This production was staged as part of our 2016/17 Season



January 18 to February 12, 2017 | On the Alliance Stage
World Premiere Musical
Part of the Alliance Series

Contains: Mild language. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

"The musical imagery of Troubadour stirs the soul. [Kristian] Bush's songs are imbued with a power that cannot be discounted...[Janece] Shaffer's story [is] likable and fun." —Wendell Brock for AJC

In 1951 Nashville, Country music legend Billy Mason is on the eve of retirement. Can his soft-spoken son, Joe, step into the spotlight and carry on? When Joe joins forces with an unlikely pair—Inez, a budding singer/songwriter, and Izzy, a rodeo tailor on a mission—a revolution is born and Country music is changed forever. This feel-good romantic comedy by Atlanta’s Janece Shaffer (The Geller Girls) with original music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is a world-premiere production not to be missed.



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Cast & Crew


  • Izzy
    Alliance Theatre: Disgraced; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; August: Osage County; Eurydice; Tennis in Nablus; A... read more »
  • Inez
    Sylvie is making her Alliance Theatre debut. A graduate of Knox College, Sylvie’s credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes (Village Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (... read more »
  • Billy Mason
    Radney is a Texas singer/songwriter whose credits include the upcoming feature film Beauty Mark, “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With Conan O’... read more »
  • Pooch/Jimmy Lollie/Understudy for Billy Mason
    Rob is thrilled to return to the Alliance Stage. Other Alliance credits include the Miller in Pancakes, Pancakes! and Howard in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Other... read more »
  • Ludee Feeback/Miss Kitty/Cora
    Bethany is thrilled to be back with y’all at the Alliance. Previously: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote, August: Osage County, Carapace and 26... read more »
  • Joe Mason
    Zach is thrilled to make his Alliance debut! Zach is a country singer-songwriter based in Atlanta. In 2015, he auditioned for the NBC show “The Voice,” and... read more »


  • Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 16 years and has designed more than 90 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 23... read more »
  • Music Director and Player/Conductor
    Brandon has performed on Grammy Award-nominated and -winning releases by John Mayer, Sugarland and Shawn Mullins. As a member of the multiplatinum selling rock band... read more »
  • Composer
    Kristian is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist who has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-... read more »
  • Stage Management Production Assistant
  • Costume Design
    Lex designs for theater,  film, dance and special events. He is thrilled to be back at the Alliance, where he most recently designed Disgraced. Other Alliance... read more »
  • Stage Management Production Assistant
    Kara is delighted to return to Alliance Theatre to work on this production. She has previously worked with Alliance Theatre Education in many respects, as well as served... read more »
  • Set Design
    Broadway: August Osage County (Tony Award), The Mother****er with the Hat (Tony Nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award, Best Revival), Of Mice and... read more »
  • Playwright
    Janece is an award-winning and nationally produced playwright who has written more than a dozen works, including seven Alliance Theatre world premieres. Her credits... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Bret could not be happier to be working on The Magic Negro. Previous credits here at the Alliance include Troubadour, Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the... read more »
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Jayson is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre! He has had the pleasure of working on Alliance productions such as The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark;... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Ken is the Resident Lighting Designer for Sarasota Opera, Lighting Designer for Atlanta Opera, and Lighting Director of FIO Americas, Brazil. Alliance credits: Native... read more »


  • Director
    Susan V. Booth joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition,... read more »


  • Understudy for Inez/Ludee Feeback/Miss Kitty/Cora
    Paige is thrilled to be working as an understudy at the Alliance. She recently graduated from Brenau University with a B.F.A. in acting and her favorite credits to date... read more »
  • Understudy for Joe/Pooch/Jimmie Lollie
    Corey is thrilled to spend the spring at the Alliance Theatre! New York: In a Word (Hangar Theatre), The Eden Project (Theater for the New City), The History Boys (... read more »
  • Understudy for Izzy
    Jake is delighted to return to the Alliance stage. Jake is an Atlanta native who works as an actor, writer, director, puppeteer, clown and teaching artist. Recent... read more »

Audience Feedback



We've officially hit summer here in Atlanta, and while temperatures are rising outside, we're staging the hottest dance party inside: The Dancing Granny. But with all there is to do this season, why should you grab the kids and come see the show?

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