Grammy Award winning artist, Dallas Austin, is moving to the most popular street in Atlanta theater…Peachtree Battle. Linda Cannon, Austin’s business partner and head of his movie and television development company, confirmed Austin’s interest in developing Atlanta’s longest running comedy into a television series.
“I haven’t seen anything this original and funny come out of Hollywood in a long time” stated Cannon from her Los Angeles office. Peachtree Battle’s multi-layered story lines, loveable, eccentric characters combined with masterful writing has ‘hit series’ written all over it.”
The usually vocal Peachtree Battle creator and playwright, John Gibson, has been unusually tight-lipped about the deal, but did confirm that Justin Miles, star of the ABC series, The Gates and HBO’s East Bound & Down, will be joining the cast of Peachtree Battle for a limited engagement. Miles will play the role of Ansley Habersham, an Atlantan socialite’s favorite son, who gets engaged to a Hooter’s Girl. Gibson would not confirm if Miles is being considered for the television role, but added through a smile, “Justin would be great in any series. We are excited to welcome him to the cast!” Miles added, “It’s an honor to be part of a project at the beginning!”
Sources close to the project confirm that over the past few months, production crews have been filming test scenes at the Bell Estate in Buckhead and the Hunter Mansion on Peachtree Battle, demonstrating Austin’s commitment to the project. Also, Gibson has indefinitely postponed the opening of his summer comedy, The Limousine Ride and added additional performances of Peachtree Battle so to concentrate solely on the project. “We’ll be trying some new angles on the story, so it should be a lot of fun for the audience!” stated Gibson.
But Peachtree Battle may not be Gibson’s only comedy coming to the small screen. Linda Cannon added, “We are also negotiating several of Gibson’s other comedies. Tea Party that closed this past winter after a year and a half run and his new comedy, scheduled to open this fall, My Big Fat Peachtree Battle Divorce!”
Though known for his work in music, Austin has been successful in film and television production, most notably: Drumline, ATL, and The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot. Some of Mr. Austin’s most notable clients include the late Michael Jackson, Brittany Spears, Madonna and Pink.
Peachtree Battle is Atlanta’s longest running theatrical production, surpassing the record previously held by Driving Miss Daisy. Peachtree Battle opened in September of 2001 and is currently enjoying its 11th season. It is now held over through the Labor Day.
For tickets and more information, please visit the theater’s website.