If you’re a fan of the classic 1983 film “Trading Places,” then you’ll be thrilled to know that the Alliance Theatre is putting on a world premiere musical inspired by the movie. The play by the same name is a hilarious and contemporary reimagining of the famous prince and pauper fable, and it’s sure to be a hit with fans of the original film.
The cast and creative team have been announced, and tickets are now on sale, so be sure to get yours before they’re all gone. And in case you didn’t know, the Alliance Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in the country, so you definitely don’t want to miss this must-see event.
“Trading Places” will enjoy its world premiere on The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre May 25 – June 26, 2022.
The cast of “Trading Places” is led by Broadway actors Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme) as Billie Rae and Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) as Louis, with Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl From the North Country) and Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway) as Mortimer and Randolph Duke, and featuring McKenzie Kurtz (Frozen) as Penelope, Josh Lamon (Alliance & Broadway productions of THE PROM) as Beeks, Joe Montoya as Phil, and Don Stephenson (Trouble in Mind) as Coleman. The ensemble cast includes Jimmy Ray Bennett, Dana Costello, Kayla Marie Cruz, Benjamin Howes, Raymond J. Lee, James Luc, Michael McCorry Rose, Malaiyka Reid, Xavier Reyes, and Nyla Watson.
“Trading Places” is helmed by Tony Award-winning director, Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun) and an exciting writing & directing team including television and film writer Thomas Lennon (Book), musical writing team Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Music & Lyrics), acclaimed film, television, and music video choreographerFatima Robinson (Choreography), Alliance Theatre BOLD Associate Artistic Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Associate Director), Tony Award-nominated Orchestrator August Eriksmoen, and Music Director Rick Edinger. The creative team includes Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer Beowulf Boritt, Lighting Designer Adam Honoré, Tony Award-winning Sound Designer John Shivers, and Tony Award-nominated Costume Designer Emilio Sosa.
The production is also supported by Intimacy Consultant Sasha Nicolle Smith, Fight Choreographer Rick Sordelet, and Stage Manager Ralph Stan Lee.
“I am so excited to come home with this world class cast and creative team and a new musical that I know will resonate and be embraced by the Atlanta community,” said Director Kenny Leon. “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.”
“Trading Places” will have its world premiere on the Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre May 25–June 26, 2022. Opening Night is Saturday, June 4, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Tickets for “Trading Places” are available now at www.alliancetheatre.org/tradingplaces.
The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre
Woodruff Arts Center, Memorial Arts Building
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309