The Last Night of Ballyhoo at NAT

New American Theater (NAT) continues its 32nd season with Alfred Uhry’s 1997 Tony Award-winning romantic comedy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Uhry, who created the smash hit Driving Miss Daisy, tells the story of a family’s misadventures preparing their daughter for the social event of the year. The show opens Tuesday, Oct. 14, and will run through Nov. 9. The Last Night of Ballyhoo was commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta. It was originally presented by Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company as part of the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival. The show played to sold-out houses and received unanimous critical praise before moving on to Broadway, where it earned both a Tony Award for Best Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award in 1997. As the story begins, it is 1939, and the world is on the brink of war, but in Atlanta, residents are hoping for a glimpse of Clark Gable at the premiere of Gone With the Wind. Meanwhile, the Jewish elite are having a great celebration of their own—Ballyhoo. Adolph is the bachelor patriarch of the family and runs the family bedding business. He presides over a household of women, including his widowed sister, Boo, and their sister-in-law, Reba. Will Boo find an eligible boy to take her daughter, Lala, to the Ballyhoo Ball? Does Lala’s cousin, Sunny, even care about the dance? With luck, they will both find romance and understanding. Come see for yourself as this story of faith begins the Feitags’ journey on their way to embracing their identity. Audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy an evening with this warmhearted family as they laugh, love and learn to shed a little bit of pride and a good deal of prejudice. Call the NAT box office at 964-6282 for information on performance dates, times and ticket pricing and availability.

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