City Springs Theatre is the new kid on the block in the ATL theater scene, but they've been making a big splash with their last musical South Pacific. Now they're offering up BILLY ELLIOT, a musical based on the 2000 film. With music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who also wrote the screenplay, this show boasts ten Tonys and ten Drama Desk awards including best musical in 2008. This is the story of Billy, a motherless boy living with his father in Great Britain during the 1984-85 coal miner's strike. The story promotes the subversion of traditional gender roles, as Billy gives up his boxing gloves in exchange for dancing shoes. He finds himself drawn to dance like a moth to a flame. This is a story of acceptance, tolerance, and love.Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Announces 2019/2020 Theatre Season With Off-Broadway Comedy Puffs, Kooman & Dimond Musical, and More! April 2, 2019
August 16th, 2019 kicks off Elm Street Cultural Arts Village's exciting new season for 2019 and 2020 - A Season To Prevail. Associate Artistic Director Siobhan Brumbelow discusses how each production links to the theme of prevailing: "Our 2019-20 Season To Prevail expresses the stories of underdogs with forgotten hopes and stagnant dreams. From self-discovery to belonging, the productions chosen for this season portray the struggle to be better - to try harder and the bonds that are created during these trials. To prevail can be to win, but it also means to exist - and these stories reflect that fight to exist." Elm Street's upcoming season includes a mix of new plays and classic musicals, some of which will be performed for the first time in the Atlanta area and/or Georgia!BWW Interview: Johnny Wexler on being Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS' US Tour March 29, 2019
JERSEY BOYS has been a Broadway favorite since the jukebox musical premiered in 2005. It can still be seen Off-Broadway at New World Stages, but in case you're not traveling to Manhattan any time soon, you can catch the show as it travels across America to a city near you.
The story of the Four Seasons wouldn't be complete without the character of the incomparable Frankie Valli, whose perfect falsettos gave the group its iconic sound. I caught up with Jonny Wexler in Atlanta, who's been playing Frankie on tour for his second season. He's been with the production for 5 years total, having played Joe Pesci for 3 seasons. Here's what he had to say: