Atlanta’s historic venue had a landmark year in 2019.
The Fox Theatre welcomed Broadway tours, ballet, concerts, and special film screenings, capping it off by celebrating their 90th anniversary. Below, let’s take a look at the entertainment that passed through the Fox Theatre this year!
Rock of Ages
The Fox Theatre’s 2019 took off with a bang when the Rock of Ages 10th anniversary tour hit the stage on January 3, allowing fans to relive the glory of ’80s rock.
From the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa came the classic ballet Swan Lake, marking the dance company’s first visit to the United States.
Sugar, butter, Bareilles. The Tony Award-winning musical Waitress made its first ever stop in Atlanta in February, introducing audiences to the storytelling of pop singer-turned Broadway composer Sara Bareilles.
The innovative Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brought their 60th anniversary tour to the Fox for a six-performance engagement. The company of 32 dancers honored Ailey’s legacy through performances focused on uplifting, uniting, and enlightening audiences.
The legendary story of dreams and redemption brought Broadway’s most recent Les Miserables revival to stages across the country. The turntable was back, and there was not a dry eye in the audience.
Best Musical Tony Award-winner Jersey Boys took the idea of a jukebox musical to a new level. The Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons piece revealed what was going on behind the scenes while the group was taking America by storm with tunes like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and of course “December 1963 (Oh What a Night).”
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The rags to riches tale proved its timelessness as the magical Broadway revival hit the road. Featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cinderella boasted regal costumes with a fresh look at the Golden Age musical.
Dear Evan Hansen
For the first time in Atlanta, the new Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen made its highly-anticipated visit. Featuring the music of Pasek and Paul, the musical tells the story of loss, healing, and humanity.
Summer at the Fox
This summer at the Fox featured quite a hodgepodge of events, a “fruitbasket,” if you will. Offerings included game show Double Dare Live!, singers Rodrigo y Gabriela, Pride and Joy the Marvin Gaye musical, John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons, illusionists “Champions of Magic,” and many more. If you blinked you missed these brief engagements, but each unique show added its own spice to the season.
Summer Film Festival
As per Fox Theatre tradition, the summer also featured screenings of beloved films including The Little Mermaid, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary Poppins, The Princess Bride, The Wizard Of Oz, and a special “Saturday Morning Cartoons” Looney Toons showing.
Come from Away
The Tony Award-winning hit from 2017 about the true story of the Newfoundland town that hosted many grounded airplanes on 9/11 made its first Atlanta stop in June. This particular visit included a post-show talk-back with some of the real people the musical is based on.
As a prelude to the highly-anticipated release of the film adaptation, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical hit the Fox stage in August. The piece featured the new design elements of the 2016 Broadway revival, marking the revival version’s first trip to Atlanta.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Atlanta audiences got to step into a world of pure imagination when the stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made its first Peach State visit. And no, the tickets to this show were not golden.
Encore rolled out a new and improved look in October, with Once being the first Fox show to feature the signature teal. The Best Musical Tony Award-winning musical invited patrons into the world of the story by including a real bar on stage for use at intermission.
And speaking of a snazzy green color, Broadway’s favorite green girl flew onto the Fox stage for the fourth time since the show’s 2003 Broadway debut. The ensemble featured Atlanta local and former Rockette Alicia Newcomb, who executed the complex original choreography of Wayne Cilento with flair.
This year concluded, as has been tradition for the last twenty years, with the Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker. In its final season at the Fox, the piece featured state-of-the-art technology paired with the unique ambiance that only the Fox Theatre can produce to immerse the audience in the world of storybook dreams.