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Lets Go Bach To Broadway!

Written By | Hunter Gilmore

The Atlanta Ballet is bringing us all Bach To Broadway! Maybe not literally but they are
definitely bringing us some serious ballet moves. Now this was my first time attending a ballet and I must say I was highly impressed. The company of dancers comprising the Atlanta Ballet are strong, graceful, and impactful in their own right. Bach to Broadway is creatively directed by Gennadi Nedvigin and conducted by Tara Simoncic. The show is broken up into 3 captivating acts, each of which tell a story of their own.

The first act is called “7 for Eight” with music by Sebastian Bach. This act is the introduction so the music selection is noticeably slower than the other acts yet still just as interesting. It definitely gave a deep and somber feel with the black background and costumes. It is set to seven movements from four Bach concerts and built for eight dancers, “7 for Eight” is a ballet dedicated to pure movement with no formal story or plot line. “7 for Eight” becomes an extended study on intimate physical moments between individuals.

The second act is called “Who Cares” which is extremely fitting since it definitely gave romantic vibes to say the least. George Balanchine and George Gershwin collaborated to create this intricate piece. Balanchine used the songs not to evoke any particular era but as a way to portray an exuberance that is both broadly American and charged wit the energy of New York City. It is set against a starry Manhattan skyline, this playfully romantic ballet teases the purely classical choreography off-balance with inflections of jazz dance steps and rhythms.

“Concerto Armonico” is the third and final ballet. This one was actually my favorite of the three. I loved the bold colors and interesting geometric shapes used in the set design. This piece is a world premiere for the Atlanta Ballet, choreographer Maxim Petrov uses the propulsive energy of Alexander Tcherepnin’s “Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra, Op. 86” to conjure physical images of wide open spaces and vast territories yet to be discovered. “Concerto Armonico” is a ballet filled with optimism and a spirit of adventure.

If you haven’t gone to see Bach to Broadway yet, there is still one more show date for May 13, 2018. They are playing at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. You can find tickets and times at www.atlantaballet.com.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Coca-Cola Roxy Friday, October 19

Death Cab For Cutie will be at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm.

Reserved Balcony Tickets are $47.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $39.50. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 4th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit deathcabforcutie.com, or www.cocacolaroxy.com.

FAMOUS DEX The Dex Meets Dexter Tour Buckhead Theatre Saturday, June 2

Famous Dex will be appearing at the Buckhead Theatre on Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00pm.

General Admission tickets are $26.50 in advance and $30.00 day of show. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, April 27th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit dexterofficial.com, or www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

“Tu Tu & More” defies the norm

Written By | Bianca Theodore

In Atlanta Ballet 2’s recent show “Tu Tu & More,” the word “more” is a deceiving wink. Even the word ballet fails to encompass its rich artistry and wildly exhilarating nature.

However, the “more” is also fitting, as it is more of an experience than a simple recital.

Unlike most ballets, the two intermissions do not separate acts of the same show. Rather, all three acts (Tu Tu, blink, and Minus 16) are so diverse they may as well be entirely different performances. According to the program, each of these acts are designed to “display the range of human experience” from “strikingly different points of view.”

And striking it certainly is, to say the least.

The first installment, Tu Tu, acts as the traditional leg of the show. Backed by Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, the ballerinas are a physical embodiment of its lush melody, moving fluidly to the delicate piano riffs and runs. The dancers themselves were a study in classic technique, equally controlled and poised during various jumps, turns, and elaborate footwork. Largely a partner effort, the couples moved in near perfect synchronicity and harmony, acting as bodily extensions of one another.

Then came blink, choreographer Tara Lee’s brand new piece that would be premiered that opening night. In a short cameo, Lee graced the Cobb Energy screen to explain that the piece was inspired by stars, and the energy they exchange. The seven dancers were arranged to mimic constellations, but Lee’s true choreographic intent was to mimic the energy humans exchange everyday. Punctuated by “curving lines, free torsos, and punches of the extremities”, the choreography crackled with the electricity of brief encounters and fleeting moments.

Last, but surely not least, was Minus 16. The act had an unsuspecting beginning, a lone dancer freestyling on an empty stage to an audience still milling around during intermission. The lights were on and the curtain was drawn, but what began as a supposed sideshow quickly captured everyone’s attention. Eventually, the lone dancer was joined by dozens of others, all clad in a drab gray suit with a black top hat. The music was jarring, a peculiar score that featured haunting chants, cha-cha, techno, and mambo. The choreography could best be described as random on purpose; a seemingly discordant mixture of everything from tango to freestyle.

But the highlight of the three acts was Minus 16’s end, which found the dancers in the crowd, holding out an innocuous hand to shocked audience members. To their surprise and our delight, they were bought on stage with no preamble or instructions; just left to tango with the best of them.

At its crescendo, a woman from the crowd stood under a spotlight in the middle of the stage, hands up in victory to the sound of the audience’s standing ovation.

That moment is the more in “Tu Tu & More”; the element of surprise, of thrill, and the reminder that the more is what makes life worth living.

The Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” With Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce, And More

Our folks at just gave us the info on the Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” and we can’t believe all the big comedians on the ticket. From Bruce Bruce, to Adele Givens, to Deon Cole & Jay Pharoah… The tour is going to be more popping than any other.

Comedian, actor, director and producer Martin Lawrence will return to the stage as the host of  2018’s hottest comedy event: the LIT AF Tour, featuring an amazing lineup of comedic talent.  Coming off the 20th anniversary of  Def Comedy Jam, where he is known for his legendary hosting, Lawrence has made a triumphant return to the stand-up stage wowing audiences with his signature style of hilarious stories, social commentary and more. The LIT AF Tour stars Lawrence as your high-powered host who presents a fire lineup of comedians including DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, Deon Cole, Bruce Bruce, Adele Givens and Benji Brown.

Kicking off on March 31 in Atlantic City, the LIT AF Tour will make stops in at least 16 cities across the country this Spring including engagements at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Barclays Center in New York and Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, February 14. The lineup and on sale date for each show can be found in the tour itinerary below.

Martin Lawrence started in stand-up comedy at the legendary The Improv, where he honed his talents until he was asked by Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking comedy series Def Comedy Jam on HBO. From there, Lawrence became a household name after his hugely popular self-titled TV show, Martin, was an instant hit with TV viewers. He starred for five years as not only the title character, but other support characters like the sassy Sheneneh and Mama Payne, who became comedy classics. Lawrence would later go on to star in comedy blockbusters like Bad Boys 1&2 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which he also directed and Big Momma’s House, 1, 2 & 3 where he once again proved his talent for creating and acting as multiple characters in one storyline.

MARTIN LAWRENCE LIT AF TOUR DATES

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Saturday, March 31 On sale Wednesday 2/28 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Los Angeles Microsoft Theater Friday, April 06 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Benji Brown*

Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, April 07 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Deon Cole, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Benji Brown*

Oakland Oracle Arena Sunday, April 08 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Deon Cole, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

Atlanta Philips Arena Friday, April 13 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Columbia Colonial Life Arena Saturday, April 14 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

New York Barclays Center Friday, April 20 On sale Saturday 2/17 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Deon Cole, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena Thursday, May 03 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Benji Brown*

Kansas City Sprint Center Friday, May 04 On sale Friday 2/23 at Noon

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Tampa USF Sun Dome Thursday, May 10 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Benji Brown*

Miami American Airlines Arena Friday, May 11 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce, Benji Brown*

Houston NRG Arena Saturday, May 26 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Jay Pharoah, Benji Brown*

Chicago UIC Pavilion Friday, June 08 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens*

Washington, DC Capital One Arena Saturday, June 09 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens*

Nashville Bridgestone ArenaFriday, June 15 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

Memphis FedEx Forum Saturday, June 16 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Bruce Bruce, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

*Lineups subject to change

A MILESTONE HOMECOMING: DAVID RAGAN SET TO MAKE HIS 400TH CUP SERIES START AT HOME IN ATLANTA

Perhaps no other driver on NASCAR’s national touring series circuit has a closer connection to Atlanta Motor Speedway than David Ragan. There’s the phrase “home track,” and then there’s just “home.” And home is exactly what the 1.54-mile speedway, located 25 miles due south of downtown Atlanta, is and has been for the 32-year old Georgia driver almost from the very beginning.

Before he was turning laps in stock cars on NASCAR’s biggest stage, Ragan was quite literally growing up on and around – and you might even say with – AMS. He was even along for the ride when track was being redeveloped into its current iteration over two decades ago.

“Atlanta Motor Speedway has a special place in my heart,” said Ragan. “I lived in one of the condos there in 1996 when they were resurfacing the racetrack. Every morning I would sit there at the glass and see the bulldozers and grading equipment tearing down the track and repaving it.”

With Ragan’s father, Ken, stepping in to run Atlanta’s fledgling Legends racing program at the time of the track’s reconfiguration and installation of the quarter-mile “Thunder Ring” in the mid-1990s, living at the race track was one of several perks for the aspiring young driver.

Undoubtedly, though, the best perk of them all was one that forged an eternal bond between him and the track itself. Though completely unauthorized – and unbeknownst to anyone else at the time – Ragan unofficially became the first driver ever to take laps on what was then the newly configured layout.

“I made a bunch of laps there in my father’s El Camino one Saturday afternoon, just riding around the race track while it was being worked on before the security guards realized there was somebody on the track.”

That deep-seated bond with AMS will come full circle for Ragan this Sunday, when he makes his 400th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on that very same asphalt. But it was the Thunder Ring where Ragan’s driving career began in earnest. Between 1998 and 2000, he ran more than 40 races in both Bandolero and Legends cars, cutting his teeth on what is still to this day one of the toughest quarter-mile asphalt tracks in the Southeast.

Both David and his father were cornerstones in the now 21-year-strong program that has graduated dozens of young drivers into professional racing’s upper-most levels.

Fast forward three years from Ragan’s Legends days, and he was already contending for wins in the ARCA Racing Series by 2003. He then got his first taste of NASCAR’s national-level competition when he ran a 10-race partial schedule in the Camping World Truck Series for owner Tom Eldredge a year later in 2004.

Another three years after that, Ragan arrived at the top as a fresh-faced 21-year-old, ready to take on the best of the best that stock car racing had to offer. He signed on with Jack Roush in 2007 to drive race cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and he hasn’t looked back since. With a fifth-place finish in the 2007 season-opening Daytona 500, just his third career start at NASCAR’s top level, Ragan set off on a journey that quite literally hasn’t missed a beat in 11 years.

In 399 Cup Series starts entering the Atlanta Race Weekend, including that first Daytona 500 back in 2007, Ragan has seen it all – two wins, two poles, several team changes and even a fill-in stint for Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing in the eventual championship-winning No. 18 car in 2015.

With all the places he’s been and all the things he’s accomplished behind the wheel of a race car, it’s fitting that his 400th Cup Series start will come at his home, Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“It’s very special just to have made it to 400 starts. I think that’s a huge accomplishment,” Ragan said. But “for it to happen at Atlanta Motor Speedway is pretty neat. I couldn’t have scripted it any better. Atlanta Motor Speedway is where I got my start racing in my Bandolero car. It’s a special place to me and my family, and it’s pretty cool that I’m going to run my 400th race there.”

Ever gracious and humble almost to a fault, it’s not lost on Ragan how rare a feat 11 consecutive years without missing a single race at the elite level of stock car racing really is.

“As a young kid, I dreamed of being able to race at some of these large tracks and to get my NASCAR license,” he said. “I remember being so happy when I got my first NASCAR license when I was an 18-year-old going to race in late-model stock cars.

“So to be able to have raced at all these different tracks and to have met a lot of great people and to have done all of that consecutively and to have been fortunate enough not to be injured and to be able to continue racing and have team-owners that would let me drive their cars, that’s something really special.”

Through it all, he credits his father for setting him up for success from the very beginning. A former stock car racer himself at the top level of NASCAR competition, Ken Ragan has been a key player in the world of motorsports both near his longtime home in Middle Georgia and on the national stage itself.

Without his father’s guidance, know-how and unwavering support from his Legends days at Atlanta in the late ’90s all the way through to that first Daytona 500 in 2007, the younger Ragan knows a lot of what he’s been able to accomplish would not have been possible.

“My dad’s involvement in the sport really paved the road for me to make a career in motorsports,” said Ragan. “I wouldn’t necessarily say just his driving – my dad started 50 Cup races and some Grand National and ARCA races – but he owned race tracks and race teams. He owned engine shops. He is an employee of Speedway Motorsports today. I think the relationships he made along the way and my family members made along the way helped a lot.

“We didn’t have a huge checkbook and unlimited funds when I was young and trying to hone my skills and get established as a young kid that wants to race. The relationships my father made over the years helped me get that engine from someone or go test somewhere or get some free passes when we needed to bring a sponsor to a race.

“That helped a lot to get a few doors opened for me. I had to work hard to keep those doors open, but without my father being involved in the sport in the 1980s, it would have been hard for me to break into the sport.”

Now in his 12th straight year of Cup-level competition and on the second year of his second stint with Front Row Motorsports, Ragan’s focus is on finding consistent success to go along with his consistent streak of races. With two wins under his belt with the team, one each in 2011 and 2013, he doesn’t see the team’s relatively small size as a disadvantage.

Instead, he considers their collective history and the camaraderie built over time in the shop as a foundation on which they’ll build success in the still-young 2018 season.

“2018 is looking on paper to be an exciting year for myself personally and for Front Row Motorsports,” he said. “I feel like Front Row is one of those teams that, we’re a close-knit family and everybody in the shop and the mechanics on the road, we’re good friends. We get along, and it’s a small team, and we all have a pretty big impact on the program itself.”

As far as his 400th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, it’s certainly not out of the question for his milestone homecoming race to be a winning one.

“I have had a little success there in all three series,” Ragan said. “I have been in contention for some wins and have a few top-fives and top-10s, but it would be really cool and special to win at Atlanta or to just have a really good day. Atlanta Motor Speedway is a cool track and I like going there.”

Whether or not he’s victorious in his 400th career start on Sunday, Ragan’s legacy as among the most celebrated Georgia drivers in the history of the sport will be preserved long after the checkered flags fly, as he works ever-diligently towards his next career milestone.

AMS FRIDAY PIT NOTES

Atlanta Motor Speedway presented Chase Elliott with one final lucky charm Friday.

Elliott, back in the No. 9 car his father, Bill, made famous, was handed a University of Georgia football jersey with his name and number on the back.

The 22-year-old driver, an avowed Bulldogs fan, broke into a wide grin in the moment.

AMS recreated a 1983 campaign that brought good luck to Chase’s Hall-of-Fame dad. Bill Elliott finished second eight times before a similar campaign and notched his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory soon after it.

The public was invited to send in anything that would bring luck to the Dawsonville native.

“It was a nice gesture more than anything,” Elliott said. “Man, there were a lot of teddy bears I felt like sent in. A lot of St. Patrick’s Day charm items sent in.
“I appreciate everyone’s support for jumping on board and being willing to support something like that. It’s pretty cool.”

Elliott has two top-10 finishes in his two Monster Energy Cup Series starts at Atlanta. He was eighth in 2016 and fifth last year.

He has 78 starts in NASCAR’s top series, fewer than his dad had before notching a win (115).

Elliott is among the Chevy drivers debuting the Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta. Chevy is the most successful manufacturer at AMS with 40 wins.

“I mean I hope it goes really well,” Elliott said. “First off, I don’t think it is really fair for us to show up here at Atlanta and everybody get a judgment on where we stack up here. This is our first go at it as well as everybody else’s. We saw other manufacturers come here last year being their first week and didn’t necessarily fire off the best, but were the best before it was over with. I think you have to give it a little bit of time.”

The body changes mean differences in the wind tunnel and computer simulations.

“I hope we hit it this weekend, don’t get me wrong,” Elliott said. “I’m not making an excuse. Either it will be good or it won’t, but I think we have to work through some of the differences. We have seen some of those differences today. No reason why we can’t fix it, though, and try to get it as good as we can and hopefully better than the rest.”

But AMS is always a track Elliott where has enjoyed racing.

“This is a track where you can have your car driving good and you might be able to make up a deficit that you might be fighting somewhere else or somebody have an advantage over you,” he said. “I just think having the ability to go out and practice and your feedback is worth a little more here. I think that a lot of guys feel that way.

“As you run a race, how you drive your car at the first half of the run can affect how your performance is going to be in the second half of the run. In a lot of places, that’s not the case either. So, it’s just a fun place to come. I think anywhere that you run three or four laps and the lap times have fallen off significantly like they are here all the time, I think that makes it fun. It makes it fun from a strategy standpoint, it makes it fun for the racers.”

Truex settles in for title defense Martin Truex, the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, is one of the best at 1.5-mile tracks like AMS. Seven of his eight wins came at such tracks, although Atlanta was not one of those. Truex was eighth at last year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

“This is a good first chance for us to see where we stack up against the competition and how we feel as compared to years past,” Truex said. “This is a great race track. It’s a lot of fun to race here. I always look forward to it.”

The track was set to be repaved last year, but officials responded to a collective outcry from drivers to reconsider. After reevaluating the surface, AMS opted to patch the 1.54-mile oval and delay a full resurfacing.

“There’s not a driver in the garage that wants this track to get repaved,” Truex said. “As far as racing goes and being a driver, this place is so fun and so challenging, I don’t think there’s anyone that doesn’t love it.”

Truex and his Denver-based team aren’t taking anything for granted despite the title and the success at 1.5-mile tracks.

“We’re trying to be open-minded, not get caught by surprise,” he said. “A lot of things have changed in the offseason. The inspection process is one of them.

“But it’s a new year. Everybody has worked all winter to try to come back and go after a championship. So you’ve got to be driven. You’ve got to work hard. You can’t take any of it for granted — because it slip right out from under you.”

Fastest in first practice Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. put down the fastest lap in the first Monster Energy Cup Series practice Friday with a time of 29.745 seconds and a speed of 186.384 mph.

Rookie Christopher Bell led the first Xfinity Series practice. The No. 20 went around in 31.086 (178.447 mph).

Justin Haley had the top time (31.141) and speed (178.02) for the Camping World Truck Series first practice session Friday.

Times were slower than in 2017, primarily for the Xfinity cars, but temperatures were much higher, which Atlanta native Brandon Jones said could have played a part in the disparity.

“It could be for sure,” Jones said. “Obviously there are a lot of factors that affect that. We’ve got a little bit less downforce and things like that. We’ve got our composite body as well so maybe that could be a lot of the slower speeds. But as far as driving, it’s been total opposite of what I’ve been used to in the past so I’m still trying to adapt and learn these cars a little bit.”

Lug nuts
Sunday will be David Ragan’s 400th start in NASCAR’s top series. The 32-year-old Georgia native grew up racing at AMS and hasn’t missed a race at the elite level of stock car racing in 11 consecutive years.
It’s the first time in 15 years that an Elliott is driving the iconic No. 9 in the Cup Series at Atlanta.
AMS has held more 500-mile races than any NASCAR track. Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is the 103rd and 96th consecutive for the Hampton venue.
Four of the five top finishers in last week’s Daytona 500 — Austin Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr., Joey Logano and Chris Buescher — are alumni of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder.

Broadway’s Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder to play the Fox Theatre from March 13-18, 2018

The Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, will play the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from March 13-18, 2018 in its first national tour.

Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting FoxTheatre.org by calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit AGentlemansGuideBroadway.com or BroadwayInAtlanta.comTicket inventory is limited.

Gentleman’s Guide will play at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre March 13-18, 2018. The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday-Thursday                             7:30 p.m.
Friday                                               8 p.m.
Saturday                                           2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday                                             1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

One of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals, Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy® Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. The creative team for this production includes direction and choreography by Peggy Hickey (Anastasia), based on Broadway’s original Tony Award-winning direction by Darko Tresnjak (Anastasia) and her own original choreographyThe design and production team is comprised of two-time Tony Award nominee Alexander Dodge, scenic design (AnastasiaThe Hunchback of Notre Dame); Tony Award-winning Linda Cho, costume design (Anastasia); Adam Cates, Associate Director and Choreographer (Anastasia); Philip S. Rosenberg, lighting design (The Elephant ManIt’s Only a Play); four-time Tony Award-nominated Dan Moses Schreier, sound Design (Into the Woods, American Psycho); Aaron Rhyne, projection design; and Jason Styres, CSA, casting. Original orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick and Vocal Arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven LutvakPaul Staroba serves as Music Supervisor.

Gentleman’s Guide received critical acclaim on Broadway, where The New York Times raved “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE will LIFT THE HEARTS of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems A LOST ART FORM.” The Hollywood Reporter enthused Gentleman’s Guide “Restores our faith in musical comedy!” and Time Magazine said “Just as I was about to give up on musicals, along comes A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER!”

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour at Fox Theatre

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La BohèmeRENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Get Your Tickets!

Please Note: RENT is a story which addresses adult themes and controversial issues. Parental guidance is suggested. It is not recommended for children under 13.

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Atlanta Ballet Presents Black Swan

A mixed rep program featuring Swan Lake Act III and a world premiere by Craig Davidson

ATLANTA – In March, Atlanta Ballet presents two sensational works
highlighting the rich legacy and promising future of classical dance. Audiences will fall under the spell of the iconic third act of Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, staged by Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin. This timeless masterpiece is complimented by the world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter from emerging choreographer Craig Davidson, exhibiting the extraordinary versatility of Atlanta Ballet dancers.

Audiences will have the chance to witness the exquisite choreography of “The Father of
Classical Ballet” with the splendor of Swan Lake Act III. Petipa’s celebrated work exudes
passion, choreographic complexity, and technical brilliance. Building upon the tradition of the classical masters, Australian choreographer Craig Davidson presents a transformative world premiere showcasing the transcendence of dance. This sublime new work will be accompanied by a live quartet performing Franz Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” to give audiences a truly immersive experience.

“Along with the expressive dexterity of movement in Craig Davison’s spectacular world
premiere, it is enthralling to witness Atlanta Ballet Company members bring fresh energy to the celebrated excellence of Swan Lake,” shared Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin. “This mixed-repertory program gives Atlanta audiences the opportunity to experience a well-balanced array of folkloric, classical, and contemporary dance styles.”

Atlanta Ballet’s Black Swan mixed repertory program runs for four performances from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339. To purchase tickets, visit www.atlantaballet.com

Swan Lake Act III
Choreography by Marius Petipa & staged by Gennadi Nedvigin
From one of the most celebrated classical ballets in history, Swan Lake Act III marks the
pivotal moment in which Prince Sigfried mistakes Odile, daughter of the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, for his true love, Odette. Captivated by her sorcery, the beguiled Prince Siegfried dances with Odile in the famed Black Swan Pas de Deux from which the program borrows its title. Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin will stage this choreographic masterpiece, leaving audiences enchanted by its poignant evocations and precise technicality.

World Premiere: Remembrance/Hereafter
Praised internationally for his impassioned, sinuous movements, Craig Davidson has worked alongside world-renowned choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, David Dawson, Wayne McGregor, Jacopo Godani, Nicolo Fonte, Jorma Elo, and Alexander Ekman. Staged on Atlanta Ballet dancers, the world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter will be accompanied by a live quartet to provide audiences with a distinctive sensory experience.

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