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"[title of show]" at Marietta Theatre Company

[title of show] is a one-act musical that chronicles its own creation as an entry in the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival. It follows the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during a three-week creative period, along with subsequent events leading to its production. The award-winning piece has played off-Broadway, on Broadway and in Australia, Germany and Argentina. See it at Marietta Theatre Company (not to be confused with Marietta's New Theatre on the Square).

"110 in the Shade" at Theatrical Outfit
It's July 4th, 1936, in Three Point, Texas, where an unrelenting heat wave has the locals praying for rain. Lizzie Curry, meanwhile, daydreams away fears of becoming a spinster in this tiny, dusty town even though her wit, intelligence and lauded homemaking skills don’t seem to portend a romantic future. Then a charismatic rainmaker named Starbuck sweeps into town promising more than just atmospheric relief, and Lizzie’s world becomes larger than she imagined possible. The 1964 musical by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!) was revived on Broadway in 2007 with Audra McDonald as Lizzie.
"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. Franco-Armenian mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan 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.
"Disney’s The Little Mermaid" at Serenbe Playhouse
Go under the sea (or at least lakeside) with The Little Mermaid at Serenbe Playhouse, the company's 2018 season opener. All Serenbe shows are outdoors and site-specific, so Ariel and Prince Eric, Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest will be spinning their musical tale at the Grange Lake at Serenbe. The Tony Award-nominated score includes "Part of Your World," "Poor Unfortunate Souls" and, of course, "Under the Sea." Miss Saigon's Niki Badua and Chase Peacock return as Ariel and Eric, Deborah Bowman is the deliciously evil Ursula. Look closely at the set: It's made entirely of recycled items.
"Dot" at True Colors Theatre
In Dot, True Colors Theatre Company and the Shealy family welcome you to Christmastime in urban West Philly. This holiday, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than celebration in mind. Dotty is struggling to hold onto her memory; her children are struggling to find a balance between caring for her and caring for themselves. Kenny Leon directs this gentle comedy by Colman Domingo, a piece that uses humor to look at issues surrounding aging parents and midlife crises. Recommended for age 15 and up (adult language).
"First Date" produced by OnStage Atlanta at 7 Stages
Dip into the dating pool with the musical First Date (OnStage Atlanta at 7 Stages), about a blind-date newbie and a serial dater in modern-day New York City. A drink at a busy restaurant turns into high-stakes dinner hilarity, with fellow patrons taking on the mantle of best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents. The show made its world premiere in Seattle in 2012 and had a five-month Broadway run in 2013/14 with Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez in the main roles.
"Leaving Iowa" produced by OnStage Atlanta at Art Station

OnStage Atlanta describes the comic Leaving Iowa as a loving toast to the Greatest Generation and its dedication to the family road trip. The story shifts between past and present as a middle-aged writer named Don Browning deals with memories, changing times, Iowa's backroads and his father's ashes. OnStage Atlanta, a long-running semiprofessional theater (and momentarily homeless) performs this piece at ART Station Theatre in Stone Mountain.

"Peter Pan" at Serenbe Playhouse
For anyone of any age who refuses to grow up! Serenbe Playhouse invites you to set sail with Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and that pesky croc with this world premiere immersive pirate adventure. Beware the buccaneers' swords and prepare yourself for that magical place called Neverland. Wannabe pirates, Lost Boys and their grown-ups will watch it all unfold from the banks of a creek.
"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!
"Tarzan" at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Atlanta Lyric Theatre swings into the stage version of Tarzan, based of course on Disney’s 1999 animated musical and Edgar Rice Burroughs' extended series of novels. This Tarzan features a score by rocker Phil Collins (including the Oscar-winning "You'll Be in My Heart," "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds") and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). Tarzan had a 15-month Broadway run in 2006/07.
"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 Color Purple" at Actor's Express
Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel bolts joyously to life at Actor's Express with its memorable music and characters. The Color Purple tells the  story of Celie, a Southern woman in the first half of the 20th century, who stares down adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice. The original Color Purple, as you might know, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in 2004, eventually running 17 months on Broadway. The more intimate version, which suits the Express space, had a 14-month Broadway run (2015-17) and won the Tony Award for best musical revival. At AE, Latrice Pace plays Celie, with Kevin Harry as Mister.
"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 Seagull" at Serenbe Playhouse
Fame, love, justice, purpose. The people of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull all want something they can’t have. Join Serenbe Playhouse lakeside for a reimagined, contemporary take on the celebrated Russian dramatist's most action-packed tragicomedy. This outdoor, site-specific telling comes with Balkan music, dark humor, searing love triangles, absurd comedy and wild art. This Seagull is a bloodsport — a ruthless competition about who will command the stage, and how.
"Titanic" at Serenbe Playhouse
Board Serenbe Playhouse's ship of dreams this summer (July-August) with its floating staging of Titanic, the 1997 Broadway musical that won five Tony awards, including best musical and best score. Serenbe's 40-member cast of characters includes the ship's lovestruck stoker; its introverted radioman; three Irish girls looking for new lives in a new country; a wealthy, card-playing widow; America's first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor, and his scandalously young new wife; and Macy's wealthy co-owner Isidor Straus and his wife, Ida. Who will live? Who will not? This site-specific telling takes place on a three-story structure on Inn Lake that will be submerged nightly. Sail on, Titanic.
"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.
Aurora Theatre presents "Mamma Mia!" at the Ferst Center for the Arts
ABBA lives! The Swedish supergroup's music, a soundtrack for the 1970s and '80s, provides the framework for Mamma Mia!,
the story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. On the eve
of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover her dad's identity brings
three men from her mother’s past back into her life for the first time
in 20 years. And it all takes place on a Greek island. The score
includes "Take a Chance on Me," "Dancing Queen" "S.O.S." and a whole lot
Encore Atlanta "Hamilton" program
It took Lin-Manuel Miranda six years to write Hamilton and almost 3 years for the show to make it from Broadway to Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Hamilton changed American musical theater, won 11 Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize, and still has everyone talking. Now you can have your own Hamilton keepsake — Encore Atlanta's official program — for much less than the price of a ticket. Learn why Hamilton matters, see photos from the show and meet the actors. History has never been so entertaining.
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.
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.
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."