Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents ‘Producers’ today at Civic Center
by Sally Litchfield
August 08, 2013 11:22 PM | 2765 views | 2 2 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Actors  Alan Kilpatrick and Christopher Kent perform a number in the opening act. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Actors Alan Kilpatrick and Christopher Kent perform a number in the opening act.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
This weekend go see hometown actress Meg Gillentine in Mel Brooks’ Tony Award‐winning “The Producers,” playing today through Aug. 25 at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre. The show is produced by Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area’s only local, professional musical theater company.

“This is the largest show in the 33-year history of The Lyric and with Meg joining the company, we want to make sure Marietta comes out to see their ‘own,’” said Brandt Blocker, artistic director and general manager of Atlanta Lyric Theatre.

Down‐on‐his‐luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock, and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant, devise a scam to pocket money from a sure‐fire Broadway flop — “Springtime for Hitler.” The theatrical debacle stars Bialystock and Bloom’s secretary/receptionist/

aspiring actress Ulla, played by Meg Gillentine.

Gillentine brings plenty of stage, film and television credits to the stage such as roles in Broadway productions like “Cats,” “Fosse,” and “The Frogs” along with the Los Angeles production of “The Producers.” To learn more about the award winning actress, visit

“It feels so good to be back in Cobb County, having the opportunity to perform in a town that has always been so supportive of me and my work,” Gillentine said. “My education and love for the arts started here, and I am so grateful to The Lyric. I fell in love with Lyric Artistic Director Brandt Blocker and what he has done with this company from the moment I met him.

“It’s no easy task running a theatre company, but I must say he does it with class, style, and an immense love of the craft. I’m honored that he is giving me my first stab at Ulla, a role I’ve wanted to play for years.”

“The Producers” and all of The Lyric’s 34th season of musicals will be staged at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre — a 600‐seat venue.

The theater is at 548 S. Marietta Parkway.

For tickets, subscriptions and information visit or call (404) 377‐9948.

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August 09, 2013
Same schtick, different building?

Are we supposed to be interested in the Lyric's same old same old because they're doing it in a building that's new .... TO THEM?

The potential audience already went there in elementary school to see the Nutcracker however many years ago, and we already saw the Lyric's schtick too many times.

I hope no Cobb County tax money was thrown down this hole, but if the Lyric insists on doing their hobby shows around here, at least the buses from the old folks homes will have an easier time navigating Cobb County's Civic Center parking lot.

Hobby shows? WHAT? Lyric is the "only professional broadway style blah blah blah in Atlanta." Well in my experience the ONLY people I have ever seen who use the word "professional" to describe themselves are "dedicated hobbyists" ... I once had a dentist write a letter to me telling me he was a "professional musician" while signing his letter to me with "so and so, DDS" ... ha, fool!)

Theatre Professional
August 09, 2014
Wow, SSDB, you are vehement, huh?

Not sure what bone you are picking, but your comments are way out of place. The Lyric is one of around 23 professional theatres in Atlanta, and the only one producing ALL musicals in the five county metro area. I've never performed with them, but they do hire union and non-union professionals for their shows.

The Alliance Theatre has the biggest budget in the area, and is the only one that puts all hires on a union contract. Georgia is a right-to-work state, so many professionals choose not to join the performer's unions (although I disagree with some of them, as I am a member of both Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA).

All the other theatres in town, including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre operate as non-profit arts organizations, and the artists who work for them sometimes have non-theatre jobs to help supplement the low rates that performers are paid for all non-profit contracts (generally $375 - $625 per week of work). The big bucks are in NYC and other cities with large for-profit producers who use Equity Production Contracts.

Most performers in town have multiple jobs, sometimes all in the arts - teaching, doing children's or industrial theatre, working films and TV, or voicing audio books. Some like the stability of supplementing their artistic profession with flexible jobs like clerical temping, construction, retail, or at home computer work. What are your creds that you can look down on those performers? Your comments are not just insensitive, but they are ill-informed.

The theatre professionals at Atlanta Lyric Theatre provide a valuable product to the Northwest Metro area - especially now that Theatre in the Square has folded. If you think only for-profit touring shows are worth seeing, you are missing some of the best theatre in town.
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