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Melba Moore Stars in New Production This February

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“I’m delighted to bring the hit comedy play Good God A’Mighty!  to Atlanta for a special two-week engagement,” states playwright Lolita Snipes.  “It’s my Valentine’s gift to the city. Starring Tony Award winning actress and legendary singer Melba Moore, this electrifying comedy will give audiences a behind-the-scenes look inside an African-American church in the midst of change.  Featured in the cast of memorable characters are nationally known comedians Just June and Dante Carter.  Make plans to bring your family and friends to join us at the intimate 14th Street Playhouse from February 14-24.”

The play takes a comical look into African-American church culture when a vibrant young Pastor from New York moves down south to take over an old style church. The zany antics are non-stop when two church mothers fall in love with him while sparks fly as the other members fight to keep their old traditions intact. Trouble and fun ensue when the bombastic choir director tries to run him out of the “The Big Easy” and back to the “The Big Apple!”  Amidst the laughter, the story weaves the universal themes of love, relationships, and what it means to truly belong to a community.  Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unexpected places and realize…God really does have a sense of humor.

The foot-stomping, soul-stirring original music scored by Lolita Snipes for Good God A’Mighty! ranges from gospel, classic choir music and a-cappella, to R&B.  Audiences will also get a chance to experience the traditional Holy Dance, which is an integral part of the Black gospel expression.

Melba Moore plays feisty choir director, Reen L’Dimp, who takes her position as head of the clean-up committee very seriously.  Moore began her acting career on Broadway in the classic musical HAIR.  From there she went on to star in PURLIE and earned a Tony Award for her portrayal as Lultiebelle. She appeared with the iconic Eartha Kitt in the hit musical Timbuktu!  And she made history as the first African-American to perform in the role of Fantine on Broadway in the acclaimed musical, Les Misérables.

Although Ms. Moore enjoyed working on Broadway, she wanted to pursue her first love…music.  She made her recording debut with the powerful “I Got Love,” quickly followed by the sultry “Look What You’re Doing To The Man.”  She became a regular on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Flip Wilson show.  And she scored a string of Billboard hits with songs like “This Is It,” “You Stepped Into My Life,” “Love’s Comin’ At Ya,” “Living For Love,” “Read My Lips,” “Falling,” and “A Little Bit More,” a duet with Freddie Jackson.  She is especially proud of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song she recorded with an all-star ensemble of singers including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osborne, Lou Gossett Jr., Bobby Brown, Anita Baker and Stephanie Mills. The song was inducted into the US Library of Congress as the official Negro National Anthem.

Recently Ms. Moore starred with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the motion picture, The Fighting Temptations.  She’s currently producing a new CD entitled “Forever Moore,” which will be released on her own label, A’Moore Music.

The over-the-top role of Mother Nelson is hilariously portrayed by Just June.  This talented entertainerappeared in the Paramount Pictures comedy, Coming To America, with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. She’s performed on BET’s Comic View, Fox TV’s Comedy Express and she tours regularly, doing her stand-up act in top comedy clubs across the country.

Dante Carter is Deacon Burton, a pillar of the church who has a penchant for pop culture and is an avid “Housewives” fan.  The Cleveland native is best known for his performances on the BET series Comic View and HBO’s Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam.  His acting credits include traditional shows like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and he has aspirations to direct.

The production team for Good God A’Mighty! includes Lolita Snipes, Playwright & Director; Ross Fleming, Producer;  DJ Cut Master Swift,  Music Producer; William Green, Music  Director; Theresa Hightower,  Vocal Director; Paula Monette, Set Designer; Verda “Bella Blue” Watson, Casting Producer and Mesheka Carson as Stage Manager.

The 14th Street Playhouse is conveniently located at 173 14th Street, at the corner of 14th Street and Juniper, across from the W Midtown.  There is a parking deck adjoining the theater. Performance dates and times are as follows:

Thurs, Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm

Fri, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

Sat, Feb 16 @ 3 pm & 7:30 pm

Sun, Feb 17 @ 3 pm & 7:30 pm

Tues, Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm

Wed, Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm

Thurs, Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

Fri, Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Sat, Feb 23 @ 3 pm & 7:30 pm

Sun, Feb 24 @ 3 pm & 7:30 pm

 

Tickets are on sale NOW and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office (404-733-5000) and online.  Tickets are $55. For groups of 20 or more, there is a special rate of $45.  To purchase tickets go to www.lolitasnipesproductions.com  and click on “Buy Tickets Now.”

Good God A’Mighty! is a Lolita Snipes Production and is sponsored by Kingdom International.  To keep up with the latest news and gossip from the set, like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Lolita-Snipes-Productions/87374427048

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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!

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Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!

The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.

From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.

The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland  as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!

After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”

This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!

 

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!

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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy.  She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.

As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.

Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!

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