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Wednesday, February 4, 2004

The Great White Way is coming to town


When the Newnan Theatre Company had to cancel their upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias” at the last minute they went to Plan B. In the theater, that means Broadway. Thanks to a production license conflict, the “Broadway Cafe” was born.

“We’ve been wanting to do a Broadway review for a while” Artistic Director Dave Dorrell said. “So we pulled some people together and said what song have you always wanted to sing from ‘Les Mis’ or what song from Phantom of the Opera?”

Like a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland brainstorm, the impromptu cast of four men and four women said, “Let’s put on a show!”

Dorrell sees the change of plans as a great opportunity. “It’s great for us because we can sing these songs from shows we may never get to be in.” For lovers of classic show tunes, it’s good news as well.

The theater’s risers seating has been moved out and replaced by tables and chairs to resemble a “hazy and slightly seedy cabaret.” The show itself is not confined to the stage.

“We may start off singing on the stage but may end up in somebody’s lap before it’s over,” Dorrell warns.

The show itself is divided into four parts: Leading Ladies, Heroes and Villains, Comedy and Love Songs. This gives the troupe ample space to recreate a variety of magical moments from the musical theater. There will be duets, solos, a couple of trios and some large group numbers.

Plans to remount a production of “Steel Magnolias” in this year’s fall season are being considered, so those who wish to see this show should keep an eye out.

Performances of “Broadway Cafe” are on Friday and Saturday evenings, February 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Soft drinks, coffee, tea as well as beer and wine will be available for a donation.

BYOB and pay only $5 for mixers. The production itself contains mature language and themes. For more information visit the Newnan Theatre website at or call 770-683-NCTC (6282).


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