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Who Who Who Loves the Grinch? I do, I do!



One cold night when the holidays were here
I walked with my family to feel some Christmas cheer
We walked to the historic Wang Theater in our winter gear
My mom said, The Grinch is mean, but do not fear

With a deep breath we walked in to the show
I held the hands of both my little bro’s
Holiday lights and children smiling
I had to laugh with all the rhyming

A cast of great stars whose songs amazed
I felt so happy, like I was in a daze
The costumes were original and neat
Oh but that Cindy Lou, what a treat!

She sang high, she sang low
she sang from her heart don’t you know
She stole the show, I am sorry to say
The Grinch was no match for her in this play

The Who’s sang so great it was nice to hear
the songs about having Christmas cheer
Its not what is in the gift that its about
Its the thought of it all that counts

The Grinch was so funny but kind of mean
his heart was two sizes to small, you see
Or maybe his shoes were too tight…
either way, he gave them a fright

But as he learned, Christmas can not be stopped
It can’t be sold and it can’t be bought
It lives in our hearts,  from big to small
Christmas is about peace and goodwill to all

Make a memory with your family tonight
Go see the Grinch and and the holiday sights
Sing along with the cast and the crowds alike
Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE This Week at The Fox Theatre!



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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2015 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 27 for two unforgettable performances. THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED… it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.

In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement.
Says Creator/Director Goldberg, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze celebrates our brand of over 20 years with this unique holiday stage spectacle for the entire family. There aren’t enough shows today where mom and dad can bring the kids and grandparents, make it a date night, fun time for teens and entertain so many generations with…’how did they do that’, ‘wow’ and ‘amazing’. This show has something for everyone.”

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Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre Company is HaHaHa-larious!



Returning for its 17th anniversary production, Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris, November 20-December 31.

This show is one of the funniest Holiday shows out there. We have found our new holiday tradition here at The Backstage Beat!

The setting for this naughty show is a Macy’s in New York City as they prepare for Santa and all the families that come to see him. Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. The Santaland Diaries serves up holiday cheer and sneer – and a rebel without a Claus.

Crumpet is played by Harold M. Leaver. I was truly impressed with his ability to stay in character with so much hilarity happening. He was a master at this role! What a naughty little elf!

Along with Harold, Lala Cochran and Enoch King perform as “Sidekicks” and bring the whole show together. Their various roles are both detailed and laugh out loud funny!

This is a true local masterpiece! For those of you who dare think you can’t see a great show with local talent, go see this one! But be warned, it is not for kids and the humor is not for everyone.

Give yourself a great gift this holiday season, see this show and let us know how you liked it!


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Daniel Patrick Smith as Buddy in ELF! The Musical



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One of the greatest holiday movies of our time is ELF! The story of a very happy and joyful elf named Buddy. Now if you remember,  Buddy is not your ordinary elf, he is actually a very tall human who was raised as an elf with Santa in the North Pole. As the story goes, he leaves to go find his real father in New York City! Hilarity ensues and of course someone has to save Christmas!

The movie, which came out on 2003,  featured Will Ferrell as Buddy. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill and we caught up with the guy filling those shoes in the Broadway touring musical.

Daniel Patrick Smith plays Buddy in ELF! The Musical. Daniel has an extensive background in theater and is excited to perform in Atlanta and the gorgeous Fox Theatre.

We asked Daniel about his involvement in the arts and he told us this, “I grew up in Ocean City, NJ and I started acting in theater productions after seeing my sister perform. I just felt like it was what I was suppose to do. Thankfully I had very supportive parents that allowed me to go after my dreams.” He went on to tell us about growing up in a town that was very into sports and not so much into the Arts. As we discussed this, we both agreed that it is so important for children to be exposed to the Arts at an early age and it’s beyond comprehension that they are taking them out of schools for financial reasons. He said,”I couldn’t imagine growing up and not being able to perform. My high school actually reached out to me for input on creating a theatrical program and I was honored. I am so happy to know that they have that option now. It can be life changing for someone and I support that so much.”

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