Thursday, September 2, 2010

Atlanta Lyric’s 31st Season To Open With “The Music Man”

Tony Award-Winning Musical Plays the Strand Theatre in Marietta

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area’s only local professional musical theatre company, will kick off its 31st season with one of the most famous and popular musicals of all time, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” playing September 17 through October 3 at The Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $30-$45, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and season tickets that offer a savings as low as 30%!

“The Music Man” won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1958, against stiff competition from “West Side Story.” It also won 4 other Tonys and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, and ran for almost 1400 performances. The show has enjoyed two Broadway revivals and numerous high-profile productions around the world, including a Chinese translation staged in Bejing’s Central Opera Theater in 1987. It remains a popular standard that is produced by regional and community theaters everywhere. Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production features a large cast of all ages and many songs that are part of our cultural heritage, like “Gary, Indiana,” “Till There Was You,” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

Alan Kilpatrick, who has been a favorite with Atlanta audiences for years, will play the role of fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill. Kilpatrick has been featured at The Lyric as Will Rogers in “The Will Rogers Follies,” Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes,” and recently as Wilbur Turnblad in “Hairspray.”

The Lyric is proud to introduce Atlanta newcomer Emily Stokes as the strong-minded, romantic Marian. Stokes recently completed her Masters of Music from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Others in the cast include Ingrid Cole, Googie Uterhardt, Marcie Millard, Robert Wayne, Mary Welch Rogers, Kathleen McCook, Kayce Grogan-Wallace, Al Dollar, Becca Potter, Alyssa Payne, Caroline Freedlund, Max River Roberts, Skylar Nicholson, Jenna Rohrbach, Hope Valls, Ian Baxter, Marcus Megahee, Kyle Haak, Mahalia Jackson, Becky Simmons, Justin Thompson, Katie Veldhuis, Matthew Pino and James Marshall.

Broadway’s Glenn Rainey, who is featured in the cast as Marcellus, directs “The Music Man”. Choreography is by Ricardo Aponte, with music direction by Michael Fauss. Costumes are by Lindsey Paris, lighting design by Bradley Bergeron, sound design by Bobby Johnston, and scenic design by Lyric Technical Director BJ Garmon.

All performances are held at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 117 N. Park Sq., on the historic Marietta Square.

For tickets and information call 404-377-9948 or visit
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