Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!

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On September 1, 2010 The ALLIANCE THEATRE opened Twist for its Atlanta debut. Inspired by Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, and in the rich musical tradition of Jelly's Last Jam, this heart-warming musical brings award-winning director/choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame) back to the Alliance, following her hugely successful Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Revival). The production runs through October 3, 2010. Check out the newly-released production photos below!

Set in "the Paris of the South," when the Roaring 20s were at their peak, Twist takes audiences on an orphan's journey to find a place to belong and a family to love. Tony Award-nominee William F. Brown (writer of The Wiz) wrote the book for this new spin on the Charles Dickens' tale, with music by Tena Clark (Grammy Award-winning songwriter) and Gary Prim; lyrics by Tena Clark. 

Twist examines the deep emotions and human struggles of a young boy whose father was a black song-and-dance man and whose mother was a white woman of prominence. Guided by a fierce yearning for home, he travels through larger-than-life New Orleans, from the orphanage to a new life behind the red velvet curtain of The Jewel Box speakeasy. There he discovers the home he never had and the parents he never knew among a group of children surviving on the street.

For tickets and more information, visit http://www.alliancetheatre.org/.

Photo Credit: Greg Mooney

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!
Matthew Johnson and Jared Grimes with Company

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!
Matthew Johnson and Jared Grimes

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!
The children at the Parish House Orphanage

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!
Chase Maxwell and Alaman Diadhiou with the Parish House Orphanage

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!
The children at the Parish House Orphanage

Photo Flash: TWIST at Alliance!Travel to New Orleans 1928 for a triumphant story of love conquering adversity and of finding family in the most unexpected places. The ALLIANCE THEATRE is proud to bring Twist to the stage for its Atlanta debut. Inspired by Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, and in the rich musical tradition of Jelly's Last Jam, this heart-warming musical brings award-winning director/choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame) back to the Alliance, following her hugely successful Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Revival).

Set in "the Paris of the South," when the Roaring 20s were at their peak, Twist takes us on an orphan's journey to find a place to belong and a family to love. Tony Award-nominee William F. Brown (writer of The Wiz) wrote the book for this new spin on the Charles Dickens' tale, with music by Tena Clark (Grammy Award-winning songwriter) and Gary Prim; lyrics by Tena Clark. Twist will open the Alliance's 2010-11 Season with its first performance Sept. 1, 2010 on the Alliance Stage.
"Having already assembled a season of high drama, Tony-winning artists and world premieres of all scales and styles, Twist really is the cherry on top," said Susan V. Booth, ALLIANCE THEATRE Artistic Director. "We're so grateful to Atlanta for its support of our work and for joining us on this season's national journey of American stories."

Twist examines the deep emotions and human struggles of a young boy whose father was a black song-and-dance man and whose mother was a white woman of prominence. Guided by a fierce yearning for home, he travels through larger-than-life New Orleans, from the orphanage to a new life behind the red velvet curtain of The Jewel Box speakeasy. There he discovers the home he never had and the parents he never knew among a group of children surviving on the street.

"A very present character in Twist is the City of New Orleans-one of our country's greatest phoenix stories. Jazz Age New Orleans is about as juicy an American icon as you can imagine," notes Booth, referring to next season's celebration of American icons and American ideas.

So, why introduce Atlanta to Twist now? "Atlanta has proven time and again its appetite for new musical work-diving into big ideas with real delight," explains Booth. "Twist's capacity to take the warm familiarity of Dickens' beloved tale of a child's search for home and make it bracingly fresh, contemporary and American was irresistible. And that it affords us an opportunity to welcome the dynamic force of nature that is Debbie Allen back to the Alliance just sweetened the deal."

 

Read more: http://atlanta.broadwayworld.com/article/TWIST_to_Open_the_Alliance_Theatres_201011_Season_91_20100901#ixzz0z4adv414

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