Host Todd Schick and co-host Bryan Nonni are joined on this week’s Around Atlanta edition of the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show by Alan Kilpatrick, associate artistic director for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and the director of The Full Monty.
Kilpatrick has worked for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre for about five years and has been a working actor in Atlanta for many years. After deciding to stay in Atlanta, rather than moving to New York or Los Angeles, Kilpatrick started as an intern with the Alliance Theatre. As he continued to work in Atlanta, Kilpatrick became artistic associate (title-director?) of the Earl Strand Theatre in Marietta Square.
Starting about 34 years ago, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre began doing only Gilbert and Sullivan shows. Over the years, the theatre morphed into a more contemporary musical theatre. The current artistic director came about in 2007, “and he said we’re going to do big old splashy contemporary musicals, so we started turning over rocks and finding singers, dancers and actors,” said Kilpatrick. He continued, “right now we are the only theater company in Atlanta who does strictly musicals.”
Now in its 35th season, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre strives for an array of musicals from contemporary to old classics to family fare. Some of the most recent musicals include Peter Pan, Rent, Young Frankenstein, Annie, CATS and many more. The company aims to appeal to many audiences providing something for everyone.
The next musical the Atlanta Lyric Theatre will be running is The Full Monty. The Full Monty is a story about a bunch of steel workers who are unemployed due to layoffs. Feeling depressed and emasculated, these men notice their wives paying to see a “Chip-n-Dales” show at the local theatre. Upset by this fact, these blue-collar steel workers decide to put on a strip show of their own to make some money.
To learn more about The Full Monty including the location of the opening night, press play on the podcast player at the top of this page. For more information about the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.
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