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Summer 2016

Greater Atlanta’s Performing Arts Magazine

Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Debuts with Developing Talent and Broadway Dreams

Ghost the Musical: Re-Imagined & Re-Orchestrated

From Atlanta to Aladdin: Cheryl Thomas on Broadway

Summertime at Alliance Theatre

Atlanta Ballet Announces 2016-17 Performance Season

Cobb Energy Centre – Atlanta’s Number One Venue Under 3,000 seats

Enjoy Summer in Full Color! Make Decatur Your Destination for Creative Fare, Artistic Flair

Holiday Planning Begins in July for Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s 35th Nutcracker

Local Dancers, Local Scholarships

2016 – 2017 ArtsBridge Field Trip Season Announced!

Atlanta ShowGuide Spotlights • Performance Listings July – August 2016 Atlanta ShowGuide Venues & More

On the Cover: Richard Garner, Jeremy Proulx, Neal Ghant, Joe Knezevich, Andrew Benator, and Anthony P. Rodriguez in the Alliance Theatre’s 2015/16 production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Photo by Greg Mooney. 

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Creative Process: Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Debuts with Developing Talent and Broadway Dreams By Holley Calmes Summertime at Alliance Theatre Cobb Energy Centre – Atlanta’s Number One Venue Under 3,000 seats By Tom Rowland


Local Dancers, Local Scholarships By Tolbert Yilmaz


Ghost the Musical: Re-Imagined & Re-Orchestrated By Mary Saville


Atlanta Ballet Announces 2016-17 Performance Season


Enjoy Summer in Full Color! Make Decatur Your Destination for Creative Fare, Artistic Flair


From Atlanta to Aladdin: Cheryl Thomas on Broadway By Julie Herron Carson


Holiday Planning Begins in July as Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Anticipates their 35th Nutcracker By Holley Calmes


2016 – 2017 ArtsBridge Field Trip Season Announced!

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Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Debuts with Developing Talent and Broadway Dreams By Holley Calmes


ne year ago Benjamin Davis was preparing for his participation in the New York Musical Festival as Associate Producer for a work titled “The Last Time We Were Here.” The concept of the New York festival, as he explains it, “Had my mind buzzing. I asked myself, ‘Why Doesn’t Atlanta Have Something Like This?’” Thanks to Davis, Atlanta now has its own Musical Theatre Festival which will debut at the Actor’s Express on August 1st and 2nd. Audiences will experience 4 new full length musical theatre works and get an inside look at the difficult process of writing a new musical. The young organization has a mission to “cultivate the next generation of theatre artists by mentoring talent, propelling new musicals forward, and celebrating the community in a supportive, nurturing, and creative environment.” The new festival kicks-off what Davis hopes will be a boon to both audiences and aspiring musical theatre artists. “We received 20 submissions with a wide array of genres, from classical musical theatre to contemporary musical theatre, folk music to gospel music, and just about everything in between,” says Davis. “It was truly inspiring to see the community chomping at the bit to submit their work for consideration.” Davis is excited about all four of the selected works, but two of them are particularly special. “We have 2 shows that already have somewhat of a following behind them. But I think I am the most excited about the ones that have yet to be heard by the Atlanta community. The fact that our festival will be the very first time that someone hears this luscious music is a very exciting aspect of the AMTF.” “I see limitless opportunities for growth,” Davis continues. “Atlanta is already a multi-cultural hub of art and activities. This festival has the potential to not only be a staple of the musical theatre community in Atlanta, but also in the Southeast, the US, and internationally. I hope for year-round programming culminating in our Festival where we will present world premieres in Atlanta.” David adds, “Anyone who knows me knows I dream big. The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival will be big.”


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ashboard, an experimental curatorial agency, was commissioned by the Alliance to produce Babies in Space, a new production geared toward the very young. Together, the companies produced an outer-space-themed environment that engages babies, ages 0 to 24 months old, and their caretakers. Babies in Space is an immersive environment open to the public for free daily (hours vary) with ticketed weekend performances. The visual component of Babies in Space consists of digital and sculptural works by artists Jane Cassidy and Kelly O’Brien, and is touchable and toss-able for visitors. The performance element, created and performed Babies in Space by Atlanta’s Fly Photo by Greg Mooney on a Wall dance collective, responds to the visual work and is fully interactive to engage the young audience. Babies in Space runs through September 4 in the Joe Bankoff Gallery at the Woodruff Arts Center. Pancakes, Pancakes! is an adaptation of Eric Carle’s beloved book of the same name, and explores the process of cooking — celebrat-

ing the joy in the labor and in the final feast. It is written by Alliance favorite Kenneth Lin (Warrior Class); directed by David de Vries (A Christmas Carol); and features original music by Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote). Part of the Family Series, it runs through July 10 on the Hertz Stage. “Eric Carle’s ability to endow the simplest story with a profound sense of wonder makes his work perfect for theatrical adaptation, and Ken Lin has written a script that honors Carle’s artistic gifts.” says Chris Moses, the Dan Reardon Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre. The 2016/17 Alliance Stage Series opens on August 18 with The Prom, a hilarious and timely new musical directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who returns to the Alliance following the world premiere of Tuck Everlasting last season. Nicholaw and The Prom creators, Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics), Bob Martin (book), and Matthew Sklar (music) have sixteen Tony Award nominations among them for Broadway favorites including The Book of Mormon, The Wedding Singer, and Aladdin. The Prom is sure to be a smash hit! Season Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the Season Ticket Office at 404.733.4600.



Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

By Tom Rowland


obb Energy Performing Arts Centre is (August 5), Steven Tyler (September 1), Kraftlocated at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in werk (September 6), Amos Lee (September 23), northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Il Divo (September 24) and Incognito (October Cobb Energy Centre is metro Atlanta’s premier 27) highlight the upcoming music schedule. venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, Other performances include an evening with ballet, educational performances, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet. The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-sq. ft. Kessel D. Stelling Upper Left to Lower right: Kraftwerk Roboter © Boettcher Kopie; Chaka Khan; Peter Frampton © Ballroom and Gregg Roth; Incognito Band 2015; Il Divo other meeting spaces, 1,000 on-site parking spaces, and Carol Burnett (October 25) and The Octonauts full-service food and beverage capabilities. The and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure (NovemCentre, part of the Cobb Galleria complex, is ber 29). The Atlanta Lyric Theatre brings their governed by the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and production of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Exhibit Hall Authority. Dreamcoat to the Centre July 15-17. The Centre continues to bring the best The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet and of live music and the arts to Atlanta. PerforArtsBridge Foundation have all announced mances by Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovstheir 2016-2017 seasons.  For complete kiy (June 23), Peabo Bryson, Jonathan Butler & schedules and additional information please Regina Belle (June 24), Sinbad (June 25), GOT7 visit,, (July 8), Peter Frampton (August 2), Chaka Khan and


Local Dancers, Local Scholarships By Tolbert Yilmaz CEO & Founder


his summer many local dancers are heading to the dance hubs of the world for summer intensive training. Atlanta dancers will be seen in Boston, New York and Los Angeles amongst many other cities and countries. These dancers have worked very hard and as such, have earned scholarships for their summer training. Having myself been in the dance industry for the last 36 years, I know many of the renowned dance instructors that will be teaching these Atlanta dancers. I am confident these dancers will return to Atlanta at the end of the summer with even more skill, technique and artistry to bring to Atlanta’s dance scene. My company, Eurotard Dancewear, has been offering dance scholarships for many years to enhance students’ dance education. The scholarship is available for dancers age 12 – 22 and is as simple as registering online. No essays, no auditions, no purchase necessary. Dancers from all over the country are invited to apply. The deadline for submission is November 30th, 2016.

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GHOST THE MUSICAL: RE-IMAGINED & RE-ORCHESTRATED Roswell’s Georgia Ensemble Theatre has won the honor of presenting the Southeastern Premiere of a newly re-imagined and freshly re-orchestrated version of Ghost the Musical. By Mary Saville


or movie fans, the 1990 film Ghost (starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg) is a cinematic icon. Its romance and excitement generated memorable moments like “the pottery scene” and quotable lines like “Ditto” and “Molly, you in danger, girl!” More than 20 years after the film’s success, the story of Sam, Molly, and Oda Mae comes to the stage as a modern musical. The script is written by Bruce Joel Rubin (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Ghost). The music is by Dave Stewart (of The Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer on Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and features a blend of modern pop/rock, hip-hop, and Broadway influences — plus, of course, “Unchained Melody.” Why turn this iconic film into a musical? The music explores new facets of storytelling that offer insight into why the characters

make the choices they do. While this closely follows the movie’s plot, bringing it to the stage makes the visual experience entirely new. Audiences will relive the excitement of the film, and be able to introduce the story to a new generation. At its heart, Ghost is about connection. Before his death, Sam has struggled to communicate his emotions with Molly; only the story’s journey can show him the importance of “Three Little Words.” Oda Mae’s troubled life has led to her working as a fake psychic, but when Sam’s ghost proves to Oda Mae that she can have a real connection, she will learn to know her own value in the world. And after her loss, Molly will find that, with the help of women who support her, she can stand on her own and move forward. Contemporary music modernizes the story — highlighted by a beautiful all-acoustic orchestration, newly adapted from the version of the musical that played on Broadway (nominated for 3 Tony awards). Ghost the Musical runs only three weeks at Georgia Ensemble Theatre, in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center at 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Performances are September 15 – October 2, Wednesdays-Sundays. Tickets start at $30; free parking. Visit or call 770-641-1260.


Atlanta Ballet Announces 2016-17 Performance Season

Dancers: Rachel Van Buskirk & Jonah Hooper; Carmina Burana. Photo by Charlie McCullers Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet


ollowing the recent introduction of Atlanta Ballet’s new artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin, the Company reveals an exciting 2016-17 season featuring a mix of classic favorites and inventive new works. One of the city’s most magical holiday traditions, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker will kick off the 2016-17 season at The Fox Theatre in December. In February, Atlanta Ballet will bring David Bintley’s Carmina Burana to back to the stage, a bold production that the Company debuted to the U.S. in 2013. In March, patrons are invited to become even more acquainted with Atlanta Ballet’s new artistic director by celebrating works of “Gennadi’s Choice.” The program will feature three works carefully curated by Gennadi, all which explore the evolution and transformative nature of dance. Featuring selections from Paquita choreographed by Marius Petipa and staged by Gennadi himself, the Atlanta premiere of Vespertine, an abstract piece created by famed choreographer Liam Scarlett, and an enticing world premiere by Gemma Bond, longtime ballet supporters and newfound followers alike will witness entirely for the first time the unique artistry and intrinsic understanding of excellence

that Gennadi brings to the Company. The April program will continue to reflect the range of illustrious choreographers and works that Gennadi has encountered over the course of his career as a student at the Bolshoi Ballet School and as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. Featuring pieces from three of the most inventive choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, the April program titled “Firebird” will give Atlanta a special opportunity to appreciate the timeless beauty and power of ballet. A well-rounded and remarkable program, audiences will enjoy Yuri Possokhov’s sensational Firebird, the neoclassical splendor of George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, and the passion of Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. The season will conclude in May with a ballet based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, with choreography from Helen Pickett and music and sound design by Peter Salam. For more information on Atlanta Ballet’s 2016-17 season, please call 404892-3303 or visit Subscription packages are available for purchase now and single tickets will go on sale late summer 2016.


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Make Decatur Your Destination for Creative Fare, Artistic Flair

he city of Decatur — Atlanta’s Eastside indie hub – is the place to be in summer. With 200+ storefront boutiques, galleries, salons, services, and destination dining spots and a calendar brimming with artsy events and public art experiences, it’s cooler here in so many ways. We’re bringing sand castles, funnel cakes, music and dancing to the city with the return of the annual Decatur Beach Party on Friday, June 17 (purchase tickets at The very next day, Saturday June 18, is Amplify Decatur, a new all-day music festival on the square with an impressive lineup of bands including the Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Penny & Sparrow and Elliot Bronson. Get details at On July 4, make way for the Pied Piper Parade down Ponce de Leon Avenue. Everybody gets to be in it! Afterward enjoy a free concert at the Community Bandstand followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Labor Day Weekend will arrive before you know it with the return of the Decatur Book Festival. At the Visitors Center, 113 Clairemont Ave., check out the latest visual arts exhibition on display at the gallery housed there. Public art pops up all over town with the Decatur Artway, a rotating outdoor sculpture gallery, set to expand with more sculptures on the way. Secret Doors Decatur brings a mini-whimsy visual scavenger hunt to Decatur’s nooks and crannies. Find clues at Overhead, the #gawrites public art installation adds literary

flair to Decatur’s streetscape. In the mood to shop? Browse artsy offerings at Decatur Fine Art Gallery, HomeGrown Decatur, Treehouse Kid & Craft, Wild Oats & Billy Goats, and Worthmore Jewelers. Find fabulous fashion at Bleu Hanger Boutique, Boogaloos, Boutique Karma, Sq/Ft, Squash Blossom, and Très Jolie. Catch a little you-time at Fabu Face Spa, Jazmin Spa, and Natural Body. Check out for preview videos of what to expect at 16 of Decatur’s top dining spots including Revival, Kimball House, No. 246, The Iberian Pig, Taqueria del Sol, Leon’s Full Service, Wahoo and more. Savor the fare at The Pinewood, Cakes & Ale, Chai Pani, Colbeh Persian Kitchen, Sushi Avenue, Farm Burger, Siam Thai and The Imperial – to name just a few more of Decatur’s 80+ standout eateries. Be sure to try out two of Decatur’s newest hot spots: Brush Izakaya and Grindhouse Killer Burgers (tip: get a table on the rooftop deck!). Take care of that sweet tooth with handcrafted treats from Butter & Cream, Revolution Doughnuts, Sugar Moon Bake Shop, and The Yogurt Tap. Best of all, you can hop on MARTA for a quick train ride to the Decatur station at our downtown square to access it all! Check out all the delightful details on mobile-friendly Or stop by the Visitors Center at 113 Clairemont Ave. for friendly tips and pocket-size guides to all of the best that Decatur has to offer.



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From Atlanta to Aladdin: Cheryl Thomas on Broadway By Julie Herron Carson


tlanta native Cheryl Thomas didn’t need a Genie to make her Broadway dreams come true. She did it the oldfashioned way — through talent, training and hard work. Today, the Avondale High School graduate is Hair and Make-up Supervisor for Broadway’s Tony Award-winning blockbuster, Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre (www. And while a magic carpet could have transported her from Atlanta to Times Square, Thomas is grateful for her own journey and the mentors who helped her along the way. “As a stylist, I couldn’t have chosen a more exciting show to work on than Aladdin,” said Thomas. “How the characters look is as important as the music, choreography, costumes and sets. All of these elements combine to create the magic that thrills the audience every night.” Thomas fell in love with the performing arts an early age. Encouraged by dance teacher Gary Harrison to pursue her passions, she performed for four years with his popular Atlanta dance company. She was awarded

Former Gary Harrison Dancer Cheryl Thomas, Hair and Makeup Supervisor for Aladdin, puts the final touches on Michael James Scott, who will play the Genie in the upcoming Australian production of the blockbuster show.  Photo courtesy of Disney’s Aladdin the Musical.

a vocal scholarship to college, majoring in theater. Thomas also earned her aesthetician’s license and studied under celebrity make-up artist Gwynnis Mosby. She found local success doing hair and make-up for album covers, music videos and Atlanta theater companies and, eventually, for the Broadway touring companies performing at the Fox Theatre. With her performance background and styling expertise, Thomas soon took her talents on the road with several Broadway touring productions, including Big River, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. Then, in 2012, Thomas made the leap to New York. “I had always dreamed of living in New York,” said Thomas. “When I landed my first Broadway show, A Leap of Faith, I took it as a sign that I was where I was supposed to be. I feel that way now with Aladdin. I love helping the actors transform into their characters. I’m no genie, but working on Broadway still feels magical to me.”


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as Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Anticipates their 35th Nutcracker By Holley Calmes


ilestones are welcomed anniversaries for arts organizations. They indicate stability and longevity, so it is with great enthusiasm that Gwinnett Ballet Theatre anticipates their 2016 Nutcracker production. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the nonprofit’s annual offering of the holiday classic. GBT’s Nutcracker funnels attendees into Gwinnett from far away. Audience studies show people traveling from all over north Georgia to see the show at the very accessible Infinite Energy Theater in Duluth, GA. For the past several years this production, accompanied by a 35 piece professional orchestra under the baton of Predrag Gosta, has attracted 12,000 plus attendees for its 16 shows. It is one of the largest “Nuts” in the Southeast. “For many ‘The Nutcracker’ is a focal point for the Holiday Season,” says GBT Artistic Director Wade Walthall. “It is an American tradition for friends and families, but we also reach beyond the usual audiences to benefit special groups of individuals.” GBT’s non-profit school is a training ground for serious dance students, and the ballet becomes a unique opportunity for this special group of aspiring young artists. As these youths develop their skills, they proceed from role to role, year by year. But with 16

performances, they also have more chances to perform. Other groups that benefit from GBT’s Nutcracker are those who rarely have opportunities to experience a live performance. “We are also motivated to offer this ballet to special groups of children and adults,” Walthall says. “GBT began dedicating special shows to those with autism and other sensory issues and brain injuries two years ago, and the program has expanded ever since. This year will be no exception, with ‘special performances’ for these ‘special audiences.’” GBT’s 35th Anniversary Nutcracker is under development in the heat of summer, looking to create the shiniest, most exciting Nutcracker ever. But it is for the ballet’s basics that ticket purchasers seem to yearn. “The music of this ballet never ceases to inspire audiences,” Walthall states. “Thousands of people come from all over to experience this warm and magical version of ‘The Nutcracker,’ made exceptional by its visual spectacle, personal authenticity, and magnificent live music.” GBT welcomes interest from sponsorships to volunteerism. Call 770-237-0046 for more information, or visit Tickets will be available by July 1.


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nation’s history with Rock the Presidents on February 14 at 10:15 a.m. and Noon. Students will explore the world of dinosaurs through life-like puppets on March 1 at 10:15 a.m. & Noon with Dinosaur Zoo. Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts returns this year with their free production of Synergy on March 8 at 11:00 a.m. And closing out our Season on March 30 at 11:00 a.m. is The Atlanta Opera’s Don Pasquale. In April, ArtsBridge produces the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards — The Shuler Hensley Awards, named after Tony Award winner, Shuler Hensley. Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the adjudicated event celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre. This year, the program is accepting 65 schools from the state to participate. The ninth annual Shuler Awards will take place on April 20, 2017. ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education outreach arm of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, has served over 300,000 students from 49 Georgia counties. For more information on Field Trips, Master Classes and The Shuler Awards, visit

ince 2007, ArtsBridge Foundation has proudly offered Field Trips to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, exposing Georgia’s K-12 students to high quality, arts educational performances. This year, ArtsBridge is pleased to present yet another year of programs designed to engage, motive and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters! Dance Theatre of Harlem is returning to Atlanta after a decade hiatus on October 21 at 11:00 a.m. to kick off the 2016-2017 ArtsBridge Field Trip Season! On November 15 at 10:15 a.m. and Noon, Artrageous hits the Cobb Energy Centre stage with visual artists painting live accompanied by vocals, choreography and music! Returning this year is Rhythmic Circus with their new tap-dancing, beat-boxing, big band holiday production, Red & Green, on December 1 at 11:00 a.m. On January 26, ArtsBridge is exploring the world of science with Doktor Kaboom’s “Live Wire! The Electricity Tour” at 10:15 a.m. and Noon. The Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble will present a one-hour classic ballet on February 9 at 11:00 a.m. Just in time for election year and President’s Day, we are celebrating our



ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE SPOTLIGHTS Alive! 55 and Kickin Atlanta Symphony Hall – Saturday, July 30th ALIVE! 55 and Kickin is a moving musical testament to overcoming adversity and living victoriously at any age. Creators Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro have produced a healing and transformative power of story and song. The company is comprised of everyday people, ages 55+, with a passion for life and the gift of music. ALIVE! highlights a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop — songs that served as a soundtrack for this generation. Through the music and authentic stories, ALIVE! proves that it’s never too late to live a dream, this cast is ALIVE! 55 and Kickin’. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Center Box Office at www., or call 404-733-5000.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with your baby! Pancakes, Pancakes!, the adaptation of the book by Eric Carle, is a real crowd pleaser, on the Hertz Stage until July 10! See the exhibit at the High Museum, I See a Story: the Art of Eric Carle, for the full experience! And the hilarious and timely world premiere, The Prom, opens the Alliance Stage season on August 18. Visit or call 404.733.5000 for more information. Atlanta Black Theatre Festival returns on October 6-15, 2016 for an expanded 5th Anniversary Celebration! Yes! We’ve added a Creative Conference and a Children’s Play Fest. Also known as the “festival of 40 plays in 4 days”, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a true celebration of culture and diversity in the performing arts. We augment the festivities with engaging social events and world class entertainment. All who enjoy the richness of the African heritage are welcome to join in the celebration! Check out the schedule of events at So many stories, so little time…

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival Dazzles this Summer The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) once again will produce a dazzling Broadway musical this summer — Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the State Theatre of Alabama, is located in the heart of charming and historic Montgomery, Alabama. ASF is nestled in the nearly 80-acre Blount Cultural Park, which also houses the celebrated Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (free admission.) Enjoy a weekend of theatre while exploring the many historic sites of the city — an easy trip with tremendous value! Recommended hotels: Embassy Suites (downtown restaurant district), Residence Inn (close to theatre), or Hilton Garden Inn (Shoppes at Eastchase.)

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company Presents China in Transition: Animal Folklore to City Life A visual feast of ancient history through modern times, Atlanta Chinese Dance Company’s original production journeys from a diverse collection of traditional dances depicting animals to a mini dance drama about the millions of migrant workers who leave their children behind in the countryside to seek a better future in the city. Performances feature

Family Fun at the Alliance Theatre Babies in Space, the interactive, immersive experience for the 0-to-24-months set is up and running in the Joe Bankoff Gallery.


nearly 100 dancers, including professional guest artists from the acclaimed Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company from New York. For more information, visit www. and get social on Facebook (@ AtlantaChineseDanceCompany) and Instagram (@AtlantaChineseDance).

Music of John Williams at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 10th. Tickets for these and many other great summer shows are on sale now at Ticketmaster and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office. For more event information, please visit www.

Inaugural Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival set to launch August 1 and 2, 2016! The festival will feature two days and nights of original musical theatre performances by local artists, selected from over twenty submissions. We’ll also get to see showcase performances by Atlanta professionals. The AMTF seeks to “cultivate the next generation of theatre artists by mentoring talent, propelling new musicals forward, and celebrating the community in a supportive, nurturing, and creative environment.” Join us! Daytime shows will be presented at Synchronicity Theatre, and evening shows at Actor’s Express. For more information and tickets, visit www.

A Summer of Laughs at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse With putting on four comedies (The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)), teaching our Shakespeare Intensive for Teens Acting Program and our Superheroes Shakespeare Camp for the little ones, it is literally all fun and games at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse this summer. Our main stage will be full of fairies, woods, confused lovers, and epic stories swirling around at night, while during the day we’ve got swarms of tweens, teens and toddlers speaking Shakespeare. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Join us for all of it!

Spice Up Your Summer With The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is set for three exciting outdoor concerts you won’t want to miss! On Friday, June 24th, come witness The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. On June 25th, the Orchestra will be joined by a full rock band to perform Windborne’s The Music Of The Eagles with the help of Conductor Martin Herman at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Last but not least, the Orchestra performs Star Wars and More: The

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Brings the Best of Live Music Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre continues to bring the best of live music and the arts to Atlanta. Concerts by Peabo Bryson, Peter Frampton, Chaka Khan, Steven Tyler, Il Divo, Amos Lee, Kraftwerk and Incognito highlight the music schedule.  The Atlanta Lyric Theatre brings their production of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the theatre July 15-17. For a complete schedule please visit


ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE SPOTLIGHTS Come to Decatur for an Extra Special Encore After the curtain falls, make Decatur the destination for your afterparty. Tap into cocktail society, Decatur-style, at S.O.S. Tiki Bar, Kimball House, The Pinewood, or Iberian Pig — to name just a few after-hours hot spots. In the mood for sweets with your sweetie or a more substantial nosh? With 80+ restaurants, pubs, and cafés within its city limits, Decatur has a well-earned reputation as a dining destination. Check out mobile-friendly for tasty video tours of 16 local restaurants favored by critics as well as Decatur residents. See a complete listing of Decatur’s eateries at Three colors: Turquoise PMS 326, Red-orange PMS 173, Purple PMS 242

Ghost the Musical It will make you BELEIVE September 15 - October 2, 2016 SOUTHEASTERN PREMIERE | New Adaptation Book & Lyrics (based on his film) by Bruce Joel Rubin Music & Lyrics by Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) Based on the Oscar-winning film,

a timeless fantasy about the power of love freshly reimagined with all acoustic orchestrations. Experience the romance, the comedy, and the suspense of this story of two young lovers, Sam and Molly, torn apart by a tragic crime, and the psychic who facilitates Sam’s journey back from death to help solve his own murder. Experience the magic of this iconic love story live on stage. For more info and tickets, Box Office: 770-641-1260,
Contains adult language. Jukebox Giants: Motown & More at the Strand Jukebox Giants: Motown & More is a high energy song and dance show featuring unforgettable golden oldies hits with a Motown flair that will have everyone dancing in their seats! This stellar show will transport any music lover on a trip back to the golden age of classic pop and Motown music, featuring everyone’s favorite hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The Strand’s biggest show of the summer, Jukebox Giants: Motown & More will feature amazing singers and dancers performing the very best that music has to offer! Tickets are $10-$25 and are on sale now.

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ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE SUMMER KIDS SHOWS BABIES IN SPACE 05/17/2016 - 09/03/2016 Price: $5 to $10 Dashboard with Alliance Theatre 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-733-5000 CHARLOTTE’S WEB 05/27/2016 - 07/31/2016 Price: $10 to $20 Serenbe Playhouse 9110 Selborne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills TIX: 404-463-1110 JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 07/18/2016 - 07/23/2016 Price: $5 Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell TIX: 770-594-6232 SLEEPING BEAUTY 07/19/2016 - 07/31/2016 Price: $20.50 Center for Puppetry Arts 1401 Spring St. NW, Atlanta TIX: 404-873-3391 THE WIZARD OF OZ 07/29/2016 - 07/30/2016 Price: TBA Theatrical Outfit at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s 84 Luckie St., Atlanta TIX:

THEATRE SHOWS OF MICE & MEN 06/09/2016 - 07/26/2016 Price: $35 to $30 Serenbe Playhouse 9110 Selborne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills TIX: 404-463-1110 THE WAY WE GET BY 06/16/2016 - 07/16/2016 Price: $15 to $36 Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre 195 Arizona Ave., Atlanta TIX:

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW 06/24/2016 - 07/10/2016 Price: $15 to $39 Atlanta Shakespeare Company 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-874-5299 DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 07/6/2016 - 08/9/2016 Prices (range): $35 - $79 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117 TIX: 334.271.5353 SMART PEOPLE 07/12/2016 - 08/07/2016 Price: TBA True Colors Theatre Company at Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Rd. SW, Atlanta TIX: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 07/16/2016 - 08/07/2016 Price: $15 to $39 Atlanta Shakespeare Company 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-874-5299 THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) 08/11/2016 - 08/04/2016 Price: $15 to $39 Atlanta Shakespeare Company 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-874-5299 THE PROM 08/15/2016 - 09/25/2016 Price: TBA Alliance Theatre 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-733-5000 V MONOLOGUES – A BLACK WOMAN’S INTERPRETATION 08/27/2016 Price: $48 to $113 Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta, TIX: 404-413-9849

ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE JUKEBOX GIANTS: MOTOWN AND MORE! 07/01/2016 - 07/10/2016 Price: $10 to $15 Earl Smith Strand Theatre 117 N Park Square, Marietta TIX: 770-293-0080 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT 07/15/2016 - 07/17/2016 Price: $40.25 to $61.50 Atlanta Lyric Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta TIX: 770-916-2800 ‘DA KINK IN MY HAIR 07/15/2016 - 08/08/2016 Price: $25 to $35 Horizon Theatre 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-584-7450

MISS SAIGON 07/21/2016 - 08/07/2016 Price: $30 to $35 Serenbe Playhouse, 9110 Selborne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills TIX: 404-463-1110 COMPANY 07/30/2016 - 09/04/2016 Price: TBA Actor’s Express King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta TIX: 404-607-7469 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT 07/30/2016 - 07/31/2016 Price: $16.50 to $31.50 Agape Players at Infinite Energy Theater 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth TIX: 770-626-2464 ALIVE! 55 AND KICKIN 07/30/16 Prices (range): $25 - $75 Child First USA Presents Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-733-5000

IF/THEN 08/09/2016 - 08/14/2016 Price: TBA Broadway in Atlanta at The Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 800-278-4447

ALMOST HEAVEN: JOHN DENVER’S AMERICA IN CONCERT 07/14/2016 - 07/30/2016 Georgia Ensemble Theatre at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell TIX: 770-641-1260

ELVIS: THE EARLY YEARS (WITH SCOT BRUCE) 08/13/2016 Prices (range): $30-$60 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117 TIX: 334.271.5353

JAZZ ON THE LAWN: DIANE DURRETT 07/22/2016 Price: $20 Callanwolde Fine Arts Centre 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-872-5338

CONCERTS JAZZ ON THE LAWN: JOEY SUMMERVILLE 07/08/2016 Price: $20 Callanwolde Fine Arts Centre 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-872-5338

TED NUGENT 07/24/2016 Price: $29.50 to $69.50 Atlanta Symphony Hall 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta TIX: AN EVENING WITH RAY LAMONTAGNE 07/30/2016 Price: $31 to $86 The Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta TIX: 855-285-8499


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ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE SUMMER CHAKA KHAN 08/05/2016 Price: $37 to $107 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta TIX: 770-916-2800

CHINA IN TRANSITION: ANIMAL FOLKLORE TO CITY LIFE 09/24/2016 at 7:30pm and 09/25/2016 at 2:00pm Prices (range): Reserved Seating - $24 Adults, $17 Students & Seniors (65+) Atlanta Chinese Dance Company Infinite Energy Theater 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth TIX: 770-813-7600

JAZZ ON THE LAWN: BOB BALDWIN WITH AUDREY SHAKIR 08/05/2016 Price: $20 Callanwolde Fine Arts Centre, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta TIX: 404-872-5338


ROBERT RAY...TAPESTRY: THE MUSIC OF CAROLE KING, ELTON JOHN, BURT BACHARACH & BARRY MANILOW 8/5/2016 Price $30 - $40 Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie Street

IT’S COOLER IN DECATUR Decatur Beach Party (June 17); Amplify Decatur (June 18); July 4 Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks; Decatur Book Festival (Labor Day Weekend); The Decatur Artway; Secret Doors Decatur! City of Decatur Visitors Center, 113 Clairemont Ave. Decatur

ALICE COOPER 08/10/2016 Price: $39.50 to $99.50 Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta TIX:

ATLANTA MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 08/1/2016 & 08/2/2016 Prices (range): $25 - $70 Synchronicity Theatre & Actor’s Express 1545 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta 887 West Marietta St NW Atlanta (Actor’s Express) TIX: 404-607-7469

OPENERS AND CLOSERS 08/14/2016 Price: $15 The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers at Roswell UMC 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell TIX: 770-594-7974 STEPHEN SKIPPER’S ROLLING STONES TRIBUTE 08/20/2016 Price: $15 to $18 Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N Park Square, Marietta TIX: 770-293-0080

ATLANTA BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL 10/6/2016 - 10/15/2016 Prices (range): Free - $35 Micah 6-8 Media, LLC Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, West End Performing Arts Center, Hammond House Museum TIX: 470-251-ABTF(2283)

AIR SUPPLY 08/26/2016 Price: $29.50 to $99.50 Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta TIX:

ATLANTA BALLET’S 2016-17 SEASON 12/2016 through 5/2017 The Fox Theatre (Nutcracker) and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (other programs) Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta CEPAC, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta TIX: 404-892-3303

DANCE GWINNETT BALLET THEATRE OPENS CLASSES, INTENSIVES Open Classes: M-W-F 4-6 pm every week except Jul 4 Jun 6-Aug 5; Beginner/Intermediate Intensives: Jul 18-22 Prices: Open Classes $20 each. No reservations required. Call for intensive pricing. Gwinnett Ballet Theatre School 1800 Macleod Drive, Lawrenceville


ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE VENUES & MORE The Fox Theatre Cobb Energy Centre Actor’s Express 7Stages Woodruff Arts Center Symphony Hall Robert Ferst Center Rialto Theater Theatrical Outfit Alliance Theater Center for Puppetry Arts Horizon Theatre The Atlanta Shakespeare

Tavern Playhouse Roswell Cultural Arts Center Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at Emory University Pinch-n-Ouch Theatre Decatur Visitors Center Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Tula Gallery Whole World Theater High Museum of Art

Judy Jacobs Gallery Infinite Energy Center Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center Southwest Arts Center Explore Gwinnett/ GCVB Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

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