Atlanta Lyric Theatre, now in its 37th year as the metro area’s only professional musical theatre company, is pleased to announce its 2016-17 season of musicals. The productions will be presented at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, located at 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. With five fantastic shows – the Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure Shrek the Musical, the beloved Broadway blockbuster A Chorus Line, the electrifying music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extravagant rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and the musical tale as old as time Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Season passes are on sale now for both current and new subscribers. Current subscribers can renew and lock-in their preferred dates and seating – but only for a limited time. To book your season tickets call 404-377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyric.com.
SHREK THE MUSICAL (AUG 19 – SEP 4, 2016)
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Music by Jeanine Tesori; Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all), and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.
A CHORUS LINE (OCT 21 – NOV 6, 2016)
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante;Lyrics by Edward Kleban; Music by Marvin Hamlisch
In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives! It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed – to have the chance to dance. This is A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation is one of the longest-running American Broadway musicals ever. A Chorus Line contains mature content and may not be suitable for children under 12.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (FEB 10 – 26, 2017)
Book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott; Featuring the music of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, history was made when these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame… at Million Dollar Quartet!
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (APR 7 – 23, 2017)
Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (JUNE 9 – 25, 2017)
Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice; Music by Alan Menken.
Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries.
Atlanta Lyric Theatre is celebrating 37 years as the Atlanta area’s only local professional musical theatre company! They are dedicated to producing the best in musical theatre and fostering the growth of the Atlanta theatrical community. Through educational programs and the pursuit of artistic excellence, they seek to inspire and expand the audience for musical theatre. Atlanta Lyric Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. For more info, visit their website: www.AtlantaLyric.com.