Planning for Georgia Council for the Arts
With new leadership and a new place in the state government structure, the Georgia Council for the Arts will launch a strategic planning process with a event led by Gov. Nathan Deal on Oct. 31. The 1:30 p.m. public session at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Buckhead is the first in a series of statewide community forums beginning the development of a five-year plan for the GCA, which moved under the umbrella of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development earlier this year. 75 Bennett St., Atlanta.
“The governor not only understands and champions the value of arts education and the role of the arts in tourism, business development and community development but also recognizes the industry’s contribution to Georgia’s economy,” GCA Director, Karen L. Paty said. “His presence and participation at the kick-off underscores the state’s commitment to the creative industries.” http://gca.georgia.gov. HOWARD POUSNER
A ‘Wicked’ box office record
“Wicked” broke the North American record for the highest-grossing week of a touring Broadway show with a box office total of $2,438,947 at the Fox Theatre for the week ending Oct. 9.
The previous record of $2,400,489 was also held by a week of “Wicked” performances in St. Louis in 2010. On its third visit to Atlanta, “Wicked” played the Fox from Sept. 14 to Oct. 9.
“Not only is ‘Wicked‘ the highest grossing theatrical production that Broadway in Atlanta has presented, but it also continues to break its own sales records which speaks to the phenomenon of the show” Russ Belin, vice president of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta, said in a statement. “Audiences embraced ‘Wicked‘ with as much enthusiasm during this engagement … as during its first stop in the city in 2006.”
Next in the Broadway Across America series is “Mamma Mia!” Nov. 2-6 at the Fox. www.foxtheatre.org. HOWARD POUSNER