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March 19, 2013

Jane Krakowsksi Headlines A Tony Evening; Barry Manilow Musical Highlights Alliance’s 2013-14 Season

A 30 Rock Star Entertains at “A Tony Evening” Gala and Alliance Theatre Announces Its full 2013-2014 Season of Show-stoppers

By Nancy Staab

The Alliance Theatre announces its 2013/14 Season. The 45th season includes exciting world premieres, important American musicals, new works by emerging American playwrights, and world class performers.  Kicking off the season on September 6, 2013, the Alliance Theatre will produce Harmony – A New Musical, by the legendary Barry Manilow.

Jane Krakowski; A Tony Evening Chair Stephanie Blank with characters from Sesame Street Workshop honoree Jane Krakowski; A Tony Evening Chair Stephanie Blank with characters from Sesame Street Workshop honoree

Tony Award winner and 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski headlines Alliance Theatre’s A Tony Evening gala with chair Stephanie Blank on May 18

Film, television and Broadway stage actor Jane Krakowski, best known for her role as Jenna Maroney on NBC’s hit comedy 30 Rock, for which she has earned three Emmy nominations, will headline Alliance Theatre’s A Tony Evening 2013 on May 18. On tap: her vivacious, one-woman song-dance-comedy show with a four-piece band as backup.   In addition to her 30 Rock accolades, Krakowski was awarded the 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Carla in the Broadway revival of the hit musical, Nine, for which she also won a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critic’s Award.

Chairing this year’s gala is Atlanta philanthropist Stephanie Blank.  Blank is the founding chair of the governing board of GEEARS, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. GEEARS helps businesses, government leaders, providers and parents maximize the economic return on the state's investments in early care and learning.  Blank has also served as chair of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board of Trustees until 2010, and is now a member of the CHOA System Board; she serves on First Lady Deal’s Children’s Cabinet; and she is on the national board for Jumpstart, an early education program. 

The 2013 A Tony Evening will honor Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power, and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, for their continued support of arts in early childhood education.  The event benefits the Alliance Theatre’s educational programming for youth and families. 

Sponsors of the 2013 A Tony Evening will have an opportunity to participate in the Patron Party on Saturday, April 13 at Imagine IT! Children’s Museum, and a Kickoff Breakfast on March 20, that includes a Q&A with Stephanie Blank, Mel Ming, the President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, and Eddie Meyers, Regional President of PNC Georgia; as well as tickets to the black-tie "A Tony Evening" gala on May 18.   


Patron Sponsorships for A Tony Evening start at $1,500 and include tickets to the event and the Patron Party. For more information, please contact: or 404.733.4612.  Learn more about the event and the sponsorship levels at 


Barry Manilow Musical is the Centerpiece of Alliance Theatre’s 2013-14 Season

The Alliance Theatre announces its 2013/14 Season. The 45th season includes exciting world premieres, important American musicals, new works by emerging American playwrights, and world class performers.  Kicking off the season on September 6, 2013, the Alliance Theatre will produce Harmony – A New Musical, by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator, songwriter and theatre veteran Bruce Sussman.  Below is the exciting new lineup for the Alliance Stage.





Barry Manilow Barry Manilow

Music by Barry Manilow

Book and Lyrics by Bruce Sussman

Performance Dates:  September 6 – October 6, 2013

They were the first sensational boy band: six talented young men who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics.  The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in a dozen films and packed the houses of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed.  Their amazing story inspired longtime collaborators, the legendary Barry Manilow and theatre veteran Bruce Sussman, to create a spectacular new musical that celebrates this extraordinary group of friends and their quest for true harmony in the most discordant chapter of human history.



By Lynn Nottage

Performance Dates:  October 16 – November 10, 2013

In the play that The New York Times called a “fitful comedy,” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage takes a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in 1930’s Hollywood.  When the headstrong maid and budding actress Vera Stark lands a groundbreaking role in a new Southern epic, she turns Hollywood on its head and paves the way for future generations of black actresses.  Seventy years later, film buffs are left to reflect on the life and legacy of this controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune may have come at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes.  By the Way, Meet Vera Stark celebrates and examines the individuals who fuelled the remarkable American cultural changes of the twentieth century. 


THE GELLER GIRLS (world premiere)

Written by Janece Shaffer

Performance Dates:  January 15 – February 9, 2014

For young sisters Rosalee and Louisa Geller, Atlanta is full of opportunity and optimism for the future. Rosalee has finally convinced her father to help her open her own dress shop and Louisa’s childhood sweetheart should be about to officially pop the question. But this is Atlanta in 1895, on the eve of the Cotton States and International Exposition.  And just as the Exposition was a huge catalyst for Atlanta and the entire South, it  brings change and uncertainty to the Geller girls. It also brings them the charming, handsome Charles Heyman from New York, and opens a door to the world beyond Atlanta that they may not be willing to close.   



Maurice Hines Maurice Hines

Written by and Starring Maurice Hines
Performance Dates:  April 2 – May 4, 2014

Life-long performer and Tony nominee Maurice Hines (Uptown…It’s Hot!; Sophisticated Ladies) narrates his glamorous career through tap as he inspires love and appreciation of this amazing art form. With song and dance, Hines pays tribute to his brother, Gregory Hines, and the singers who have inspired him, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne. To help bring the history of American tap dance to life, Hines will be joined by astounding dancers The Manzari Brothers – the clear embodiment of tap’s future.   Tappin’ Thru Life will be accompanied by the Diva Orchestra, an all-female nine-piece big band.  A charming storyteller, Hines will turn the expanse of the Alliance Stage into a place of intimate story-telling and then suddenly bust out dance moves that will make you realize you are in the presence of a song-and-dance legend. 


Meanwhile, the 2013/14 Hertz Stage season will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition with three plays written by past competition winners and the world premiere of the 2014 competition winner, In Love and Warcraft, by Madhuri Shekar. In Love and Warcraft takes a look at relationships in our  digital age through the eyes of an avid gamer, who feels safer in her relationships behind a monitor than IRL (in real life

The 2013/14 Youth and Families season includes three family productions – a new production created for middle school audiences, The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens, and Shrek The Musical, based on the popular DreamWorks character, as well as the 24th Alliance production of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

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