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Learning that Love Never Dies had a good role for a ‘riper,’ New York stage and cabaret regular Karen Mason signs on as Madame Giry. By Julie Bookman 6 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Karen Mason calls taking on the role of a more mature Madame Giry “a big responsibility but also a great joy to start at zero and work your way up.” Mason, a Broadway regular, has been seen in Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and on the cabaret stage.



t ’s a well-known fact that to truly enjoy movies, theater and such, it’s often best to suspend disbelief. This brings us to Love Never Dies, a sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running musical in Broadway history. Lloyd Webber started working on a sequel a few years after Phantom opened in London in 1986 but didn’t begin writing the score until 2007. There’s even a stor y about how his initial score was strangely deleted, not by a phantom, but by Lloyd Webber’s kitten, which climbed onto the composer’s digital piano. Love Never Dies takes place more than a decade after the Phantom ends, on Coney Island in 1907. The Phantom is still hiding in the shadows. Wait a sec. Did you think that poor fellow with the hideous face died of a broken heart? Ah, think again. We never saw his body at the end of Phantom, only his mask. The ending was ambiguous. In this sequel, which creators consider a stand-alone show, the tortured man has made his way to New York with the help of Madame Giry, ballet mistress at the Paris Opera House, and her daughter, Meg. Now the masked man owns Phantasma, a Coney Island amusement park with burlesque and freak shows. Madame Giry and Meg work for him. That’s all you need to know, except that love never dies. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION



Now called Mr. Y, the Phantom still yearns for soprano Christine Daaé. Will Christine show up on Coney Island? What about her Raoul? Has it been happily ever after? Love Never Dies opened in London in 2010 to less-thanlovely reviews. It was then overhauled by a new director, Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical). His prime goal: to make the show achieve “a much stronger connection to the original Phantom and those characters,” says associate director Gavin Mitford. Phillips’ version launched in 2011 in Australia, where it was filmed for a 2012 DVD. It has been staged in Denmark, Germany and Japan but has never gone to Broadway. The Fox Theatre gets the lavish production on its first North American tour. Karen Mason, a well-regarded cabaret singer and Broadway performer, is its Madame Giry, a more prominent role this time. For starters, she gets to close the first act with the angst-filled number “Ten Long Years.” With that song, Mason does what she’s known for: Belt it out. At theaters nationwide, she’s handled Mama Rose in Gypsy. On Broadway, she originated the role of “man-eating dynamo” Tanya in Mamma Mia! On Broadway and in Los Angeles, she played faded screen star Norma Desmond in the original Sunset Boulevard, going on about 250 times as the standby for Glenn Close, Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige. She’s also been in the Broadway companies of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and Hairspray. “One day I’m watching Star Trek reruns, and the next day I’m starring in a Broadway show,” she recalls of her long stint as the Norma standby. Unlike many performers who stick to one domain,


Mary Michael Patterson (from left) as Meg Giry, Meghan Picerno as Christine Daaé, Karen Mason as Madame Giry and Sean Thompson as Raoul toast to a dear old friend.

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Karen Mason (from top) as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, Tanya — the flashy one — in Mamma Mia! and onstage doing one of her many acclaimed cabaret acts. Top right: One of the acts at the Phantom’s Phantasma at Coney Island.


Mason has steadily swung from solo cabaret (including a “legendary” Christmas show) and musical theater, from concert performances to recordings. “It’s About Time,” a collection of show tunes and standards, is her latest and seventh CD. (Some may recall that in the early 1990s she headlined at Libby’s A Cabaret in Buckhead). Mason never played Phantom’s Madame Giry. She heard about Love Never Dies “and that there was a good role for a riper” (someone mature). At 66, she was glad to learn that this go-round Madame Giry sings in a lower register than in Phantom. “Vocally, this Madame Giry fits beautifully in my voice,” she says. “Let’s just say that she doesn’t have many quiet moments.” Mason connects with the role another way. Madame Giry senses “that she’s potentially going to lose what she has built. I understand that in a very personal way — what it’s like when some big thing happens and you can’t be sure how things will go for you.


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“It’s that fear of — now what? The fear that it could all be taken away from you. Madame Giry has a lot to lose and if Christine Daaé becomes a distraction, who knows what’s going to happen?” The Love Never Dies company is filled with mostly young talents, so Mason helps balance things “as a beacon in the industry,” Mitford says. “She’s extremely generous, talented, wonderfully experienced. From a personality and character perspective, we get the depth of someone who has been a fighter, and the finesse of someone at the top of her game. Her spectrum and range is very hard to find. She really is a gem.” “I’ve never laughed so hard, I’ve never worked so hard,” Mason says of the time spent rehearsing for the tour. “It’s very exciting when you can create something without thinking about how someone else did it. I get to put my own imprint on Madame Giry. That’s very exciting and freeing. It’s a big responsibility but also a great joy to start at zero and work your way up.”


Katrina Kemp (from top) plays Fleck, Stephen Petrovich is Gangle and Richard Koons is Squelch at Phantasma on Coney Island. Jake Heston Miller plays Gustave, Christine Daaé’s son, with Meghan Picerno as Christine. At right: Gardar Thor Cortes as the Phantom and Picerno as Christine.


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CAST The Phantom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GARDAR THOR CORTES Fleck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATRINA KEMP Gangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STEPHEN PETROVICH Squelch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .RICHARD KOONS Meg Giry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARY MICHAEL PATTERSON Madame Giry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KAREN MASON Christine Daaé . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MEGHAN PICERNO Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEAN THOMPSON Gustave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CASEY LYONS JAKE MILLER Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHELSEY ARCE, DIANA DiMARZIO, TYLER DONAHUE, YESY GARCIA, TAMAR GREENE, NATALIA LEPORE HAGAN, LAUREN LUKACEK, ALYSSA McANANY, RACHEL ANNE MOORE, BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY, DAVE SCHOONOVER, JOHN SWAPSHIRE IV, KELLY SWINT, LUCAS THOMPSON, ARTHUR WISE

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Prologue “’Til I Hear You Sing” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phantom Scene 1 – Coney Island 1907 “The Coney Island Waltz” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gangle, Squelch, Fleck, Ensemble Scene 2 – Onstage at Phantasma “Only for You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meg, Ensemble Scene 3 – Madame Giry’s Office “Mother Did You See?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meg, Madame Giry Christine Disembarks Scene 4 – Pier 69 “Arrival of the Trio” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gustave, Gangle, Squelch, Fleck, The Phantom The Journey to Coney Island Scene 5 – The Hotel “What a Dreadful Town!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Raoul, Gustave, Christine “Look With Your Heart” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine, Gustave “Beneath a Moonless Sky” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phantom, Christine “Once Upon Another Time” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christine, The Phantom “Mother Please, I’m Scared” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustave, Christine, The Phantom Scene 6 – Backstage “Bathing Beauty Rehearsal” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meg, Ensemble “Dear Old Friend” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meg, Christine, Madame Giry, Raoul Scene 7 – The Lair “Beautiful” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gangle, Fleck, Squelch, Gustave, The Phantom “The Beauty Underneath” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phantom, Gustave, Ensemble “The Phantom Confronts Christine” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phantom, Christine “Ten Long Years” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madame Giry

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Scene 1 – The Bar “Why Does She Love Me?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raoul, Meg “Devil Take the Hindmost” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phantom, Raoul Scene 2 – The Invitation “Invitation to the Concert” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gangle, Squelch, Fleck Scene 3 – Bathing Beauty “Bathing Beauty” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meg, Ensemble Scene 4 – Madame Giry’s Office “Mother Did You Watch?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meg, Madame Giry Scene 5 – The Dressing Room “Before the Performance” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustave, Christine, Raoul, The Phantom Scene 6 – Backstage “Devil Take the Hindmost” (Quartet) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustave, Raoul, Phantom, Giry, Meg Scene 7 – Love Never Dies “Love Never Dies” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Scene 8 – The Dressing Room “Ah, Christine!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phantom, Christine, Raoul, Squelch, Fleck, Madame Giry Scene 9 – Streets of Coney Island “Streets of Coney Island” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Meg, Gustave, Ensemble Scene 10 – The Pier “Please, Miss Giry” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustave, Meg, The Phantom “Conclusion” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christine, The Phantom ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19




























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BIOS GARDAR THOR CORTES (The Phantom) Opera: Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Fenton (Falstaff), Alfredo (La Traviata), Rinucchio (Gianni Schicchi), Italian singer (Der Rosenkavalier), Vakula (Cherevichki), Chanfalla (Das Wundertheater), Il duca (Rigoletto), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Rodolfo (La Boheme) and Don Jose (Carmen). Theater: Curly (Oklahoma!), Tony (West Side Story), Raoul (Phantom of the Opera) Phantom (Lover Never Dies) TV: Nonni in the internationally acclaimed TV series Nonni and Manni. CD: Cortes (2007) – nominated for classical Brit album of the year, When You Say You Love Me (2008), Island (2011), Phantom of the Opera Live (2011), I’m Still Here (with Elaine Paige, 2015). Gardar is thrilled to make his U.S. debut with Love Never Dies. MEGHAN PICERNO (Christine Daaé) Opera: Cunegonde (Candide/New York City Opera); Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann); Marie (La fille du régiment); La Fée (Cendrillon); Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor). Off-Broadway: The Dreyfus Affair (Ensemble of the Romantic Century); Musicals in Mufti: From Berlin to Broadway (York Theatre Company). Concerts: San Francisco Symphony, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Birdland, Appel Room. Competitions: Plácido Domingo’s Operalia International Vocal Competition (London’s Royal Opera House). So much love and gratitude to my family, creatives, fairy godmothers, wonderful team, Uzan International Artists, Tara Rubin Casting and Hal Prince for introducing me to the wonderful world of musical theater! www.meghanpicerno. comInstagram: @meghanpicerno KAREN MASON (Madame Giry) Broadway: Wonderland (the Queen of Hearts), Hairspray (Velma), Mamma Mia! (Tanya, 2002 Drama Desk nomination as best actress), Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway/ regional: Chasing Rainbows/Goodspeed Opera House; CT (Kay Koverman); A Christmas Story (Miss Shields); The World Goes ’Round (Westside Theatre, NYC;, Carnival/York Theatre (Drama Desk nomination for best supporting actress). Concert/cabaret: Carnegie Hall, Teatro Liceu, Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s, the Kennedy

Center, etc. A 12-time MAC Award winner with 7 solo CDs, including Better Days, which includes the Emmy Award-winning song Hold Me. Mason’s CDs are sold in lobby. SEAN THOMPSON (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny) Broadway: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close (as Joe Gillis understudy, also: ensemble, original revival cast). Select regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/ Petruchio, Barrymore Award nomination); Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson, Henry Award nomination); The Last Romance (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Theater Colorado); August: Osage County (Steve); Rumors (Glenn); several shows at the Walnut Street Theatre; two prior productions of Sunset Boulevard (Media Theatre, Signature Theatre). Concerts from New York City to San Francisco, where he performed live on PBS from the famous Castro Theatre. Proud graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia. For the dreamers. For Patty. @oneseanthompson MARY MICHAEL PATTERSON (Meg Giry) has appeared as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway); Anything Goes (Broadway); Liesl in The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall); Marianne in Sense and Sensibility (Denver Center); Judy in White Christmas (Syracuse Stage); Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain (PCLO, MTW, Marriott Theatre); Cosette in Les Miserables (Casa Manana); and Young Woman in Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Rep). Numerous shows at the St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO and appearances with the American Pops Orchestra. Mary Michael is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Love to Cary, Massimo, Jacque and Katelyn. For Michael. KATRINA KEMP (Fleck) made her professional acting/stuntwoman debut as Chucky the Killer Doll at Universal Studios Hollywood. The Los Angeles native starred in Cirque Berzerk, several music videos (Rihanna) and has had guest star roles on television (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “Faking It,” “The Eric Andre Show,” “American Horror Story,” “Fameless”). Katrina graduated ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21

BIOS in TV production from Cal State University Northridge before twerking her way across South America with Miley Cyrus on the BANGERZ International Tour in 2014. She dedicates her performances to the Beals/Kemp fam, R.A.I.D. and the freaks I call my friends. #OneOfUs. (KMR Talent Agency) RICHARD KOONS (Squelch) is beyond thrilled to be a part of Love Never Dies. He’s a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM in vocal performance). Credits include Hairspray (Edna), Les Miserables (Valjean), Cats (Old Deuteronomy), The Secret Garden (Archibald), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Present), Seussical (Horton), Titanic the Musical (Etches). Special thanks to Kathy Olsen at Encompass Arts, Tara Rubin Casting, and my ever supportive friends and family Joyce, Ed, Rhys and Russell. For you Mom! STEPHEN PETROVICH (Gangle) Dream come true! Tour: Beauty and the Beast (u/s Lumiere). Regional: North Shore, Theatre by the Sea, MGR Playhouse, Moonlight Amphitheatre, WV Public Theatre, Arrow Rock Lyceum. Favorites: The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow & Tin Man), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert), Spamalot, La Cage, Hairspray (3x), 42nd Street. BFA musical theater, Boston Conservatory. Thank you, Kristen Blodgette and Tara Rubin Casting! Love to Mom, Dad, NM & Harry. @stephenpetrovich CASEY LYONS (Gustave) is thrilled to play Gustave in Love Never Dies. Previous credits: Michael in Mary Poppins (Mercury Theater Chicago), First Genie in The Magic Flute (Lyric Opera Chicago), Harold Baxter in Hazel: A Musical Maid in America (Drury Lane), Hero Boy in The Polar Express Train Ride Chicago (Union Station), Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane). Casey thanks Roberta Duchak and Scott Calcagno for vocal and acting training, as well as Stewart Talent and his family and friends for their love and support. “Blessed be God in all of his designs.”


JAKE HESTON MILLER (Gustav) is thrilled to make his national tour debut. He was most recently seen as Fletcher Blake in the tour of Disney’s Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Play House and Alley Theatre). New York: Radio City Music Hall Rockette’s Summer Spectacular, soloist USTA US Open, School of Rock -romo tour. Regional: Oliver in Oliver! (Arena Stage), Tiny Tim in Scrooge No More! (Busch Gardens). Voice-over: Eep the mouse in Mother Goose Club, Mighty I.T., Kobe Bryant’s MuseCage. Love to J4 and my village. Thank you, Eddie at Take3, Elysabeth, Joe, Tara Rubin Casting and this amazing creative team. Follow @jakesings05 CHELSEY ARCE (Ensemble, Assistant Dance Captain) Broadway: Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour. Tours: Memphis, Evita (first nationals). Daniel Ezralow’s OPEN. Regional: Guys and Dolls at the Old Globe and BSC’s, STC’s Forum. Film/TV credits: Kennedy Center Honors, Ted 2, AMICI, Sochi Olympics. Graduate of the Boston Conservatory. *Helen Hayes nominee. Special thanks to BlocNYC, Tara Rubin and Scouch, as well as family and friends for their continued love and support. @ChelseyArce ERIN CHUPINSKY (Dance Captain/Swing) — Off-Broadway: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Tours: Hello, Dolly!, Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wonderful Town (first national). Regional favorites: The Tempest (Ariel), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Chicago, Victor Victoria. Training: B.F.A., Western Michigan University. LAMDA (London). Erin has run 24 marathons and is an IRONMAN triathlete. Endless gratitude to Kristen, and the LND team!, @erinchupinsky DIANA DiMARZIO (Ensemble, u/s Madame Giry) — Broadway: The Visit/Annie Dummermut (cast recording); Sweeney Todd/ Beggar Woman (cast recording). National tours: Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Man of La Mancha. Regional: Williamstown Theater Festival: June Moon, The Visit, Ten Cents a Dance; McCarter, American Conservatory Theater: Sweeney Todd w/Münchner Rundfunkorchester (cast recording) and Virginia Opera. Oklahoma! with Charlottesville

BIOS Opera. Soprano soloist with various symphonies. Graduate, Carnegie Mellon University. TYLER DONAHUE (Ensemble, u/s Gangle) National tour debut. Tyler, originally from Texas, has performed in his home state and abroad. International: Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany; Sing-Along in Madrid. Regional: The Most Happy Fella (Pasquale), Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, Hair (Margaret Meade), Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show. Love to Jorge, Mom, Dad and Jed. YESY GARCIA (Ensemble, u/s Fleck) is thrilled to make her tour debut with Love Never Dies. Credits include Mamma Mia! (RCCL) and In the Heights (TUTS). Thanks to my family, friends, Ash and CTG for the endless love and support. Instagram: @_yesygarcia ALYSSA GIANNETTI (Swing, u/s Christine Daaé) is beyond thrilled to be make her professional debut with Love Never Dies. Alyssa, a Detroit native, recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in opera performance. Grazie mille to my incredible family, friends, mentors and the Professional Artists team for their endless support. @agiannetti22 MICHAEL GILLIS (Ensemble, u/s Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, The Phantom) is overjoyed to be part of the Love Never Dies tour. He was recently seen as Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! Other credits: Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Tony in West Side Story and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. All my love to the family and je t’aime, Boop. TAMAR GREENE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of the LND company. Broadway national tour/NYC: The Golden Apple (NY City Center, Ensemble), After Midnight (NCL, Quartet Leader), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Fisherman), Show Boat (Lincoln Center PBS, Charlie). Regional: Sister Act (Curtis), Ragtime (Booker T. Washington), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II). Much love.

NATALIA LEPORE HAGAN (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be a part of this production. She recently appeared as Anytime Annie in the 42nd Street national tour. She has performed in regional theaters, off-Broadway and on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” She lovingly thanks her family, mentors and Hudson Artists Agency. LAUREN LUKACEK (Ensemble, u/s Madame Giry) Tours: R+H’s Cinderella (first national — u/s Marie, u/s Madame), My Fair Lady (int’l — u/s Eliza). Regional: The Sound of Music (Maria), White Christmas (Betty), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Carousel (Carrie), plus NSMT, Ogunquit, Engeman. B.F.A. musical theater from the Boston Conservatory. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. For my family. ALYSSA McANANY (Ensemble, u/s Meg Giry) National/international tour: Joseph … Technicolor Dreamcoat (u/s Narrator). Favorite credits: Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Miss Saigon (Gigi), Mamma Mia! (Ali). Love and gratitude to my incredible family, friends and everyone at Tara Rubin Casting. Psalm 23. @alyssamcanany RACHEL ANNE MOORE (Ensemble, u/s Christine Daaé) Opera: Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Kathie (The Student Prince) and Frasquita (Carmen). Musical theater: Carlotta Giudicelli (Das Phantom der Oper) and Christine Daaé (Liebe Stirbt Nie). B.M., Indiana University. MM University of Tennessee — 2008 Spivey Humanities Fellowship recipient. BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY (Ensemble, u/s The Phantom) comes from The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, where he has been seen as Raoul (and in 9 other roles). National tour: Cats (30th anniversary). Regional: 40-plus roles at some really fun places! Endless gratitude to KB and our inspiring creative team. For my family. Follow me @BronsonBiz!


BIOS DAVE SCHOONOVER (Ensemble, u/s Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, u/s Gangle) National tours: Young Frankenstein, White Christmas, Cats. OffBroadway: The Fantasticks. Regional: The Muny, TUTS, Goodspeed, Huntington Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pennsylvania Shakes, Finger Lakes MTF, Westchester Broadway, the Hippodrome Theatre, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Forestburgh Playhouse. Thanks to The Mine. B.F.A. UWSP. Proud AEA member. LtoR. @schoonyman ADAM SONIAK (Swing) is thrilled to be part of the American premiere of this beautiful show. Tours: West Side Story (international). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Westchester Broadway, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Love and thanks to his amazing family for their continued support. @ajsoniak JOHN SWAPSHIRE IV (Ensemble) St. Louis native. Graduated from CVPA HS. Has trained under the direction of Lee Nolting and Alicia Graf Mac at C.O.C.A. B.F.A in dance from the UMKC. He’s performed with St. Louis Black Repertory Theater. Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Dirty Dancing national tour. And internationally in China. KELLY SWINT (Ensemble, u/s Meg, u/s Fleck) is overjoyed to be a part of this beautiful show! She’s originally from Albany, N.Y., and is a recent Wagner College graduate. Kelly was last seen as Lydia Bennet in the Austen’s Pride workshop. Special thanks to my family and Nicolosi & Co. for their constant support. Visit LUCAS THOMPSON (Ensemble, u/s Squelch) Broadway: Cats (Neil Simon Theatre). Regional: Hello, Dolly! (Riverside), The Music Man (TUTS), La Cage aux Folles (North Shore), Good News! (Goodspeed). B.M./M.M., Jacobs School of Music. Infinite thanks to the LND team, DHA and Tara Rubin Casting. Endless love to my family and Andy. @lucasjohnthompson CORREY WEST (Swing) Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific; National tours: Anything Goes (first national), 42nd Street; NYC: Show Boat (Lincoln Center), The Radio 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Rep, Cape Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, Riverside Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company. ARTHUR WISE (Ensemble) National tour of My Fair Lady. Regionally: The Unfortunates and Ah, Wilderness! (ACT); Guys and Dolls (GLTF); August Osage County (White Plains PAC); White Christmas (Arkansas Rep); Graduate of Baldwin Wallace MT program and recent grad of ACT’s M.F.A. program. See him in the reboot of “The Tick” on Amazon. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Producer, Composer, Book and Orchestrations) When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in February 2017, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently. He also has composed Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Love Never Dies. His School of Rock is the first British musical to have its world premiere on Broadway. He has co-produced his own shows, including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. As a solo producer he presented Bombay Dreams, which introduced the double Oscar-winning Bollywood composer AR Rahman to the Western stage. He owns seven West End theaters, including the Royal Drury Lane, the Palladium and, most recently, the St James, which reopened this year as the Other Palace to provide a London home for musicals in development. He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts. In 2016, it funded a major new national initiative that endowed the American Theatre Wing with a $1.3 million, three-year grant to support theater education for underserved young people and public schools across the United States. His awards, as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in

BIOS Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for best contemporary classical composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass containing one of his best known compositions, “Pie Jesu.” He was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992 and named an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997. BEN ELTON (Book) is the author of such No. 1 novels as Stark, Gridlock, Popcorn and Dead Famous, and such award-winning TV comedies as The Young Ones, The Thin Blue Line and Blackadder). Elton is one of the UK’s most successful stand-up comics and has achieved success in TV and film as an actor, writer and director. He wrote and directed the film Maybe Baby, starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson; and wrote the book and directed We Will Rock You, the musical based on Queen songs, which has played to millions worldwide. With Andrew Lloyd Webber, he wrote the book and lyrics for The Beautiful Game (named best musical by the London Critics’ Circle). It has been reworked as The Boys in the Photograph, a production Elton has directed in Canada. GLENN SLATER (Book) is a three-time Tony nominee for the musicals The Little Mermaid, Sister Act and School of Rock, and a co-creator of Disney’s Tangled (Grammy winner, Oscar and Golden Globe noms). With frequent collaborator Alan Menken, he wrote the songs for Broadway’s A Bronx Tale and the animated comedy Sausage Party. The two also wrote Disney’s Home on the Range,and Broadway’s Leap of Faith. For TV, the team wrote the ABC series Galavant (Emmy nominee) and the Disney Channel’s “Tangled: The Series.” Most recently, Glenn wrote the book for Beatsville (with composer/lyricist/wife Wendy Wilf), which debuted at Sarasota’s Asolo Rep. FREDERICK FORSYTH (Book) was the youngest pilot in the Royal Air Force at age of 19, then went on to a career in journalism, which saw him working for The Eastern Daily Press. In the 1960s, he worked for Reuters and the BBC in Paris, East and West Germany and Czechoslovakia. As a freelancer, he reported

from the Nigeria-Biafran conflict. He is best known as the author of such thrillers as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War and The Fourth Protocol, all of which were subsequently filmed. CHARLES HART (Additional Lyrics) was born in London and educated in Maidenhead and Cambridge. He has written lyrics for musicals (The Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love), opera (The Vampyr, BBC 2) and miscellaneous songs, as well as words and music for television (“Watching,” “Split Ends,” Granda TV) and radio (“Love Songs,” BBC Radio 2). Other work includes radio presenting, vocal coaching, accompanying, musical direction, and musical arrangement and translation. From 1990 to 1993, he was a council member for the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He has received two Ivor Novello awards and has been twice-nominated for a Tony Award. SIMON PHILLIPS (Director) began his career in New Zealand before emigrating to Australia in 1984. He was appointed artistic director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia (1990-94) and artistic director of Melbourne Theatre Company (2000-11). His directing credits range from contemporary and Shakespearean classics to musicals and opera. He has directed the premieres of many works by Australian writers. Apart from Love Never Dies, his musical credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Oliver!, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, High Society, Company, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown, The Drowsy Chaperone and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has received eight Australian Green Room awards and five Helpmann awards, most recently best new Australian work for Ladies in Black, a musical he created with Tim Finn and his wife, Carolyn Burns. GABRIELA TYLESOVA (Scenic and Costume Designer) is an award-winning designer. She was born in former Czechoslovakia and studied art in Europe and Australia, graduating in design at NIDA in 2000. Gabriela has won seven Helpmann awards, five Green Room ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25

BIOS awards, four Australian Production Design Guild awards and three Sydney Theatre awards. Her career highlights include designing Love Never Dies, Cosi Fan Tutte, Sweeney Todd, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Pillowman, Urinetown and the Broadway musical adaptation of First Wives Club. She recently completed designs for A Flea in Her Ear for Sydney Theatre Company, illustrated The Sleeping Beautify book and is designing sets and costumes for the new musical Muriel’s Wedding. GRAEME MURPHY AO (Choreographer) was born in Melbourne and studied at the Australian Ballet School. He has danced with the Australian Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Ballet (London) and Ballets Félix Blaska (France). During 31 years as artistic director of Sydney Dance Company, he created more than 50 works, including 30 full-length productions. He was named Cultural Leader of the Year (2004) by the Australian Business Arts Foundation; listed among Australia’s 50 Most Glamorous Exports at a special celebration hosted by the Australian Government and Austrade (2005); and received an award for contribution to cultural exchange from China’s Ministry of Culture (2008). Select directing and choreographic credits include Metamorphosis, Turandot, Salome, The Trojans, Aida (Opera Australia), Swan Lake, Firebird and The Torvill and Dean World Tour. He choreographed Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company); Samson et Dalila (The Met, New York) and the movie Mao’s Last Dancer. NICK SCHLIEPER (Lighting Designer) designs for major Australian theater and opera companies, and works regularly in Europe and the United States. He’s one of Australia’s most-awarded designers, receving six Melbourne Green Room awards, five Sydney Critics awards and five national Helpmann awards. International work includes productions in London (West End, The Barbican and the Royal Shakespeare Company), Tokyo, Toronto, the Kennedy Center, Broadway, Lincoln Center and BAM. In Europe, he has designed for the state theater companies of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Norway, the Hamburg State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. Nick 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

is a regular guest with the Sydney and Melbourne theater companies and Opera Australia. MICK POTTER (Sound Designer) has designed sound for more than 100 musicals worldwide, including Broadway and West End productions of School of Rock (Drama Desk Award); Les Misérables (Tony Award nominee, Helpmann Award, Broadway World Audience Award Canada); The Phantom of the Opera (Parnelii Award); Miss Saigon (Broadway World Audience Award, London); Love Never Dies (Green Room Award, Helpmann Award nominee); The Woman in White (Olivier Award); Cats (Drama Desk Award nominee); Evita; Bombay Dreams; Saturday Night Fever; Sunset Boulevard (with Glenn Close); From Here to Eternity; Betty Blue Eyes; The Wizard of Oz; Sister Act; Joseph; Zorro the Musical; The Sound of Music; Half a Sixpence; and Carousel. DAVID CULLEN (Orchestrations) has worked mainly as an orchestrator of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals – Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game and The Woman in White. Other orchestrations include the musicals Abbacadabra, Jeeves, Children of Eden and the London revivals of Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife and Carmen Jones. He arranged and produced the albums Music of the Night for Cantabile and Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber for Julian Lloyd Webber. Film and TV: Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films). For film and television, he did orchestrations for Disney’s productions of Cinderella and Geppetto. He won the New York Drama Desk Award for orchestrating The Phantom of the Opera and was nominated for Aspects of Love. KRISTEN BLODGETTE (Music Supervisor) recently served as musical director and conductor of the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevardwith Glenn Close. She has been the associate musical supervisor for Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera since 1988 and supervised 17 subsequent Phantom companes worldwide. She also was the musical supervisor for the Broadway revival of Cats and was the associate musical supervisor for Cats (original Broadway, tours,

BIOS Copenhagen). Kristen supervised the Love Never Dies in Hamburg and, on Broadway, the shows Evita, Mary Poppins, LoveMusik, The Woman in White, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music and the original Sunset Boulevard She was the rehearsal pianist for Carrie with Betty Buckley. GAVIN MITFORD (Associate Director) is a London based theater director, who has a long-standing association with the Really Useful Group as an original member of the creative team on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions of The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Love Never Dies. The Australian native developed his directing skills as associate director to Jeremy Sams (U.K.), Simon Phillips (Australia) and U.K. film director John Stephenson. He directed the Australian premiere of Vernon God Little by Tanya Ronder at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney in 2012. He has choreographed for dance companies and the film and theater industries, including productions of E-Motor, The Local Stigmatic and The Secret Garden. Gavin was an assistant choreographer on the Tim Burton films Sweeney Todd and The Duchess and was part of the choreographic team for the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics (2012) and the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia (2014). SIMONE SAULT (Associate Choreographer) trained at the National Theatre Ballet in Australia. Film/TV: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Kath N Kimderella, Baby Ballroom (Channel 5, U.K. TV), “Eric Idle’s Entire Universe” (BBC), “Galavant,” “Nine ‘Take it All’” demo (Rob Marshall), 50th Anniversary Coronation Street, “Sadie Jones, Royal Variety Performance,” “Strictly Come Dancing” (BBC) and more. Theater/creative: Liebe Stirbt Nie, Helene Fischer Show, Fings Aint Wot They Used to Be, Most Increible Thing, London Olympics/Sochi Games/Glasgow, Will Tuckett’s Immersive Nutcracker, Chicago the Musical (London, Australia), On the Town (Eno/Paris), Sinatra at the London Palladium, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Sadlers Wells) and The Phantom of the Opera. Dance: Sydney Dance Company.

EDWARD PIERCE (Design Supervisor) operates a NYC-based design studio specializing in the production design of Broadway, touring and international live stage productions. Select Broadway designs: Wicked (including all international productions); Bright Star, Amazing Grace; Holler If Ya Hear Me; The Other Place; A Streetcar Named Desire; Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It. Notable Broadway collaborations include Billy Elliot; Pippin; 9 to 5; The Pirate Queen; Chaplin; Aida; the original Ragtime; Cabaret. TV production design for NBC’s variety show “Maya & Marty” and NBC Universal Kids “Sprout House. “Edward represents designers as a trustee on the executive board of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 Union and supports the industry as a member of the advisory board of the American Theatre Wing and the Tony Award Administration Committee. CHRIS TWYMAN (Associate Lighting Designer) works extensively in theater, dance, opera, concerts and events. As an associate lighting designer, Chris has worked on Speed to Plow, Face to Face, Uncle Vanya, Elling, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, War of the Roses and more for Sydney Theatre Company. Other credits include Six Breaths for Sydney Dance Company; Patygarang for Bangarra Dance Theatre; Love Never Dies (Australia, Japan, Germany); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Australia, Italy, Brazil); and Dirty Dancing. Chris’ work in multimedia includes Love Never Dies, Fame the Musical and Die Tote Stadt & Bliss for Opera Australia. TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting) Selected Broadway: Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed .., Billy Elliot, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, … Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: The Band’s Visit; Here Lies Love; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Yale Repertory, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, The Old Globe, Asolo Rep. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27

BIOS TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Tour Management) has been an innovator in touring musical theater productions for more than two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets. Current and upcoming productions include An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Love Never Dies, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and The Color Purple. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top-quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at RANDALL A. BUCK (Executive Producer) has produced more than 50 productions worldwide for TROIKA Entertainment. Before joining TROIKA in 1999, Buck was vice president and general manager of Livent in Toronto. While with Livent, he managed such productions as Fosse, Ragtime, Show Boat, Music of the Night 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 recently served 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. MICHAEL ORSINO (Producer) has enjoyed over 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 in Maryland with his wife, Anissa, a fellow tour veteran and their sons, Cameron and Carson.


MICHELLE JONES (Producer) joined TROIKA in 2017 as the company’s CFO. 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 and a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. KAREN BERRY (General Manager) Currently: An American in Paris, On Your Feet. Project manager: Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker. Selected Chicago GM credits: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Million Dollar Quartet, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Bleacher Bums, Driving Miss Daisy, Shirley Valentine, Steel Magnolias and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Broadway management credits include Carrie, Quilters, Asinamali and Show Boat. DAVID LAI (Music Coordinator) Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Come From Away, Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mary Poppins and Riverdance. Grammy and Emmy winner (6-time nominee) with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming and Lang Lang. TALITHA FEHR (Music Coordinator) dedicates her work on Love Never Dies to her mentor, Sam Lutfiyya. Career highlights include A Christmas Story (Broadway); 2010 Vancouver Olympics Ceremonies. National tours: Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Come Fly Away, Evita, Wizard of Oz, Catch Me If You Can, Movin’Out. International: West Side Story, Swing!, Cinderella, The King and I. DALE RIELING (Musical Director). Broadway: Les Misérables (musical supervisor/director, 1997- 2003); Miss Saigon (musical director); Mary Poppins, Sunset Boulevard (associate conductor). National tour: Les Misérables (musical supervisor/director); The Phantom of the Opera, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (musical director). Concerts: Kansas City Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Boublil and Schönberg’s Do You Hear the People Sing with the Colorado Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and in Mazatlan,

BIOS Mexico. Master’s from Northwestern University. Married to Victoria Bussert. DANIEL S. ROSOKOFF (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, By Jeeves, Swinging on a Star. Tours: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Once, Sister Act, The Addams Family, 9 to 5: The Musical, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Jolson: The Musical, Joseph. Regional: many. ERIC H. MAYER (Stage Manager) Tours: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Off-Broadway: 39 Steps, Strawberry and Chocolate, North. Regional highlights: Deathless (Goodspeed); The Tempest (RSC); Five Guys Named Moe; The Story of My Life (CATCO); The Secret Garden (CAPA). Graduate of the Ohio State University. Love to John, Zoey and Emma. AARON QUINTANA (Company Manager) is honored to be part of Love Never Dies, his first national tour. Broadway credits include Shuffle Along, The Addams Family, Next to Normal. National tours include The Lion King, Once the Musical and Dirty Dancing. Aaron, a Colorado native, thanks his family and friends for their ongoing love and support!

BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking, Press and Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing award-winning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Fun Home, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, Bright Star and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION known as Equity, was founded in 1913.It is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theater as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks

JUSTIN COFFMAN (Assistant Company Manager) is ecstatic to join Love Never Dies. National tours include The Lion King and Dirty Dancing. In New York, he worked with 101 Productions on such shows as Big Fish, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Of Mice and Men and more. Lots of love to his family and friends! LAUREN CAVANAUGH (Assistant Stage Manager) National/international tours: Some of 1000 Words with Wendy Whelan; Elf: The Musical; Mamma Mia!; Ailey II. Off-Broadway: Thank God for Jokes; 3 Mics With Neal Brennan; Queen of the Night, NYC. Regional: Heartless; A Discourse… World; Swing!; The Sound of Music. B.F.A. in stage management: from Western Michigan University. Love and thanks to Adam. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29



PRODUCTION MANAGER LOVE NEVER DIES TOUR STAFF Senior Production Manager............................Laura Dieli GENERAL MANAGEMENT & Production Manager........................................Anna Bate PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Assistant Production Manager..............Ártemis López

TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR GENERAL MANAGER RANDY MORELAND KAREN BERRY Assistant General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Krause COMPANY MANAGER PRODUCTION MANAGER AARON . . . . . . . . . . . . QUINTANA Senior Production Manager Laura Dieli Assistant Company Manager................Justin Coffman Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna Bate Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . Ártemis López TOUR BOOKING, ENGAGEMENT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR MANAGEMENT, PRESS AND MARKETING RANDY MORELAND BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC COMPANY Steven MANAGER Schnepp AARON QUINTANA Kent McIngvale, Jenny Bates, David Freeland Assistant Company Manager . . Mackey, . . . . . Stacey . . .Justin Coffman Zach Stevenson, Sean Burns Danny TOUR Knaub,BOOKING, Rachel Peterson, Phil Della Noce ENGAGEMENT MANAGEMENT, PRESS AND MARKETING CASTINGOFFICE NYC BROADWAY BOOKING TARA RUBIN CASTING Steven Schnepp Tara Rubin CSA, Levine CSA, Kent McIngvale, JennyLindsay Bates, David Freeland Eric Stevenson, Woodall CSA, Sugarman CSA, Zach SeanMerri Mackey, Stacey Burns Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Claire Phil Burke CSA, Danny Knaub, Rachel Peterson, Della Noce Felicia Rudolph CSA, Xavier Rubiano CASTING PRODUCTIONTARA RUBIN CASTING Tara Rubin CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA, S. ROSOKOFF STAGE MANAGER..............DANIEL Eric Woodall CSA, Merri Sugarman CSA, Stage Manager................................................Eric H. Mayer CSA, Claire Burke CSA, AssistantKaitlin Stage Shaw Manager ..................Lauren Cavanaugh Rudolph CSA, Xavier Rubiano AssociateFelicia Director........................................Gavin Mitford PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER . . . .DANIEL S. ROSOKOFF Associate Choreographer ..........................Simone Sault Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric H. Mayer Dance Captain........................................Erin Chupinsky Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Lauren Cavanaugh Assistant Dance Captain............................Chelsey Arce Associate Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gavin Mitford Music Supervisor................................Kristen Blodgette Associate Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . . . Simone Sault Assistant to Kristen Blodgette..................David Sawicki Dance Captain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Chupinsky Rehearsal Pianist ........................Michael Patrick Walker Assistant Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chelsey Arce Sound Designer ............................................Mick Potter Music Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Blodgette Associate Sound Designer ..........................Emma James Assistant to Kristen Blodgette . . . . . . . . . .David Production Sound....................................Colle T. Sawicki Bustin Rehearsal Pianist . . . . . . . . . . . .Michael Patrick Walker Head Audio ..............................................Marc Rongere Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mick Potter Assistant Audio ......................................Zachary Ireson Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Emma James Scenic and Costume Designer............Gabriela Tylesova Production Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colle T.Pierce Bustin Design Supervisor........................................Eddie Head Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Rongere Assistant Scenic Designer ................................Jen Price Assistant Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zachary Ireson Head Carpenter ............................................Jamie Kurtz Scenic and Costume Designer . . . . . . . Gabriela Tylesova Assistant Carpenter - Automation........Justin D’Apolito Design Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eddie Pierce Assistant Carpenter - Deck........................Chris Belanger Assistant Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jen Price Assistant Carpenter - Flyman ..........................Eric Steele Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jamie Kurtz Production Properties ..........................BrenBri Properties Assistant Carpenter Automation . . . . . . .Justin D’Apolito Head of Props........................................Andrew Iverson Assistant Carpenter - Deck . . . . . . . . . . Chris Belanger Assistant Props................................................Kelly Lasley Assistant Carpenter - Flyman . . . . . . . . . Leon Lobsinger Associate Costume Designer................Whitney Locher Production . . . . . ..........................Jess . . . . . BrenBri Properties AssistantProperties . Costume Designer Gersz Head of Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrew Iverson Head of Wardrobe ..................................Matty Kelbaugh Assistant Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kelly Lasley Assistant Wardrobe......................................Curtis Kelly Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . . . Janas, . Whitney Hair, Wigs, & Make-up Designer........JJ DaveLocher Bova Assistant Costume Jess Gersz Associate Hair, Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Wigs, & Make-up Head of Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matty Casalino Kelbaugh Designer....................................................Kate Assistant Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curtis Kelly Hair, Wigs, & Make-up Designer . . . . . JJ Janas, Dave Bova Associate Hair, Wigs, & Make-up Designer . . .Kate Casalino Head of Hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taylor Thiede Assistant Hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sierra Peterson Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nick Schlieper Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . Chris Twyman Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . Adam Honoré Moving Light Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Allegro Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . Adam T. Cavanaugh Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adam T. Cavanaugh Assistant Electrician - Deck . . . . . . . . . Quentin Mariano Assistant Electrician - Spots . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Mallory Swing Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Sokolowski


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TROIKAENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT ForFor TROIKA Chief Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . Randall Buck ChiefExecutive Executive Officer..........................Randall A. A. Buck Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . . . .Michael J. Orsino Chief Operating Officer ......................Michael J. Orsino Chief Officer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Jones ChiefFinancial Financial Officer............................Michelle Jones Chief Officer Emeritus . . . . . . . . . Donald Kindl ChiefFinancial Financial Officer Emeritus ............Donald Kindl General Managers . . . . . . . . Karen Berry, Jim Lanahan, General Managers ..............Karen Berry, Jim Lanahan, Mark Johnson Mark Johnson Assistant GeneralManagers....Jay Managers . JayKrause, Krause,Arnie ArnieVandeBrake VandeBrake Assistant General Senior Laura Dieli SeniorProduction ProductionManager Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................Laura Dieli Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna Bate ProductionManager Manager......................................Anna E.E. Bate Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . Ártemis López Assistant Production Manager ...................Ártemis López Marketing Katz MarketingConsultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Consultant.........................................Amy Katz Booking Doria Montfort BookingManager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manager ......................................Doria Montfort Budgeting Manager . . . . . George Lamberty Budgeting&&Forecasting Forecasting Manager.......George Lamberty Senior .Lourdes Castillo, Jessica Moore SeniorAccountants . . . . . Accountants.........Lourdes Castillo, Jessica Moore Accounting Clerks . . . . . Marite Espinoza, Electra Walker Accounting Clerks .........Marite Espinoza, Electra Walker Costume . . . . . . . . . Alison Smith CostumeShop ShopAdministrator Administrator...................Alison M.M. Smith Warehouse Garrish WarehouseManager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Manager......................................Scott Garrish Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Carey OperationsManager Manager.......................................James Carey Office Stewart OfficeAssistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shaquille Assistant ......................................Shaquille Stewart Rehearsed at New 42nd Street Studios and Lyric

nd Rehearsed at New 42 Street Studios Rehearsal Studios.and Lyric Rehearsal Studios.

The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.

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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.

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 Lucy Lawler-Freas. . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming 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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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.



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Based on The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Produced by NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER JOHN SCHREIBER, President & CEO DAVID RODRIGUEZ, Executive Producer JULIA KRAUS, Producer Lighting Designer BURKE WILMORE Production Supervisor PETER SMITH

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Associate Director & Choreographer RANDI “RASCAL” FREITAS


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CAST Maria-Clara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANN-SYLVIA CLARK The Nutcracker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JOSUE “BEAST” FIGUEROA Mom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALLAUNÉ BLEGBO Dad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICAH “JUST JAMZ” ABBREY Drosselmeyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SHESTREET Mouse King/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RANDI “RASCAL” FREITAS Toy/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOEL MAISONET Toy/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LILIANA FRIAS Russian/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RAMONE “MONE SWIFF” WILKINSON Russian/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALEX LAYA Tea/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AYANO ITO Flute/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .EVAN MOODY Violinist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EMILY SIMONE Performance DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DJ BOO

Place New Year’s Eve - Uptown, USA The Hip Hop Nutcracker will be performed with one 20-minute intermission.

Production Staff Credits Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RANDI ”RASCAL” FREITAS Original Company Associate Director/Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . . . TAEKO KOJI Original Costume Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WHITNEY ADAMS Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ELIDA DORAT

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BIOS PLOT SYNOPSIS Act 1 During the annual uptown holiday street party, Maria-Clara is upset by her parents’ constant bickering. The mysterious Drosselmeyer appears, bringing magical toys to the party. He introduces Maria-Clara to a street vendor selling roasted nuts, who catches her eye because he is different from the other boys on the block. After the party breaks up, Maria-Clara heads home, but on her way, she runs into the menacing Mouse Crew. The Nutcracker, aided by a magic pair of sneakers, defeats the Mouse King and the couple enjoys the romance of winter’s first snowfall. Act 2 Drosselmeyer meets Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker and takes them back in time to the Land of Sweets nightclub on New Year’s Eve, 1984. Invisible, the couple watches the partygoers show off the dance styles of the day. Suddenly Maria-Clara realizes she is witnessing the night her parents met and is overcome by how they were once deeply in love. Back in the present, and with a little more magic, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker help Mom and Dad reconcile. The community joins them in the celebration.


BIOS ANN-SYLVIA CLARK (Maria-Clara) was born and raised in Norway. Training: Flow Dance Academy (Copenhagen, Denmark), Broadway Dance Center (NYC). In Denmark, she performed with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams at the 2006 MTV European Music Awards. As a member of Decadance theater, she has toured the U.S., U.K. and performed on “Good Day New York” Fox5 and CBS, and was a contestant on TruTV’s “Fake Off.” She has performed at the Jacobs Pillow Festival and worked on music videos for such artists as Alicia Keys, Styles P, F.Stokes, LEON, Ben L’Oncle Soul and Fedez. She has also done commercial work for Samsung, Smirnoff, Sixt Car and Digicel. JOSUE “BEASTMODE” FIGUEROA (The Nutcracker) was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. Josue discovered his passion for breaking and the performing arts at age 15. Through his continual pursuit and love for the arts, he’s earned work in the Step Up film franchise, numerous commercials and several international breaking championship titles with his crews MIND180 and Skill Methodz. Josue is studying to create his next path as an actor. ... Stay tuned. ALLAUNÉ BLEGBO (Mom) is a French dancer, raised between Paris and Abidjanm Ivory Coast. She is part of the French hip-hop/house crews Wanted Posse and Paradoxsal. She studied in New York at the Alvin Ailey School. After a year on tour with Madonna, Allauné decided to move to the United States. As a freestyler she loves to merge her hip-hop and technical background with acrobatics to create a unique and abstract style.

MICAH “JUST JAMZ” ABBREY (Dad) is an artist who concentrates on urban improvisational movement. He specializes in movement innovation and total body integration methodologies with an emphasis in musical aural skills and meditative approaches to movement in order to heighten creativity and self-awareness. He is a core company member of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, a site-specific modern dance company. He’s also a dance instructor at the infamous Movement Lifestyle dance studio and spends most of his time traveling the United States. teaching and competing, using his style “the way of a million bounces.” SHEstreet (Drosselmeyer) is an inspirational movements artist-choreographer who has the ability to move the masses. In her eyes, being raised in a city flourishing with talented singers and musicians was a great advantage. Her love for movement and acting began early and, over the years, a sense of embedment was placed in her world! After deciding to dedicate more time to her craft, SHE spent years enhancing her craft and performing throughout the United States with various companies. The Memphis, Tenn., native relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her vision full time RANDI “RASCAL” FREITAS (Associate Director-Choreo-grapher/ Dance Captain/Mouse King/Ensemble) ) is a member of the Beat Freaks Crew and a Los Angelesbasedprofessional hip-hop dancer. Her credits include Nike, Anthropologie, Toyota, the Emmy awards, Kaytranada and Mya. Randi has toured Japan performing in a live-battle theater show. This is her second U.S. tour dancing in and choreographing The Hip-Hop Nutcracker. Randi also performs with an outreach program called Universoul Hip Hop, bringing hip-hop to ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-5

BIOS schools for assemblies and after-school curriculum. She is the co-founder of a battle called the Dance Fight and is active in the underground battle world. Randi teaches at Movement Lifestyle, a professional dance studio in Los Angeles. JOEL MAISONET (Toy/ Ensemble) is from Oceanside, Calif., and has lived and trained throughout Southern California. He comes from freestyling in breaking, krump and hip-hop, and found a love for musical theater, tap and hip-hop choreography while training in his teens at Temecula Dance Company. LILIANA FRIAS (Toy/ Ensemble) was born and raised in Mexico and works as a professional dancer in Los Angeles. She has been dancing for 13 years. Her journey started as a technical dancer, then moved to a mastery of hip-hop styles and the art of freestyle. She has been featured on such projects as “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 12), “Americas Best Dance Crew” (Season 7), Cirque Du Soleil and Comedy Central. She is an accomplished choreographer, who teaches and performs in the United States, Europe and Latin America. RAMONE “MONE SWIFF” WILKINSON (Russian/Ensemble) is a professional dancer from Philly. After years as a self-taught street dancer, he began to study such styles as hip-hop and funk. His hard work and talent led him to working professionally in New York and Los Angeles, and with such A-list artists and worldwide brands as Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean, Nike and Apple. Ramone knew that hard work, dedication and prayer would lead him to the life of which he dreamed. I-6 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

ALEX LAYA (Russian/ Ensemble) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and began his dance training in breaking at age 17. Education: Western Michigan University. Alex performed with DJ/ producer DIPLO while being featured in the music video “Set Me Free,” and performed with Soul Fresh Fam, directed by Ricky Cole of Mos Wanted Cru, at many venues, including the World of Dance. Alex’s credits include Gala de Danza, Youth American Grand Prix, Establish Your Empire, Dance Stellar Productions, Chicago Dance Crash and Culture Shock Chicago. AYANO ITO (Tea/ Ensemble) was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. She started to compete and perform with her crew at age 16, winning first prize at a competition in Kanagawa. Her first job as a professional dancer was a Japanese movie titled Pyu-To fuku Jaguar. Training: Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex. Since she moved to Los Angeles, she has had worked with Nike, Lenovo, the Hard Rock Cafe, Money Super Market and more. She continuously works hard to inspire people. EVAN MOODY (Flute/ Ensemble) is just a kid from Raleigh, N.C.! His stage debut came as a fifth-grader in My First Bug Jar Musical at North Carolina State University. He now has credits that include working with Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mountain Dew, Keke Palmer, Todrich Hall and in Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. So thankful for all the opportunities. He thanks his parents for helping him find a passion at such a young age and helping him focus and grow with it.

BIOS EMILY SIMONE (Violinist) is a classically trained pop violinist and electronic music producer based in Brooklyn. A fixture in the NYC club scene, Emily has toured Germany with the Franco Dragone (of Cirque du Soleil) show Incredible India, and is regularly featured with the cirque-nouveau group Quixotic. She has done concerts in Pakistan to promote cultural exchange, enjoys remixing contemporary music to feature the violin (#thevmix) and released her first EP last year (KYLIAN — We Are Ready). DJ BOO (DJ) ) is a New York- based Fil-Am DJ/ musician who has shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-1, Snoop Dog, and Common. He has backed wordsmiths like Eternia, the Juggaknots, and Omar Offendum. In 2014, he served as a cultural ambassador for the United States performing and conducting hip-hop workshops with the Nomadic Wax Collective in Nepal, Mozambique and Swaziland as part of the American Music Abroad Tour. He has performed at Jacob’s Pillow backing the Brooklyn-based hip-hop company Decadancetheatre. As a music producer he, with choreographer Jennifer Weber, helped bring to life Mike Fitelson’s holiday show The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, a modern reimagining of the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky. It has toured the United States and Russia. JENNIFER WEBER (Director & Choreographer) is a Bessie-nominated choreographer and the founder of the theatrical hip-hop company Decadancetheatre. Her work has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Apollo, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, New York City Center and the Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. Choreography credits include KPOP (Ars Nova); Cruel Intentions the Musical (LPR); Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm (U.S. premiere/Stageworks, Hudson); PBS’ Odd Squad Live! (national tour); James Brown: Get On the Good Foot (Apollo Theater/tour). Commercial direction/ choreography: Marc Jacobs, CK2, American

Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Philosophy and “Fake Off” (Season 2, TruTV). Weber directed the 2016 and 2017 national tours of Lifetime’s Bring It Live! MIKE FITELSON (Writer/Co-Creator) is the executive director of the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA), which originally produced The Hip-Hop Nutcracker in 2014, and co-created the show with Jennifer Weber, adapting the story and supplying the images for the scenery. Fitelson has worked to build the arts community in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan for more than a decade. He co-founded the community’s annual arts festival, the Uptown Arts Stroll in 2003; and worked in every capacity with the Manhattan Times, the bilingual community newspaper in Washington Heights and Inwood (2002/11). BURKE WILMORE (Lighting Designer) is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an honors graduate of Wesleyan University. He has designed or adapted seven works for BODYTRAFFIC and has lit the work of Camille A. Brown (Black Girl: Linguistic Play, Mr. Tol E. Rance, City of Rain). He was the resident designer for Battleworks (2001/10) and, to date, has lit five of Robert Battle’s works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. For the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, he lit A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Red Velvet. He frequently collaborates with Broadway’s André de Shields, for whom he lit the Louis Armstrong musical Ambassador Satch and designed scenery and lighting for Ain’t Misbehavin’. Wilmore designed scenery and lighting for Apollo Club Harlem and Ellington at Christmas, both at the Apollo Theater. MOE SHAHROOZ (Video Designer) is New York City-based video artist specializing in animation, editing and interactive video design. He has worked on projects ranging from TV shows, award shows, fashion shows and music videos, to numerous theatrical productions. His work has been showcased in more than 100 theaters worldwide. He has a master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and also is known for performing and producing music under the moniker I. Sheik. He is proud to be working with The Hip-Hop Nutcracker. (


BIOS ANGIE McCORMACK (Production Stage Manager) is so stoked to be working as the stage manager for this year’s Hip-Hop Nutcracker! What an amazing opportunity to jump back into the world of stage management after taking a breif hiatus to work as a gallery director in Florida. Previous credits include Peter Pan 360, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live and Scooby Doo Live. Thanks to her family and amazing boyfriend for learning to accept the fact that she misses most major holidays. Enjoy the show! KIMBERLY SHAW (Company Manager) Broadway: Amelié, Fiddler on the Roof, The Lion King. Tours/ international: Central Avenue Breakdown and I Got Fired (North Korea); Franco Dragon’s India (Germany); Little Shop of Horrors (U.S. tour). Off-Broadway: Avenue Q, Midnight’s Children (the Apollo), The Other Josh Cohen, Triassic Parq, Blind Date. TV: “The Haves and Have Nots,” “For Better or Worse,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” Super Bowl XXXIV. B.A: theater, Spelman College, M.F.A: theater management and producing, Columbia University. PETER L. SMITH (Production Supervisor & Lighting Director) As production manager or lighting designer, Peter has done national tours with the Stars of Kirov Ballet, Stars of ABT, Russian National Ballet, Georgian State Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Shirley MacLaine & Frank Sinatra U.S. tour and Shirley MacLaine world tours ’89-’96. Off-Broadway credits: I Like It Like That w/Tito Nieves, Travels With My Aunt, John & Jen, A Walk in the Woods. At New York State and Film: Romantic Poetry by Shanley & Krieger, “Geometry of Fire” by Belber, “The Boy Who Heard Music” by Pete Townsend, Bhutan by Daisy Foote, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff. Concerts: Nas, Lil’ Kim, Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ruben Blades, El Gran Combo, Keith Sweat, Stephanie Mills, Isley Brothers, Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce and Austin Mahone. MAXMIMUM ENTERTAINMENT (General Manager) is a producing, developing and management company founded by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale and Eva Price. They are joined by managing director/ general manager Carl Flanigan. Select credits on Broadway, offBroadway and on tour include Small Mouth Sounds; Cruel Inentions the Musical; Verso; Carefree: Dancin’ I-8 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

With Fred & Ginger; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; The Lion; The Hip-Hop Nutcracker; 50 Shades! The Musical; Ivy + Bean the Musical; Voca People; and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short. www. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (NJPAC) (Producer), in downtown Newark, N.J., is one of America’s most diverse performing arts centers, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey — where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s, and the world’s, best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive arts education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including more than 1.5 million children) since opening in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information. EVA PRICE (Executive Producer) is a Tony Awardwinning producer of more than 15 Broadway plays, musicals and concerts. She was named to the 2012 Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars and is a member of the Broadway League’s Board of Governors. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (six Tony awards including best musical); On Your Feet! The Story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (five Tony awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tonynominated musical revival); The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino (Tony-nominated play revival); Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking; and The Addams Family (with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth). Off-Broadway: Cruel Intentions the Musical; KPOP; the Drama Desk-nominated Found; The Lion (Drama Desk winner, off-West End winner); Small Mouth Sounds. Touring: The Hip-Hop Nutcracker; Carefree: Dancin’ With Fred and Ginger; The Magic School Bus Live!: The Climate Challenge; Ella, a biomusical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald. Upcoming: Jagged Little Pill.

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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 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, 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 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 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 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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PREMIER EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS Anne Cox Chambers Foundation The Antinori Foundation Ann and Tom Cousins Sarah and Jim Kennedy Jane and Hicks Lanier Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

CONTRIBUTING EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS: Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, and Joyce and Henry Schwob. GENEROUS SUPPORT IS ALSO PROVIDED BY The Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, and John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund. Al Taylor (American,1948–1999), Odd Vows, 1988, The Estate of Al Taylor, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London. © The Estate of Al Taylor.


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Holiday Nights, Southern Lights Twinkle and glow as you go, from downtown and Midtown to Woodstock, Cartersville and beyond. | By Therra C. Gwyn

IT’LL BE HARD TO BEAT 2017’S LIGHT SHOW OF THE YEAR — courtesy of the solar eclipse, of course — but as the winter holidays draw nigh, you’ll have your choice of any number of illuminating events. Stick close to home or venture as far away as Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast, about five hours away if you set your cruise control to 60 mph. Uh-huh. Jekyll offers a Tour of Cottages, twinkly twilight tours and an ice-skating village. Here are a few other options (in alphabetical order), whether you’ve been naughty or nice. 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM



Mother Nature, natch, stars in “Nature’s Wonders,” a thousand strands of light suspended from the tops of the hardwoods in Storza Woods and the 30-acre Midtown site’s canopy walk. The lights, with synchronized music and sound, are meant to evoke the planet’s phenomena — ocean waves, thunderstorms, snowfalls and meteor showers. Go to the great lawn for “Orchestral Orbs” and giant candles. Take the Tunnel of Light Lose yourself in the “Orchestral Orbs” and bathe in cool hues of green, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. blue and teal. Restaurants and stations for s’mores are open late, so you can nosh between your oohs and ahhs.


Atlanta Botanical Garden Holiday Nights

LIGHTS ON: Nov. 11-Jan. 7. 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404.876.5859. WATT IT COSTS: $14.95-$34.95; $5 less for Garden members. Premium, flex and value tickets available online at Deck parking is $5 weekdays; $10 on weekends or $5 for cars of four or more). KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Piedmont Park shares the parking deck, so consider taking MARTA (Arts Center station) or another means of transport, especially on weekends.

Atlantic Station’s Celebrate the Season You’ll find 250,000 lights in an eight-block chunk of this live-work-play bright spot in Midtown. Nightly snowfalls are promised, plus ice-skating and an open door to Santa’s cottage in Central Park. There are plenty of places to snack and shop (don’t miss the German Christkindl Market for gifts from Deutschland).

WATT IT COSTS: Free self-parking for the first two hours. Valet parking available. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Daily snowfalls are weather permitting. Yeah, we said that



LIGHTS ON: Begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 with a parade and the lighting of a 50-ft. tree. Snowfalls at 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday & Sunday, and hourly beginning at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through Jan. 1. Off 17th Street, west of the Downtown Connector. Map it at

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Barnsley Resort Lighting of the Ruins Visit the 1840s — an era that saw five U.S. presidents, Conestoga wagons and the birth of baseball — at this storybook English-inspired village and garden in Adairsville, about 90 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta. The estate was first built by Godfrey Barnsley for the love of his life, wife Julia. Today, it offers fine cuisine, golf, a sporting club, a spa, horseback riding and plenty of nature. The place will blaze with hundreds of lights at the historic Manor House Ruins, the gardens and surrounding village. LIGHTS ON: Nov. 24-Jan. 7. Until 8 nightly, 597 Barnsley Garden Road, Adairsville. 770.773.7480.

Road-trip to Adairsville, where Barnsley Resort illuminates its gardens.

WATT IT COSTS: Self-guided garden tours are $15; $10 for senior citizens and students; under 12 and overnight resort guests see it for free. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: The gardens do close occasionally for private events. Check ahead before you go at

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LIGHTS ON: Nov. 18 -Dec 31 (hours vary so check the website at Park at 357 Luckie St. Nearby MARTA stops include the Georgia Dome/ GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center station, the Civic Center station or the Peachtree Center station. 404.581.4000.

At the Georgia Aquarium, the season includes lots of lights and SCUBA Santa.

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Holidazzle lights, music and Santa in a wetsuit. All are part of the season in the aquarium’s plaza and gallery areas. Splashy special events in the Ocean Ballroom include a holiday-themed Toddler Time (Dec. 4) and Breakfast With Santa (Dec. 16).


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Nestled in Central Park, Santa and his helpers will help create lasting photo memories of the season.


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Atlanta’s largest outdoor rink is open through mid-February.

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Experience Atlanta’s first and largest German Christmas market in Central Park through 12/23.

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Holiday Lights of Hope A Woodstock city park by day, a walk through wonderland by night. Holiday Lights of Hope features a 30-ft. Christmas tree and 17-ft. tall reindeer that spring from among its million-plus lights. Also here: a 120-ft. tunnel of lights, holiday backdrops for photo ops, a Christmas maze, carolers, games, bounce houses and a spot for making s’mores. The event benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, a nonprofit that serves families and victims of child abuse. LIGHTS ON: At 6 nightly Dec. 7-23. Hobgood Park, 6688 Bell’s Ferry Road, Woodstock. No phone.

In Woodstock, Holiday Lights of Hope raises funds for victims of child abuse.

WATT IT COSTS: $10; age 14 and under free. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Lights of Hope fills four fields with events, activities and lights. Wear comfortable shoes.

Life College Lights of Life A million bulbs across a mile of Life University’s campus have made this Marietta display, now in its 28th year, a seasonal tradition for lovers of lights. The 65-ft. tall Santa is one of the largest jolly giants in the Southeast. There’s also a menorah and Nativity scene. Drive through the display or park and walk. While on foot, let the kids enjoy a train or pony ride and petting zoo. LIGHTS ON: Nov. 23-Dec 31. 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 78.331.4342. WATT IT COSTS: $10 per car on weekends, and opening and closing weeks. $5 other evenings. $20 per bus every night. Children’s activities $3-$5 each. Updates at


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Pettit Creek Farms Christmas If y’all want to Yule at a working farm with Comet and Cupid (real reindeer), Pettit Creek in Cartersville is the spot. The laid-back farm, about 84 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta, includes a petting zoo with zebra and emus, concessions, and hot chocolate and warm cider. See the sparkle from your windows or hop on a hayride. Santa is on-site Thursday-Sunday. Weekends feature a live Nativity. You can even grab a freshly cut Christmas tree. LIGHTS ON: Nov. 23-Dec. 30. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 337 Cassville Road, Cartersville. 770.386.8688. WATT IT COSTS: $15 per car; hayrides another $12 per person (free for babies that are held). Group rates available. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Blankets recommended for hayrides.

A Stone Mountain Christmas USA Today puts Stone Mountain Park on its list of the 10 best places to see Santa (he arrives via parade on select dates). While you wait, take in the park’s 1 million bulbs (hung throughout the Christmas village), the special effects of the Skylight Spectacular, the tunnel of lights that creates Wonderland, a sing-along train, a 4-D Christmas movie and familiar characters at Rudolph’s Merry Meet and Greet. LIGHTS ON: Nov. 11-Jan 3. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800.401.2407. WATT IT COSTS: $31.95 and up. Christmas Adventure passes available. Some are combo tickets; some include all-day activity access. Details at KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Reservations required for events. $15 parking permit or $40 annual pass needed to enter. Still in the dark? Don’t be. Other options include Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights, a seven-mile glow show; Christmas at Callanwolde, with a 23-ft. tree and 37 billion color combinations that are choreographed to holiday classics; and Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, famous for its 8 million twinkles.



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Chicken served every which way — tenders, sandwiches, grilled, spicy, mild, in nachos — and fried and served in buckets is what’s you’ll find at FEED Fried Chicken and Such, a new quick-serve option at SunTrust Park’s The Battery.

Say hello to FEED Fried Chicken and Main & Main at Colony Square, but goodbye to intown’s Rize and Decatur’s Truman Tavern. By David Danzig

CHICKENS CLUCKING, sushi spinning and biscuits rising plus new food halls, fresh cookie dough and a castle reboot. It’s all part of our most recent take on greater Atlanta’s food scene. Well done The Atlanta Braves hung it up weeks ago, but there’s no end to the activity in and around SunTrust Park’s The Battery. The latest entry is chef Mark Taft’s FEED Fried Chicken and Such, a rural South-themed quick-serve restaurant. You’ll find fried chicken in buckets, fried chicken tenders, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, spicy chicken, mild chicken, chicken livers, chicken nachos and more. The “and such” column includes fried pickles, mac-n-cheese, crinkle fries, braised greens and a velvety banana pudding. The inside bar opens up to outside passers-by serving takeout beer, wine, cocktails and adult slushies. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 47



Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Doraville brings you plate after plate after plate of nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls on a conveyor belt — just pluck the dish you want.

The biggest Japanese export since Godzilla has landed near Spaghetti Junction: Kula Revolving Sushi Bar (6035 Peachtree Blvd., Doraville). Japan has more than 400 of these large dining rooms with conveyer belts that bring plate after plate of sushi within reach of your table. You simply seize whatever looks good. Nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls — only $2.25 per plate — glide past. If you crave hot dishes, udon or ramen soups, tempura or desserts, you press a few buttons on your table’s order pad and, in moments, a bowl comes flying down the belt and stops in front of you. Even with mass-production sushi, the quality holds its own alongside the mesmerizing gimmickry. Biscuits are the South’s great gift to world cuisine and homespun joy, right? Holler and Dash in West Midtown, a fastcasual Cracker Barrel spinoff, has jumped into the breakfastbrunch-biscuit game. Its menu riffs on several classics — biscuits with fried chicken, cheddar and pickles; biscuits with fried goat cheese, kale and tomato jam; biscuits with sausage, cheddar and sausage gravy; biscuits with fried pork tenderloin; and such sweet biscuit renditions as strawberry shortcake and one made with Nutella and raspberry jam. The Westside H&D is the first in Georgia, but don’t be surprised to see more popping up all around the South like, well, biscuits in a baking pan.

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Simmering Having witnessed Atlanta’s obsession with hipster food halls like Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market, Midtown’s Colony Square is betting that its version, Main & Main, will grow the concept. Developers are Jettisoning the self-described “antiquated food court,” and promising something truly “Instagramworthy.” Look for a groundbreaking sometime this year with the first phase of the development opening in 2018. Ponce City Market, meanwhile, will tantalize your sweet tooth sometime this fall with the Batter Cookie Dough Counter, an edible cookie-dough dessert shop with such traditional and seasonal flavors as sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, lemon, salted caramel and s’mores. Batter also will serve freshly baked cookies and such beverages as coldbrew coffee, milk and chocolate milk. The Castle, a largely unknown but nonetheless important historic preservation next to Midtown’s Woodruff Arts Center, will open Rose + Rye sometime this fall. It comes from creative maestro Thaddeus Keefe, owner of 1Kept Kitchen + Bar in Buckhead. Rose + Rye, promising “refined American fare with a global reach,” will span three levels and have several patios and rooms for private events.

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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,, 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, M

THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE 246, among others. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch.. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, 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, 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, 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, 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., 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 chip 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, 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. Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, 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 South,” using locally sourced ingredients ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 55

THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE 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, B

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, D

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, M

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,

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,, 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, 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, M


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, 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. 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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Get to know the Fox Theatre Institute The DeSoto Theatre in Rome (above) and the Ritz in Brunswick (below) are among Georgia theaters that have received restoration support.

The Fox Theatre Institute, founded in 2008, is a dynamic outreach program that offers historic preservation and operations expertise, consultation and education to performing arts venues throughout Georgia and the region.

The FTI, as it’s called, was created by the Fox Theatre’s brain trust to “pay it forward.” As most metro Atlantans know, community members saved the iconic venue from destruction in the mid-1970s. Through its institute, the Fox helps other cultural institutions find renewal and restore artistic vitality in their communities. With environmental and economic impacts in mind, FTI offers the financial assistance, restoration support and operational mentoring needed to leverage scarce resources and stimulate local economies.

• To date, the Fox Theatre has committed more than $1 million to other theaters through the FTI. • The Fox announced a bold expansion of FTI’s grants program and its historic preservation services this year. Over the next 12 months, the FTI will consider grant requests in four new categories — structures with urgent or emergency needs that threaten architectural integrity, stability or present a potential community opportunity; study, research and planning for historic structures; technical services related to preservation, operations, sustainability, community development and advocacy; and full or phased-in restoration projects that leverage matching gifts and grants. 60 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

That’s not all the FTI does, either. It also manages Georgia Presenters, a statewide talent-booking consortium that helps presenters, theaters and communities work together to increase cultural opportunities at an affordable cost. More recently, FTI has overseen Fox in a Box, a free interpretive curriculum-based, in-house field trip experience for schools with students from kindergarten through fifth grade. COOPER CARRIE / HARLAN HAMBRIGHT

Here are some facts to ponder: • It takes 35 to 50 years for a new energy-efficient building to save the same amount of energy lost when an existing building is demolished. By advocating for Georgia’s historic theaters, FTI helps protect the environment.


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