram @lady_njay, www.njameh.com. For my Lolo. DARNELL ABRAHAM (Ensemble/Adam; u/s Grady). Regional credits: Ragtime (Coalhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse); Ragtime (Coalhouse, Barrington Stage); Side Show (Jake, Media Theatre); Festival of the Lion King (Nakawa, Walt Disney); Porgy and Bess (Utah Festival Opera); Show Boat (Utah Festival Opera). Thank you to my wife, Telsey + Co., Gotham Talent Agency for their support! Psalm 86:12. www.darnellabraham.com AMAR ATKINS (Ensemble/Guard; u/s Mister, u/s Harpo). National tour debut. Amar is from Atlanta, and feels blessed to join The Color Purple family. LSU: M.F.A. (acting). Favorite regional: Rent, Sophisticated Ladies, The Civil War, Spill. Thanks to God, the creative team, Wendy Coleman/DeRon Williams, Daniel Hoff, Denise and Benjy Atkinson, this is for you! IG @AmarAtkins_ www.amaratkins.com KYLE E. BAIRD (Ensemble/Bobby/Buster). Kyle is thrilled to join The Color Purple family. Previous credits include Goodspeed Opera’s Show Boat, Fulton Theatre’s chamber premiere cast of Ghost the Musical; MSMT’s Evita, High School Musical, Hairspray, 8 Track. TV: “Gotham,” “Law and Order: SVU.” Many thanks to God and family everywhere. #ItsKyleBaird @Colormekyle ANGELA BIRCHETT (Ensemble/Church Lady; u/s Sofia). Broadway: The Color Purple. Tour/ regional highlights: Dreamgirls, Once on This Island, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Ain’t Misbehavin’. TV: “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “Blindspot” (NBC). www.angelabirchett.com IG: @angelabirchett JARED DIXON (Ensemble/Grady; u/s Harpo) is honored to be a part of this beautiful journey with The Color Purple. Off-Broadway: Cruel Intentions (Ronald). Regional: Ragtime, In the ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21
BIOS Heights, The Color Purple (Boston); Violet, Hairspray (Ohio); Sister Act (Rhode Island). TV/streaming: “Shades of Blue,” “#BarsworkshopNYC.” Thanks be to God, my family, friends and CGF Talent for their undying support. “I am given, therefore I give”. @itsjdixon
NYLA WATSON (Swing; u/s Church Lady, u/s Olivia) is so excited to tell this story! Big love to Jesus, my parents, CGF Talent and the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Proud Baldwin Wallace alumni (BWMT14). queennyla.com @queennyla Acts 4:7-12. For Don.
ERICA DURHAM (Ensemble/Squeak; u/s Nettie). National tour debut. Favorite credits: Ragtime (Sarah), How to Succeed …(Rosemary), and 110 in the Shade (Lizzie). Film: A Bread Factory (Julie). All my love to my wonderful family, Richard, Emily and Kevin. Huge thanks to Telsey + Co. and the Krasny Office. Penn State alumni. Instagram: @erica_durham. Look what God has done!
J.D. WEBSTER (Ensemble/Pa). Broadway: Mingo in Porgy and Bess, Wonderful Town, Ragtime, Show Boat. Other theater: Pericles, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public Theater); City Center ENCORES! (17 productions); multiple regional theater roles. Concert: Bernstein’s Mass (BSO/Phil. Orch.), Virginia Symphony Pops, My Fair Lady (NY Phil.) and Carousel, South Pacific, Ira Gershwin at 100, all on PBS. A native of Norfolk, Va., J.D. also appears as Simon in the musical film Easter Mysteries.
BIANCA HORN (Ensemble/Church Lady; u/s Shug Avery). SMU Graduate. National tour: Hairspray. Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), H2$B (Hedy LaRue), Sister Act (Deloris), A Rats Mass (Sister Rat). The Color Purple changed my life at 12 and continues to bless me! Thanks to Casting, Creatives, Luedtke Agency, Ed, my family and my amazing husband for their support. All things are possible! www.biancahorn.com GABRIELLE REID (Ensemble/Olivia; u/s Celie, u/s Squeak). Favorite Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Hairspray. National tours: Hairspray, Rent, Happy Days, Mamma Mia (LV) and marrying her husband Nathan. Film/TV: “Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” “Shades of Blue,” “Private Life,” seven national commercials. Thanks to my family and amazing reps Bloc Talent NYC and Prestige Mgmt. C.E. SMITH (Ensemble/Preacher/Ol’ Mister). Broadway & off-Broadway: Leap of Faith, Dreamgirls, The Full Monty, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, Street Corner Symphony, Blues in the Night. Regional theater and national tours: Aida, Cinderella, The Full Monty, Crowns, Once on This Island, Man of La Mancha, Rock of Ages, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and South America. CLYDE VOCE (Swing; u/s Mister, u/s Bobby/Buster, u/s Pa, u/s Guard, u/s Preacher/Ol’ Mister, u/s Adam). National tours: Sister Act (u/s Curtis, Eddie, TJ), Elf (Manager). Credits: Rock of Ages (Vegas company), Peter and the Starcatcher, The Wiz, Mamma Mia! Film: WhenWeGrowUp (indie feature). Huge thanks to WAM and Telsey+Co. Love to Mom, Dad and Cory! Proud member of Actors’ Equity.
BRIT WEST (Ensemble/Church Lady; u/s Shug Avery, u/s Sofia). Broadway: The Color Purple. Tours: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde, Dreamgirls. Regional favorites: West Side Story (Hollywood Bowl); Sister Act (Fulton Theatre, Arvada Center); Rent (John Engeman Theatre). TV: “Power” and “Flesh & Bone.” Infinite thanks to the WFM, Telsey + Co. and WAM. IG: brit_ west For Gma. NIKISHA WILLIAMS (Swing/Assistant Stage Manager; u/s Celie, u/s Nettie, u/s Squeak u/s Church Lady, u/s Olivia) is honored to join the cast of this incredible production. Nikisha comes from Mobile, Ala., and studied vocal performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. Regional: Memphis, Hairspray. Thanks to my parents for their support and love. Philippians 4:13. MICHAEL WORDLY (Swing; u/s Bobby/Buster, u/s Pa, u/s Guard, u/s Preacher/Ol’Mister, u/s Adam, u/s Grady). National tour: The Little Mermaid u/s Sebastion (5th Avenue Theatre). Regional: Memphis (Gator), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Adrian), Aida (Mereb) and Hairspray (Seaweed). Giving honor and thanks to God for all his blessings! Many thanks to my family, Gregg Baker Management, Telsey + Co., & Mr. John Rose. www.MichaelWordly.com. Proverbs 3:5. ALICE WALKER (Original Author) won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her third novel, The Color Purple, which was made into an internationally popular film by Steven Spielberg. Her other best-selling novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages, include By the Light of My Father’s Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The
BIOS Temple of My Familiar. Her most recent novel, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, was published in 2004. Ms. Walker also has written several collections of short stories, essays and poems as well as children’s books. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals and magazines. An activist and social visionary, . Walker’s advocacy on behalf of the dispossessed has, in the words of her biographer, Evelyn C. White, “spanned the globe.” MARSHA NORMAN (Book) won a Pulitzer Prize for her play ’night, Mother, a Tony for The Secret Garden and a Tony nomination for her book of The Color Purple. Ms. Norman is co-chair of playwriting at Juilliard and serves on the Steering Committee of the Dramatists Guild. She has numerous film and TV credits, as well as a Peabody for her work in TV. She has won numerous awards, including the Inge Lifetime Achievement in Playwriting. She is also president of the Lilly Awards Foundation, a nonprofit honoring women in theater and working for gender parity nationwide. BRENDA RUSSELL (Composer/Lyricist). The Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter and author of “Piano in the Dark,” “If Only for One Night” and “Get Here.” Brenda has collaborated with Sting; Mary J. Blige; Stevie Wonder; Chaka Khan; Tina Turner; Donna Summer; Michael McDonald; Ray Charles; Earth, Wind & Fire; Luther Vandross; Diana Ross; and Patti LaBelle, among many others. She was nominated for three Grammys for 1988’s “Piano in the Dark.” Since 1979 she has recorded eight solo albums, releasing Between the Sun and the Moon in 2004. Her work has been featured in the movies How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Liberty Heights. www.brendarussell.com ALLEE WILLIS (Composer/Lyricist) has sold more than 50 million records, including “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Neutron Dance” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” She has a Grammy for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack and an Emmy nomination for the “Friends” theme song. She’s an awardwinning artist, performer, multimediaist, writer and director. Willis prototyped a social network in 1992 and addressed Congress on cyberspace in 1997. She’s working on a massive project for Detroit, including a song performed by 7,000 people, and the feature documentary, Allee Willis Loves Detroit. She is also on the TV series “Storage Wars.” www.alleewillis.com
STEPHEN BRAY (Composer/Lyricist) made his Broadway debut with The Color Purple in 2005. After training at Berklee College of Music, he wrote and produced Top 10 recordings for Madonna including “Into the Groove,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “True Blue” and “Express Yourself.” Performing with Breakfast Club, he earned a Grammy nomination for best new artist. He has written and produced for such multiplatinum artists as Gladys Knight and Kylie Minogue. Stephen’s latest venture, Masterphonic, provides storytellers with original music and reimagined classics. He thanks Mom and Dad for blasting Broadway cast albums and insisting on those piano lessons. JOHN DOYLE (Direction/Set Design/Musical Staging). Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony and Drama Desk awards for best director of a musical); Company (Tony Award for best musical revival); A Catered Affair (Drama League Award for best musical production); The Visit (Tony nomination for best musical), The Color Purple (Tony Award for best musical revival, Drama Desk Award for best director of a musical). Off-Broadway: Wings (Second Stage); Road Show (Public Theater); Where’s Charley?, Irma La Douce (City Center Encores!). Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Stratford Festival); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (A.C.T.); Merrily We Roll Along, The Three Sisters (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Exorcist (L.A.). In the U.K.,John has been artistic director of four regional theaters. Numerous credits include The Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel (West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Oklahoma! (Chichester); Amadeus (Wilton’s Musical Hall). Opera includes Lucia di Lammermoor (Sydney Opera House), Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany (LA Opera). John is artistic director of CSC in New York City, where productions include Passion, Allegro, Peer Gynt, Dead Poets Society, Pacific Overtures and As You Like It. ANN HOULD-WARD (Costume Designer). Select Broadway: The Color Purple, The Visit, The People in the Picture; A Free Man of Color (Drama Desk nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination), Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park With George (Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Saint Joan; Little Me. Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company; Dead Poets Society, Classic Stage Company; Notes From the Field, Second Stage; Passion, Classic Stage ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23
BIOS Company; Russian Transport; The Blue Flower; Road Show; Lobster Alice; Cymbeline. Ms. Hould-Ward’s work can be seen in more than 35 international companies of Beauty and the Beast; other designs are featured in shows all over the world. She has more than 100 regional theater credits. Recipient of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Patricia Zipprodt Award. JANE COX (Lighting Designer). Previous collaborations with John Doyle include Pacific Overtures, Peer Gynt, Allegro and Passion at Classic Stage Company; The Color Purple on Broadway and in London; Road Show; and Lucia di Lammermoor. Recent theater includes Jitney and Amelie on Broadway; Othello at NYTW; Hamlet in London; and Machinal and All the Way on Broadway. Jane has been nominated for two Tony awards, is a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Company and the director of the theater program at Princeton University. DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Designer). Broadway: Falsettos, American Psycho, The Visit, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy (Patti LuPone), A Catered Affair, Radio Golf, John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd, Gem of the Ocean, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into the Woods, Topdog/Underdog, Dirty Blonde, Noise/ Funk. He has composed scores for the Broadway productions of Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino), Julius Caesar (Denzel Washington), The Tempest (Patrick Stewart). Awards: Four Tony Award nominations, four Drama Desk awards. Dan is composing a musical with Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), based on Brian’s book The Houdini Box and commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse. CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Wig & Hair Design). More than 50 Broadway shows including Amelié, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Band’s Visit, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Side Show, The Elephant Man, After Midnight, Beautiful, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Motown, Jekyll & Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun. Emmy nominee for “The Wiz Live!” CATHERINE JAYES (Music Supervisor). Music supervisor/orchestrator. Merrily We Roll Along/ Menier & West End (Olivier: best musical production); She Loves Me, Road Show/Menier; Crazy for You, Calamity Jane/Watermill & U.K. 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
tour. Was music director of Open Air London for 20 years. Musicals conducted/orchestrated: High Society, Lady Be Good, Boys From Syracuse (directed by Judi Dench, winner Olivier best musical revival). As composer: A Christmas Carol (RSC 2017/18), An Ideal Husband (Chichester), The Letter (Wyndham’s), The Mandate (National), Great Expectations (RSC), The Duchess of Malfi, Changeling, Cymbeline (Cheek by Jowl). Films: Stoker, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, De-Lovely. Catherine is an associate director at Cheek by Jowl. She was MD at the Open Air from 1987 to 2007. MATT DiCARLO (Associate Director). As the production stage manager, Matt helmed this production for its Broadway run. Other Broadway credits: The Play That Goes Wrong, Honeymoon in Vegas, Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart. Regional: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse) and more than 12 productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and Little Shop of Horrors. Matt is on the board of directors for On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program and teaches on the faculty at SUNY Purchase. DARRYL ARCHIBALD (Music Director/ Conductor). Motown the Musical (Broadway and national tour); Wicked at the Pantages Theater (substitute conductor); Memphis Broadway tour; Dreamgirls national tour (associate conductor); Disney’s The Lion King Broadway tour (vocal coach/assistant conductor); Dear World with Tyne Daly (VPAC); Jonathan Dove’s Innocence (Banff Centre and Manhattan Theatre Club); Two by Two with Jason Alexander, How to Succeed with John O’Hurley, The Fantasticks with Eric McCormack, Once on This Island with Ledisi, Li’l Abner with Cathy Rigby and Fred Willard (Reprise); Great Expectations, My Fair Lady, 1776, Camelot and Forever Plaid (Utah Shakespearean Festival); “A Hollywood Holiday Celebration” (ABC television), The Fountain Show and Christmas Trolley Show (The Grove Los Angeles). JOSEPH JOUBERT (Orchestrator). Credits as orchestrator, arranger, conductor, musical director include Broadway’s Violet; Motown the Musical; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Leap of Faith; Caroline, or Change; The Color Purple; Billy Elliot. TV: “Smash.” Film: Nights in Rodanthe. Recording: Fantasia, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Patti LaBelle, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross. Grammy, Emmy and Drama Desk award nominee.
BIOS TALITHA FEHR (Music Coordinator) has worked on more than 50 national and international tours and productions, highlights include Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, Come Fly Away, School of Rock and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Ceremonies. She dedicates her work on The Color Purple to the memory of Sam Lutfiyya. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/ tours: SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island, The Parisian Woman, M. Butterfly, Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Come From Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, On Your Feet!, Something Rotten!, The King and I, An American in Paris. Film: Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “This Is Us,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “House of Cards,” “Rise,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” “One Day at a Time,” “Graves,” “Atypical,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com RANDY COHEN (Keyboard Programmer) has programmed more than 50 Broadway shows, including Hamilton, On Your Feet!, Allegiance, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, In the Heights, Motown the Musical, Pippin, Rock of Ages, If/Then, Bring It On, Peter and the Starcatcher, American Idiot, Elf, Young Frankenstein and Grey Gardens. TV: “Sesame Street.” THOMAS SCHALL (Fight Consultant). More than 50 Broadway shows: Blackbird, The Crucible, China Doll, Allegiance, The King and I, This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, War Horse, The Merchant of Venice, After Miss Julie, A View From the Bridge, Mary Stuart. JIM LANAHAN (General Manager) has spent 20+ years managing and marketing Broadway tours. First national tours: School of Rock, The Bodyguard, Footloose, Titanic, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, The Lion King, War Horse and Jersey Boys. Additional selected: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Billy Elliot and The Phantom of the Opera. Most recently Jim served as marketing director for all domestic and international tours of Blue Man Group. #TLJL BRIAN SCHRADER (Company Manager) is excited to be on the road with The Color Purple. He previously worked in the Troika Entertainment GM office on the national tours of An American in Paris, 42nd Street, Annie (Singapore & Jakarta), Dancing Pros Live, Bring It On (Japan), Ghost, Mike Tyson’s: Undisputed Truth, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story and Catch Me If You Can. Proud
graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in theater arts and business administration. MELISSA CHACÓN (Production Stage Manager). National tours: The Bodyguard, The Bridges of Madison County, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot, Contact and Rent. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q. Regional credits include The Iceman Cometh at BAM with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, Les Misérables and Shida. She has an M.F.A. in stage management from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. CHRISTINE D’AMORE (Stage Manager). New York: The Color Purple and Les Misérables. More than 15 City Center Encores! productions and Encores Off-Center, Lincoln Center, Signature Theatre, Public Theater and Primary Stages. Regional: Berkeley Rep, Hartford Stage and Westport Playhouse. BOND THEATRICAL GROUP (Marketing & Publicity Direction) is a fully independent booking, marketing and publicity company for live entertainment. Booking and marketing projects include Blue Man Group; Cats; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Marketing and publicity projects include Anastasia; Amélie; Cabaret; Dear Evan Hansen; Dirty Dancing; Escape to Margaritaville; Fiddler on the Roof; Half Time; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical and marketing services for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. THE BOOKING GROUP (Tour Booking Agency). Since its inception in 1996, the Booking Group has represented 24 Tony Award-winning best musicals and plays. Titles now touring include An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, The Bodyguard, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret, Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Hamilton, The Humans, Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight!, Motown the Musical, On Your Feet!, Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, Something Rotten, School of Rock, Waitress, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and The Wizard of Oz. Future projects include Anastasia, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, Fiddler on the Roof, Groundhog Day the Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Play That Goes Wrong and The Scenario. SCOTT SANDERS PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Created the 2005 production and 2015 Tony and Grammy Award-winning revival of The Color Purple as a Broadway stage musical. Scott Sanders Productions is the Tony- and Emmy Award-winning theater, film and TV company that launched, developed and produced such ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25
BIOS shows as After Midnight (seven Tony nominations 2014), Evita starring Ricky Martin, The Pee-wee Herman Show (Broadway and Los Angeles) and Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. Projects in development include the stage musicals Tootsie and Coal Miner’s Daughter, and the feature film of In the Heights. Scott Sanders Productions is a subsidiary of Westfield Corp., a global leader in the design, development and operation of iconic retail and leisure destinations that integrate world-class fashion, dining, events, entertainment and cutting-edge technology within modern cityscapes — including in London, Milan, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, under the magnificent roof of the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center. ROY FURMAN (Producer). Currently on Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award), Hello, Dolly! (Tony), The Book of Mormon (Tony), The Band’s Visit, Cats. Other productions: An American in Paris, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Tony), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony), Skylight (Tony), War Horse (Tony), West Side Story, The History Boys (Tony), Gypsy, Spamalot (Tony), Lucky Guy, Fosse (Tony). Mr. Furman co-founded the international investment firm Furman Selz, is now vice chairman of Jefferies LLC and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners. Vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, president and chairman emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Executive Producer, General Manager, Production Manager) has been an innovator in touring musical theater productions for more than two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. The company also is experienced in casino and leisure markets. Current and upcoming productions include An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Love Never Dies, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, The Color Purple, Kinky Boots and the Asian tour of Sister Act. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com RANDALL A. BUCK (Producer) has produced more than 50 productions worldwide for TROIKA Entertainment. Before joining TROIKA in 1999, Buck was vice president and general manager for Livent in Toronto. While with Livent, he managed such productions as Fosse, Ragtime, Show Boat, Music of the Night 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Buck was a stage manager for more than 20 years, surviving a year with Mary Martin and Carol Channing in Jimmy Kirkwood’s Legends!, a year in Japan with Siegfried & Roy, opening The Phantom of the Opera Music Box Company and opening Show Boat on Broadway. Since beginning as an apprentice with the Kenley Players in the late 1960s, he has had the privilege of working closely with such visionaries as Twyla Tharp, Susan Stroman, Hal Prince, Joe Layton and Josh Logan, plus hundreds of stars. Buck had the privilege of recently serving on the board for the National Alliance of Music Theater. He is living happily-ever-after in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Sierra Ashley Buck. DAVID BABANI (Producer) is the founder and artistic director of the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. TOM SIRACUSA (Producer) has been the general manager of the Menier Chocolate Factory and its 14 subsequent West End transfers since 2006. Previously, he was associate producer for Bill Kenwright on such productions as Hay Fever, starring Judi Dench (West End); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West End and Broadway); The Glass Menagerie; and Primo (Broadway). He was general manager for The Lady From Dubuque (West End), starring Maggie Smith. THE MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Original Production) opened in 2004 and is one of London’s most-honored producing venues. Twenty productions have transferred to the West End and four to Broadway: The Color Purple (Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical), La Cage aux Folles (three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical), A Little Night Music (Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Sunday in the Park with George (nine Tony nominations). In London, La Cage won the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Musical as well as the Critics’ Circle Award, as did Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along. The Menier’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties will transfer to Broadway in February 2018. CAIOLA PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is the Tony-winning brother-and-sister producing team of Luigi and Rose Caiola. Rose is artistic director of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. Recent credits: Glengarry Glen Ross,
BIOS All the Way, An American in Paris, The Elephant Man, On Your Feet!, Fiddler on the Roof. This season: Dear Evan Hansen; Les Liaison Dangereuses; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; and Burn This. JAMES FANTACI (Producer). Jim and his wife, Anna, were producers of the original The Color Purple when it debuted on Broadway 12 years ago. He was also involved with the successful London production. He is pleased to be part of the effort to bring this powerful show to audiences across America. TED LIEBOWITZ (Producer). Broadway productions include The Heiress, Cinderella, Big Fish and After Midnight. Feature films include The Illusionist and Gray Matters. Serial internet and telecom entrepreneur. Founder of the Liebowitz Entrepreneur Program at Brooklyn College. Love and thanks to my supportive family and to the wonderful cast, crew and fellow producers. JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer). President of the Nederlander Organization. Producing credits include The Elephant Man (Bradley Cooper), On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Kinky Boots, I’ll Eat You Last (Bette Midler), Romeo and Juliet (Orlando Bloom), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, West Side Story, Movin’ Out, Million Dollar Quartet and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, among many others. DARREN BAGERT (Producer) is a fourtime Tony Award-winning producer. After producing over 20 projects, his most recent include Dear Evan Hansen (Bway/Upcoming Tour), An American in Paris (Bway/London/ Tour), The Truth (London), Travesties (London), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (NY/ Tour), Buyer & Cellar (NY/London/Tour), Side Show (Bway), and upcoming Ain’t Too Proud–The Temptations Musical. CANDY SPELLING (Producer). Author, television producer and philanthropist, Candy Spelling has produced the Tony-winning musicals Promises, Promises; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Nice Work If You Can Get It; and After Midnight. She is a board member of the Los Angeles World Affair Council, the UCLA Health System Board and the American Humane Society. ADAM ZOTOVICH (Producer). Productions include Dear Evan Hansen, Of Mice and Men, A View From the Bridge, Driving Miss Daisy, All My
Sons, The Addams Family, Evita and An American in Paris. Crain’s NY Business “40 Under 40,” president of New Vintage Theatricals Ltd. ERIC FALKENSTEIN / MORRIS BERCHARD (Producer) Eric works in issue-driven theater, film and human rights-related events. He is working with associates of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on a play about his life’s work. Morris’ Broadway credits include Something Rotten!, Hand to God, It’s Only a Play, The Performers, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Little Dog Laughed. Currently: Ride the Cyclone (a new musical) and Counting Sheep (an immersive folk opera). JUST FOR LAUGHS THEATRICALS (Producer). CEO Adam Blanshay, chairman Gilbert Rozon. More than 40 theater productions worldwide, including the Tonywinning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the Olivier-winning musical Sunny Afternoon. Full bio: www.hahaha.com/jflt. Twitter: @JFLTheatricals TANYA LINK PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Tanya’s Broadway credits include the Tonywinning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Drama Desk-winning Twelfth Night, with Mark Rylance. West End productions include the Olivier-winning Sunny Afternoon, Ghosts, Merrily We Roll Along and Chimerica. www.tanyalinkproductions.com JAM THEATRICALS (Producer), under the direction of founders Arny Granat and Steve Traxler, manages subscription series in 30 North American cities and operates the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. The company has produced more than 50 shows on Broadway and is the recipient of nine Tony awards. INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) includes 50 of America’s leading Broadway presenters whose subscription bases total 475,000. Broadway/London/U.S. tours: On Your Feet!, An American in Paris, Kinky Boots, The Bridges of Madison County, Matilda, Cinderella, Pippin, Wonderland, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. CAROL FINEMAN (Producer). Broadway producing credits: The Color Purple revival (Tony & Grammy awards), After Midnight, Evita, The Pee-wee Herman Show. She led the press ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27
BIOS department at the Public Theater under George C. Wolfe. Highlight credits: Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; The Tempest; Elaine Stritch at Liberty (downtown and Broadway). Managed public relations for Broadway and off-Broadway productions at Carol Fineman Publicity, a firm she founded, and at Barlow-Hartman Public Relations. Producer of the Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Worth Street Theater (New York premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Four, off-Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, starring Raúl Esparza). VP Theatrical Production/producer at Westfield. For Moose. BESPOKE THEATRICALS (Consulting Producer). Partners Amy Jacobs and Devin Keudell manage Broadway musicals, plays and tours. Current/recent productions include Cats, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time national tour, Something Rotten! and School of Rock. General managers in the firm include Nathan Gehan, David Roth and Danielle Saks. MICHAEL ORSINO (Chief Operating Officer) has enjoyed more than a decade working around the world with TROIKA Entertainment, touring several years as a stage manager and company manager before landing in the office. A Philadelphia native and a graduate of DeSales University, Orsino is pleased to have settled down in Maryland with his wife, Anissa, a fellow tour veteran, and their sons Cameron and Carson. MICHELLE JONES (Chief Financial Officer) joined TROIKA in 2017. She is responsible for the financial, administrative and human resources aspects of the company. She holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Baltimore and a joint M.S. in accounting and business advisory services from Towson University and the University of Baltimore. Jones is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
COMPANY MANAGER Brian Schrader
FOR TROIKA ENTERTAINMMENT Chief Executive Officer..........................................................Randall A. Buck Chief Operating Officer....................................................... Michael J. Orsino Chief Finacial Officer.............................................................. Michelle Jones General Managers................................................ Jim Lanahan, Karen Berry Assistant General Managers......................... Arnie VandeBrake, Jay Krause Senior Production Manager...........................................................Laura Dieli Production Manager..................................................................Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager................................................ Ártemis López Operations Manager..................................................................James Carey Marketing Consultant......................................................................Amy Katz Booking Manager.................................................................... Doria Montfort Budgeting & Forecasting Manager..................................... George Lamberty Staff Accountant................................................................... Lourdes Castillo Staff Accountant................................................................... Marite Espinosa Staff Accountant......................................................................Electra Walker Accounting Clerk......................................................................Jessica Smith Warehouse Manager................................................................. Scott Garrish Office Assistant................................................................... Shaquille Stewart Costume Shop Administrator................................................. Alison M. Smith
EXCLUSIVE TOUR BOOKING THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart www.thebookinggroup.com
SPECIAL THANKS Amy Jacobs, Danielle Saks Proctors
THE COLOR PURPLE TOUR STAFF Opening Night: Oct. 17, 2017 The Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD GENERAL MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT GENERAL MANAGER Jim Lanahan Assistant General Manager............................................... Arnie VandeBrake PRODUCTION MANAGER Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager................................................ Ártemis López TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Dave Burch
MARKETING & PUBLICITY DIRECTION BOND THEATRICAL GROUP DJ Martin Temah Higgins Marc Viscardi Mahaley Jacobs Nicholas Jaech Rada Angelova Judith Hoenig-Adelson Wendy Roberts Olivia Simas CASTING TELSEY + COMPANY Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Karyn Casl CSA, Kristina Bramhall, Adam Caldwell CSA, Josh Einsohn CSA, Conrad Woolfe CSA, Rachel Nadler, Rachel Minow, Rikki Gimelstob, Rachel Dill CSA, Ryan Bernard Tymensky CSA, Rebecca Scholl CSA, Scott Galina, Madison Sylvester, Lauren Harris, Laura Wade, Ally Kiley, Rose Bochner, Kristian Charbonier, Julia Torres, Destiny Lilly
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER............ MELISSA CHACÓN
Stage Manager.................................................................. Christine D'Amore Assistant Stage Manager..................................................... Nikisha Williams Associate Director...................................................................... Matt DiCarlo Associate Scenic Designer.................................................... David Arsenault Associate Costume Designer......................................... Christopher Vergara Assistant Costume Designer........................................................Amy Sutton Associate Lighting Designer........................................................ Tess James Associate Sound Designer............................................................. Josh Reid Associate Hair Designer....................................................... Ashley Callahan Moving Lighting Programmer........................................... Bridget Chervenka Fight Consultant..................................................................... Thomas Schall Production Electrician..............................................................Dawn Kenseth Production Audio....................................................................... Matthew Bell Music Coordinator....................................................................... Talitha Fehr Keyboard Programmer............................................................. Randy Cohen Associate Keyboard Programmers................... Taylor Williams, Jeremy King Dance Captain..............................................................................J. Daughtry Fight Captain.............................................................................. Bianca Horn
HEAD CARPENTER....................................... STEPHEN BOGAEV Head Electrician......................................................................Nate Eyestone Assistant Electrician......................................................... Rachel Juozapaitis Head Audio................................................................................ Jonathan Hill Assistant Audio.........................................................................Natalie Moran Head Props............................................................................ Garrett Crooks Head Wardrobe...................................................................... Emma Bogaev Head Hair & Makeup................................................................Denise Farrell Production Assistants............................. John Fortunato, Jenn Elyse Jacobs National Press Representative...................................Bond Theatrical Group Physical Therapy................................NEURO TOUR, Physical Therapy Inc. Medical Director.................................................................Craig E. Weil, MD Production Videographer....................................... Steam Motion and Sound Production Photographer.................................................... Matthew Murphy Tour Social Media..........................Marathon Live Entertainment/Mike Karns Website........................................................................... Situation Interactive Legal Counsel.....................................................................Jean Ward, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz Accounting.................................................................. Zwick & Banyai, PLLC HR & Payroll Services................................................................... PEOPLE® Trucking................................................................................... Clark Transfer Merchandising.....................................................................The Araca Group
CREDITS Scenery by TTS Studios, Charleston, SC. Lighting equipment provided by Christie Lites, East Rutherford, NJ. Audio equipment by Masque Sound, East Rutherford, NJ. Costumes by Jennifer Love Costumers and Eric Winterling, New York, NY. Music equipment furnished by Jonas Music, Indianapolis, IN. Millinery by Lynne Mackey Studio, New York, NY. Costume Painting by Jeff Fender. Men's Shirts by Darcy Clothing Ltd. Custom Shoes by LaDuca Shoes. Women's Undergarments provided by Bra*Tenders. Production travel & housing by ROAD REBEL ENTERTAINMENT TOURING, San Diego, CA Rehearsed at RIPLEY-GRIER STUDIOS, New York, NY Technical Rehearsals and Previews held at PROCTORS in Schenectady, NY www.ColorPurple.com Facebook: @ColorPurpleMusical Twitter: @BwayColorPurple Instagram: @bwaycolorpurple The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers of the United States. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The Musicians, Conductors, Music Preparation Personnel and Librarians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. United Scenic Artists represents designers and scenic artists for the American Theatre. This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.
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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
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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 walk-up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email email@example.com. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows. Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2100. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).
ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)
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Macon, the city Otis Redding called home, still thrums with great music, along with history and good eats. | By Glennis Lofland
t doesn’t take much to get out of the stress of life in Atlanta today. Though many of us tend to look north toward the lakes, Chattanooga and Asheville for a getaway, this trip we’re thinking south. Macon (population: 100,000) sits about 90 miles from downtown Atlanta. Its streets are named for Southern hardwoods. Antebellum and Victorian mansions rub up against each other in the historic district and some roads are still paved with brick.
You might recognize this juncture as the place where I-75 traffic begins to creep. Macon may live at a slower pace than metro Atlanta, but it’s a welcome slow. If you’ve never been, or haven’t been in a while, let fall be your ticket out. Jazz, soul and rock ’n’ roll Macon’s largest claim to fame is music. Get a taste of the scene on the first Friday of every month, when art galleries, cafes,
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Wide café- and boutique-lined boulevards are hallmarks of downtown Macon. This is the view at Cotton Avenue and Second Street.
boutiques and bars downtown open their doors for live music. Amble from venue to venue taking in everything, or choose your favorite sound from among folk guitar, jazz vocals, soul and rock. The Tic Toc Room downtown —known as Miss Anne’s Tic Toc Room in the 1940s — saw Little Richard lay the foundation for rock ’n’ roll alongside such artists as Otis Redding, James Brown, Chuck Liddell and Johnny Jenkins. Today, the spot is a steakhouse and
martini bar, and Little Richard’s piano lives around the corner at the Tubman Museum, the largest museum of African-American art, history and culture in the Southeast. The Allman Brothers called Macon home in the early 1970s, and today you can tour their home at the Big House Museum, which holds the largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia. It’s also is a venue for local musicians, with live music weekly. If you go in the morning or early ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 37
TOP: Front view of the Hay House, as seen from Georgia Avenue. MIDDLE: The food doesn’t get more Southern that what you’ll find at H&H Restaurant, soul-feed mecca. ABOVE: The entrance to the reconstructed earthen mound at Ocmulgee National Monument.
History — and pre-history The Ocmulgee National Monument preserves 702 acres that have seen more than 17,000 years of human occupation. It features the oldest preserved-earth lodge floor in the nation, on view inside a reconstructed earthen mound. In the visitor’s center, you can learn about the history of civilization in the area and see more than 2,000 artifacts recovered by archaeologists. Wear sensible shoes: a manytentacled trail system connects the mounds (you can drive if you must). The trip up Temple Mound is steep, but you’re rewarded with a view of Macon’s steeple-speckled skyline and the Ocmulgee River. The Hay House, known as the “Palace of the South,” is a seven-level Italian Renaissance Revival mansion built in the mid-1800s during the city’s time as a railroad hub. Portions are being restored, but the extravagant first-floor rooms are enough to transport you back to an era of refinement and lavish entertainment. Mercer University (8,600 students) is Georgia’s oldest private university, founded in 1833. Today it dominates the hill. You’ll see, too, many 19th-century churches and homes, plus the Cannonball House, the only Macon structure damaged during the Civil War.
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FROM TOP: At night, the breezes of downtown Macon thrum with music; the casual menu at the Rookery includes burgers and fairly famous milkshakes.
Eat & drink downtown Come full circle and, if the weather allows, cap your tourist ways with a drink al fresco at downtown’s Just Tap’d. The café doubles as an art gallery and music venue, serving artisanal appetizers like bruschetta, popcorn and Neapolitan-style pizza alongside one of the better beer selections in town. Don’t miss the patio. The highly walkable downtown is country-town kind of beautiful with wide boulevards and park-like medians with more cafés, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Cherry Street is ground zero and provides plenty of dining options. Go casual at the Rookery, known for its burgers, milkshakes and outdoor patio. Go chic and Southern at Dovetail, where the farm-to-table menu includes deviled crab, boiled peanuts and beef tenderloin. Dessert? Yes, please. Since there’s always room for ice cream, visit Scoops down the block. It’s exactly what’d you’d imagine a small-town ice-cream shop to be. It, too, has an outdoor patio. As evening sets in, and if the breezes blow right, you might just hear live music slipping out of an open door, making your great day in a great spot just a little bit sweeter.
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Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House 2321 Vineville Ave., 478.741.5551. thebighousemuseum.com The Hay House 934 Georgia Ave., 478.742.8155. hayhousemacon.org Tubman Museum 310 Cherry St. 478.743.8544. tubmanmuseum.com
Ocmulgee National Monument 1207 Emery Hwy., 478.752.8257, Ext. 222. nps.gov/ocmu The Cannonball House 856 Mulberry St., 478.745.5982. cannonballhouse.org
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Her time on Season 16 of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” says Atlanta fashion designer Kenya Freeman, was “the best experience ever.” You can see how she’s doing at 9 p.m. Thursdays and at Lifetime online.
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he keeps two notebooks by her bed. As thoughts and ideas interrupt her dreams, Kenya Freeman rolls over, jots them down and goes back to sleep. By morning, when the alarm clock sounds, she glances at her notebooks, where often inspiration is born. Freeman, a fashion designer for the Sylvia Mollie label, is literally living her dream. She seeks inspiration from everything and everyone. If it isn’t in her dreams, she finds it in nature, in her surroundings and on the street. She’s always conceptualizing. So, while the Atlanta designer is living her dreams, it’s also fair to say that her future is now. Look for Freeman on Season 16 of the design show “Project Runway,” airing at 9 p.m. Thursday on the Lifetime channel (and www.mylifetime.com). We’ll give nothing away, but Freeman calls it “the best experience ever” and hopes the exposure will elevate the Sylvia Mollie line. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 47
Kenya Freeman (top right, center) says the Sylvia Mollie woman is a powerhouse whose classic looks must transition to evening, be bold and make a statement. 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Freeman found fashion as a senior in high school, when she signed up for a fashion co-op class and learned to create mood boards and studied merchandising. It came so easily that her mother enrolled her in fashion school. In her first year in college, Freeman started sewing, watching her designs transform from sketches to garments. Everything still felt effortless and, for the first time, she felt like she’d been given a gift. She felt like a designer. There’s a lot to be said for a mother’s intuition. Freeman embraces strong lines and architectural patterns in her designs and fabric choices. Shape and texture — the feel and the touch of a fabric —also play a part in her brand’s DNA makeup. Her aesthetic comes from the allure of the classic woman. So, who is the Sylvia Mollie “woman”? First, she has a name. Freeman calls her “Tony,” and explains. “This is a powerhouse of a woman whose classic looks must transition to evening,” she says. “Everything she wears has to be bold, beautiful and make a statement.” Flowing fabric, strength, a feminine touch and attention to silhouette balance Sylvia Mollie’s timeless yet modern look. Freeman’s personal and professional lives were uprooted, tested and turned upside down when “Project Runway” selected her as a cast member. Working under so much pressure wasn’t easy, she says, but she resolutely “made it work.”
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Kenya Freeman on her “Project Runway” experience: “It was great. It was emotionally draining. It was fantastic. I’ve never absorbed so much caffeine.” 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
“Project Runway” producer, mentor and co-host Tim Gunn, by the way, is wonderful, she says. The warm and nurturing gentleman you see on television is the same off-air. She’s contractually obligated to keep “Project Runway” secrets confidential but did say this: “It was great. It was emotionally draining. It was fantastic. It was exciting and stressful. I’ve never absorbed so much caffeine. I’ve never gotten up so early. Just to say that I am now a part of the ‘Project Runway’ family is something few can say.” Freeman wants to see her brand carried in such high-end markets as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf’s, look for Sylvia Mollie is online at sylviamollie.com.
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LOBBY — The much-praised Lobby Bar and Bistro is a stylish yet casual modern American bistro that entices guests with its tempting aromas and alluring atmosphere.. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — This one-ofa-kind concept, located in a renovated urban warehouse, offers approachable, high-energy American cuisine. Whether it is small plates or a three-course meal, ONE adds gourmet flair using the freshest seasonal ingredients. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen. com. M 54 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
PACES & VINE — Located in The 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 Atlanta Chef Kyle Schmidt who comes to Paces & Vine after eight years in Atlanta kitchens King and Duke, JCT Kitchen and No. NEIGHBORHOOD CODES A Alpharetta
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AMERICAN 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
THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE 246, among others. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch.. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V PARISH — Unique people, delicious food and good-for-the-Earth goods all come together at this brasserie and neighborhood café. Step off the BeltLine and join the vibrant culture of Inman Park. Whether you go upstairs to the brasserie or head downstairs to the café, expect inspired familiar American food, inventive beverages and warm hospitality. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW 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 — Heats up the Atlanta restaurant scene with its fiery American cooking. The experience available at TWO urban licks has made it one of the city’s busiest restaurants on a nightly basis. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M
AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE ROOM AT TWELVE — Go to this modern American steakhouse for drinks, steaks and sushi. You’ll find it on West Peachtree Street in the boutique TWELVE Hotel, Centennial Park. Room is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call or visit for reservations and more. 400 Peachtree St NW, #12, 404.418.1250. roomattwelve.com, D 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
SOHO’s Painted Hills short rib tacos, black pepper mustard, caramelized onions, cilantro sauce in potato shell.
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 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 THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN — This Southern-inspired gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta “celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 55
THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE South,” using locally sourced ingredients in their fresh, modern take on traditional dishes. Beverages? Your choices run from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A208, 404.939.9845, thesoutherngentlemanatl.com. B BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE TAP –A GASTROPUB — The spot for seasonally driven, innovative comfort food. An extensive international beer list and innovative barrel wine program make TAP a convivial place to have a pint. 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 DINNER THEATER LIPS-ATLANTA — Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, part wa-a-ay over-the-top dinner theater in Brookhaven. The only things padded here are the waitresses. Open Wed.-Sun. only. Reservations required for dinner shows (not for the bar). Complimentary on-site valet parking. See website for more important information. 3011 Buford Hwy, 404.315.7711, atldragshow.com, BH 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 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
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 SPANISH/IBERIAN FUSION GYPSY KITCHEN — The culinary riches of Spain, influenced by Moroccan and Indian cuisines; sharable Spanish snacks and plates served in a stylish modern atmosphere in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A209, 404.939.9840, gypsykitchenatl.com. B SEAFOOD/SUSHI LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M VEGAN HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M
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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia.
The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels:
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John R. Adams Alliance Fire Protection Services, LLC Blake’s on the Park Douglas Borenstein Cathy & Mayson Callaway Matt Chambless & Michelle Love Citizen Lanier Holdings Colgate Crib Mattress Concierge Services of Atlanta Michael Crew Ira & Talmer Curry, Jr.
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FOX FUN FACTS
Storied theater comes with lots of stories The Fox Theatre opened almost 88 years ago, on Christmas Day in 1929. That’s plenty of time to develop a mythology — tall tales that are new, some that may be true and others that are plain fiction. Here’s a look at some of them.
Myth: The feature film Gone With the Wind premiered at the Fox Theatre. False: Gone With the Wind premiered at the Loew’s Grand Theatre at Peachtree and Forsyth streets downtown. Myth: The crystal for one of the stars in the sky was replaced with the bottom of a Coca-Cola bottle. True: The glass piece pictured above was recently found in the auditorium’s sky (near House Left). Myth: The arcade was once a bowling alley. False: There once was a bowling alley north of the Fox on Peachtree Street. People may be remembering that. Myth: The arcade was built as a gym or pool for the Shriners. False: It’s just a grand entrance. Myth: People have been stuck in the elevators overnight. True: A former Fox Theatre staff member was unable to get out of an elevator after a ballroom event. He was stuck for the night 60 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Myth: The original theater entrance was on Ponce de Leon Avenue. True: The entrance was moved to Peachtree Street during design and construction. Myth: The Fox Theatre is haunted. Plausible: Some security camera footage seems to show floating objects in stairwells at night. Myth: The theater was almost demolished in the 1970s. True: The Fox closed in 1974. A corporation wanted to buy it, tear it down and build its headquarters on the site. The efforts of many in the greater Atlanta community helped save the landmark. Myth: Much of the theater’s original furniture has been replaced with modern-made replicas. False: About 97 percent of the furniture you see is original to the building and dates to opening day in 1929. Myth: The theater was originally intended to show only William Fox’s movies. False: It was built to serve as a meeting and party space for the Shriners and as a civic auditorium for performances. Midway through construction, the Shriners ran out of money and William Fox agreed to lease the auditorium for his films and to finance the rest of construction.
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Myth: There was an old shooting range in the basement’s plaster shop. Plausible: The holes in the plaster shop’s back wall may have been made by electrical workers testing their Ramset nail guns.
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