Billed as Atlanta’s only local professional musical theatre company, Atlanta Lyric Theatre was founded in 1980 by Tedi and Robert Langdon and Sally Knap as the Southeastern Savoyards, a repertory theatre dedicated to presenting the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The company’s first production was presented that year at Emory University; subsequent venues included the Marist School, the 14th Street Playhouse, Center Stage Theater, and the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts on the campus of Georgia Tech, where its mainstage shows were produced for 17 seasons. Now, ALT is ensconced at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Marietta Square.
The company’s goal is to produce the best in musical theatre and foster the growth of the Atlanta theatrical community by showcasing local professional talent. It has presented all-time hits such as Cabaret, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, and Godspell, along with lesser-known but worthy titles (The “It” Girl, The 1940s Radio Hour), while continuing to offer operettas by G&S (The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance) and other composers (Lehár’s The Land of Smiles, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Romberg’s The Desert Song).
Atlanta Lyric Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by CCT buses 15, 30, 40, and 45. NOTE: No Sunday bus service is offered)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 6–7 shows per season. Performance schedule is Thursday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $30–$45 (Student/Senior $25–$40) with prices varying by seating selection
- Group Discounts: Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more
- Subscriptions: $100–$175 depending on seating selection. Subscriber benefits include first choice on seats; free ticket exchange; priority ordering for special productions and events; discounts on additional tickets; special offers at partner retail locations and restaurants; and a subscription to the e-newsletter.