Lips Down on Dixie performing “Money” from Cabaret. It’s worth checking this group out for sheer spectacle, if nothing else.
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Here’s the lineup:
The gift bags are all set and ready to go (and, um, they’ve got candy and Whynattes… which is awesome), so be sure to come early and grab one! There will also be a $4 Atlanta Onstage Cocktail to tickle your tastebuds (yep, I just used that phrase).
Looking forward to seeing everyone at ENGINE 11 THIS MONDAY, 3/29!
P.S. Parking’s a little weird there. There’s a pay-for-parking lot right next door, but there is plenty of free on-the-street parking if you keep an eye out. But I know you’re planning to have a good time, so take MARTA to North Ave and the venue’s right there!
I was holed up sick as a dog today, so I’m highly depressed I still have yet to check out DRINKSHOP Live! at the W Atlanta-Downtown. The super-classy bar has put on a weekly Thursday event that brings local musicians in to play acoustic sets while you get to watch your crazy-ass drinks being made. When I say crazy-ass drinks, I mean it only in the best way: SIX kinds of ice (including a giant block that they shave down for you), insane drink combos full of ingredients you may have never even heard of, and world-class mixology.
But I digress. I can’t wait to check out their next set to really have a chance to see what DRINKSHOP Live! is all about. Sorry, Josh Fletcher, but the stomach bug keeps me home tonight. I’ll be sipping absinthe with you soon!
Over, out, and ready for bed!
SEE YOU AT ENGINE 11 ON 3/29 FOR THE ATLANTAONSTAGE.COM LAUNCH PARTY!
I am excited to announce the official ATLANTA ONSTAGE launch party at ENGINE 11 on 3/29 at 7pm! The party will feature LIVE MUSIC from artists Bleu and Scott Simons, as well as an Atlanta Onstage drink special and gift bags for the first 15 guests to arrive!
Admission is free, but there is a $5 suggested cover.
Engine 11 is located at 30 North Avenue, near the Fox and GA Tech. I expect to see everyone there rocking out to Bleu, having an after-work cocktail, and saying hi!
A bit about the artist…
Bleu is a super-cool, innovative pop artist who’s hitting Atlanta at the end of this month. In addition to his solo work, he’s collaborated with tons of artists you probably know well. Check out some of his music below.
You can definitely do worse than featuring a bunch of pretty girls in your music video. Watch “There’s No Such Thing as Love,” Bleu’s newest video.
And an “oldie” but a goodie here:
SEE YOU AT ENGINE 11 ON MARCH 29TH!
If I was given six words of advice to impart upon my reading audience, they would be, “See ‘Spring Awakening‘ while it’s here.” The show is flitting through Atlanta only to leave us on Sunday, March 14, so get to The Fox before it’s too late.
“Spring Awakening” won 8 (EIGHT) Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical, but, falling victim to the recession, shut its doors on Broadway in January of 2009.
However, much like the characters in the show, “Spring Awakening” continues to live on and thrive – in this circumstance, on an incredible whirlwind tour that takes the energetic cast everywhere from Washington state to the Florida panhandle. All the while, the cast and crew/support track their journey on the innovative blog “Totally TRUCKED!,” a spin on the song “Totally Fucked” from the show. Yes, it goes there.
Speaking of “It Goes There,” there was slight disappointment in missing Degrassi’s “Craig” (Jake Epstein) perform as Melchior in “Spring” at last night’s opening performance. What up, dude? His understudy, Matt Shingledecker, did an admirable job, but Epstein was notably absent.
Nevertheless, the cast (including the haunting Christy Altomare as Wendla and the superstar Taylor Trensch as Moritz) did not fail to impress. They rocked the show to the rafters of The Fox (difficult in a theater of that size, especially given that the show hardly has a set) and received an incredible standing ovation.
Now, down to brass tacks – let’s get to the meat of this show. Putting it lightly, “Spring Awakening” ain’t for little ones. Don’t bring your little sister, your child, or your grandmother (unless she’s cool, like mine, and lives in Little 5 Points). But for those who are not faint of heart, the messages in “Spring Awakening” are unforgettable and vital, the music is a flawless blend of beauty, rhythm, and poetry, and the talented cast is Broadway-caliber. None of these kids can possibly be older than 23, yet they tirelessly churn out amazing performances in every city. Atlanta was no exception.
The plot: simply put, 1890’s German teens discover sex. I mean, we could get into details, but let’s not ruin the show. It’s tragic, dramatic, shocking, touching, and mind-altering. The incredible soundtrack was written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, and the songs, although written with 2000’s lyrics, fit perfectly in line with the 19th-century plot line. Take a moment to check out “The Bitch of Living” music video that was originally produced for the Broadway version.
“Spring Awakening” is nothing if not unique, and although I don’t recommend it for all ages, I insist anyone who has ever had sex, wanted sex, felt unheard, been in the depths of depression, felt lost, been hurt, masturbated, been in that rip-your-heart-out kind of teenage love, needed hope, lost a loved one, or struggled with raising a teenager see this show. Parents, bring your teens (you’ll cringe, but it’s worth the discussion that will follow). Teens, bring your parents. College kids, bring your weed. Okay, don’t do that – The Fox doesn’t allow it.
But the idea of “Spring Awakening” is an experience every person needs to have to fully understand the struggles of themselves and others, and realize that none of us are truly alone. We all need love, we all need freedom, and we all need each other.
Go see this show.
(TRIVIA: Yes, Broadway’s original Wendla, as you’ll see in this video, was played by Lea Michele, now of “Glee” fame.)
Here at AtlantaOnstage.com, I cover culture from “high” to “low.” You’ll get Rocky Horror to the art museums, and that’s what makes this blog special.
I’m planning to cover this High Museum exhibition when it opens, but it sounds worth checking out. A little information on “Allure of the Automobile” from AtlantaEntertainment.com:
The exhibition will present 18 of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars ranging from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. These cars are works of “rolling sculpture.”
Is there a such thing as a “traditional” Rocky Horror performance? In any case, “Lips Down on Dixie,” the local Atlanta troupe who performs in front of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie screen at The Plaza Theater in Little Five Points every Friday at midnight, works hard to push the envelope. They’ve switched up the genders, performed in parades and festivals, and clearly (and creepily) live the Rocky lifestyle well beyond the stage.
And so, ladies and gentleman, I introduce their version of “Mein Heir” from Cabaret.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not a great driver, but parking at Dad’s Garage in Little Five Points is absurd. Every time I exit the lot, I flip out because I believe I’ve taken the bumper out by driving through a pothole. Particularly, watch out at the top of that enormous hill full of earth that looks like it’s under construction.
The treacherous driveway is worth the risk, though. (And for those who treasure their cars too much to destroy them on never-repaired cement, there is a perfectly fine lot in the back of the venue.) I hit up Dads’ free Friday show last night to check out the newest crop of Improv Class grads, and generally speaking, they were stellar.
Reverence, however, must be paid to “Ricky” (there was no program, or I’d offer a last name), who not only starred in the full two acts of the show, but also served as a swing for both improv teams during the second act. I’m expecting to see him joining the full cast soon. Watch out, Tim Stoltenberg (a phenomenal DG alum who moved on to Second City in Chicago, as well as… randomly…a Walgreen’s Valentine’s Day commercial).
To put this whole improv process in perspective:
The typical Friday night Dad’s show is TheatreSports, which features two teams of improvisers who compete in short skits against each other to ultimately win a fake or irrelevant grand prize. In the words of the improvisers, “Hilarity ensues, hopefully.”
The student graduation shows are “suggested donation” only (which I suggest you offer), guaranteeing a decent and appreciative crowd for the nervous few who brave the unscripted stage. Fellow professional improvisers sit in the back for support (and to unintentionally intimidate the students). Okay, you can all collectively “aw” now.
The Ricky kid was not only “on” and hilarious the whole night, he frankly stole the show. There were a couple of standouts and a couple of forgettable scenes, but all students must be congratulated on reaching the level of confidence and talent to be able to stand in front of a room full of (drunk) strangers and perform. No script, no plan, no nothing. Just…perform.
Congrats to the new crop of Dad’s grads, who faced an audience of friends, family, strangers, and the city’s best comedians. Congrats on a job well done, and I look forward to seeing many of you on the main stage soon.
A toast to Atlanta’s best non-profit theater, and here’s to many good years to come. Cheers!