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"Cinderella and Fella" at the Alliance Theatre
This Alliance Theatre world premiere musical — a fanciful and contemporary retelling of the Cinderella tale — is more high-tops than glass slippers and emphasizes friendship instead of romantic love. The story is aided by the magic of lightning bugs, singing cicadas and oozing mud. The script is by Janece Shaffer, the score by S. Renee Clark (who plays Cinderella's mother) and the direction by Rosemary Newcott.
"Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Atlanta Lyric Theatre invites you to be its guest for a June staging of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The Broadway original, based on the 1991 Oscar-winning animated (score) feature film, ran for more than 13 years and earned nine Tony Award nominations, winning for best costumes. You likely know this tale as old as time: The bookish, beautiful Belle encounters a despondent Beast who must learn to love and be loved to break a curse. The Alan Menken-Howard Ashman-Tim Rice score includes "Something There," "Human Again," "Be Our Guest" and the title song.
"Don Pasquale" at The Atlanta Opera
The Atlanta Opera presents a modern production set in the golden era of Hollywood. There, Don Pasquale is an aging silent film star at the sunset of his career. He sets off to find a wife and heir to his fortune but weds a widowed gold digger who's conspiring with his nephew. The comic tale includes a chorus of servants dressed as Hollywood film stars. This is the first time The Atlanta Opera is performing this bel canto piece. Bass-baritone Burak Bilgili (2013’s The Italian Girl in Algiers) plays the title role. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
"Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express takes on Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3), an acclaimed trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) and one of the most celebrated American plays of the past decade. Father won off-Broadway’s 2015 Obie Award for playwriting and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The plot updates Homer’s The Odyssey to the American Civil War, mixing history, hip-hop and contemporary language, in telling the story of a slave named Hero, who's offered his freedom if he’ll fight for the Confederacy.
"Firebird" at the Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta Ballet, in April 2017, under the leadership of new artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin, pays homage to three of the most inventive choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The bill features Firebirdby Yuri Possokhov, Allegro Brillante by George Balanchine and Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián. Atlanta Ballet performs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Four performances only!
"Grease" at Serenbe Playhouse
Will it rain on prom night? Will Danny and Sandy ever find true love? Will Frenchy graduate from beauty school? Find out in this outdoor staging by the always inventive Serenbe Playhouse. It invites you to return to an era of gum-chewing, hubcap-stealing, hot-rod-loving boys in leather jackets and their wisecracking girls in poodle skirts. The setting, always outdoors at Serenbe, evokes a vintage drive-in movie. You'll find it in the Wildflower Meadow at Serenbe, in Chattahoochee Hills.
"Jesus Christ Superstar" at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Atlanta Lyric Theatre stages Jesus Christ Superstar, the first show from the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
The 1971 rock opera, born as a concept album, follows the last seven
days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, a social and political rebel. The
title — Superstar — suggests a parallel to today's celebrity
worship. The Tony-nominated score features "What's the Buzz,"
"Everything's Alright," "Gethsemane" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him."
Performed at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in the Cobb Civic Center.
"Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone" at Theatrical Outfit
Prodigy. Superstar. Activist. Exile. Vocal powerhouse Nina Simone, one of the true divas of the 20th century, defied classification and defined a generation. Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, a musical revue at Theatrical Outfit, lays bare the rich legacy of an American icon whose work encompassed jazz, gospel and blues plus Broadway and rock 'n' roll. Four performers play Simone in a show that includes such classics as “I Loves You, Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
"The Bridges of Madison County" at Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre stages the regional premiere of this Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) musical based on Robert Waller's 1992 best-selling novel and the 1995 movie with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Onstage, the story opens up to include more characters and more scenes but, at its heart, is still about a lonely Iowa farm wife and her unexpected love affair with a traveling photographer. The show had a three-month run on Broadway in 2014.
"The Classic Show" at Whole World Theatre
Whole World Improv Theatre call its Classic Improv Show "Atlanta's antidepressant since 1994." It's 90 minutes of improv scenes and games all conjured up on the spot from audience suggestions, performed by members of the company's Mainstage Actors and hosted by by of one of its fiiiiiiiine emcees (their spelling). Join in the hilarity, at Whole World's Spring Street home, at 9 p.m. Friday and/or 8 p.m. Saturday.
"The Legend of Georgia McBride" at Actor's Express
The Legend of Georgia McBride asks, “What do you do when your Elvis act gets the ax?” For a man named Casey, who has a pregnant wife, an empty bank account and an eviction notice, it means trading your jumpsuit for sequins and strutting your stuff as the Florida Panhandle’s newest drag queen. This musical comedy, described by The New York Times as “a stitch-in-your-side funny, first-rate production full of sass and good spirits,” is the work of Matthew Lopez, the playwright behind the much more serious Civil War drama The Whipping Man (seen at the Alliance Theatre in 2013).
"Turandot" at The Atlanta Opera
Puccini’s epic tale centers around the Princess Turandot, who decapitates each suitor who fails to answer her riddles. When the character Calaf falls in love with her, he heroically wins her ghastly game and proposes a riddle of his own. Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova, who made his Atlanta debut as Rodolfo in La bohème, sings the role of Calaf for the first time. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Out Front Theatre Season Ticket
Check out Out Front Theatre Company, a new face on the metro Atlanta arts scene. The company tells stories of the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intergender, Allied) experience and community. Its three-show season begins in October with the 2011 Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual who take a road trip across the Australian Outback. It continues in February with A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle, a 2013 drama about a 4-year-old boy who likes Cinderella better than GI Joe, which complicates his admission to a coveted Manhattan pre-school. It ends in May with The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, playwright Paul Rudnick's comic take on the Creation story. Out Front performs in the former Fabrefaction Theatre space at 999 Brady Ave. in West Midtown.