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KEVIN JAMES, aka the Inventor, started learning magic in the 1970s. “There was no Internet, you only had brick-andmortar in a small village in Michigan where we just had six books in our library about magic.”

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Illusions of Grandeur Seven magicians from all corners of the Earth come together to form a brainy, brawny, all-star team of trickery By Phil Kloer

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very great superhero has an origin story, and so must every magician. It almost always involves a youngster, a mind blown, a vow and an obsession. “When I was 7 years old we had an assembly at school,” recalls Jeff Hobson. “A policeman who was also a magician did some wonderful tricks, with a message of safety. The green ball meant go, the red ball meant stop. “I looked at everybody around me and they were all amazed, and I said, ‘I’m going to do that when I grow up. “And they said, ‘Yeah, right.’ ” Hobson is now part of The Illusionists Live From Broadway, a seven-man all-star team of magicians that The New York Times called “a high-tech magic extravaganza.” ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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DAN SPERRY calls himself the AntiConjuror, which, he says, is a magician that goes against the trend of magicians being pretentious. Colin Cloud (below) is the Deductionist, a forensic scientist who

Adam Kaplan as Charlie (left) and J. Harrison Ghee as Simon/Lola celebrate a boot-alicious moment in the shoe factory.

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Each magician has a superhero-style nickname; the Las Vegas-basedHobson is “The Trickster.” He does what’s called “comedy magic.” His comrades in amazements: • The Anti-Conjuror, aka Dan Sperry, a Minnesotaborn, New York-based performer, who saw his first magician — David Copperfield — at age 4. • The Escapologist, aka Andrew Basso, who grew up in a small Italian town and attended the circus each year. When his somber mother watched a circus magician and laughed, he says, he, too, wanted to grow up and have that power with her. It’s no surprise that his hero is that master of escape, Harry Houdini. • The Grand Illusionist, aka Darcy Oake, a Brit whose father showed him a card trick when he was 8 years old.

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• The Manipulator, aka Yu Ho-Jin, a South Korea native who says, on his website, that he discovered magic when he was 8, when a friend made a playing card disappear and reappear. “I learned and practiced magic tricks myself after that and showed it to my friends and just the fact that they loved it thrilled me.” • The Deductionist, aka Colin Cloud, a forensic scientist who mixes mind magic and brain science with his love of Arthur Conan Doyle works. The Scot does an audience mind-reading act. “When the other boys were out playing football and hiding in the woods,” his website says, Cloud “was predicting the score and finding their hiding places with almost psychic accuracy.” • The Inventor, aka Kevin James, a French-born American who happens to be a descendant of that great circus humbug P.T. Barnum. These magnificent seven took on their nicknames to become “the Avengers of Magic,” Hobson says. Plenty of children are in awe of magicians and want to learn the tricks, but most drop it eventually let alone become professionals. There is no single reason to account for the few who follow their dream all the way, he says. “I was an only child, so I had a lot of time

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Escapologist, performs the Original Houdini Water Torture Cell escape at every performance.

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ANDREW BASSO, known as the

on my hands,” he says. “My parents were very supportive. “When I was 11, I did my first public performance in my garage. When I was 12 a man asked me to perform for his daughter’s birthday party. He asked how much I charged, and I said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll do it for free.’ He said, ‘I’ll pay you $5.’ “I thought, ‘You know what, I could make a living.’” Maybe there’s even some genetic component. “My father was a tool-and-die maker, and we lived in Detroit and didn’t have a lot of money,” Hobson recalls. “My father would drive me to shows, and every Christmas and birthday I would ask for tricks. It wasn’t until I was 26 years old and a professional magician and I brought my father to a very nice resort where I was working and making good money, and I was treating him to nice dinners, and he said, ‘You know, I always wanted to be a magician. I used to practice tricks when I was a kid.’ “This was the first time that I ever heard that out of his mouth. So I have the feeling that made all the difference in the world, because my father was living vicariously through me.” Hobson learned magic in the 1970s and ’80s, long before there were myriad YouTube videos that break down how the tricks are done. He bought books and practiced tricks like “the famous penny to dime trick. You place a penny on someone’s forefinger and you wave this magic cube over the penny without touching it and boom! It changes into a dime. I would do that little trick all the time.” When the Illusionists are on the road but offstage, they rarely talk about their origin stories. They’re more likely to joke with one another about past performance mishaps. “Those happen all the time when you’re on your way to becoming a professional,” Hobson says. “You learn by making mistakes, magicians more than most. “Once you become a magician, mistakes still happen, but we have enough experience after 20 or 30 years of performing to be able to cover it up and not let anyone know it happened.” That would be the illusionist part.


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Andrew Basso The Escapologist

Ben Blaque The Weapon Master

Yu Ho-Jin The Manipulator

Colin Cloud The Deductionist

Kevin James The Inventor

Jeff Hobson The Trickster

Dan Sperry The Anti-Conjuror

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CAST ANDREW BASSO (The Escapologist) is Italy’s star escape artist and is fast becoming one of the world’s favorite illusionists. His hero is Harry Houdini and his thrilling escapes take place under water, 150 feet in the air and everywhere in between. Explosives, water boxes, handcuffs, chains, padlocks, straightjackets, cars bursting into flames ... his escapes place him within seconds of life and death and have audiences all over the world frozen in suspense and disbelief. You’ll never catch the Escapologist. He is definitively born to escape. www.AndrewBasso.com BEN BLAQUE (The Weapon Master) was born and raised in midwestern Missouri and was introduced to magic, variety acts and live performance while working as a stage tech for the Kirby Vanburch show in Branson, Mo. It didn’t take him long to fall in love with magic and illusions and the live stage shows that he wanted to create as an act for himself. As Vanburch’s protege, he and Vanburch decided to start with the crossbow act. Vanburch made a deal — if Blaque learned the act, he’d be featured in Vanburch’s show as a special variety act. After six years of performing with VanBurch and establishing himself in the crossbow performing world, Blaque moved on, performing throughout the United States, in many beautiful countries and on live TV shows, including Season 7 of “America’s Got Talent,” and in 2015, on NBC’s “I Can Do That!”

JEFF HOBSON (The Trickster) is an actor, comedian, magician and the only natural blond in the show. He’s been known as “the host of Las Vegas” for more than 15 years and is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. He’s done more than 20,000 live performances worldwide, and leaves audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance — the Trickster will get you every time. www.JeffHobson.com YU HO-JIN (The Manipulator) Through elegant manipulation and mystery, the artistic Yu can turn anyone into a fan, whether it’s children, parents or his colleagues — the world’s finest magicians. Yu was named Magician of the Year (2014) by the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA). He would go on to win numerous magic competitions with his emotional performances. At age 19, he took first prize in the manipulation category and was the Grand Prix winner in stage magic at Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM), a competition considered the Olympic Games for magicians. Now you see it, now you don’t — meet the Manipulator. KEVIN JAMES (The Inventor) is among today’s most groundbreaking and innovative illusionists. His ideas have made it into the shows of Penn & Teller, David Copperfield and Doug Henning. He is an inventor and collector of the strange and unusual. Performing on Broadway is a career highlight, right next to performing at the White House. James believes that he has a solemn responsibility to remind people of that important sense wonder they felt as a child. Whether he’s holding a rose or swinging a chain saw, anything is possible with the Inventor. DAN SPERRY (The Anti-Conjuror) has millions of hits on YouTube and hundreds of thousands of online followers. The Anti-Conjuror has become a social media phenomenon and one of the most sought-after live performers working today. His unique style of shock illusion initially captures the imagination of his fans but his hilariously eccentric and shocking routines have grown ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19


CAST his popularity across the globe. From headlining sell-out tours to guest-starring on popular TV shows, Sperry blends a bizarre mixture of comedy magic and mayhem into an utterly original performance that is as unique as it is entertaining. STEPHANIE POTTEIGER (Magic Assistant) from Buffalo, N.Y., is a magna cum laude graduate of The University at Buffalo with a B.F.A. in dance. She began her career with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, playing Amber Von Tussel in Hairspray. She continued her career on land with Spirit Productions, performing in its shows in Reno, Nev., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Osaka, Japan and Beirut. She made her television debut on NBC’s “I Can Do That!” Potteiger joined The Illusionists cast alongside Ben Blaque in Melbourne, Australia, and has continued with the show, playing to audiences throughout the United States and in Cancun, Mexico. Huge love to my family and Wubbs for the endless support!! HOLLIE SANFORD (Resident Director/ Dance Captain/Magic Assistant) has been associate producer, dance captain and assistant in the West End, world tour, NBC special and AGT companies of The Illusionists and is thrilled to be back with the family! Credits include Hans Klok (European tour), Spirit of the Dance (UK tour/Emirates Corporate), Legally Blonde (as Kate/Chutney), Scrooge (as Mrs Cratchit, Fireside Theatre), Snow White (title role), Dancing Queen (title role), Spirit of Christmas (U.S. tour), Spirit of Broadway (dance captain), Hooray for Hollywood (Palace Theatre). Hollie thanks Jonathan for his endless love and support. EDDIE SHELLMAN III (Magic Assistant) was born in New York City. His parents are professionally trained ballet dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. They instilled in him at a young age the desire to dance and perform. While at the Univerisity of Hawaii, Shellman discovered that his true passion was for breakdancing. He competes in national competitions, and this past year won the first-ever World Bboy Battle. He lives in New York City, where 20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

he continues to study other forms of dance. @shellz91 on instagram.com SIMON PAINTER (Creative Producer) is a visionary creative producer and entrepreneur based in California. Painter, who’s originally from London, began his career as a classical violinist but soon turned to producing and creating commercial theater. In the past 10 years, he’s been at the forefront of the live entertainment industry, having launched and managed major performance venues and conceived, created and produced acclaimed productions such as Adrenaline and Le Noir. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque, broke box-office records at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, selling more than 40,000 tickets in 10 days. The Illusionists franchise followed, becoming one of the biggest magic shows of all time, playing at venues in 50+ cities in 15 countries, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo (broadcast on ITV). The show has since expanded with the sequel The Illusionists 2.0 and The Illusionists 1903. TIM LAWSON (Executive Producer) has Australasian theatrical credits that include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson, Spirit of the Dance, Oh! What a Night, Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, It’s a Dad Thing!, Weary – The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Shout! The Musical, Brave Men Run in Our Family, Jekyll and Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show (narrated by Richard O’Brien), A Chorus Line (and London Palladium season) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With partner Simon Painter, his credits include the international theater and arena tours of Le Grand Cirque, Ariel Dreams, Adrenaline, Le Noir, The Illusionists, The Illusionists 2.0 and The Illusionists 1903 – The Golden Age of Magic. Collectively their network spans more than 120 cities in 23 countries. www. tmlenterprises.com NEIL DORWARD (Director/Choreographer) is a top commercial theater and TV director/choreographer who has worked on critically acclaimed shows worldwide: Le Noir, The Dark Side of Cirque (world tour), Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline (Sydney Op-


CAST era House), All Night Long (U.S./European tour), Rock Around the Clock (Monte Carlo), Spirit of Christmas (Kodak, L.A.), Man in the Mirror (European tour). Dorward proudly directed The Illusionists from its debut, to e London’s Apollo Theatre and Broadway. www.directordorward.com

ally designing costumes for theatrical and commercial productions. TV credits include “America’s Next Top Model” and “America’s Got Talent.” Music videos in 2015 alone include Pitbull’s “Fireball” & Magic!’s 750+ million YouTube hit, “Rude.” Aaron has worked with Marilyn Manson, Michael C. Hall and Aerosmith, among others. TheatriJIM MILLAN (Creative Director) cal credits include The Illusionists, IllusionOff-Broadway: Play Dead (Teller/Robbins). ists 1903, Cirque Le Noir and Circus 1903. Mythbusters Live, which sold out across She loves working with talented teams of North America and Australia (ongoing). creative people while contributing to the viHe collaborated with celebrity chef Alton suals of a performance with her costumes. Brown on his Edible Inevitable tour (ongoing) and, as a comedy writer/director, cre- NICE STUDIOS (Video Design) is a mulated SPANK! The 50 Shades Parody, which tidisciplinary design and production stuhas played in 200+ cities in four countries in dio in Los Angeles and New York. It was the past three years. He’s director/producer founded in 2011 by award-winning visuof cult-comedy legends the Kids in the Hall, al effects supervisor Ian Noe, and Emmy and has directed comedy, theater and mag- Award-winning animator Gi Nevo. Nice ic on five continents in 35 countries and 17 Studios specializes in promotional videos, languages, including 150 premieres. Lives in animated LED content design and highend print. Nice Studios has supported the Toronto with his wife, Kyra, and children. entire Illusionists franchise, including The JARED A. SAYEG (Lighting Design). His Illusionists, The Illusionists 2.0 and The designs for theater, opera and dance have Illusionists 1903, as well as Le Noir with been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, print work, video and creative consultation. throughout the United States, in the West www.nice-studios.com End, Canada, Spain, Edinburgh and Las Vegas. Broadway/NY: The Illusionists (Neil EVAN JOLLY (Composer). Theater include Simon Theatre and U.S. tour), Gotham Glo- The Illusionists 2.0 (Sydney Opera House), ry (Carnegie Hall). He was on the design Le Grand Cirque (Sydney Opera House), teams for Primo, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Big White Fog (Almeida, London) and arThe Woman in White and The Radio City rangements for The Genius of Ray Charles Christmas Spectacular. Notable projects: and Thriller: The Musical (West End, UK the national tour of Blithe Spirit starring and U.S. tours). Film and TV credits: Tonight Angela Lansbury, The Who’s Tommy (L.A.), Is Canceled (Fastnet Films), Under the Skin The Queen of Spades starring Placido Do- (FilmFour), Cowboys in India (Channel 4), mingo (Teatro Real Madrid) and Rolling “Graham and Alice” (BBC). Video games With Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre (with James Hannigan) include Command (West End). He is principal designer of USA & Conquer and the Harry Potter franchise. International Ballet Competitions, held every four years, and his architectural designs EDDIE COLE, DUSTIN MOORE (Adare seen in restaurants and exhibits. Sayeg ditional Composition). Moore (aka Neon became the youngest member of the United Phoenix) and Cole are They Took Off, a Scenic Artists-Local 829 and serves as a composer/producer/DJ duo whose credits trustee to the executive board. In memory of include the 2008 hip-hop Grammy-nominated Nas album Untitled, the original Liz Stillwell. www.jaslighting.com The Illusionists show score and many proANGELA AARON (Costume Designer fessional artist collaborations. Both are began in Europe designing for fashion mag- bred musicians: Moore’s mother toured as azines and continues to work internation- a rock/funk bandleader in the 1970s; Cole ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 21


CAST is the great-nephew of Nat “King” Cole. Their influences result in a self-designated subgenre of Galaxy Music, encompassing elements of glo-fi, underground hip-hop, experimental electropop and vintage jazzrock. ASIA LIVE NETWORK (Producer) owns and operates the interests of producers Simon Painter and Tim Lawson, who began collaborating in 2007 on Le Grand Cirque at the Sydney Opera House. The show broke box-office records at the iconic venue and led to multiple international productions. Painter and Lawson repeated the critical and box-office success with Aerial Dreams and Adrenaline, also launched at the Sydney Opera House before touring Australasia and beyond. Asia Live recognized the lack of a high-quality touring magic show in the market, and created a production that showcases seven of the world’s best magicians, The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible. The show sold out its Sydney Opera House season before opening, a pattern that would follow in theaters and arenas in more than 50 cities in 15 countries in its first two years. The London season, filmed live and aired throughout the UK, is available on DVD. Following the show’s success, The Illusionists 2.0 — The Next Generation of Magic was created to meet the demand for a sequel, as was a brand-new show titled The Illusionists 1903 — The Golden Age of Magic. During this time, their critically acclaimed production of Le Noir — The Dark Side of Cirque has been setting box-office records. Each venue it plays, from 500 seats to 15,000, is transformed so audiences experience the jaw-dropping, daredevil talents of the world’s finest circus artists and acrobats in the round. MAGICSPACE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) comprises principals Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath, who have been producing and presenting shows worldwide for more than 30 years. Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing; Jekyll & Hyde; The Who’s Tommy; Cabaret; Donny & Marie: A Broadway Christmas; 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. National tours include The 101 Dalmatians Musical; Ann-Margret starring in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; West Side Story; Grease; A Chorus Line; and Jesus Christ Superstar; and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Britney Spears and *NSYNC. Special tours and events produced or presented include Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour starring Patrick Stewart, Van Cliburn, the Alexandrov Red Army Chorus, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition, Diana: A Celebration and St. Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes exhibition. MagicSpace Entertainment manages Broadway subscriptions in seven cities and hundreds of events each year in the United States and Canada. The company’s current tours include The Magic of David Copperfield; Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles; The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis; Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman starring in Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour; Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour; Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular; and The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible.


CAST SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Creative Producer Simon Painter Executive Producer Tim Lawson Director/Choreographer Neil Dorward Creative Director Jim Millan Automated Lighting Programmer Christopher Osborne Production Manager David Simpson Lighting Programmer Christopher Boon Casey, Jonathan Edwards Producer Jonathan Sanford Associate Producer Hollie Sanford Casting (Magician’s Assistants) Stuart Howard-SH Entertainment Orchestral Recordings Prague Symphony Orchestra Additional Guitars Luis Almau Additional Keyboards & Brass Evan Jolly Music Mix Simon Changer, Toby Wood

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STAFF STAFF FOR THE ILLUSIONISTS — Live From Broadway GENERAL MANAGER MAGICSPACE ENTERTAINMENT Dave Stinson PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Travis Brendle COMPANY MANAGER Gretchen Pfarrer PRESS REPRESENTATION TELLEM/GRODY PR John Tellem, Dan Grody MARKETING REPRESENTATION MAGICSPACE ENTERTAINMENT Kristy Maple Head Carpenter...............................Franco Castronuovo Assistant Production Supervisor............... Josiah Parson Assistant Carpenter/Rigger.....................Michale Taylor Head Electrician.......................................John Edwards Assistant Electrician.................................. Ben Bearden Head Sound............................................Kenny Crayton Head Prop Person....................................... Sam Weaver Camera Operator.................................... Terrence Adiko Camera Operator.........................................Josh Stewart Video Engineer................................Collen Whittenberg Wardrobe Supervisor........................ Sarah Jarrell Wade Insurance.............................................. Crane Insurance Merchandise.............................................. Tauz Lozano TOUR DIRECTION THE ROAD COMPANY, Stephen Lindsay & Brett Sirota WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR, Clint Mitchell

ASIA LIVE NETWORK Chairman & CEO....................................... Tim Lawson Financial Controller................................. Liam Gretgrix Production Manager................................David Simpson Producer.............................................. Jonathan Sanford Associate Producer..................................Hollie Sanford Payroll Services.................................................... CAPS Marketing...............................................................AKA Graphic Design & Video........................... Nice Studios/ .....Gil Nevo, Ian Noe Merchandise............. Sam Klingner, Christopher Wayne MAGICSPACE ENTERTAINMENT Chief Executive Officer/Producer Lee D. Marshall Chairman........................................................Joe Marsh President................................................John W. Ballard Chief Operating Officer.............................Steve Boulay Vice President, Marketing........................Bruce Granath Vice President Touring...............................Dave Stinson Tour Marketing.......................................... Kristy Maple Tour Marketing...................................... Grace Torreano Graphic Designer........................................ Katie Perhai Accounting...............................................David Rooker Mary Deon-Roberts CREDITS Makeup provided by M-A-C. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Sydney Opera House, Gil Nevo & Ian Noe from Nice Studios, Clint Mitchell, Lee Marshall, Stephen Lindsay WARNING The photographing or sound recording of any performance or the possession of any device for such photographing or sound recording inside this theatre, without the written permission of the management, is prohibited by law. Violators may be punished by ejection and violations may render the offender liable for money damages. Backstage Employees are represented by the international Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.) Become a fan of The Illusionists on Twitter @Illusionists7, Facebook, Instagram, & YouTube! www.TheIllusionistsLive.com

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATRE A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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

STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . . . . . . . . . C.O.O. & General Manager Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Elton Howze. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Carmie McDonald . . . . . . . . . Director, Fox Theatre Institute Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Master Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer

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

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, Robert Minnear, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edward Negri, Edgar Neiss, Joe Patten, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Alan Thomas, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

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Vogel State Park, at the base of Blood Mountain in northcentral Georgia, opened in 1931. The 233-acre site has a lake for swimming, Wolf Creek for trout fishing and 17 miles of hiking trails.

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the grandeur of Cloudland Canyon in the state’s northwest pocket, to the fascinating Gulluh-Geechee

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Indian mound in the middle of a cow pasture is one of Georgia’s most-photographed spots. You’ll find it at Hardman Farm Historic Site in Nacoochee Valley, about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta.

When metro Atlantans decide it’s time to get deep into nature, they often head north, to such scenic spots as Tallulah Gorge and its suspension bridge, or Amicalola Falls, with waterfalls that spill alongside the Appalachian Trail. Those are but two of 60 destinations in the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites system, some 85,000 acres statewide. It all started in 1931 with the opening of Vogel and Indian Springs, making this the system’s 85th year. The 233-acre Vogel State Park, at the base of North Georgia’s Blood Mountain, has a 22-acre lake (for swimming and non-motorized craft), trout fishing at Wolf Creek and 17 miles of hiking for all skill levels. “People tend to go back there a lot,” says spokeswoman Kim Hatcher. “Families have met other families there, then make it a point to meet there year after year. Vogel has built relationships among those who love to camp.” Driving time from Atlanta: About 1.5 hours. Indian Springs State Park, between Atlanta and Macon, has been called the oldest state park in the nation because it has operated as a public state park since the government secured the land from Creek Indians in an 1826 treaty. The 528-acre site is named for natural springs that served the Creek Indians for centuries as “healing” waters. Today visitors bring containers to fill with the mineral-laden water that flows up to a stone spring house built during the Great

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Go to Cloudland Canyon State Park in the state’s extreme northwest corner for its views; the FDR-built Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, will surround you with nature for a quiet walk; at Panola Mountain State Park about 30 miles south of Atlanta, take ranger-led hikes up a granite mountain, go biking or jump into archery and treeclimbing classes.

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Depression. The water is free, and the park offers a handout on ailments it’s thought to remedy — everything from arthritis to queasy tummies. An on-site museum, open 2-4 p.m. every first Saturday, details the area’s history. The park’s 105-acre Lake McIntosh, swimming beach and boat ramp are temporarily closed due to dam repair, but canoes and kayaks are permitted and a creek will cool you off. Driving time from Atlanta: About 50 minutes. The Jarrell Plantation near Juliette, about 20 minutes farther, offers a step-back-in-time experience. The Jarrell family owned the cotton plantation for more than 140 years. It survived typhoid fever, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and the cotton boll weevil. Out-of-town guests who want an authentic taste of the Old South might enjoy the Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, perfect for a day trip. Take a serene self-guided walking tour of meticulously preserved structures, from simple family homes to the old sawmill and blacksmith shop. “So many people still have the grand idea that plantations were like Tara,” says Hatcher. “But they were much more like the Jarrell Plantation.” Driving time from Atlanta: About 70 minutes.

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Hardman Farm Historic Site is named for the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman (Georgia governor, 1927-31), the last residents of its Italianate mansion in northeast Georgia’s Nacoochee Valley. The family gave the property to the state in 1999; it opened as a historic site in 2014. Tour the grand home built in 1870 by Civil War Capt. James Nichols and see more than a dozen outbuildings. You’ll also find one of the most-photographed sites in Georgia here: the red-roofed gazebo atop an Indian mound in the middle of a cow pasture. The 173-acre Hardman site is operated by Smithgall Woods State Park nearby, considered an angler’s paradise. Smithgall has a large lodge that’s elegant and rustic plus several “luxury” cottages. It’s popular with honeymooners, hikers and bird-watchers. Driving time from Atlanta: About 90 minutes. Since Hatcher’s been to them all, we asked her for recommendations. They include: • Cloudland Canyon State Park for its views. • Black Rock Mountain State Park (in the Blue Ridge Mountains) for its rolling mountains. • Skidaway Island State Park (Savannah) for its salt marshes. • Crooked River State Park (Savannah to Cumberland Island) for its tidal rivers. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 35


At George L. Smith State Park, found on the way to Savannah, the scenery will tell you you’re headed south. Kayak on the blackwater lake with Spanish moss to keep you company.

• The quiet, beautiful parks in Central and South Georgia, especially George L. Smith State Park (off I-16, on the way to Savannah). Its Spanish moss and blackwater lake reflect the sky. Cottages are tucked in the woods, but some campsites sit on the lake so you can paddle right up. • Reed Bingham State Park (between Adel and Moultrie), for its boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming beach and wildlife, including alligators.

• Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, for ranger-led hikes up a granite mountain, archery and tree-climbing classes and 11 miles of biking paths. Less than 30 minutes from Atlanta. • The Okefenokee Swamp, which every Georgian should see, Hatcher says. See Stephen C. Foster State Park, at the west entrance to the swamp’s National Wildlife Refuge. (Tip: To avoid biting flies and other pests, avoid the hottest months.)

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• F.D. Roosevelt State Park (at Pine Mountain, near Callaway Gardens), for its 40 miles of creekside trails and the spring-fed “Liberty Bell” pool. It’s Georgia’s largest state park, with 9,049 acres.


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to tree. Including gear-fitting and instructions, the whole experience takes about two hours. There also are seven suspended bridges connecting the lines between trees, and some climbing is involved. With a maximum height of about seven stories and only open space below, it’s not for those with acrophobia. “You go way back in the woods. You just jump off and you’re carried through the woods. It’s breathtaking,” says Dylan Carter, a 12-year-old from Cumming. Before anyone gets to zipa-dee-doo-dah, however, they must sign and initial a two-page liability waiver. Don’t read too closely. Its caveats include cautions for anyone who’s pregnant or has a heart condition, asthma or seizures.

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You don’t have to worry about weight. The buckle mechanism can hold 6,000 pounds in one load, and the cable itself could support a school bus, says course manager Thomas Kearns. Guides suit up customers in a helmet and multi-strap harness that attaches to the buckle and a safety belay. “If the harness is comfortable, it’s not tight enough,” they tell beginners, both joking and not joking. Aerial Adventure is one phase in an ongoing expansion at Unicoi, says general manager Christopher Forbes. An Adventure Lodge, a concept rather than a physical place, was added last year. It offers paddleboarding, archery, fly fishing, a GPS scavenger hunt and a challenge course for corporate

team-building. All this happens in and around Unicoi Lodge, which has hotel-style rooms, rustic cabins and campsites. American Adventure Park Systems, a Georgia company, built and runs this zip-line course and a zip line in the North Georgia town of Banning Mills. It’s building a similar zip-line course at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, and plans a more intense Phase 2 zip line at Unicoi. With more than 1,000 acres, Unicoi also offers a 53-acre lake with a beach, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. The park is about two miles from Helen, the North Georgia tourist town known for its Oktoberfest, so visitors can stay in Helen and visit the park, or stay at the lodge and visit Helen.

If You Go

Unicoi State Park and Lodge is on Ga. 356 in Helen, less than 2 hours northeast of metro Atlanta. Parking is $5 a day. Annual passes, with unlimited admission to any Georgia State Park or Historic Site are $50.

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If roughing it isn’t for you, ditch the tent and sleeping bags and go “glamping,” with a yurt, real beds and doors that lock. This yurt is at Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia.

Start online The Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites website is easy to navigate, with detailed pages on each park and site. Start with “Locations” on the menu bar atop the homepage. Link: http://gastateparks.org/

Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn near Chattanooga, offer a lodge with dorm-style sleeping for 12 to 50 ($95-$200 nightly). Links: http://gastateparks.org/reservations and http://gastateparks.org/unique

Parking An annual ParkPass ($50) lets you enter as many parks as you want without paying the daily $5 fee. Good for 12 months from date of purchase. Allow for mailing time. Also, you can check out a ParkPass with any Georgia public library card. Link: http:// gastateparks.org/ParkPass

Your spot’s reserved You can now request your favorite campsite by number and be sure it’s still available when you arrive. Campgrounds at James H. Floyd (Summerville) and Richard B. Russell (Elberton) are wholly site-specific; certain sections at Reed Bingham (Adel) and Laura S. Walker (Waycross) are site-specific. Link: http://gastateparks.org/reservations

Accommodations Most state parks have campgrounds that accommodate tents and RVs, with bathrooms and hot showers ($25+ per night). Some 30 parks rent fully equipped cottages ($85-$250 nightly). Cottages at Fort Mountain State Park in North Georgia are newly renovated. Several parks, including 40 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Investment-free camping The Camping 101 program is for anyone who wants to try camping without investing in equipment straightaway. You bring sleeping bags, but other essentials — top-quality gear from REI and Coleman — is provided (tent for six, four sleeping pads, camp stove

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Yes, ‘glamping’ Something called “glamping” is getting more and more popular. Essentially, its’ super-comfy camping in a roundish wood-and-canvas yurt with beds, screened windows and doors that lock ($85-$100 nightly). Georgia parks offer 39 yurts, most deep in nature, many alongside water. Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, 30 minutes west of Atlanta, has 10 new yurts. Link: http://gastateparks.org/yurts — Julie Bookman


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Tupelo Honey, an Asheville, N.C.-based eatery, is open on Roswell Road inside the Perimeter. Go for such sophisticated comfort food as fried green tomatoes with goat cheese grits and (pictured) Southern seafood tacos.

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idtown Atlanta’s Colony Square goes to church, Yumbii gets off the road, and seafood and Korean spots prepare to welcome the hungry masses yearning to be fed. Read on for details. WELL DONE

5Church, inside the former Shout space at Colony Square in Midtown, pairs striking design with such world-class cuisine as (top) black tagliatelle with squid.

• Sandy Springs exports a bit of sweetness inside the Perimeter with the new Tupelo Honey on Roswell Road. The micro-chain from Asheville, N.C., cooks without cliché or caricaturing Southern vittles, preparing, instead, sophisticated renditions of comfort food (fried green tomatoes with goat cheese grits, watermelon salad with country ham, and smoked jalapeño fried-egg BLTs). A robust bar program features craft cocktails, craft beers and responsibly sourced wines. It’s good for families, a night on the town or a pre-show stop on your way to Chastain Park Amphitheatre. • The 50-year-old Colony Square at Peachtree and 14th streets, Midtown’s de facto ground zero, begins a multimillion-dollar makeover by filling the vacant Shout space with 5 Church. Look for black-leather banquettes and striking mixed-media artwork by local artists. Plus, every word (40,000 of them) of Sun Tzu’s book The Art of War have been dramatically hand-painted on the ceiling by artist Jon Norris. James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper brings his world-class cooking chops to the menu, which includes a signature 60-second New York strip steak, wasabi-crusted tuna and a lamb burger. 5 Church is just the hot anchor tenant that the stale Colony Square needed for a sophisticated buzzworthy energy.

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• Chef Doug Turbush, who elevated OTP dining with East Cobb’s Seed and Stem Wine Bar, invites you to Marietta for Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar. The modern spot serves cold, hot and raw seafood, including specialty cold-water oysters, charred octopus, Maine lobster rolls, she-crab soup, wood-grilled fish tacos, and shrimp and grits. The drink menu includes original nautical-themed craft cocktails, a large selection of craft bottled and draft beer, and the great wines for which Turbush is known.

Hampton + Hudson, new to Inman Park, serves gourmet small plates like steak tartare tacos; while there, grab one of 20 craft beers or a craft cocktail and watch passers-by; did you say “mule”?

• Inman Park scores another direct hit with Hampton + Hudson, an upscale tavern from one of the guys behind Cypress Plate and Pint, Grain and Tavernpointe. Executive chef Jason Hall has created an eclectic gourmet menu of comfort-food small plates (steak tartare tacos, hot chicken sliders, Wagyu pastrami sandwiches, an Italian porchetta panini that’s slow-roasted for 36 hours). Throw in more than 20 craft beers and a tasty roster of craft cocktails, and you have a fun, happy place to catch a game, drink or snack with friends, or just hole up after a stroll on the BeltLine. SIMMERING

• Inman Park gets another global cuisine spot this fall. Look for Char Korean Bar & Grill at North Highland Avenue and Elizabeth Street. It will riff on traditional Korean barbecue. • The Shops of Buckhead has long promised us an upscale 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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At Tupelo Honey, the popular tonic comes with the usual vodka, ginger beer and lime — but also with watermelon.

steakhouse, which may now arrive “around Labor Day,” according to Eater Atlanta. The restaurant, called American Cut, is from LDV Hospitality, which operates Dolce Italian and Corso Coffee in the same complex. • The team behind The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla will open a “micro-food hall” called The Canteen in the Midtown space vacated by The Spence. Expect more of the same and some surprises, including a General Muir spinoff called TGM Bagel. Launch is expected in early 2017. • Atlanta has long been a magnet for hip-hop artists who want to do the restaurant thing. Now rapper 2 Chainz jumps into the fray with Escobar Restaurant & Tapas in the Castleberry Hill district near downtown. Expect an opening later this year. • The popular South Florida tapas concept Bulla Gastrobar will soon open in Midtown, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. It’s expected to serve Spanish and Catalan tapas and other small plates. Look for it in the 12th and Midtown development. An opening hasn’t been announced. • Metro Diner (from Jacksonville, Fla.) is moving into the former space of Coldbrew’s Sports Bar & Grill in Roswell, with plans to serve its brand of comfort food and diner staples, according to Tomorrow’s News Today website. No official word yet on its opening.

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At Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar, chef Doug Turbush’s new spot in Marietta, try the Maine lobster roll (pictured), unless you’d prefer the cold-water oysters or charred octopus.

• The wildly popular Yumbii Food Truck, which has combined Asian and Mexican flavors since 2010, plans to brake permanently in a Brookwood Village space this fall. Yumbii has delighted festival-goers and intrepid followers with its tacos, sandwiches and sides. Many will, no doubt, be happy to visit Buckhead and not have to go mobile to get its great grub. • Krog Street Market, which offers just about every type of food you can imagine, adds Korean steamed buns this fall. Betty Hsu’s Baos comes from the team behind Decatur’s Makan and will feature pork, duck, seafood and vegetarian buns from a food stall. TOAST

• Bid adieu to the Old Fourth Ward’s beloved 4th and Swift, which ended an eight-year run in late July. Chef/owner Jay Swift says he’ll focus on his new spot, Noble Fin, in Peachtree Corners. He’ll find far less competition there than directly across from Ponce City Market’s embarrassment of dining riches. :: Food for Thought, Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeps you up to date on openings, closings and chef news in one of three categories: well done (reasons for praise), simmering (what’s in the works) and toast (what’s closed, etc.). Email kathy@ encoreatlanta.com. 52 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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FOX FUN FACTS

Shining a light on details about the theater’s illumination The lighting at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre was a crowning achievement in its day. The light bulb itself was still relatively new and considered quite modern, but the fixtures were created to give the illusion of antiquity, foreign mystique and opulence. Let’s shine a light on a few other bright facts:

• Original blueprints for the building specified bulb wattage for each fixture. • The Sterling Bronze Co. was responsible for providing most of the original lighting, which is still seen in the interior of the theater today. • Many of those light fixtures were handcrafted and hand-painted in 1929. 62 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

• The auditorium’s ultramarine blue sky contains 96 twinkling stars that consist of 11-watt bulbs fixed above 4-inch crystals, forming actual constellations as they would be seen from the North African sky, since the design has a Moroccan feel and Morocco is in North Africa. The drifting clouds are produced by a special projector. • The jeweled proscenium lanterns hanging over the stage are reproductions of chandeliers that hang in the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

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