Leenya Rideout in the 2012 production of Holidays With the Chalks. Photo by Greg Mooney.

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Top 5 Reasons to See Too Heavy for Your Pocket at Alliance Theatre

While Troubadour kicked off the new year with rhinestones and rockin' original country music, another historic Nashville-centered show has been taking shape downstairs on the Hertz Stage. Winner of the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, Too Heavy for Your Pocket centers around two married couples in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie, a young black man, receives a full scholarship to Fisk University. But when word of the Freedom Rides in the South infiltrates the classroom, he becomes pulled in another direction.

Top 5 Reasons to see A Christmas Carol

Think about all the great pairings in the world. Chocolate and peanut butter. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Cookies and milk. The holidays and A Christmas Carol.

Whether you love or hate the classic Dickens tale, it’s one of the most quintessential parts of the holiday season. With the overwhelming number of A Christmas Carol adaptations on TV, in movies or on stage, it’s easy to just say “Bah, Humbug” to all of them.  

Courtenay Collins's Favorite Holiday Recipes

Courtenay's Cookies
“Food, glorious food! What is there more handsome?”
The musical Oliver! was on to something in its declaration of our love affair with cuisine. In the holiday season, food is king. Every family has cherished dishes they like to whip out during this pinnacle time of year. Courtenay Collins, star of “Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays,” shares her own favorite recipes of the season. 
Gran Jan’s Crum Cheese Cookies


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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