For 2013-14 season, could it be magic for Barry Manilow and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre?

manilowATLANTA – Last year, the Alliance Theatre brought in the star power of John Mellencamp and author Stephen King. Next year, that star power will come in a new musical co-written by pop music star Barry Manilow and a show that features tap dance legend Maurice Hines.

The Alliance unveils its 2013-14 season today. The season will open September 6 with “Harmony — A New Musical,” written by Manilow and his longtime collaborator, theater veteran Bruce Sussman.

Also on tap for the coming season is the off-Broadway hit “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, and a world premiere by Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer (“Broke,” Bluish”) called “The Geller Girls.” Closing the season will be “Tappin’ Thru Life,” starring Hines and based on the lives of him and his brother, Gregory Hines.

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Scott Freeman is deputy editor of ArtsATL. He has worked at Atlanta magazine and Creative Loafing. His work has received three Green Eyeshade Awards, as well as an award for feature writing from the Football Writers Association of America. His oral history of the Cabbagetown music scene in 2010 was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He is the author of four books, including biographies of the Allman Brothers Band and Otis Redding. He is at work on a new non-fiction book.

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