Friday, October 30, 2009

Billy Crystal to Reprise His Legendary Tony Award Winning Performance in 700 Sundays

Critically-Acclaimed Play Created and Performed by Mr. CrystalDirected by Two-Time Tony Award Winner Des McAnuff
December 16 - 20 at Cobb Energy Centre - Five Shows Only

As a 2009-2010 season special for Atlanta Broadway Series, Billy Crystal will bring 700 SUNDAYS, his Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster, to Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre December 16-20, 2009. 700 SUNDAYS, a play performed and written by Mr. Crystal with additional content by Alan Zweibel is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff.

Tickets on sale now and can be purchased at, by calling 800-982-2787 or at the Cobb Energy Centre box office. Prices start at $55.

The show schedule for 700 SUNDAYS is as follows:

Wednesday, December 16 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 17 8 p.m.
Friday, December 18 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 3 p.m.

700 SUNDAYS, an autobiographical journey, is an original two-act play in which Billy plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. It deals with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. It is about family and fate, loving and loss.

In its opening week on Broadway, 700 SUNDAYS broke the house record for highest weekly gross at the Broadhurst Theatre and then continued to top its own record every week. The week ending May 22, 2005, marked the highest grossing week, not only for the Broadhurst Theatre, but also for any non-musical production in Broadway history, taking in $1,061,688 at the box office.
The show won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience and both the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Following the Broadway production, Billy played sold out limited engagements of 700 SUNDAYS in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Billy then took 700 SUNDAYS to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, where both engagements sold out upon announcement and won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Special Event.

Produced by Janice Crystal, Larry Magid and Face Productions, 700 SUNDAYS has a scenic design by David F. Weiner, lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert, projection design by Michael Clark and sound design is by Steve Canyon Kennedy.


BILLY CRYSTAL (Playwright/Performer) has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer. After touring with such stars as Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, and Sha Na Na, he became a regular on the popular series “Soap” playing the first openly gay character on a network television series. During the 1984-85 television seasons, Billy met with phenomenal national success on “Saturday Night Live.” He created, wrote and produced the critically acclaimed HBO series “Sessions” and became the first comedian to perform in the then-Soviet Union with his special “Midnight Train to Moscow,” one of four one-man specials he has done for HBO. He has hosted the Grammy Awards three times and, of course, the Oscars eight times. He starred in Running Scared, Throw Momma from the Train, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Mr. Saturday Night, Forget Paris, Hamlet, Deconstructing Harry, Analyze This, Monster’s Inc. and America’s Sweethearts. Crystal’s film 61* for HBO films showcased Billy as both director and executive producer. It garnered 12 Emmy nominations including nods for Best Director and Best Made for Television Movie and also earned him a prestigious Director’s Guild nomination. Crystal made his Broadway debut with “700 Sundays,” an autobiographical one-man play. It opened to stellar reviews, and broke box office records, becoming the highest grossing non-musical in the history of Broadway and garnered Crystal the Tony in 2006, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the prestigious Drama Desk Award. Crystal also took “700 Sundays” on tour to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Australia also breaking box office records there and earning him the Australian Tony Award. Crystal also adapted “700 Sundays” into a book which joined Billy’s two children’s books, I Already Know I Love You and Grandpas Little One on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. A dedicated human rights advocate, he has co-hosted with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg all eight “Comic Relief” telethons on HBO which have brought the plight of the nation’s homeless to the public and raised over $40 million for housing and medical care for these needy people. Billy, Robin and Whoopi reunited in November 2005 for a special “Comic Relief,” to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Billy has won six Emmy Awards, six American Comedy Awards and seven Cable Ace Awards. Most recently, he was honored with the 2007 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He has been married for 39 years to Janice, with whom he has two daughters, Jennifer and Lindsay, and granddaughter’s Ella and Dylan.

DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. His 2006 Broadway production of Jersey Boys earned four Tony awards including Best Musical, and now has seven companies across the world. He is Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, which he headed for much of the past 25 years. Broadway: Guys and Dolls (2009), Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (2007); Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (2004, Theatrical Event Tony); Dracula: The Musical (2004); How to Succeed… (1995); The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, 1993 Tony, Best Director of a Musical; 1997 London Olivier Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); Big River (1985, seven Tonys including Best Director of a Musical, Best Musical). Stratford: Macbeth and Sondheim’s …Forum (2009); Romeo and Juliet and Caesar and Cleopatra starring Christopher Plummer (2008). Additional Playhouse productions: The Wiz (2006); Zhivago (2005); Palm Beach (2005); Private Fittings (2005); Tom Donaghy’s Eden Lane (2003); Tartuffe (2002); Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (2001). Film: Cousin Bette and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer). Upcoming: a commission with the Metropolitan Opera for a new piece with Michael Korie and Michael Torke; adapting Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for stage with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Aaron Sorkin.

About Atlanta Broadway Series
The Atlanta Broadway Series, created in partnership by WH Management Group and Key Brand Entertainment, is a new series of blockbuster Broadway programming presented at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007. For more information, visit

About Cobb Energy Centre
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a $145 million, state-of-the-art facility, is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts three resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Broadway Series and The Atlanta Opera. The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Jr. Ballroom and other meeting spaces, 1,000 parking spaces including a 700-space parking deck, and full-service food and beverage capabilities. The Centre, part of the Cobb-Galleria complex, is governed by the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. Additional information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is available at
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Broadway Legend André De Shields to Headline at the Alliance Theatre

Oct. 28 – Nov. 15, 2009
Opening Nov. 4, 2009

Enter the exclusive backstage world of the theatre and experience the mix of inspiration and frustration found in the lives of two actors in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. Well-known New York stage icon André De Shields shines in the role of Robert, an older, more experienced actor facing the arrival of a dangerous new talent in this blistering and darkly comic tale. Directed by renowned director and playwright Robert O’Hara (Metamorphosis), the play asks the question: How far would you go to make your career? Previews begin Oct. 28, 2009 on the Alliance Stage. Opening night is Nov. 4, 2009. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

In A Life in the Theatre, each night during a single season, two actors transform from drama to farce and their relationship from one of friend to enemy on stage and off. This emotionally charged play is guaranteed to keep audiences breathless as it moves from wickedly funny to tragically sublime as the two men’s relationship runs its course.

Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated actor André De Shields has garnered considerable critical acclaim during the past four decades for his show-stopping performances in the original Broadway productions of The Full Monty, Play On!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Wiz (in which he originated the role). Joining André De Shields is Ariel Shafir, who returns to the Alliance after his award-winning performance in the Alliance’s hit comedy The Underpants.

The production features Clint Ramos, set and costume designer; the Alliance Theatre’s Pete Shinn, lighting designer; and the Alliance Theatre’s Clay Benning, sound designer.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 – Nov. 15 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Oct. 31. The matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 1 begins at 3:30 p.m. The Sunday, Nov. 8 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described.

Tickets are $20 - $45 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.

A Life in the Theatre is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: A life in the Theatre is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; Marriott Residence Inn – Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.

Production of A life in the Theatre is made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

From Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road… RAIN Makes its Debut at the Fabulous Fox

October 6 – 11

“We are thrilled to present one of the hottest performance events of the year, RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles,” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “Take a joyful trip down memory lane and ‘Get Back’ to ‘Yesterday’ with a show that the Washington Post calls ‘An adoring Valentine to The Beatles!’ Make plans to bring your family and your boomer friends to see RAIN when it plays the Fabulous Fox Theatre from October 6-11. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-982-2787 and”

In a show the Denver Post calls “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” RAIN boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemania favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Hey Jude” to classic hits including “Revolution” and “Come Together.”

RAIN covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.

For the four longtime band members – Joey Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison), Ralph Castelli (Ringo Starr) and Steve Landes (John Lennon), with a little help from their friend Mark Lewis (keyboards, percussion) – the music is first and foremost. For more than two decades, RAIN has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance. All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences.

“On their feet, with arms raised high above their heads, all in the audience were swaying and singing along in blissed-out, nostalgia-powered unison!
-- Chicago Sun-Times

“The enraptured audience relives the soundtrack of its life!”
-- Chicago Tribune

“RAIN nails the full glory of those heavenly vocal harmonies and thrilled an all-ages crowd with note-perfect renditions of songs from the mightiest canon in all of popular music history." -- Buffalo News

“RAIN creates musical nirvana…makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up! A thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia...Boomer Heaven!”
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!” -- The Boston Herald

“RAIN is a spectacular extravaganza…did the audience love it? Yeah, yeah, yeah!”
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Parents (and grandparents) and kids were on their feet bopping like crazy!”
-- The Courier Post

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. For more information about the show visit:

RAIN will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta from October 6-11, 2009. Performances are Tuesday-Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are on sale NOW at all Ticketmaster outlets, at 800-982-2787 and online at Ticket prices range from $20 and up. Special group rates are available through the Fox Group Sales Dept. at 404-881-2000.

Theater of the Stars celebrates our 57th Anniversary as one of the nation’s premier regional theater companies. A civic not-for-profit cultural treasure, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about our history of excellence, visit
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