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Welcome! Oscar Wilde once said, “The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.” Welcome to our new stage... and the new life of Encore! For the past five months, the Encore team has worked tirelessly behind the curtain to create and curate our new look and feel alongside our fabulous director, Debbi Shapiro, and her amazing cast of brand ambassadors at HSP Marketing. Our goal? To become the defining voice of performing arts in Atlanta. We offer to you, the Atlanta arts patron, a cleaner, crisper, more updated, more relevant version of our previous self – one that is clearly defined and recognizable from afar, one that has a well-defined stage presence. Our insides have changed, too. No longer will we perform, editorially, in topics outside of the arts. Readers will now find photos and features focused exclusively on celebrating and chronicling the performing arts, and will enjoy arts-focused content on our newly redesigned website. Across all platforms, Encore is committed to bringing quality content to Atlanta’s arts patrons – from breaking news to backstage stories, and from season announcements to red carpet excitement. As this new Encore comes to life, we continue to be so grateful to our partners around town, without whom we couldn’t perform at all: The Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta Ballet, The Atlanta Opera, Rialto Center for the Arts and Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. So please join us as we allow our former Encore to take a bow – and help us raise the curtain on the new and improved Encore! We hope you enjoy it – and we hope you enjoy the show!

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6 | encore Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas (center) and the cast of the Alliance Theatre’s 2016/17 world premiere production The Prom. Photo by Greg Mooney.

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ver the years, the Broadway community has often seen theatre artists coming together to advocate a common cause. A recurring objective of this advocacy has been to promote the acceptance and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people through the Pride movement. While many may know expressions of Pride as marches or parades, the movement is felt in theatre as a celebration of and dedication to relentless individuality. Pride’s place in theatre has always required uncompromising advocacy. These efforts have raised the art of theatre to new heights and lead to increased visibility of LGBT actors, characters, and story lines. These stories celebrate the confidence and self-belief that all theatre artists must embody, that which tells them to keep creating and keep embracing who they are day after day. It’s the inner guiding light that says “My perspective is valuable, and if you don’t think so now, you will one day.” In honor of Atlanta’s own Pride celebrations, Encore is highlighting five must-know musicals that significantly increased visibility of LGBT stories on Broadway.

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Atlantans can see La Cage aux Folles at Out Front Theatre Company from October 24 through November 9. Photo by Sydney Lee.

‘I am what I am!’ LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

La Cage aux Folles (1983) The best way to start a Pride on Broadway tribute has to be with the show that first loudly and proudly proclaimed, “I am what I am.” From Hello, Dolly! songwriter Jerry Herman, La Cage not only brought back the traditional Broadway sound, but proved that drag queens could have a presence on the Broadway stage as main characters rather than gimmicks or showpieces. “[La Cage aux Folles] changed the way the business side of Broadway perceived a ‘gay themed’ musical and how it could generate financial success,” says Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award-winning director/ choreographer of Kinky Boots and the Alliance Theatre’s recent Becoming Nancy. In fact, Mitchell won his first Tony Award for Best Choreography for the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles. As Herman put it in his 1984 Tony Award acceptance speech for Best Original Score, presented by Larry

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10 | encore Kert, “There’s been a rumor around for a couple of years that the simple, hummable showtune was no longer welcome on Broadway. Well, it’s alive and well at the Palace!” Out Front Theatre Company, Atlanta’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre, is producing La Cage this month, and director Paul Conroy says the piece at its core is simply about love. “When I say ‘love,’ I mean it in all senses of the word: romantic love, love of family, love of community, and most importantly love of self. La Cage was a seismic shift in musical theatre when it premiered because it openly and honestly looked at a loving same sex relationship and non-traditional family structure.”

Rent (1996) Rent is the ultimate ode to New York artists in the 1990s. With a score that rocked Broadway upon debut, Rent championed a cast of diverse characters and gave a voice to the heart-wrenching impact of the AIDS crisis on the Broadway community. During the original production, cast members would slip in a nightly tribute to friends struggling with AIDS by giving their names to the minor characters in the “Life Support” scene, serving as a personal reminder of why they were proud to tell Rent’s important story.

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Kinky Boots (2013) Continuing the Pride path pioneered by La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots tells the story of a shoe manufacturer who teams up with Lola, a drag queen, to save his family’s business with a revolutionary line of – what else? – high heels. Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed this piece to six Tony Award wins including Best Choreography and Best Score for Cyndi Lauper. In true Pride fashion, Kinky Boots celebrates the power of diversity and the strength that interpersonal differences can bring. Mitchell says

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‘ There’s only us. There’s only this. Forget regret or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way. No day but today.’ RENT

12 | encore ‘Make people see how the world could one day be. It might come true if we take a chance.’ THE PROM

his work on Kinky Boots and other Pride-centered shows have taught him that representation really matters, and putting these works on stage matters. “The more we share our stories, the more we get to share our stories,” Mitchell says. “There is a lot of truth in the finale lyric of Kinky Boots, ‘You change the world when you change your mind.’”

The Prom (2019) One of this year’s Best Musical Tony Award nominees made its world premiere at Atlanta’s own Alliance Theatre in 2016. The Prom is a big, beautiful lovefest with lots of heart and glitter. The musical centers around Emma Nolan, who experiences backlash when she wants to take her girlfriend to prom. With the help of some pushy yet winsome out-of-work Broadway stars, Emma spoiler alert - sees this dream come true. The Prom speaks to an experience with which many high schoolers can identify: feeling met with contempt when simply wanting to be themselves.

The cast of the Alliance Theatre’s 2016/17 world premiere production The Prom. Photo by Greg Mooney.

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Mitchell says he feels most proud when his work impacts not just people directly affiliated with the theatre industry, but those outside of it. “I am most proud when I receive notes of thanks from individuals outside of the business,” the artist shares. “Real people from real walks of life - straight, gay, fluid - who are responding to messages and the feelings of being counted. Those voices matter and continue to fuel my work.” To Conroy, Pride is all about people listening and learning together: “Seeing people come together in ways that they haven’t before and being willing to listen and learn from others that do not identify in the same way that they do is the most hopeful thing possible.”

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‘True Pride’ A major coming together of the theatre industry, one that stretches beyond the bounds of the stage, is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), an organization that hosts multiple events and fundraisers through the year to support AIDSrelated causes. A favorite of these events each year is BroadwayBares, a burlesque show featuring Broadway’s best, which was started in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell himself. By raising over $300 million in generous donations from the American theatre community, BC/EFA has been able to provide emergency health care and financial assistance to people across the country since 1988. Whether on stage or in action, the Pride movement is near to the essential spirit of the theatre community: helping others, supporting artists, and telling important stories. Ultimately, Conroy says, the movement is all about people listening and learning together: “The empathy of the human spirit and the desire to be accepted should lead to acceptance of others, and that is what I call true Pride.”

reg Hunter in the G 2015 production of Rent at Atlanta’s Actor’s Express. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

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Q&A WITH SUSAN HILFERTY The Tony Award winner for Best Costume Design discusses her process for creating costumes for Wicked STORY & PHOTOS COURTESY OF

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How did you approach the task of designing Wicked’s costumes? Susan Hilferty: I knew I was inventing a world, a parallel universe you’d recognize but at the same time was completely distorted. I looked at the original illustrations for the ‘Wizard of Oz’ books – which is where the Edwardian influence comes from – but with a contemporary eye. The silhouette is twisted, asymmetrical. The idea was to distort the human figure, but in a high-fashion kind of way. The way the animals looked is also invented: the monkey-skins, faces, tails, the goats. The 1939 movie didn’t help: that was a ’20s world, and nothing made sense to this story. How would you describe the overall look of the costumes? SH: “Twisted Edwardian.” I found what I was doing was almost designing each idea twice; I had an idea that was straight, and then I had to transform it. In some cases I was acting like a fashion designer, much like Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen, who will look at another time period and then exaggerate it and make it their own.

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What aspects of the show did you keep in mind while bringing your costumes to life? SH: My goal was to create a third world, a world that we considered to be a parallel universe. It’s a world where animals can talk, so we know it’s not our world. It’s a world that deals with a kind of inventiveness, things that we might call magic. The boundaries of the world are different than anything we know or are familiar with, but at the same time, the issues for the people of this world of Oz are in many cases the same kind of issues we deal with. So I knew it had to be something that was of the imagination but in some ways had to thread back to things that we knew.

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Is there any significance to the white and blue school colors of Shiz University? SH: What I was trying to get at the end was an icon for each of the witches, where they become specifically representative: Glinda for goodness and Elphaba for evil. By using blue and white as the school colors, I was able to have Elphaba all in blue, and Glinda all in white. The goal was to make the two women be the most outstanding thing in every world they entered. Is it true that you reserve your highest praise for lighting designer Ken Posner? SH: I gave him the biggest challenge you can give a lighting designer: two leading ladies, onstage together for most of the show, and standing next to each other for most of the show; one dark girl with black hair, green skin, dark clothes, and a hat with a brim on it, standing next to a blonde in white shiny clothes, white skin, no hat. That’s hard. That’s the classic. Kenny was brilliant about it and made it balanced so you never knew it was an issue.

haron Sachs as S Madame Morrible in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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28 | foryourinformation THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 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 in the arcade entrance to the theater. It is open for walk-up ticket sales 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours before show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour before show time. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at, at all Ticket Alternative outlets and at all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499 or 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. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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 in the Spanish Room; accessible/ Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 1 1 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Saturday tours are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tours are guided by Fox employees wellversed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards and upcoming shows. Tour tickets 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 call 404-881-2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the event staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days. EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff.

SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. 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 or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2100. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404-881-2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at ELEVATORS Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and are available during all performances. They make it possible to access each lobby without using the 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 lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. 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. •L atecomers will be seated at the discretion of management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. • Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before 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.) MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street. The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit or call 404-881-2127.

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1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose.

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STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VP of Sales and Marketing Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas . . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . Director of Events & Public Safety David Simpson. . . . . Director of Ticket Sales & Service Shelby Moody. . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight Grubb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing Andrew Chatwood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Amanda Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Media Manager Lauralyn Mustaki​. . . . . Corporate Partnership Manager Leigh Burns. . . . . . . . . . Director of Fox Theatre Institute Andy Arnold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Lisa Marie Malovoz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, Ryan Halpern, John Holder, Walt Huntley, Edward Hutchison, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm, Howard Smith, Scott Taylor

EMERITUS MEMBERS Tony Aeck, John Busby Jr., Beauchamp Carr, Anne Cox Chambers, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edgar Neiss, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

7. Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag.

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9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. I f 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. Please wait until the bows are over and exit with the rest of the audience.

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LISA MARIE MALOVOZ Master of the Moment is awarded to Fox Theatre staff members who “Speak Fox” by showing up and showing out every day, going above and beyond the duties of their daily job. Master of the Moment recipients are nominated by their peers.

Congratulations to Master of the Moment, Lisa Marie Malovoz! Lisa Marie has been a part of the Fox Family for just over two years working as Production Manager. Lisa Marie won this award because she exemplifies what it means to have the “Fox Factor.” She is helpful and kind to everyone, has an “all hands on deck” approach to her work, and is always a team player. Her attitude and work ethic earned her this much-deserved distinction. Thank you for all that you do and for all your hard work, Lisa Marie!

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FOX IN A BOX The Fox Theatre’s community engagement programs, like Fox in a Box, support the organization’s mission to preserve and share the Fox Theatre. Fox in a Box is an interactive school exhibit that intersects important events in the Fox Theatre’s timeline with key classroom lessons, from American history and the Civil Rights Movement to economics and the importance of communities. Elementary students are challenged to think about how communities come together to share an experience and to protect what’s important to them. At the end of the experience, students complete some fun timeline, story writing, and creative drawing activities and have a class picture taken on the photo wall. In the 2018-2019 school year, Fox in a Box served more than 8,000 students in over 37 schools throughout metro-Atlanta. Since launching in December 2014, nearly 29,800 participants have experienced Fox in a Box and the program is excited to continue sharing the Fox’s story with Atlanta’s children! Read more about Fox in a Box on

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I’ve approached life with a sketchbook in hand for as long as I can remember. Drawing (and poetry!) provides the most natural way for me to connect with an environment and express ideas, typically with a fondness for whimsy and light-handed realism. Primarily a self-taught artist, I studied Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, gaining business foundations and a passion for launching ventures. The stories of enterprising mentors and peers inspire me greatly, and I love jumping into the process of bringing visions to life. This particular project recalled many wonder-filled memories of childhood visits to the Fox, like watching Cats as an amazed five-year-old! Although I’m based in Nashville these days, it’s always a gift to return to my Georgia roots, and I’m endlessly thankful for the support of family and friends on this weirdly wonderful journey. See more of Suzanna’s work at

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JORDAN KEYON MONCRIEF “Be kind. Choose joy.” IG: @jordankeyon Jordan Keyon Moncrief is a teacher, choreographer, and performer who resides in Atlanta and works for Eurotard Dancewear. Jordan choreographed Out Front Theatre Company’s upcoming production of La Cage aux Folles. Favorite role/show of your career so far? A Chorus Line. Firstly, it is a dancer’s dream show and I got to play Larry, which I loved. It was also significant to me because it was my return to musical theatre after being solely dance-focused in my career. So it will always be a special show to me. Favorite thing about being part of the Atlanta arts community? Exactly that, it’s a community. Some of my best friends, lifelong friends, have been made in the 20 years

that I’ve been performing in Atlanta. Some of the most creative, inspiring, and kind artists. I’m very fortunate to be a part of this thriving community. What keeps you going amid auditions, rejection, and countless hours of hard work? I am very selective about the projects that I choose, so I think my passion for the craft and feeling like I have a voice to contribute to the projects that I choose keeps me motivated and excited.

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BECOMING NANCY OPENING NIGHT AT THE ALLIANCE THEATRE In September, the Alliance Theatre’s Coca-Cola stage welcomed the star-studded production of Becoming Nancy, and reminded each audience member that YOU MATTER. Clockwise from top: Jake Boyd (Maxie Boswell), Jerry Mitchell (Director / Choreographer), and Zachary Sayle (David Starr); Jasmine Rogers (Francis Bassey); Terry Ronald (author of novel Becoming Nancy) and Elliot Davis (book writer for Becoming Nancy); Evan Duff (Dennis Gordon), Stephen Ashfield (Hamish McClarnon), and Tally Sessions (Ensemble). Photos by Greg Mooney.

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