|"Atlanta" cast members (clockwise from left) Charlene Ibrahim, Patrick Moore, Mike Eldred and Jeremy Childs. Photo: Hatcher and Fell Photography|
In Atlanta, a Yankee soldier finds himself behind enemy lines engaged in man-to-man combat with a Confederate infantryman. He kills the rebel, and in order to save himself, puts on the rebel's uniform. He is then captured as a Confederate deserter, but is saved by a slave of a Colonel Medraut of the 12th Louisiana. This powerful figure, named Hamlet, leads a group of slaves who travel with the 12th Louisiana, doing Shakespeare recitations for the Colonel and his troops. The Yankee finds himself part of this the ill-fated regiment as they make their way toward the burning city of Atlanta.
Atlanta is Hummon's fourth staged musical, following American Duet, co-written by Feehely; Francis of Guernica, staged by Tennessee Repertory Theatre; and Warrior, a work based on the life of Jim Thorpe, which premiered at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
As a songwriter, Hummon has found chart success and industry honors with Sara Evans' "Born to Fly," the Dixie Chicks' "Ready to Run" and "Cowboy Take Me Away," Wynonna's "Only Love," Tim McGraw's "One of These Days," and Rascal Flatts' current single, "Bless the Broken Road."
Atlanta runs January 27-30; February 3-6, 2005, at TPAC's Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick Street, Nashville). Performances Thursday-Saturday begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 before Jan. 15; $25 after Jan. 15, and $15 for parties of 8 or more. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, (615) 255- ARTS (2787) or any Ticketmaster outlet.