Atlanta Theatre Shows May 2012

Paul McParland April 23, 2012 0

Best in Atlanta TheatreJersey Boys
05/23/2012 to 06/10/2012
The Jersey Boys is the story of four street kids who turned into one of America’s biggest success story’s! It’s a journey back in time when Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons took the nation and the world by storm with hits including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “Oh, What a Night”. For more information visit the Atlanta GA Today article, Jersey Boys Returns To The Fox Theatre.


04/20/2012 to 05/06/2012
The No.1 Greatest Musical, GREASE, continues to rock ‘n’ roll around the world and is now coming to The Lyric stage! So it’s time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs including: “You’re The One That I Want”, “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightnin’” and many more. So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand-jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!’ IT’S THE MOST ELECTRIFYIN’ EXTRAVAGANZA on stage!!… Be there or be square!
Company: Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Price: $38.55
Box Office: 404-377-9948


Don Giovanni
04/28/2012 to 05/06/2012
Widely regarded as the greatest opera ever composed, Don Giovanni tells of the devious schemes and hijinks of history’s most beguiling scoundrel, Don Juan. Mozart’s anti-hero has a personality so engaging that audiences root for him, even as his dark side emerges. Don Giovanni is a brilliant combination of comedy and tragedy, set to music of limitless genius. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Prices TBA
Company: The Atlanta Opera
Price: $0.00
Box Office: 770-916-2800
Public Transportation Available
Pay Parking Available


‘Til Beth Do Us Part
04/26/2012 to 05/06/2012
In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby. Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been. Enter Beth Bailey, Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael, the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner. Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go! When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo, a wise-cracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank, who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly-funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner.
Company: The New Depot Players
Price: $12.00 – $20.00
Box Office: 678-374-3224
Free Parking Available


04/13/2012 to 05/06/2012
This incredibly popular musical comedy, winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Off Broadway Musical, makes it way to the Legacy stage for first time. Staged as a fund raiser sponsored by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God), Nunsense has kept audiences in stitches for years. Come see why the N.Y. Times calls Nunsense “a hail of fun and frolic! Wacky and outrageous with a hysterical anything goes sense of fun!” Rated PG.
Company: The Legacy Theatre
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $25.00
Box Office: 404-895-1473
Free Parking Available

Steel Magnolias

04/27/2012 to 05/06/2012
A story of friendship and trust between 6 very different women who come together to share secrets, fears and love in the comfort of a Southern beauty salon. From weddings to divorce, births to funerals, these women share their lives with grace, dignity and perfectly-coiffed hair.
Company: Act 3 Productions
Suitability: Family Friendly
Price: $0.00
Box Office: 770-241-1905
Free Parking Available


A Wrinkle in Time
04/11/2012 to 05/06/2012
Based on the 1963 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
“It was a dark and stormy night”…when Meg Murry, an awkward, teenaged girl is transported on a fantastical journey to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the dark forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. This inventively staged, child-friendly science fiction adventure will delight audiences as they travel with these children, challenging concepts of time, space and triumph of good over evil.
Company: Theatrical Outfit
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $27.00 – $38.00
Box Office: 678-528-1500
Public Transportation Available
Pay Parking Available


Fieldwork Showcase
05/06/2012 to 05/06/2012
Fieldwork Showcase
May 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
$7; tickets may only be purchased at the door
Fieldwork Showcase is the culmination of a ten-week workshop for the creation of new work by community artists in various disciplines. Co-sponsored by Core Performance Company and The Field.
Company: CORE
Price: $7.00
Box Office: 404-373-4154
Public Transportation Available
Free Parking Available


Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
04/04/2012 to 05/13/2012
In keeping with the Alliance’s tradition of producing new American musicals, the company will produce the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a chilling new musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp and book by Stephen King, as the closing show of the Alliance Stage Series season set for spring, 2012. One of the world’s most popular authors and one of America’s most honored musicians have created a riveting Southern gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy, and ghosts of the past, along with a roots and blues-tinged score that is sure to leave audiences asking for more. Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth directs, with musical direction provided by legendary producer T Bone Burnett.
In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever.
Music and Lyrics by John Mellencamp
Book by Stephen King
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Music Direction by T Bone Burne
Prices TBA No AtlanTIX tickets available for this show
Company: Alliance Theatre
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $30.00 – $50.00
Box Office: 404-733-5000
Public Transportation Available
Pay Parking Available


04/20/2012 to 05/13/2012
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.
Company: The Renaissance Project
Suitability: Family Friendly
Price: $19.26
Box Office: 404-243-6937 x-1


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
04/26/2012 to 05/13/2012
The perfect escape from life’s troubles, “…Forum,” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Plautus mixed with the infectious energy of vaudeville. The result: a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.
Company: Southside Theatre Guild
Price: $14.00 – $16.50
Box Office: 770-969-0956


Miss Nelson is Missing
05/11/2012 to 05/13/2012
Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything — including hiring a private eye — to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.
Company: Fabrefaction Theatre Company
Suitability: Family Friendly
Price: $15.00 – $20.00
Box Office: 404-876-9468


Funny Fridays
01/20/2012 to 06/15/2012
Gilbert Lawand and Lavar Walker with Your Host Debra Cole
In 2012, Aurora Theatre is proud to welcome comedienne Debra Cole as the new host of Aurora Theatre Funny Fridays. Atlanta comedy enthusiasts know Debra’s wry humor from her many performances as a solo act and part of the Mixed Nuts comedy troupe, a Funny Fridays mainstay. Born on April Fool’s Day, Debra’s sassy audience interaction and left-hook delivery are sure bets to bring the laughs and set the pace for visiting comedians, making Funny Fridays the best comedy show in the metro area. In fact, Vicki Locke says, “Debra is so stinking funny.” Juror #12 says, “She has a wit like a barber strap.” And the Fulton County Magistrate says, “Twice Divorced!” Mark your calendars now. You don’t want miss a single performance of this series!

Jan 20, 2012

Joining Debra for her first show as host, a couple of comedians who have fallen so far off the corporate ladder you will laugh till it hurts. Good thing Lavar Walker is a certified pharmacist with just the cure for all your ailments, but he’s not prescribing Zoloft, Ambient or Paxil. What this pharmacist recommends is a dose of laughter, two tablespoons of chuckles and a booster shot of good times. Good chance you will recognize Lavar from performances on Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza or Robert Townsend’s Partners in Crime.

Gilbert Lawand has strayed far from the office water cooler to be named the South’s Funniest Accountant in 2009. Since then Gilbert has performed in clubs all over the country including the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store in Los Angeles, as well home-based Atlanta clubs the Punchline, Funny Farm and Laughing Skull. He has shared the stage with comedy greats Greg Proops, Bobcat Goldthwait, Ron White and was part of the Muslims are Coming Comedy Tour that filmed at Aurora Theatre. Gilbert’s background is unique: born in Baghdad to Catholic parents before moving to a farm in a small town in South Georgia when he was 6 years old. This probably explains why he seems anxious most of the time. To relax, Gilbert can be found enjoying some of the simpler things in life like fine wine, stimulating conversation and long romantic walks through strip clubs.

March 16, 2012
Tom Simmons with host Debra Cole

May 18, 2012
TBA with host Debra Cole

June 15, 2012
Season Finale on the Mainstage with host Debra Cole
Company: Aurora Theatre
Price: $15.00
Box Office: 770-476-7926
Free Parking Available


04/20/2012 to 05/18/2012
For every farm girl who ever rode into the big city on a bus with a song in her heart and a dream in her head, there are 100 more who wound up alone and schmashed. This show is for all the wannabes, the woulda beens, and the shoulda slept with the directors out there who only wanted to give the audience a hummer of a happy tune.
Company: Sketchworks
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $15.00
Box Office: 404-499-8181
Free Parking Available


Winner, the Story of You
04/20/2012 to 05/19/2012
At Dad’s Garage, it’s all about YOU, the audience, which is why we’ve created an event that stars YOU! Every night a new audience member will be pulled up onstage at random and this semi-improvised/semi-scripted show will tell the story of their life from infancy to adulthood and even into the future. Will you get that big promotion? Reunite with the love of your life? Save the planet? Only Winner: The Story of YOU has the answers and only YOU can unlock them by coming to the show! Bonus Fact: Randy Havens and Christian Danley co-wrote the video game based play, Griefers. Written by Christian Danley and Randy Havens; Directed by Kevin Gillese
Company: Dad’s Garage
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $12.00 – $16.00
Box Office: 404-523-3141
Public Transportation Available
Free Parking Available


Bonneville Love
05/04/2012 to 05/19/2012
Polk Street Players is excited to present the premiere of “Bonneville Love”, a dark comedy by local playwright Raymond Fast, directed by Carolyn Choe. A chirpy young couple, giddily happy in spite of their meager means, finds their lives take a sharp turn wen the husband is diagnosed with a terminal illness and the wife, desperate for money to pay for his care, devises a clever scheme that goes horrible awry. This is a Polk Street Players MAT Award entry.
Company: Polk Street Players
Suitability: Family Friendly
Price: $12.50 – $20.00
Box Office: 770/218-9669
Free Parking Available


A Fox on the Fairway
05/03/2012 to 05/27/2012
Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) hits a hole-in-one with his tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Love and money are in the rough at the Quail Valley Country Club. Two rival Country Club owners waggle around mistaken identities and play through over-the-top romantic shenanigans in order to stay on the fairway and ace a happy ending. This uproarious golf comedy promises to hit the sweet spot.
Company: Aurora Theatre
Price: $16.00 – $32.00
Box Office: 770-476-7926
Free Parking Available


Lend Me a Tenor
05/18/2012 to 06/10/2012
The time is September, 1934. The place is the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Through a hilarious series of mishaps and a double dose of tranquilizers, he passes out and is no where to be found. Is Il Stupendo dead? Who will go in his place? Considered by some to be one of the greatest farces ever written, this one will have you rolling in the aisles.
by Ken Ludwig
Company: Stage Door Players
Price: $13.00 – $26.00
Box Office: 770-396-1726
Free Parking Available
Pay Parking Available


Divorce Southern Style
05/11/2012 to 05/20/2012
Divorced for fifteen years, and running low on cash, Eleanor Bander decides reconciliation with her ex-husband (whose second wife died the year before) is her best hope. To lure him within striking range, she tells him that their daughter is about to be married–hinting that it is a forced situation–when the truth is that the daughter is merely engaged again (for the fifth time) to her long-standing fiancé. The ex-husband, Walter, not only arrives, but brings along his current flame, a former classmate who was Eleanor’s competition from high school days. As the plot thickens, which it does with growing hilarity, Eleanor’s friends and neighbors become involved in the action, culminating in a surprise birthday party where the truth, at last, comes out. But Walter is prepared to forgive and forget, and falls easily into Eleanor’s trap. So easily, in fact, that Eleanor is the one who now has second thoughts–deciding that it is better, after all, to stay single, and broke, than to resume the bickering which drove her away from Walter in the first place.
Company: Cherokee Theatre Company
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $0.00
Box Office: 770•591•0282
Free Parking Available


05/10/2012 to 06/16/2012
Based on the Universal Pictures Film
Screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel
Originally Produced on Broadway by Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery,
Tara Smith/B. Swibel, Saro Murchson/Dale Smith and Cari Smulyan
The surprise hit of the 2007-08 Broadway season roller skates its way into Actor’s Express in a frothy explosion of camp, comedy and disco! Xanadu uproariously sends up Olivia Newton-John’s notorious 1980 film of the same name, in which a feather-haired Greek muse with an Australian accent descends from Mount Olympus to modern-day California to help a hunky young man open a roller disco. Never has a movie begged more for parody – and Xanadu the musical delivers with delicious wit, pure fun and classic disco songs that will have you believing in magic and humming all the way home.
Playwright: Douglas Carter Beane
Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
Company: Actor’s Express
Price: $15.00 – $32.00
Box Office: 404-607-SHOW
Free Parking Available
Pay Parking Available


04/27/2012 to 05/20/2012
Toward the end of WWII, two of the worlds top physicists met in Copenhagen. The details of their meeting have never been revealed and the two never spoke to each other again. Michael Frayn presents his own ideas of the event in the Tony Award winning play Copenhagen. What could drive close friends to never speak again? What if the Axis powers had split the atom? What is more important: friendship or loyalty to ones country?
Company: Academy Theatre
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $12.50
Box Office: 404-474-8332
Free Parking Available
Pay Parking Available


Sister Sex
05/04/2012 to 05/20/2012
by Pat McGeever
2011 Winner of our Make the Lion Roar playwriting contest
Directed by Jason Caldwell
This is the tale of nun and sex therapist, Dr. Maria D’elencia. Assisted by Sister Mo, a six-
foot, 300-pound Irish nun who gave students nightmares, Sister Maria treats a cavalcade of
fascinating clients. Mix them all together and you get a story that is slapstick, sexy, and
serious. And all this before the Archbishop finds out what’s going on!
Company: Lionheart Theatre Company
Price: $15.00
Box Office: 770-806-0935
Free Parking Available
Pay Parking Available


Peter Pan
04/07/2012 to 05/27/2012
‘Peter Pan’ soars onto the stage in this new adaptation for everyone who is young at heart. Thrill with Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell as they swim with mermaids, romp with Tigerlily, and cross swords with the nefarious Captain Hook! With original music, songs, and a Neverland full of adventure.
Company: Center for Puppetry Arts
Suitability: Family Friendly
Price: $16.50
Box Office: 404-873-3391
Public Transportation Available
Free Parking Available


The Canterbury Tales
05/03/2012 to 05/27/2012
Join us for a medieval romp through boisterous and bawdy olde England. Drawing on the Celtic British influences of Geoffrey Chaucer’s writing, this hilarious adaptation reintroduces the tales in forms ranging from classical to spaghetti Western! We’re bringing back all your favorite tales.
Company: The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Suitability: Mature Content
Price: $13.00 – $39.00
Box Office: 404-874-5299
Public Transportation Available
Pay Parking Available

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