Alliance Theatre 2016-17 season spotlights musical work from Kristian Bush, Matthew Sklar

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The upcoming Alliance Theatre season features a new musical with songs from Kristian Bush.
The upcoming Alliance Theatre season features a new musical with songs from Kristian Bush.

The upcoming Alliance Theatre season features a new musical with songs from Kristian Bush.

Broadway veteran Chad Beguelin and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush feature prominently in the upcoming spate of shows at the Alliance Theatre.

The 48th season at the Woodruff’s performing arts venue will boast seven world premieres, including “The Prom,” written by Beguelin and fellow Broadway writer-actor Bob Martin, and “Troubadour,” a romantic comedy set in 1950s Nashville written by Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer with music from Bush and direction by Susan V. Booth, artistic director of the Alliance.

The 2016/2017 season will be the last in the theater’s current space before it undergoes a complete renovation – its first since it was built in 1968. The overhaul will be complete in time for the Alliance’s 50th anniversary season.

Season tickets to the Alliance Theatre’s 2016/17 Season are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting www.alliancetheatre.org/seasontickets or by calling 404-733-4600.

Here is a look at the upcoming season for the Alliance Stage Series:

“The Prom” (Aug. 18-Sept. 25, 2016): Book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar. Emma becomes a national headline when her high school cancels the prom rather than allow her to attend with her girlfriend. A group of fading celebrities takes up her cause and invades Emma’s small Indiana town. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/theprom or call 404.733.5000.

“Moby Dick” (Oct. 12-30, 2016): Adapted and directed by David Catlin from the Herman Melville novel. Originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company in association with Actors Gymnasium in Chicago. Co-production with Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/mobydick or call 404.733.5000.

“Troubadour” (Jan. 18-Feb. 12, 2017): In 1951 Nashville, Country music legend Billy Mason is on the eve of retirement.  Can his soft-spoken son, Joe, step into the spotlight and carry on?  Written by Janece Shaffer with music by Kristian Bush. Directed by Susan V. Booth.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/troubadour or call 404.733.5000.

“The Temple Bombing” (Feb. 22-March 12, 2017): Inspired by the book of the same name by Melissa Fay Greene. Written and directed by Jimmy Maize. On October 12, 1958, a bundle of dynamite blew through the wall of Atlanta’s oldest synagogue.  Following 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, Rabbi Rothschild of The Temple had become a public advocate for the progress of Civil Rights.  A world premiere presented on The Temple’s 100th anniversary. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/thetemplebombing or call 404.733.5000.


Hertz Stage Series:

“Ugly Lies the Bone” (Sept. 16-Oct. 9, 2016): A drama that shows the effects of visible and invisible wounds of returning war veterans. By Lindsey Ferrentino; directed by Jessica Holt. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/uglyliesthebone or call 404.733.5000.

“Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 2-24, 2016): A musical by and starring Courtenay Collins; directed by Susan V. Booth. An evening of music, drinks, laughter and stories, as well as a live band.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/cabaret or call 404.733.5000.

“Too Heavy for Your Pocket” (Feb. 4-26, 2017): Winner of the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. By Jiréh Breon Holder, currently Emory University Playwriting Fellow. In rural Tennessee at the height of the Civil Rights Movement two young couples struggle to understand justice, love, and their own responsibilities.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/heavy or call 404.733.5000.

“The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness, As Told By An African-American Man, Who Also Happens to be Black” (March 24-Apri; 15, 2017): Originally created and produced at Dad’s Garage. By and starring Dad’s Garage’s Mark Kendall. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/themagicnegro or call 404.733.5000.


Alliance Theatre for Youth and Families Series:

‘Pancakes, Pancakes!” (May 31-July 10. 2016): Adapted from the book of the same name by Eric Carle. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/pancakes or call 404.733.5000.

“Slur” (Nov. 5-12, 2016): An original play about identity, race, and religion in middle school by Greg Changnon in collaboration with his students at Atlanta’s Paideia School and the young actors in the Alliance Theatre summer drama camps.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/slur or call 404.733.5000.

“A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016): Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with live music and an all-star Atlanta cast.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas or call 404.733.5000

“Cinderella and Fella” (March 19-April 9, 2017): A magical retelling of the Cinderella story. With music and lyrics by Janece Shaffer and Renee Clark. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/cinderella or call 404.733.5000.


Theatre for the Very Young Series:

“Babies in Space!” (May 21-Aug. 28. 2016)

“From Head to Toe” (Sept. 24-Nov. 6, 2016)

“Play the Play with Cat the Cat” (Jan. 10-Feb. 19. 2017)

“Dinosaur” (March 14-April 9. 2017)


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