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"A Comedy of Tenors" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Paris in the 1930s. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends and a soccer stadium full of screaming fans. The stage is set for the concert of the century — as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep an Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from fomenting chaos. A Comedy of Tenors is playwright Ken Ludwig's long-awaited companion piece to the award-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor (1989). Saddle up for another ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom high jinks and slapdash fun.
"Candide" at the Alliance Theatre with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The merry month of May brings a concert staging of the Leonard Bernstein musical Candide, co-produced by the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This adaptation of Voltaire's satirical novel finds the naïve Candide separated from his beloved Cunegunde and traveling the world to find her, while fiercely retaining his mentor's belief that "this is the best of all possible worlds" despite ever-increasing catastrophes. The 1956 original has been revived twice on Broadway. The 1974 revival won Tony awards for best musical, director (Harold Prince), and scenic and costume designs.
"Carmen" at The Atlanta Opera
Georges Bizet’s opéra comique may be the most beloved opera of all time (and popular with Olympics figure skaters). It tracks the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier seduced by a Gypsy. Its story was groundbreaking in the 19th century. Mezzo-soprano Zanda Svede, a rising star from Latvia, sings the title role. Gianluca Terranova, seen as Rodolfo in Atlanta Opera's La bohème, sings Don José. Carmen was last seen in Atlanta in 2012, and played to sold-out houses. It is sung in French with English supertitles.
"Ontario Was Here" at Aurora Theatre
Kansas-based playwright Darren Canady, the 2007 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, returns to metro Atlanta with Ontario Was Here. The drama follows social workers Penni and Nathan, who are on the front lines of Kansas City’s Department of Children and Families. Tempers flash when the co-workers (and ex-lovers) clash over what's best for a 9-year-old boy named Ontario. The stakes are high and, literally, life and death.
"Perfect Arrangement" at Theatrical Outfit
1950. Georgetown. Washington, D.C. As the Red Scare looms, State Department employees Bob and Norma receive orders to expose “moral turpitude” within the government. But there's a complication. Both are gay and married to each other’s partners, Millie and Jim. Their picture-perfect façade of domestic bliss is separated, literally, by a shared closet door. This cocktail party-meets-TV sitcom simmers poignantly as the four mates face exposure and a future more gray than Technicolor. The award-winning script, by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne, played off-Broadway in 2015.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at The Atlanta Opera
Many consider Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to be Stephen Sondheim's greatest achievement, one balanced on the precipice between musical theater and American opera. The Grand Guignol revenge story follows Todd, a barber who returns to London after many years to settle some scores. Mrs. Lovett, purveyor of the worst pies in town, becomes his co-conspirator.  Tony Award winner Schuler Hensley,  (Oklahoma!, 2002) sings Todd. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak sings Mrs. Lovett. God, that's good!
"The Classic Show" at Whole World Theatre
Whole World Improv Theatre calls 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 Daughter of the Regiment" at The Atlanta Opera
Singers call Donizetti’s screwball comedy The Daughter of the Regiment a “high C’s adventure” because of the demands it makes on tenors. What was he thinking when he concocted a story about a girl raised by Napoleon’s rowdy grenadiers? He was thinking fun, and that's what this opera is, with a proper ration of opera-like conflict tossed in, of course. Marie, that little girl, has come of age and fallen in love with the handsome Tonio. Of course key characters oppose their union, but rest assured. It all ends with a happily ever after. Sung in French with English supertitles.
"The Flower Room" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express stages the world premiere of this comedy from Atlanta-based playwright Daryl Fazio, which first reached AE audiences last season as staged reading in the company's Threshold Festival of New Plays. Meet Ingrid, an uptight academic who researches sexual behavior in primitive cultures while remaining completely closed off from her own sexual self. When she loses her university job, she turns to writing erotica to pay the bills —unleashing her own journey of sexual discovery. Whoa!
"The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Marietta Theatre Company

Welcome to 1958 and the day of the Springfield High School prom. The Marvelous Wondrettes — a sort of female Forever Plaid — introduces Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with big hopes, big dreams and big crinoline skirts. Act 1 takes place at the big dance, Act 2 at a 10-year reunion. The foursome sings more than 30 hits from the 1950s and '60s, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” "It's My Party," “Lipstick on Your Collar,” "Mr. Sandman" and "You Don't Own Me." See it at Marietta Theatre Company (not to be confused with Marietta's New Theatre on the Square).

"Tu Tu" and more with the Atlanta Ballet
Join Atlanta Ballet in April for three show-stopping works that spotlight the range of dance today. The lineup: a world premiere by former Atlanta Ballet dancer Tara Lee; Minus 16 by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, a frequent collaborator; and the Atlanta Ballet premiere of Tu Tu, promising a highly stylized classical work — with a twist. Tu Tu features choreography by Stanton Welch, another frequent collaborator, and  music by Maurice Ravel.
David Russell at Spivey Hall
Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist David Russell plays Clayton State University's Spivey Hall on March 11. He's widely known for his near flawless tone and diverse repertoire, and plays Matthias Dammann guitars. Russell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but moved at age 5 with his family to Menorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, where he began imitating Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream. His many recordings feature the music of Paraguayan and Spanish composers as well as Bach and contemporary works.
Elias String Quartet at Spivey Hall
The Elias String Quartet comprises violinists Sara Bitloch and Donald Grant, Simone van der Giessen on viola and Marie Bitloch on cello. The foursome visits Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow on Feb. 25 for a program that will include pieces by Mozart, Kurtág and Beethoven. "Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality," says The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Gerald Finley & Julius Drake at Spivey Hall
“Vocal recitals don’t get better than this,” Canada's Globe and Mail said of bass-baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake. The Canada-born Finley, who records, gives recitals and does opera around the world, has been featured on a stamp collection in his native country, named an Officer of the Order of Canada and, most recently, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The Washington Post said that Finley inhabits his songs "with tremendous precision of detail, so that each one comes alive in a small world of its own.” Drake, a frequent collaborator, lives in London.
Imogen Cooper at Spivey Hall
The Philadelphia Inquirer has called Imogen Cooper a “British piano goddess.” She visits Earth — and Clayton State University's Spivey Hall — for a few hours on March 10. Cooper, the daughter of a musicologist, has studied in London, Paris and Vienna, and is known for her Schubert and Schumann interpretations. She has also premiered such newer works as Traced Overhead by Thomas Adès. At Spivey Hall, she'll play Beethoven and Liszt bagatelles, Beethoven's Eroica Variations, Hayden and Julian Anderson.
Julia Bullock at Spivey Hall
Soprano Julia Bullock visits Clayton State University's Spivey Hall on April 7. The St. Louis-born singer has degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Bard College, an Artist Diploma from Juilliard and numerous awards. The New York Times calls her "a mesmerizing performer who combines an alluring voice with a natural theatricality.” Opera News says she "communicates intense, authentic feeling as if she were singing right from her soul.” See for yourself.
Lips Atlanta
For the ultimate in drag dining — yes, you read that right — Lips Atlanta is the place to be. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, promotion or divorce, expect a rip-roaring time and a quality meal. Lips, located on Buford Highway, does its best to shock you into laughter and applause as Atlanta's top drag queens perform a full stage show, with disco lighting and a club sound system. Reviewers have called the drag-dining spot "Ken and Barbie's Dream House on acid."
Paul Lewis at Spivey Hall
The New Yorker calls Paul Lewis "one of the master pianists of our time." The Guardian calls him “the most illustrious and talented British-born pianist for generations." Lewis performs May 6 at Clayton State University's acoustically superior Spivey Hall. The scheduled program includes Beethoven bagatelles, two Haydn sonatas and Brahms' Four Pieces for Piano.
Terrell Stafford Quintet at Spivey Hall
The Terell Stafford Quintet, which takes its name from its bandleader and jazz trumpeter, plays Clayton State University's Spivey Hall on March 17. Pianist McCoy Tyner calls Stafford "one of the great players of our time." He and his bandmates play straight-ahead and post-bop jazz. When not touring, Stafford is the director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies at Temple University. He's also the managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.
The Latin Lover: Boléro Meets the Tango at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Peruvian maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a sensuous and spirited show of Latin music, including a concerto by tango master Astor Piazzolla, and a brand new symphonic suite from Jimmy López's "exquisite" (The Economist) opera Bel Canto. The ASO's own Alcides Rodriguez will truly astound you with his virtuosity as he performs the rarely-heard Lorenz “Concerto for Maracas.”
Truls Mørk & Behzod Aduraimov at Spivey Hall
Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk and Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov concertize May 5 at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall. The program features a Grieg cello sonata and two pieces for cello and piano by Rachmaninoff. The New Yorker says Mørk has the gift of making his cello "sing with unforced splendor" and that Abduraimo offers "profound musicality."
Valentine's Day with Schubert's Unparalleled Eighth Symphony at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The acclaimed Italian maestro Roberto Abbado returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the deliciously haunting Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert. And once again, the Orchestra welcomes pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, "a serious and cultivated Beethoven player" (Chicago Tribune) for the most intimate, most elegant and noble of the Beethoven piano concertos – the Fourth – and the final in a series of concerts featuring Beethoven's five concertos.