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The musical Rock of Ages, set on Sunset Strip in 1987, is designed as a cheeky, selfreferential fable of Hollywood and rock ’n’ roll wannabes.


Rock of Ages hit Broadway in 2009 and ran for six years. It was nominated for five Tony awards, including best musical. Expect the same terrific music, says director Martha Banta, but a new staging.



ock of Ages, the Broadway musical that features songs from such 1980s’ rock acts as Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Foreigner, is in the midst of a 10th anniversary tour. What can audiences expect, you might ask? “They can expect the same terrific music,” says director Martha Banta, “and the really funny, fun time that you have when you come to the show.” But, she adds, “This is a new production. It’s not a remount of what was already done.” The musical, set on Sunset Strip in 1987, is described as a cheeky, self-referential fable of Hollywood and rock ’n’ roll wannabes. The book was written by Chris D’Arienzo, a Michigan-born actor and self-professed theater geek who loves ’80s rock. As he wrote it, he says, “it was very much like an olive branch between worlds that don’t feel like they have anything in common — the rock world and the Broadway world. And so, I decided what I wanted it to be was just as much a love letter to theater as it is music and rock.” So, even as audiences hear familiar songs like “Any Way You Want It,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Don’t Stop Believing,” D’Arienzo says there are theatrical references. “I was influenced by Shakespeare — things like A Midsummer Night's Dream — and musicals like Into the Woods.” The show had a winding road to Broadway. It was first staged in 2005 in a Los Angeles club on Hollywood



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Big-haired rockers, acid-washed jeans, mullets and shredding guitars are all part of the act, played out (clockwise, from top left) by Kenya Hamilton, Sam Harvey, and Chris Renalds and Kristina Walz.


Boulevard. Then it played Las Vegas and other L.A. venues. “The trajectory was constantly stop-start-stop,” D’Arienzo says. “Every time we did it, it felt like maybe it was the last time we would.” The show opened off-Broadway in January 2009 and was at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway two months later. It moved to the Helen Hayes Theatre in 2011, and ran for six years or a total of 2,328 performances, earning a tie at the time as the 29th-longest-running Broadway musical ever. It was nominated for five 2009 Tony awards, including best musical. As you might imagine, the tour’s set design — by David Gallo — has a strong rock vibe. “The overall concept is that it's a rock ’n’ roll tour,” Banta says. “So, you’ve got the road boxes, and it looks just like a blank stage.” But,


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Rock of Ages recreates some of the biggest music hits of the 1980s, with help from John-Michael Breen (top) and Katie LeMark.


she cautions, the set, like the musical itself, is filled with surprises. “Things drop in and the boxes open up. A briefcase opens up and something else is inside. And you roll out something, and now you're somewhere else.” Perhaps the show’s greatest draw is its re-creation of some of the biggest music hits of the 1980s — songs written by the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Bret Michael, Ted Nugent, Steve Perry, David Lee Roth, The show’s band will be visible throughout the production, at times moving downstage to the center of the action. Banta says part of the success of Rock of Ages is that D’Arienzo had a huge catalog of songs to draw from. “He wasn’t stuck to just the Beach Boys or just ABBA,” she says. “He could kind of go wide and far. But I do know that he actually started with a whole bunch of music and then made the story.” D’Arienzo says, that for him, Rock of Ages is a tremendous gift.” In addition to its Broadway run, the show has been seen across the country and across the world, and became a 2012 movie with Tom Cruise. “Any time there’s a production of Rock of Ages, part of me is kind of blown away,” he says. “Like, wow. They still want to do this? It makes me so happy.” :: This article was contributed by the producers of the “Rock of Ages” tour.





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CAST (in order of appearance) Lonny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN-MICHAEL BREEN Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KENYA HAMILTON Dennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RYAN M. HUNT Drew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANTHONY NUCCIO Sherrie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATIE LaMARK Regina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KRISTINA WALZ Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARRELL PURCELL JR. Hertz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW TEBO Franz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHRIS RENALDS Stacee Jaxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAM HARVEY Waitress #1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRENNA WAHL Constance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EMILY CROFT Ja’Keith Gill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARRELL PURCELL JR. Young Groupie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CARLINA PARKER Joey Primo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARK LaDUKE THE ENSEMBLE MICHAEL BOJTOS, EMILY CROFT, KYLE JURASSIC, MARK LaDUKE, CARLINA PARKER, DARRELL PURCELL JR., STEPHEN ROCHET, ZOE UNKOVICH, BRENNA WAHL UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. for Drew/Stacee Jaxx — MARK LaDUKE, STEPHEN ROCHET for Lonny/Hertz — MICHAEL BOJTOS, KYLE JURASSIC for Dennis — MICHAEL BOJTOS, DARRELL PURCELL JR. for Franz — KYLE JURASSIC for Sherrie — EMILY CROFT, BRENNA WAHL for Regina/Justice — EMILY CROFT, CARLINA PARKER for Joey Primo — KYLE JURASSIC, STEPHEN ROCHET for Mayor/Ja’Keith — MICHAEL BOJTOS, KYLE JURASSIC for Waitress #1/Constance — ZOE UNKOVICH for Young Groupie — ZOE UNKOVICH Please be advised that strobe lights and theatrical haze/fog effects are used in this production. ROCK OF AGES BAND Conductor/Piano — MARSHALL KEATING Guitar 1 — ZACH “AttAkk” HENNIG Guitar 2 — MADDOX Drums — CHRIS MOORE Bass — OLIVER HOFER MUSIC STAFF Music Supervisor — BRANDON ETHRIDGE Music Director — MARSHALL KEATING Music Contractor — MADDOX Keyboard Programmer — DAVID WEISER 16






















BIOS ANTHONY NUCCIO (Drew). Credits include We Will Rock You and Songs for a New World. Infinite thanks to Wojcik/Seay and The Roster for their trust and work. “Endless love to Mom and Dad for never missing a show, and to Val, my wife, my rock \m/.” Follow at and! And Dan.

ANDREW TEBO (Hertz) is stoked to be rockin’ out with Rock of Ages. National tours: Mamma Mia! (Harry), A Christmas Carol (Present), The Fantasticks (Hucklebee). He’s worked regionally from South Florida to Alaska. B.F.A. acting/directing, Southeast Missouri State University. Follow him @andrew_tebo/

KATIE LaMARK (Sherrie) is from Boston. B.F.A. Syracuse University. Nat’l tour: Rent 20th anniversary (Maureen Johnson). Off-B’way: 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (Anastasia Steele). Regional: Chasing Rainbows (Flat Rock Playhouse), Mamma Mia! (ACT Connecticut), Rent (Syracuse Stage). TV: “Mr. Robot” (USA Network). @katielamark.

KRISTINA WALZ (Regina) couldn’t be more excited to be making her Rock of Ages debut as Regina. Favorite credits include Katherine in Newsies (Forestburgh Playhouse), Lead Soloist (Aida Cruise Line) and Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Millbrook Playhouse). She thanks her parents for always supporting her!

JOHN-MICHAEL BREEN (Lonny). National tour debut. International: The Great Gatsby (Edinburgh Fringe 2014). Regional: The Graduate (Benjamin), Red (Ken), The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), The Burnt Part Boys (Pete). For Mom, Dad, Cara and JF, with love. Endless thanks to W/S Casting and the entire team. B.F.A. Point Park University. @whoismrbreen.

MICHAEL BOJTOS (Ensemble/Swing, u/s Lonny, u/s Dennis, u/s Hertz). Tenth national tour. Others include The Wedding Singer, Jesus Christ Superstar, Almost Heaven, Thomas and Friends Live!, Dora’s Pirate Adventure (Swiper). Michael is an award-winning filmmaker ( East Carolina University alum. Szeretlek, Jordan.

SAM HARVEY (Stacee Jaxx) is ecstatic to make his national tour debut in the best show ever and is grateful to be a part of such an amazing team. He sends all of his love to his supportive family and a huge shoutout to his beautiful wife, Katie, who is his hero. @samiamharvey. CHRIS RENALDS (Franz). National tour debut. Off-Broadway: Polkadots (Atlantic). Selected credits: Newsies (Crutchie, ACCC), Spring Awakening (Gloucester Stage), as well as many shows on Disney Cruise Line. B.F.A. musical theater from Emerson College. Thanks to the team, love to his family, twin and the Jag Nation. Follow him @chrisrenalds. RYAN M. HUNT (Dennis) is honored to be running Dupree’s Bourbon Room on this incredible tour. National tours: R&H’s Cinderella (Sebastian), Mamma Mia! (Bill Austin), The Simon & Garfunkel Story (Art Garfunkel). Regional: Matilda (Doctor/Trunchbull u/s), … Spelling Bee (Panch). B.F.A. University of Evansville. Thanks to Todd, ATB, Nathan, Martha and Janet for this opportunity. @ryan_m_hunt. KENYA HAMILTON (Justice) is excited to be a part of the 10th anniversary tour. Regional theater: Rock of Ages (Justice), Ghost (Oda Mae), Sister Act (Tina/Nun Ensemble), Barnum (Joyce Heth), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia), Rent (Joanne), A Catered Affair (Myra). B.F.A. Ithaca College. “Thanks to Doodle, my family and friends. Love to my village!”


EMILY CROFT (Ensemble, u/s Sherrie, u/s Regina, u/s Justice) is ready to rock with this incredible cast. Credits include We Have Apples, Hairspray and Disney Cruise Line. Thanks to the creative team, Wojcik/ Seay, The Roster. “Love to my family and my Josh.” KYLE JURASSIC (Ensemble, Swing, u/s Lonny, u/s Franz, u/s Hertz, u/s Joey Primo) is from New Baltimore, Mich. Regional: Million Dollar Quartet, The Buddy Holly Story, Forever Plaid, Spamalot, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Catch Me If You Can. Thanks to Hudson Artists, Wojcik/Seay and always, Ginny. @kylejurassic. MARK LaDUKE (Joey Primo/Ensemble, u/s Drew, u/s Stacee Jaxx) is from Jacksonville, Fla. B.F.A. from Berklee College of Music. Top 50 contestant on “American Idol” (2013). Credits: Legally Blonde: The Musical international tour. The Little Mermaid at Fireside Theatre. Instagram: @markladuke. CARLINA PARKER (Ensemble, u/s Justice, u/s Regina) is so excited to be back on the Sunset Strip. Belmont University alum. Credits include Mamma Mia!, Rock of Ages (Justice). “To my amazing family and friends, thanks for all the love!” Instagram: @carlina_parker. Twitter: @CarlinaParker. DARRELL PURCELL JR. (Ja’Keith/Mayor, u/s Dennis). Recently seen in The Scottsboro Boys at Signature Theatre. Regional: Ragtime, Hairspray (New Hampshire Theatre Award nomination), Gypsy, West


BIOS Side Story. Education: East Carolina University/New York Film Academy. Thanks to Wojcik/Seay Casting and RKS Management. @WayneBomb. STEPHEN ROCHET (Swing, u/s Drew, u/s Stacee Jaxx, u/s Joey Primo) is thrilled to be a part of the 10th anniversary national tour. UCF alum. Favorite credits include Nine, Into the Woods, Rock of Ages. Television: “Billions.” “Thanks to my family and Wojcik/Seay!” Instagram: @StephenRochet. ZOE UNKOVICH (Dance Captain/Swing) is delighted to continue her Rock of Ages journey. Favorite credits include Rock of Ages (NCL), Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Burn the Floor, a touring ballroom theatrical production. BRENNA WAHL (Ensemble, u/s Sherrie) is totally stoked to join the cast of one of her dream shows. Favorite credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Norwegian Cruise Line, and playing her fave princess, Belle, at Hong Kong Disneyland. @brennasworld. MARTHA BANTA (Director) has directed new work in NYC at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, Lamb’s Theater, Clark Theater/Lincoln Center and Urban Stages. Regionally: The Ordway, Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, St. Louis Rep, Westport Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory, Capital Repertory, Vineyard Arts, Berkshire Theatre Festival. Founding artistic director of the Adirondack Theatre Festival; artistic associate at New York Theatre Workshop; resident director of the original production of Rent — supervised London, Broadway, tour productions, directed Rent in Germany and Japan; associate director for Mamma Mia! on Broadway and the national tour. JANET ROTHERMEL (Choreographer). Mamma Mia! Broadway, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and U.S. national tours; Side Show Broadway; Sister Act Broadway, U.S. national tours, Asia tour; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Broadway, Germany and U.S. national tours; “Dancing With the Stars”; “The Today Show”; “The View”; “The Meredith Vieira Show”; the Tony Awards; Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants; Beauty and the Beast (Disney 2017); Mamma Mia! (2008). SAMANTHA TELLA (Assistant Director). Favorite credits: Boeing Boeing and The Graduate (Winnipesaukee Playhouse, winner of NH best production 2017), … Spelling Bee, Rent and The Addams Family (Chappell Players Theatre).

WordPlay Shakespeare, New Georges and Juilliard. Documentary film credits include Strangers No More and HBO’s Masterclass. Endless thanks to Martha! Endless love to Marc and family! TONY GONZALEZ (Associate Choreographer). Stages St. Louis: Mamma Mia! (choreographer), PCLO: Mamma Mia! (associate choreographer), Transcendence Theatre Company (creative director/choreographer). Performance: Mamma Mia! (Broadway, Las Vegas, national tour) nine years; We Will Rock You (Las Vegas); Joseph … (tour); Saturday Night Fever (tour); Disney on Classic (Japanese tour). B.F.A. Otterbein University. Forever grateful to Janet and Martha. DAVID GALLO (Visual Storyteller) creates innovative scenic and media design for television, concerts and events. He has designed more than 30 Broadway shows, earning four Tony nominations and one win. He has won two Emmy awards for best production designer for “Sesame Street.” He is creative director for Phish’s New Year’s Eve extravaganzas; his Blue Man Group work has been seen by millions; and the Illusionarium he created for Norwegian Cruise Line was a pioneer in immersive entertainment. His work is seen daily in a dozen cities worldwide. The Smithsonian Institution and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both own samples of his work. CYNTHIA NORDSTROM (Costume Design). Fashion-based designer and stylist who loves the ’80s. Credits: Broadway: Rocktopia; Off-Broadway: This One’s for the Girls, Evil Dead the Musical, Property Known as Garland, Jewtopia, Silent Laughter. Cynthia in based in New York, but her designs can be seen in worldwide tours and shows on stage, ice and in the air for Marvel Live, Disney Live, Universal Studios Japan and Stage Entertainment. @cynthianordstromdesigner on instagram. MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design). Tonyand Emmy-nominated designer whose work has been seen live in 25+ countries. Broadway: Cabaret (1998/2014), Children of a Lesser God, First Date, Holler If Ya Hear Me. Films: Ghostbusters, Nine, Rock of Ages, Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2, Neil Young Trunk Show. Television: the (RED) Concert broadcast from Times Square with U2 and Bruce Springsteen, U2’s Top of The Rock for “The Tonight Show,” “Documentary Now!,” pre-tapes for “SNL,” Seth Meyers. Netflix: Ray Romano, Joe Rogan, Dana Carvey, John Mulaney. Multiple NYEs with Phish at MSG. Televised concerts: Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw, Sam Smith, Garth Brooks.



BIOS CODY SPENCER (Sound Design) has done sound design for Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, Here Lies Love (Lortel Award) and The Pee-wee Herman Show. As associate sound designer, he’s done Mean Girls; Terms of My Surrender; War Paint; Oh, Hello; Lazarus; Beautiful; If/Then; The Book of Mormon; Bring It On: The Musical; and Annie. MONICA SABEDRA (Hair and Wig Design). Television: “Days of Our Lives” (NBC, Emmy win); “Victorious” (Nickelodeon, key hair stylist, Emmy nom); “iCarly,” “Jane the Virgin” (key/third hair stylist, CW); “How to Get Away With Murder” (key, ABC); “Anger Management” (key, FX); “Glee” (additional hair, (Fox). National tours: Jesus Christ Superstar (wig/hair designer/supervisor); Peter Pan (wig/M.U./hair designer, Nederlander/McCoy/Rigby Ent.). Regional theater: Great Expectations, Blithe Spirit, Noises Off, Oliver Twist, The Rehearsal (A Noise Within, wig/hair designer) and too many more to list. So excited and grateful to be working on RoA. RAY WETMORE (Production Props Supervisor). RoA is co-supervised by Vicki Ayers. Recent Broadway credits: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waverly Gallery, The Boys in the Band, 1984, Carousel, Farinelli and the King. Off-B’way: Sweeney Todd. National tours: The Humans, Eclipsed, Movin’ Out, Gypsy, Grease, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Legally Blonde. Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson ONE, Zarkana, Paramour, One Night for One Drop. BRANDON ETHRIDGE (Music Supervisor) has been a part of Rock of Ages since 2010, when he music directed the first national tour. Other credits: music director and keyboardist for the Ultimate Queen Celebration (Queen tribute), associate conductor of School of Rock (Broadway). He plays keyboards for Japanese singer Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi. MARSHALL KEATING (Music Director/Conductor) is thrilled to be rocking out with Rock of Ages again. Previous national/international tours include Camelot and Rock of Ages. In NYC, Marshall has music directed numerous cabarets and musicals. With his writing partner, he’s developing two new works. Marshall has been a proud faculty member of the CAP21 conservatory since 2006 and the Performing Arts Project since 2015. Love and gratitude to this wonderful creative team, cast, band, crew and to his amazing students, friends, family and husband. MADDOX (Music Contractor/Band Gear Coordinator) is proud to continue his Rock of Ages journey with the second national tour. He has worked with such bands as Kill Hannah, Smashing Pumpkins, Jet 20

and Papa Roach, in addition to producing his own solo music. Maddox thanks his family for their support over the years. WOJCIK|SEAY CASTING (Casting) is Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay. With Holly Buczek and Kevin Metzger-Timson, they cast all mediums. National and international tours: Something Rotten!, Rent, Kinky Boots, Motown: The Musical, Vocalosity, Flashdance, Dreamgirls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde, Joseph … Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway includes Othello: The Remix, Church & State the Play, The Portal, Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play, Handle With Care, Triassic Parq and more. Regional: Multiple seasons/shows for Riverside Theatre in Florida.; Arvada Center and Theatre Aspen in Colorado; John W. Engeman Theater in New York; Theatre Raleigh in North Carolina; Stages St. Louis; and Tuacahn Performing Arts Center in Utah. @WScasting. FIFTH ESTATE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is a new New York-based production and management company specializing in producing and managing tours and productions in North America and worldwide. President Nathan Gehan has more than 20 years of management experience on Broadway and with tours, including The Boys in the Band, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Audience, Something Rotten!, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour and Motown: The Musical. The company’s inaugural production, Rock of Ages, plays more than 100 North American cities across North America in 2018/19. Also, 5EE is the general manager for Looking for Christmas, the Clint Black musical set for fall 2019, and has various projects in development. DAVID BENKEN (Technical Supervisor). Celebrating 20 years on Broadway and 50 U.S. and international tours. Credits include The Play That Goes Wrong, Paramour, Misery, The Lion King, Motown: The Musical, El Rey Leon (Madrid), Annie, Mary Poppins, Peter and the Starcatcher, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Boy From Oz, The Seafarer, The Phantom … (Las Vegas). TRAVIS HARTY (Production Stage Manager) graduated from Otterbein University with a B.A. in theater and music. National tours: Once, Memphis, The Illusionists: Live From Broadway, Flashdance, 42nd Street. NYC: Clinton! (NYMF). Regional: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Dracula, multiple Humana Festival plays (Actors Theatre of Louisville). “Yes, RUSH is the greatest band of all time.” WILL BRANDSTETTER (Company Manager). Broadway/national tour: Alton Brown: Eat Your Science, Brain Candy Live, Mythbusters: Behind the Myths, Fela!,


BIOS/STAFF Kids in the Hall, Mannheim Steamroller. Regional: Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Marriott Lincolnshire. Proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University’s music theater program, where he recently directed Bring It On. “Para mi padre, por todos los dias.” ALLIED TOURING (Tour Press) is a full-service engagement management agency representing Broadway tours and other live touring events across North America, including An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, Bright Star, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf the Musical, The Humans, Kinky Boots, Motown: The Musical, Rent, School of Rock, Something Rotten! and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours: Bandstand; Bat Out of Hell; Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Hello, Dolly!; The Lightning Thief; Mean Girls; The Play That Goes Wrong; and SpongeBob SquarePants. THE ROAD COMPANY (Tour Direction) was founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota. In addition to Rock of Ages, it represents Wicked, Ain’t Too Proud, The Prom, Beetlejuice, The Band’s Visit, Moulin Rouge, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The SpongeBob Musical, The Choir of Man and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. The Road Company is made possible by Magaly Barone, Shawn Willett, Jenny Kirlin, Justine Spingler, Joe Reed and Michelle Shine. CHRIS D’ARIENZO (Book) adapted and directed the movie Barry Munday with Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Chloë Sevigny, Jean Smart, Malcolm McDowell, Cybill Shepherd and Billy Dee Williams ( Chris recently completed adapting Rock of Ages for New Line Cinema; his band, Saint America, is releasing its self-titled debut album in the fall. Chris thanks his family for supporting his love of theater … and thanks the three stoners in high school who threw his Trapper Keeper in the urinal for introducing him to Guns N’ Roses. Peace! ETHAN POPP (Orchestrations/Arrangements) won the 2013 Tony Award for best orchestrations (Motown: The Musical) and earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for producing the original cast recording of Motown: The Musical. Television: “Smash” (music supervisor, music producer, arranger, orchestrator); “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS); the 2013 Tony Awards (CBS); the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (Fox); “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC); the 2009 Tony Awards (CBS); “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” (NBC). Broadway/theater: Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris; Rock of Ages (Broadway, U.S. tour, Toronto, Australia and London as music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator); Disney’s Tarzan and

Glory Days (Broadway); We Will Rock You (German premiere); Disney’s Aida (German premiere/ European tour); Mamma Mia! (German premiere); Disney’s The Lion King (German premiere); Forever Plaid (U.S. tour); The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City); and Fame! (U.S. tour), among countless others. He has orchestrated for the National Symphony Orchestra. Much love to his wife, Vanessa, and his entire family for their endless support. STAFF FOR ROCK OF AGES PRODUCER FIFTH ESTATE ENTERTAINMENT GENERAL MANAGEMENT FIFTH ESTATE ENTERTAINMENT Nathan Gehan Michael Fiske  Caleigh Holmes COMPANY MANAGER Will Brandstetter PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT David Benken  Rose Palombo TOUR PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ALLIED TOURING Marya K. Peters  Andrew Damer Meghan Kastenholz Sarah Dahlberg  Jennifer Gallagher  Anne Dailey Meyer  Scott Praefke Jacqueline Smith  Anne Waisanen MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA/DESIGN/ WEBSITE THE PEKOE GROUP Amanda Pekoe  Christopher Lueck Jessica Ferreira  Jenny Dorso  Connor Santos Vanessa Gordillo  Jason K. Murray Briana Lynch  Ryan Meitzler CASTING WOJCIK/SEAY CASTING Scott Wojcik  Gayle Seay LEGAL COUNSEL FRANKLIN, WEINRIB, RUDELL & VASSALLO, P.C. Julie Angell Production Stage Manager....................Travis Harty Assistant Stage Manager..................... Rachel Heine Assistant Director.............................Samantha Tella Associate Choreographer..................Tony Gonzalez Dance Captain.................................... Zoe Unkovich Associate Scenic Designer..............Viveca Gardiner



STAFF Assistant Costume Designer..............Ryan Rossetto Associate Lighting Designer.............. Mitchell Fenton Assistant Lighting Designer............. Gertjan Houben Moving Light Programmer...................... Colin Scott Associate Sound Designer...................Thomas Ford Hair and Makeup Consultant............ Brandon Bolton Production Carpenter..................Mackenzie Kovaka Assistant Carpenter....................................Nick Ray Production Audio Engineer...................Chad Parsley Head Sound....................................... Michelle Reiss Assistant Sound...................................Thomas Ford Production Props..............Ray Wetmore, Vicki Ayers Head Props................................... Brian Gustaveson Assistant Props.................................. Becca Nipper Production Electrician.....................Brendan Quigley Head Electrician...........................Lionel “Train” Riley Assistant Electrician..........................Joel Schulman Wardrobe Supervisor........................ Felicia Genther Wardrobe Assistant......................Stephanie Ebeling Hair Supervisor....................................Felicia Wilson Musical Contractor/Band Gear Coordinator.Maddox Keyboard Programmer........................ David Weiser Production Assistant.........................Riley Hutchison Production Photography.................... Jeremy Daniel Advertising & Marketing.................The Pekoe Group Accountant..................... Withum Smith + Brown PC Anthony Moore Controller............................................Heather Allen 321 Theatrical Management Banking..............Signature Bank/Margaret Monigan Insurance......AON Albert G. Ruben/Claudia Kaufman Payroll..............................Checks and Balances Inc. Transportation and Accommodations.....Road Rebel Entertainment Travel, Elizabeth Helke/ABA Merchandising............................... The Araca Group CREDITS Scenery built by TTS STUDIOS. Lighting equipment from CHRISTIE LIGHTS. Sound equipment from SOUND ASSOCIATES. Make-up provided by M·A·C. TICKETING AND ANALYTICS TANNA, INC./GREGG ARST SPECIAL THANKS Matthew DiCarlo, Mike East, Kate Egan, Shawn Pennington, Matthew Jerome Sycle, Townsend Teague, Matt Weaver, Hillary Weaver VENDORS Q1 Lighting & Scenic, Thom Rubino Illusions, Claire Rufiange for Ray Wetmore Productions LLC.


MUSIC CREDITS “Anyway You Want It” written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon. © Published by Lacey Boulevard Music and Weed High Nightmare Music. “Beaver Hunt” written by David Gibbs and Chris Hardwick. © Published by Feed the Pony Songs and Fish Ladder, Inc. (BMI). “Can’t Fight This Feeling” written by Kevin Cronin. © Published by Fate Music (ASCAP). “Cum On Feel the Noise” written by Neville Holder and James Lea. © Barn Publishing (Slade), Ltd. “Don’t Stop Believin’” written by Jonathan Cain, Stephen Ray Perry, Neal J. Schon. © Published by Weed High Nightmare Music and Lacey Boulevard Music. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” written by Bobby Dall, Bruce Anthony Johannesson, Bret Michaels, Rikki Rocket. © All rights owned or administered by Universal Music-Z Songs on behalf of Cyanide Publ./BMI. Used by permission. “The Final Countdown” written by Joey Tempest. © Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc. “Harden My Heart” written by Marvin Webster Ross. © 1980 WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Narrow Dude Music (ASCAP) and Bonnie Bee Good Music. All rights administered by WB Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Heat of the Moment” written by Geoffrey Downes and John K. Wetton. © 1982 WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Almond Legg Music Corp (ASCAP) and Pallan Music. All rights on behalf of itself and Almond Legg Music Corp administered by WB Music Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Heaven” written by Jani Lane, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet and Joey Allen ©. “Here I Go Again” written by David Coverdale and Bernard Marsden. © 1982 C.C. Songs, Ltd. (PRS) and Seabreeze Music Ltd. Administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission. “High Enough” written by Jack Blades, Ted Nugent and Tommy R. Shaw. © Published by Bicycle Music Company, Broadhead Music and Wixen Music. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” written by E. Schwartz. © Sony/ATV Tunes LLC/ASCAP. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” written by Desmond Child and Joan Jett. © All rights owned or administered by UniversalPolyGram Int. Publ. Inc./ASCAP. Used by permission. “I Wanna Rock” written by Daniel Dee Snyder. © All rights owned or administered by Universal Music-Z Melodies on behalf of Snidest Music/SESAC. Used by permission. “I Want to Know What Love Is” written by Michael Leslie Jones. © Published by Somerset Songs Publishing, Inc. “Just Like Paradise” written by David Lee Roth and Brett Tuggle. © Diamond Dave Music c/o RS Plane Music. “Keep on Lovin’ You” written by Kevin Cronin. © Published by Fate Music (ASCAP). “Kiss Me Deadly” written by Mick Smiley. © Published by The Twin Towers Co. and Mike Chapman Publishing Enterprises. “More Than Words” written by Nuno Bettencourt and Gary


STAFF F. Cherone. © All rights owned or administered by Almo Music Corp. on behalf of Color Me Blind Music/ASCAP. Used by permission. “Nothin’ But a Good Time” written by Bobby Dall, Bruce Anthony Johannesson, Bret Michaels, Rikki Rocket. © All rights owned or administered by Universal Music-Z Songs on behalf of Cyanide Publ./BMI. Used by permission. “Oh Sherrie” written by Steve Perry, Randy Goodrum, Bill Cuomo, Craig Krampf. © Published by Street Talk Tunes, April Music Inc. & Random Notes, Pants Down Music and Phosphene Music. “Renegade” written by Tommy Shaw. © All rights owned or administered by Almo Music Corp. on behalf of itself and Stygian Songs/ASCAP. Used by permission. “The Search Is Over” written by James Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. © 1984 Kohaw Music (ASCAP) and Easy Action Music (ASCAP) and Rude Music, Inc. (BMI). All rights administered by Kohaw Music (ASCAP) obo itself and Easy Action Music (ASCAP), c/o The Bicycle Music Company and Three Wise Boys Music (BMI) on behalf of itself and Rude Music (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Shadows of the Night” written by D.L. Byron. © Zen.Archer/ASCAP. “Sister Christian” written by Kelly Keagy. © Published by Bicycle Music Company. “To Be with You” written by David Grahame and Eric Martin. © EMI April Music, Inc., obo itself, Dog Turner Music and Eric Martin Songs (ASCAP). “Too Much Time on My Hands” written by Tommy Shaw. © Stygian Songs/ASCAP. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” written by Michael Leslie Jones and Louis Gramattico. © Published by Somerset Songs Publishing, Inc. “Wanted Dead or Alive” written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richard S. Sambora. © All rights owned or administered by Universal-PolyGram Int. Publ. Inc. on behalf of itself and Bon Jovi Publishing/ ASCAP. Used by permission. “We Built This City” written by Dennis Lambert, Martin George Page, Bernie Taupin and Peter Wolf. © All rights owned or administered by Universal-PolyGram Int. Publ. Inc. on behalf of Little Mole Music/ASCAP. Used by permission. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” written by Daniel Dee Snyder. © All rights owned or administered by Universal Music-Z Melodies on behalf of Snidest Music/SESAC. Used by permission.

United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. All stage work performed by employees represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The Theatre Managers, The Press Agents, and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.



FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404-881-2100 or visit us at TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is in the arcade entrance to the theater. It is open for walk-up ticket sales 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours before show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour before show time. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at, at all Ticket Alternative outlets and at all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular box-office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to groups for most Broadway shows. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 404-881-2000 or email CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the main lobby (downstairs), mezzanine lobby levels and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are in the Spanish Room; accessible/Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 1 1 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Saturday tours are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards and upcoming shows. Tour tickets are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at Special tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please call 404-881-2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the event staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days. EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff.


SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2100. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404-881-2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at ELEVATORS Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and are available during all performances. They make it possible to access each lobby without using the stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before each performance.  Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the   International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street. The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit or call 404-881-2127.


Upon entering this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home, bed and breakfast guests are transported back to the time of the home’s construction in 1892. Sugar Magnolia, lovingly restored to its original charm and beauty, proudly displays its antiquity in many of its unique features — a three-story turret and grand staircase, six fireplaces, oval beveled windows, hand-painted plasterwork and the front hall’s magnificent crystal chandelier. Sugar Magnolia is situated in the heart of the city. The surrounding neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places. Inman Park is Atlanta’s first suburb, now the premiere Victorian district intown. Guests enjoy taking walking tours of the famous homes or enjoying the sites on their own.


THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 •

1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be

seated until intermission.

2. T ake care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag.

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

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

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

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9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed, the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Please wait until the bows are over and exit with the rest of the audience. 26

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P. Tchaikovsky SWAN LAKE BALLET IN 4 ACTS WITH 1 INTERMISSION Libretto is based on the scenario by Vladimir Begichev and Vasiliy Geltser Choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky, Lev Ivanov, Konstantin Sergeyev, Yuri Grigorovich

Nadezhda BABICH, General Director of the Theatre Elena BARANOVSKAYA, Artistic Director of the Ballet



Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky Composer

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky was the author of some of the most popular themes in all of classical music. He founded no school, struck out no new paths or compositional methods, and sought few innovations in his works. Yet the power of his best music elevates it to classic status. It was Tchaikovsky’s unique melodic charm that could, whether in his Piano Concerto No. 1 or in his ballet The Nutcracker or in his tragic last symphony, make the music sound familiar on first hearing. Tchaikovsky was born into a family of five brothers and one sister. He began taking piano lessons at age four and showed remarkable talent, eventually surpassing his own teacher’s abilities. By age nine, he exhibited severe nervous problems, not least because of his overly sensitive nature. The following year, he was sent to St. Petersburg to study at the School of Jurisprudence. The loss of his mother in 1854 dealt a crushing blow to the young Tchaikovsky. In 1859, he took a position in the Ministry of Justice, but longed for a career in music, attending concerts and operas at every opportunity. He finally began study in harmony with Zaremba in 1861, and enrolled at the St. Petersburg Conservatory the following year, eventually studying composition with Anton Rubinstein. In 1866, the composer relocated to Moscow, accepting a professorship of harmony at the new conservatory, and shortly afterward turned out his First Symphony, suffering, however, a nervous breakdown during its composition. His opera The Voyevoda came in 1867-1868 and he began another, The Oprichnik, in 1870, completing it two years later. In 1869 Tchaikovsky entered into a working relationship with composer Mily Balakirev, leader of The Five; the result was Tchaikovsky’s first recognized masterpiece, the fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet. Other works were appearing during this time, as well, including the First String Quartet (1871), the Second Symphony (1873), and the ballet Swan Lake (1875). In 1876, Tchaikovsky traveled to Paris with his brother, Modest, and then visited Bayreuth, where he met Liszt. By 1877, Tchaikovsky was an established composer. This was the year of Swan Lake’s premiere and the time he began work on the Fourth Symphony (1877-1878). It was also a time when he married Antonina Milyukova, an obsessed admirer, their disastrous union lasting just months. The composer even attempted suicide. Near the end of that year, Nadezhda von Meck, a woman he would never meet, became his patron and frequent correspondent. The period of subsidy by Mme von Meck was abundantly productive for Tchaikovsky with a spate of outstanding compositions, including the Serenade for Strings (1881), 1812 Overture (1882), and the Fifth Symphony (1888). In both 1888 and 1889, Tchaikovsky went on European tours as a conductor, meeting Brahms, Grieg, Dvŏrak, Gounod, and other notable musical figures. Sleeping Beauty was premiered in 1890, and The Nutcracker in 1892, both with success. Throughout Tchaikovsky’s last years, he was continually plagued by anxiety and depression. In 1893 he finished his Sixth Symphony (Pathetique) and it was successfully premiered in October the same year. Ten days after the first performance of the new work Tchaikovsky died of cholera in St. Petersburg on 6th November 1893.




(Ballet in 4 acts with 1 Intermission) Libretto is based on the scenario by Vladimir Begichev and Vasiliy Geltser Choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky, Lev Ivanov, Konstantin Sergeyev, Yuri Grigorovich Production by Yuriy Vasyuchenko Set Design by Evgeniy Gurenko Costume Design by Natalia Bevzenko-Zinklna Dress Design by Sergey Vasiliev Odette/Odile Elena Dobryanskaya, Victoriya Berezhnaya Prince Siegfried Sergey Dotsenko, Andrii Pisariev Rothbart, The Evil Genius Daniel Barba-Napoles The Queen Mother Anastasia Emelianova, Tamara Fokina Jester Pavlo Gryts Galifron, Mentor of Prince Yurii Chepil Benno, a Friend of Prince Viacheslav Kravchenko Reigning Princess, the Prince’s Mother Yanina Kisel’ova Ladies in Waiting Oleksandra Vorobyova, Olga Vorobyova, Oleksandra Ivanova, Alina Polishevska, Olena Yelyzarova, Yelyzaveta Malina Waltz of the 1st Action Vlada Arizonova, Rosana Barba-Napoles, Viktoriia Vorivodina, Elena Lavrynenko, Iryna Моrоzоvа, Christina Pavlova, Olga Pilipeyko, Yurii Chepil, Denis Vasil’ev, Mykola Vorivodin, Roman Kalin, Vitalii Rozdaibida, Krystyan Nikulytsia Small Swans Olena Yelyzarova, Olga Pilipeyko, Ganna Tyutyunnyk, Rosana Barba-Napoles Large Swans Victoriya Berezhnaya, Oleksandra Vorobyova, Olga Vorobyova, Elena Lavrynenko Fiancées Oleksandra Vorobyova, Olga Vorobyova, Olena Yelyzarova, Ganna Tyutyunnyk Guests at the Prince’s ball: The Spanish Dance Krystyan Nikulytsia, Viktoriia Vorivodina The Hungarian Dance Rosana Barba-Napoles, Iryna Моrоzоvа, Anna Popovich Mykola Vorivodin, Viacheslav Kravchenko, Vladyslav Stepanov The Neapolitans Christina Pavlova Ganna Tyutyunnyk, Olga Pilipeyko, Iryna Моrоzоvа, Mykola Vorivodin, Vitalii Rozdaibida, Roman Kalin, Yurii Chepil, The Polish Dance Elena Lavrynenko, Christina Pavlova, Ilona Topchyi, Oksana Chepil, Roman Kalin, Vitalii Rozdaibida, Ruslan Talipov, Yurii Chepil, Vadym Krusse The French Dance Oleksandra Vorobyova, Olga Vorobyova, Andrii Pisariev ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM



The wicked magician Rothbart put a curse on wonderful Odette and her friends and turned the girls into swans. They get a human look only at night. Only boundless love can rescue them.


In the garden in front of the castle, Prince Siegfried celebrates coming at age. The guests, the charming ladies-in-waiting, the best friend of the Prince, Benno, rejoice. A hilarious Jester entertains everyone by dancing. A reigning Princess, mother of the Prince, informs everybody that during tomorrow’s ball Siegfried must choose a fiancée. The Prince is disappointed as he has not met the girl which he could love. It is getting dark. The guests leave the garden. Being alone, Siegfried sees the flock of white swans high in sky. The passion of hunter wakes up in him. Taking an arbalest, the Prince goes into the forest. The lakeside. Siegfried sees a white swan and draws a bow - string. One moment more, and an arrow will pierce the bird. Suddenly the swan grows into a wonderful lady. Her beauty charms the young man. Odette lets the Prince on to the secret. Siegfried rows in his devotion. The magician follows Odette and Siegfried and decides to force the Prince to break his word.


The ball at the Prince’s castle. He is to choose a fiancée among the noble girls. But nobody gets his attention. All his thoughts and feelings are only with Odette. Only obeying his mother, Siegfried renders courtesy to the girls invited to the ball and dances with them. All of a sudden Rothbart and Odile, looking like Odette, appears at the ball. Evil genius puts the magic formula on the Prince, and he mistakes Odile for Odette. Odile attracts the Prince, seduces him, Siegfried is led away by her sorcery and repeats the oath to her. The magician celebrates the victory: now Odette and her friends will remain swans forever. Rothbart disappears together with Odile. In desperation the Prince hurries to the swan lake. The lakeside. Odette tells her friends about Siegfried treason. Their hope to become free is lost forever. Evil genius triumphs. Prince searches for Odette to beg her forgivness: in fact at the ball he saw exactly her, his words of love were only for her. Siegfried was not scared of the storm which Rothbart had sent on him while he was approaching the magician. The young man starts fighting with him. Odette protects her beloved Prince from a death-blow. Odette and Siegfried’s force of love destroys the curse of the wicked magician. Loving couple gladly meets the rays of the rising sun. 30



The Ballet of the Odessa National Opera is situated within the building of the prestigious Opera Theater, where the greatest divas of Russian ballet performed on stage, from Anna Pavlova to Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya. Since 2009 the ballet manager has been Yuri Vasyuchenko, an Honorary Artist of Russia and exclusive soloist for Bolshoi in its glorious era under the tutelage of Yuri Grigorovich. The Odessa Company is recognized as one of the most prestigious institutions of classical ballet in Russia and can boast an extremely varied repertoire, carrying the honor and the task to preserve the precious heritage of the Great Russian ballets. A part of the company’s repertoire has always been the great masterpieces of classic ballet, from Sylphide by Bournonville, to Giselle by Adam, Don Quixote and La Bayadère by Minkus, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, to the various twentieth century ballets by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Falla and Shchedrin. The ballet company consists of the best performers, graduates of prestigious Ukrainian and Russian choreography schools. Many talented artists have danced with the Odessa National Opera company in its different periods and many of them have been soloists in major international companies. Over the years, due to the many tours all over the globe, the National Opera of Odessa ballet has earned its first-class international reputation. HISTORICAL OVERVIEW: The year 1923 marks an important date in the history of the Odessa Opera Theater; it is the year when the first ballet was staged by the theater’s ballet company: Swan Lake, followed by others, starting with Little Horse, and following with Coppélia and Le Corsaire. In 1926 the great innovator Kasyan Goleizovsky arrived in Odessa, a choreographer who greatly influenced the fate of the Odessa ballet. His ballets Joseph the Beautiful, In the Sun and mostly the famous Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor enchanted the audience, and the press celebrated the success of these performances by pronouncing the Odessa ballet “a modern factory for new dance”. Since the end of the twenties and the entire following decade, the repertoire quickly broadened to include new titles such as Don Quixote and Giselle, accompanied by works of contemporary authors such as Paul Virsky, Alexander Terekhov and Mikhail Moiseev. From 1940 on, the ballet had been managed by Vakhtang Vronskij – Nadiradze, who succeeds to add Esmeralda to the repertoire, before war forced the theater to slow its growth and the company to relocate temporarily to Krasnoyarsk, where they had been forced to work in difficult conditions until Odessa would be finally liberated in April 1944. After the war, a period of genuine prosperity began for the company, with the arrival of ballet stars such as Marina Semyonova and Galina Ulanova in 1949, and especially the great Maya Plisetskaya, who was at the pinnacle of her glory. During the next two decades the company and its repertoire continued their constant growth, adding other important works, such as Laurencia, Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg (1959), Spartacus by Khachaturian (1962), The Great Waltz by Johann Strauss (1958). During the ’70s and ’80s, due to the work of choreographers such as Natalia Ryzhenko and Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, the company’s repertoire is augmented by new ballets such as Anna Karenina by Rodion Shchedrin (choreography by Maya Plisetskaya) (1976), Masquerade by Aram Khachaturian (1982). During the ’90s, under the tutelage of Vladimir Troshchenko, the great classics were staged once more, such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and La Bayadère. Since 2009, as we already mentioned, the ballet company has been managed by the Honorary Artist of Russia Yuri Vasyuchenko, who staged Don Quixote again and added to the repertoire other important titles, such as Paquita, Walpurgis Night, as well as the dances in the operas Turandot, Don Juan, Aida, Prince Igor and others. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BIOS Nadezhda BABICH General Director of the Theatre Honored Art Worker of Ukraine

Nadezhda Babich graduated from the Kyiv State Institute of Culture in 1980, having obtained a qualification of a librarian-bibliographer. 1980-1988 worked as chief educational supervisor and then as a Head of Scientific and Educational Section at the Lenin Scientific Library according to the deployment of the Ministry of Culture of the Ukrainian SSR. 198 -1992 Head of the library at the Odessa Institute for Political Studies and Social Management. 1992 Head of the Ethnic Cultures and Ethnic Arts Section of the Department of Culture at the Odessa Regional Administration. 1992-2005 Deputy Head of Department of Culture and Tourism at the Odessa Regional Administration 2006-2010 Head of the Department of Culture and Tourism at the Odessa Regional Administration. 2010-Present General Director of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Odessa. In five years, the theater management Nadezhda Babich took 25 Grand: OPERAS - J.Puccini Turandot; Borodin Prince Igor; Verdi Aida (open air and in the hall of the theater) Nabucco, W.A. Mozart Don Giovanni; P. Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin; J. Pergolesi La Serva Mrs.; Bizet Carmen; G. Donizetti “Elixir of Love; Dm. Bortniansky Alcides; V. Gubarenko Wiy (opera-ballet); opera for the children Emerald City. BALLETS - The Mystery of the Vienna Woods to the music of J. Strauss and G. Mahler; Don Quixote by L. Minkus; The Rite of Spring and The Firebird by Stravinsky; The Yell (to music composers XIX -XXI in.) Chipollino K. Khachaturyan; Pearls of world ballet (an evening of oneact ballets); Fite by Y. Gomelskaya. And also we have been delivered scenic cantata Carmina Burana Orff (open air and in the theater); Requiem by Verdi; the project Genius and villainy to the music of Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov; oratorio Mendelssohn Elijah; a choral opera L. Dychko Christmas action; Symphony №9 by L. van Beethoven. On the grand scale she took place in two International Arts Festivals in Odessa: “Opera 2012” and “Opera 2013.” Also, participated in Christmas Festival, which is held every year since 2012. Festival “Velvet Season in Odessa Opera”; which was first held in September 2015.



BIOS Elena BARANOVSKAYA Artistic Director of the Ballet People’s Artist of Ukraine

Elena Baranovskaya is the only one ballerina who represented Ukraine at the last concert of Rudolf Nureyev in London. She is also the only Ukrainian ballet dancer who was invited to a concert of the 400th anniversary of Warsaw. She carried Ukrainian banner of art in tours in Britain, USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Ms. Baranovskaya danced on the pyramids of Egypt and in many other countries. The whole world of fans knows her. Elena Baranovskaya received a personal recognition from Maya Plisetskaya for Carmen in the ballet Carmen Suite. Her creative story began in 1981, when Elena graduated from Perm State Choreographic School (the class of Honored Teacher of Russia N. Silvanovich). From 1981 to 1986 she worked as a ballet soloist at Perm State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after P. Tchaikovsky. From 1986 to 2011 she was a soloist of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa as a leading master. Since October 2011 Elena Baranovskaya is a tutor and since July 2017 - the head of the art department of ballet of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. She is a laureate of the Republican Ballet Contest in Donetsk (1987, 1st Prize). She worked with such outstanding ballet masters of our time as People’s Artist of the USSR Yury Grigorovich, People’s Artist of Russia Mikhail Boyarchikov, and Honored Artist of Russia M. Salimbaev. Ms. Baranovskaya performed with the troupes of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky theatres in Russia, as well as the theatres in Donetsk, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. As a member of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, she toured in Japan, Finland, Hungary, China; she was invited to National Opera of Ukraine to perform the leading parts in the premieres. Elena Baranovskaya performed the roles of Nikiya (La Bayadère), Kitri (Don Quixote) by L. Minkus; Giselle (the Adan’s ballet of the same name), Odette-Odile (Swan Lake), Masha (The Nutcracker), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) by P. Tchaikovsky, Carmen (Carmen Suite) by G. Bizet - R. Shchedrin and others. Ms. Baranovskaya has taught at Odessa State School of Culture and Arts named after K. Dankevich. Her students have often become the laureates of international competitions and work on the best stages of the world.



BIOS Elena DOBRYANSKAYA Prima Ballerina Honored Artist of Ukraine

Elena Dobryanskaya is the bronze medalist and a laureate of the III Yuri Grigorovich International Competition Young Ballet of the World (Sochi, 2010), and the winner of the Liya Bugovaya Youth Award established by the Odessa Regional Department of the National Sports Council for her outstanding performance as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake (Odessa, 2009). In addition, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration. Elena is a graduate of the Odessa School of Ballet and the Odessa College of Arts and Culture named after K. Dankevich (class of Elena Baranovskaya, the People’s Artist of Ukraine). She performs impressive parts such as Odette-Odile, Masha and Aurora (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Kitri (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), and solos in La Bayadère and Paquita by Ludwig Minkus, Les Sylphides and the galaballet Nureyev forever ... Ms. Dobryanskaya has toured in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Russia, Kazakhstan. In 2010, she performed in children’s ballets Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood in Taiwan. In September 2014 Elena Dobryanskaya became Prima Ballerina of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. On March 26, 2018, Elena was awarded the honorary title “Honored Artist of Ukraine.”



BIOS Aleksandra VOROBYEVA Principal Dancer

Aleksandra Vorobyeva graduated from the Odessa College of Arts and Culture named after K. Dankevich majoring in Classical Choreography in 2001, as well as from the Odessa National Polytechnic University majoring in Business Economy in 2004. Since 2012, she is a student at the City of Kherson State University with the major in Classical Choreography. Aleksandra has been performing with the ballet company of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa since 2001. Her repertoire includes diverse parts, such as Fate and Tobacco worker in the ballet Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet - Rodion Shchedrin; Waltzes №7 and №11 in the choreographic suite Les Sylphides to the music of Frederic Chopin; the title role in the ballet Giselle by Adolphe Adam; Princess Aurora and the Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Masha in The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Maid of Honor and Swan in Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Margot in the gala-ballet Nureyev forever…; solo in the ballet Paquita; Girlfriend and extra variations in the ballet Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus; Maria in the ballet The Secret of the Vienna Woods to the music of Gustav Mahler and Strauss and many other parts. Aleksandra Vorobyeva toured with The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, as well as the troupe of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, named after Taras Shevchenko, the Moscow Ballet Company New Classical Ballet and the troupe of Ballet Classique de Paris in Spain, Switzerland, Greece, the USA, Canada, Portugal, China, Portugal, Belgium, France and Germany.



BIOS Olga VOROBYEVA Principal Dancer

Olga Vorobyeva graduated from the Odessa College of Arts and Culture named after K. Dankevich majoring in Classical Choreography in 2001, as well as from the Odessa National Polytechnic University majoring in Business Economy in 2004. Since 2012, she is a student at the City of Kherson State University with the major in Classical Choreography. She became part of the Ballet Company of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa in 2001, while still studying at the Odessa College of Arts and Culture. She performs a variety of parts, such as: • Fate and Tobacco worker (Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet - Rodion Shchedrin) • Waltz and Mazurka №7 (Les Sylphides to the music of Frederic Chopin) • Giselle (Giselle by Adolphe Adam) • French and Spanish dances (The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) • Maid of Honor, Swan and Fiancée (Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) • Tender Fairy, Princess Florine and the adagio with the courtiers (The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) • Variations (Paquita by Ludwig Minkus) • Nikia and the Trio of Shades (La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus) • Kitri’s friend, the Queen of the Dryads and variations (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus) • Water Fairy (The Secret of the Vienna Woods to the music of Gustav Mahler and Strauss) • Solo in the ballet Women in D Minor (choreography by Radu Poklitaru) and other parts. Ms. Vorobyeva toured with The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, as well as the troupe of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko, the Moscow ballet company New Classical Ballet and the troupe of Ballet Classique de Paris in Italy, Spain,France, Canada, the USA, Greece, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium.



BIOS Sergey DOTSENKO Principal Dancer Honored Artist of Ukraine

Sergey Dotsenko graduated from the Kiev State School of Ballet majoring in Choreography in 1996, and the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts majoring in Modern Choreography in 2001. In 1997, Sergey accepted the offer to join the Ballet Company of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. His repertoire includes a vast array of parts, such as: • Prince Siegfried and Rothbart (Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) • Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) • Nutcracker-Prince (The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) • Albrecht (Giselle by Adolphe Adam) • Jose and the Bullfighter (Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet - Rodion Shchedrin) • Rudy (Gala Ballet Nureyev forever ...) • Stepan (Lileya by Constantin Dankevich) • Young man (Les Sylphides) • Solor (La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus) • Lucien (Paquita by Ludwig Minkus) • Espada (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus) • Crown Prince (The Secret of the Vienna Woods to the music of Gustav Mahler and Strauss) • Ivan Tsarevich (Firebird by Igor Stravinsky) • Antipodes (Yell to the music of various composers) and other parts. As a choreographer, Sergey Dotsenko collaborated with Yanina Kiseleva staging the children’s ballet Little Red Riding Hood. Mr. Dotsenko has toured France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Canada and many other countries.



BIOS Andrey PISAREV Principal Dancer

Andrey Pisarev was born in Ukraine, the City of Donetsk, on April 1, 1986. He began his ballet training at the School of Choreography of Vadim Pisarev in the City of Donetsk. In 2002, he graduated with Honors and in 2002-2004 perfected his skills in Stuttgart, Germany, with the world-famous ballet master P.A. Pestov. From 2004 through 2008, Mr. Pisarev performed as a Principal Dancer with the Ballet Company of the Donetsk Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet named after A.B. Solovyanenko, from 2008 through 2014 — a principal at the National Opera and Ballet Theate of Ukraine named after T.G. Shevchenko in Kiev. In 2014 he joined the Kremlin Ballet troupe in Moscow as a Principal Dancer. Sergey performs leading parts in productions like Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Le Spectre de la rose, Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet, Die Zauberflöte, Scheherazade, etc. PRIZES AND AWARDS • 2000 2nd Prize Estonia, Tallinn. International ballet competition Fouette • 2001 1st Prize Ukraine, Kiev. International Youth Ballet Competition • 2002 3rd Prize USA, New York. Youth America Grand Prix • 2004, January Switzerland, Lausanne. Prix de Lausanne – 2nd Prize • 2004, April USA, New York. Youth America Grand Prix – 1st Prize • 2006, September Russia, Sochi. Yuri Grigorovich International Competition Young Ballet of the World – 1st Prize • 2007, May Korea, Seoul. Korean International Ballet Competition – 1st Prize • 2007, July USA, Orlando. Orlando International Ballet Competition – 3rd Prize • 2008, March Hungary, Budapest. Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition – 1st Prize • 2008, April: Russia, the City of Perm. International Ballet Competition Arabesque – 2nd Prize, M. Baryshnikov Award • 2009, June Russia, Moscow. 11th International Ballet Competition named after Marina Semenova – 1st Prize • 2011, March Ukraine, Donetsk. 7th International Competition of Ballet Dancers named after S. Lifar - Grand Prix; • 2011, July Korea, Seoul. 4th Korean International Ballet Competition – Jury Recognition Prize Prix du Jury for Nobility • 2012, June Turkey, Istanbul. Istanbul International Ballet Competition – 1st Prize. 38




Whether you’re a first-timer or a South Carolina regular, our rundown of must-do’s and should-do’s takes you all around town — to eateries, to the beach, back in time and back to nature. Story & Photos by David Danzig



The veranda at the Zero George Street Hotel. Conde Nast named the Zero one of its Top 5 Foodie Hotels in the World.



You're just a ferry ride away from the ruins of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired some 150 years ago.


he Lowcountry in South Carolina marks the gradual transformation from land to sea, a fascinating nexus where terra firma gradually becomes something unstable, its surface beauty concealing a watery mystery below. The city of Charleston, like its environs, presents a duality of experiences. It’s one of the most beloved tourist towns in the world, a city endowed with Instagram-worthy beauty and preserved antebellum charm, punctuated by churches, cobblestone streets and gas lanterns that are more than a century old. But the city is also ballasted by conflict and mystery, a place where the narrative includes tales of pirates and persecution, all of it built upon slave labor. A visit to Charleston lays before you an inexhaustible supply of must-do experiences and, if you’re willing to dig a bit deeper, a whole world of should-do’s. With that in mind, we offer five must-do’s for novice visitors and five should-do’s for those of you who’ve been here a time a two. 1. GET ACQUAINTED MUST DO: Before the internal combustion engine, the horsepower around Charleston was provided by, well, horses. That clip-clopping still echoes in the streets, adding a rhythmic soundtrack to the city’s array of historically preserved homes, churches and cemeteries. Palmetto Carriage Co. staffs wooden carriage rides with knowledgeable guides who dispense historical information — some of it candidly controversial — while your noble steeds



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Singer-songwriter Ronnie Johnson has done gigs and jam sessions that have taken him from Antarctica to South America, and from England to South Florida (Key West). These days, you’re just as likely to catch his act at any number of restaurants and clubs in the Charleston area. The Lowcountry artist, who was born in Valdosta, Ga., is known for his versatility and for playing a mix of original and cover songs. He works, he says, “wherever the music takes me.” His legions of fans are happy about that. Listen to some of their comments on his Facebook page (Ronnie Johnson Music, where you can also find upcoming gigs): • “Supremely talented and a master showman. Don’t miss the chance to see him.” • “Ronnie is a wonderful musician. Talented and able to play a wide variety of genres. Beautiful voice.” • “Tons of fun, and he plays it all! Guaranteed to have a blast.”

Johnson has shared the stage with Chuck Berry, opened for Tom Jones and Loretta Lynn, and hit the Billboard charts with his tune “For Old Times Sake,” recorded by rockabilly’s Jerry Naylor in 1986. Johnson even played ukulele and drums before settling on the guitar in his teenage years. For more than 14 years he performed regularly at Wild Dunes, a 1,600-acre gated oceanfront resort on South Carolina’s Isle of Palms. He took full control of his music when he left Wild Dunes and opened Buddy Roe’s Music Bar & Grill, also on the Isle of Palms, where food was the appetizer and music the main dish. The restaurant relocated and became Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack and then Sawyer’s on the Boulevard, but it’s no longer open. Johnson’s gravelly voice and precise picking sometimes lean toward the blues, but his country roots are always evident, as is his well-traveled, well-honed musicianship. He’s best described, he has said, as an all-round entertainer.

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Tour the Old City Jail (above) if you dare. It housed some of the worst criminals of its day. Palmetto Carriage Co. and its horses (right) will show you historic downtown Charleston all year long. saunter through pre-selected hourlong routes around the historic downtown grid. Tickets: $26; $16 age 4-11. SHOULD DO: The Old City Jail caged some of the worst criminals of their day for 137 years — a who’s who of baddies that included pirates, Union Army prisoners and even the alleged first female serial killer, Lavinia Fisher (1793-1820), who was eventually hung. Now, while the 4-acre parcel awaits its future (developers are salivating to turn into a mixed-use something or other), guides from Bulldog Tours lead a frightful nightly journey through the jailhouse and share real-life tales of terror (conditions here were unimaginably inhumane) as well as tales of prisoners’ spirits who may still manifest themselves for guests. The 45-minute tours happen nightly. Tickets: $28; $18 children. 2. FEEDING FRENZY MUST DO: The Atlantic Ocean’s relationship with the Lowcountry creates a glorious fishing environment, and its bounty makes its way quickly from nets and hooks to your plate. 44


The Hyman family has been in business in the Hyman Seafood building since the late 1800s and, since 1986, has served worldrenowned dishes (The Food Network lists it in its Top 5 seafood category). From Lowcountry boils to build-your-own seafood platters, Hyman’s serves the classics from an area stocked with oysters, crab, shrimp and even alligator for sausage. SHOULD DO: The micro-kitchen of Zero George Restaurant + Bar is, perhaps, an under-the-radar surprise. Found in the boutique-chic Zero George Street Hotel, it churns out some of the most creative culinary art around (it made Conde Nast’s Top 5 Foodie Hotels in the World). Crispy blowfish tail, liquid center corn tortellini and a nitro mozzarella balloon are a few of chef Vinson Petrillo’s masterpieces. Also seek out the elusive “Royal With Cheese,” a highly coveted burger made from wagyu beef, mushrooms, shaved truffles and Kraft Singles fondue. Petrillo makes only five each night and once they’re gone, they’re gone. The eatery opens at 5 nightly Tuesday-Sunday.

If seafood's your thing, arrive hungry. The family-owned Hyman Seafood on Meeting Street (top left) has been in business since the 1800s. Keep it fresh at the Folly Beach Crab Shack (above). Or commune with chef Vinson Petrillo (left) and his staff at Zero George.

3. NOTHING CIVIL ABOUT WAR MUST DO: About 150 years ago the first shots of the Civil War rang out here, over Fort Sumter. You’re just a ferry ride away from that piece of American history. Board a ship at Liberty Square and sail to the ruins that once guarded Charleston Harbor. Much of the fort was destroyed in the siege, but you can still walk the grounds and touch the 42-pounder smoothbore cannons and 100-pounder Parrott rifles on their original carriages. Tickets: $22; $14 children. SHOULD DO: In 1864, the Confederacy launched what would become the world’s first combat submarine. It sunk a ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM


The Folly Beach Crab Shack on Folly Island south of Charleston is a quintessential sand-andsurf dive known for its hyper-fresh seafood.

Union ship and eventually disappeared. The H.L. Hunley was raised off the coast of Charleston in 2000 and is now on display as part of an ongoing restoration project that’s as fascinating as the vessel itself. Incomprehensibly primitive by today’s standards but technologically ahead of its time, the Hunley is a historic, engineering and military marvel that tells an Icarus-like tale of military ambition and the lives it can take. Tickets: $16; $8 students/youth. 4. BEACH, BABY! MUST DO: Perhaps not in January, but if you want to feel your toes in the sand and bathe in gentility, keep the luxe 255-room Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in mind. You can live like a Vanderbilt or Carnegie at this five-star seaside castle and play some of the finest golf courses in the world. (January temperatures in Charleston normally range from 43 degrees to 57 degrees, by the way.) Other possibilities: bike-riding along island trails, playing tennis or letting resort personnel arrange a Lowcountry fishing experience or expert-led alligator tour for you. Note: Kiawah is 21 miles south of Charleston. Double rooms at The Sanctuary begin at $270 per night. SHOULD DO: Folly Island is, perhaps, the laidback “yang” to Kiawah’s posh “yin.” The beach lies just south of Charleston and is known to the locals as “the edge of America,” a nod to its community pier and surfer vibe. Bed-and-breakfasts and



small hotels dot the seven-mile island and its sandy beaches. Visiting the pier is essential, especially if you wish to rent fishing gear and bait. In town, visitors and residents alike zip around on golf carts and devour hyper-fresh seafood in quintessential dives like the Folly Beach Crab Shack. 5. NATURE CALLS MUST DO: The Center for Birds of Prey is home to 50 species, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. A visit here gets you up close and personal with the South’s avian carnivores. The center is ideal for birders, photographers and anyone who enjoys watching raptors devour small rodents(?). The center’s Avian Medical Clinic treats more than 600 injured raptors and shorebirds each year, releasing most back into the wild. Tickets: $18; $12 kids. SHOULD DO: The South Carolina Aquarium, although pint-sized compared to the Georgia Aquarium, nevertheless documents Lowcountry animal life in fascinating ways. It brings freshwater, saltwater and brackish dwellers into a neatly organized environment and is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals. Aquarium residents include North American river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, bald eagles and sharks. It does top the Georgia facility in one category: Its Great Ocean Tank is the deepest in North America. Tickets: $29.95; $22.95 children.

The Civil War-era H.L. Hunley (top), the world's first submarine, is open for tours.

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The new Coalition Food and Beverage, off the square in downtown Alpharetta, specializes in modern 1950s' diner fare like this housemade pretzel with Creole mustard and beer cheese.




ew tastes are promised near and far, from downtown, Midtown and all along Ponce, to Alpharetta, Fayetteville and Winder. It’s all Food for Thought.

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At the base of a new steel-and-glass tower overlooking the Downtown Connector comes Momonoki, a new concept from chef Jason Liang, one of the creative forces behind Decatur’s popular Brush Sushi Izakaya. Order at the counter and get some of the slurpiest ramen soups in town along with tsukemen (dipping ramen), Donburi (raw or cooked rice bowls), Katsu Sando (Japanese cutlet sandwiches served on perfect milk toast), salads and other small plates. A full bar stocked with cocktails, sake, wine, and local and Japanese beers are on tap but be sure to save room for desserts from pastry chef Ching Yao Wang, Liang’s wife. Many are made with matcha, a Japanese green tea that refreshes the palate in a soothing, semi-sweet way. ... 50


OPPOSITE PAGE: At Momonoki on Eighth Street in Midtown, try the yellowtail jalapeño bowl (top) and finish with softserve matcha and red bean ice cream.

Brothers Dan Pernice and Ryan Pernice turned heads a few years back when they opened both Table and Main and Osteria Mattone. They’re back with a third effort, Coalition Food and Beverage, a handsome spot off the square in downtown Alpharetta. Chef Wollery Back (formerly of Craft, Restaurant Eugene, and Holeman and Finch) hand-cranks a food fire contraption and churns out modern versions of 1950s diner fare: house-made pretzels, St. Louis-style barbecue ribs, crispy crabcakes, classic club sandwiches and blackened tuna burgers on Alon’s Bakery bread. These are cheffed-up, approachable and skillfully prepared. ...

ABOVE, FROM TOP LEFT: The dinerinspired brunch menu at Alpharetta's Coalition includes avocado toast, Bloody Marys and eggs Benedict.

The team behind Decatur’s James Beard-nominated Kimball House has christened Watchman’s Seafood And Spirits in Krog Street Market, just off the Atlanta BeltLine in what was once The Luminary. No fishing nets or stuffed marlins on the walls, no Jimmy Buffet on the sound system. This is a hip ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM


spot in a hip neighborhood. Sustainably farmed oysters from Alabama to North Carolina go with dishes like a shrimp roll sandwich, steamed clams, ceviche verde and a fisherman’s stew made with grouper, shrimp, crabs and oysters. The bar program comes from legendary mixologist Miles Macquarrie, a compact list of masterful ocean-inspired libations with roots that run from Havana to Key West and anywhere along the Southeast coast of the United States. ...

Bistro Off Broad in Winder favors sophisticated comfort food. The Bistro burger comes with carmelized onions and boursin cheese, and local, fresh produce is the rule.


In historic downtown Winder, chef Alex Friedman (formerly of Inman Park’s Pcheen) has set up shop in a brick building that dates to the 1890s. Bistro Off Broad brings a sophisticated approach to comfort food. Everything that grows in soil or dwells on land comes from a nearby farm: baked brie with honeycomb and figs, Ossabaw Island barbecue (Friedman does all his own butchering), crispy duck with pumpkin and sage risotto, venison with roasted okra, and pork chops with sweet corn pudding. If you need a nautical nosh, try the cold-water oysters, sea scallops, Carolina trout or a tempura-fried shrimp po’boy with tomato jam. It’s a gem that would be at home in the hippest intown neighborhood.


In a matter of weeks, Super Bowl LIII (53 for non-Romans) will kick its way into Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Atlanta celebrity chef Kevin Rathbun will headline the Taste Of







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The NFL Party With A Purpose at Cobb Galleria Centre. The game is Feb. 3; Taste is Feb. 2. Each NFL team city will fly in its own celebrity chef to cook a signature dish at one of 35-plus food stations. This is your chance to eat, drink and mingle with NFL greats and other celebrities. Tickets are $700 each, but that’s cheaper than a seat to the game. ... Big brunch news: James Beard Award-winning chef Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Floataway Café, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp) plans two locations of her latest concept, Pancake Social. Expect eight kinds of pancakes, from savory to sweet, along with other all-day breakfast noshes. A Ponce City Market location will open in the first part of the new year. Look for the second late next fall in Fayetteville’s forthcoming Pinewood Forest development. ...

Krog Street Market welcomes Watchman's Seafood and Spirits. Try the shrimp roll (top) and something from Miles Macquarrie's bar program. 54

Ponce de Leon Avenue continues its gentrification with two new offerings — Southern Belle and Georgia Boy — from former Gunshow executive chef Joey Ward. The two will co-exist at the same address. Belle will offer small plates; the Boy will be a 16-seat communal counter with a multicourse tasting menu. Expect a spring bloom. ... Mamoun’s Falafel dates to 1970s Greenwich Village and calls itself the “oldest falafel restaurant in New York City.” It plans six Atlanta locations, with the first opening in the West Midtown Center development on Northside Drive. Expect house-baked pitas, shawarma, hummus and, of course, falafel.


Be our guest for a Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour! You will be guided on a walking, storytelling experience to learn more about the restaurant you love, while being inspired by the life and vision of founder S. Truett Cathy. ABOUT THE TOURS • Original: An enlightening journey through the history of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, and the core values of the company. • The Deluxe: Visit S. Truett Cathy’s office, enjoy tastings in The Kitchen and experience The Nest, our training center. PLAN YOUR VISIT • Tours are held Monday – Friday for adults and children over six. • For schedule and pricing options visit: Contact info: 5200 Buffington Road • Atlanta, GA 30349

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At Momonoki, the shrimp & Japanese tartar sando is a cutlet sandwich that comes with lotus root chips.


The restaurant graveyard has been busy the past few months. Virginia-Highland’s Goin’ Coastal closed after eight years, and downtown’s Legal Seafood pulled up anchor after more than a decade, citing expiration of its Hilton Garden Inn lease. ... Thumbs Up Diner, the breakfast-all-day icon, has closed its Decatur location, citing untenable rent increases. Thumbs Up’s popular “Skillet Heap” and multigrain biscuits are still available at its Douglasville, East Point, Old Fourth Ward, Roswell and Westside locations. ... After 30 years of meat-and-three, Our Way Café closed its Avondale Estates café. Owner Eva-Marie Roswall decided to retire. ... The most notable closing, however, is Achie’s, The Battery Atlanta spot from decorated chef Hugh Acheson, which lasted less than 10 months. Acheson, who reached celebrity status on the TV reality show “Top Chef Masters,” still runs Empire State South and two Spiller Park Coffee locations along with a pair of eateries in Athens. :: Food for Thought, Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeps you up to date on openings, closings and what chefs are up to in one of three categories — well done (reasons for praise), simmering (what’s in the works) and toast (what’s closed, etc.). Suggestions: Email





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FOX FUN FACTS A day of snowflakes, Mickey Mouse, the Mighty Mo and memories The Fox Theatre had its grand opening on a snowy Christmas Day in 1929, just two months after the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression. The crowd stretched around the block. Atlantans saw the theater as an escape from worry about their futures. Here are a few other facts and figures that stretch back to that day almost 89 years ago. • Opening-day tickets for shows cost 15 cents to 75 cents. • The bejeweled “Aladdin” curtain commissioned by Eve Leo Fox, movie mogul William Fox’s wife, sparkled with rhinestones and sequins. It depicts a mosque and Moorish riders, and cost $30,000 to make (more than $400,000 today). • Iris Vining Wilkins, a tiny woman, played the Mighty Mo organ. Enrico Leide, a concert cellist and conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1920-30) led the Fox Grand Orchestra in “This Shrine of Beauty.”

• The Fanchon and Marco Sunkist Beauties danced “Beach Nights,” with 12 Atlanta girls called “Peaches.” Also performing were the Japanese acrobatic trio Kitaros, the comedy team Davis and LaRue, the dance team of Ray Bradley and Evian, and the sister singing group Jean and Jeanette. • Snowflakes, aka bleached cornflakes, fell from the ceiling at the end of the screening. 60



• Opening-night patrons saw a Fox Movietone News clip, the Walt Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie and the feature film Salute, a story about the famous Army-Navy football game, starring George O’Brien and Helen Chandler. Master of ceremonies Don Wilkin led a sing-along.


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