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The Alliance Theatre has updated its 2020-21 lineup, which will be headlined by a new Under the Tent series featuring concert-style stagings of the Broadway musical Working (April 22–May 30), Beautiful Blackbird Live (April 8–18) and Songs to Grow On (April 29–May 9).

The 126-seat tent will go up on Callaway Plaza adjacent to the Alliance’s Woodruff Arts Center home in Midtown. The series will follow CDC-recommended safety protocols and, artist director Susan V. Booth said in a statement, is “a step toward sharing the theater together as artists and audiences.”

The tent will include open-air seating, socially distanced seating in two- and four-person pods set at least 6 feet apart and contactless entry. Face masks will be required. Restrooms, food and beverages will be available. Seat map HERE.

The Atlanta Opera, if you recall, held a highly successful Big Tent series in November at Oglethorpe University with pod seating and full performances of Pagliacci and Kaiser of Atlantis. It’s believed to be the first opera company in the United States to try that format.

Working, a 1978 musical based on the Studs Terkel book, will run about 90 minutes with no intermission. Beautiful Blackbird and Songs to Grow On, both for family audiences, will each run about 30 minutes with no intermission. All will be recorded and streamed on-demand via Alliance Theatre Anywhere, which launched last fall.

Tent series tickets go on sale to the public February 17. If you sign up for the pre-sale, you get access a day earlier. Annual members have access on February 3.

The Alliance is working on four additional digital series as well and plans an  interactive streaming production of Data by Matthew Libby, the 2021 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. It’s described as “a fast-paced drama for our technology-driven era that looks behind the closed doors of Silicon Valley.” It will be available in May.

Other changes to the lineup include:

  • Moving Hands Up to the 2021-22 season, with a fall opening on the Hertz Stage.
  •  Moving Toni Stone to the 2021-22 season on dates yet to be determined.
  • Canceling Accidental Heroes, the Roy Rogers–Dale Evans musical, which may be programmed for another season.
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