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Culture notes: What’s next for ‘Waffle Palace,’ ‘Ghost Brothers’; Atlanta-born producer receives Brit honor

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

More servings of ‘Waffle Palace?’
Except that it was already committed to staging the world premiere of the hip-hop/family dysfunction comedy “Sheddin’,” Horizon Theatre might still be serving up sold-out performances of “The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365.″ The Larry Larson-Eddie Levi Lee world premiere comedy, based on a series of head-scratching, headline-making incidents at scattered diners in the Atlanta-based Waffle House chain, sold out all 44 shows of its run at the Little 5 Points theater, with nearly 6,800 people attending. Though there is no official word yet, expect “Horizon” to bring back “Waffle Palace” for an encore, probably early next year. Meanwhile, “Sheddin’” continues through Aug. 19. 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com.

‘Ghost Brothers’ still alive?
The Alliance Theatre neither confirms nor denies Web reports that “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” which was given its world premiere this spring at the Atlanta theater, is heading to New York for a short run. The web site ShowBiz411.com recently reported that the John Mellencamp-Stephen King gothic musical that was staged by Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth will be given a 10-day presentation in New York in September.

We hear that the reported staging is actually more of a one-time workshop read (and sing)-through to showcase changes to the show for future potential investors.

British honor for native Atlantan
Atlanta native and eight-time Tony Award-winning producer Robert Boyett was recently made an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to British drama as both a philanthropist and a producer.

In addition to support for the National Theatre, Boyett has “brought the great glories of British stage to American audiences,” according to a release from the British Embassy in Washington, by producing plays by Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, Martin McDonah, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Frayn and other U.K. playwrights on Broadway. Boyett’s production company, RB Theatricals, is credited with exporting 17 plays from England to the U.S. since 2001.

“Bob Boyett has worked tirelessly to help British theatre productions find a foothold in the United States, both on and off Broadway,” said British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, who presented the badge of the Order in a British Embassy ceremony.

The producer, now in his mid-60s, attended Druid Hills High School before leaving Atlanta to attend college at Duke University.

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