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Culture notes: Two Alliance Theatre launches now on Broadway; series of indie film premieres kicks off at Plaza

From Atlanta’s Alliance to Broadway

Two plays that has world premieres at the Alliance Theatre are now on Broadway at the same time.

“Bring It On: The Musical,” which launched at the Alliance last year, opens tonight at the St. James Theatre ( And “Sister Act,” starring Raven-Symoné, continues its Broadway Theatre run through Aug. 26 ( The musical that started at the Alliance in 2007 heads out on a North American tour Oct. 2 that visits Atlanta’s Fox Theatre next April.

Underlining the Alliance’s role in launching new productions, artistic director Susan V. Booth will direct a private-audience workshop in New York of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” aimed at investors.  The John Mellencamp-Stephen King gothic musical had its world premiere at the Alliance in April.

The Alliance 2012-13 season features four world premieres, including the season opener, Pearl Cleage’s “What I Learned in Paris,” beginning previews Sept. 5. HOWARD POUSNER

Indie series at Plaza

The partnership between the Plaza Theatre and the Atlanta Film Festival announced in March during the festival bears fruit with a “Plaza Premieres” series that kicks off with showings of “Snow on tha Bluff” Thursday through Sunday. Damon Russell’s feature, locally premiered at the fest, is about an Atlanta criminal who steals a camera in a dope deal and begins documenting his increasingly out of control life. Other independent films coming in the series: “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” Aug. 10; “Derby Baby,” Aug. 16; and “Code 2600,” Aug. 30. 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER

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