The Alliance Theatre has finally revealed the title of next summer’s much-anticipated but previously undisclosed world premiere musical, directed by Tony Award-winner and Atlanta theatre icon Kenny Leon.

The Alliance Theatre’s final production of its 2021/22 season will be the world premiere of Trading Places on the Coca-Cola Stage, May 25 – June 26, 2022. Inspired by the iconic and beloved 1983 Paramount Pictures film, Trading Places is a hilarious and contemporary musical reimagining of The Prince and the Pauper.

From the Director

“I am so excited to come home with this world class creative team and a new musical that I know will resonate and be embraced by the Atlanta community. With Trading Places we’re exploring the idea of what would happen if we all traded places with someone else, even for a day, literally putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.  It’s relevant; it’s uplifting; everyone will feel heard and represented. And you’re going to laugh, a lot! It’s the perfect play for right now.”

-Kenny Leon

About Trading Places

Trading Places tells the story of Billie Rae Valentine, a savvy hustler down on her luck, and Louis Winthorpe III, a minted commodities-trading firm director, who have their lives deliberately switched by the devious Duke brothers to settle a petty bet in an outrageous debate of nature versus nurture.

About the Creative Team

Trading Places is helmed by an exciting creative team including television and film writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum, Reno 911), musical writing team Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (First Date), acclaimed film, television, and music video choreographer Fatima Robinson, associate director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Regional: School Girls: or the African Mean Girls Play), and Tony Award-winning director, Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun).  Leon is known to Atlanta audiences as the former Artistic Director of Alliance Theatre and as the Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre.  Kajese-Bolden currently serves as the Alliance Theatre’s BOLD Artistic Director Fellow. 

Additional casting and creative team information for TRADING PLACES will be announced in early 2022.

About those tickets…

The official Opening Night is Saturday, June 4, 2022, 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are available now at

About Sally Henry Fuller

A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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