On Friday, October 11, 2013 The Legacy Theatre, Fayette County’s only full-time professional theater, will open its eighth season with [title of show], a smash Broadway hit…that most people have never even heard of! The show is about Jeff (Justin Thompson) and Hunter (Jeremiah Parker), two struggling writers who hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan (Marissa Druzbanski), Heidi (Mandy Mitchell), and Mary (Becky Clark) on the eightyeights.
[title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.
The Legacy, which is known for its devotion to producing top-notch musical theatre, has again landed a regional professional premiere with [title of show]. Disney’s Tarzan, Jane Eyre, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, and The Andrews Sister: Christmas of Swing are just a few of the musicals that have made their regional premieres on the Legacy stage. The Legacy’s dedication to providing audiences exceptional musical theatre has paid off with numerous nominations for Atlanta’s version of the Tony Awards, the Suzi Bass Awards, as well as a Suzi win in 2012 for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
Artistic Director, Mark Smith, says that [title of show] will be a distinctly different experience for theater lovers. “It’s just not your typical musical. Sure, there’s a script and great music, but it’s extremely intimate and REAL. Think Seinfeld set to music, and you’ll come close to describing [title of show].” The show is also unique in that it relies heavily on its four leading actors and not a giant set or a huge orchestra to make up for what are sometimes flaws in a musical’s writing. “The script specifically calls for four chairs and a keyboard…and that’s it. The audience has a unique opportunity to step into the lives of four 30-somethings, trying to make their dreams a reality. It’s message about perseverance through difficult circumstances, the value of friendship, and the importance of truthful artistic expression is universal!”
These themes are the reason that Smith and his wife, Bethany, the owners of the theater, decided to open their eighth season with this lesser known musical. “The show is the story of the Legacy,” says Bethany Smith. “There’s a great song at the end of [title of show] called “A Way Back to Then”, and it describes in a nutshell what is so great about realizing and living your dreams, even when the stresses and trials of life start to weigh heavy. Sometimes I just step out into the Legacy’s gorgeous lobby and say a prayer of thank you that we’ve been able to see our dreams come true as well as provide a place where other artists can fulfill their dreams.”
[title of show] is only the first show in the Legacy’s highly anticipated eighth season. A week before Thanksgiving, the theater will bring back the Godwin sisters in The Andrews
Sisters: Christmas of Swing, the Legacy’s most popular show to date. After Christmas they will present the story of the original Carter family, one of country music’s earliest and most popular love stories in Keep on the Sunny Side. Spring will bring the smash-hit, Chicago, and next summer the Legacy will present the American classic, The Music Man.
Season tickets are only $100 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (404) 895- 1473 or by going online at www.thelegacytheatre.org. [title of show] opens Friday, October 11, 2013 and runs through October 27, 2013. There are no shows on October 19. Showtimes are Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. [title of show] is rated PG-12 for some language and adult themes.