BEST BETS | July 11 – July 17, 2019

To-Kill-A-Mockingbird

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Still image from To Kill a Mockingbird, showing on Sunday, July 14th as part of the Fox Theatre’s Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. 

Opening this weekend

HairsprayRuns July 12 – 21. City Springs Theatre Company @ Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. In 1962 in Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show. Tracy fights against exclusion because of her size, and stands beside her friends who are fighting against exclusion based on race. In 2003, Hairspray won eight of its 13 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and has since toured the country and been adapted into a musical film.  Hairspray is full of laughter, romance, and toe-tapping songs! Tickets and information on the City Springs Theatre Company website.

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BEST BETS | July 4 – July 10, 2019

Fox Theatre

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The Fox Theatre will soon welcome film lovers for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Photo by Kate Awtrey Photography.

Playing now

Max Makes a Million. Through July 21. Alliance Theatre. This theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s one-of-a-kind book Max Makes A Million includes poetry, dance, jazz, and visual art. Celebrated theatre artist Liz Diamond adapted and directed the show, which follows Max Stravinsky, a beat-poet dog, on his journey to Paris to celebrate those wishful thinkers who dare to dream beyond what seems possible. In collaboration with this Alliance Theatre show, the High Museum of Art presents The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, a colorful exhibition exploring the imaginative stories and illustrations that Kalman has brought to readers of the past 30 years. Tickets and information on the Alliance Theatre website.

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BEST BETS | June 27 – July 3, 2019

Driving-Miss-Daisy

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Jill Jane Clements and Rob Cleveland in Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s previous production of Driving Miss Daisy. Photo by Casey Gardner Photography.

Last chance

Five Guys Named Moe. Through June 30. Theatrical Outfit. Get ready for this musical tribute to R&B pioneer Louis Jordan, whose slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the ‘50s. See the story of down-on-his-luck Nomax as he’s listening to the radio in the wee hours of the morning. Five guys — Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe and Little Moe — materialize and encourage Nomax to shake off the blues and seize the day. Louis Jordan’s chart-topping tunes like, “Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and “Knock Me a Kiss,” put Nomax, and audiences, onto the road toward bliss. Tickets and information on the Theatrical Outfit website.

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BEST BETS | June 20 – 26, 2019

BEST-BETS

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: the cast of Come From Away, coming to the Fox Theatre next weekPhoto by Matthew Murphey.

Next week

Come From Away. June 25 – 30. Broadway Across America @ Fox Theatre. The true story of a small Newfoundland town and unexpected guests in the week following September 11, 2001. The Canadian musical beautifully reenacts the events that followed after 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The musical’s characters are based on (and often share the names of) real Gander residents and some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they welcomed, housed, fed, and befriended. Tickets and information on the Fox Theatre website.

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BEST BETS | June 6 – 12, 2019

Atlanta-Streets-Alive

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The Atlanta Streets Alive event in April attracted over 120,000 attendees. Experience the next open streets event on June 9. Photo by Wild Grain Photography for Atlanta Streets Alive.

This weekend only

Beethoven’s Fidelio. June 6 & 8. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the famous composer’s only opera with the ASO and conductor Robert Spano for two nights only. The first performance of Fidelio took place at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna in 1805 and was conducted by Beethoven himself. The opera is based on a libretto by the French lawyer and writer Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, and tells the story of a woman willing to risk all to rescue her husband from political oppression. Tickets and info on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website. 

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BEST BETS | May 30 – June 5, 2019

Henry VIII

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The opening of Henry VIII at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse completes the company’s second time performing Shakespeare’s entire canon.

Opening this weekend

Henry VIII. Through June 16. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. In this episode of Shakespeare’s historical saga, Henry VIII is a virile young man enthralled by the women of his court. The play, full of grand pageantry, includes the coronation of Anne Boleyn, the christening of Elizabeth, and famous speeches by the noble Duke of Buckingham, the grotesque Cardinal Wolsey, and Queen Catherine. This production is especially exciting as it marks the second time The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has performed Shakespeare’s entire canon. Tickets and info on the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse website.

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BEST BETS | May 23 – May 29, 2019

AtlantaJazzFestival

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: This weekend, Piedmont Park welcomes the Atlanta Jazz Festival, a culmination of a full month of performances and programs. Photo from the Atlanta Jazz Festival Facebook page.

On the stage

Native Gardens. Through June 2. Aurora Theatre. Based in a historic Washington D.C. neighborhood, two couples who are next-door neighbors battle for their backyards. Each wants a completely different landscape than the other. Native Gardens is on American Theatre’s Top 10 Most Produced Plays of the 2018-19 season list. In addition, playwright Karen Zacaría is fifth on American Theatre’s Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of 2018-19. Full of thoroughly-researched horticulture references, on-stage partially-real gardens, and realistic neighborly conflict, Native Gardens is sure to challenge, delight, and humor audiences! Tickets and info on the Aurora Theatre website.

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