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Alliance Theatre’s ‘Avenue X’ a cappella contest voting open


"Avenue X" cast members Jeremy Cohen, J.D. Webster, Nick Spangler, Lawrence Clayton, and Steve French, and J.D. Goldblatt, in front, rehearse at the Woodruff Arts Center this month. They're not the only ones singing a cappella, though. AJC/Bita Honarvar

“Avenue X,” a musical opening at Alliance Theatre this week, deals with racial integration via doo-wop. It’s the story of an Italian-American a cappella group in 1963 Brooklyn that adds a black singer to its lineup.

As composer Ray Leslee said in an AJC piece published this weekend, “Here’s a musical that’s all about harmony, and the issues are all about harmony or the search for harmony.”

To promote the show, the Alliance created its own search for harmony, the “Sing Your Soul” contest for a cappella groups. It asked them to post their tunes on YouTube, complete an application and get some folks to vote for them through the video service. (This is the contest I mentioned in this earlier post about all the a cappella performances going on around Atlanta lately.)

The prize for the three semi-finalists: a performance at Alliance before the musical and a chance to record in a professional studio.

Here are all the “Avenue X” a capella contest entries so far. Groups are allowed to upload their videos until Feb. 3, but voting is open now for the first round of “Sing Your Soul” contestants. The first semi-finalist will be on stage Jan. 22.

Let us know what you think of the show, and the a cappella contest semi-finalists, in the comments!

Want to go? “Avenue X” continues through Feb. 7. “Sing Your Soul” semi-finalists will perform before the Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 shows. $40-$60. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000,

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Jamie Gumbrecht

January 20th, 2010
12:06 pm

Thanks for letting me know, Lindsey! The new site looks great, by the way! I just updated the link.


January 20th, 2010
10:21 am

Thanks for the great mention Jamie! I just wanted to mention that the Alliance launched its new website yesterday, so your link to the competition details is broken. You can find the current information and details about how to enter by going to


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