Monday, April 27, 2009

Alliance Stage Transforms Into Chic, Bohemian Paris Nightclub

Through May 10, 2009
Opening Night: Apr. 29, 2009

The Alliance Theatre ends its milestone 40th season by returning to the elegant and moving sounds of Jacques Brel, presented under the warm glow of candlelight in the style of a Parisian cabaret. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, one of the most enduring musical revues of all time, is being re-staged on a radically reconfigured Alliance Stage. The addition of two-person tables and four-person, semi-circular booths (banquettes) right on the expanded stage promises a night of shared emotion and romance. Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth will direct the hit musical production where guests can sit back and sip wine in a unique environment styled after a hot French nightspot. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue that features the music of Jacques Brel, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. It tells individual stories of love and loss…being young and growing old…living with memories and looking to the future…craving adventure and longing for home. Playing to sold-out houses, the musical broke box office records during its initial off-Broadway run. It was listed as number one on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s list of the year’s best shows for 2007.

This is the third opportunity Atlanta audiences have had to see Jacques Brel at the Alliance Theatre; the first was in 1972. In order to create an extremely intimate and romantic cabaret experience on the Alliance Stage, the creative team has significantly modified the audience space, eliminating balcony seating, adding on-stage table and semi-circular booth seating, and including a bar service. Additionally, audience members will have the opportunity to purchase a package that includes a four-person booth on stage and a complimentary bottle of wine.

The re-staged show features three cast members from the 2007 production: two local actors Courtenay Collins (Smart Cookie and Managing Maxine) and Craig A. Meyer (SISTER ACT the Musical and Disney’s Aladdin) and Joseph Dellger from New Jersey. Actor Steffi Garrard, from Pennsylvania, is making her debut at the Alliance in this production. (Biographical information on cast/creative team members may be found in the attached fact sheet.)

The production features the return of Leslie Taylor, set designer; Mariann Verheyen, costume designer; the Alliance Theatre’s Pete Shinn, lighting designer; and the Alliance Theatre’s Clay Benning, sound designer. The music director and player/conductor for this re-staged show will be Robert Strickland.

Performances are Wednesday 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., Apr. 15 – May 10 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Apr. 18. The May 3 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described.

Tickets are $20 - $65 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.

Do More: Weekend Tea or Evening Dinners for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Extend your experience at the Alliance with pre-show teas on the weekends or pre-show dinner on select evenings at Park 75 Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, located a short stroll from the Alliance. Park once for the evening with validation at Four Seasons. Dining, parking and show packages available from $50 - $95. Purchase TODAY. Call 404.733.4720.

Do More: Premium Onstage Seating
Enjoy premium onstage table seating, including four seats in a semi-circular booth seating, complimentary parking and a complimentary bottle of wine for one low price.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 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 Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 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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