Newlyweds Kandi and Todd Take 'A Mother's Love' on the Road this Fall

Todd Tucker, Kandi Burrus Tucker & Travis Steele
As Executive Producers Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker prepare to take their stage play - "A Mother's Love" - on the road this fall, they will do so in the capable hands of Travis Steele, Founder and CEO of Theatrical Works Live.

Unsurprisingly, the wildly successful run of "A Mother's Love," and its impressive
star-studded cast, recently enjoyed in front of a sold-out audience in Atlanta, prompted
a national tour alongside Burruss and Tucker.

"This is a huge opportunity for us and we are extremely excited about it," said Steele. "Not only that, but we're feeling the excitement from venues all across the country. We're happy to help Kandi and Todd take their brand to the next level."

Fittingly, the three month long tour is set to embark on its cross country run this September from Columbus, GA. Thereafter it will appear in 29 major cities - Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City among them.

"A Mother's Love" tour is slated to begin on September 4th. For tour date listings and tickets log onto: www.kandionline.com  


COMING TO ATLANTA: BULL DURHAM, A NEW MUSICAL BASED ON THE FILM

Bull Durham (1988) Kevin Costner and
Susan Sarandon
Who remembers the 1988 blockbuster BULL DURHAM starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon? Well, the Alliance Theatre’s upcoming world premiere has begun rehearsal of the stage adaptation as a new musical based on the beloved film. 

BULL DURHAMloosely based on Ron Shelton’s experiences on and off the field with a Minor League Baseball team, tells the story of three lives brought together by America’s two favorite pastimes. Veteran catcher “Crash” Davis has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh, a hot rod pitcher with a “million dollar arm and a five cent head,” for the majors. Annie Savoy, self-appointed high priestess and muse of the Bulls, has a hard decision to make - every season she transforms one lucky player from an also-ran to an all-star by sharing with them her wisdom, experience, and bed.  The love triangle heats up quickly as each character struggles with their own desires and hopes for what the future holds.  BULL DURHAM is a pitch perfect blend of comedy, drama, and steamy romance. 

Broadway veterans John BehlmannMelissa Errico, and Will Swenson will star as the Veteran catcher “Crash” Davis (Swenson), rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Behlmann) and Annie Savoy (Errico).  

Performances for BULL DURHAM are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, September 3 – October 5, 2014.  Opening Night is September 13, 2014, at 8:00 pm. There will be no 2:30 pm performance on September 6.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000.  Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/bulldurham.  Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  Discounted rates are also available for members of the military, seniors, and students.  The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15thStreet.   

GET ON UP - IN THEATERS THIS FRIDAY


Beyonce exhibit coming to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers.
The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce's Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.
The 32-year-old Beyonce would be eligible for induction into the Rock Hall as a member of Destiny's Child in 2022 and as a solo artist in 2027.
The exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature Beyonce's ubiquitous black leotard from her "Single Ladies" music video, as well as her body suit, skirt and jacket from her Super Bowl performance last year in New Orleans.
Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger said they have been trying to court Beyonce "for a really long time."
"When we looked at the depth of the amount of stuff that she was willing to send, we just thought, `The only way we can really showcase these items is to put them in the Legends of Rock area in the museum,' which really is the spot that we have to pay tribute to legends of rock, which Beyonce has proven herself to be," she said in an interview.
Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, the general manager of Beyonce's production house, Parkwood Entertainment, said the singer was honored and humbled by the opportunity to have her personal items in the museum.
"For an artist to be able to have a presence where all of her idols and mentors live, it is a big deal," she said. "It's very meaningful to an artist when you feel like you've accomplished certain levels and to be asked to be part of this before she's eligible, I think that's really special."
Beyonce's Givenchy gown from the 2012 Met Gala and her tank top, denim shorts and leather pumps from her 2003 "Crazy in Love" music video also will be on display, among other outfits.
The singer's inclusion is part of the Rock Hall's push to bridge contemporary icons with classic ones. The Rock Hall launched its Right Here, Right Now exhibit featuring items from Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys earlier this month.
"We felt that (Beyonce) really needed to take her rightful place alongside Aretha Franklin and the Supremes and Janis Joplin," Rutledge-Borger said. "Rock and roll has an intergenerational appeal and we want to make sure we're hitting all the right notes and keeping up with what's happening today and what's legendary today."

Keke Palmer Says I'll Pass' on Lead in Whitney Biopic

Keke Palmer has explained why she passed on Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic.

"Initially, I was thinking about the Whitney Houston [biopic] ... to play Whitney," she revealed. "But I don't know if that was a story I wanted to tell, because the family's not involved, and that's a big part for me."

"If you're going to do a movie or biopic about someone, the family needs to be involved, because you want it to be as honest as possible," she continued. "I think that was what didn't really make me go out for it."

The 20-year-old Just Keke host addressed the issue in an interview with Chris Witherspoon of The Grio. 

The feature will debut with Yaya DaCosta to star as Houston. 


Same Time Next Year is Grown and Sexy

Kenny Leon (George) and Phylicia Rashad (Doris)
So a man spots a woman across the room and a quarter of a century later they share a love like no other.

Once a year, George pays homage to the first accounting client he’s ever had by traveling across the country just do his books. Doris isn’t invited to celebrate her mother-in-laws’ birthday so she goes on a Catholic retreat during this time each year. But a look and a smile finds the two entangled in what becomes a guilt-filled one night stand that happen the same time every year.

Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad carry the two character production through a hi-low journey of over 25 years of one-off annual ‘steal aways’. Telling good and bad tales of theirs spouses allows them to get to know one another more and a peak into their worlds back home. Doris and George take us on a journey of their personal growth and maturity as they age.

The infidelity often takes a backseat to their lovemaking, heated debates and comedic. Eventually, we’re thrust back into ‘but you’re married still’ and ache for the disregarded spouse at home.



George is undeniably sexy. It’s no wonder Doris came back each year. The look in his eyes. The way he twists his lips. The way he stood when he wanted her. The reach in his arms was all a woman needed to fall to his prowess. Over and over the audience condoned their cheating. George had swag.

Doris was skittish, meek and innocent at first. Her vocabulary was limited and elementary. After the eye-opening one-off with George a whole new woman began to evolve. Over the years, she became educated, bold, outspoken, self-aware, political, business-savvy and sexually mature. Doris grew up.

Same Time Next Year was a well-told story made for a mature audience and I applaud the cast for bringing this country’s transition of social and political change into the four walls of a hotel room. This couple fell in love with one another while becoming emotionally invested in family members with whom they’d never met.


So until George and Doris’ bones are too brittle to connect, the two will see each other at the Same Time Next Year.

Same Time Next Year is playing at Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center through August 3rd. For tickets and showtimes, click here for more information

DJ JD Gets Gig Extended in Las Vegas

Jermaine Dupri reigns supreme at Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas 
Jermaine Dupri is doing it BIG in Vegas! The super-producer announced that his DJ residency at the Wynn Las Vegas has expanded from his five-year gig at Tryst to include additional Wynn hotspots XS, Surrender and Encore Beach Club. Dupri will perform a total of 18 shows at the four hotel venues beginning July 18 through the end of 2015. That's money in the bank! 

"DJing at Wynn nightclubs doesn't compare to anywhere else," says Dupri. "It's like your one and only time to rock a party for damn near everybody - West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, the South, London, and Paris. People from all over the world party in Vegas."

A resident DJ on the Vegas scene since 2007, Dupri first began his Wynn residency five years ago at Tryst, arguably the hottest club on the strip. With Dupri's show being one of the few places in town where you can get a strictly hip-hop experience, it wasn't long before Wynn sought to add more clubs to JD's schedule.

"I'm pretty much the only DJ in town who sticks strictly to hip-hop because hip-hop is generally not taken as seriously as dance music," he states. "At the end of the day, people move to what feels good. It really doesn't matter if it's EDM or hip-hop. I just want people to leave saying, 'That was a damn good party!'"

"In Vegas, the DJ is the main attraction at a party," he says. "People pay to see and hear what the DJ is going to play. It's more than just playing a series of records. It's about your ability to really put on an entertaining show."

Visiting Vegas? For Dupri's current DJ schedule, see below:


COMING SOON TO HORIZON THEATRE: RIGHT ON

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A soul-filled story with laughs, tears and a funky beat

The World Premiere of Right On opens at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Bella, a Black activist-turned-business executive returns to the alma mater where she led protests clad in a dashiki and afro. Along for the trip is her Harvard-bound son Kyle, carrying his own demons in his backpack. But this homecoming quickly turns into a roller coaster reunion with Bella’s friends, as they re-frame, rewrite, and reclaim their complicated pasts. Old flames and rivalries heat up, new challenges arise and Kyle gets a real talk, no jive education about the choices made by the young, gifted and free who set out to turn the tide.  In the funky groove of Soul Train and Sly, two generations take each other higher in this powerful and funny story of change makers and their legacies.

Performance Dates


July 18 – August 31, 2014

Showtimes

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM
Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:30 PM
Sunday at 5:00 PM

Pricing

General Admission
$20 – $30*

Keke Wyatt's NEW RELEASE: In God's Hands

Keke Wyatt
R&B Diva KeKe Wyatt breezed through Atlanta while to promote In God's Hands, her new stage play.

KeKe participated in a candid Q&A and kept everyone laughing with her special brand of humor. She shared her thoughts on her involvement in the production, how she relates to her character 'Angie," and important themes she hopes people take away from watching. She also talked about her career as a music artist and a reality TV star and concluded by sharing inspiring words for women looking to be a part of the entertainment industry.   

Serving as a soulful reminder that faith and family is all that matters, In God's Hands follows Angie Cartwright, who was always blessed with a gift for song, but hard times have forced her to give up her dreams of a music career. Now, this single mother is hoping to turn her life around. With a teenage son struggling to become a man and a good-for-nothing fiancé, Angie moves back home to the family she left behind. She will need all the help she can get to face some shocking truths from her past and all the drama that can fit under one roof. 


"In God's Hands" spreads the message that even though the world is a big place and there may be challenges, there is no place like home and family will always be there," says Nina Henderson Moore, President of RLJ Entertainment's Urban Division. "RLJ Entertainment prides itself on distributing content that tells the dynamic stories of diverse audiences in today's culture."

The play features an ensemble cast including Tommy Ford ("Martin," "The Parkers"), Omar Gooding ("Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," "Playmakers") and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams ("Prison Break," "Real Husbands of Hollywood").

In God's Hands will be available for digital download and on DVD at WatchImage.com,Amazon and iTunes on July 15The play will be available for purchase at major retailers nationwide and streamed on RLJ Entertainment's urban online subscription channel On Cue (https://www.youtube.com/user/OnCueNetwork).  

Girls Night Out? Go See 'Same Time Next Year'



Girls Night Out Announced on July 16th

Girls Night Out is the perfect dinner and a show combo.
ONLY 1 great date: 7/16 @ 6 PM
For Only $50 you receive a ticket to that night's performance of Same Time Next Year,a beautiful three-course dinner at Mulan's, tax and gratuity.
Makes a perfect date night or girls night out or special treat for your office, so grab your boyfriends, girlfriends, co-workers, mothers or church group and join us for dinner & a show on the CHEAP!
Mulan Asian Cuisine at 1195 Fairburn Rd, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Order Tickets Online or Call 1.877.725.8849

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Join Us for the July 13 @ 2:30, July 20 @ 2:30, and July 23 @ 11 AM performances and stay for a chat with the cast following the show.

Want to know why Kenny and Phylicia wanted to act in this show? Or what it was like for them to be on stage together?  Then join us for one of these performances and have a chance to ask all of your questions.


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ATLANTA’S ALLIANCE THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2014/15 SEASON


Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre and Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth are pleased to announce the 2014/15 Season for the Alliance Stage, Hertz Stage and Theatre for Youth and Families series.  The 46th season includes seven exciting world premieres, including two new American musicals.  Tickets are on sale now at www.alliancetheatre.org

“The 2014/15 season is full of people, stories and human moments that are simply larger than life,” said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director.  “Because life lived large takes you all over the emotional map, we’ve got a season that does the same, spanning passion, epiphany, history, humor and mortality.”

The 2014/15 Alliance Stage season will begin on September 3, 2014, with BULL DURHAM, the story of three lives brought together by America’s two favorite pastimes – baseball and romance.  Based on the popular 1988 film which Sports Illustrated called the “#1 Greatest Sports Movie of All-Time,” BULL DURHAM has a book by Academy Award-nominee Ron Shelton (director and screenwriter of the BULL DURHAM movie) and music and lyrics by folk musician Susan Werner, whom the Chicago Tribune called, “one of the most innovative songwriters working today.” 

Also on the Alliance Stage this season is STEEL MAGNOLIAS, the celebrated Southern classic of family and friendship.  STEEL MAGNOLIAS will be directed by legendary two-time Tony Award® winner Judith Ivey (Steaming, Hurlyburly), perhaps best known for her role on the popular CBS series Designing Women

In January 2015, the Alliance will produce the world premiere musical TUCK EVERLASTING, based on the beloved, best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt.  TUCK EVERLASTING will be brought to life on stage in a wholly original production, directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of MormonThe Drowsy ChaperoneSpamalot), featuring a book by Tony Award® nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde) and music and lyrics by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen(The Burnt Part Boys).

The Alliance Stage season will close with BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY by beloved Atlanta author and playwright Pearl Cleage(What I Learned in Paris, The Nacirema Society Requests…).   The drama is a timeless look at hopeful dreams during the twilight of the Harlem Renaissance and is a celebration of its world premiere on our stage 20 years ago.

The 2014/15 Hertz Stage season will include three world premieres and a partnership production with Atlanta’s favorite improv company, Dad’s Garage.  The Hertz season will open on September 26 with the World Premiere of NATIVE GUARD, a staging of U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poems by the same name.  NATIVE GUARD juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then illegal marriage between her black mother and white father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives.  The Alliance’s production of NATIVE GUARD is part of the National Civil War Project, an initiative between theatres and universities across the country to create new theatrical works commemorating the 100th anniversary of the American Civil War.

Also on the Hertz will be IT’S A WONDERFUL LAUGH, a holiday production by Dad’s Garage where the audience will choose a pop culture figure to “invade” the telling of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, as well as the world premiere of EDWARD FOOTE, a Southern Gothic mystery told against the backdrop of folk-songs and haunting shape note singing.  EDWARD FOOTE is written by Phillip DePoy, a pillar of the Atlanta theatre community with a long tenure directing University theatre programs.

The Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, THE C.A. LYONS PROJECT, by Tsehaye Geralyn Hébert.  When title character Lyons can no longer hide his sexuality or illness, his fledgling dance company is threatened, and the women who love him must come together to decide the best way to carry on his legacy.  Hébert is currently working towards a MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).  In addition to the full production the play will receive, Hébert and four other competition finalists will be given development and networking opportunities. 

“The way the Atlanta community embraced the many plays and projects during the 10th Anniversary of the Alliance/Kendeda Competition has given it such momentum for its next ten years,” said Alliance Theatre Director of New Projects Celise Kalke.  “THE C.A. LYONS PROJECT is the most multidisciplinary show to come through the competition and is so ambitious in its scope.  It’s a great piece to kick off the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition’s next decade!”

The 2014/15 Youth and Families season includes three family productions – COURAGE, a new production created for middle school audiences based on The Red Badge of Courage and conversations with Atlanta middle school students, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, a musical based on the popular book, as well as the 25th Alliance production of the Dickens classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL

“The 46th season is one that travels far and wide – both in settings and stories – but also in its reach into our hopes, our fears, and our ever expanding notions of life’s limits,” said Booth.  “We’ve always believed that the discoveries of theatre lead to discoveries of self.  In 2014/15, we’re hoping you discover something more.  Something bigger.  Something larger than life.”