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March 19, 2012

Curtain Call

“Ghost Brothers” premieres April 4 & Alliance Theatre Announces A New Season with the Gipsy Kings Musical “Zorro”

By Nancy Staab

Fresh on the heels of the upcoming world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County—an original, Southern-Gothic musical by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett—Alliance Theatre’s Artistic Director Susan Booth announces the eclectic and vibrant programming for the 2012/13 season.

Before we look into the crystal ball for Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre’s next season, there’s still a MAJOR world premiere ready to ignite the stage, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. A labor of love by three supremely talented, irascible and highly original artists—singer/songwriter John Mellencamp, novelist Stephen King and legendary musician/producer T Bone BurnettGhost Brothers promises to be a chilling, murky, Southern (set in Mississippi circa 1957), bluesy, Gothic tale of blood brothers, ghosts in the closet, and revenge. This may be the first musical with truly macho underpinnings and brawn. The trifecta could have picked any theater in the country to debut their piece but the combination of a Southern-cosmopolitan setting and the theatrical savvy of artistic director Susan Booth sealed the choice of Alliance Theatre. The national spotlight will be on Atlanta when this riveting musical debuts April 4-May 13. For tickets and further information visit

As if she didn’t have her hands a little full handling the national spotlight, a major world premiere, and three art legends, Booth has also lined up an intriguing roster of theater for next season ranging from intimate, thought-provoking chamber pieces to the major musical Zorro, featuring the flamenco-flair of the Gypsy Kings. “Every season, we strive to offer you eleven adventures. To worlds beyond and worlds within,” says Booth. “The 20012/13 season includes journeys to Paris, to love, to family, to clarity and more.” Here’s the highlights per the Alliance Theatre’s official press release:


What I Learned in Paris(world premiere) by best-selling novelist Pearl Cleage. Opens Sept. 5, 2012.

“Mini-skirts and bell bottoms were on sale downtown for $8.87; Stevie Wonder was on the radio singing Livin’ for the City, and change was in the air from Buckhead to Butler Street. Pearl Cleage’s sparkling new romantic

comedy takes us back to 1973 and weaves a tale of passion and politics that could only happen in Atlanta.”


Apples & Oranges (world premiere) opens Oct. 5, 2012

“Carl and his journalist sister have never seen eye to eye or been anything alike.  But when he uncharacteristically asks for her help, she begins to spend more time with her odd duck of a sibling.  Amid political divides, a rotating cast of girlfriends and Carl’s uniquely Jewish Western Manhood, Carl’s sister experiences the extremes of family love.  Exquisitely written world premiere by Atlanta’s own Alfred Uhry, Tony®, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize recipient, author of Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”

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Next to Normal(musical), opening Oct. 17, 2012.

“One of the most powerful stage experiences of recent years, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical mines the humor and pathos of a suburban family grappling with mental illness.  Mom, Diana, wakes up and starts making sandwiches one morning for her husband, her 16 year-old daughter and soon-to-be 18 year-old son…a lot of sandwiches….a kitchen full of sandwiches.  As Diana embarks on yet another round of treatment, family secrets emerge that force audiences to question the very idea of normal.  This brilliant theatrical experience will leave you on edge of your seat.”


Zorro (musical), opening April 3, 2013, with music by The Gipsy Kings.

“From the old American west comes the legend of Zorro, a fighter of corruption and lover of beautiful women.  When Don Diego comes home from Spain, he finds his father dead and his brother running Los Angeles--badly.  Don Diego's foppish exterior hides the soul of a desert fox – Zorro!  A deliciously fun extravaganza that conquered audiences throughout Europe and London's West End, this wonderful musical features songs by the Gipsy Kings in a new American adaptation.”


For details of all eleven performances of the 2012/13 Alliance Theatre season, plus dates and tickets visit:

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