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BRIAN YORKEY, ON CREATING ELIZABETH, A ROLE BUILT FOR IDINA MENZEL.
What If? Lyricist Brian Yorkey riffs on creating a musical about fate, destiny and the choices we make in life. By Julie Bookman
“You write a role very specifically for the person so that it fits them. But ideally in the process, you create a character with all sorts of nuance. And it’s that nuance, those details, that another performer can step into and make her own.”
odgers and Hart. Rodgers and Hammerstein. Lerner and Loewe. Kander and Ebb. All are top duos in the history of American musical theater. One of today’s top teams: composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey, winners of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Next to Normal, their musical about a woman with bipolar
disorder and its impact on her family. The two were more recently enlisted to do Disney Theatrical’s stage adaptation of Freaky Friday (premiering in October at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.). But in 2014, they created If/Then, a star vehicle for powerhouse vocalist Idina Menzel (a Tony Award winner for Wicked and a Tony nominee as Maureen in Rent).
If/Then is the story of Elizabeth, a woman rebuilding her life in New York City, and discovering a world of possibilities. The show follows each of two paths she might choose — love or career. Jackie Burns and Matthew Hydzik (center) play the central romantic couple. Anthony Rapp (far right) reprises his Broadway turn as her pal Lucas.
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Adam Kaplan as Charlie (left) and J. Harrison Ghee as Simon/Lola celebrate a boot-alicious moment in the shoe factory.
composer Tom Kitt, who met at Columbia University, find levity in an If/Then rehearsal. “By now,” Yorkey says, “we’re really like brothers in that we care about each other, we inspire each other. We’ve been able to be honest with each other from the start.”
If/Then follows one woman and two different paths her life might take. Elizabeth is in her late 30s and returning to New York after a divorce. As Liz, she chooses love, and her story plays out from there. As Beth, she chooses career. If/Then took root when Kitt began talking about the path his own life had taken. Says Yorkey, “He got me thinking more about the fact that sometimes we make choices that turn out to have tremendous impact.” Here’s more of what he had to say in a chat about the roads taken in If/Then. QUESTION: How did you and Tom Kitt hook up as songwriting partners? YORKEY: In college, at Columbia [University]. I worked on a show called
The Varsity, an annual undergrad show that has a rather famous history. It’s the first show that Rodgers and Hammerstein worked on together. Rodgers and Hart were also involved in it. I had written a couple of Varsity shows with another student, Rita. When Rita was a senior she started dating Tom, a much younger man because he was a freshman. It was Rita who thought Tom and I should write together. She introduced us over beers at a campus bar. And Tom ends up marrying Rita. Q: Why is Kitt the right composer for you? YORKEY: Some of it is chemistry. By now we’re really like brothers in that we care about each other, we inspire each other. We’ve
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Liz and Josh (Jackie Burns and Matthew Hydzik) pursue romance despite the strains of his career as a soldier; Burns, as career woman Beth, envisions remaking the map of New York with her friend and colleague Stephen (Daren A. Herbert in the photo, Jacques C. Smith in Atlanta); Anthony Rapp — Rent’s original Mark Cohen — here, as Lucas, is Beth/Liz’s sounding board.
been able to be honest with each other from the start. We have very different but very complementary ways of looking at the world. I think we make each other better at what we each do. Q: You had a daunting challenge, didn’t you, to create a star vehicle for Idina Menzel? YORKEY: Yes, we were writing a show for one of the greatest musical theater performers of our time, but somehow it never felt like a challenge as much as a privilege, a great opportunity and a joy. We just wanted to write material that was worthy of her talent, to give her a chance to show her stuff, which is amazing stuff. Q: When you write for a specific performer, do you worry about how you’ll replace her at some point?
YORKEY: You write a role very specifically for the person so that it fits them, but ideally in the process, you create a character with all sorts of nuance. And it’s that nuance, those details that another performer can step into and make her own. Q: What was your first reaction to the idea of a contemporary musical about the what-ifs of a woman’s life? YORKEY: At first, I didn’t understand how that idea could translate into a musical. But then I realized we’ve seen two versions of one story play out in both film and fiction, so I realized that it just hadn’t been done in musical theater before. I began to see it as an interesting challenge, to figure out how one actress could play two versions of herself in theater. There were many ideas to consider and
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play with, such as, “I wonder if she falls in love with the same person in both stories?” Or, “Are we destined to meet the love of our lives, no matter what, or is it just pure chance?” When I hit on that question, I knew we had a romantic story, so I knew it could be a musical. Q: What is the big “what if ” in your life? YORKEY: I chose to go to Columbia, but I was so close to going to Berkeley that I put deposits down on both schools. Berkeley would have been an easier choice in some ways. My family on the West Coast was certainly a lot closer. I had never once been to New York before the first day of my freshman year. Looking back, I think it was courage that got me to New
York, though it didn’t feel like courage at the time. Q: Some time ago you mentioned that you were in the early stages of another musical about the power of love. Where does that stand? YORKEY: We’re working on an original musical about couples through time finding love and holding onto it despite the forces that are against them. It won’t be a big flashy show. It may end up with just six or eight performers. We argue about politics, international relations, the causes of and answers to terrorism, gun control and so much more. The one thing I can’t understand anyone arguing against is the idea that we need more love in the world.
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Book & Lyrics
BRIAN YORKEY Starring
JACKIE BURNS ANTHONY RAPP
MATTHEW HYDZIK JANINE DiVITA
JACQUES C. SMITH
ENGLISH BERNHARDT CHARISSA BERTELS XAVIER CANO TREY ELLETT KYRA FAITH COREY GREENAN CLIFFTON HALL DEEDEE MAGNO HALL TYLER McGEE EMILY ROGERS ALICIA TAYLOR TOMASKO
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(in order of appearance) Elizabeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JACKIE BURNS Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANTHONY RAPP Kate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TAMYRA GRAY Josh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW HYDZIK Anne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JANINE DiVITA Stephen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JACQUES C. SMITH David . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARC DELACRUZ Elena and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KYRA FAITH Deputy Mayor, an Architect and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COREY GREENAN A Bartender and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLIFFTON HALL A Soldier and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XAVIER CANO A Flight Attendant and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ALICIA TAYLOR TOMASKO A Street Musician and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TYLER McGEE Paulette and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENGLISH BERNHARDT Cathy and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEEDEE MAGNO HALL
Time: The recent past Place: Madison Square Park and all around New York City THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION.
SWINGS & UNDERSTUDIES
Swings and understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the appearance.
SWINGS CHARISSA BERTELS, TREY ELLETT, EMILY ROGERS
for Elizabeth — JANINE DiVITA, DEEDEE MAGNO HALL for Kate — CHARISSA BERTELS, DEEDEE MAGNO HALL for Lucas — TREY ELLETT, CLIFFTON HALL for Josh — COREY GREENAN, TYLER McGEE for Stephen — COREY GREENAN, CLIFFTON HALL for Anne —C HARISSA BERTELS, EMILY ROGERS for David— XAVIER CANO; TREY ELLETT
DANCE CAPTAIN MARC DELACRUZ
ASSISTANT DANCE CAPTAIN ALICIA TAYLOR TOMASKO
JACQUES C. SMITH
DEEDEE MAGNO HALL
ALICIA TAYLOR TOMASKO
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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT ONE
“What If?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company “It’s a Sign” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate, Passengers “A Map of New York” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen, Beth, Kate and Company “You Never Know” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh “Ain’t No Man Manhattan” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucas, Activists “What the Fuck?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz/Beth “Here I Go” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz, Josh “You Don’t Need to Love Me” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucas “No More Wasted Time” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kate, Beth, Elena, Anne “Surprise” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company
“This Day/Walking by a Wedding” . . . . . . . . . . . Kate, Anne, Liz, Josh and Company/Beth “Hey Kid” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh “Some Other Me” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth, Lucas “Best Worst Mistake” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucas, David “I Hate You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz, Josh “A Map of New York” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen “You Learn to Live Without” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth/Liz “The Moment Explodes” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth, Architect, Passengers “Love While You Can” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth, Kate, Anne “What Would You Do?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David “Always Starting Over” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz “What If?” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Company
Conductor — KYLE C. NORRIS Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2 — ALEX HARRINGTON Keyboard 1 — MATT GOODRICH Guitar — HIDAYAT HONARI Drums — GREG GERMANN The If/Then touring musicians welcome 10 local musicians who will play at all Atlanta performances. Violin 1 - MARY BURNDRETT Violin 2 - ROBERT GIVENS Viola - PATRICK SHELC Cello - NAN KEMBERLING Acoustic and Electric Bass - MARC MILLER Flute,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Sax - LUKE WEATHINGTON Tenor Sax,Clarinet - MIRANDA DOHRMAN Trumpet,Flugel Horn - LEE KING Guitars 2 - DAN BARASZU Local Music Contractor - LEONARD ALTIERI Music Coordinator — MICHAEL KELLER Associate Music Coordinator — MICHAEL AARONS Music Copying — EMILY GRISHMAN Music Preparation — EMILY GRISHMAN, KATHARINE EDMONDS Keyboard Programming — RANDY COHEN
BIOS JACKIE BURNS (Elizabeth) is thrilled to star in If/Then, returning to many of the same cities she visited playing Elphaba in Wicked, a role for which she received an IRNE Award nomination. She subsequently played Elphaba on Broadway, to great acclaim. Other Broadway: Hair (revival, Original cast), If/Then (original cast). OffBroadway: Rock of Ages (original cast), Unlock’d, Ripper. Regional: Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (PCLO), Wedding Singer, A Grand Night for Singing (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Full Monty, Singin’ in the Rain, Joseph..., Sweeney Todd, Drood, Candide, Smokey Joe’s Café (Paper Mill). TV: “All My Children.” Concept albums: Lucifer (Michael Mott), Swept Away (Disney), Tears From Heaven and Excalibur (Frank Wildhorn). ANTHONY RAPP (Lucas). Broadway: If/ Then; Rent; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Six Degrees of Separation; Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Raised in Captivity, Sophistry, The Destiny of Me, Some Americans Abroad, among others. Film: Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, Rent, Man of the Century, Road Trip, Winter Passing, A Beautiful Mind. TV: “The X-Files,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Psych.” Author of Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical “Rent,” which was adapted into the one-man show Without You and performed nationally and internationally. @albinokid on Twitter. TAMYRA GRAY (Kate). After the acclaim that followed her appearances in the inaugural season of “American Idol,” Tamyra parlayed the attention into a successful theater, TV and film career. Broadway credits include Bombay Dreams, Rent. Film: Sony’s The Gospel, Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Gettng Married. Tamyra won the Hollywood NAACP award for best lead female for her
role in Debbie Allen’s Twist. Tamyra is a devoted wife and mother who leans on spirituality to maintain balance between work, home and health. MATTHEW HYDZIK (Josh). Broadway: Side Show (Buddy), West Side Story (Tony), Grease (Kenickie), It Shoulda Been You. Off-Broadway: Tomorrow Morning. Some regional favorites: Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Fulton Opera House. National tours: Rent, Fame, Grease and Flashdance. Proud grad of Penn State University. Insta/Twitter: @matthew_hydzik JANINE DiVITA (Anne; u/s Elizabeth). Broadway/national tour: Grease (Rizzo), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Anything Goes (Reno u/s), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Isabel and Drood/Rosa u/s). Select regional/NYC: A Walk on the Moon (Pearl, NYSAF workshop); Evita (Eva, JET); Sunday in the Park… (Dot, HRT); Oliver! (Nancy, WST); Grey Gardens (Young Little Edie, PCS); Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie, SMC); Spamalot (Lady of the Lake, TUTS). TV/ film: “This Is the Moment” (PBS), Boychoir (feature film). Education: University of Michigan. Love to Rich. janinedivita.com. Twitter: @divitaj. Instagram: janinedivita JACQUES C. SMITH (Stephen). Broadway: Rent. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse; Old Globe; Goodman Theater (BTAA Award, Joseph Jefferson nomination); Pasadena Playhouse (FRED Award, NAACP nomination); and Paper Mill Playhouse, among others. TV: “Oz” (HBO, series regular), “Eagleheart,” “General Hospital,” “CSI: Miami,” “American Masters,” “Law & Order” and “The Division.” Education: UCSD (M.F.A.) and Princeton University (B.A.). Twitter/Insta: @jacquescsmith
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BIOS MARC DELACRUZ (David). Broadway: If/Then, u/s David. Off-Broadway and New York: Three Days to See (Transport Group), Prison Dancer (NYMF). Tour: Disney’s High School Musical. Asia: Where Elephants Weep, The Wedding Banquet. Regional: Allegiance (Old Globe), Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Northwest Asian American Theatre, ReAct, SiS Productions and Village Theatre. ENGLISH BERNHARDT (Paulette and others). First national tour debut! A North Carolina native, favorite regional credits include Next to Normal (Natalie), Les Misérables (Eponine) and Evita (Mistress). Special thanks to my family, friends, NCT and the entire creative team! CHARISSA BERTELS (Swing; u/s Kate, Anne). Credits: A Christmas Story (Broadway & 1st national); Lady, Be Good and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores! and cast albums). Many thanks to God, the If/Then team, CTG, family, friends and my amazing husband, James. charissa.nyc XAVIER CANO (A Soldier and Others; u/s David). Broadway: Grease. NYC: Rent, Giant, The Capeman, Freckleface Strawberry, Lucky Guy. International: West Side Story 50th anniversary. Regional: On the Town (Gabey), A Chorus Line (Paul), Buddy Holly Story (Ritchie), Dames at Sea (Dick), Altar Boyz (Juan). UMiami alum. TREY ELLETT (Swing; u/s Lucas, David). Favorite roles: Trip in Other Desert Cities (Rubicon, Calif.), Mark in Rent (Broadway), Harry in Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas), Dan in Next to Normal (Michigan), Sam in Fully Committed (L.A.), Ethan in The Full Monty and Jonathan in Tick, Tick… Boom! (first national tours).
KYRA FAITH (Elena) is thrilled to be part of this incredible cast! Red Mountain Theatre: Legally Blonde (Pilar); Dallas Theatre Center: Fly! (Tree); Oklahoma City Rep: Vanya et al. (Cassandra). Website: kyrafaith.com. Psalm 103. COREY GREENAN (Deputy Mayor, an Architect and Others; u/s Josh, Stephen). B.A. Pepperdine University (theater). Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Scandalous (Swing). Tours: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Evita (Che). Regional: Damn Yankees, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing, I Am Harvey Milk. Love to family, Natalie and the Bubs. CLIFFTON HALL (A Bartender and Others; u/s Lucas). Broadway: A couple! Equity nat’l tours: A few! TV/film: Wants more! Thanks “The One Up Above” (Philip 4:6-9), family, wife Deedee and their two boys! @Clifftonhall Soon: clifftonhall.com DEEDEE MAGNO HALL (Cathy and Others; u/s Elizabeth, Kate). If/Then, Miss Saigon (Broadway); Wicked (Emerald City tour); “Mickey Mouse Club;” Sister Act 2; voice of Pearl on “Steven Universe”; singer w/ the Party & @Mama_Bares. Blessed and grateful to tour with hubby and sons. Thanks be to God and family. @DeedeeMagnoHall TYLER McGEE (A Street Musician and Others; u/s Josh). Broadway: If/Then, Ghost (Subway Ghost). TV: “Madame Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “All My Children,” “Alpha House.” Film: A True Story, which he wrote and produced and was recently added to Netflix. Thanks to Amber, Malcolm and all my love to my baby boy, Hendrix. EMILY ROGERS (Swing; u/s Anne) is thrilled to make her national tour debut! Pace MT 2015. Many thanks to the
BIOS entire cast and crew, Carson-Adler, Jeffy, Marshall and Taylor. For Mom and Dad. Ecclesiastes 9:7. ALICIA TAYLOR TOMASKO (A Flight Attendant and Others, Assistant Dance Captain). Broadway: In the Heights (u/s Vanessa, Nina). 1st national: Evita. Regional: Little Shop (Audrey), In the Heights Miami (Carla), Sylvia (Sylvia). Shoutout to Rikky at Hybrid. Love to Momma. @aliciatomasko. IG: @aliciataylornyc TOM KITT (Music) received a 2014 Tony nomination for the score of If/Then. He won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony awards for best score and best orchestrations for Next to Normal. For his work on Next to Normal, he received the Frederick Loewe Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for best new score. Tom was responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway and provided additional arrangements for the studio albums 21st Century Breakdown and ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! As a composer, credits include the Broadway shows High Fidelity and Bring It On: The Musical, The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline (the Public’s NYSF). Tom has composed songs for “Sesame Street,” and, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, co-wrote “Bigger,” which opened the 2013 Tony Awards, and for which he received an Emmy Award. As an arranger, conductor and musical director, other credits include Pitch Perfect, Everyday Rapture, 13, Laugh Whore and Debbie Does Dallas. BRIAN YORKEY (Book and Lyrics) received a 2014 Tony nomination for the score of If/Then. Broadway: Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for best wcore, Tony nomination for best gook); The Last Ship with Sting and John Logan. Films/
television in development: 13 Reasons Why for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content (based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher), Chase for Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films and Anonymous, and Score! for Team Downey and Warner Bros. Other theater credits: Making Tracks (off-Broadway, regional, international); the musical adaptation of Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet; and the new musical Jesus in My Bedroom. Brian has directed off-Broadway and regionally, and for seven years was associate artistic director at Village Theatre in Washington state, one of the nation’s leading producers of new musicals. He’s a graduate of Columbia University, where he was artistic director of the Varsity Show; an alum of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the WGA. For Bev. MICHAEL GREIF (Director). Broadway: Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Rent (Tony Award nominations), If/Then and Never Gonna Dance. Delacorte: The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet. OffBroadway: new plays, musicals, revivals at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival/Public, NYTW, Roundabout, Second Stage and Signature, including Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, the 2010 revival of Angels in America (Lortel Award), Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Public), Guare’s Landscape of the Body (Signature) and musical adaptations of Giant (Public) and Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). He received Obie awards for Machinal and Dogeaters (Public) and for Rent (NYTW). Regional: Williamstown (nine seasons); La Jolla Playhouse (artistic director, 1995-99); Arena; Center Stage; Goodman; Guthrie; CTG/Taper; DTC; Trinity Rep. Upcoming: Pasek/Paul/Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen at Second Stage (2016). Education: Northwestern (B.S.), UCSD (M.F.A.). Proud father of David and Hannah. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25
BIOS LARRY KEIGWIN (Choreographer) is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. He founded Keigwin + Company in 2003 and has created dozens of dances for his company, as well as for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company and others. His work in musical theater includes choreography for If/Then on Broadway, Tales of the City at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in 2011 and the new production of Rent, for which he received the Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. MARK WENDLAND (Set Design). Broadway: If/Then, The Merchant of Venice, Next to Normal, Talk Radio, An Almost Holy Picture, Death of a Salesman. New York: Murder Ballad, Beauty of the Father, Iron (MTC); Nobody Loves You, Lonely I’m Not, Boys’ Life, Some Men (Second Stage); The Great God Pan, The World Over (Playwrights Horizons); Rent (New World Stages); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, Satellites, Fucking A, Pericles, A Dybbuk, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens (Public Theater); Angels in America, Hot ’n’ Throbbing (Signature); Distracted (Roundabout); Unconditional (Labyrinth); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Hamlet (CSC). EMILY REBHOLZ (Costume Design). Broadway: If/Then, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent off-Broadway: Stop Hitting Yourself, VSMS (2013 Lucille Lortel nomination) for Lincoln Center; Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park); The Last Five Years; Lonely, I’m Not (2012 Henry Hewes design nomination); Bachelorette (Second Stage); The Madrid, Close Up Space (MTC); Mr. Burns, The Call, The Shaggs 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
(Playwrights Horizons); Carrie (MCC). Additional designs have been seen at Opera St. Louis, Lincoln Center, Roundabout, Rattlestick, Ars Nova, the Atlantic, the Old Globe, A.R.T, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Asolo Repertory. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design) has more than 50 Broadway play and musical theatre credits. He designs extensively off-Broadway, for resident theaters and touring productions throughout the United States and internationally. Selected Broadway credits: If/Then, Wicked, Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, The Coast of Utopia-Shipwrecked, Other Desert Cities, Harvey, The Best Man, The Merchant of Venice, The Royal Family, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Goat, Uncle Vanya, Side Man, The Little Foxes and The Rose Tattoo. He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards. BRIAN RONAN (Sound Design). More than 30 Broadway shows including The Last Ship; Cabaret; If/Then; Beautiful; Annie; Bring It On; Nice Work; The Book of Mormon; Anything Goes; American Idiot; Promises, Promises; Next to Normal; Grease; Curtains; Spring Awakening; Grey Gardens; and The Pajama Game. Brian has received Obie, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, London’s Olivier and Tony awards. His career has spanned North America, Europe and Asia and has allowed him to work with the most talented composers, directors, designers, actors, musicians and stagehands in the world, for which he is eternally grateful. PETER NIGRINI (Projection Design). Broadway: Act of God, The Heidi Chronicles, The Best Man, Fela!, 9 to 5, Say Goodnight Gracie. Elsewhere: Grounded and Here Lies Love (Public Theater), Far
BIOS From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage), Notes From Underground (Yale Rep), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Rent (New World Stages), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (NYC Opera), Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). For Nature Theater of Oklahoma, No Dice and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). Currently: Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage), Amélie (Berkeley Rep), Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave) and The Spongebob Musical. DAN SCULLY (Projection Design) is a Brooklyn-based projection and lighting designer whose work explores the intersection of visual art, technology and storytelling. Recent projects include Rocky (Broadway); Jedermann (Salzburger Festpiele); Another Night (Alvin Ailey/ ADT); Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (NY Pops); The Orchestra Moves! (Carnegie Hall); When the Wolves Came In/Watershed (Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion); Seven Last Words (Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra Society); Lake Lucille Chekhov Project. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, Asolo Rep. M.F.A. from NYU. DAVID BRIAN BROWN (Wig/Hair Design). Broadway highlights: Curious Incident…, If/Then, Gigi, Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, The Nance, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Tarzan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, Side Show, Steel Pier. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven, Giant. TV/film: “Peter Pan Live,” “The Sound of Music Live” (NBC); It’s Complicated, Angels in America (Emmy nominated), To Wong Foo…
MICHAEL STAROBIN (Orchestrations). Credits include If/Then, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Little Miss Sunshine, Annie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, The People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal, The Glorious Ones, The Grinch, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, Spelling Bee, Assassins, Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol (MSG), Hello Again, Guys and Dolls, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, In Trousers, Sunday in the Park With George, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, Von Richtofen. KYLE C. NORRIS (Music Director). Broadway: Rocky, Pippin, First Date. First national tour: Legally Blonde, West Side Story. Las Vegas: Spamalot, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Avenue Q. Other: TV Time! An active composer, Kyle’s folk-rock musical Rex won best music at the NYC SoundBites Festival. Love to Erika, Katie and Harry. “Roll Tide!” ANNMARIE MILAZZO (Vocal Arrangements). Broadway: Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, Finding Neverland, If/Then. Off-Broadway: Carrie, Bright Lights Big City. Regional: Dangerous Beauty, Prometheus Bound, Some Lovers, A Little More Alive. Lyricist: Cirque du Soleil’s Le Rêve and Carmen. Grammy-nominated singer for East Village Opera Company on Decca/Universal Records. MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator) & MICHAEL AARONS (Associate). Broadway: Wicked, Hamilton, Amazing Grace, Honeymoon in Vegas, School of Rock, The Color Purple, Gotta Dance. Current & future tours: Kinky Boots, The Bridges of Madison County.
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BIOS MARK MYARS (Associate Choreographer). If/Then (associate choreographer, Broadway); In Your Arms (associate choreographer, Old Globe); Beaches (associate choreographer, Drury Lane Theater); Wicked (dance supervisor on Broadway, national tours, in London, Japan, Australia, Germany). Mark is proud to have choreographed Born to Dance!, a revue that relives and reconceives Broadway’s most iconic dance moments. He is a guest musical theater teacher at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS. markmyars.com TELSEY + CO. (Casting). Broadway/ tours: Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, China Doll, Misery, Allegiance, On Your Feet!, Sylvia, Spring Awakening, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Hand to God, Kinky Boots, Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County, The Sound of Music, Love Letters, Newsies, Pippin, Motown, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., Delaware Theatre Company, La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Old Globe, Paper Mill, Seattle Repertory, Williamstown. Film: Fun House, Tallulah, Ithaca, The Intern. TV: “Grease: Live,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. telseyandco.com JAKE BELL (Technical Supervision) has been a technical production manager and production stage manager on Broadway, and national and international touring productions for 35+ years. Credits include An American in Paris, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, If/Then, Les Misérables, Cats, Miss Saigon, Billy Elliot, Dreamgirls. Jake also has been a technical consultant on theater renovations around the country. 321 THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT (General Management). Nina Essman, Nancy Nagel Gibbs and Marcia Goldberg’s past and present Broadway, off-Broadway 28 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
and national tour management credits include Wicked (Worldwide); If/Then; Fun Home; Peter and the Starcatcher; Bring It On; Sister Act; Traces; Next to Normal; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Vagina Monologues; Man of La Mancha; The Graduate; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Fully Committed; and Bat Boy. Individual productions include The Lion King; Smokey Joe’s Café; The Santaland Diaries; Full Gallop; Smoke on the Mountain; Rent; Guys & Dolls; and The Diary of Anne Frank. Ken Silverman joined 321 in 2005. SHAWN PENNINGTON (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Wicked, Next to Normal, Sondheim on Sondheim. National tours: Peter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pajama Game, Gypsy, Will Rogers Follies, Fame, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Regional: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse). Love to Mom, Dad, Mark and Beth. JEN ASH (Stage Manager). Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Fuerza Bruta WAYRA, Peter and the Starcatcher, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Brigadoon. Tours: Wicked, Peter and the Starcatcher. Regional: Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse). TV: Various shows and concerts for VH1 and MTV networks, and corporate industrial events for Arts Brookfield NYC. HEATHER ENGLANDER (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: Amazing Grace, Finding Neverland, If/Then. OffBroadway: Doctor Faustus (CSC); Dying for It (ATC); Much Ado… (NYSF); Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons); Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick); Talley’s Folly (Roundabout); Giant, Into the Woods, Love’s Labor’s Lost (NYSF);
BIOS The Bad Guys (Second Stage). Education: Barnard College. e². DAVID ALPERT (Associate Director). Broadway: If/Then, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man, Guys and Dolls. Other: Talley’s Folly (Roundabout), Old Friends (Signature), iHo (Guthrie), The Living for Today concert benefiting Gilana’s Fund. B.A.: Western Michigan University. Thanks Michael and family. david-alpert.com DAVID STONE (Producer) is represented by Wicked and If/Then. He has produced Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Three Days of Rain, Man of La Mancha, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed, Lifegame, The Diary of Anne Frank, Full Gallop, The Santaland Diaries and Family Secrets. David serves on the boards of the Broadway League and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He also serves on the advisory boards of V-Day and Second Stage Theatre. David has lectured on theater at NYU, Yale, Columbia and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. For Michael. JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer). President of the Nederlander Organization son of James M. Nederlander (chairman). Producing credits include Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom, Kinky Boots, I’ll Eat You Last with Bette Midler, Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, Evita, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Movin’ Out, Million Dollar Quartet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, On Your Feet! BARBARA WHITMAN (Producer) is represented on Broadway by Fun Home (Tony Award, best musical), The Humans (Tony Award, best play) and Fully Committed
starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Other credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award, best musical revival), Hands on a Hardbody, Red (Tony Award, best play), Next to Normal (Pulitzer), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary Stuart, Legally Blonde — The Musical, … Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Raisin in the Sun. Barbara attended NYU’s Gallatin School and received an M.F.A. in theater management and producing from Columbia University. Her proudest productions are her sons, Daniel and Will. PATRICK CATULLO (Producer). Broadway and national tour credits include the current production of Fully Committed starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, If/Then, the Tony Award-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the recent production of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Twyla Tharp’s col laborations with the music of Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. West End: The Elephant Man and Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton (Olivier Award). Patrick is a graduate of Yale and a member of The Broadway League. NANCY NAGEL GIBBS (Producer) has been a producer, general manager and company manager on Broadway, off-Broadway and internationally for 30+ years. Producer: If/Then, Peter and the Starcatcher, Fun Home, Bat Boy, Striking 12, All Shook Up, The Big Bang, The Last Session, Fully Committed and Smoke on the Mountain. General manager: Traces, The Search for Signs…, I Love You You’re Perfect, De La Guarda, Over the River, Visiting Mr. Green, Full Gallop, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, John & Jen, Santaland Diaries, the Lamb’s Theatre and Ford’s Theatre.
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BIOS/STAFF FOX THEATRICALS (Producer). Under the leadership of Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson, Broadway credits include Fun Home (2015 Tony Award); If/Then; Grace; Bring It On (Tony Award nomination); Red (Tony Award); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award); Legally Blonde; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award); Death of a Salesman (Tony Award); The Seagull; ‘night, Mother; Caroline, or Change. Off-Broadway: Fun Home and Traces. For the Independent Presenters Network: Kinky Boots, Matilda, Spamalot, The Color Purple. Fox Theatricals is a division of Fox Associates, owner and operator of the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. It is led by president Jack Feivou and owners Mary Strauss, Lisa Suntrup and Julie Noonan. MARC PLATT (Producer) is represented on Broadway by Wicked. Prior Broadway productions: If/Then, Three Days of Rain, Pal Joey. Off-Broadway: Matthew Bourne’s ballet Edward Scissorhands, Family Week. Films: Bridge of Spies, Ricki and the Flash, Into the Woods, Drive, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Nine, Rachel Getting Married, Wanted, Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2, Song One, Lost River, Winter’s Tale, 2 Guns, Charlie St. Cloud, Cop Out, The Other Woman, The Seeker, The Perfect Man, Honey and Josie and the Pussycats. Upcoming films: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee; La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, directed by Damien Chazelle; The Girl on the Train. Television: “Grease: Live!” (Fox), “Empire Falls” (HBO, Golden Globe Award), “Taking the Stage” (MTV), “Once Upon a Mattress” (ABC), “The Path to 9/11” (ABC).
STAFF FOR IF/THEN GENERAL MANAGEMENT 321 THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT Nina Essman Nancy Nagel Gibbs Marcia Goldberg Ken Silverman TOUR PRESS REPRESENTATIVE Phillip Aleman CASTING TELSEY + COMPANY Bernard Telsey CSA Craig Burns CSA TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS Jake Bell Noel Bell COMPANY MANAGER Kelly Ann Gray PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER . .Shawn Pennington Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jen Ash Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Heather Englander Production Consultant . . . . . . . .Judy Schoenfeld Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . Erica Norgaard Assistant Company Manager . . . . . . . . Mattea Cogliano-Benedict Makeup Design . . . . . . . . . . .Joseph Dulude II Associate Director . . . . . . . . . . . .David Alpert Associate Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . .Mark Myars Associate General Managers . . . . .Bob Brinkerhoff, Amy Merlino Coey Associate Scenic Designer . . . . . . . Brett Banakis Scenery Coordinator . . . . . . . . . Chris Batstone Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . Amy Wright Assistant Costume Designer . . . . . . Sarafina Bush Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . Joel Shier Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . . Nick Solyom Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . Cody Spencer Associate Projection Designer . . . . . . Dan Vatsky Assistant Projection Designer . . . . Robert Figueria Video Programmer . . . . . . . . Benjamin Keightley Production Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . Rick Howard Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Hoekstra Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Randy DeBoer Automation Carpenter . . . . . . . . . Jason Edens Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . Greg Husinko Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vince Goga Moving Light Programmer . . . . . . Thomas Hague Follow Spot Operator . . . . . . . . . . Mark Leslie Moving Light Technician . . . . . . . . Kim Caldwell Production Sound . . . . . . . . . . .Brett Bingman Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . .Brad Zuckerman Assistant Sound Engineer . . . . . . . Marc Fisher III Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lonnie Goertz Assistant Props . . . . . . . . . . . Carlos Wauman Wardrobe Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Lee Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . . . . Scott Harrington Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor . . . Brenda Anderson
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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.
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321 THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT Ashley Berman, Bob Brinkerhoff, Amy Merlino Coey, Kirk Curtis, Jeffrey Feola, Tracy Geltman, Marissa Gonzales, Adam Jackson, Ellise Lesser, Stuart Levy, Uma McCrosson, Valerie Novakoff, Rebecca Peterson, Emily Powell, Steve Quinn, Susan Sampliner, Julia Sattler, Rachel Scheer, Kelly Shoemaker, Tyler Siems, Ken Silverman, Brian Tucker EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION Stephen Lindsay Brett Sirota The Road Company www.theroadcompany.com www.ifthenthemusical.com Rehearsed at Signature Theatre Company CREDITS All scenery and scenic motion control by Proof Productions, Inc. Lighting by PRG Lighting. Sound by Masque Sound. Products furnished by Apple, Inc. (Suzanne Lindergh and George Pulios). Prop artisans are Mary Wilson, Daniel Moss. Specialty props by Tom Carroll Scenery Inc., Aardvark Interiors, Costume Armour, Izquierdo Studio, Alexandra Geiger. Built costumes by Marc Happel. Hair products by L’Oreal Professional. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 31
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATRE A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows. Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).
ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)
Virginia Beach au naturel The green — and tasty — sides of America’s original coastal community Story by Bret Love Photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett
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n the surface, Virginia Beach looks like any number of coastal communities that line the Eastern Seaboard.
The busy beach town has three military bases, two universities and myriad high-rise office buildings. There are countless oceanfront hotels and restaurants along what is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest recreational beach in the world. But Virginia Beach also has options for travelers seeking an experience that goes beyond relaxing on the beach. There’s an impressive amount of green space here, historical landmarks and outdoor recreation, not to mention a growing foodie scene that benefits from the city’s prime location at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
FROM TOP: Cormorants skim the surface of Lynnhaven River, a spot popular with both paddlers and fishers; our reporting/photography team of Bret Love and Mary Gabbett says aw-shucks to some oysters.
Back to the beginning To understand the area’s rich significance in American history, start your visit at First Landing State Park, a National Natural Landmark with 2,888 acres of prime real estate on the Bay. The Visitors Center has a small museum that explains the name “First Landing.” It was here, on the shores of Cape Henry, that captain Christopher Newport led three ships on behalf of the Virginia Co. They landed April 26, 1607, and the Colonists aboard those ships founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Knowing that history lets you explore the relatively pristine park (including 1.25 miles of beachfront and 19 miles of hiking/ biking trails) with fresh eyes. Imagine the early settlers exploring the evolving ecosystems — from beach and dunes to a maritime forest, tidal marsh, freshwater ponds and cypress swamp — with a sense of wide-eyed wonder at the raw, untamed beauty of it all. The park draws more than a million visitors a year, offering cabins and campsites, boating, fishing, swimming, natural history programs and more. This is a nature lover’s playground not far from a humming city. False Cape State Park is equally historic, but more remote,
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FROM LEFT: You’ll learn a lot about Chesapeake Bay during a tour with captain Chris Ludford, the Virginia Beach native behind the sweet taste of Pleasure House Oysters; as you might expect, the bay is particularly spectacular at sunset.
sharing the Currituck Banks Peninsula on the North Carolina border. You’ll only get there by hiking, biking or boating from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which ensures plenty of elbow room away from late-summer crowds. False Cape was named for its resemblance to Cape Henry when seen from the sea. British ships sailing to the New World often mistook False Cape for Cape Henry and ran aground in shallow waters, earning it the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Survivors built the Wash Woods community here in the late 16th or early 17th century. Though long since in ruins, the village had a church, homes and other structures built from cypress that had washed ashore. By the early 20th century, waterfowl had drawn hunters. Today’s Wash Woods Environmental Education Center building was yesterday’s hunting clubhouse. False Cape has no other development but does offer a primitive camping area, guided kayak trips, interpretive programs, hiking and biking trails, and six miles of unspoiled beach. You’ll find an exceptional array of wildlife — more than 300 species of birds, otters, white-tailed deer, red fox, loggerhead turtles, American bald eagles and wild horses. The old land & the sea Virginia Beach residents built their lives around the 248 square miles of water that has surrounded them for centuries. They ate fish from Chesapeake Bay and oysters from the Lynnhaven River.
If You Go Driving distance: 581 miles (about 8.5 hours from Atlanta). Getting there: Take I-85 north to Virginia, then U.S. 58 East to I-664 South, then I-264 East. Cost of a weekend getaway: We stayed at Church Point Manor B&B, where rooms average $250/night and include breakfast. With upscale meals and a few select tours, Fishing, agriculture, shipping, military defense and tourism industries benefit from the location. Some 150 rivers and streams flow into the Chesapeake Bay’s 64,299-square-mile drainage basin, home to 300 species of fish, shellfish and crabs, ranging from tiny Atlantic menhaden and striped bass, to massive Atlantic sturgeon, plus bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and sharks and whales. The Bay is famous for the blue crabs, clams and oysters for which both locals and visitors clamor. You’ll learn a lot about Chesapeake Bay during a tour with captain Chris Ludford, the Virginia Beach native behind Pleasure House Oysters. His oyster farming business is named for picturesque Pleasure House Point, which has been preserved as a 118acre natural area (tidal marsh, sandy shores and maritime forest) along Pleasure House Creek and the Lynnhaven River. His sweet, floral-flavored oysters are reminders of a time when the area’s legendary seafood was essential sustenance. Today it’s more of a luxury, part of a food scene that’s enhancing Virginia Beach’s reputation as a travel destination. From the laid-back, farm-to-table vibe of the Bay Local Eatery to award-winning upscale menus at The Cellars (in the basement of Church Point Manor, once an 1860s farmhouse) and Terrapin (our favorite local restaurant), the seafood is one of several things that’ll convince you this historic coastal community is worth a road trip.
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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.
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STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . Vice President & General Manager Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Elton Howze. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Carmie McDonald . . . . . . . . . Director, Fox Theatre Institute Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Master Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm
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Our ‘Top 10’ list numbers 10 don’t-misses and 2 new-play series; what’s on yours? ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 45
Actor’s Express. The Alliance and Lookingglass theaters. Brand-spanking-new work. Let those ideas guide you as you navigate metro Atlanta’s joyfully jammed fall theater season. We’ve looked at the lineups and brochures, the directors and available casting and come up with a list of don’t-miss productions. They’ll take you from the courts of kings Henry VIII and James I to modern-day Harvard, from New York City bodegas to the aerial feats of an untethered Moby Dick, from the mind of a Pulitzer Prize finalist to a Broadway auteur’s next go at a hit. Actor’s Express and the Alliance Theatre have programmed truly great seasons; Synchronicity Theatre has programmed its best lineup since just before the Great Recession in 2008. This list is arranged in chronological order (because we don’t play favorites). And it features 15 titles, not the usual Top 10 (more work for us, more fun for you) — because there’s at least that much good stuff to see. Know also, that it does not include shows done annually — the Christmas Carols, for example. Now, get your calendars ready. And enjoy. Anne Boleyn SEPT. 23-OCT. 16 | Synchronicity Theatre. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, lasted barely three years as queen but has been the subject of plays, movies and books for almost 500 years. This insouciant 2010 script by British playwright Howard Brenton takes a revisionist look at Tudor history, telling Anne’s story from her point of view, with all the romance, betrayal and political intrigue you’d expect, plus a few surprises. Richard Garner, co-founder of the late, great Georgia Shakespeare, directs a cast led by Brooke Owens as Anne, Brian Hatch (Rocky Horror Show at Actor’s Express) as Henry, Kerwin Thompson (When Things Are Lost at Essential Theatre) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Allan Edwards (City of Conversation at Horizon Theatre) as Thomas Cromwell. The London Telegraph called Anne Boleyn “ … shrewd, funny, drop-dead inventive” and said “it takes the tame conventions of historical drama and hurls them in the privy.” Appropriate OCT. 29-NOV. 20 | Actor’s Express. Know that the title is a verb, pronounced uh-PROH-pree-eyt, as in “to take without permission or seize,” not the adjective meaning “suitable” or “fitting.” It’s an important distinction. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins gives us a darkly comic domestic drama about the adult children of a deceased Southern patriarch who just might have been a KKK member. Jacobs-Jenkins, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Gloria, “evokes issues of racism without creating a single black character ... appropriating, making his own, a story of white America” (The Washington Post). The Southern Gothic sizzler won off-Broadway’s 2014 Obie Award for best new American play. Artistic director Freddie Ashley leads a 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
from the creator of
Music and Lyrics by
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Book by
QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES Conceived by
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Direction by
JUSTIN ANDERSON Musical Direction by
ANN-CAROL PENCE Choreography by
RICARDO APONTE A CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN
July 21–August 28, 2016 (678) 226-6222 or www.AuroraTheatre.com Part of the
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cast that includes Cynthia Barrett (Silent Sky at Theatrical Outfit), Bryan Brendle (Dracula at Aurora Theatre), Alexandra Ficken (In Love and Warcraft at the Alliance), Devon Hales (Light in the Piazza at Theatrical Outfit) and Kevin Stillwell (Lasso of Truth, Synchronicity). Art SEPT. 8-11 | Intimate Indoors by Serenbe Playhouse. Location, location, location. The venue makes the case for seeing this 1998 Tony Award-winning three-hander by Yasmina Reza. Art and friendship duke it out when one among a trio of pals purchases an all-white canvas. Serenbe, which normally performs outdoors in Chattahoochee Hills, tucks this second show of its indoor series into the Atlanta Contemporary in West Midtown. Serenbe artistic associate Ryan Oliveti directs. No cast had been set by our deadline. Company THROUGH SEPT. 4 | Actor’s Express. The Express did great box office last season with Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, so it makes sense that it’s bringing the master back. This time it’s his 1970 musical about a single man in New York City about to turn 35. Robert, as he’s called, confronts perpetual bachelorhood in a series of funny-sad-awkward vignettes with his meddling married friends. The cast (Daniel Burns, Jill Hames, Jessica Miesel, Steve Hudson and Libby Whittemore, among others) and the score (“The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Another Hundred People” and “Being Alive,” among others) put this on our list. The Express promises a “modern makeover” of the show, which won six Tony awards, but that’ll be tricky since it is so deeply rooted in the ways and words of the ’70s. Ashley directs. Freed Spirits SEPT. 23-OCT. 30 | Horizon Theatre. A world premiere comedy by Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio (look, also, for her comic drama Split in Three at Aurora in May). A brainy outcast named Susan gives tours at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery, hoping that its vibrant past might make her own present feel less stuck. She wanders the brick walkways alone until one spring day when a freak tornado hits, churning up a buried mystery and a cadre of urban misfits. Producing director Lisa Adler directs. Cast not confirmed at press time. Home Brew FALL TBA | 7 Stages. Like new plays? Like beer? Then Home Brew is for you. This developmental reading series gives select metro artists a weeklong residency to shape their scripts for a Saturday afternoon audience, where, often, adult beverages are served gratis. No titles were confirmed at press time, but Home Brew is a series to watch. I saw two of the best, most knock-you-back-in-your-seat pieces of theater there in 2015/16: Theroun d’Arcy Patterson’s fact-based Red Summer and Tara Ochs’ one-woman White Woman in Progress. Red Summer begins in 1919, when a young black teenager steps onto a whites’-only beach, igniting race riots in the Midwest and impacting his ancestors for generations. White Woman comes from Ochs’ 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
experiences in and around the feature film Selma, in which she played civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, who drove from Detroit to Selma to take part in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous march, and never returned. (White Woman gets a fully staged production at 7 Stages in March 2017.) In the Heights THROUGH AUG. 28 at Aurora Theatre | SEPT. 8-18 at Theatrical Outfit. You’ve heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda? Before he wrote Hamilton, he brought In the Heights to Broadway, winning the 2007 Tony Award for best musical and collecting a medallion for best score. The rhymes are a bit less mature than in Hamilton, but the show definitely hints at the mastery to come. In the Heights reunites the Aurora Theatre / Theatrical Outfit team behind last season’s Memphis, telling the story of New York City’s Washington Heights area, where the corner bodega serves coffee light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries a current of change. Justin Anderson, Aurora’s associate artistic director, directs a 25-member cast that includes Skyler Brown, Diany Rodriguez, Maria Rodriguez-Sager, Julissa Sabino and India Tyree. Miami native Diego Klock-Perez plays Usnavi (Miranda’s role), the neighborhood’s unofficial goodwill ambassador. Libby at the Express DEC. 10-11, 16-18 | Actor’s Express. Singer/actor Libby Whittemore, back at AE for an eighth season, is an Atlanta treasure. If you’ve seen her you already know this. If not, what are you waiting for?! We highly recommend Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas (yes, the title is as long as her dynel wig is tall). Whittemore sings holiday and fan favorites in Act 1, and then returns in Act 2 as the loose-lipped, tiara-topped Connie Sue Day, the 31st Lady of Country Music. (Whittemore returns to AE for shows in February and June 2017, as well.) Moby Dick OCT. 12-30 | Alliance Theatre. Moby Dick flies in on the wings and silks of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. How to describe Lookingglass? The circus-infused company believes in ensemblebased work that is spectacular, physical and inventive, sort of a Cirque du Soleil that tells real theater stories. Melville’s classic fish tale comes to life, according to the Chicago Tribune, “as a triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring.” The Tribune puts it on the short list of great Lookingglass productions over the past two decades. The Alliance run is staged in association with Lookingglass and the Actors Gymnasium in Chicago, and is a co-production with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif.
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The Prom AUG. 18-SEPT. 25 | Alliance Theatre. We’re not sure what to expect of this world premiere directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Casey Nicholaw. On one hand, he’s the man involved in such successes as Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin and Something Rotten! On the other, he directed and choreographed Tuck Everlasting, which also premiered at the Alliance but tanked on Broadway. He’s a Tony Award winner, but he’s also been nominated for many Tonys he did not win. Still, The Prom intrigues. It tells the story of canceled high-school prom, deep-sixed when the PTA finds our one student intends to attend with her girlfriend. A band of aging celebrities catches wind of this, and invades the girl’s small Indiana town, hoping to stir up a little positive press. The cast is led by Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Shrek). Threshold New Play Festival DEC. 2-4 | Actor’s Express. Four Georgia-bred productions get an early look in the second year of AE’s new-play festival. What’s Past, a musical by Jessica De Maria (The Last Time We Were Here) and Chase Peacock, follows two extraordinary siblings on a journey through time and memory to unravel the mystery of their parents’ death and their own identities. Coyote Hour by Margaret Baldwin is about one Atlanta woman determined to get to the truth of reports of coyotes in her neighborhood. Southern Haunt, a Southern Gothic thriller by Kathryn Walat, details the secrets (and ghosts) unearthed when a Savannah dive-bar bartender and an out-of-towner have a one-night stand. And The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio follows an uptight academic who loses her job teaching primitive sexual behavior, and then explores a new career writing erotica. The Wholehearted SEPT. 15-17 | Ferst Center for the Arts. This drama from Stein/Holum Projects combines live performance and largerthan-life video to tell the story of a world champion boxer taken down by her husband and determined to find redemption. “There’s a certain narrative arc that often accompanies stories about female victims of domestic violence,” said WGBH Radio in Boston, “but there’s nothing typical about the storytelling in The Wholehearted.” Stein/Holum is Deborah Stein, a New York-born playwright, director and producer living and working in San Diego, and Suli Holum, a Brooklyn-based performer, playwright, director and choreographer.
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ART is a Tony Award winning play that looks at the worlds of art and friendship and how they collide when an unthinkably all white painted canvas is purchased. The extraordinary Atlanta Contemporary will serve as the setting for this classic comedy.
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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 N.E., 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road N.W., 770.420.1985; ruthschris. com. A, B, D Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.
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GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M
SOHO’s tempura calamari with a ginger-soy glaze.
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. Take-
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SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Two locations: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V
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PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW
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. N.E., 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M
EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH
LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M
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,
DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposed-brick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Avenue N.E., 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com. M
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. N.E., 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D
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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups, too. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Rd., 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P
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FOX FUN FACTS SAVING THE FOX A timeline of the movement launched to keep an Atlanta landmark from the wrecking ball On May, 17, 1974, the Fox Theatre was put on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings less than 50 years of age are not normally considered, but because of the Fox’s “outstanding architectural merit,” it made the list. Here are some other fun facts about the iconic space: • By the 1970s, the expansive size of the auditorium makes it impossible to hold first-run films there for the extended runs distributors require. • I n 1974, Southern Bell approaches Mosque Inc., which owned the theater since 1935, to buy and raze the theater for its new headquarters. • July 10, 1974: Possibly the first official Save the Fox meeting is held at Herren’s restaurant downtown. Attending is future Mayor Maynard Jackson. • Dec. 31, 1974: To generate Save the Fox donations, music producer Alex Cooley presents the Gregg Allman tour. More than 4,000 concertgoers attend.
• March 20, 1976: Delta Zeta sorority hosts an “Evening at the Fox” event, raising $70,000. • May 26, 1976: The Fox is named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. • By February 1978, the Fox’s mortgage is paid off, six months ahead of schedule, thanks to the contributions of more than 7,000 generous citizens. 60 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Parades (top and bottom) and parties and concerts were all held as part of the Save the Fox campaign. Even the Goodyear blimp got into the act, flashing “Save the Fox” on its scrolling marquee.
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• December 1975: A 25-cent ticket surcharge is added to go toward the Save the Fox effort.
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