In today’s world it is really great to find that we have local theaters acting in concert with one another as well as orchestrating new uses for their existing facilities.
For instance, two houses, Aurora and Theatrical Outfit, came together to co-produce In the Heights; and Lyric Theatre co-produced Million Dollar Quartet which will soon be playing at Georgia Ensemble in Roswell.
In addition to this kind of collaboration, which saves BIG on sets, props, costumes and other costs; we have houses bringing in special events that they don’t have to produce.
For instance, Libby Whittemore plays several times a year at Actor’s Express. Her latest show for several nights was quite a treat, with four singers. Libby was joined by Lisa Paige, Wendy Melkonian and Shawn Megorden and they appeared with Robert Strickland and his band on stage. Libby will have her final gig at Actor’s Express for this season on June 15-18th with the Music of the 1940′s. Easy to get to, and an easy cabaret style show.
And, Georgia Ensemble has teamed up with Joe Gransden and his Big Band for a series of four concerts a year. The 16-man band was onstage there this week with their tribute to Ella, and singer Carmen Bradford wowed the full house with her stories and her songs. Joe Gransden and the band will make their final appearance for this season one night only on April 10h when they will deliver up In The Mood, a tribute to the music of Glenn Miller.
These are all more entertaining than any politicians on the tube.