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Gas South Broadway Series: Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack at the Cobb Energy Center

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The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is a great gem in Atlanta. The sleek and modern structure is in inviting venue.  On this night, the theatre had the buzz much like the infamous Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. They came to see them, the legends, the original “Rat Pack”, Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey.  The performance began with a video montage highlighting each of the greats, with the finale being the implosion of the Sands. Then with an exciting light show the Rat Pack emerged.

To an adoring crowd the Rat Pack, started the show with  “Hello Again.” It was surreal to see them on stage. You really felt like the boys were back in town.

The show was divided into separate vignettes, so that each member had a turn to show off. Sandy Hackett, the son of legendary Buddy Hackett, performed as the comic of the quartet Joey Bishop.  He had the crowd rolling in the aisles. Even though many of the jokes were oldies, they were still goodies. Many of the jokes dealt blows to the dynamics of relationships between men and woman. The age old question of who is truly man’s best friend – a dog or his wife.  You’ll have to go to the show to hear what the test is.

The theatre roared when Dean Martin (Tony Basile) performed ‘That’s Amore.’ Holding on to his tumbler with some liquid gold, Dean told of his exploits in and around Atlanta.  Always looking for a good time, he was looking for a female accomplice for later in the evening. Basile is a talented and does a great Dino.

Sammy Davis, Jr, (Dezmonds Meeks) was the standard straight man at the jabs by the rest of the crew. Meeks was a 2011 contestant on the hit reality show “America’s Got Talent”, and is affectionately known as ‘the Prince of Soul’. His feet magically glided across the stage.  His rendition of Mr. Bojangles was fantastic.

The chairman of the board Frank Sinatra (David DeCosta) was in charge of the show.  The Chairman had the better part of the second act to himself as he rolled through a melody of his classic hits Come Fly with Me, The Best is Yet to Come, and You Make Me Feel So Young. You could feel the presence of Frank in the room.  No tribute would be complete without “My Way”.

This show is a great tribute to the Rat Pack and brings back the era where men were men and booze flowed freely.  An all ages show that is sure to go on for many years to come.

At the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center from March 12 to 17, 2013.  For more information check out as part of the Gas South Broadway Series The Rat Pack: http://www.sandyhackettsratpackshow.com/ or http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/

 

This review by C. David Trivino, Esq

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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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