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contents January 2010
8 On the Road with Igor
15 Program and notes
Young Frankensteinâ€™s Cory English on ad libs, audiences and his smallest fan.
12 A Dream Fulfilled
Annieâ€™s David Barton is living a great life.
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with igor Young Frankenstein’s Cory English on ad libs, audiences and his smallest fan By Kristi Casey Sanders
or Cory English, acting is a family affair. As he tours the United States playing Dr. Frankenstein’s sidekick Igor, he’s accompanied by wife, actress Eva Alexander, and threeyear-old son Sammy, who’s seen Young Frankenstein several times. “He came up to me the other day and asked, ‘Dad, what are your favorite EncoreAtlantA.com
words in the show?’ English says. “I said, ‘I don’t know ... Transylvania mania?’ He said, ‘Mine’s Coke and Bacardi,’ which is a line I sing. And I thought, ‘I can’t wait to see what he picks up on when he’s five or six.’” During a six-week stop in Chicago, Alexander and English signed Sammy up for ballet lessons at the Joffrey. “But
From left: Anne Horak, Roger Bart, Cory English, Joanna Glushak and Shuler Hensley in Young Frankenstein.
I don’t care if he becomes an actor or a dancer,” English says. “I’m just glad he stands in line and goes across the floor when he’s supposed to.” London has been their home for the past eight years, but like many acting families, English says they go wherever the work is. “[This show] is going to be in L.A. for six weeks, so she’s going to
have some auditions and I’ll have some auditions. If we get some work there, we’ll stick around. If not, we’ll go back to London after the tour ends.” He says they have been very lucky so far. “For the most part, since we’ve been married, we go back and forth: She’s been working, then I’ve been working. When I got this tour, she stopped working for a little while to come with me. If she didn’t want to come, I probably wouldn’t have taken the job, because I wouldn’t have wanted to spend that much time away from my family.” Happily, Sammy loves to fly. “He’s got a Thomas the Tank Engine suitcase that he loves packing,” English says. But they typically rent a car to get from city to city, if they’re close enough. That’s the biggest challenge of the job, he says, Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication
Roger Bart as Dr. Frankenstein and Cory English as Igor in Young Frankenstein.
“Roger Bart and I, who plays Dr. Frankenstein, like to riff against each other in ad libs, just to remind the audience (and us) that it is a live show, and they’re not watching TV or a movie where everything is always the same.” During one Broadway performance, the entire ensemble was trapped beneath the stage and couldn’t get on in time for their big number. “Nobody’s onstage and the orchestra’s just playing and I looked at Roger Bart and said, ‘Someone’s got to do something!’ and he said, ‘I’m not going out there,’” English remembers. “So I went out there and had a two to three-minute dance solo. Then I ran out of dance moves, so I started doing a little breakdancing. I don’t know if the audience had any idea of what was going on, but anything like that I love.” And what’s Sammy’s favorite thing about Young Frankenstein? “He says the thunder,” English laughs. “There’s some nice thunder at the top of the show.” Young Frankenstein storms into the Fox Jan. 26-31.
getting to the next town — standing up and getting laughs every night is the easy part. “One of my favorite things to do is to stand outside of the stage door as long as possible before the show starts. To feel that in different towns is a wonderful thing,” English says. “I love seeing people who are late from having their dinner running to the theater. Seeing that excitement and ... taking that onstage gives you a little boost to perform. ... But just getting to say Mel Brooks’ lines are fun. I did The Producers in London and it was such a joy. The audience knows what they’re coming to see, they’re ready for it and you laugh all night long.” Most people coming to see Young Frankenstein are fans of the Mel Brooks movie, so they know what to expect, too. “But we surprise them,” English says. “We heighten and extend [the laughs], so they see their favorite bits, but there’s more laughs on top — it’s a bonus.” His favorite moments are when things go wrong — like when a set piece is left onstage or an elevator lift malfunctions.
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nnie may be the star of the show, but she isn’t the only one getting the chance to live out her dreams. It’s been three years since the national tour of Annie debuted, but David Barton, who plays Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, has yet to stop giving thanks for his good fortune. A former youth pastor, Barton spent the last several years as a theater arts teacher at Pope John Paul II, a Nashville-area private high school. Ironically, those students are one of the reasons he’s on tour today. When his students heard about auditions for the tour of Annie, they thought he would be perfect for the part. After all, he had the looks, the personality, even the role down-pat. (Barton recently had starred as Daddy Warbucks in a local 12 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Catching up with Annie’s David Barton BY ASHLEY L. BRAZZEL
production of the musical with the Steeple Players, the community theater he started with his wife Cay more than 15 years ago.) “A lot of my students were in the show with me and found out about the Nashville auditions and said, ‘You really ought to go,’” Barton says. “It’s hard to tell your kids ‘no,’ and I thought, ‘Well, at the very least this would be a neat experience, and I can pass along the information of what a New York City audition is like, and have that experience for the classroom.’ Not ever thinking that I’d actually end up getting the part.” Barton’s passion for performing started as a child, and was inspired by watching his favorite actors come alive Continued on page 44
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Mackenzie Aladjem Jordan Mariah Boezem Roni Caggiano Ivy Moody Emily Rudolph Laura Spineti Liz Bachman Kenneth D’Elia Kelly Goyette Kevin Gutches Margaret-Ellen Jeffreys Lance MacDonald Juliette Pannone Patrick Peavy Ricky Pope Katie Reid Jillian Wallach Cy Wood Set Design
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cast (in order of appearance)
Molly......................... Mackenzie Aladjem Pepper .................................... ivy moody Duffy................................... laura spineTi July .................... jordan mariah boezem Tessie...............................emily rudolph Kate.................................. roni caggiano Annie............................... madison kerth Miss Hannigan................... LYNN ANDREWS Bundles McCloskey............ KEVIN GUTCHES Apple Seller.................................CY WOOD Dog Catcher.......................KENNETH D’ELIA Sandy .............................................MIKEY Lt. Ward........................LANCE MacDONALD Sophie the Kettle................KELLY GOYETTE Grace Farrell..............................TRACI BAIR Drake...................................... RICKY POPE Mrs. Pugh...........................KELLY GOYETTE Cecille............. Margaret-Ellen Jeffreys Annette.....................................Katie ReiD Mrs. Greer.............................LIZ BACHMAN Oliver Warbucks .................. DAVID BARTON Star to Be.........................JILLIAN WALLACH Rooster Hannigan........... ZANDER MEISNER
Lily St. Regis................CHERYL HOFFMANN Bert Healy............................... RICKY POPE Fred McCracken.............LANCE MacDONALD Jimmy Johnson.................. KEVIN GUTCHES Sound Effects Man.......................Cy Wood Ronnie Boylan............................Katie Reid Bonnie Boylan........................LIZ BACHMAN Connie Boylan............................................. Margaret-Ellen Jeffreys Oxydent “Hour of Smiles” Producer............. KELLY GOYETTE H.V. Kaltenborn’s Voice.............................. ARCHIE T. TRIDMORTEN F.D.R........................... JEFFREY B. DUNCAN Ickes.................................KENNETH D’ELIA Howe..........................................CY WOOD Hull...............................LANCE MacDONALD Perkins...............................KELLY GOYETTE Morgenthau....................... KEVIN GUTCHES White House Aid..................PATRICK PEAVY Justice Brandeis................KENNETH D’ELIA Street People, Warbucks’ Staff, New Yorkers, Hooverville-ites..........................ENSEMBLE
Ensemble LIZ BACHMAN, KENNETH D’ELIA, KELLY GOYETTE, KEVIN GUTCHES, Margaret-Ellen Jeffreys, LANCE MacDONALD, PATRICK PEAVY, Ricky Pope, KATIE REID, JILLIAN WALLACH, CY WOOD Understudies Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance. For Oliver Warbucks — JEFFREY B. DUNCAN For Miss Hannigan — KELLY GOYETTE; For Annie — LAURA SPINETI, RONI CAGGIANO For Grace — LIZ BACHMAN; For F.D.R. — RICKY POPE For Rooster — KEVIN GUTCHES; For Lily — MARGARET-ELLEN JEFFREYS; For Burt Healy — CY WOOD For Boylan Sisters — JILLIAN WALLACH; For Drake — KEVIN GUTCHES; For Molly — RONI CAGGIANO; For Star to Be — KATIE REID For Sandy — OLIVER Dance Captain — LIZ BACHMAN; Swing — juliette pannone. Orchestra Music Director — ADAM JONES Associate Conductor/Keyboard — JEFFREY CAMPOS Trombone — SEAN McCARTHY; Trumpet — Jeff Katz, Arlo Thompson Reeds — BRETT GREGORY, TERRY HALVORSON Percussion/Drums — LOUIS B. CROCCO The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.
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scenes & musical numbers ACT ONE December 11-19, 1933 SCENE 1: The New York Municipal Orphanage (Girls Annex), St. Mark’s Place “Maybe”................................................................................................ Annie “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”............................................. Annie and the Orphans “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” (Reprise)............................................... The Orphans SCENE 2: Lower Broadway “Tomorrow”............................................................................................ Annie SCENE 3: A Hooverville Underneath the Brooklyn Bridge “We’d Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover”................... Hooverville-ites and Annie SCENE 4: Hannigan’s Office at the Orphanage “Little Girls”..............................................................................Miss Hannigan “Little Girls” (Reprise)................................................................Miss Hannigan SCENE 5: The Warbucks Mansion at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here”............................ Grace, Annie, Drake, Cecille, Annette, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Greer, Servants SCENE 6: From Fifth Avenue to Times Square “N.Y.C.”............................Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Star to Be and New Yorkers SCENE 7: Miss Hannigan’s Office at The Orphanage “Easy Street”.................................................. Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily SCENE 8: Warbucks’ Study “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long”................. Grace, Drake, Mrs. Pugh, Cecille, Annette, Servants and Warbucks “Maybe” (Reprise)...................................................................................Annie Intermission ACT TWO December 21-25, 1933 SCENE 1: The NBC Radio Studio at 30 Rockefeller Center “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”...... Bert Healy, The Boylan Sisters and the Hour of Smiles Family SCENE 2: The Sewing Room at the Orphanage “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” (Reprise).................. The Orphans “Easy Street” (Reprise).................................... Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily SCENE 3: Washington: The White House “Tomorrow” (Reprise).......................... Annie, F.D.R., Warbucks and The Cabinet SCENE 4: The Gallery at the Warbucks Mansion “Something Was Missing”................................................................. Warbucks SCENE 5: The East Ballroom of the Warbucks Mansion “Annie”...................................................................Grace, Drake and The Staff “I Don’t Need Anything But You”........................................Warbucks and Annie “Maybe” (Reprise).................................................................................. Annie “A New Deal for Christmas”............................. Annie, Warbucks, Grace, F.D.R., The Orphans and The Staff 20 EncoreAtlantA.com
who’s who MADISON KERTH (Annie) from New Orleans is delighted to be returning for her second National tour of Annie. Her favorite NOLA regional credits include Annie (Annie) and Aristocats (Duchess). When not on stage she enjoys cooking, reading and swimming. Special thanks to Jonne Dendinger, Bill Berloni, Martin Charnin, NETworks Presentations, our awesome Annie cast and crew, Tchefuncte Middle School music and theater teachers, Nancy Carson, Mom, Dad, Nick, family and friends. Follow her Annie adventure at madisonkerth.blogspot.com. DAVID BARTON (Oliver Warbucks) is proud to be returning for a third year as Daddy Warbucks. After 25 years as a theater teacher and youth pastor, David is excited to be living out his life’s dream of performing professionally. In 1994, David founded the Steeple Players Theatre in his hometown of Hendersonville, Tenn. Thanks to Cay, my wife of 28 years, for letting me leave home to live out this amazing dream, to Martin Charnin for taking a chance on someone like me, and to my daughters, Ashlea and Alayna. I love you all dearly! MACKENZIE ALADJEM (Molly) has been performing since the age of four and is delighted to be reprising her role in the National tour of Annie. Her television credits include “CSI: Miami,” “Passions” and numerous commercials. Mackenzie would like to thank Martin Charnin and NETworks, and special thanks to Mom, Dad, Heather and Jamie. She is thrilled to be part of this Annie cast. LYNN ANDREWS (Miss Hannigan) Favorite credits include: Chicago (Matron Mama Morton), Romeo & Juliet (Nurse) and Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower (Ninja #s). She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support despite, you know, all those funny things that happen.
LIZ BACHMAN (Bonnie Boylan/Dance Captain/Ensemble), a native of Lancaster, Pa., and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, returns to Annie after a great summer of relaxation and performing with the Actor’s Guild of Lexington, Ky. Thanks for supporting live theater! TRACI BAIR (Grace Farrell) is thrilled to be a part of Annie. Regional credits include: Les Mis (Factory Girl), Company (Jenny), The Music Man (Marian), Oklahoma (Gertie), and The Magic Flute (Papagena). Traci recently recorded the new musical Choosing Helen, as the goddess Aphrodite. B.M. from Oklahoma City University. Thanks Mrs. Birdwell! Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Rex, Rus, Ali and the whole fam. Laugh often. JORDAN MARIAH BOEZEM (July). This 10 year old from Sarasota, Fla., is excited to make her National debut in Annie. She is very thankful to Mom and Dad, Spotlight Kids, NETworks and her family and friends for their support and encouragement. RONI CAGGIANO (Kate) National tour debut! Regional Theatre: Meet me in St. Louis (Agnes Smith), The Broadway Kids. Recordings: Junior Jams (featured soloist). Thanks: Martin Charnin, NETworks, Generation TV, Michael Roberts, Janine Molinari, Diana Roth, Nancy King, King Centre for the Performing Arts, Josh Caggiano and “Lakeland Lightning” soccer! KENNETH D’ELIA (Harold Ickes/ Ensemble) is thrilled to return to the National tour of Annie. He previously toured with the first national tour of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, as well as performing in its United Kingdom premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He understudied the role of Duncan in the Off-Broadway show IDOL: The Musical. Thanks NETworks! JEFFREY B. DUNCAN (FDR) returns for his 4th time in the role of FDR. He has Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 21
who’s who also played Henry Ford in NETworks’ Ragtime. Jeff has performed with the North Coast Rep. in San Diego, The Broadway Palm West in Mesa and the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Jeff’s voice students have performed on Broadway. Thanks to God for all things. Thanks to NETworks, Martin and Denny (EHS). This show is for Mom and Dad, Sissy, and the boys. KELLY GOYETTE (Mrs. Pugh/Ensemble) is excited to be back with Annie. She’s a Vermont native and AMDA grad. Favorite credits include Beauty and the Beast (The Wardrobe) and Bat Boy (Reverend Hightower). Love and thanks to Mom, family, friends and, Dad who after 200+ performances is STILL watching! KEVIN GUTCHES (Bundles/Ensemble) is excited to be back for another year of Annie. New York credits: The Full Monty (Than Girard), Jesus Christ Superstar (Priest/Apostle), Mystery of Edwin Drood (Deputy). Kevin also works as a performer and team member for RFamily Vacations and Nickelodeon Family Cruise. Kevin received his B.A. in Theatre/Speech from Wagner College. He would like to thank God and his family for their continued love and support. CHERYL HOFFMANN (Lily St. Regis/ Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back reprising her role of Lily St. Regis. Regional credits: Grease (Sandy), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), The Secret Garden (Rose), The Full Monty (Pam/Dance Captain), Joseph... (Angel/Narrator u/s), Carousel (Louise), The Diary of Anne Frank (Margot), Miss Julie (Christine). Love to Mom, Dad, CDDBBST and Gigi. She is originally from Sleepy Eye, Minn., and is an avid Bruce Springsteen fan. MARGARET-ELLEN JEFFREYS (Connie Boylan/Ensemble) is thrilled to make her National tour debut with Annie. New York: Zuly in The Last Place on Earth. 22 EncoreAtlantA.com
Regional: The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! (June), Around the World in 80 Days (Aouda), A Little Night Music (Petra), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Dames at Sea (Ruby). Originally from North Carolina, M.F.A. in Musical Theatre, University of Central Florida. Love to Mama, Daddy, Sister, Josh and my dog Louis, who wishes he was understudying Sandy. LANCE MacDONALD (Ensemble) is excited to be returning to Annie. A native of Dallas and graduate of AMDA. Credits: The Wild Party (Lippa), Little Women and The Music Man. To my family and friends for their unwavering support. For Zoe, always loved, never forgotten. ZANDER MEISNER (Rooster Hannigan/ Ensemble) is very happy to be on the road with this classic show. He previously toured with CATS as Rum Tum Tugger. Favorite regional credits include: Urinetown (Bobby Strong) [Denver Post Ovation Award; Best Actor in a Musical], Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Grease (Danny Zuko), and most recently the NYC Premiere of R U Prime? Graduate of Indiana University. IVY MOODY (Pepper) from Cincinnati, Ohio, is thrilled to be returning for a second tour with Annie. Ivy fell in love with theater at the age of 8 and has performed in more than 20 community and local professional musicals. Ivy thanks her family and friends for their support in making her dreams come true. JULIETTE PANNONE (Orphan Swing) is elated to make her professional debut with this incredible show! BFA NYU ‘09 CAP21 and Stonestreet Studios. She’s performed at Joe’s Pub, The Barrow Group Theatre and with the Rockaway Theater Company. Love to Mom, Dad, Danielle, The Kelly’s, Aaron, Tessa, Kate, family and friends for always believing in me.
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who’s who PATRICK PEAVY (Dog Handler/ Ensemble) is happy to be returning for the 2009-10 tour of Annie. Thanks to Bill Berloni for his continued support and NETworks for the opportunity to work with man’s best friends. Love to his family and Jenny. RICKY POPE (Drake/Bert Healy/Ensemble) is thrilled to return for a third year of Annie. Regional productions include Titanic, Secret Garden, A Man of No Importance, Into the Woods, Can-Can, Sweeney Todd and many others. Also a composer, he is currently working on a string quartet. KATIE REID (Ronnie Boylan/Ensemble) is a proud, recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Regional: Oklahoma, Seven Brides…, female lead at The New Huntington, Pops Chorale with the OKC Philharmonic. This first one is for my family! EMILY RUDOLPH (Tessie) is thrilled to debut on the national stage as Tessie. Favorite Northwest productions include Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The King and I and The Wiz. Thank you God for this special blessing. Love to family, friends, Martin and Shelly! LAURA SPINETI (Duffy) is honored to debut in her first National tour! She was recently featured as Gracie Shinn in The Bushnell’s production of The Music Man. Other favorites include: The Sound of Music (Brigitta), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte). Special thanks to Mom and Dad! JILLIAN WALLACH (Star to Be/Ensemble) is proud to be returning to the Annie tour. Regional credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal/ Dance Captain), Joseph... (Narrator), and Joshua: A New Musical (Kathleen). Thank you to NETworks, Martin Charnin, Bob Cline and the entire Annie family. Special thanks to Mom, Dad and Shelby! 24 EncoreAtlantA.com
CY WOOD (Ensemble). National tour debut. Cy grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, and moved to New York to pursue dreams of entertaining on the stage. Recent credits: Tokyo Disneyland (Diamond Jim), Into the Woods (Jack). B.F.A. Brigham Young University. Love ya, Mom! ADAM JONES (Music Director/Conductor) Favorite regional theater credits include; Musical of Musicals, Forever Plaid (Theater Barn), Ragtime, Les Misérables. Attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in Film Scoring and Piano. He’d like to thank his parents for their relentless support. KEITH LEVENSON (Musical Supervisor/ Orchestrations) conducted the Broadway and National touring productions of Annie, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Big River, Annie Warbucks and Dreamgirls. Music Supervisor of the National tours of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Tommy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot, Oliver, Joseph. Concerts and recordings with The Who, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, Nigel Kennedy, Yes, Kiss, The N.Y. Philharmonic, The L.A. Symphony, The British Rock Symphony and many others. Television work includes “The Wizard of Oz in Concert” at Avery Fisher Hall featuring: Jewel, Jackson Browne, Joel Grey, Roger Daltrey, Natalie Cole, Debra Winger, Nathan Lane and The Boys Choir of Harlem. Other credits include Winchell with Martin Charnin and Starcrossed with Jeanine Tesori and Shlomo. Currently, Music Supervisor/ Arranger for Incredible India for Dragone. THOMAS MEEHAN (Book) won both Tony and Drama Desk awards for the book of Annie, his first Broadway show, and he has since, among other musicals, written the books for I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Annie 2, Annie Warbucks and Cry-Baby. He is a longtime contributor of humor to The New Yorker,
who’s who an Emmy Award-winning writer of a television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks’ Space Balls and To Be or Not To Be. In 1998, Mel Brooks asked him to co-write the libretto of a Broadway musical adaptation of Brooks’ classic 1968 film, The Producers. For his libretto with Brooks of The Producers, he won his second Tony and Drama Desk awards. Shortly thereafter, he began work on the book of Hairspray, written in collaboration with Mark O’Donnell. Hairspray was yet another huge hit, winning eight Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, as Mr. Meehan garnered his third double-header of Tony and Drama Desk awards. Later in 2004, he was represented on Broadway as the co-writer (with Meera Syall) of the Americanized version of the hit London musical Bombay Dreams, and he then had the privilege of having three of his musicals running at once on Broadway. His most recent Broadway musical was Young Frankenstein, for which he co-wrote the libretto with Mel Brooks and which is currently on a two-year national tour. Mr. Meehan is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. CHARLES STROUSE (Music) Mr. Strouse’s first Broadway musical, Bye Bye Birdie (lyrics by Lee Adams) won a Tony Award, as did Applause (starring Lauren Bacall) and Annie (with lyrics by Martin Charnin). Other musicals: All American; Golden Boy; It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman; I and Albert; Dance a Little Closer; Tony-nominated musicals Charlie & Algernon; Nick and Nora and Rags. He wrote both music and lyrics for Mayor and the music for Annie Warbucks. Film scores: Bonnie & Clyde, The Night They Raided Minsky’s and All Dogs Go To Heaven. Awards: Emmy Award, two Grammys, Peabody Award, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein Awards,
Dramatists’ Guild Frederick Loewe Award. Mr. Strouse is the founder of the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop in New York, and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Upcoming: The Night They Raided Minsky’s at the Goodspeed Theater, Marty starring John C. Reilly on Broadway and You Never Know, premiered at Trinity Rep in Providence, R.I. He is married to the director-choreographer Barbara Siman and they have 4 children: Ben, Nicholas, Victoria and William. MARTIN CHARNIN (Lyrics/Director) created the role of the Jet, “Big Deal” in the original Broadway production of West Side Story, singing “Gee, Officer Krupke” and playing the role for exactly 1000 performances. Subsequently, he has been the director, lyricist, composer, librettist, producer or combination of the aforementioned for over 125 productions. His Tony-Award winning Annie, for which he wrote the lyrics, cocreated and directed in 1977, is the 22nd longest running American musical in Broadway history. He has directed Annie’s 10 National companies, as well as productions in Amsterdam and Australia. His other productions include Annie Warbucks, the rock opera version of Joan of Arc, Loose Lips, Hot Spot, In Persons (with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson), The Flowering Peach, The Revised Can-Can, Cafe Crown, Mike, The First, A Little Family Business (starring Angela Lansbury), Mata Hari, The Original National Lampoon Show, Lena Horne:The Lady and Her Music, I Remember Mama and Two By Two (both with music by Richard Rodgers), Zenda (music by Vernon Duke), Put It In Writing, Upstairs At O’Neal’s, The No-Frills Revue, Carnal Knowledge, Kaleidoscope, La Strada, Nash At Nine, and the concert version of Strike Up the Band. In London, Bar Mitzvah Boy, three productions of Annie, an acclaimed revival of Bless Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25
who’s who the Bride and The 9 1/2 Quid Revue. His other musical theater collaborators include Peter Allen, Harold Arlen, Keith Levenson, Marvin Hamlish, Peter Stone, Mary Rodgers and Alan Jay Lerner. He has written for or directed Fred Astaire, Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Joel Grey, Ann-Margret, Danny Kaye, Johnny Mathis, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Meatloaf, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gilda Radner, Chita Rivera, Liv Ullman, Lou Reed, Susan Sarandon, Joan Rivers, Harvey Keitel, Jon Stuart, Shirley MacLaine, Marlo Thomas, Barbra Streisand, Carol Burnett, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who made her stage debut as ‘Molly’ in the first London production of Annie in 1978). He has conceived, written and directed eight musical-variety television programs; Anne Bancroft in Annie, the Woman in the Life of a Man, Annie and the Hoods (again with Anne Bancroft), George M, ‘SWonderful, ‘SMarvelous, ‘SGershwin, Cole Porter in Paris, Get Happy (the music of Harold Arlen), Dames at Sea, and The Annie Christmas Show. He has been nominated for or received six Tonys, six Grammys, three Emmys, three Gold Records, two Platinum records, six Drama Desk Awards, The Peabody Award for Broadcasting, and another Grammy for Jay-Z’s rap album Hard Knock Life, which went triple Platinum. Now in the works are, Softly, (a musical with a score by the late Harold Arlen), Winchell, (music by Keith Levenson), and Robin Hood (with Thomas Meehan and Peter Sipos). His 2008 projects included TimeLife’s double-disc Annie 30th Anniversary production album (which also contained songs from Annie 2), this current national tour of Annie (in its fourth year), Rodgers &, a concert celebration of the music of Richard Rodgers and his six lyricists (Mr. Charnin functioned as narrator of the piece, which presented some 70 Rodgers melodies, and opened the 2009 season 26 EncoreAtlantA.com
at Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd St Y). In the Pacific Northwest, he has directed Shadowlands, the Robin Hood workshop, Annie Warbucks, and Love is Love, a musical revue with a new collaborator, Richard Gray. Love Is Love opened a preNational tour in Jupiter, Fla., in October of 2009. In February 2009, he produced and directed Second Coming, a one-woman cabaret show for his wife and former Annie Star-to-Be, Shelly Burch, which opened to rave reviews at Manhattan’s newest bistro, The Metropolitan Room. He has just been named the artistic director of SHOWTUNES, the Seattle based theatre company which presents Broadway musicals in concert. SHOWTUNES produces and presents in collaboration with the STG Theatre Group, and Broadway Across America (BAA). PETER GENNARO (Original Broadway Staging) began his Broadway career in 1950 dancing in the chorus of Guys and Dolls. It was the first of many notable performances including his role along side Carol Haney and Buzz Miller in Bob Fosse’s “Steam Heat” from Pajama Game, and his memorable performance in Bells Are Ringing dancing “Mu Cha Cha” opposite Judy Holliday. As cochoreographer to Jerome Robbins on West Side Story, he created the dances for the “Sharks,” including “America,” which featured Chita Rivera. His participation in West Side Story brought him to the attention of legendary director George Abbot who subsequently hired him to create the dances for the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Fiorello. He became a popular Broadway choreographer creating dances for both the stage and screen versions of Meredith Wilson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Irene starring Debbie Reynolds, and The Three Penny Opera starring Sting. In 1977, he received the Antoinette Perry Tony Award for his choreography in Annie. In addition
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Mulan Music and Lyrics by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Patricia Cotter Based on the 1998 Disney® film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci Directed by Rosemary Newcott
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who’s who to his stage work, Peter Gennaro and his troupe of dancers were a regular feature on television variety shows including “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Perry Como Show,” “The Judy Garland Show,” “Kraft Music Hall” and many more. From 197276, Mr. Gennaro served as producer and director at the Radio City Music Hall. LIZA GENNARO (Choreographer) choreographed the revival of Once Upon A Mattress, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella, directed by Gerald Gutierrez. Off-Broadway, she choreographed Roundabout Theater Company’s Tin Pan Alley Rag. Regional theater credits include Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati’s Loving, Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein for the About Face Theater in Chicago; Hair at Actor’s Theatre Of Louisville, directed by Jon Jory; the world premiere of A My Name is Still Alice at The Old Globe in California; and the world premiere of Martin Guerre at Hartford Stage, directed by Mark Lamos; Babes in Arms at Guthrie Theater, directed by Garland Wright; Kiss Me Kate and The Most Happy Fella at The Goodspeed Opera House; Fiorello, Gypsy, My Fair Lady and The Secret Garden at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Gypsy and Ragtime at the Paper Mill Playhouse; and eleven consecutive seasons of musicals at The St. Louis “Muny” Opera. Ms. Gennaro teaches at Barnard College and holds a master’s degree in Dance Studies from New York University. Her essay, “Evolution of Dance in the Golden Age of the American ‘Book Musical’” will appear in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical to be published in 2010. MING CHO LEE (Set Designer) has designed nationally and internationally for 50 years, for opera, dance, Broadway and regional theater, and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the 28 EncoreAtlantA.com
highest national award given in the arts. Other awards include the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, Tony Award, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk Awards, many others from the theater and Chinese communities; and three honorary degrees. His work has been shown in a retrospective at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He serves as a member of the Board of the New Forty Second Street, Inc., as well as that of the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, the Non-Traditional Casting Project and many others. He is co-chair of the design department of the Yale School of Drama, and holds the Donald Oenslager Chair in Design. THEONI V. ALDREDGE (Original Costume Designer) with over 100 Broadway shows to her credit, was inducted in the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986. Her credits include Sweet Bird of Youth, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Anyone Can Whistle, A Chorus Line, Three Penny Opera, Annie (Tony Award), Barnum (Tony Award), 42nd Street, Dreamgirls, La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award), and Gypsy. Ms. Aldredge’s film credits include The First Wives Club, Addams Family Values, Moonstruck, Network, The Rose and The Great Gatsby, for which she received The Academy Award and The British Society of Film and Television Arts Award. She is recipient of The New York Liberty Medal, the Costume Guild Career Achievement Award, the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and Career Achievement Award: De Paul University. For over 20 years, Ms. Aldredge was the principal designer for Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Designer) has designed 89 Broadway shows and received Tony nominations for Sunday in the Park with George (2008), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), End of the
who’s who World (1984), Foxfire (1982), Sweeney Todd (1979), Working (1978), and The Visit (1973). In 1997 he received the Tony Award for his work on Chicago. He is also represented with the current touring productions of Dreamgirls, Fiddler on the Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago (US, United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, Spain, Netherlands and Japan), High School Musical 2 (UK tour) and Riverdance, for which he is the lighting supervisor. Other projects include New York’s Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular from 1979 to 2004, Disneyland’s nighttime extravaganza Fantasmic!, the long running Las Vegas spectacular Jubilee!, and Shamu Rocks! for Seaworld Orlando and San Diego. PETER HYLENSKI (Sound Designer) Broadway credits include Rock of Ages; Shrek; Cry-Baby; The Times They Are AChangin’; The Wedding Singer; the revival of Sweet Charity; Little Women; Brooklyn; Ragtime (London’s West End) for which he received an Olivier Award nomination; Opening Doors; Princesses; Children’s Letters to God; Laughing Room Only; Dora the Explorer Live; Chef’s Theater; Scooby-Doo Live; Ovations!; Spoleto Festival U.S.A. (1999 - 2002); Blue’s Clues Live; Exactly Like You, Easter; and Niketown (NYC). As Associate: Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, Fosse, Taboo, Seussical, The Music Man, Follies, and Parade. Film: re-recording mixer Search for Life (AMNH, Hayden Planetarium), SonicVision (MTV2, AMNH) Passport to the Universe (Futuriscope Planetarium, France). JIMM HALLIDAY (Additional Costume Design). Since 1998 Jimm has overseen the costuming for over 20 NETworks tours, including designs for Victor/Victoria, Tick, tick...BOOM!, Bully and both the 25th and 30th Anniversary productions of Annie. Since 1980, he has designed for regional and summer stock productions across the country, leaving a trail of sequins
and feathers in his wake, including a 26-year relationship with New York’s Mac-Haydn Theatre. This past spring, Jimm contributed new designs to the much acclaimed production of Ragtime at Washington’s Kennedy Center. He looks forward to this current season of National tours, which include Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone and Hairspray. BERNIE ARDIA (Hair/Make-up Designer) starting in television, he has designed over 50 productions including NETworks current productions of The Wizard of Oz and Annie. Highlights include Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera and Cinderella with Eartha Kitt. He is happy to have worked with many talented performers including Toni Tennille, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Deborah Gibson, Mackenzie Phillips, Anita Gillette, Mary Wilson and even Judge Judy! Mr. Ardia is also the author of “Barbra Streisand in New York City.” WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Trainer) Broadway: Legally Blonde the Musical, Annie (original Sandy), Camelot, Frankenstein, The First, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver!, Anything Goes, Nick and Nora, La Bete, The Wiz, Annie (20th and 30th anniversary), The Wizard of Oz, Dinner at Eight, Double Feature, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Woman in White, Awake and Sing, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Author of “Broadway Tails” by Lyons Press currently in stores. theatricalanimals.com. ALLIED LIVE (Tour Marketing and Press) is a full-service entertainment marketing and advertising agency representing numerous Broadway shows, National tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Current clients include: Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, RENT, Hair, Legally Blonde, Billy Elliot, STOMP, In The Heights, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, Cirque du Soleil, Feld Entertainment, Million Dollar Quartet Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29
who’s who (Chicago), Washington National Opera (Washington, D.C.), Reprise Theatre Company (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Broadway By The Bay (San Francisco), Music Center (Los Angeles) and Hollywood & Highland Center. alliedlive.com. MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (mtishows.com) is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacies of composers, lyricists and book writers. MTI’s core business is issuing licenses, scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to schools as well as amateur and professional theatres across the globe. With over 300 classic and contemporary show titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, MTI shows have been performed by 60,000 theatrical organizations in the U.S. and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and has created special collections for younger audiences. The Broadway Junior Collection® features 70-minute adaptations of major musicals designed for middle school children to perform; the KIDS Collection, provides 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children; School Editions are musicals that have been annotated for performance by high school students; and the Theatre For Young Audiences Collection, 70-minute musicals designed for adults to perform for children. KARY M. WALKER (Executive Producer) Prior to joining NETworks in 2001, Mr. Walker was Executive Producer for Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago for 22 years. Under his leadership, Marriott became a musical theatre and
developed the largest musical theatre subscription audience in the US. The Marriott consistently received high critical praise for quality, innovation, and development of new works for the musical theatre, garnering multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards for excellence. Mr. Walker was a founding board member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and former President of the League of Chicago Theatres. For NETworks, he has been executive producer for the tours of Kiss Me, Kate; Seussical; Contact; Cabaret (Korea/ Japan); Annie (5 years); Rent (4 years) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. NETworks Presentations, LLC (Producer) Founded in 1995 by Kenneth Gentry, Seth Wenig and Scott Jackson, NETworks has produced and managed over 70 National and International touring productions. Previous productions include Oliver!, Little Women starring Maureen McGovern, Jekyll & Hyde, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshaw, The Light in the Piazza, My Fair Lady co-produced with Cameron Mackintosh, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, among many others. Joining returning hits Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray and The Wizard of Oz this season are Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Young Frankenstein, and the Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Future titles include Joyful Noise’s production of Handel’s Messiah Rocks, Spring Awakening and Les Misérables.
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who’s who STAFF FOR Annie Executive Producer Kary M. Walker General Management Gentry & Associates Sara Jane Baldwin, Gregory Vander Ploeg Tour Marketing Representation Allied Live Tanya Grubich Laura Matalon Mary Alyce Blum Jacqueline Smith Company Manager Jack Stephens Production Stage Manager ................. Sydney Steele Head Carpenter.......................................Seth Larkin Child Wrangler................................. Juliette Pannone Flyman............................................ Jonathan Jordan Ass’t. Carpenter..................................Tim Bergstrom Head Electrician......................................... Tony Dies Ass’t. Electrician..................................... Mary Bilicki Head Props...........................................Ryan Brooke Head Audio........................................... Matthew Nall Head Wardrobe.......................... Molly Yoder-Williams Ass’t. Wardrobe/Hair............................. Kai Ravelson Ass’t. Director........................................ Shelly Burch Ass’t. Choreographer............................ Sari Feldman Assoc. Scenic Design.............................. Lee Savage Assoc. Lighting Designer.......................... Paul Toben Ass’t. Lighting Designer..................... Wilburn Bonnell Assoc. Sound Designer...................... Keith Caggiano Dance Captain.......................................Liz Bachman Animals Handled by.............................. Patrick Peavy Children’s Tutoring by.............. On Location Education Tutor............................................... Natalie Schirone Electronic Music Programming............Keith Levenson Print Design/Printing............. Jack Herger, herger3 inc Radio Spot Production....................... HMS Media, Inc Television Spot Design/Production.... HMS Media, Inc. Production Photography.......................Peter Coombs, Joan Marcus, Phil Martin Website Design..........................................Allied Live Merchandising............................ MAX Merchandising Randi Grossman, Marc Bonanni & Lacie Pulido (Mgrs.) Legal............. Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. Payroll Services................................................. ADP Insurance............................................. Chubb Group Tax Consultant..........Brent A. Turner, One Souce, PSG IT Services..................................... George W. Wilson One Source, PSG Trucking................................................... Janco, Ltd. Cast Bus..................................... Croswell VIP Coach
Crew Bus.............................................Clarion Coach Housing/Bussing.................................... Road Rebel Airline Travel.......................... Carlson Wagonlit Travel NETworks Staff Chief Executive Officer.............................. Ken Gentry Chief Operating Officer.................... Scott W. Jackson Executive Producers.........Seth Wenig, Kary M. Walker Associate Producer.............................Angela Rowles Ass’t. to CEO........................................... Mary Witte Senior General Manager............Gregory Vander Ploeg Production Managers.......Jason Juenker, Justin Reiter Assoc. Production Manager........................Brad Korff Marketing/PR...................................... Heather Hess Playbill Creation & Maintenance............ Tuckey Requa Music Coordinator.................................. John Mezzio Controller........................................ Paula L. Jenkins Assistant Controller............................ Jennifer Gifford Chief Accountant................................Beverly Howard Accountant............................................... Lisa Blank Office Manager................................. Buddy Piccolino Office Assistant....................................... Nancy Kerr Credits Scenery built and painted by F&D Scene Changes, Ltd. Sound Equipment from PRG Audio. Lighting Equipment from PRG Lighting. Natural Herb Cough Drops – Courtesy of Ricola USA, Inc. JELL-O® brand material used with permission from KF Holdings. www.jello.com Special Thanks to: Ken Neufeld and Tina McPhearson Victoria Theatre Association, Dayton, OH Additional Arrangements and Orchestral Enhancement by NOTION Music, Inc. Financial Services and banking arrangements by M & T Bank EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION BY: THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, Mollie Mills, Tracey McFarland, Kara Gebhart www.thebookinggroup.com Annie is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International New York, N.Y. www.mtishows.com Visit the Annie website at: “www.annieontour.com” All stage work performed by employees represented by IATSE.
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who’s who ANNIE Atlanta Youth Ensemble Sophia Allen, Isabella Amara, Jada Bartolozzi, Corin Marion Christiansen, Indigo Crandell, Nadia Crawlle, Abbigail Danielson, Sanaa Ford, Abby Goldberg, Laney Hall, Tayler LaNett Jackson, Camryn Johns, Julia Breeze Jones, Miia Kinnunen, Mary Frances Kitchens, Aliya R. Kraar, Kassidy R. Livingston, Gracie McBride, Peyton Propst, Chloe Solomon, Emerson Steele, Nicole Webb, Nykia T. Williams, Kaylin Woodward ANNIE Atlanta Youth Ensemble Children’s Musical Director: Bill Newberry
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THEATER OF THE STARS BOARD OF TRUSTEES James C. Howard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman John C. Breckenridge, Dr. Robert L. Bunnen, Robin Ferst,Ken Haldin, Joe Hall, Virginia Hepner, Phil Jacobs, Ingrid Saunders Jones, Adam Orkin, Dennis Reagan, Grant Wilmer, Melody Wilder Wilson, David Yu William Orkin: (Emeritus), Glen P. Robinson: (Emeritus), Dr. Robert L. Bunnen: (Emeritus), Aaron J. Johnson: (Emeritus), Henri Jova: (Emeritus), Dr. John E. Skandalakis: (Emeritus), Dom H. Wyant: (Emeritus)
executive leadership CHRISTOPHER B. MANOS Producer
Mr. Manos has been in Atlanta for more than 40 years. He has produced over 700 works of theater, ballet and opera. He has been recognized with numerous civic awards, including the Atlanta Critics Award for the development of the art of theater in Atlanta and the Governor’s Award in the Arts. He has been instrumental in the creation of such organizations as the Winter Play Season, Grand Opera in the Park, Just Us Theater Company and the Fall Film Festival – just to name a few! During the early months of the Woodruff Arts Center, Mr. Manos was responsible for 12 productions of theater, ballet and opera in that facility. Mr. Manos is a member of the Broadway League, the Independent Presenters Network and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers. In 1999, Mr. Manos received the Coca-Cola Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the Arts & Business Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, Mr. Manos was the first recipient of the GAELA Award presented by the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts. In 2007, Mr. Manos was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Broadway League. Mr. Manos was married for 45 years to the late Glenn Ryman Manos. He has two sons, Chris Jr. and Nick, a daughter, Ann, and is the very proud grandfather of seven grandsons and four granddaughters.
NICHOLAS F. MANOS President
Mr. Manos is a graduate of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and the University of North Carolina. His business career spans two decades in sales management with a multi-national employee benefits company. In the fall of 2000, he returned to Atlanta to become the managing director of Theater of the Stars. In 2008, he assumed the role of president. Since 2000, Mr. Manos has been heavily involved with the touring aspect of the company and has been the driving force behind many of the artistic and cultural marvels brought to the Theater of the Stars stage, including Disney's High School Musical, the coproductions of Deaf West’s Big River, The King And I with Sandy Duncan, and Bombay Dreams. Mr. Manos is the founder of the Junior Theatre Festival, an event that takes place every January in Atlanta, and brings drama students from all over the world together to perform, learn and celebrate theater. Mr. Manos has served on the boards of the Houston Grand Opera and Theatre Under The Stars in Houston. He and his wife Laura have three children, Andy, Kate and Sam, and one dog, Peach.
Scott Bowker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Director Mary O’Hara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accounting Manager Marguerite Daniel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager The Glenn Agency/Karen Hatchett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertising & Public Relations Brian D. Frey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Henry Rowe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asst. to the Administrative Director Glenn Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asst. to the Administrative Director Linnette Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Assistant Kenny Polston, II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Assistant 34 EncoreAtlantA.com
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Theatre A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,678 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. Private Rooms 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 brand new Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. All rooms include the Fox Theatre’s professional sales and coordination staff. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theater. The Box Office is open for walk up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Box Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. During Events, the Box 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 at any TICKETMASTER outlet, by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700 or 404.249.6400, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office in person during regular Box Office hours. You may purchase tickets for a particular nights performance that night only until 8pm at the box office. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, adjacent to the main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located on the main lobby and mezzanine lobby levels. Restrooms are also located on the Gallery level. Restrooms for patrons who are physically challenged are located in the Spanish Room. Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theaterrelated merchandise. The gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open at each performance. Tours Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin in the Peachtree Street Arcade entrance to the theater. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.
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. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Director, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on such topics as the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a new brochure detailing all of these programs for our patrons with special needs. They are available at the Guest Relations Table. Fox Ambassadors are located at the Guest Relations Table in the main lobby at the Fox Theatre Merchandise Kiosk to offer their assistance, theater information, and several rental items to enhance your performance enjoyment. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis on the evening of a performance, or you may reserve a device by calling the Patron Services Director. A limited number of booster seats are also available free of charge. Binoculars are available for sale. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned. 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. 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 Box Office or by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700. 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. Please be aware that 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. Please limit conversation during the performances. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.
Lost and Found Lost and Found items are turned in to the House Manager’s office. To check on lost items, please call the House Manager at 404.881.2075. Lost and Found items will be retained for 30 days. Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.
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GOLDEN RULES The following brief, but important article has been published to assist in audience etiquette. To this day we get at least one phone call a week asking for reprint rights. These calls and letters come from orchestras and theaters, opera and ballet companies all over the United States and Canada, big and little troupes alike. The message, telegraphed between the lines, seems to be an S.O.S.: American audiences are out of control. Are they? Here’s a refresher course. Please read on, and remember, part of one’s pact as an audience member is to take seriously the pleasure of others, a responsibility fulfilled by quietly attentive (or silently inattentive) and selfcontained behavior. After all, you can be as demonstrative as you want during bows and curtain calls. 1. Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne. 2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things. 3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins. 4. Make sure cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view. 7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part. 8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack or shopping bag. 9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous. 10. Honor the old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
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660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 • www.foxtheatre.org
Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . . . . . . . Box Office Manager Ben Neill . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Box Office Manager Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . . . Director/Food and Beverage Len Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Pat Prill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Manager Greta Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant House Manager Kristen Delaney . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing & PR Ken Shook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patron Services Director Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director Molly Fortune . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Andrew Nielsen . . . . . . . Director of Production & Event Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Amy Mark . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant 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 Larry Douglas Embury . . . . . . . . . Organist In Residence Tammy Folds . . . . . . . . . . . Production Security Manager
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Robert L. Foreman Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President Beauchamp C. Carr . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President John A. Busby Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President Julia Sprunt Grumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Vice President Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Walter R. Huntley, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Robert E. Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Carl V. Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, Joe G. Patten, Glen J. Romm, Sylvia Anderson Russell, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills.
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Anne Cox Chambers, Arnall (Pat) Connell, Rodney Mims Cook Jr., Jere A. Drummond, Richard O. Flinn III, Arthur Montgomery, Joseph V. Myers Jr., Edward J. Negri, Edgar Neiss, Herman J. Russell, Preston Stevens Jr.
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Fox theatre Dining Guide Looking for a great night out? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For Dinner and a Show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers. Neighborhood codes: A–Alpharetta, B–Buckhead, IP–Inman Park, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, M—Midtown, D–Downtown, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, V—Vinings, W–Westside
American Canoe Located in Atlanta’s historic Vinings area on the Chattahoochee River where Buckhead meets Vinings. Its original cuisine and distinctive design have already been featured in Bon Appetit, Food And Wine, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times. Canoe, recipient of the prestigious Mobil 4 Star Award, was also selected as one of the “Best New Restaurants” in the country by the James Beard Foundation. 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, 770-432-2663, canoeatl.com. V (Re-opening late November) Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night till 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.841.2377, lenoxsquaregrill.com. B Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across the street from the Fox at the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al 38 EncoreAtlantA.com
fresco seating area, which is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 800-6512316, livingstonatlanta.com. M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17 St., 404961-7370, lobbyattwelve.com. M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M Murphy’s This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great peoplewatching and its contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, murphysvh.com.VH Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, twourbanlicks.com. M WaterHaven is an upscale casual restaurant, featuring contemporary American cuisine with local influences. The menu focuses on fresh homemade products with a farm-to-table philosophy utilizing local, organic and seasonal
products, whenever possible. 75 5th St., 404214-6740, waterhavenatl.com. M
American/steakhouse Bone’s has been recognized as the best steakhouse in Atlanta -- and by many, as the best steakhouse in America. Prime beef, fresh seafood and Maine lobster are served along with regional specialties from our Southern roots. Bone’s has received the Best of Atlanta Steakhouse Award each year running for the past sixteen years. Recently, Zagat recognized Bone’s as having the highest rating for food and service of any steakhouse in America. 3130 Piedmont Road NE, 404-237-2663, bonesrestaurant.com. B Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steakhouse has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, centraarchy.com. P New York Prime A Prime Time Top-10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world-class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-846-0644, centraarchy.com. B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi a nd seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, h2sr.com. B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Road, 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; ruthschris.com. B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-8149640, centraarchy.com. B
American/southern Home Restaurant & Bar Farm-to-table Southerninspired cuisine is served nightly; half-price bottles of wine available every Sunday. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd., 404-869-0777, h2sr.com. B 40 EncoreAtlantA.com
South City Kitchen Midtown With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, southcitykitchen.com. M Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, ellishotel.com/terrace. D
asian fusion Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, h2sr.com. B Straits Tastes of Singapore’s four culinary cultures (Malaysian/Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Nonya) blend at this celebrity friendly restaurant co-owned by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. 793 Juniper St. NE, 404-877-1283, straitsrestaurants.com. M
brasserie French American Brasserie (FAB) A reinvention of Atlanta’s famed Brasserie Le Coze, FAB serves a combination of classic French fare and American chops. A covered terrace overlooks the city skyline. 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404266-1440, fabatlanta.com. D Joël is a chic yet relaxed French restaurant that blends contemporary style with rustic flavors. Responsible for one of Atlanta’s most acclaimed dining experiences, Chef Cyrille Holota guides the kitchen as executive chef, bringing his fullflavored brasserie concept to the menu. 3290 Northside Parkway, 404-233-3500, joelbrasserie.com. B
brew pub/gormet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox. 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805, gordonbiersch.com. M
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., 404-347-2220, tapat1180.com. M
mexican El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404-873-4656, eltaco-atlanta.com. VH
Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-681-4434, parishatl.com. IP
Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, h2sr.com. P
Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M
Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, h2sr.com. VH
LOLA Bellini bar and restaurant specializing in wood-fired meats and pastas. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-892-9292, h2sr.com. B
STATS A modern sports bar that doesn’t skimp on the quality of its food; five bars and multiple screens are at your service. 300 Marietta St., 404-885-1472, statsatl.com. D
La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of VirginiaHighland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com. VH
Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404-418-1250, roomattwelve.com. D
Medici Tuscan cuisine served in the typical Tuscan spirit; flexible menu with Tuscan-rubbed steaks and a wide selection of antipasti, insalata e zuppes, pastas, hand tossed pizza and bistecches. 2450 Galleria Pkwy., 770953-4500, renaissancewaverly.com. V
Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404385-2005, h2sr.com. M
mediterranean ENO Atlanta’s true European Mediterranean inspired restaurant and wine bar, or “enoteca”, has come to epitomize European-Mediterranean quality of life in Atlanta. 800 Peachtree St., 404685-3191, enorestaurant.com. M
mediterranean/latin/asian fusion Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St N.E., 404-846-2000, h2sr.com. M 42 EncoreAtlantA.com
Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, and sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, h2sr.com. B Ray’s Restaurants Ray’s in the City is the downtown location of the steak, seafood and sushi chain. Ray’s Killer Creek offers an award-winning Sunday brunch, and Ray’s on the River is one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants. All three have excellent food, award-winning wine lists and live entertainment. Ray’s in the City: 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 404-5249224; Ray’s on the River: 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 770-955-1187; Ray’s Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Rd. (at Ga. 400), 770649-0064; raysrestaurants.com. D, SS, A
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and were never able to fulfill,” he says. “So I cherish that, hang on to that and enjoy every single moment of living this amazing dream.” And amazing it is. Barton says his life as a performer is drastically different than his life as a teacher. Now, normalcy is a thing of the past. He spends his days on the bus and nights in hotel rooms alone, but the time in-between — when he’s onstage and constantly being applauded for his effort — makes up for it all. And for him, that’s reward enough. “I always say, ‘They pay me to travel.’ [But] what I do every night, I’d do for free.” Bet your bottom dollar on having a good time as Annie plays the Fabulous Fox, Jan. 13-17.
Continued from page 12 in movies, on television and onstage. He studied the energy and emotion they put into their performances and longed to be in front of the audience having that type of fun. But it wasn’t until his late teens/early adult years that his hunger for live theater became intense. “It really began more as a desire to do music and singing, but once I discovered the live stage and saw people like Ben Vereen and others perform live, it was just something that got under my skin, that I haven’t been able to get out of my system. And hopefully, I never will,” he says. After graduating from college, Barton began acting professionally with a regional theater in Texas, but decided to cut his career short after a performance caused him to almost miss the birth of his daughter. Instead, he channeled his creative expression into teaching and nonacting work in local theaters. However, he’s living proof that when it’s meant to be, a dream can never be denied. “The dream of being on the big stage never really died,” Barton says. “It was just set aside as something that probably was not going to happen for me. Then in 2007, when they auditioned for the 30th anniversary tour, my youngest daughter was graduating from high school and my wife said, ‘You’ve wanted to do this all your life and if you don’t do this now, you’re going to regret it forever.’ So I tried it, and here we are. “I remind myself every night when I walk out on that stage, that I’m living a dream that a lot of people had
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After perusing the inspired and inventive Italian trattoria menu at La Tavola, we decided to enjoy brunch/ lunch before taking in a matinee performance. My companion and I enjoyed the chicken sausage and pork Milanese takes on the traditional eggs Benedict. Topped with perfectly 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
poached eggs, they were accompanied by an especially fine bottomless cup of coffee. With its convenient VirginiaHighlands location, we were tempted to take an arm-in-arm sidewalk stroll to check out the neighborhoodâ€™s inviting shops. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com
omance is largely about ambiance, something these delectable intown restaurants have in spades. Plus, all are convenient to the Fox and the Woodruff Arts Center, so if you want to enjoy a show after sharing a romantic brunch, lunch or dinner, you canâ€™t go wrong making a reservation at one of these hot spots. I checked them out with a special someone, and this is what we found:
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This convenient midtown eatery boasts a chic but casual décor reminiscent of a SoHo loft. Exposed brick walls and inventive lighting set the stage for a creative and romantic dining experience. On our visit, the roasted beet salad with a scattering of Stilton cheese along with oysters on the half shell were a fine start. My companion had the tasty pan-fried codfish while I opted for the hearty and satisfying oxtail cannelloni entrée. Baked chocolate mousse and my companion’s roasted pear with caramel sauce were equally delicious. ONE scores a 10 for ambience, atmosphere and culinary creativity, as well as friendly, on-thespot service. 566 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-892-4111, onemidtownkitchen.com In 1939, the historic Georgian Terrace hotel hosted star-crossed lovers Scarlett and Rhett (actors Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable) while they were in town for the premiere of the movie Gone With the Wind. This elegant restaurant, although new, still emanates oldHollywood glamor, highlighted by the twinkling Fox Theater marquee glowing from just outside the floor-toceiling windows. Livingston exceeded our expectations with a remarkably creative menu of fresh ingredients. Starting with the sinfully delicious Onset Bay oyster gratin and tasty duck sausage, served with a savory chickpeas, we also enjoyed a special 48 EncoreAtlantA.com
pheasant and crespelle mushroom pasta from Livingston’s talented chef along with the modestly-priced roasted beet salad with chèvre and George’s Bank scallops with creamy grits. Every dish was well above average, and the service was excellent. If you’re headed to the Fox, it can’t get much better or more convenient. 659 Peachtree St., 404-897-5000, livingstonatlanta.com Joël Brasserie
The French have a reputation for both their food and sense of romance, and you’ll understand why after a visit to this contemporary, French-inspired restaurant. For lunch or dinner, two
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of their not-to-be-missed classics are among my all-time favorites: a delicious and perfectly prepared French onion soup and a lusciously rich crème brulée. There are, of course, many more delectable choices on the menu to tempt any palate. The comfortable, casual dining room, extensive wine list and decidedly French atmosphere create a perfect setting for a fine meal. The excellent service is the pièce de résistance. 3290 Northside Parkway, 404-233-3500, joelbrasserie.com WaterHaven
For true, fresh from the farm goodness, you can’t beat WaterHaven’s inventive menu, expertly prepared with ingredients from local and regional sources. Known for their support of Georgia growers and cheese makers, like Cole’s Lake Dairy, the restaurant serves up some mighty fine Georgia trout with butternut squash ravioli, Applewood-smoked bacon and pecans, as well as a mouthwatering pork loin with winter greens. Don’t pass up the fried green tomatoes with poblano goat cheese. All make for a memorable dining experience in a friendly, casually elegant space. 75 Fifth St., 404-214-6740, waterhavenatl.com Daniel Burnley is a freelance writer, actor and marketing consultant living in Decatur, Ga.
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That’s exactly what Karen Portaleo, cake decorator, prop fabricator and sugar artist for the Highland Bakery intends for everyone to do. That is, after the cake has been ooh- and aahed at, and photographed countless times. Portaleo’s creations range from wild (think giant octopuses, zombies, Darth Vader and Harry Potter) to mild (life-size rubber duckies, princess carriages and children’s safaris), and can be as simple or extravagant as you desire. The average cake costs around $300-$400, but prices range from $75 to $3,000. — Ashley L. Brazzel Have your cake and eat it, too: 655 Highland Ave., #10, Atlanta; 404-586-0772; Highlandbakery.com. 52 EncoreAtlantA.com
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Stay warm during this chilly season by snuggling up to Sun, Stone and Shadows, a delightful collection of 20 of the greatest short stories from Mexico from some of that country’s most popular authors. The stories were selected with the American reader in mind, and make a nice gift for international travelers, world history buffs and adventurous bookworms. Arts supporters also will appreciate it being a National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” selection. — Allison Goldstein trip online: Amazon.com/StoneShadows-Mexican-Stories-Tezontle/ dp/9681685946
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Published on Jan 5, 2010
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