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Alliance Theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a revamped stage and the Atlanta debut of a new musical, "Ever After." The production is based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore movie which reimagines the Cinderella fairytale. It follows Danielle de Barbarac as she navigates romance and finds her own magic.

Alliance Theatre artistic director and director of "Ever After" Susan V. Booth, choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter and lead actor Sierra Boggess all joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the show.


Today's show explored art and artists in Georgia, from Alliance Theatre's upcoming production of "Ever After" to Brendan O'Connell's paintings that capture the beauty in the mundanity of life.

Alliance Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a revamped stage and the Atlanta debut of a new musical. The first production of the season is "Ever After," a musical based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore movie that re-imagines the Cinderella fairytale. Alliance Theatre artistic director and director of "Ever After" Susan V. Booth, choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter and lead actor Sierra Boggess all joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the show.


Today's show celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, explored the dynamics of aging in place and checked in about the future of funding for MARTA.

Michael Parver and Jamie Clements joined "On Second Thought" to revisit 50 years of programming and transformations at the theatre. They also discussed the new renovation project and the opening of "Ever After," a musical based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore film.


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Atlanta's Alliance Theatre opened its doors 50 years ago when it premiered Henry Purcell's "King Arthur." The theatre is now the largest regional theater in the Southeast. It has premiered Tony-winning plays, attracted A-list actors and nurtured the dramatic passions of children and young playwrights. The Alliance is celebrating its 50th season with different productions in its newly renovated theater, including a Coca-Cola stage.

Michael Parver was vice president of production at the Alliance when it first opened. Parver is also on the advisory board at the Alliance. He spoke to "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the beginning stages of the theater. Jamie Clements also joined the conversation. He's the director of development at the theater.


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On Second Thought introduces a new series of conversations with influential Georgians with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon. Long before he made it to Broadway and the silver screen, Leon made a deep impression on Atlanta's arts and culture scene.


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Pearl Cleage has returned to one of her earliest works in 1983’s "Hospice," the story of a woman named Jenny facing her mother’s rapidly approaching death.

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein, a legendary composer, educator, and humanitarian, was born in August 25, 1918. To celebrate this milestone, orchestras and theatres around the world are preforming his vast range of work.

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On October​ ​12,​ ​1958, the​ ​Temple,​ ​Georgia’s​ ​largest synagogue,​ ​was​ ​bombed.​ ​Nobody was hurt in the explosion, but the community was shaken. A new play at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta recalls the attack, and its lasting effects. We spoke to Jimmy Maize, playwright and director of “The Temple Bombing.”

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Siblings BeBe and CeCe Winans left Detroit as teenagers and moved to Charlotte to join a Christian TV network. They worked as backup singers for popular televangelists, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, and eventually became icons of gospel music. A new musical at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta follows the siblings’ journey as they juggle fame and the pressures of growing up in the eyes of millions. It’s called “Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story.”