Atlanta’s Tony Award® winning Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the its upcoming world premiere musical, Troubadour, by playwright Janece Shaffer (The Geller Girls, Broke) with original music by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kristian Bush.  Set in 1950s Nashville, Troubadour is a romantic comedy about an unlikely group of friends whose unconventional style changes the course of country music.  Troubadour is directed by the Alliance’s Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Geller Girl) and runs on the Alliance Stage from January 18 – February 12, 2017. 

“This is a deeply human story that will simply make people happy to witness,” said Director Susan V. Booth.  “I’ve been a fan of Janece’s writing for years and smitten with Kristian’s voice – literally and poetically – since back in his Billy Pilgrim days.  The two of them together, with our gorgeous creative team and crazy talented cast, are creating something really special.”

The cast includes Atlanta-based actor Andrew Benator (Disgraced, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest); Nashville-based singer-songwriter and actor Sylvie Davidson; country music singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer Radney Foster; Atlanta-based actor and singer-songwriter Rob Lawhon (Songs to Grow On, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County); Atlanta-based actor Bethany Anne Lind (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote), and Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and finalist of the NBC hit television series “The Voice,” Zach Seabaugh.  


Troubadour will include approximately 16 original songs by Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Kristian Bush, whose career as a solo artist (2015’s critically-acclaimed Southern Gravity) as well as one-half of beloved duos Billy Pilgrim and Sugarland has spanned more than two decades.

“I believe music is supposed to tell a story, but I’d never tried writing it as part of a story before,” said Bush.  “Janece created characters who seemed so real to me that it was easy to get inside their heads and write their stories into songs, even as I travelled 60 years back in time to find their authentic sound. Now that we have this amazing cast to bring the story and the songs to life, I can’t wait to see what this becomes. Even though this was my first journey into understanding the fit between an actor and a role, I definitely understand the fit between a voice and a song… and these voices fit perfectly.”

The creative team for Troubadour includes Music Director Brandon Bush, Sound Designer Clay Benning, Costume Designer Lex Liang, Tony Award-winning Set Designer Todd Rosenthal, and Lighting Designer Ken Yunker. 

Performances of Troubadour are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., January 18 – February 12, 2017.  Opening Night is January 25, 2017.  There will be no 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 21. 


Two special matinee performances for students will take place on Thursday, February 2, and Thursday, February 9, at 10:30 a.m.  For ticket information, contact or call 404.733.4661.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404-733-5000.  Tickets are also available online at  The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown.



Groups of 10+ receive discounts on the price of tickets and are not charged for box office fees.   404.733.4690 


The Alliance thanks military families with 15% off regularly priced tickets to Alliance Stage and Hertz Stage productions. Military ID must be shown when picking up or ordering tickets at the Box Office. This offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with other offers.


Any middle school or high school student can attend any performance for just $10.  Look for the “teen” price when selecting your seats online. A valid/current student ID must be presented when picking up tickets at will call. Not all seating sections are available with this offer.  A maximum of 4 tickets per order may be purchased with this discount. 


Tickets for Teachers is a unique program that provides educators with valid teachers ID free tickets for select early performances of all Alliance Theatre productions.  Restrictions apply. Visit for details.

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Troubadour is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage and is supported by The Home Depot Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Inc., and PNC.  Generous support for Troubadour is provided by Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith. 

Troubadour is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

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