Alton Brown is the ultimate food nerd, and I am the ultimate Alton Brown nerd, so when I recently had a chance to speak with him about his upcoming tour, I was, in a word, gushy. I’ll spare you the details on that front, but I did learn some details about his “show on the road,” Alton Brown Live!, a 90-minute stage production of quirky, foodie fun provided by the man himself.
“Ultimately, I want people to come away with, ‘Wow, that was a great two hours,’ and have their whole family with them,” he says.
If you enjoy the television show Good Eats, then you’ll be familiar with many of the elements, including puppets, something he started years ago on the show as more of a necessity.
“One of the overarching stylistic mission statements of Good Eats was doing a lot with a little,” Brown explains. “It’s a string and tape hands-on style of filming. Then it’s really a performance [instead of CGI]. Anything live is inherently different, and I looked around to enduring and endearing art forms. It’s hard to ignore things like Sesame Street, an iconic theatre form.”
Each live show will also feature stand-up comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, music (he sings and plays the guitar!) and “extreme” food experimentation. An interactive component invites select audience members on stage to serve as Brown’s trusted assistants.
An author of seven cookbooks, Brown has served as the culinary commentator of Iron Chef America for 11 seasons, as well as acted as host of The Next Iron Chef for five. He also joined Food Network Star in 2012, currently appearing in the show’s ninth season. Brown wrote, produced and hosted the Peabody Award-winning series Good Eats for 13 years on Food Network, which can still be seen on the Cooking Channel. He is the host of the second season of Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network, which airs Sundays at 10pm/9c
Here are the dates for the Southern leg of his tour, with tickets already on sale:
2.24.14 / NC Blumenthal PAC: Belk Theatre / Charlotte, NC
2.25.14 / North Charleston Performing Arts Center / North Charleston, SC
2.27.14 / Durham Performing Arts Center / Durham, NC
2.28.14 / Fox Theatre / Atlanta, GA
3.01.14 / Carol Morsani Hall / Tampa, FL
3.02.14 / Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall / Sarasota, FL