BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Broadway Palm is Enchantingly Entertaining!

“Douglas's performance brought something quite new to Beast, and I thought this was brilliant. The audience gets to see more of the unsure and awkward sides of Beast rather than someone a bit more cold and harsh, and I felt that this really allowed us to feel even more for Beast as the climax of the story begins to take place. He, of course, is an incredibly talented singer as well; Douglas and Nasser made such a perfect pair on stage, and I was delighted by their characterizations.”

Emily Yorgey | BroadwayWorld

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2's Review: Disney classic 'Beauty and the Beast' impresses adults and children

“Actor James Arthur Douglas turns in a solid performance from the moment he enters the stage playing the ferocious animal who transforms into a gentleman at the site of the young maiden, Belle.”

“Despite the latex mask and fur surrounding him in his costume, Douglas displays all the right emotions to help us fall in love with the beast at precisely the same time Belle does.”

Dave Elias | NBC-2

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ADIOS TO BARBER OF SEVILLE

After 72 performance for over 19,000 students, the Barber of Seville tour has come to and end. Thank you to everyone at The Atlanta Opera for allowing us to share opera with so many wonderful people. To see all of those children smile after each show is something that I will carry with me always.

Several maracas were harmed in the making of this production. #maracadown

Thank you Jessica Kiger for your organization, passion for education, and for presenting opera as a gift to ears that have never experienced this art. #atlbilingualbarber

Rolando Salazar thank you for your daily hard work and musicianship. Thank you for pushing me to become a better version of myself. #loquepasopaso

Thank you Alexandria Sweatt Foree for your organization, introduction to your music, and van life chats. #tarajipcatson

Samuel Ferreira you made me laugh without fail. Thank you for your encouragement during the hard days and humor during the good ones. #beachbeachbeach

I know I joke alot, but in all honesty, you have a wonderful voice Brandi Latasha Diggs. You will go far and I will spend my starving artist money on a ticket to see you any day. #thuglife

You are just an incredible person Jessica Wax. Your work ethic is insane. Working full-time, singing full-time, and doing three other operas at the same time is completely insane. You are a role model for me when I feel like giving up. You make things happen, you do not have time to wait for them. #waxonwaxoff

Thank you to Taylor BurkhardtJustin MaxeyDaniel Solberg, and Mauro Ronca for your gifts, patience, artistry, musicianship, and humor. We could not have done any of this without you. All 19,000+ students are better because of it.

#artistlife @ The Atlanta Opera

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2nd Prize at the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship Competition

I was left inspired yesterday afternoon after receiving second prize at the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholorship Competition! I was able to meet and perform with so many wonderful people, artists, and musicians. Thank you for making music with me Julie Bearden Carver! Also thanks to Kevin Pritchett, Rev. Jennifer Boyce Ham, and everyone else at the Pro Mozart Society of Atlanta for such a wonderful afternoon. Thank you for being there to support me Laurie Brook Douglas and Dad! Also got to meet this little piano prodigy who is playing at Carnegie Hall soon.

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OPERA GOES TO SCHOOLS IN GWINNETT

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Teachers are always on the lookout for ways to make lessons come alive. For foreign language instructors in several Gwinnett schools, that’s been made easier with a little help from a few opera singers.

Turns out the musical art form, usually staged with subtitles so audiences can follow along, provides an excellent exercise in multi-language skills. For students in the district’s dual-immersion language classes, it introduced an soundtrack to studies that many young listeners may never have encountered.

Throughout the month of January, the meeting of music and curriculum took place at various schools that hosted a scaled-down version of “The Barber of Seville,” staged by members of the Atlanta Opera. The 45-minute shows marked the first time the schools had hosted the opera’s performers.

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The Barber of Seville: Production Announcement

🍎 to the 🍑. Georgia on my mind!! I am humbled and grateful to join the Atlanta Opera as Count Almaviva in their bilingual version of Rossini’s delightful and energetic The Barber of Seville. SOLD OUT! JAN - MAR! Created by stage director Kristine McIntyre, the 45-minute adaptation will be performed in Spanish and English, and demonstrates the power of love to triumph over adversity of every kind. AND DEC 9th @ 3PM… I will be headed back home to Rome as the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Rome First United Methodist Church.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW AWAKENS THE WEST VILLAGE

BroadwayWorld: As long autumn shadows cast their spell across Greenwich Village, the days grow shorter and the nights grow restless and long, enticing the Headless Horseman to realize his lonely, faithful quest. Sleepy Hollow, an original musical by Michael Sgourosand Brenda Bell, which began previews on September 28th at The Players Theatre in New York City's Greenwich Village, reveals a haunting deeper than the woods of the hollow. Its shadows are cast from the darkness of the human soul.

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Sleepy Hollow: Production Announcement

SPOOKY! I am thrilled to make my New York City Debut as Brom Bones in 'Sleepy Hollow the Musical' which will run at the Historic Players Theatre in the West Village from September 28th to November 11th. 

“This show also explores another darkness: that of the human heart. Those old enough to miss telling scary campfire stories will find pleasant chills here, and something to think about, too.” – The New York Times

Things happen in the hollow at night. Things we don’t speak about and things you don’t want to know. 200 years ago Ichabod Crane lost his way in the hollow and was never seen again. Did the headless horseman get to him? Don’t look to the kindly folk of Sleepy Hollow for answers – they don’t take to strangers.

Nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award for best original music - this musical adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" features live music and spell-binding projections by David Warren that draw you into the hollow and take you for a breathless ride."

Michael Sgouros, music; Brenda Bell, book-lyrics; Bekah Shade, choreo.; Brenda Ball, dir. 

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WILLKOMMEN, BIENVENUE, WELCOME! FIRST LOOK AT CABARET AT WPPAC!

BroadwayWorld: CABARET, winner of the 1967 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Musical and the 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center stage August 3-12.

The cast is headed by Keiji Ishiguri, Elyssa Alexander, and James Arthur Douglas as the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and Cliff Bradshaw, respectively. 

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‘CABARET’ COMES TO WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

WHITE PLAINS - A Tony Award-winning play is on its way to Westchester County. “Cabaret” will be opening at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in just less than a week. The show takes place in a club in Berlin during the 1930s, right before the rise of Nazi Party. The majority of the show’s cast are college students, recent graduates or local actors with a love for the theater. They will be telling stories of people that were alive during the Holocaust.

"These people were real," said Nellie O'Brien, who plays Fraulein Schneider in the show. "These people had these experiences that we can all relate to, but in such a dramatic way because of what they had to face."
O'Brien says the show appeals to everyone because they can come to be moved, to learn or just to be entertained.

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