For Lyric Theatre, it’s back to Square (One)
June 11, 2014 04:00 AM | 2784 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Atlanta Lyric Theatre is coming back to Marietta Square. It announced Monday it has leased the Alley Stage in the old Theatre in the Square building, kitty-cornered across Glover Park from its former digs in The Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

The Lyric’s intimate new space will be known as The Lyric Studio Theatre and will showcase weekly cabaret shows, original musical productions and performances by members of the Junior Lyric program.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Lyric Managing Artistic Director Brandt Blocker. “The Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square is a perfect complement to our popular large scale programming at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The ability to bring together Atlanta’s finest performers with some of the country’s most exciting cabaret artists is a real boon for our patrons. Additionally, having an intimate atmosphere for the production of new and original musicals as well as a venue to showcase our expanded Junior Lyric program completely fulfills our mission and our responsibility as one of Atlanta’s leading arts institutions.”

“We obviously have a fondness for the Square, having performed on the Square for five years before.

And we saw it as the perfect opportunity to expand.”

Patrons will access the Lyric space via a new storefront lobby entrance at 12 Powder Springs St., rather than by the back alley used during the Alley Stage days. The new space also will be reconfigured with cabaret-style seating.

The schedule and opening date for the Lyric Studio will be announced later.

The Lyric moved from the Strand, its home since 2008, last year after lease negotiations with their landlord, the Strand, broke down. The move to the bigger stage at the Jennie T. has gone well, according to Blocker.

“Since going to the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, we’re breaking records,” he said. “When you’re doing well at the box office, that certainly helps.”

The Lyric’s new building is owned by Councilman Philip Goldstein and also houses the Marietta Wine Market.

“It’s good to get them back up to the Square,” Goldstein said. “The more arts and entertainment we can have in the Square is certainly good for Marietta and Cobb County.”

No question about that.

“The Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square is a perfect addition to our established arts scene in Marietta; and, we all look forward to enjoying this great theatre while taking in a ‘night out’ on our beautiful Square,” Mayor Steve Tumlin said.

The move appears to be a winner for all concerned: the Lyric, the landlord and for downtown.

At this point, all that’s left to be said is “Break a leg!”

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