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News Atlanta's Alliance Theatre to Stage Avenue X in 2010 John Jiler and Ray Leslee's a capella musical Avenue X will be part of the 2009-10 season at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre.

Following the audience response to Louis St. Louis' gospel re-imagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar this past winter, the Alliance has announced that the doo-wop and R&B-tinged Avenue X will fill the same slot on the 2010 bill, running Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2010.

"Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL taught me the power of the voice in a way that defies explaining," Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth said in a statement. "To dive into a project that is pure voice—no band, just voice in song—is wildly appealing.”

Booth will direct the eight-actor musical, which according to press notes, "examines the deep emotions, combustible tensions and human struggles of two neighborhoods separated by a street in Brooklyn. From an African-American community on one side of the street and an Italian-American neighborhood on the other emerge two young men drawn together through their love for music and a desire to compete in an amateur singing contest. They soon discover a shared dream of escaping the limitations and intense struggles of their two very race conscious communities."

Casting and creative duties will be announced at a later date.

Avenue X features book and lyrics by Jiler and music by Leslee. The production premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1994 and has lived on in numerous regional engagements. For more information phone (404) 733-5000 or visit AllianceTheatre.

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