BEST BETS | July 19-25, 2018

  “The Color Purple” (Actor’s Express) and “Titanic” continue and lead this week’s curated edition of BEST BETS. Also worth noting: “Dot” continues at True Colors, the “The Book of Mormon” drops into the Fox Theatre and “Newsies” opens at Aurora Theatre. Pictured: Denise Burse and Gilbert Glenn Brown in “Dot” at True Colors. Photo: Brenda Nicole Photography.

“The Color Purple” (Actor’s Express) and “Titanic” continue and lead this week’s curated edition of BEST BETS. Also worth noting: “Dot” continues at True Colors, the “The Book of Mormon” drops into the Fox Theatre and “Newsies” opens at Aurora Theatre. Pictured: Denise Burse and Gilbert Glenn Brown in “Dot” at True Colors. Photo: Brenda Nicole Photography.

**  INDICATES AN ENCORE ATLANTA SPRING/SUMMER TOP PICK. 

Recommended

 Latrice Pace (left) and Jeanette Illidge as Celie and Nettie. Photo: Casey Gardner

Latrice Pace (left) and Jeanette Illidge as Celie and Nettie. Photo: Casey Gardner

 ** The Color Purple. THROUGH JULY 29. At Actor’s Express.

Alice Walker’s landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel became a musical at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2004, and on Broadway in 2005 and 2015. The Express telling hews most closely to the more intimate 2015/17 revival. The story follows the hardscrabble journey of a rural Georgia woman named Celie, who fights adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice over a 40-year span.

Atlanta-based actor/director/educator David Koté directs. Latrice Pace is Celie, Jasmyne Hinson is Shug Avery, Kevin Harry is Mister and Kayce Grogan-Wallace is Sophia.

$22-$44 and selling well. Don’t delay. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. In the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

 

 Chris Sizemore as Thomas Andrews, chief designer of the RMS Titanic. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Chris Sizemore as Thomas Andrews, chief designer of the RMS Titanic. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Titanic. EXTENDED THROUGH AUG. 19. 

The credo for major musicals at Serenbe Playhouse often seems to be “go big or go home.” Carousel and Miss Saigon come to mind. Both might be outdone, however, by artistic director Brian Clowdus’ ambitious plan for this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the 1912 maritime disaster that killed 1,503 men, women and children. Clowdus’ staging features a cast of 40 (including regulars Niki BaduaBlake BurgessJessica De Maria, Chase Peacock and Robert Wayne) and a four-story Titanic replica that sinks nightly in the Inn Lake at Serenbe. But, as Clowdus says, “It’s not about the boat sinking. It’s about people on a voyage or quest for joy, hope and change.”

All Serenbe shows take place outdoors and can require a walk along a muddy path. Appropriate footwear recommended. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.), contact the box office.

$35 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110.

Opening this week

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Newsies. OPENS JULY 19.

The 2012 Disney musical tells the real-life story of New York City’s Newsboy Strike of 1899, when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst tried to take advantage of the newsboys to increase profits. The newsboys’ response: Strike!! 

Aurora Theatre uses a cast of 31 to tell the story, set at the turn of the 19th century. Newsies, a Disney musical, features a Tony Award-winning score by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid). Justin Anderson directs, with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Ricardo Aponte.

$30-$65. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. matinees  (tickets start at $20) on July 31 + Aug. 7. Through Sept. 2.

(Note: The show, a co-production with Atlanta Lyric Theatre, plays the Lyric’s Marietta space Oct. 19-Nov. 4.) Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Still running

 Jon Carr

Jon Carr

Black Nerd. THROUGH AUG. 4. At Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.

What happens when a black kid prefers listening to Weird Al over Kendrick Lamar, attending Dragon Con over seeing Jay-Z, or watching Star Wars instead of Tyler Perry’s Madea? This dark comedy follows a young man as he navigates the expectations of his black family and his white friends, where race and geekdom collide. The script is the first solo effort from Dad’s company member Jon Carr, who collaborated on the earlier Wrath of Con.

The cast: Mandy ButlerCandy McLellanAvery Sharpe and Jon Wierenga.

$15.50-$29.50. Dad’s is at 569 Ezzard St. SE. Details, tickets HERE (you’ll save money if you buy online) or at 404.523.3141.

 Conner Peirson as Elder Cunningham. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Conner Peirson as Elder Cunningham. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

 The Book of Mormon. THROUGH SUNDAY. 

Those shiny-faced Mormon missionaries revisit Atlanta (and Uganda) for more equal-opportunity offensiveness and a surprising amount of heart.

The Broadway company is in its seventh year; Atlanta sees the national touring company. The show, by Matt Stone and Trey Parker (“South Park”) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), won nine 2011 Tony awards, including best musical.

$34-$139 plus fees. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE, in person at the Fox ticket office or at 855.285.8499.

 

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. THROUGH JULY 29. At the Center for Puppetry Arts. Cows that type? Chickens on strike? Check out Farmer Brown’s topsy-turvy barnyard in this adaptation by the Center’s Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines. It’s based on the Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book published in 2000. The comedy uses marionette, rod and shadow puppets and is appropriate for age 4 and up. The cast-puppeteers: Dolph Amick, Brian Harrison, Mandy Mitchell, head puppeteer Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney. $19.50. 10 a.m. + noon Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m. + 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

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Dot. THROUGH AUG. 12.

At True Colors Theatre Company. This gentle comedy by Colman Domingo uses humor to look at issues surrounding aging parents and midlife crises. The setting is Christmastime in urban West Philly. The playwright, Variety.com says, “sees the absurdity and human comedy in a messy, volatile, all-too-real family dynamic.” Atlanta-born, New York-based stage/film actor Denise Burse is Dot.

Also in the cast: such familiar faces as Gilbert Glenn BrownTinashe Kajese-BoldenRhyn McLemore Saver and Lee Osorio. True Colors co-founder and artistic director Kenny Leon directs. Contains adult language, situations.

$20-$35. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. True Colors performs at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW. Details, tickets HERE or at 877.725.8849 (Ticket Alternative).

 J.L. Reed, Amanda Cucher. Photo: Casey Gardner

J.L. Reed, Amanda Cucher. Photo: Casey Gardner

Enchanted April. THROUGH JULY 29.

From the Weird Sisters Theatre Project. In 1922, two London housewives find themselves in dreary marriages in post-World War I society. They decide to rent an Italian villa for a ladies-only escape with two reluctant recruits. Things lost are soon found as the women clash, then begin to bond and bloom under the Mediterranean sun.

 Matthew Barber’s romantic comedy, based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Armin, had a four-month summer run on Broadway in 2003.

Kate Donadio MacQueen directs. The cast: Maggie Birgel, Josh Brook, Amanda CucherShelli Delgado, Stephanie Earle, J.L. Reed, Topher Payne and Holly Stevenson.

$15 plus fees. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Performed at Out of Box Theatre, 585 Cobb Parkway South in Marietta. Tickets HERE.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream. THROUGH JULY 29. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

‘Tis the Midsummer season. The new Shakespeare Kennesaw recently finished its run, and September brings an outdoor version from the Alliance Theatre. At the Tavern, Kenneth Wigley (Theseus, Oberon) and Dani Herd (Hippolyta, Titania) lead a large band of storytellers in a comic tale about two pairs of lovers (one requited, one not so much) and a ragtag bunch of thespians who stumble upon a chaotic fairy kingdom. J. Tony Brown directs. 

Pub menu and libations available. $21-$42. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 

499 Peachtree St. NE (parking suggested in the Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across the street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

 Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Peter Pan. THROUGH AUG. 26. 

Serenbe Playhouse calls this a “world premiere musical pirate adventure.” If you’re so inclined, sail to the second star on the right and straight on till morning to revisit J.M. Barrie’s 1904 tale about Peter, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and Neverland. Complications arise when the Lost Boys get homesick and Captain Hook returns seeking revenge.

The story is by Roger Q. Mason, the score by London-trained, New York regular Ella GraceMichael Alvarez, who works largely in Britain, directs. Serenbe, which does outdoor, site-specific shows, sets Peter Pan at its Mado Hideaway.

All shows take place in the woods and require a walk along a sometimes muddy path. Appropriate footwear recommended. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.), contact the box office. $13-$30. 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Christopher Kent (from left), Chris Damiano, Scott DePoy, Laura Lindahl and Mark W. Schroeder. Photo: Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Christopher Kent (from left), Chris Damiano, Scott DePoy, Laura Lindahl and Mark W. Schroeder. Photo: Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. THROUGH JULY 28. 

Georgia Ensemble Theatre reprises last season’s jukebox musical about the Man in Black. Ring of Fire tells Cash’s story through his songs — from vintage country to rockabilly to ballads — including “Daddy Sang Bass,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Going to Memphis,” “Jackson,” “If I Were a Carpenter,” “I Walk the Line” and 32 more. 

The run continues GET’s partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center for a fourth consecutive summer and features the same cast as last season: Chris DamianoScott DePoy, Christopher Kent, Laura Lindahl and Mark W. Schroeder.

$16.50 general admission lawn seating; $36.50 reserved table seating under the pavilion; $365 for a 10-person table. Cash bar (no outside alcohol or glass allowed). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (grounds open at 6:30 p.m.). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260.

Next week

 TMBT founders (from left) John Welker, Rachel Van Buskirk, Heath Gill, Tara Lee and Christian Clark.

TMBT founders (from left) John Welker, Rachel Van Buskirk, Heath Gill, Tara Lee and Christian Clark.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. JULY 27-28.

Two pop-up performances at the High Museum of Art feature Heath Gill’s Confronting Genius, described as “a whimsical duet that looks at unshackling the artist that lives inside us all.”

Dancers from the company’s Advanced Summer Intensive program also perform. 

Terminus, founded in fall 2017, is dedicated to expanding ballet’s boundaries through contemporary movement and nontraditional approaches. Gill, along with co-founders Christian Clark, Tara Lee, Rachel Van Buskirk and John Welker, were longtime Atlanta Ballet dancers.

Free for High Museum members; $14.50 non-members. Seating limited. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The High Museum is at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details HERE.Tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

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BEST BETS | July 12-18, 2018

The RMS Titanic

“The Color Purple” (Actor’s Express), “Titanic” (Serenbe Playhouse) and the final days of “Winnie-the-Pooh” (Alliance Theatre) top this week’s curated edition of BEST BETS. Learn why while you check out this week’s openings, closings and what’s just ahead. Pictured: The RMS Titanic at Serenbe Playhouse. Design and rendering by Adam Koch. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

**  INDICATES AN ENCORE ATLANTA SPRING/SUMMER TOP PICK. 

Recommended

 Kevin Harry as Mister. Photo: Casey Gardner

Kevin Harry as Mister. Photo: Casey Gardner

** The Color Purple. THROUGH JULY 29. At Actor’s Express.

Alice Walker’s landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel became a musical at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2004, and on Broadway in 2005 and 2015. The Express telling hews most closely to the more intimate 2015/17 revival.

The story follows the hardscrabble journey of a rural Georgia woman named Celie, who fights adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice over a 40-year span. Atlanta-based actor/director/educator David Koté directs. Latrice Pace is Celie, Jasmyne Hinson is Shug Avery, Kevin Harry is Mister and Kayce Grogan-Wallace is Sophia.

$22-$44 and selling well. Don’t delay. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. In the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

 

 Dash Clowdus-Howe. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Dash Clowdus-Howe. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Titanic. THROUGH AUG. 12. 

The credo for major musicals at Serenbe Playhouse often seems to be “go big or go home.” Carousel and Miss Saigon come to mind. Both might be outdone, however, by artistic director Brian Clowdus’ ambitious plans for this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the 1912 maritime disaster that killed 1,503.

Clowdus’ staging features a cast of 40 (including regulars Niki BaduaBlake BurgessJessica De Maria, Chase Peacock and Robert Wayne) and a four-story Titanic replica that sinks nightly in Serenbe’s Inn Lake. But, as Clowdus says, “It’s not about the boat sinking. It’s about people on a voyage or quest for joy, hope and change.” All Serenbe shows take place outdoors and can require a walk along a muddy path.

Appropriate footwear recommended. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.), contact the box office.

$35 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 

 Joe Sykes (Eeyore), Mabel Tyler (Piglet). Photo: Greg Mooney

Joe Sykes (Eeyore), Mabel Tyler (Piglet). Photo: Greg Mooney

Winnie-the-Pooh. CLOSES SUNDAY.

It’s nearly time to bid the Hundred Acre Wood goodbye. The Alliance Theatre opens its 50th anniversary season with this fanciful family musical based on the A.A. Milne books. Spend a life-affirming hour with Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Owl as one adventure (or misadventure) turns into another, friendship triumphs and a certain donkey’s birthday is celebrated.

The cast is led by Atlanta actors Isake Akanke(Synchronicity’s Eclipsed), Grant Chapman (Actor’s Express’ Angels in America), Maria Rodriguez-Sager (Theatrical Outfit’s Christmas at Pemberley) and Joe Sykes (Angels in America).

$15; $10 ages 6-17; $5 ages 3-5; age 2 and under free. 10 + 11:45 a.m. through Friday; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE. Note: The High Museum of Art exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, runs through Sept. 2. Museum details, tickets HERE. For either the musical or the exhibit, call 404.733.5000. Discount tickets for the musical at PoshDealz.com.

[FOR THE LOVE OF POOH + THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD]

Opening this week

 Photo: Dad’s Garage

Photo: Dad’s Garage

Black Nerd. OPENS FRIDAY. At Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.

What happens when a black kid prefers listening to Weird Al over Kendrick Lamar, attending Dragon Con over seeing Jay-Z, or watching Star Wars instead of Tyler Perry?

This dark comedy follows a young man as he navigates the expectations of his black family and white friends, where race and geekdom collide. The script is the first solo effort from Dad’s company member Jon Carr, who collaborated on the earlier Wrath of Con.

$15.50-$29.50. Through Aug. 4. Dad’s is at 569 Ezzard St. SE. Details, tickets HERE (you’ll save money if you buy online) or at 404.523.3141.

 

The Book of Mormon. OPENS TUESDAY. Those shiny-faced Mormon missionaries revisit Atlanta (and Uganda) for more equal-opportunity offensiveness and a surprising amount of heart. The Broadway company is in its seventh year; Atlanta sees the national touring company. The show, by Matt Stone and Trey Parker (“South Park”) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), won nine 2011 Tony awards, including best musical.$34-$139 plus fees. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE, in person at the Fox ticket office or at 855.285.8499.

[WHY MORMON STILL WORKS, AFTER 6-PLUS YEARS ON BROADWAY AND TOUR]

 

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Dot. OPENS TUESDAY.  At True Colors Theatre Company.

This gentle comedy by Colman Domingo uses humor to look at issues surrounding aging parents and midlife crises. The setting is Christmastime in urban West Philly. The playwright, Variety.com says, “sees the absurdity and human comedy in a messy, volatile, all-too-real family dynamic.” Atlanta-born, New York-based stage/film actor Denise Burse is Dot.

Also in the cast: Gilbert Glenn BrownTinashe Kajese-BoldenRhyn McLemore Saver and Lee Osorio. True Colors co-founder and artistic director Kenny Leon directs. Contains adult language, situations.

$20-$35. Through Aug. 12. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. True Colors performs at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW. Details, tickets HERE or at 877.725.8849 (Ticket Alternative).

 Amanda Cucher (from left), Shelli Delgado, Holly Stevenson, Maggie Birgel. Photo: Casey Gardner

Amanda Cucher (from left), Shelli Delgado, Holly Stevenson, Maggie Birgel. Photo: Casey Gardner

Enchanted April. OPENS FRIDAY. From the Weird Sisters Theatre Project.

In 1922, two London housewives find themselves in dreary marriages in a post-World War I society. They decide to rent an Italian villa for a ladies-only escape with two reluctant recruits. Things lost are soon found as the women clash, then begin to bond and bloom under the Mediterranean sun. Matthew Barber’s romantic comedy, based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Armin, had a four-month summer run on Broadway in 2003. Kate Donadio MacQueen directs.

The cast: Maggie Birgel, Josh Brook, Amanda CucherShelli Delgado, Stephanie Earle, J.L. Reed, Topher Payne and Holly Stevenson.

$10 plus fees for July 12 preview; otherwise $15 plus fees. Through July 29. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Performed at Out of Box Theatre,  585 Cobb Parkway South in Marietta. Tickets HERE.

Still running

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. THROUGH JULY 29. At the Center for Puppetry Arts. Cows that type? Chickens on strike? Check out Farmer Brown’s topsy-turvy barnyard in this adaptation by the Center’s Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines. It’s based on the Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book published in 2000. The comedy uses marionette, rod and shadow puppets and is appropriate for age 4 and up. The cast/puppeteers: Dolph Amick, Brian Harrison, Mandy Mitchell, head puppeteer Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney. $19.50. 10 a.m. + noon Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m. + 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 Photo: Center for Puppetry Arts

Photo: Center for Puppetry Arts

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. THROUGH JULY 29. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. ‘Tis the Midsummer season. Shakespeare Kennesaw, new this summer, recently finished its run, and September brings an outdoor version from the Alliance Theatre. At the Tavern, Kenneth Wigley (Theseus, Oberon) and Dani Herd (Hippolyta, Titania) lead a large band of storytellers in a comic tale about two pairs of lovers (one requited, one not so much) and a ragtag bunch of thespians who stumble upon a chaotic fairy kingdom. J. Tony Brown directs. Pub menu and libations available. $21-$42. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 499 Peachtree St. NE (parking suggested in the Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across the street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

 Alexandria Joy as Tinker Bell. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Alexandria Joy as Tinker Bell. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Peter Pan.THROUGH AUG. 26. Serenbe Playhouse calls this a “world premiere musical pirate adventure.”

If you’re so inclined, sail to the second star on the right and straight on till morning to revisit J.M. Barrie’s 1904 tale about Peter, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and Neverland. Complications arise when the Lost Boys get homesick and Captain Hook returns seeking revenge. The story is by Roger Q. Mason, the score by London-trained, New York regular Ella GraceMichael Alvarez, who works largely in Britain, directs. Serenbe, which does outdoor, site-specific shows, sets Peter Pan at its Mado Hideaway.

All shows take place in the woods and require a walk along a sometimes muddy path. Appropriate footwear recommended. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.), contact the box office.

$13-$30. 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Scott DePoy (from left), Chris Damiano, Christopher Kent, Mark W. Schroeder (at piano). Photo: Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Scott DePoy (from left), Chris Damiano, Christopher Kent, Mark W. Schroeder (at piano). Photo: Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. OPENS THURSDAY. 

Georgia Ensemble Theatre reprises last season’s jukebox musical about the Man in Black. Ring of Firetells Cash’s story through his songs — from vintage country to rockabilly and ballads — including “Daddy Sang Bass,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Going to Memphis,” “Jackson,” “If I Were a Carpenter,” “I Walk the Line” and 32 more. The run continues GET’s partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center for a fourth consecutive summer and features the same cast as last season: Chris DamianoScott DePoy, Christopher Kent, Laura Lindahl and Mark W. Schroeder.

$16.50 general admission lawn seating; $36.50 reserved table seating under the pavilion; $365 for a 10-person table. Cash bar (no outside alcohol or glass allowed). Through July 28. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (grounds open at 6:30 p.m.). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260.

Coming up

 Rachel Van Buskirk, Christian Clark. Photo: Kyle Sager / TMBT

Rachel Van Buskirk, Christian Clark. Photo: Kyle Sager / TMBT

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. JULY 27-28.

Two pop-up performances at the High Museum of Art feature Heath Gill’s Confronting Genius, described as “a whimsical duet that looks at unshackling the artist that lives inside us all.” Dancers from the company’s Advanced Summer Intensive program also perform. Terminus, founded in fall 2017, is dedicated to expanding ballet’s boundaries through contemporary movement and nontraditional approaches. Gill, along with co-founders Christian Clark, Tara Lee, Rachel Van Buskirk and John Welker, were longtime Atlanta Ballet dancers.

Free for High Museum members; $14.50 non-members. Seating limited.

7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The High Museum is at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE.

Details HERE. Tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

 

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BEST BETS | June 21-27, 2018

the color purple for theatre

Welcome once again to BEST BETS, our curated column about the top arts events in Atlanta. Leading this week’s best: “The Color Purple” (Actor’s Express); Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming” (closing Sunday at Synchronicity Theatre); AJFF’s Cinebash salute to Saul Bass; and the offbeat “Paper Cut” (for adult audiences at the Center for Puppetry Arts). Pictured: Jeanette Illidge (left) and Latrice Pace as sisters Nellie and Celie in “The Color Purple.” Photo by Casey Gardner.

**  INDICATES AN ENCORE ATLANTA SPRING/SUMMER TOP PICK. 

Recommended

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** The Color Purple. THROUGH JULY 29. At Actor’s Express.

Alice Walker’s landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel became a musical at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2004, and on Broadway in 2005 and 2015. The Express telling hews most closely to the 2015/17 revival.

The story follows the hardscrabble journey of a rural Georgia woman named Celie, who fights adversity and finds strength, love and the power of her own voice over a 40-year span. Atlanta-based actor-director-educator David Koté directs. His cast features Latrice Pace as Celie, Jasmyne Hinson as Shug Avery, Kevin Harry as Mister and Kayce Grogan-Wallace as Sophia.

$22-$44 and selling briskly. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (no show July 4; additional show at 2 p.m. July 7). In the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com

 Kelly Criss as Founding Father James Madison. Photo: Jerry Siegel

Kelly Criss as Founding Father James Madison. Photo: Jerry Siegel

 ** The Taming. CLOSES SUNDAY. At Synchronicity Theatre. A modern political farce suggested by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. When a conservative Senate aide, a liberal activist and a sparkly beauty queen find themselves locked in a hotel room during the Miss America pageant, they just might turn out to be revolutionary geniuses. The script is from Decatur-born, San Francisco-based writer Lauren Gunderson, the most-frequently-produced playwright in America this season. The Taming, critics say, “spanks America’s sound-bite politics with the switch of actual history.” The cast: Caroline Arapoglou, Jimmica Collins and Kelly Criss. Atlanta theater artist Suehyla El-Attar directs. $23-$41. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Synchronicity is in Midtown’s One Peachtree Pointe building, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or 404.484.8636.

This weekend only

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Cinebash. SATURDAY ONLY. 

This annual film party blends immersive experiences with food, music, dance and/or other production elements.

This year’s event honors Saul Bass, the Jewish-American graphic designer and Oscar-winning filmmaker known for his movie-title sequences (including Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Psycho), promotional posters (Exodus, The Shining, West Side Story) and corporate logos.

$35 in advance; $50 at the door; $150 VIP. 7 p.m. Presented by the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. NW. Details, tickets HERE.

 

 Abby Holland (left), Jennifer Alice Acker. Photo: Horizon Theatre.

Abby Holland (left), Jennifer Alice Acker. Photo: Horizon Theatre.

Freaky Friday. THROUGH SATURDAY. Horizon Theatre at Piedmont Park.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have one day to put things right before Mom’s big wedding. The musical is based on the Mary Rodgers novel and the Disney movies. The score comes from Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to NormalIf/Then). Director Heidi Cline McKerley’s cast includes Jennifer Alice AckerRandi Garza, Jill HamesAbby HollandChristian Magby and Juan Carlos Unzueta. 

Free general admission; $15 reserved seating; $35 table seats; private tables for six available. 7:30 nightly. Piedmont Park is at Monroe Drive and Piedmont Drive (best GPS address: 1320 Monroe Drive). Performed in the Promenade area near the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sage parking garage.

Park details and rules HERE. Tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450. Note: If Horizon cancels the show because of rain, you can exchange your ticket for another performance.

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Paper Cut. THROUGH SUNDAY. At the Center for Puppetry Arts. 

A lonely secretary remains in her office after hours. In her little corner, she escapes into a glamorous world of fantasy created with photos and old film magazines. When her imagination collides with reality, her romantic tale becomes a Hitchcockian nightmare.

This internationally acclaimed, one-woman piece by and with Israel’s Yael Rasooly explores the powerful, unpredictable nature of dreams. $30 + $35. For age 15 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

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Citizens Market. CLOSES SUNDAY.

A Southeastern premiere at Horizon Theatre. This dramatic rom-com from New York-based playwright/actor Cori Thomas follows a hopeful group of immigrants who form an unlikely family and work to master the ups and downs of language, love and staying afloat in their new world. The cast is noteworthy, especially Atlanta-based actors Cynthia D. BarkerCarolyn Cook and Allan Edwards. Horizon co-artistic director Jeff Adlerdirects. Suggested for older teens and up (mature language and situations).

$25-$45 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. at Euclid Avenue NE. Parking is free, with limitations. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

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Mamma Mia! CLOSES SUNDAY. Aurora Theatre at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus.

The Lawrenceville playhouse brings its most recent musical intown. The 2001 jukebox tuner built around the ABBA songbook will never be one of the great musicals, but it has a fervid fan base and a devoted ABBA following. The slight story unfolds on a small Greek island where a single mother reunites with old friends, and her daughter tries to discover the identity of her father before she marries. The score includes “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me,” plus 19 more. In the Aurora cast: Kristin Markiton as the mom; Terry Henry and Marcie Millard as her friends; Hannah Church as the daughter; Nick Arapoglou as the daughter’s boyfriend, and Greg Frey, Chris Kayser and Travis Smith as the possible dads. 

$30-$75; VIP tables $85. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Ferst is near the traffic light at Ferst and Regents drives (GPS address: 353 Ferst Drive NW). Tickets + all sorts of details HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. CLOSES SATURDAY.

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Does this make anyone think of the late, great Georgia Shakespeare? Midsummer is the inaugural production of Shakespeare Kennesaw, a professional outdoor summer company created by Kennesaw State University’s theater department. The performances take place in the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheatre on campus, which becomes an outdoor Elizabethan playhouse.

Much like Theater Emory, this company employs professional actors, KSU faculty and alumni, and the school’s undergraduate intern company. The bard’s comedy features crossed loves, fairy spells and strange transformations. KSU’s Rick Lombardo (Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express) directs. 

$10-$27; $120 for reserved table seating. 8 nightly (play introduction at 7:30 p.m.). KSU is at 1000 Chastain Road in Kennesaw. Venue details HERE. Tickets HERE or at 404.578.6650.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.THROUGH JULY 29. At the Center for Puppetry Arts. 

Cows that type? Chickens on strike? Check out Farmer Brown’s topsy-turvy barnyard in this adaptation (by the Center’s Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines) of the Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book published in 2000.

The comedy uses marionette, rod and shadow puppets and is good for age 4 and up. The cast/puppeteers: Dolph Amick, Brian Harrison, Mandy Mitchell, head puppeteer Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney.

$19.50. 10 a.m. + noon Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m. + 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 +3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 Troy Willis

Troy Willis

The Life and Death of King John. THROUGH JULY 1. At the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

This history play dramatizes King John of England’s 17-year reign (1199-1216) and tells the story of a country questioning how its leaders are chosen and facing an uncertain future with an uncertain leader. It depicts murder, betrayal and religious intolerance at the highest levels of government and questions the reason for, and price of, war.

Sounds timely, yes? Troy Willis plays King John. Playhouse artistic director Jeff Watkins directs. Pub menu and libations available.

$21-$42. Through July 1. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 499 Peachtree St. NE (parking suggested in the Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across the street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

 It’s a pirate’s life for Cullen Gray (from left), Karley Rene and Destiny Franklin. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

It’s a pirate’s life for Cullen Gray (from left), Karley Rene and Destiny Franklin. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

 Peter Pan. THROUGH AUG. 26. 

Serenbe Playhouse calls this  a “world premiere musical pirate adventure.” If you’re so inclined, sail to the second star on the right and straight on till morning to revisit J.M. Barrie’s 1904 tale about Peter, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and Neverland. Complications arise when the Lost Boys get homesick and Captain Hook returns seeking revenge. The story is by Roger Q. Mason, the score by London-trained, New York regular Ella GraceMichael Alvarez, who works largely in Britain, directs. Serenbe, which does outdoor, site-specific shows, sets Peter Pan at the Mado Hideaway at Serenbe.

All shows take place in the woods and require a walk along a wooded (sometimes muddy) path. Appropriate footwear recommended. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.) contact the box office.

$13-$30. 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Joe Sykes (from left), Mabel Tyler, Maria Rodriguez-Sager, Isake Akanke, Caleb Baumann (partially hidden) and Grant Chapman. Photo: Greg Mooney

Joe Sykes (from left), Mabel Tyler, Maria Rodriguez-Sager, Isake Akanke, Caleb Baumann (partially hidden) and Grant Chapman. Photo: Greg Mooney

Winnie-the-Pooh.EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 15. 

The Alliance Theatre has opened its 50th anniversary season with this family musical based on the A.A. Milne books. Journey through the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Owl as one adventure turns into another and we learn that friendship is the greatest gift and simplicity a virtue beyond measure. The cast includes Atlanta actors Isake Akanke(Synchronicity’s Eclipsed), Grant Chapman (Actor’s Express’ Angels in America), Maria Rodriguez-Sager (Theatrical Outfit’s Christmas at Pemberley) and Joe Sykes (Angels in America), plus child actors Caleb Baumann, CJ Cooper and Mabel Tyler.

$15; $10 ages 6-17; $5 ages 3-5; age 2 and under free. 10 + 11:45 a.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. No shows July 4. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE. Note: The High Museum of Art’s complementary exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, runs through Sept. 2. High details, tickets HERE. For either the musical or the exhibit, call 404.733.5000.

[FOR THE LOVE OF POOH + THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD]

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The Book of Mormon at the Fox Theatre

  Above, from left: Monica L. Patton as a villager, Kevin Clay as Elder Price and Conner Peirson as Elder Cunningham. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Above, from left: Monica L. Patton as a villager, Kevin Clay as Elder Price and Conner Peirson as Elder Cunningham. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Seven years after recalibrating Broadway’s funny bone, The Book of Mormon maintains its popularity and edge and proves it has serious staying power.

“The Book of Mormon” runs July 17-22 at the Fox Theatre. Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499.

IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS since The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway and 2½ years since its missionaries tap-danced their way into the Fox Theatre.

 Josh Gad (left) and Andrew Rannells in the original Broadway cast. Photo: Joan Marcus

Josh Gad (left) and Andrew Rannells in the original Broadway cast. Photo: Joan Marcus

In that span, the careers of many original Mormons have taken off. Tony nominees Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad (the original Elders Price and Cunningham), composer Robert Lopez (Frozen) and director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Prom) have all become go-to guys in New York and beyond.

Rannells, a two-time Tony nominee, is on Broadway in the limited run of the landmark gay drama The Boys in the Band. Since Mormon, he’s played King George in Hamilton and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and made his mark on HBO’s Girls, playing Elijah Krantz, an ex of creator Lena Dunham’s Hannah.

Gad has voiced the role of Olaf in the Frozenmovie and was LeFou in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. He’s been attached as a writer of a possible Gilligan’s Islandmovie and rumored to be the top choice for Seymour in a Little Shop of Horrors movie remake. And he’s been pitching himself to play the Penguin in the Batmanfilm franchise.

But that was then, this is now. We’re pretty familiar with those smiling, doorbell-ringing lads and their snappy waves as they say, “Hello!” We also know that Elder Price won’t be dispatched to Orlando and will, instead, go to an AIDS-stricken village in Uganda. So why do we keep coming back?

 The missionaries. They would like to share with you the most amazing book. Did you know Jesus lived in the U.S.A.? Photo: Julieta Cervantes

The missionaries. They would like to share with you the most amazing book. Did you know Jesus lived in the U.S.A.? Photo: Julieta Cervantes

 “It’s the laughter,” says Ron Bohmer, who’s toured with the award-wining musical for 3½ years, longer than just about anyone. “We need to laugh. But a really good time in life is pretty rare. So if we can get the chance to have that really good time all over again, then we want to. You can’t relive your wedding day, except maybe by watching the video. But you can buy a ticket to this show and have that laugh-out-loud experience again.”

Bohmer, who plays the Missionary Training Center Voice, Elder Price’s dad, Joseph Smith and a mission president), is a 56-year-old journeyman actor on and off Broadway, so his words carry some weight.

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Ron Bohmer

The show’s comedy produces “huge tears through laughter,” he says. “It’s like a drug you can’t buy. It sends us all out into life with a positive feeling.”

Mormon, created by Lopez and South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, lampoons its fair share of atrocities which, in the wrong hands, could be far less funny. When it opened, Vogue magazine called the show “the filthiest, most offensive and — surprise — the sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway … and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.”

The show has its naysayers but has proved overwhelmingly popular, having grossed more than $500 million to date and still playing to overflow houses in New York and on tour. It also has companies traveling in Australia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Mormon’s creative team “put something together that’s truly incredible,” Bohmer says. “I just want to stay out of the way of the script — there’s nothing to fix. It’s just, ‘deliver the mail’ cause the mail is so good.

“The beauty of the show is that it never insults in any way,” Bohmer says. “It never says, ‘Look how stupid or goofy these boys are.’”

Even Mormons have proved relatively accepting. The Church of Latter-day Saints regularly buys ads in the Broadway Playbill and other theater programs, saying: “You’ve Seen the Play … Now Read the Book,” using the spoofy show to attract potential converts.

Bohmer has played the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and Enjolras in Les Miserables at points in his career, so he’s seen some long runs. That doesn’t negate his gratitude for Mormon. “This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been in a show with this kind of legs,” he says. “I’m lucky, I’m treated very well, and I don’t take it for granted.”

The show triumphs, he believes, because its heart is as big as its humor is daring. “It celebrates the goodness of humanity and the value of faith and religion. I think it tries to tell us that no matter what you believe, faith is important, but faith is here to serve you. Faith should make it easier for us to get through the day.”

This show, he adds, “just keeps telling you the truth without telling you what to think about it. It lets you make your own decisions.”

To that we say, “Hasa Diga Eebowai.”

 Uganda!? Cool, like “Lion King.” Connor Peirson (far right, as Elder Cunningham) shares the good news with villagers. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Uganda!? Cool, like “Lion King.” Connor Peirson (far right, as Elder Cunningham) shares the good news with villagers. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

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BEST BETS | June 14-20, 2018

  Topping this week’s curated Best Bets column: “The Color Purple” (opening at Actor’s Express), “Sweeney Todd” (heading into its final weekend at The Atlanta Opera) and “The Taming” (still championing America and satire at Synchronicity Theatre). Plus. Much. More. Pictured: Grant Chapman as the title bear in “Winnie-the-Pooh” at the Alliance Theatre. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Topping this week’s curated Best Bets column: “The Color Purple” (opening at Actor’s Express), “Sweeney Todd” (heading into its final weekend at The Atlanta Opera) and “The Taming” (still championing America and satire at Synchronicity Theatre). Plus. Much. More. Pictured: Grant Chapman as the title bear in “Winnie-the-Pooh” at the Alliance Theatre. Photo by Greg Mooney.

 **  INDICATES AN ENCORE ATLANTA SPRING/SUMMER SEASON TOP PICK. 

Recommended

 Kevin Harry, Latrice Pace, Jasmyne Hinson. Photo: Actor’s Express

Kevin Harry, Latrice Pace, Jasmyne Hinson. Photo: Actor’s Express

** The Color Purple. OPENS SATURDAY. At Actor’s Express.

Alice Walker’s landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel became a musical at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2004, and then on Broadway in 2005 and 2015. The Express telling hews most closely to the 2015/17 revival. The story follows the hardscrabble journey of a woman in rural Georgia named Celie, who fights adversity and finds strength, love and the power of her own voice over a 40-year span. Atlanta-based actor-director-educator David Koté directs. His cast is led by Latrice Pace as Celie, Jasmyne Hinson as Shug Avery, Kevin Harry as Mister and Kayce Grogan-Wallace as Sophia.

$22-$44 and selling well. We hear Week 1 of the run is sold out. Through July 29. Previews at 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Regularly 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (no show July 4; additional show at 2 p.m. July 7). In the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469 (opening-night tickets only available by calling). Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 

 Artwork: original Broadway production.

Artwork: original Broadway production.

** Sweeney Todd. CLOSES SUNDAY. At The Atlanta Opera

Many experts consider this piece, subtitled The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetStephen Sondheim’s greatest achievement, one balanced on the precipice of musical theater and American opera. The Grand Guignol revenge story follows Todd, a barber who returns to London after many years away to settle a score, or four, or more. Mrs. Lovett, purveyor of the worst pies in London, becomes his co-conspirator. Baritone Michael Mayes sings Todd. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak sings Mrs. Lovett. God, that’s good!

$35-$131. Performances at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.881.8885.

[PENNY DREADFULS + THE RISE OF FLEET STREET’S DEMON BARBER]

 Caroline Arapoglou. Photo: Jerry Siegel

Caroline Arapoglou. Photo: Jerry Siegel

** The Taming. THROUGH JUNE 24. At Synchronicity Theatre.

A modern political farce suggested by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. When a conservative senatorial aide, a liberal political activist and a sparkly beauty queen find themselves locked in a hotel room during the Miss America pageant, they might prove to be revolutionary geniuses. The script is from Decatur-born, San Francisco-based writer Lauren Gunderson, the most-frequently-produced playwright in America this season. The Taming, critics say, “spanks America’s sound-bite politics with the switch of actual history.”

The cast: Caroline Arapoglou, Jimmica Collins and Kelly Criss. Atlanta theater artist Suehyla El-Attar directs.

$23-$41. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Synchronicity is in Midtown’s One Peachtree Pointe building, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or 404.484.8636.

Thursday night only

 Khari Joyner

Khari Joyner

ASO in Piedmont Park. 7:30 p.m.

Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor Stephen Mulligan for a free concert under the stars. The program: Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overtureplus his Variations on a Rococo Theme, Opus 33 (featuring ASO Talent Development Program alumnus Khari Joyner on cello) and the 1812 Overture, Opus 49.

Yes, it’s free and requires no tickets. Admission is first-come, first-served. Piedmont Park is at Monroe Drive and Piedmont Drive (best GPS address: 1320 Monroe Drive — but parking is limited and the ASO recommends alternative transportation).

The concert is at Oak Hill, in the park’s southwest corner. For park and concert details, do’s and don’ts, go HERE

Opening this week

 Photo: Center for Puppetry Arts

Photo: Center for Puppetry Arts

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. THROUGH JULY 29. At the Center for Puppetry Arts. 

Cows that type? Chickens on strike? Farmer Brown can’t believe what’s happening. Check out his topsy-turvy barnyard in this adaptation (by the Center’s Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines) of the Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book published in 2000. The comedy uses marionette, rod and shadow puppets and is appropriate for age 4 and up. The cast/puppeteers: Dolph Amick, Brian Harrison, Mandy Mitchell, head puppeteer Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney.

$19.50. 10 a.m. + noon Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m. + 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 +3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 Randi Garza (center) and company. Photo: Greg Mooney

Randi Garza (center) and company. Photo: Greg Mooney

Freaky Friday. JUNE 20-23. Horizon Theatre at Piedmont Park.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have one day to put things right before Mom’s big wedding. The musical is based on the Mary Rodgers novel and the Disney movies. The score comes from Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to NormalIf/Then). Director Heidi Cline McKerley’s cast includes Jennifer Alice AckerRandi Garza, Jill HamesAbby HollandChristian Magby and Juan Carlos Unzueta. 

Free general admission; $15 reserved seating; $35 table seats; private tables for six available. 7:30 nightly. Piedmont Park is at Monroe Drive and Piedmont Drive (best GPS address: 1320 Monroe Drive). Performed in the Promenade area near the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sage parking garage. Park details and rules HERE. Tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450. Note: If Horizon cancels the show because of rain, you can exchange your ticket for another performance.

 Andrew Houchins (from left), Troy Willis, Joshua Goodridge. Photo: Daniel Parvis

Andrew Houchins (from left), Troy Willis, Joshua Goodridge. Photo: Daniel Parvis

The Life and Death of King John. OPENS SATURDAY. At the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

This history play dramatizes King John of England’s 17-year reign (1199-1216). It tells the story of a country questioning how its leaders are chosen and facing an uncertain future with an uncertain leader. It depicts murder, betrayal and religious intolerance at the highest levels of government and questions the reason for, and price of, war. Sounds timely, yes? Troy Willis plays King John. Playhouse artistic director Jeff Watkins directs. Pub menu and libations available.

$21-$42 ($15 preview June 14; $20 preview June 15). Through July 1. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 499 Peachtree St. NE (parking suggested in the Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across the street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

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 Jasmine Thomas (left), Cristian Gonzalez, Cynthia D. Barker. Photo: Greg Mooney

Jasmine Thomas (left), Cristian Gonzalez, Cynthia D. Barker. Photo: Greg Mooney

Citizens Market. THROUGH JUNE 24.

A Southeastern premiere at Horizon Theatre. This dramatic rom-com from New York-based playwright/actor Cori Thomas follows a hopeful group of immigrants who form an unlikely family and work to master the ups and downs of language, love and staying afloat in their new world. The cast is noteworthy, especially Atlanta-based actors Cynthia D. BarkerCarolyn Cook and Allan Edwards. Horizon co-artistic director Jeff Adlerdirects. Suggested for older teens and up (mature language and situations).

$25-$45 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. at Euclid Avenue NE. Parking is free, with limitations. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia! THROUGH JUNE 24. Aurora Theatre at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus.

The Lawrenceville playhouse brings its most recent musical in-town. The 2001 jukebox tuner built around the ABBA songbook will never be one of the great musicals, but it has a fervid fan base and a devoted ABBA following. The slight story unfolds on a small Greek island where a single mother reunites with old friends, and her daughter tries to discover the identity of her father before she marries. The score includes “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me,” plus 19 more. In the Aurora cast: Kristin Markiton as the mom; Terry Henry and Marcie Millard as her friends; Hannah Church as the daughter; Nick Arapoglou as the daughter’s boyfriend, and Greg Frey, Chris Kayser and Travis Smith as the possible dads. 

$30-$75; VIP tables $85. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Ferst is near the traffic light at Ferst and Regents drives (GPS address: 353 Ferst Drive NW). Tickets + all sorts of details HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream. THROUGH JUNE 23.

Does this make anyone think of the late, great Georgia Shakespeare? Midsummer is the inaugural production of Shakespeare Kennesaw, a professional outdoor summer company created by Kennesaw State University’s theater department. The performances take place in the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheatre on campus, which becomes an outdoor Elizabethan playhouse. Much like Theater Emory, this company employs professional actors, KSU faculty and alumni, and the school’s undergraduate intern company. The bard’s comedy features crossed loves, fairy spells and strange transformations. KSU’s Rick Lombardo (Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express) directs. 

$10-$27; $120 for reserved table seating. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday (play introduction at 7:30 p.m.). KSU is at 1000 Chastain Road in Kennesaw. Venue details HERE. Tickets HERE or at 404.578.6650.s

 Jeremy Gee as Captain Hook. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdu

Jeremy Gee as Captain Hook. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdu

Peter Pan.THROUGH AUG. 26. Serenbe Playhouse calls this  a “world premiere musical pirate adventure.”

If you’re so inclined, sail to the second star on the right and straight on till morning to revisit J.M. Barrie’s 1904 tale about Peter, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and Neverland. Complications arise when the Lost Boys get homesick and Captain Hook returns seeking revenge. The story is by Roger Q. Mason, the score by London-trained, New York regular Ella GraceMichael Alvarez, who works largely in Britain, directs. Serenbe, which does outdoor, site-specific shows, sets Peter Pan at the Mado Hideaway at Serenbe. Serenbe shows take place in the woods and require a walk along a wooded (sometimes muddy) path. Appropriate footwear suggested. If you need mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.) contact the box office.

$13-$30. 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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Winnie-the-Pooh. THROUGH JULY 8. 

The Alliance Theatre opens its 50th anniversary season with a family musical based on A.A. Milne’s books. Journey through the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Owl as one adventure turns into another and we learn that friendship is the greatest gift and simplicity a virtue beyond measure. The cast includes Atlanta actors Isake Akanke (Synchronicity’s Eclipsed), Grant Chapman (Actor’s Express’ Angels in America), Maria Rodriguez-Sager (Theatrical Outfit’s Christmas at Pemberley) and Joe Sykes (Angels in America), plus child actors Caleb Baumann, CJ Cooper and Mabel Tyler.

$15; $10 ages 6-17; $5 ages 3-5; age 2 and under free. 10 + 11:45 a.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. No shows on July 4. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE. Note: The High Museum of Art runs the exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic through Sept. 2. High details, tickets HERE. For either the musical or the exhibit, call 404.733.5000.

[FOR THE LOVE OF POOH + THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD]

Next week

 Yael Rasooly. Photo: Boaz Zippor

Yael Rasooly. Photo: Boaz Zippor

Paper Cut. JUNE 21-24. Center for Puppetry Arts. 

A lonely secretary remains in the office after hours. In her little corner, she escapes into a glamorous world of fantasy created with photos and old film magazines. When her imagination collides with reality, her romantic tale becomes a Hitchcockian nightmare. This internationally acclaimed, one-woman piece by and with Israel’s Yael Rasooly explores the powerful, unpredictable nature of dreams.

$30 + $35. For age 15 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

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TONY AWARDS: STONEMAN DOUGLAS KIDS, DE NIRO DOMINATE TONY TALK

 ABOVE: Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, both 2018 Tony winners, in a scene from the winning best musical  The Band’s Visit.  Photo by Matthew Murphy.

ABOVE: Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, both 2018 Tony winners, in a scene from the winning best musical The Band’s Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter win big at Broadway’s 2018 honors, respectively outpacing the splashier musicals and the less splashy plays.

THE MOST MOVING MOMENT of the 2018 Tony awards telecast came about 9:15 Sunday night, when drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the stage to sing about friendship, struggle and life in “Seasons of Love” from Rent. Broadway’s best, dressed to the nines in New York’s Radio City Music Hall, teared up, then gave the group a loud and extended standing ovation.

Moments earlier, their teacher Melody Herzfeld had been recognized with a special Tony for Excellence in Theater Education. She sheltered and saved 65 students on Feb. 14, when a gunman killed 17 and wounded 17 at the school in Parkland, Fla. Since then, the drama kids have led prominent protests and ignited a movement for gun safety all across the country.

The second-biggest talking point in living rooms and on social media? What did Robert De Niro say that got him so very bleeped? De Niro was onstage to introduce a Bruce Springsteen performance but began by connecting a couple of F-bombs to a certain sitting president. The audience roared and applauded raucously. The internet blew up.

 Affable hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

Affable hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

Sara Bareilles (who wrote the score and eventually joined the cast of Waitress) and Josh Groban (The Great Comet is his only Broadway credit) turned out to be nimble and likable hosts, laughing at themselves, and others, and keeping the three-hour event moving forward.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2, topped all play nominees with six wins (out of 10 nominations), including best play. It’s based on a new Harry Potter story written by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany and is performed in repertory. The story begins 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry is married and has three children, the youngest of which grapples with the family legacy.

The Band’s Visit, a smaller show about an Egyptian police band stranded and taken in by Israeli locals, won 10 of the 11 Tonys for which it was nominated, including best musical. It easily bested its bigger, splashier competitors, all based on Hollywood movies.

Bye, bye, SpongeBob SquarePants, Frozen and Mean Girls, see you all on the road? All three are likely to tour and may show up at the Fox Theatre in the next few years. Look too, perhaps, for the revivals of Carousel and My Fair Lady and, eventually, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  It’s not a musical, but it likely has enough wizardry magic and name recognition to pull in an audience.

By choosing The Band’s Visit, voters might have been sending a message about what’s called the “Disneyfication” of Broadway, the trend toward bigger, fluffier musicals that throw a lot of money and glitter on the stage but lack an emotional core. We’ll see. The most recent Broadway season set box-office records but lacked the cachet of a Hamilton (2016) or the heart of a Fun Home (2015) or Dear Evan Hansen (2017).

 From “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”: Adult versions of Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni, left), Harry Potter (Jamie Parker) and Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley). Photo: Manuel Harlan

From “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”: Adult versions of Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni, left), Harry Potter (Jamie Parker) and Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley). Photo: Manuel Harlan

Tony voters did the same with Fun Home (cast of nine) and Dear Evan Hansen  (cast of eight, with a multitude of prerecorded voices). The Band’s Visit is a 14-actor musical. On the flip side, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 40-person play, which is quite rare.

A total of 33 productions opened on Broadway in the 2017/18 season, the smallest number in more than a decade, according to Playbill.com, which tracks such things. The Tonys, which recognize excellence on Broadway, began in 1947 and are named for Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

A few noncompetitive honorees were announced before the telecast and given the briefest of prerecorded moments: composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber and legendary performer Chita Rivera (West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Nine, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) received Lifetime Achievement awards; the Nederlander Organization’s Nick Scandalios received the Volunteerism Award for his work as an advocate for gay parents and their children; and New York Times theater photographer Sara Krulwich, costume beader Bessie Nelson and Ernest Winzer Cleaners, a 100-year-old business that specializes in costume work, were honored for excellence.

Special Tony Award winners: theater photographer Sara Krulwich (from left), Chita Rivera, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Florida teacher Melody Herzfeld. Krulwich photo by Walter McBride / Getty Images.

 La MaMa Etc., the 57-year-old New York-based experimental theater company, won the Regional Tony Award, the same award that Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre won in 2007.

Here are the results of the competitive categories. The winners are highlighted.

Best play

Winner: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2 by Jack Thorne

Other nominees:

  • The Children, a drama by Lucy Kirkwood, from London’s Royal Court Theatre
  • Farinelli and the King, a play with music by Claire van Kampen
  • Junk, a drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar
  • Latin History for Morons, a comedy by John Leguizamo

Best musical

Winner: The Band’s Visit

Other nominees:

  • Frozen
  • Mean Girls
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical

Best revival / play

Winner: Angels in America by Tony Kushner (from 1983)

Other nominees:

  • Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan (from 2001)
  • Three Tall Women by Edward Albee (from 1991, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)
  • The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill (from 1946)
  • Travesties by Tom Stoppard (from 1975)

Best revival / musical

Winner: Once on This Island by Lynn Ahrens + Stephen Flaherty (from 1990)

Other nominees:

  • Carousel by Rodgers + Hammerstein (from 1945)
  • My Fair Lady by Lerner + Loewe (from 1956)

Best book of a musical

Winner: The Band’s Visit

Other nominees:

  • Frozen, Jennifer Lee
  • Mean Girls, Tina Fey
  • SpongeBob SquarePants, Kyle Jarrow

Best original score

Winner: The Band’s Visit

Other nominees:

  • Angels in America, Adrian Sutton
  • Frozen, music + lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Mean Girls, music by Jeff Richmond + lyrics by Nell Benjamin
  • SpongeBob SquarePants, various

Best leading actor / play

Winner: Andrew Garfield in Angels in America

Other nominees:

  • Tom Hollander in Travesties
  • Jamie Parker in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Mark Rylance in Farinelli and the King
  • Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh

Best leading actress / play

Winner: Glenda Jackson in Three Tall Women. She returned to Broadway for the first time in 20 years, time she spent in Britain’s Parliament.

Other nominees:

  • Condola Rashad in St. Joan
  • Lauren Ridloff in Children of a Lesser God
  • Amy Schumer in Meteor Shower

Best leading actor / musical

Winner: Tony Shalhoub in The Band’s Visit. His first Tony. He was nominated for Golden Boy in 2013 and Act One in 2014.

Other nominees:

  • Harry Hadden-Paton in My Fair Lady
  • Joshua Henry in Carousel
  • Ethan Slater in SpongeBob SquarePants

Best leading actress / musical

Winner: Katrina Lenk for The Band’s Visit

Other nominees:

  • Lauren Ambrose in My Fair Lady
  • Hailey Kilgore in Once on This Island
  • LaChanze in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Taylor Louderman in Mean Girls
  • Jessie Mueller in Carousel

Best featured actor / play

Winner: Nathan Lane for Angels in America. This is his third Tony. He won awards for best leading actor in a musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1996 and The Producers in 2001.

Other nominees:

  • Anthony Boyle in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Michael Cera in Lobby Hero
  • Brian Tyree Henry in Lobby Hero
  • David Morse in The Iceman Cometh

Best featured actress / play

Winner: Laurie Metcalf for Three Tall Women. This is her second Tony. She won best leading actress last season for her work on Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2.

Other nominees:

  • Susan Brown in Angels in America
  • Noma Dumezweni in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Deborah Findlay in The Children
  • Denise Gough in Angels in America

Best featured actor / musical

Winner: Ari’el Stachel in The Band’s Visit. Broadway debut.

Other nominees:

  • Norbert Leo Butz in My Fair Lady
  • Alexander Gemignani in Carousel
  • Grey Henson in Mean Girls
  • Gavin Lee in SpongeBob SquarePants

Best featured actress / musical

Winner: Lindsay Mendez in Carousel

Other nominees:

  • Ariana DeBose in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  • Renée Fleming in Carousel
  • Ashley Park in Mean Girls
  • Diana Rigg in My Fair Lady

Best direction / play

Winner: John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Other nominees:

  • Marianne Elliott for Angels in America
  • Joe Mantello for Three Tall Women
  • Patrick Marber for Travesties
  • George C. Wolfe for The Iceman Cometh

Best direction / musical

Winner: David Cromer for The Band’s Visit

Other nominees:

  • Michael Arden for Once on This Island
  • Tina Landau for SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Casey Nicholaw for Mean Girls
  • Bartlett Sher for My Fair Lady

Best choreography

Winner: Justin Peck for Carousel in his Broadway debut as a choreographer. Peck, 30, choreographs and dances with New York City Ballet.

Other nominees:

  • Christopher Gattelli for My Fair Lady
  • Christopher Gattelli for SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Steven Hoggett for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Casey Nicholaw for Mean Girls

Best scenic design / play

Winner: Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She won her first Tony in 2010 for American Idiot.

Other nominees:

  • Miriam Buether for Three Tall Women
  • Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli and the King
  • Santo Loquasto for The Iceman Cometh
  • Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce for Angels in America

Best scenic design / musical

Winner: David Zinn for SpongeBob SquarePants. He also won in 2016 for The Humans.

Other nominees:

  • Dane Laffrey for Once on This Island
  • Scott Pask for The Band’s Visit
  • Scott Pask, Finn Ross and Adam Young for Mean Girls
  • Michael Yeargan for My Fair Lady

Best costume design / play

Winner: Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She won in 2008 for Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Other nominees:

  • Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli and the King
  • Nicky Gillibrand for Angels in America
  • Ann Roth for Three Tall Women
  • Ann Roth for The Iceman Cometh

Best costume design / musical

Winner: Catherine Zuber for My Fair Lady. This is the 8th Tony for the perennial nominee.

Other nominees:

  • Gregg Barnes for Mean Girls
  • Clint Ramos for Once on This Island
  • Ann Roth for Carousel
  • David Zinn for SquareBob SpongePants

Best lighting design / play

Winner: Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This is his 2nd Tony. He won in 2010 for Red.

Other nominees:

  • Paule Constable for Angels in America
  • Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer for The Iceman Cometh
  • Paul Russell for Farinelli and the King
  • Ben Stanton for Junk

Best lighting design / musical

Winner: Tyler Micoleau for The Band’s Visit. Broadway debut.

Other nominees:

  •  Kevin Adams for SquareBob SpongePants
  • Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer for Once on This Island
  • Donald Holder for My Fair Lady
  • Brian MacDevitt for Carousel

Best orchestrations

Winner: Jamshied Sharifi for The Band’s Visit. Broadway debut.

Other nominees:

  • John Clancy for Mean Girls
  • Tom Kitt for SquareBob SpongePants
  • AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin for Once on This Island
  • Jonathan Tunick for Carousel

Sound design / play

Winner: Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He won a special Tony Award in 2017 for The Encounter.

Other nominees:

  • Adam Cork for Travesties
  • Ian Dickinson for Angels in America
  • Tom Gibbons for 1984
  • Dan Moses Schreier for The Iceman Cometh

Sound design / musical

Winner: Kai Harada for The Band’s Visit

Other nominees:

  • Peter Hylenski for Once on This Island
  • Scott Lehrer for Carousel
  • Brian Ronan for Mean Girls
  • Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson for SpongeBob SquarePants

Wins by show

In descending order, with the number of nominations in parentheses.

  • The Band’s Visit — 10 (11)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — 6 (10)
  • Angels in America — 3 (11)
  • Carousel — 2 (11)
  • Three Tall Women — 2 (7)
  • My Fair Lady — 1 (10)
  • Once on This Island — 1 (8)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants — 1 (12)
  • Mean Girls — 0 (12)
  • The Iceman Cometh — 0 (10)
  • Farinelli and the King — 0 (5)
  • Travesties — 0 (4)
  • Lobby Hero — 0 (3)
  • The ChildrenFrozen, Junk, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical — 0 (2)
  • 1984, Children of a Lesser God, Latin History for Morons, Meteor Shower, St. Joan — 0 (1)

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BEST BETS | May 17-23, 2018

Hamilton musical

 The long-awaited arrival of “Hamilton” (opening Tuesday) leads this week’s curated BEST BETS column. Openings include vocalist Libby Whittemore’s weekend gig at Actor’s Express and “Citizens Market” at Horizon Theatre. And we say goodbye to the Alliance/Atlanta Symphony “Candide.” Pictured: Chris De’Sean Lee (left) as the Marquis de Lafayette, and friends. Photo by Joan Marcus.

**  INDICATES AN ENCORE ATLANTA SPRING/SUMMER SEASON TOP PICK.

Recommended

 Alexandra Schoeny (left) and Terry Burrell. Photo: Greg Mooney

Alexandra Schoeny (left) and Terry Burrell. Photo: Greg Mooney

** Candide.CLOSES SUNDAY.

The Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra co-produce a staged concert version of Leonard Bernstein’s notoriously challenging 1956 musical opera, based on Voltaire’s satirical 1759 novel about a naïve young man who searches the world for his lost beloved while fiercely believing — as he’s been taught — that his is the best of all possible worlds. 

Candide features a cast of 17 (including Broadway’s Christopher Sieber and Broadway-and-Atlanta’s Terry Burrell), plus the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with Robert Spano conducting. Expect puppetry and projections, too. Recommended for age 12+ (violence and mild sexual situations).

$10-$75. 8 tonight-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

[THE ALLIANCE’S SUSAN V. BOOTH ON CANDIDE, PUPPETS + PARTNERSHIPS]

 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

** Hamilton. OPENS TUESDAY.

This musical drama’s pedigree includes 11 Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s game-changing, genre-mixing masterpiece finally comes to Atlanta, for a three-week run. It tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton — and the young nation he adopts — from his impoverished island boyhood to his infamous death. American history never sounded better than it does with Miranda’s award-winning score, which blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway sounds. It’s no hyperbole when producers claim that “Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.” With a multicultural cast no less.

$80-$625 (if you can find a ticket). Limited seats remain and producers have announced a #Ham4Ham digital lottery for 40 orchestra seats ($10) for each performance.

Download the phone app HERE or register online HERE. Through June 10. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 + 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Broadway in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre660 Peachtree St. NE in Midtown.

Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499. Good luck! To get an official program, go to PoshDealz.com.

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This weekend only

 Libby Whittemore

Libby Whittemore

Libby’s at the Express: Musical Cavalcade. THURSDAY-SUNDAY.

Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore sings a mix of tunes, from Rosemary Clooney and Lady Antebellum, to Motown and Carolina shag, and everything in between.

In case you haven’t heard, she’s really good. And funny, too. You might want to take a spare $20 or $40 with you to pick up one of her CDs at intermission or post-show.

$40. 7:30 nightly. At Actor’s Express in West Midtown’s King Plow Arts Center, 8887 West Marietta St.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

Opening this week

 Sarah Newby Halicks, Chris Hecke.

Sarah Newby Halicks, Chris Hecke.

As You Like It. IN PREVIEWS THURSDAY | OPENS SATURDAY. 

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse takes you into the bard’s enchanted woods where Rosalind (Sarah Newby Halicks) disguises herself as a man and Orlando (Chris Hecke) fills the trees with love notes praising her beauty and virtue. When all the world’s a stage, can love ever be true? Pub menu and libations available.

$15 preview Thursday; $20 preview Friday. Regularly $21-$42. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 499 Peachtree St. NE (parking suggested in the Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across the street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

 

 Jasmine Thomas (left), Cynthia D. Barker. Photo: Greg Mooney

Jasmine Thomas (left), Cynthia D. Barker. Photo: Greg Mooney

Citizens Market. OPENS FRIDAY.

A Southeastern premiere at Horizon Theatre. This dramatic rom-com from New York-based playwright/actor Cori Thomas follows a hopeful group of immigrants who form an unlikely family and work to master the ups and downs of language, love and staying afloat in their new world. The first-rate cast: Cynthia D. BarkerCarolyn CookAllan EdwardsCristian Gonzalez and Jasmine Thomas. Horizon co-artistic director Jeff Adler directs. Suggested for older teens and up (mature language and situations).

$25-$45 (will increase based on demand). Through June 24. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday (no matinees May 19 or June 3); 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. at Euclid Avenue NE. Parking is free but has limitations.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

 Gabi Anderson, Adam King.

Gabi Anderson, Adam King.

Measure 4 Measure. OPENS FRIDAY.

The Make Mom Proud Project describes its take on Shakespeare’s tragicomedy as “a sort of feminist protest piece, an anti-sexual-assault one-act, updated slightly to fit with the cultural zeitgeist (#MeToo, #TimesUp).”

It sets Angelo, one of the bard’s nastiest villains, before a jury of audience members and shows how common crimes like his are today. This newish company with attitude just may be worth a look. Jacob McKee directs a cast comprising Gabi Anderson, Jasmine Renee EllisAdam KingStephen RuffinApril Singley, Rachel Wansker and Jake West.

$15. Through May 27. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Blackbox at the 4048, 4048 Flowers Road, Doraville. Details, tickets HERE.

 

Last chance

cat in the hat

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. CLOSES SUNDAY. Center for Puppetry Arts

It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how, says the sassy cat in the red-and-white hat. He’s feline full of mischief (and magic) in this stage telling, done with rod puppets and based on the 1957 children’s book by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. This version was first produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain. The center’s Jon Ludwig directs here. For age 4 and up.

$11.25-$19.50. Showtimes: 10 + 11 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m. + 1 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 

 Ellen McQueen

Ellen McQueen

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. CLOSES SUNDAY. 

Southeastern premiere by the new Atlanta Theatre Club, which calls itself an itinerant, women-centric company that produces contemporary plays.

The New York Times called Halley Feiffer’s 2016 comedy “as deeply felt as its name is long” and said it “explores that tender spot where uncontrollable laughter and uncontainable tears meet.” Jennifer Silver directs. Her cast: Douglas Dickerman, Ellen McQueen, Rebeca Robles and Virginia Kirby

$27. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday. Performed at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE. Details, tickets HERE.

 

 T.K. Habtemariam

T.K. Habtemariam

Sordid Lives. CLOSES SUNDAY. Out Front Theatre. 

Chaos erupts in Winters, Texas, when a good Christian woman hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death in a motel room after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs. The 1996 comedy is by the somewhat-infamous Del Shores, a Texas-born, Los Angeles-based director, writer, producer, stand-up comic, gay and human rights activist and, in his own words, all-around sh*t-stirrer.

The Los Angeles Times calls him “a master of Texas comedy;” Daily Variety the “grand master of Southern lowlife sensibilities.” In a twist, Out Front’s staging is being done with a largely African-American cast. Two special events coincide with the run: At 3 p.m. Saturday, Out Front partners with Out on Film to screen Shores’ A Very Sordid Wedding, a sequel to the stage comedy. Shores plans to attend ($10 + $35). At 7 p.m. Sunday, Out Front presents Shores in his one-man Pirandello riff-off, Six Characters in Search of a Play ($35 + $70). 

Sordid Lives tix: $15-$25. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 999 Brady Ave. NW in West Midtown.Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755.

 

Still running

 Jill Jane Clements (left), Donna Biscoe. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Jill Jane Clements (left), Donna Biscoe. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Ripcord. THROUGH JUNE 3. 

Aurora Theatre describes this 2016 comic-drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People, Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo) as “The Odd Couple” meets “The Golden Girls.”

Crabby Abby (Donna Biscoe) and her new roommate (the too-rarely-seen Jill Jane Clements) vie for prime real estate at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility until their contest becomes a pitched battle with no end in sight. Jaclyn Hofmann directs. Also in the cast: Megan Rose, Seun Soyemi and Jacob York. 

$20-$55. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. 

 

Next week

 Heath Gill (from left), Christian Clark, Rachel Van Buskirk.

Heath Gill (from left), Christian Clark, Rachel Van Buskirk.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.OPENS MAY 25. 

The Vertical, a world premiere from this exciting, year-old company, is danced outdoors beneath the stars at Deer Hollow at Serenbe.

 

The Terminus company consists of Christian Clark, Heath Gill, Tara Lee, Rachel Van Buskirk and John Welker, all former Atlanta Ballet stalwarts and much of the buzz behind Wabi Sabi, a contemporary, site-specific dance initiative under John McFall, then Atlanta Ballet’s artistic director.

$50 opening night. Otherwise $30; $15 students. Through June 3. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday (June 2 performance sold out). Deer Hollow is at 8715 Atlanta Newnan Road in Palmetto. Details, tickets HERE.

 

 

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