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‘Bull Durham’ goes from silver screen to center stage at the Alliance Theatre

Can the Alliance Theatre hit a home run with the international premiere of a musical set in the world of minor league baseball? If all goes as planned, Bull Durham—adapted by writer-director Ron Shelton from his 1988 film starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon—will play Broadway next spring.

Q&A: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey’s ‘Native Guard’ premieres at Alliance Theatre

In September, the Alliance Theatre premieres a play based on Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize–winning work by Natasha Trethewey that pairs her experience as the child of a then-illegal interracial marriage in Mississippi with the account of a black Civil War soldier.

Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman introduce Harmony to Atlanta

Die-hard Fanilows (the self-appointed nickname for Barry Manilow fans) and skeptical, pop music schmaltz allergic Alliance Theatre veteran supporters streamed in together for the world premiere of Harmony A New Musical at the Woodruff Arts Center Sunday night. The ambitious show, composed by Grammy-winning Copacabana songwriting partners Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow, is based on the real-life German singing group, The Comedian Harmonists, who battled to stay together (and alive) as the Nazis ascended to power in 1930s Germany.

Looks Like We Made It

Forty years ago, Barry Manilow had a dream. Not of selling 80 million records or writing some of the most ubiquitous pop melodies of the late twentieth century, though he did that in due time. No, he wanted to write for Broadway.

CBS 46 Tony Awards blunder blows up social media, angers viewers

Monday’s forecast at CBS 46? Partly cloudy with a 100 percent chance of highly animated staff meetings. Inexplicably, on Sunday night, the Atlanta CBS affiliate decided to dump its live feed of the 67th annual Tony Awards just before the final category of the evening, Best Musical was announced and, instead, opted to air its 11 o’clock news. Compounding the insult for local theatre fans, who had just invested three hours in the live telecast from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall? Atlanta’s own Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre had birthed Bring It On: The Musical, one of the 2013 nominees for Best Musical.

With A Tony Evening, Stephanie Blank unites a pair of passions

Stephanie Blank has a secret. No, not that. Even TMZ has reported on the ridiculously civilized parting of the ways between the veteran Atlanta charitable fundraiser and her husband of 16 years, Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. We’re talking about a real secret here.

‘Zorro’ makes its U.S. premiere at the Alliance

As a young British chap touring Spain with his mum some years ago, Renshaw became enchanted with flamenco and bullfighting. So when he was approached about staging the tale of rapier-wielding, masked lothario Zorro, he had one caveat: “Yes. As long as it’s flamenco.”

Will “Zorro” be the Alliance’s next Broadway hit?

If you're strolling past the Woodruff Arts Center today and suddenly someone with a sword fashions a Z into your breast pocket, don't be alarmed. The cast of "Zorro," a new musical set to make its American premiere in Atlanta at the Alliance April 10 is now in town rehearsing.

Dance Review: Atlanta Ballet’s Ignition

Last night, Atlanta Ballet took the first step in a bold new direction with its premiere of Ignition at Alliance Theatre: offering original work from up-and-coming choreographers. It marked a step away from such tried-and-true fare as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and although similar works will remain a part of each forthcoming season’s repertoire, I heave a sigh of relief knowing that finally our local ballet company is aspiring to join the ranks of San Francisco and New York, at least when it comes to commissioning daring productions. And as proclaimed in an opening statement at the evening’s performance, going forward, the ballet will end each of its seasons with a similar show presenting world premieres from various young choreographers. Finally.

“A Tony Evening” delivers dollars, fresh energy to Alliance Theatre benefit

If someone randomly spun a dial and you stepped out of a time machine and into an Atlanta hotel ballroom hosting one of the city's past-its-prime charitable fundraisers you might ask: "Is this 1996, 1999, 2004 or 2011?"

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