Atlanta Alliance Will Premiere Bring It On!, Sammy & Me, Nacirema Society, Spoon Lake and Carapace

News   Atlanta Alliance Will Premiere Bring It On!, Sammy & Me, Nacirema Society, Spoon Lake and Carapace
Atlanta's Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre will stage the world-premiere musical Bring It On!, as well as August: Osage County, Sammy & Me, Spoon Lake Blues and more in its 2010-2011 season.

As previously reported, Bring It On! features a book by Avenue Q Tony winner Jeff Whitty, music by In the Heights Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and Next to Normal Tony winner Tom Kitt and lyrics by High Fidelity's Amanda Green.

Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award-winning choreographer of In the Heights) will direct and choreograph, with Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights, Wicked) as orchestrator, arranger and music supervisor.

Alliance press notes read: "Two squads, one mission: claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. The challenge: competition between the two teams is nothing compared to the competition inside them…and these girls can bring it." The musical shares a title and subject matter with the 2000 film, though the stage production promises a new plot.

Also on the bill is the world premiere of The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years by Pearl Cleage (Blues for an Alabama Sky). Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth will stage the production "that takes the audience inside the glamorous Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama. Poised to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Society introduces six elegant African-American debutantes to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. With young love brewing, old flames simmering and national media hovering around — what would dare go awry?"

Booth will also deliver Atlanta audiences a fresh regional staging of Tracy Letts' acclaimed August: Osage County. The volatile Oklahoma-set family drama earned a Tony and Pulitzer Prize. An additional mainstage production will be announced at a later date. On the Hertz Stage, expect the world-premiere Sammy Davis Jr. musical Sammy & Me, starring and created by Eric Jordan Young (of Broadway's recent Ragtime). Wendy Dann will stage the work that explores Young's obsession with the late entertainer; developmental stagings were seen in New York state. The score includes "Where or When," "Smile," "Mr. Bojangles" and "Candy Man."

David Robinson's Carapace, the winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, will also receive its world premiere on the Hertz. The work follows "Jeff, a man on a mission to do right by his daughter, Margo, on her 23rd birthday. First – figure out where she lives. Second – find an open pet store. Third – navigate his Oldsmobile past the wrecked 35W Bridge. Fourth – stop for a drink. Just one."

Another world premiere on the Hertz Stage will be Josh Tobiessen's Spoon Lake Blues, which was developed at the Eugene O'Neill Center in summer 2009. The comedy "follows the plight of two brothers who leave no stones, stereotypes or septic tanks unturned. Thinking burglary is a solution to saving their house from the bank, the pair steal a photograph of a woman who is everything they are is not — educated, wealthy, upwardly mobile and African-American. From that, a bold and brazen new caper is born…"

Additional programming includes Middle School the Musical; Honk!;The Second City: Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street.; and A Christmas Carol.

Production dates, designers and casting will be announced shortly.

For subscription tickets phone (404) 733-5000 or visit AllianceTheatre.

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