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contents July 2008
features 6 ‘Love Is a Universal Language’ Three Color Purple actors, in their own
words, talk about the show.
10 The Color Purple Comes Home
Susan Booth of the Alliance Theatre reflects on the musical’s origins.
12 National Black Arts Festival
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‘LOVE IS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE’ STU JAMES
HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Ga.
“I play the role of Harpo in the show. He is the husband to Sophia, stepson to Celie. Alice Walker calls him the ‘new’ man, the Renaissance man of the show. He decides to break the cycle of abuse. “They call The Color Purple ‘the musical about love’ because there’s so many facets of love depicted in this production. The musical takes you on an amazing emotional ride from happiness and joy to anger and frustration to peace and love. I think what’s also awesome is 6 ENCORE ATLANTA
the redemptive quality for the men. In the musical, like in real life, when we know better, we do better. “My favorite part is a song in Act II, ‘Any Little Thing’ – the Harpo and Sophia love song. They’re later in their lives. Their relationship is based off that fire thing – fighting that leads them into their passionate moment. It deals with them being older and still having that fire, that desire for each other, no matter what. “I’m really excited about [the show] and hope the city of Atlanta is open to the message that Alice Walker put in The Color Purple: That love is a universal language, and no matter who you are, everyone deserves love.”
Three Color Purple actors, in their own words
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HOMETOWN: Warner Robbins, Ga.
“I am the standby for Celie and Nettie. If either of the actors playing the roles are sick or need to take some time off, I go on for them. “I had to go on the night before the opening [of the national tour] because Celie got sick. I don’t remember a lot of it because the adrenaline was going. My parents were able to see me in the starring role; they had come up for the opening. “The show was pretty amazing because during Celie’s big 11 o’clock number,
the mic went out. The sound guys were telling me to come off the stage, but I didn’t want to leave. I was able to get to them during the instrumental break, and they were standing right in the wings to pin a new mic on my head. But the mic didn’t stay on my head; I ended up having to hold it. The audience loved it. I knew I couldn’t stop the show. It was just a wonderful experience. “Mr. Gerald Ray Horne – he taught at Northside High School – he’s the reason I’m in this business. Mr. Horne always instilled in everyone in class that you’re as good as you let yourself be. Don’t think because you have a raw talent, you don’t have to study.” Continued on page 38
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The Color Purple’s journey from Atlanta to Broadway and back again
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THE COLOR PURPLE
By Kristi Casey Sanders usan Booth, the Alliance Theatre’s artistic director, traveled to New York in 2005 for the Broadway premiere of The Color Purple, which had its workshop and world premiere at her theater the year before. “I had this great experience,” Booth says. “This woman – who will go nameless – was there from Atlanta. In the lobby, she caught up with me and said, ‘We have to bring this to Atlanta!’ “I don’t know if she didn’t know it already had been in Atlanta, or if she forgot. But I think what elicited the comment was in watching the show, she thought … ‘what a perfect show for Atlanta.’ What made it perfect for the Alliance was still at the heart of what you saw in the Broadway show.” What remains at the heart of The Color Purple is a story about love and home that gives its characters a chance to redeem themselves. “We love redemptive stories of love and home in Atlanta,” Booth says. “We talk about finding plays that start at the heart and travel to the head – that’s an Atlanta play. The theater has developed a strong, growing identity as a breeding ground for major new musicals. Each project renders the organization better equipped and better known for the next one. Now artists [think of the Alliance] as a safe, nurturing and courageous place for new work.” For more information, visit: alliancetheatre.org.
• Summer 2004: The Alliance Theatre begins workshops of a new musical version of The Color Purple. • Sept. 9, 2004: The Color Purple: A Musical About Love opens at the Alliance. • Dec. 1, 2005: The Color Purple opens on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, earning 11 Tony Award nominations. • April 17, 2007: The national tour opens at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago. • May 15, 2007: The Alliance Theatre receives the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award for its legacy of artistic achievement. • Feb. 24, 2008: The Broadway run closes. • July 15-Aug. 3, 2008: The Color Purple returns to Atlanta to play The Fox Theatre. The show has earned more than $103 million.
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Atlanta By Koye Berry
For 20 years, Atlanta has been the home of the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), a year-round celebration of the art and culture of African descendants in America. This month, the NBAF is presenting a wide variety of exhibits, concerts and lectures to entertain and educate festival goers. These, in particular, are not to be missed: l
July 15-Aug. 3
Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple
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The hotly anticipated musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returns to Atlanta after a triumphant Broadway engagement. l
Theatrical Outfit, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2:30 p.m., $25.
Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s musical about a unique group of African-American women whose faith and craft transformed suffering and injustice into beauty and meaning in Gee’s Bend, Ala., plays at Theatrical Outfit, where it had a sold-out run in 2007. l
Pan African Film Festival
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The Los Angeles-based Pan African Film Festival comes to Atlanta, bringing with it the nation’s largest showcase of black cinema. Continued on page 32
Woodruff Arts Center, $8 per film (unless otherwise noted). The Color Purple July 15-Aug. 3
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CHRISTOPHER B. MANOS Producer NICHOLAS F. MANOS President BOARD OF TRUSTEES James C. Howard Chairman of the Board
Dear Patrons and Subscribers: Welcome to the third show in our 2008 Season, Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple. This soul-stirring musical is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar-nominated film by Steven Spielberg. With a joyous Grammy nominated score and beautiful story, The Color Purple, will capture your heart. Following Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple, we go back in time to a classic favorite, Les Misérables, Sept. 19-28, then the highly anticipated Disney’s High School Musical 2, Nov. 7-16, and we finish with Tarzan, Jan. 1625, 2009. We hope you will enjoy our season of new productions, classics and family entertainment. This season, we are excited to celebrate our 56th year as a not-for-profit theater company. Many of you may not know that Theater of the Stars is supported by individuals and corporations from around Atlanta. TOTS is grateful for this generous investment in the work we do onstage. I would like to take this time to invite you to join us as a donor. There are several opportunities for participation, including the Star Circle and Production Sponsorships. All include benefits that feature recognition and opportunities to get a closer look at how Theater of the Stars brings musical theater to life at The Fox. Please contact us at 404-252-8960 to find out more about our Development Programs. All My Best,
John C. Breckenridge Joe Hall Virginia Hepner Aaron J. Johnson Ingrid Saunders Jones Henri Jova John G. McColskey Adam Orkin Dennis Reagan Dr. John E. Skandalakis Dom H. Wyant David Yu Past Presidents Maurice “Bromo” Seltzer Peter J. Stelling Robert H. Ferst John N. Wall, Jr. Dr. Robert L. Bunnen Emeritus Glen P. Robinson William Orkin
Jim Howard Chairman of the Board
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Christopher B. Manos, Producer Nicholas F. Manos, president
Oprah Winfrey SCOTT SANDERS ROY FURMAN QUINCY JONES CREATIVE BATTERY ANNA FANTACI & CHERYL LACHOWICZ INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK DAVID LOWY STEPHANIE P. McCLELLAND GARY WINNICK JAN KALLISH NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS, INC. BOB & HARVEY WEINSTEIN ANDREW ASNES & ADAM ZOTOVICH TODD JOHNSON Present
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Music and Lyrics by
MARSHA NORMAN BRENDA ALLEE STEPHEN RUSSELL WILLIS BRAY Starring
JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE FELICIA P. FIELDS Angela Robinson STU JAMES LaToya London STEPHANIE ST. JAMES and RUFUS BONDS, JR. with LYNETTE DUPREE KIMBERLY ANN HARRIS VIRGINIA ANN WOODRUFF
ADAM WADE BRIDGETTE BENTLEY Shani M. Borden, Brian Harlan Brooks, ReneÉ Monique Brown, LaTrisa Coleman, Darius Crenshaw, Tiffany Daniels, Quentin Earl Darrington, Alex de Castro, Lesly Terrell Donald, Aliyah D. Flowers, André Garner, Rhett George, Phyre Hawkins, Dameka Hayes, LaTonya Holmes, Jenna Ford Jackson,Chauncey Jenkins, Trent Armand Kendall, Keith Byron Kirk, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Diamond White, Anthony Williams II
Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design
JOHN LEE BEATTY PAUL TAZEWELL Casting
TELSEY + COMPANY CHARLES G. LaPOINTE ARTHUR SICCARDI Curtis Cowley Tour Marketing and Press
C MAJOR MARKETING NLA/AMY JACOBS Music Director
Dance Music Arrangements
SEYMOUR RED PRESS
Music Supervisor & Incidental Music Arrangements
KEVIN STITES Choreographed by
DONALD BYRD Directed by
GARY GRIFFIN World Premiere Produced by Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director Thomas Pechar, Managing Director
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Dr. Harold Brody Subscriber since 1978
Dr. Brody is an acclaimed dermatologist and dermasurgeon, with strong ties to theater. He studied theater at Duke University, has acted locally and regionally, and has produced both equity and non-equity productions in Atlanta. How did you become interested in theater? I’ve been interested in theater since I was a young boy. I was influenced by my parents taking me to a little theater in the small South Carolina town where I grew up. I moved to Atlanta in 1975 and started seeing as many plays as I could, and became a subscriber to Theater of the Stars in 1978. Then, I worked at Grady and TOTS was close to me, producing at the Women’s Club. I remember seeing Tammy Grimes there. I also went to work at Onstage Theatre to become more hands-on. I was on the board there, as well. We put all of our shows on from scratch. I interned in Houston and enjoyed performances at Theater Under the Stars there. We have a close relationship with Theater Under the Stars. The company began to use that name once our company moved from Chastain Park to indoors. John Breckenridge of Theater Under the Stars serves on our Board of Trustees. I didn’t know that. I also enjoyed seeing a lot of work at The Alley Theatre in Houston. Because of my interest in theater as a child, I studied as much of it as I could in college. Now, I serve on the Advisory Board of the Theater Studies Department at Duke University. What are your favorite musicals? I’m very partial to Cole Porter, so Anything Goes is my absolute favorite. I enjoy any Cole Porter musical. What would you tell someone about Theater of the Stars if they have never seen one of our productions? I would say this is the professional musical theater arm of Atlanta, and if they want to see great traveling or locally produced old and new work, then Theater of the Stars is the place. We are lucky to have it – many cities don’t. Theater of the Stars provides a balanced season, and I’m banking that most who are interested in musical theater will always want to see at least four out of the six shows in the main season. I look as the subscription series as a gate. You don’t have to pass through all of the doors and see every show to enjoy participating. It is to your advantage to subscribe. What is one thing people might not know about you? When people see me in a white coat as a doctor, they have no idea I have a dual passion for both theater and medicine. I’ve been active in theater for years. Many people in medicine have a passion for music, often playing an instrument, but it is unusual to find those in medicine who are interested in the production of theater, because it is a time consuming commitment to participate in it and go see it regularly. Is there anything you would like to include in this interview that we haven’t covered? I would probably say that those who love theater and are not in the Star Circle should join. For those who see theater as the “star” of their cultural activities, they will enjoy becoming a part of supporting Theater of the Stars.
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Ingrid Saunders Jones
Theater of the Stars Board Member Ingrid Saunders Jones is the Senior Vice President for Global Community Connections with the Coca-Cola Company. As chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, she leads the Company’s philanthropic commitment to sustainable communities. Under her leadership, the Foundation has contributed more than $225 million to education and other community initiatives. Ingrid Saunders Jones is a member on the Board of Trustees of Theater the Stars. How did you become involved with Theater of the Stars? I became acquainted with Theater of the Stars in the late ’70s through Just Us Theatre, and involved with the Theater in the mid 1990s when I served on a community task force about the future of the National Black Arts Festival with Chris Manos, founder of Theater of the Stars; Shirley Franklin, who at the time was a community organizer; Nancy Boxill of the Fulton County Commission and Curley Dossman of Georgia Pacific. I was moved by Chris’ passion for theater and the work he had done for more than three decades to bring the best on Broadway to Atlanta. His voice was very insightful and helped us strategically lay out a plan for the National Black Arts Festival, which this month will celebrate its 20th anniversary. What are your favorite musicals? I couldn’t possibly name them all but those that come to mind first are: West Side Story, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Dream Girls, The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, The Lion King and The Color Purple. What is it about theater that speaks to you? I think it’s the passion demonstrated by the actors and how they work to genuinely connect with the hearts and minds of everyone in the audience -- no matter the age. Theater also represents the culture of our time. What would you tell someone about Theater of the Stars if they have never seen one of our productions before? Theater of the Stars offers ‘the’ best productions available to present to Atlantans. Its contribution to the metro Atlanta cultural scene has been immeasurable. What is one thing people might not know about you? Most people don’t know I’m a former school teacher. I taught fifth graders. As a grade school teacher, I watched how theater captivated my young students ... and how the exposure was a life-changing experience for many of them.
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cast (in order of appearance)
Young Nettie, Young Henrietta.................................................DIAMOND WHITE Young Celie, Young Olivia, Older Henrietta.............................. Alex de Castro Church Soloist.................................................................BRIDGETTE BENTLEY Church Lady (Doris)...................................................... KIMBERLY ANN HARRIS Church Lady (Darlene)...............................................VIRGINIA ANN WOODRUFF Church Lady (Jarene)............................................................. LYNETTE DUPREE Preacher, Prison Guard..............................................Trent Armand Kendall Pa....................................................................... QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON Nettie.................................................................................... LaToya London Celie......................................................................... JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE Mister............................................................................... RUFUS BONDS, JR. Young Harpo, Young Adam............................................... ANTHONY WILLIAMS II Harpo............................................................................................STU JAMES Sofia.....................................................................................FELICIA P. FIELDS Squeak..........................................................................STEPHANIE ST. JAMES Shug Avery........................................................................ Angela Robinson Ol’ Mister.................................................................................... ADAM WADE Buster....................................................................... LESLY TERRELL DONALD Chief................................................................... QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON Grady................................................................................ KEITH BYRON KIRK Daisy.................................................................................... Tiffany Daniels Bobby........................................................................ LESLY TERRELL DONALD Older Olivia.........................................................................LaTrisa Coleman Older Adam.......................................................................Chauncey Jenkins ENSEMBLE Bridgette Bentley, ReneÉ Monique Brown, LaTrisa Coleman, Darius Crenshaw, Tiffany Daniels, Quentin Earl Darrington, Alex de Castro, Lesly Terrell Donald, Lynette Dupree, Rhett George, Kimberly Ann Harris, Dameka Hayes, Jenna Ford Jackson, Chauncey Jenkins, Trent Armand Kendall, Keith Byron Kirk, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Diamond White, Virginia Ann Woodruff
SWINGS Shani M. Borden, Brian Harlan Brooks, Aliyah D. Flowers, André Garner, Phyre Hawkins
STANDBYS AND UNDERSTUDIES Standbys and understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance. For Celie – Phyre Hawkins, LaTonya Holmes; for Shug Avery – ReneÉ Monique Brown, Jenna Ford Jackson; for Sofia – Bridgette Bentley, Lynette Dupree, Kimberly Ann Harris; for Nettie – Shani M. Borden, LaTonya Holmes, for Mister – Quentin Earl Darrington, Keith Byron Kirk; for Harpo – Lesly Terrell Donald, Rhett George; for Squeak – Tiffany Daniels, Dameka Hayes, LaTonya Holmes; for Ol’ Mister – Quentin Earl Darrington, Trent Armand Kendall; Dance Captain—Brian Harlan Brooks Assistant Dance Captain—LaTrisa Coleman
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musical numbers SETTING The story takes place in Georgia between 1909 and 1949. ACT I Overture.................................................................................... Orchestra “Huckleberry Pie”.................................................... Young Celie and Nettie “Mysterious Ways”...................Church Soloist, Church Ladies and Company “Somebody Gonna Love You”............................................................. Celie “Our Prayer”............................................................... Nettie, Celie, Mister “Big Dog”.............................................................. Mister and Field Hands “Hell No!”....................................................................... Sofia and Sisters “Brown Betty”....................................................... Harpo and Men, Squeak “Shug Avery Comin’ to Town”..............................Mister, Celie and Company “Too Beautiful for Words”.......................................................... Shug Avery “Push Da Button”................................................ Shug Avery and Company “Uh Oh!”...................................................... Church Ladies, Sofia, Squeak “What About Love?”...................................................Celie and Shug Avery THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ACt II “African Homeland”......................... Nettie, Celie, Olivia and Adam, Villagers “The Color Purple”....................................................................Shug Avery “Celie’s Curse”............................................................................... Mister “Miss Celie’s Pants”............................. Celie, Shug Avery, Sofia and Women “Any Little Thing”............................................................... Harpo and Sofia “I’m Here”........................................................................................ Celie “The Color Purple (Reprise)”............................... Celie, Nettie and Company ORCHESTRA Music Director – Sheilah Walker Associate Conductor/Keyboard #1 – Victor Simonson Assistant Conductor/Keyboard #2 – Darryl Ivey Drums – Charles Heath Guitar – Felton Offard Percussion – Andy Blanco National Music Coordinator – Seymour Red Press Copyists – Emily Grishman Music Preparation Katharine Edmonds/Emily Grishman 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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FELICIA P. FIELDS
RUFUS BONDS, JR.
STEPHANIE ST. JAMES
KIMBERLY ANN HARRIS
VIRGINIA ANN WOODRUFF
Shani M. Borden
Brian Harlan Brooks
ReneÉ Monique Brown
Quentin Earl Darrington
Alex de Castro
Lesly Terrell Donald
Aliyah D. Flowers
Jenna Ford Jackson
Trent Armand Kendall
Keith Byron Kirk
Anthony Williams II
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profiles JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE (Celie) is a Hunter College graduate from NYC. This Gospel Recording artist released her debut CD entitled Praise Report in Sept. 2005, which is available online at jeannettebayardelle.com. Broadway: The Color Purple (Celie). National/international tours: Big River, Rent, Sister Act. Off-Broadway: Best of Both Worlds. “Many thanks to Mom and Dad, family and friends for your love and support. Thank you Bishop Norman Lyons and Elder Sharon Lyons and the FOLC family for your prayers. ‘God you are an awesome wonder!’” FELICIA P. FIELDS (Sofia), a native Chicagoan, earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway. Her performance also earned her a 2006 Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, two Broadway.com Awards, and she was a 2006 Drama League honoree. Felicia has worked throughout the Chicagoland area, and has received many Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for her performances in Jammin’ With Pops (Ella Fitzgerald), Hot Mikado (Katisha), Show Boat (Queenie), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ma Rainey), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell/Amelia) and Dreamgirls (Effie Melody White), to name a few. Felicia’s stellar performance in Chicago’s Drury Lane production of Sophisticated Ladies earned her the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Musical. ANGELA ROBINSON (Shug Avery) Broadway: The Color Purple (Shug Avery/1st replacement), Wonderful Town, Bells Are Ringing, Play On! Off-Broadway: Radiant Baby (Diva Woman) at The Public (AUDELCO nomination), Call The Children Home at Primary Stages. Tours: Wizard of Oz, Dreamgirls (Deena) (Black Theatre Alliance nomination). Regional: Baltimore Center Stage, George Street, Paper Mill, Pittsburgh Public, The Alliance, The Alley, Crossroads, Prince Music Theatre, TheatreWorks C.A., Montclair TheatreFest. Television: “Another Bed,” “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Concerts: Golden Boy, Pajama Game, Bye Bye Birdie at Encores!, A Little Night Music (Petra) with The Philadelphia
Orchestra. Graduate: Florida A&M University and The William Esper Studio. “Love to Family, Scotty and El Shaddai.” RUFUS BONDs, JR. (Mister) performed the role of Mufasa in Julie Taymor’s Broadway production of The Lion King. Mr. Bonds recently won the L.A. Weekly nomination, Best Ensemble, for his work in the Los Angeles premiere of Because They Have No Words, directed by Emilie Beck. Bonds received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jim in the Los Angeles Deaf West production of Big River. He has worked with such greats as Stephen Sondheim in Merrily We Roll Along, William Finn in Romance In Hard Times and Harold Prince in Parade, for which Bonds was nominated for both the Drama Desk and the FANY Award. “Through Faith all things are possible.” STU JAMES (Harpo) earned a 2007 NAACP Theatre Award Nomination for his portrayal of Harpo in The Color Purple. He’s a native of Atlanta, Ga., and a graduate of Morehouse College. Broad way: RENT (Benny). Off-Broadway/Regional: Barnstormer; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Once On This Island and Cotton Patch Gospel. Film: Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls; Downtown A Street Tale; House of Grim and the D.K. Holmes feature Burning Sands. TV credits: “General Hospital,” “All My Children” and “Barbershop.” Stu is now putting the finishing touches on his debut album Love Is (myspace.com/stujameslive). He is also working on his One-Man Show entitled Son of the South. He thanks God for abundance and overflow – and his family and friends for their infinite unconditional love. “And so it is!” LaTOYA LONDON (Nettie) Being part of The Color Purple is a dream come true and an honor for LaToya London. Now known to her fans simply as “London,” she was named the early front runner to win season three of “American Idol” by Simon Cowell and Elton John. On-air she joined the ranks of “The Three Divas” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino before she was shockingly voted off, ending up in fourth place. London later garnered a Peak Records recording deal and two Billboard-topping singles. Regional/ tours: Beehive, Issues, Handles Messiah and
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profiles Quincy Jones’ Blues In The Night at The Hollywood Bowl. Her debut album Love & Life is in stores now. latoyalondon.com STEPHANIE ST. JAMES (Squeak) is grateful to be a part of TCP. She’s a Los Angelesbased actress/singer/songwriter and a proud activist for the disease endometriosis. You can learn more about her campaign to raise awareness, her own personal story and struggle with the disease and more on her acting credits and music at stephaniestjames.com. She dedicates her performance to her family and the memory of her grandmother Sofia, who was a holocaust survivor. She would like to take this opportunity to say, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist. “Peace, Love, Unity, Respect.” LYNETTE DUPREE (Church Lady Jarene, u/s Sofia) Broadway: Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; Smokey Joe’s Café; A New Brain; Truly Blessed. Tours: Dreamgirls, Elmer Gantry, Carousel, House Arrest, Waiting to be Invited. Selected TV: “Desperate Housewives,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Medium,” “NYPD Blue,” “The District,” Oprah Winfrey Presents “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Film: Random Hearts, Harlem Aria, Zig Zag, Straight Out of Compton. Lynette would like to thank her loving husband, Charles Richardson, along with family and friends for their support. “All praises to Jehovah Jireh!” KIMBERLY ANN HARRIS (Church Lady Doris, u/s Sofia) is an original cast member of The Color Purple on Broadway. Tours and NYC: The Full Monty, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Sophisticated Ladies, Blues in the Night, Ain’t Misbehavin’, As Thousands Cheer, The Apple Tree and Carmen Jones. Regional: The Color Purple (Atlanta), Play On!, Once On This Island, Barnum, Abyssinia. TV: “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “One Life to Live,” etc. Kimberly also writes and has directed several productions. “Thanks to family and friends and thank you so much God.” VIRGINIA Ann WOODRUFF (Church Lady Darlene) Broadway: The Color Purple (original cast), All Shook Up, Smokey Joe’s Café. OffBroadway: Crowns, Yo Alice. National tours: The Wiz, Once on This Island, Smokey Joe’s Café,
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The Who’s Tommy. Regional: Dreamgirls; Beehive; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Abyssinia; And the World Goes ’Round; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Avenue X. Concerts: Broadway Divas, BIV, Michael Jackson, VEE in Concert. Film: Legally Blonde 2, Preachin’ to the Choir. “God’s been good.” ADAM WADE (Ol’ Mister) First African-American to host a game show (CBS’s “Musical Chairs”). TV favorites: “Guiding Light,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Law & Order,” “Sanford and Son,” “What’s Happening,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times.” Stage credits: Staggerlee, Guys and Dolls, Black Girl, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Lesson Before Dying, The Cherry Orchard. Adam’s career also includes directing, recording (the hit record Ruby) and many films. He is a twotime AUDELCO winner. He went back to school after 40 years and earned his B.A. and Masters at Lehman and Brooklyn Colleges. BRIDGETTE BENTLEY (Church Soloist, u/ s Sofia). A native of Los Angeles, Calif., she is the daughter of an evangelist. Her theatrical experience includes Love Ain’t Supposed to Hurt, The Glory of Christmas at The Crystal Cathedral and A Good Man is Hard to Find. TV: “The Parkers” and “Girlfriends.” The Color Purple is an awesome blessing from God to her and her beautiful daughter. myspace.com/ bridgettebentley, bridgettebentley.com. SHANI M. BORDEN (Swing, u/s Nettie) has trained at the Duke Ellington School of The Arts, Alvin Ailey and is a graduate of Towson University. She is pleased to make her Broadway debut by joining the extraordinary cast of The Color Purple’s first national tour and thanks her family for their continued support. BRIAN HArlan BROOKS (Swing, Dance Captain) trained at Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School. His dance company credits include Philadanco!, Deeply Rooted, Donald Byrd/The Group, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance. Films: Lifted and Across the Universe. He was site director of Kansas City Missouri Ailey Camp. He choreographs and teaches extensively as well. RENEÉ MONIQUE BROWN (Ensemble, u/s Shug) is a graduate of Ohio State University and a former member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Broadway: All
profiles Shook Up. Other N.Y. credits: Harlem Song (George C. Wolfe, writer/director), Metropolitan Opera’s Samson and Delilah, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella (u/s Eartha Kitt) and Joseph…. Film: Oprah’s Beloved. LaTRISA COLEMAN (Older Olivia/ Assistant Dance Captain), a Fort Pierce, Fla. native, danced on full scholarship at The Ailey School and was a member of Ailey II. Broadway: The Color Purple (original cast) and featured performer in The Lion King. Broadway workshop: Beehive with Debbie Allen. Tour: Chicago (Mona). Play: On Strivers Row (Cobina). B.F.A. Towson State University. Proud AEA member. DARIUS CRENSHAW (Ensemble). Broadway debut in The Color Purple. Attended School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, followed by the School of American Ballet under Stanley Williams, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Peter Martins (Mae L. Wien award winner). New York City Ballet (eight years) and Cincinnati Ballet (soloist). Currently dancing in film, Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Ballet. TIFFANY DANIELS (Ensemble, u/s Squeak) is thankful and blessed to be part of this experience. Tiffany received her B.S. from Cornell University. Upon graduation she received a full dance scholarship for Hollywood’s Edge Performing Arts Center. Regional Theatre: Aida. Other credits: Los Angeles Laker Girl and CBS’s “Cold Case.” “Thanks to mom for constant love and friendship.” QUENTIN Earl DARRINGTON (Pa, Chief, u/s Mister, Ol’ Mister) is a native of Lakeland, Fla. and is honored to be a part of history in the making. Recent credits include: A Little Night Music (California Musical Theatre), Dreamgirls (Madame Walker Theatre), The Lion King (Broadway national tour), Abyssinia (Goodspeed) and Ragtime (Paper Mill). “Another step.…Thank you Lord!” ALEX DE CASTRO (Young Celie, Young Olivia, Older Henrietta). Native New Yorker, age 12, Broadway debut playing the role of Young Nala in Disney’s The Lion King and joined The Lion King’s Cheetah Tour. Seven years of professional experience (TV, film, print, voice over, commercials and dance). Proud member of
AEA, AFTRA and SAG. “Thanks Mom for always believing!” alexdecastro.tripod.com LESLY TERRELL DONALD (Buster, Bobby, u/ s Harpo) Chicago native and proud U.S. Navy Submarine Veteran. Credits: Rent, Miss Saigon, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Full Monty, Porgy and Bess and Two Trains Running. Lesly has also entertained our Armed Forces with the USO. “Shout-outs to mom, dad, God, family, friends and my boo. To our brave military members, ‘I salute you – God Bless.’” myspace.com/ltdonald. ALIYAH D. FLOWERS (Swing, u/s Young Harpo) won two titles in The Pretty Little Princess Pageant, performed with Chicago Junior Luva Bulls, recorded Stone Soup Opera with The Lyric Opera of Chicago and was cast as Addy in The American Girl Review. Aliyah also sings with the Salem Baptist Church Children’s Praise Team. ANDRé GARNER (Swing) is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech University (B.S. Business Management). Broadway: Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Music Man, Marie Christine, Grease, Encores! Broadway Bash 2003. Off-Broadway: Little Ham, From My Hometown. He gives much love to family and friends for all the love and support. “God Bless.” RHETT GEORGE (Ensemble, u/s Harpo) What a beautiful story to experience every day. Broadway: Sweet Charity (Big Daddy), Wicked, Aida. Off-Broadway: Radiant Baby. Toronto: Lion King, Rent. National tour: Fame. “Giving thanks to God for his continuous blessings. Much love to family and friends.” Rhettgeorgeonline.com PHYRE HAWKINS (Swing, u/s Celie), a Flint, Mich. native, is honored to be a part of TCP. After graduating the American Academy of Dramatic Arts she performed with Avenue Q (Las Vegas) and several shows with The Classical Theatre of Harlem. She thanks God for “Faith and Favor” and her family for their unending love, support and PRAYERS. DAMEKA HAYES (Ensemble, u/s Squeak) is overjoyed to be a part of this phenomenal cast. Some of her best-loved credits include: The Lion King (Broadway), “Scrubs” (NBC),
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profiles “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (Disney), L.A. Laker Girls and Budweiser’s “Whassup!” campaign. She thanks her husband and family for their love and support. LATONYA HOLMES (u/s Celie, u/s Nettie) just released her debut CD entitled Love Me Just For Me, which is available online at latonyaholmes.com. She executive produced the project, co-wrote six of the seven all-original selections and co-arranged and co-produced all the lead and background vocals. LaTonya thanks God for her family, friends and hometown, Warner Robins, Ga. for their everlasting love and support. JENNA FORD JACKSON (Ensemble, u/s Shug). National tours: The Buddy Holly Story, Once on This Island. Regional: Racing Demon (Jeff Nomination), A Christmas Carol, A Raisin in the Sun, That’s Christmas, Ain’t Misbehavin.’ TV: “Cupid.” Jenna returns to the stage fulltime after seven years as a stay-at-home mom. B.F.A. in Music Theatre from Roosevelt University. “Loving little is much!” Chauncey Jenkins (Older Adam, Ensemble) feels blessed to once again be apart of The Color Purple. Broadway: The Color Purple (Bobby/Ensemble). National tours: Mama Mia! (Eddie). Regional: Grease, South Pacific, West Side Story. B.F.A. from Wright State University. “Thank You Mom, Sam Turk, and LB for all your love.” TRENT ARMAND KENDALL (Preacher, u/ s Ol’Mister) Broadway/NY: Into the Woods Steward/Baker u/s (NAACP Best Supporting Actor Nominee), Wizard of Oz, Purlie! (Encores), Chess, Hair, Best Little Whorehouse (in concert). Off-Broadway: Bat Boy, Nunsense, Amen! London: Five Guys Named Moe, Hey Mr. Producer! National Tour: Smokey Joe’s Café, Joseph… TV/Film: “Law & Order,” “Strangers with Candy,” “VH1 Big in ’04,” Pink Panther, True Dreams. pictureincomplete.com KEITH BYRON KIRK (Grady, u/s Mister) Broadway: The Grapes of Wrath, The Piano Lesson, King David, The Civil War, Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway: A New Brain, Elegies. Tours: Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Evita (Che), Parade (Jim Conley), The Civil War (Frederick Douglass). Playwright: As Reaper in Summer Grain
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(2005 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference), Ft. Lonesome, Parable, The Civil War. KRISTOPHER THOMPSON-BOLDEN (Ensemble) is thrilled and honored to join The Color Purple family. Favorite roles: Pepe (TUTS), Richie (CDT), Asher (Joseph... national tour). Training: B.M. in Musical Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College. Special thanks to JC, Mama, Danielle/TalentWorks, Telsey casting and all of his supportive friends and family. “Awww Lawd ... I’m HERE!” DIAMOND WHITE (Young Nettie, Young Henrietta) is very humble and honored to be a part of The Color Purple. She has been seen on nationwide network news, on “The Maury Povich Kids Idol Show” and “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.” Diamond thanks God for the love. ANTHONY WILLIAMS II (Young Harpo, Young Adam) is 12 years old and a member of Maywood Fine Arts Association, where he has done many shows. In 2003 he was awarded “Kid Performer of the Year” by the Chocolate Chip Performing Arts Company. He would like to thank God for making his dreams possible. ALICE WALKER (Original Author) is one of the most prolific and important writers of our times, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple, her many volumes of poetry and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her other best-selling books include In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, By the Light of My Father’s Smile and Anything We Love Can Be Saved. Ms. Walker has also published several children’s books including There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me, her most recent work for children and adults. Her latest work, a book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge, We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness, was published in the fall of 2006 by The New Press. MARSHA NORMAN (Bookwriter) won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, ’night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. Ms. Norman is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers; co-chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting
profiles Department of the Juilliard School and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. I: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. BRENDA RUSSELL (Composer/Lyricist) Brooklyn-born four-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Brenda Russell’s music has touched fans on a global scale through millions of albums sold and songs heard on airwaves around the world. Author and performer of the Grammy-nominated “Piano in the Dark,” “If Only for One Night” and the anthem “Get Here,” Brenda has written for or collaborated with superstars such as Sting, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Patti LaBelle among many others. A 2006 Tony nominee and 2007 Grammy nominee for the music of The Color Purple, she has recorded eight solo albums since 1979 with her most recent, Between the Sun and the Moon, released in 2004. Brenda’s songwriting talent has been featured in film and television including movies such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights. brendarussell.com ALLEE WILLIS (Composer/Lyricist) has sold 50 million records, including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance” and Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield’s “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” Willis won a Grammy for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack and was nominated for an Emmy for the theme from “Friends.” She has songs in three of 2006’s biggest films: Happy Feet, Babel and Night at the Museum. With her alter-ego, Bubbles the artist, she’s also an award-winning artist, set designer, interactive-multimedia artist and writer. With Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, Allee and Bubbles created lilytomlin.com, based on
the Tony-winning Search for Signs…. Willis has consulted for Intel, Microsoft, AOL, Disney and addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on cyberspace. Along with their partner, ex of Gnarls Barkley, Willis and Bubbles are about to release their CD, The Soul of Bubbles & Cheesecake. alleewillis.com STEPHEN BRAY (Composer/Lyricist) began music studies with private instruction in his native Detroit and continued training at Berklee College of Music. In 1980, he began a collaboration with Madonna resulting in a wave of top ten hits that became signature songs of the ’80s including, “Into the Groove,” “Angel,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Express Yourself” and “True Blue.” Performing with Breakfast Club, he earned his first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and another top ten single, “Right on Track.” Film and television projects include Beverly Hills Cop II, Who’s That Girl? and All About the Benjamins. In 2005, his Broadway debut with The Color Purple earned him a Tony nomination for Best Original Score and a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Show Album. Stephen is currently developing artists for his Soultone label. He would like to thank his family for their continued support, especially his wife Stephanie and their children, Milena, Wade and Jesse. GARY GRIFFIN (Director) is making his Broadway debut with The Color Purple. He directed the world-premiere production at the Alliance Theatre last year. Gary’s production of Pacific Overtures was seen at London’s Donmar Warehouse and received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. In New York Gary has directed The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pardon My English and The New Moon for City Center Encores! and Beautiful Thing at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He is associate artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where he has directed A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park With George. His production of My Fair Lady played both the McCarter Theatre and Hartford Stage last season after its debut at Chicago’s Court Theatre. Gary has received eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing and has twice been named a Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts by the Chicago Tribune.
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profiles DONALD BYRD (Choreographer) is currently the artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. Prior, he was the artistic director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed and highly regarded contemporary dance company based in New York that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He is probably best known for his reworking of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, into The Harlem Nutcracker, which received critical acclaim and toured nationally for five years. He has also choreographed for numerous stage productions and dance companies, including work at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Opera and New York City Opera, as well as collaborations with contemporary theatre artists Anna Deavere Smith and Peter Sellars and the jazz great Max Roach. Received a 1992 Bessie Award for The Minstrel Show and was a 2006 Tony Award nominee for The Color Purple. JOHN LEE BEATTY (Set Design) Broadway: The Color Purple, Doubt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Odd Couple, Rabbit Hole, The Apple Tree, Wonderful Town, The Rivals, Chicago, Tartuffe, Dinner at Eight, Proof, Frankie and Johnny…, Morning’s at Seven, Major Barbara, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Little Foxes, Anna Christie, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, The Most Happy Fella, The Sisters Rosensweig, Burn This, Penn & Teller (twice), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (twice), Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July, Loot, Crimes of the Heart, among others. Off-Broadway: The Paris Letter, Sylvia, Substance of Fire, Road to Mecca, Song of Singapore, A Life in the Theatre and many seasons at Lincoln Center, Circle Rep and City Center’s Encores! Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards; Theatre Hall of Fame. Graduate of Brown and the Yale School of Drama. PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Designer). NYC: In the Heights; The Color Purple (Tony Nomination); Caroline, or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Drowning Crow; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk (Tony nomination.); Elaine Stritch at Liberty; On the Town; McReele (Roundabout); Flesh and Blood (NYTW); Fame on 42nd Street; and Harlem Song. Mr. Tazewell
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has designed extensively for the Joseph Papp Public Theater and for regional theatre, opera and dance companies around the country. Mr. Tazewell has received many awards for his work, including the Lucille Lortel Award, three Helen Hayes Awards and the 2005 Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award. BRIAN MacDEVITT (Lighting Design) Broadway: Coast of Utopia, Part I; The Vertical Hour; Inherit The Wind; The Color Purple; The Pillowman (Tony Award); Pacific Overtures; ’night, Mother; A Raisin in the Sun; Fiddler on the Roof; Henry IV; Long Day’s Journey…; Nine; Frankie and Johnny…; Into the Woods (Tony Award); Urinetown the Musical; The Invention of Love; Side Show; The Diary of Anne Frank; Master Class; Love! Valour! Compassion!; et al. Dance: ABT, Tere O’Connor Dance, Lar Lubovitch, The Pod Project with Nancy Bannon. Film: Cradle Will Rock. Faculty: Purchase College. Member: Naked Angels. Father: Jake and Georgie. JON WESTON (Sound Design) Broadway: Les Misérables; The Color Purple; The Glass Menagerie; Caroline, or Change; Nine; Imaginary Friends; Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Green Bird; It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues; On The Town; Bring in ’da Noise Bring in ’da Funk; Company in concert at Lincoln Center; Man of La Mancha. Off-Broadway, tours, and regionals: The Boyfriend (directed by Julie Andrews); Princesses; A Little Night Music; Himself & Nora; The Thing About Men; tick, tick…BOOM!; The Bubbly Black Girl…; Bright Lights, Big City; Blue Man Group. Awards: Audelco for Caroline, or Change; L.A. Drama Critcs for A Little Night Music. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway/ Tours: Speed-the-Plow, Equus, Godspell, [title of show], Cry-Baby, A Catered Affair, South Pacific, In the Heights, November, Legally Blonde, Wicked, Hairspray, Rent, The Homecoming, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, High School Musical, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (Vegas). Off-Broadway: Blue Man Group, Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Regional: 9 to 5 (Ahmanson), La Jolla, Westport. Film: I Love You Phillip Morris, Sex and the City, Dancing with Shiva, Dan in Real Life, Then She Found Me, Across the Universe, Ira and Abby, Rent, Pieces of April, Camp, The Grey Zone, Finding
profiles Forrester, The Bone Collector. TV: “The Saint” (pilot), “Ugly Betty” (pilot), “Whoopi,” HBO’s Undefeated, commercials. JONATHAN TUNICK (Orchestrations) Long regarded as Broadway’s preeminent orchestrator, credits include A Chorus Line, The Apple Tree, Sweeney Todd, Titanic, Passion, Into the Woods, Nine, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. Film scores for Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli and Sidney Lumet, plus TV classics “Murder, She Wrote” and “Columbo.” On records: arranger/conductor for Bernadette Peters, Judy Collins, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney. With his Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy awards, he is one of five living persons holding all four major awards. KEVIN STITES (Music Supervisor/Incidental Music Arrangements) Conductor/producer: Children and Art, honoring Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday. Orchestral conductor: “Reefer Madness” (Showtime). Music director: Les Misérables (current Broadway revival), The Threepenny Opera (2006 revival), Fiddler on the Roof (2004 revival), Nine (2003 Tony), Oklahoma!, Titanic (1997 Tony), On the Town, Sunset Boulevard. Tours: Martin Guerre (U.S. premiere), Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables. TV: “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Rosie,” “Oprah,” “Tony Awards.” Albums: Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Titanic. Chicago: more than 60 productions, winner of six Jefferson Awards for musical direction: Sweeney Todd, Chess, Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park…, Baby, Windy City. Music director: Grant Park Symphony in Millennium Park: Sondheim Tribute (2006); Bernstein Tribute (2007). Chicago’s acclaimed Ovations! series. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: choirmaster, Maury Yeston’s An American Cantata: 2000 Voices. Future projects include Nine to Five, a new musical with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. SHEILAH WALKER (Music Director) This production marks Ms. Walker’s return to theater, after a 4-year hiatus as a public school music instructor in Dallas, Texas. Her previous theater credits include: Music Supervisor: London West End production of Ragtime; Musical Director/ Conductor/Associate Conductor: Ragtime,
national tour; U.S. premiere of Ragtime in Los Angeles (Brian Stokes Mitchell, LaChanze). National touring companies: Fiddler on the Roof (Theodore Bikel); Hello, Dolly (Carol Channing); Funny Girl (Deborah Gibson); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Jean Stapleton); Grand Hotel; Singing in the Rain; and South Pacific (Robert Goulet). Her Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of Fiddler on the Roof (Topol) and Don’t Get God Started (Bebe Winans, Donnie McClurkin). Her television credits include appearances on “Regis and Kathie Lee,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the “Jerry Lewis Telethon.” She has been awarded the Dallas Leon Rabin Award for excellence in musical direction for the years 2005–2006. “Thanks, wonderful family.” CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair Design) Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun, The Rivals, Henry IV, Good Vibrations, High Fidelity, Julius Caesar, The Lieutenant of Inishmoor, Sight Unseen, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and associate designer to Tom Watson on Wicked. Many off-Broadway and regional credits including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Alliance Theatre, ART, Huntington, Public Theater, La Jolla and Pasadena playhouses and MET. Opera: St. Louis and Philadelphia, Minnesota and Santa Fe, the Cleveland Opera and Opera Omaha. “James, here’s to many more years. I love you!” ANGELINA AVALLONE (Make-up Design) Broadway credits include The Grinch, Curtains, The Pirate Queen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Light in the Piazza, In My Life, Sweeney Todd, The Odd Couple with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, All Shook Up, Lennon, Seascape, Sweet Charity, The Pillowman, Wonderful Town, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gypsy, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rivals, Belle Epoque, Henry IV and The Scarlet Pimpernel. DARYL WATERS (Dance Music Arranger) For Broadway, Daryl wrote dance music arrangements for Jelly’s Last Jam, Street Corner Symphony and Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. He received Tony and Grammy nominations for his work as a composer on Noise/Funk and has composed music for many other shows,
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profiles including Blue Door, The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove, Harlem Song, Crowns, Drowning Crow and In Real Life. He is Eartha Kitt’s longtime music director. Mr. Waters is a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. JOSEPH JOUBERT (Additional Arrangements) Orchestrations: Caroline, or Change. Orchestrator/musical director: “Three Mo’ Tenors” (PBS). Accompanist/arranger: Patti LaBelle, Kathleen Battle, Judy Collins, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross, George Benson, Nnenna Freelon and Jennifer Holliday. With Twine, score, We Shall Not Be Moved (Emmy nomination). Orchestrator (Drama Desk nomination), Violet; and co-producer CD, Beautiful Star (Grammy nomination). Orchestrator, Great Joy (Broadway Inspirational Voices CD, Grammy nomination). Composer/arranger/co-producer, Making Music, Silver Burdett. Publications: Hal Leonard, Hinshaw Music and GIA. SEYMOUR RED PRESS (Music Coordina tor) Credits include more than 100 Broadway shows, including Gypsy, Mame, Dreamgirls, Nine, Guys and Dolls, Forum, Noise/Funk, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Wonderful Town. Associations include Lincoln Center, Second Stage, the Public Theatre, City Center’s Encores! Screen credits include: Crossing Delancey, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Birdcage and In and Out. TV: “100 Centre Street,” “Tattingers,” “The Rodgers & Hart Story.” This season on Broadway: The Apple Tree, LoveMusik, Chicago. ARTHUR SICCARDI (Production Management) has been involved in more than 200 Broadway shows, including Sweet Charity; Mamma Mia!; Chicago; Sunset Boulevard; A Chorus Line; Cats; Dreamgirls; Kiss Me, Kate; Ballroom; Annie; Wonderful Town; Hello, Dolly!; Fiddler on the Roof; Grease!; My One and Only; The Real Thing; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Lost in Yonkers; Nine; I Am My Own Wife; Annie Get Your Gun; The Grapes of Wrath; Camelot; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Sweeney Todd; I Do! I Do!; Saturday Night Fever; The Sunshine Boys; Gypsy. KRISTEN HARRIS (Production Super-visor) Broadway: The Color Purple, Wicked, Never Gonna Dance, Annie Get Your Gun, The Green Bird, The Rainmaker. Tours: Mamma Mia!, Annie Get Your Gun, Rent (first and second nationals), Robert Wilson’s Hamlet: A Monologue.
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Off-Broadway includes Fucking A, In the Blood, The Chang Fragments, Him (NYSF), Songs for a New World (WPA). Regional: American Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse. MICHAEL McEOWEN (Production Stage Manager) has been a part of various editions of Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelve Angry Men, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan, 42nd Street and many others, some on Broadway, most on the road. Working alongside George Wendt, Cathy Rigby, Richard Thomas, Carol Channing, Mickey Rooney, Tom Hewitt and others. MMSM is on the boards more often than not but if there were time, he would be tearing the wheels off a vintage Jeep in the Colorado Rockies. LISA J. SNODGRASS (Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, an Ohio native and graduate of Otterbein College. Broadway Credits: Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. National tours: Les Misérables. (Marius Company); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. OffBroadway: Birdie Blue at Second Stage Theatre. Regional: Over 25 productions at the Mark Taper Forum and the Geffen Playhouse. SHARIKA NILES (Assistant Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: All That I Will Ever Be; Suburbia; Satellites; This is How it Goes; Seven; See What I Wanna See; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Caroline, or Change; Well; Fucking A; Take Me Out; Helen; Stuff Happens; A Winter’s Tale; Twelfth Night. Other: Stage Manager at The Apollo Theatre, NYC 2002–2006, WTF ’03. NINA LANNAN ASSOCIATES (General Manager). In addition to Nina Lannan, principals in the firm include Maggie Brohn, Amy Jacobs and Devin Keudell. Current productions include Mamma Mia!, and Legally Blonde on Broadway; Mamma Mia! on tour and in Las Vegas; The Color Purple on tour and the upcoming productions of Dirty Dancing in Toronto and on tour; and Billy Elliot on Broadway, in addition to others in development. OPRAH WINFREY (Producer) Through the power of media, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As supervising producer/host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she has entertained, enlightened and uplifted millions of people for the past two
profiles decades. Her commitment to use her life to make a difference in the lives of others has extended beyond the realm of television into philanthropy, education, publishing, film and now theatre. Having first read Alice Walker’s novel in 1982, Oprah loved it so much she would give copies to strangers. In 1985 she was nominated for an Oscar for her breakout role as Sofia in the film. Twenty years later, Oprah is proud to be a part of the team bringing The Color Purple to Broadway – it’s a full-circle moment in her life. SCOTT SANDERS (Lead Producer) is one of the entertainment industry’s most creative and prolific entrepreneurs with a proven track record of producing quality entertainment properties for a variety of media. In addition to his credit as lead producer of the 11 Tony Award-nominated hit Broadway musical The Color Purple, he is widely credited with the historic turnaround of Radio City Music Hall. Additional credits include Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which won the 2002 Tony Award, and the HBO special of “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” which won two Emmy Awards, including one for Sanders for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Sanders partnered with Queen Latifah in a groundbreaking music partnership to record and produce her first vocal album, The Dana Owens Album, which is approaching Platinum sales status and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He also produced the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance and pop star Josh Groban’s Broadway debut in a concert version of Chess at the New Amsterdam Theater. Sanders also launched film and television powerhouse Mandalay Entertainment with partner and Chairman Peter Guber and served as president of Mandalay Television, executive producing six network series in association with Columbia TriStar including ABC’s “Cupid” with Jeremy Piven and the WB’s “Young Americans” with Kate Bosworth. He recently announced the formation of Scott Sanders Productions, a New York based feature film and live theater production company, which has a first look motion picture deal with Walt Disney Studios. scottsandersproductions.com
ROY FURMAN (Producer) is currently represented on Broadway by The Color Purple, Spamalot, Inherit the Wind and later in the season will co-produce Legally Blonde. Other recent productions include The History Boys, The Wedding Singer, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pillowman, Democracy and The Odd Couple. Mr. Furman co-founded the investment firm Furman Selz and is currently Vice Chairman of Jefferies & Company and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners. He is Vice Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman Emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Vice President of the New York City Opera. QUINCY JONES (Producer) has received an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy Awards and is the all-time most-nominated Grammy artist, with a total of 79 nominations. Recently, he was inducted as a Kennedy Center honoree, the United States’ most prestigious artistic award, for his lifetime contributions to the culture of the country. He co-produced The Color Purple which garnered 11 Oscar nominations and discovered Oprah Winfrey.Executive producer: “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Mad TV” and HBO’s “An American Reunion Concert.” His 1995 recording, Q’s Jook Joint, garnered seven Grammy nominations, and in 1996 he executive produced the most-watched award show in the world, “The 68th Annual Academy Awards.” In 2001, his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, entered The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. AEG LIVE (Producer) the live-entertainment division of Anschutz Entertainment Group, is dedicated to all aspects of live entertainment and multi-media production. The second largest concert promotion and touring company in the U.S., AEG Live has nine regional offices: Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Denver and Seattle. AEG Live’s event production and promotion ability is underscored by the fact that many renowned artists and entertainment companies look to AEG Live
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profiles to produce and market their tours on a national level. For nearly a decade, AEG, once known only as the world’s largest owner of team sports, has expanded its businesses to include operation and ownership of stateof-the-art theatres, arenas and stadiums. In 2007, AEG Live and its subsidiaries will generate more than $800 million in revenue and present over 3,500 events around the globe, making it the second-largest live entertainment company in the world. ANNA FANTACI & CHERYL LACHOWICZ (Producer) Anna is a long-time admirer and student of arts, and is very involved with construction design. The Color Purple was her first venture in theater production, and she has been involved with others with her husband Jim. She is looking forward to another which she hopes will open in the Spring. Cheryl is an award-winning commercial illustrator. She made her Broadway debut as a co-producer of the Sly Fox revival, directed by Arthur Penn. She is also a financial supporter of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which opened October 2005 in London. Ms. Lachowicz is married and has two beautiful daughters, Dani and Tia. INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) IPN members bring Broadway productions to over 110 cities throughout North America, Japan and China. Recent Broadway, London, U.S. and international tours include Legally Blonde, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bombay Dreams, Starlight Express and Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands. DAVID LOWY (Producer) is the chief executive of LFG Holdings, a global private investment group based in Sydney, Australia. He is also a non-executive deputy chairman of Westfield Group, one of the world’s largest shopping center companies. His father, Frank Lowy, is founder and executive chairman. In addition to the involvement in The Color Purple, investments have been made in other Broadway productions, including most recently Spamalot. David’s non-business interests include music—he is a songwriter, guitarist and member of the Australian rock group MINK. David also has a
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keen interest in aviation. He is a stunt pilot and regular air show performer as well as being the founder and president of the Temora Aviation Museum, an institution that is dedicated to the preservation of historic military aircraft. STEPHANIE P. McCLELLAND (Producer) Founder, Green Curtain Productions (GCP). Ms. McClelland and GCP’s Broadway credits: Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner), Coram Boy, Inherit the Wind, Journey’s End (2007 Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Best Play Revival), Butley, The Drowsy Chaperone, The History Boys (2006 Tony and Drama Desk, Best Play), The Color Purple, Spamalot (2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Best Musical), Glengarry Glen Ross (2005 Tony Award, Best Play Revival), The Pillowman, Democracy, Jumpers, Flower Drum Song. London credits: The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors and Spamalot. National Tours: The Drowsy Chaperone, The Color Purple and Spamalot. Ms. McClelland is on the boards of The Juilliard School, London’s Donmar Warehouse and the American Associates of the National Theatre. “With love and gratitude to Carter, Cary and Spencer.” GARY WINNICK (Producer), an international financier and philanthropist with a global investment career spanning three decades, maintains a strong commitment to local, national and international civic and philanthropic activities in the arts and sciences, education, healthcare and world tolerance. He serves on numerous boards, including the Museum of Modern Art, United States Chamber of Commerce and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Mr. Winnick and his wife Karen, author and illustrator of children’s books, reside in Los Angeles and New York. JAN KALLISH (Producer). The Color Purple, Broadway and the first North American tour. Other current producing projects include: Legally Blonde, the Musical (Broadway 2007); Execution of Justice, About Face Theatre, Chicago; Caraboo (in development), book by Marsha Norman, music by Jenny Giering, director Gary Griffin. Ms. Kallish is consultant to Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures,
profiles including his current U.S. tour of Edward Scissorhands. As executive producer of Ovations! Concert Celebrations of Great American Musicals, Ms. Kallish produced Strike Up the Band; One Touch of Venus; Babes in Arms; Promises, Promises; and Call Me Madam. Most recently Ms. Kallish served as CEO of the Nederlander Broadway China Joint Venture. In Chicago Ms. Kallish has taught commercial theatre management at DePaul University’s Theatre School and formerly served as Executive Director of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS, INC. (Producer) is a producing arm of a family company prominent for three generations in the management and operation of theatres and productions of distinguished entertainment. In addition to producing innumerable plays and musicals, operas, ballets and concerts and presenting artists ranging from Nureyev to Sinatra to U2, the Nederlander Organization owns a notable chain of legitimate theatres on Broadway, across the U.S. and in London. Upcoming Broadway productions include Legally Blonde, the Musical, Kevin Spacey in Moon for the Misbegotten and the Grease revival you’ve all heard about. BOB AND HARVEY WEINSTEIN (Pro ducers), co-founders of Miramax Films, are co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company which launched in 2005. The Weinsteins have produced several award-winning Broadway and West End shows, including The Real Thing, 2000 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play; Mel Brooks’ The Producers, winner of the most Tonys in Broadway history; the Broadway revival of Gypsy; the London and New York productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the revival of Wonderful Town; Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; and All Shook Up. ANDREW ASNES & ADAM ZOTOVICH (Producer) The Color Purple on Broadway marked the first producing venture for Andrew Asnes and Adam Zotovich. Subsequently, they have produced the Broadway productions of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Legally Blonde, the Mu-
sical. Performing credits include Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Memoria), Contact, Jumpers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wedding Singer, The Producers feature film. TODD JOHNSON (Producer) oversaw the creation of The Color Purple for four years prior to its Broadway opening. Former senior producer for Creative Battery, he is currently producing a documentary on faith and LGBT teens. As a writer, he adapted Madeleine L’Engle’s “An Impossible Christmas” for television, and created a stage adaptation of The Little Drummer Boy for Classic Media. Other current projects include a Vegas show with extraordinary collaborators Jerry Mitchell and Andrew Lippa, a YA book series and an original television musical. Johnson began his career as one of N.Y.’s top session singers, performing and/ or recording with Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Marc Anthony, Barry Manilow, many others. Alum: Chapel Hill and Yale. “Thanks to Michael, family and WMA.” ALLIANCE THEATRE (Original Production) Now in its 38th season, Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre is the leading professional resident theatre of the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people on two stages for youth and adult audiences. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Susan V. Booth and Managing Director Thomas Pechar, the Alliance Theatre, known for its national role in creating significant theatrical works, launched two Tony Awardwinning hits to Broadway: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. It has premiered many other works and has originated the national tour of a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. In 2005, the Alliance Theatre furthered its commitment to new work with the initiation of a national program introducing student playwrights to professional networks while producing the world premiere of the winning student’s work. The Alliance Theatre also offers extensive education and outreach programs.
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profiles STAFF FOR THE COLOR PURPLE TOUR GENERAL MANAGER NINA LANNAN ASSOCIATES Amy Jacobs COMPANY MANAGER MICHAEL SANFILIPPO Assistant Company Manager................ Miguel Ortiz TOUR MARKETING & PRESS C MAJOR MARKETING Catherine Major Jennifer Sims Spike Dawson IT IS DONE COMMUNICATIONS Linda J. Stewart CASTING TELSEY + COMPANY, C.S. A Bernie Telsey CSA, Will Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Carrie Rosson CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Bess Fifer CSA, Patrick Goodwin Assistant Director......................................Nona Lloyd Associate Choreographer..... Stephanie Guiland-Brown PRODUCTION SupervisOR........ KRISTEN HARRIS Production Stage Manager............. Michael McCowen Stage Manager........................... Lisa J. Snodgrass Assistant Stage Manager................... Sharika Niles Associate Scenic Designer...............Yoshi Tanokura Associate Costume Designer..... Michael F. McAleer Assistant Costume Designers.......Jennifer Halpern, Michael Zecker Assistant to the Costume Designer..... Jacob A. Climer Associate Lighting Designers Jennifer M. Schriever, Mark T. Simpson Assistant to the Lighting Designer..... Greg Bloxham Associate Sound Designer............ Jason Strangfeld Assistant to the Hair Designer.............Leah Loukas Automated Lighting Programmer............. David Arch Fight Director.............................. Robin McFarquhar Fight Captain................................ LaTrisa Coleman Dialect Coach...................................... Linda Gates Assistant to the Choreographer............ Jamal Story MAKE-UP DESIGN.................ANGELINA AVALLONE Head Carpenter.............................Herbie Woodruff Advance Carpenter......................... Kurt Crittenden Assistant Carpenter/Automation......Michael Moore Assistant Carpenter................................Paul Ebert Flyman......................................... Jackson Lockard Production Electrician................... James J.Fedigan Head Electrician................................Collier Woods Advance Electrician......................... Paul Schoening Assistant Electrician..............................Rick Tatum Assistant Electrician............................Kevin Richie Production Sound..................................... Phil Lojo Head Sound.................................... Matt McShane
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Advance Sound...................................Mitch Tracey Assistant Sound .................................Wes Shaffer Production Properties.....................Michael Pilipski Head Properties....................................Joe Crocco Assistant Properties........................ Dean Burchett Wardrobe Supervisor....................... Susan Malone Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor....... Jean Fredrickson Hair Supervisor....................................Joy Marcelle Hair Assistant...............................Debbie Reynolds Synthesizer Programmer................. Bruce Samuels Production Assistants... Timothy Juhl, Lindsey Miller Tutor............................................... April Saunders Tutoring............................... On Location Education National Press Representative......... Carol Fineman National Advertising . ........... Spotco/Drew Hodges, Jim Edwards, Tom McCann, Josh Fraenkel Marketing/Sponsorship/ Outreach....... Apel, Inc./David Sass, Harry Spero, Mathew Farkash, Cherine Anderson Website Design/Online Marketing Strategy.........Situation Marketing LLC/ Damian Bazadona, Lisa Cecchini Legal Counsel..............Davis Wright Tremaine LLP/ M. Graham Coleman and Robert J. Driscoll Comptroller....................................Sarah Galbraith Accounting.................. Fried & Kowgios CPA,s LLP/ Robert Fried, CPA General Management Associates.............Libby Fox, Adam Jackson Insurance............... Albert G. Ruben Company Inc./ Claudia Kauffman Banking................City National Bank/Gregg Santos Payroll.............................. Castellana Services, Inc. Study Guide.................................. Camp Broadway Merchandising.....Dewynters Advertising/James Decker Travel Agent.....................Tzell Travel/The “A” Team, Andi Henig, Alan Henig Housing Coordination.........................Road Rebel/ Debbie Greenfeld, Danielle Risch www.colorpurple.com CREDITS Scenery construction and automation equipment provided by Hudson Scenic Studio Inc. Costumes executed by Tricorne, Inc.; Barbara Matera Ltd; Donna Langman Costumes; John Kristiansen. Custom millinery by Lynne Mackey Studio. African headdresses by Arnold S Levine and Marie Schneggenburger. Custom shirts by The Shirt Store and DL Cerney. Custom eyewear by J. Kirby Harris. Custom knitting by C.C. Wei. Custom shoes by T.O. Dey; JC Theatrical; Capezio. Fabric painting and distressing by Hochi Asiatico. Lighting equipment by PRG Lighting; Sound equipment supplied by PRG Audio; Props provided by Spoon Group; Cigar Box Studios Inc; Ellen Pilipski. Rehearsed at the Lou Conte Dance Studio and the Civic Opera House. Natural herb cough drops supplied by Ricola USA Inc. Makeup provided by M*A*C
profiles Cosmetics. Key art illustration by Peter Sylvada. Emgeren-C, the health & energy booster, provided by Alacer Corp. Charles Heath plays Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Rhythm Tech Percussion. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actorsâ€™ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Professional Association of Playwrights, Lyricists and Composers. The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. This production is produced by a member of the League of American Theatres and Producers in collaboration with our professional unionrepresented employees.
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THEATER OF THE STARS BOARD OF TRUSTEES James C. Howard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman John C. Breckenridge, Joe Hall, Virginia Hepner, Aaron J. Johnson, Ingrid Saunders Jones, Henri Jova, John McColskey, Adam Orkin, Dennis Reagan, Dr. John E. Skandalakis, Dom H. Wyant, David Yu, William Orkin: (Emeritus), Glen P. Robinson: (Emeritus), Dr. Robert L. Bunnen: (Emeritus)
Christopher B. Manos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Producer Nicholas F. Manos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President 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 Melaine Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Development Grant Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chief Financial Officer Henry Rowe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asst. to the Administrative Director Glenn Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asst. to the Administrative Director Thomas Pinckney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special Projects Coordinator Tanya McKinley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bookkeeper Linnette Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Assistant Sam Patton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Assistant Nina Sarokin Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Assistant
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 Fes tival – 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 League of American Theatres and Producers, 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. This year, Mr. Manos was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the League of American Theatres and Producers. 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. 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 co-production of Big River, The King And I with Sandy Duncan, and Bombay Dreams. He also is the founder of the Junior Theatre Festival, an event that takes place every two years in Atlanta, and brings drama students from all over the country 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.
Theater of the Stars wishes to express its gratitude th to the Sponsors of its 56 Season:
The City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs Office of the Mayor
If you wish to support Theater of the Starsâ€™ artistic contributions to our community, please send your tax deductible donation to:
Theater of the Stars P.O. BOX 11748 Atlanta, GA 30355
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donors Theater of the Stars is grateful for the support we receive from our donors. Thank you for helping us produce the best in family entertainment in 2008-2009. Presenting Sponsor William B. Orkin (Oklahoma!) Presenting co-Sponsors The Coca Cola Company (The Color Purple) Missie and Joe Hall in honor of Jack Wall (Les MisĂŠrables) star circle Anonymous (4) Don and Amy Barnette Eugenia L. Battle W. Douglas and Mickey J. Benn Mr. and Mrs. Fred Betts Shirley Blaine Bette Rose Bowers James and Diane Brock Dr. Harold J. Brody Phillip and Vanessa Corbin Mr. and Mrs. Tom Claugus Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Cox Edith and Doug Daniel Janice and Douglas Edman Christopher and Sonnet Edmonds Alan and Susan Eisen Dr. and Mrs. G.B. Espy Jim and Beth Ferguson
Rick and Elaine Foley Christina (Mrs. Richard C.) Freeman Drs. Michelle and Gregory Gibson Douglas G. Green Mr. and Mrs. Larry Griffin Nancy and Bob Gunsallus Mitchell Gwin Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hand Ken Harbaugh Virginia A. Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Dr. Carl Herring Jenny and Harold Itkin Mrs. Joseph W. Jones Ron and Donna Lee Dan Leeser Ronald and Dorothy Leventhal
Scott and Lisa Lynch Walter W. Mitchell The Randy Merrill Family D. Matthew and Lorin Middelthon Ms. Julie Rawls Moore NMedia Marie B. Patton Susan and Paul Player Kristin S. Rinne Dr. and Mrs. Joe E. Rowland Jeffrey P. Salomone, M.D. Terri and Scott Siegel Dr. and Mrs. Marcus R. Stonecipher Jeff Tacy Betty S. Taylor D. Mark Worrell
Patrons Nancy & Harold Abrams Action Electric Company, Inc. John & Donna Adams Michael J. Addison Dr. Philip Adler, Jr. David & Sherry Agan Shirley M. Agan Dorothy D. Aiken Donald Alcorn Mr. & Mrs. Aaron I. Alembik Kenneth & Glenda Alexander Dr.& Mrs, Andrew J. Allen Mr. & Mrs. Neal M. Allen David & Donna Allman David & Debbie Alsobrook
Dede Alsobrook Alston & Bird, LLP Amelia Bay Beverage Systems An Innovative Touch, Inc. Ann S. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Jim Anderson Donald & Norma Appel Dennis & Mitzi Apple Aramark for Higher Education Chris Arapoglou Bobby Ardd Inger Ardston Jerry & Elizabeth Arnold Ashford Advisors Marilyn S. Arnold
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John Baker Kay Baker Lewis L. Baker Dr. Chris T. Bakke Shirley Ball Karyn & Don Ballard Richard & Rena Ballard Mr. & Mrs. Dale Banich Kirk & Penny Barber Mr. & Mrs. Paul Barish Lin Barker Reid T. Barker Steven & Alice Barlow Mrs. William B. Barmore Governor & Mrs. Roy E. Barnes
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Stan & Margaret Boose Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Bortolazzo Judie Borucki John A. Bostater John R. Bowden Marcia Charlene Bowdoin Chris Bowen Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Bowen Waldo U. Bowen, Jr. Bette R. Bowers Deborah Bowers Mary Bowers Barbara P. & Dennis Bowman Rebecca N. Bowman Betsy Box Ereania Boyd Hy & Marion Boyer Michael D. & Patricia B. Boyer Cpt. Vincent Boyer Dr. Dane & Sheila Boyington Boyken International Donald R. Boyken Darren Brackett Vanessa Bradbury Amy E. Brady Mrs. Mary Brannon Kathie Brantley Henry Braselton Libby Brasfield Ellen C. Brewer William H. Brewster Capt. & Mrs. Robert Bristow Tim & Annette Broadwell James & Diane Brock William J. Brock Dr. Harold J. Brody Ted & Patricia Brook Betty Brooks Richard H. Brooks Russell Broom Debra S. Brown Jennifer Brown Judy Brown Ken & Cathy Brown Larry W. Brown Terri L. Brown Grant Bruce F. Scott Brumfield Thomas G. Bruner Devoy Brunson Wayne & Debra Buchanan Billy & Lynn Buckhalt Elise Buckner Mr. & Mrs. R.J. Buckwalter Steve & Sam Budow Mrs. Frank J. Bull Dr. Robert L. Bunnen Lori Buonamie Dennis M. Burch Jadene Burgess Hardey Burger Jay & Nicole Burkett Nita Burns Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Burns Robert W. Burns Wanda Burrell Alan & Cindy Burstein Charles H. & Adline Burton, Jr. Kimberly A. Butler Elizabeth P. Buttimer Jean Buzby
Melissa Byars Julie Byron Susana Caceres Robert Cadman Hugh R. & Catherine Caffrey Glenn & Sara Caldwell Sarah M. Caliese Skip & Barb Call Rolland & Jamie Callahan James & Cathey Camacho Mary L. Camp Terry Camp R. Grant Campbell Steven Cannon Tom & Peggy Cannon Robert L. & Gail F. Cantrell Joanne Capeloto Harry M. Cardillo Robert & Jan Cardwell Donald L. Carlsness Harold & Barbara Carlson Dr. & Mrs. Richard V. Carlson Mark & Scarlett Carlton Pamela C. Carnes Ben Carpenter Mary Carpenter Bobby Carrell Larry & Laura Carter Dr. & Mrs. M. Gary Carter Terry Carter Janet Caruth Randolph & Lynda Case Robert & Maria-Elena Casey Betty Castellani Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Catlin Timothy & Pam Cavender Cheryl F. Chandler R. Chris Chandler Tommy Chapman David & Rosemarie Charney Mr. & Mrs. Ben F. Cheek, III Jana H. Cheek Terry Childers James J. Childre, Jr. Linda S. Childs Stuart Christian Remer Y. Clark, M.D. Jesse H. Clarke Tom & Teresa Claugus Larry D. Clay Tom & Marilyn Clayton Peggy Clayton Frank A. Cleveland Robert & Lesa Clough The Coca Cola Company Scott Cockerham Ellen M. Cohen Jennifer K. Cohen Marc David Cohen Mel Coker Joseph L. Coleman Ronald & Cynthia Coleman Calvin & Joy Coles Jeff & Heather Colier Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Collins Kenneth B. Collins Christina Coloma Nita Coloma David Cone John & Sue Cone William & Gail Conn
Judy Connor Bruce & Ellen Connors Charlie & Wendy Conover Dianne Cook John M. Cook Scott Cook Robert L. Cookson Teri L. Cooper Virgil E. Cooper, Jr. R. Dallis Copeland Phillip & Vanessa Corbin Adam Corder Mrs. Ray J. Cornay Richard & Sherry Costello Cotton States Insurance Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Cotton Kevin Coventon Elaine Cox Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Cox Robert & Shelby Crain Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Crane Jr. Mrs. Douglas Crawford Cynthia L. Creque Douglas & Theresa Crispell Barbara Crisler Jeff & Amy Cromwell Mrs. Jimmie B. Crossley Nikole M. Crow James Crowder Marion Croxton Ron & Caroline Cruz Dona & Stephen Cucich Warren Culpepper Ed & Susan Cummings William & Catherine Curran Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Curtiss William Curtis Stephen R. Cutts Edward R. Daihl Dr. & Mrs. Jay Dallas Nancy V. Dalton Douglas A. Daniel Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Daniel Helen D. Darcey Kevin Daughtry Barbara H. Davenport Doug Davis James & Martha Davis John L. Davis, Jr. Julia Davis Keith & Rosalee Davis Ridge H. Davis Robert W. Davis Sherry L. Davis Walt Davis William Davis Kevin & Leisa Dawson Sigfried & Lise Dayan Adavier Weatherford Dayton Arline D. Deacon Emma Deavours Steven DeBrock John Delk Sandy Delves Jack Dermoushegian Lisa K. Deshazer Jerri Dettmering Mildred Detwiler Libby J. Devine Scott & Kristy Deviney Jorge Diaz
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Dale Kratchen Dr. & Mrs. Linton L. Kuchler Maarten & Annemiek Kuik Marie A. Kurtzer Thomas E. Kutch Chris & Candy Lacey Mr. & Mrs. David Lacy Mr. & Mrs. William E. Laity Joyce R. LaMar Annette M. Lancaster David J. Lance, Sr. Fran F. Landau James E. & Shirley O. Lane Katherine A. Lane Joseph Lang Robyn Lang Mr. & Mrs. Lynn M. Lanier Sid & Sara Lanier Emma G. Lankford Margaret M. Lanthier Larson-Juhl Iris Laster Karen A. Lawrence Daniel G. Lazarek Katrina Lazenby Sherry Lea Jo Ann Leder Sally LeDuc Cheryl Lee David L. Lee James L. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Robert A. Lee Ronald & Donna Lee Danny E. Leeser Philip & Mary Lefkoff Michael J. Leggin Dr. Ralph Lehr Bill & Sandy Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Leven Robert Leven Mr. & Mrs. Ronald S. Leventhal Ron & Mary Rose Levesque Phyllis Levin Dr. & Mrs. Allan N. Levine Jeff Levy James W. Lewis Matthew & Leah Lewis Catherine M. Lindsay The Linkon Family Ronald Lipsitz Elizabeth B. Littrell Page Loyd Patricia A. Lloyd, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. David W. Lolmaugh Rosemarie Long Lynda Lores Kelly Love Brandall & Dana Lovvorn Joel Lowery Katherine S. Lowry Larry Lucas Lindy L. Lukert Vaughan T. Lund Dana C. Luton Catherine F. Lynch Jack & Patsy Mackmull, Jr. Wendy C. MacMahon The Makuck Family Raymond Malo Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Malone, Sr. Sam & Mary Maloy
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Eston Thornton Jayne Thraen Thomas & Rose Thornton Jennifer Thurmond Bill Timm Carol Toler David & Beth Tong Linda Torres Thomas A. Torrey Susan G. Tourial Tim Trankina Phillip & Leise Tucker Kim P. Turkiewicz Jerry & Toni Turner Linda A. Turner-Knorr Ken & Andrea Tyree C. Ben Tyson John & Bunny Underwood III United Consulting Group Ltd. Matthew Urbanek Norman Urrutia Karen Uyesugi Donna Vargas Jamie Vargo-Pirkle Patricia Vargo Glenn & Kim Varner Alice Vellanikaran Sal & Mary Frances Verenna Michael V. Vescio Alice H. Vessell Johnny Vick Alfonso Villarreal Jeff & Brenda Villwock Vulcan Materials Company Mr. James D. Waddell Karen Wade Lynn Walker Scott & Amy Walker Dianne Wall Dr. & Mrs. T. Henry Wall J. Larry Wallace Terry P. Wallace Jim & Laure Walsh Perry & Deborah Walter Brian & Carol Walters Richard Wang Holland M. Ware Elaine Warren John B. Warren, Jr. Thomas Wassel Laura Watson Linda B. Watson William B. Watson, Jr. Harvey W. Watt, Sr. Michael & Kimberly Watt Gary L. Watts James W. Webb Robert W. Webb, Jr. Donald P. Weber Deborah H. Weigel Dr. Craig Weil Terry & Jennifer Weiss Larry & Diana Weintraub Jack Weissman Mr. & Mrs. John H. Weitnauer, Jr. David & Elizabeth Wells Steve & Melinda Wertheim Joe & Marsha West Richard West Susan M. West John L. Westervelt
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Gladys Knight July 19
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Legends Celebration: An Evening with Gladys Knight Atlanta Civic Center, 8 p.m., $20+.
This is an opportunity to see a living legend do what she does best. Joining the ranks of Roberta Flack and Andrew Young, Gladys Knight is this year’s honoree at the NBAF Legends Celebration. The Atlanta native will perform songs spanning her five-decade career for this one-night-only event. l
Wynton Marsalis July 19 & 20
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis
Woodruff Arts Center – Symphony Hall, 7 p.m., $20.
Creatively Speaking: Dr. Cornel West & Wynton Marsalis with Carrie Mae Weems
Woodruff Arts Center – Rich Theatre, 2 p.m., $20.
The “Creatively Speaking” series is one of the most important features of the NBAF, facilitating intellectual conversation among some of the greatest minds in the African-American community. Famed philosopher Dr. Cornel West, renowned composer Wynton Marsalis and award-winning photographer Carrie Mae Weems will discuss the role of artists in the continuing civil rights movement. 32 Encore Atlanta
World Music Festival
Centennial Olympic Park, 5 – 10 p.m., Free and open to the public.
The World Music Festival boasts a two-day lineup of musical acts homegrown and from abroad. Toots and the Maytals, Roy Ayers and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra are just a few of the scheduled performers. Be sure to bring the whole family; this party is for everyone. l
ASO at Ebenezer Baptist Church Ebenezer Baptist Church, 7 p.m., Free.
Robert Spano conducts a special concert to close the NBAF festivities. Program selections include the Haydn Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Koye Berry is a writer/musician with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Maryland’s Loyola College.
Legendary jazz composer/trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will perform a selection of timeless jazz standards with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Take note: On Nov. 6 and 7, Marsalis will return to the ASO for a world premiere of his newest symphonic work.
Putting Atlanta youth on the right path
n Atlanta, less than half of all innercity students graduate high school. Throughout America, barely half of the students in the 50 biggest cities graduate, with 1.2 million students dropping out of school every year. The National Center for Policy Analysis estimates each dropout will cost his or her state $4,168 every year for the rest of their lives in increased Medicaid costs, incarceration costs and loss of tax revenue. Ironically, the best solution cities have discovered is something that’s being eliminated from many public schools: arts education. Since enrolling at-risk pre-teens in a dance, singing and creative writing camp called STARS, 34 Encore Atlanta
the city of Fort Myers, Fla., has seen a 27 percent drop in juvenile crime. Adding an aggressive arts education program to its curriculum has doubled the graduation rate of the “last chance” students enrolled at the Ulster-BOCES Alternative School in Tillson, N.Y. In Atlanta, the Fox Theatre has begun offering AileyCamp, a summer dance camp for at-risk youth, aged 11-14. The four-week program, based on a curriculum developed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, teaches young adults discipline, cooperation and perseverance through dance, music, art, creative communications and personal development workshops. This is AileyCamp’s second year in Atlanta.
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VISIT WWW.NBAF.ORG FOR TICKETS AND EVENT DETAILS Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Black United Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts, The Kendeda Fund, The Nonprofit Finance Fund/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Woodruff Arts Center: Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, 14th Street Playhouse.
“The benefits of the program [exist] because there is no prior dance training; it is used as a vehicle for developing their creative self-expression.” The program requires discipline and focus – skills children also need to succeed academically – and encourages critical thinking. By encouraging participants to express themselves and validating their creativity, AileyCamp helps build campers’ self-esteem. Creative writing classes help them catch up to grade-level in skills they may lack. Visual art classes create another safe environment in which the young adults learn to 36 Encore Atlanta
express themselves and work together. Because AileyCamp students often are exposed to drugs, violence, alcohol and sex where they live, role-playing sessions during camp address those issues and show campers what the consequences of the decisions they make might be. “It’s a crucial time in a preteen’s life, and decision-making is taking sway,” Sales explains. “AileyCamp is there to be a support system for those decisions and helps them be more independent. This program lets them realize that … any decision they make now will affect them for the rest of their life. Ultimately, it’s their decision to take that [good] path or not, but as long as I know we’ve directed them that way, that’s fulfilling.” Sales stays in touch with AileyCamp participants throughout the school year to follow their progress and offer support. This summer, she got to work with eight returning campers. “I definitely saw a big change,” she says. “One lady was not confident with her shoe size last year. It was embarrassing, for her, to be a size 12 or 13. This year she was so confident. Once you have the support of someone to let you know that it’s OK to be who you are … it makes a big difference for a teenager.” For more information about the AileyCamp program, or to sponsor a child, visit foxtheatre.org/outreach1_campAiley.htm, or call Sarah duBignon 404-881-2087.
Each child accepted into the program is given a full scholarship, underwritten by the Fox Theatre. They apply through local Boys and Girls clubs, middle schools and the Fox Theatre Web site, and are interviewed one-onone by Sarah duBignon, Fox Theatre’s outreach director, and Diane Sales, the director of Atlanta’s AileyCamp. “What we’re looking for is someone who has some academic, or social or domestic challenges; someone who has not been exposed to the arts,” Sales says.
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“I’m in the ensemble, so I’m in the group scenes, and I cover a number of people: Shug, all three church ladies and the church soloist. You never know which role you’re going to see me in. “LaTonya Holmes and I grew up together. Sometimes Celie is out and Shug is out, and I’m [onstage] opposite LaTonya. We have such a deep relationship, it brings so much more to it. The other people in the cast have come up and said to us, ‘When
the two of you are on together, it’s such a unique chemistry.’ “My favorite part? One is when Shug Avery sings [‘Too Beautiful for Words’] to Celie, because it’s the beginning of her journey of discovery to find out who she is. She has never been loved in the way Celie loves her, and it stops her in her tracks. The other is when Celie sings ‘I Am Here.’ Shug and Celie have a fight and … Celie says, ‘I can let go of Shug because I’ve discovered who I am.’ You can’t really love anybody else until you love yourself and understand your personal worth. Then you really can contribute to someone else, because you are whole.” – As told to Kristi Casey Sanders
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F O R YO U R I N F O R M AT I O N 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. 44 Encore Atlanta
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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 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manager, Administrative and Community Services Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director Molly Fortune . . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Andrew Nielsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager 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
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS
Arthur Montgomery . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 Robert Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Secretary Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Walter R. Huntley, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Sylvia Anderson, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joe G. Patten, Carl V. Patton, Glen J. Romm, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills, Lee Winfield.
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
Anne Cox Chambers, Arnall (Pat) Connell, Rodney Mims Cook Jr., Jere A. Drummond, Richard O. Flinn III, Joseph V. Myers Jr., Edward J. Negri, Edgar Neiss, Herman J. Russell, Preston Stevens Jr.
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