In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in April
Now through April 22
A musical adaptation of the classic Freaky Friday is set to dazzle audiences at Horizon Theatre, March 9 - April 22. When an over-worked mother and her teenage daughter wake up to discover they have magically switched bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life, literally walking in each other's shoes, for one freaky Friday. With a wedding fast approaching, the pair must find a way to switch back before their situation goes entirely haywire. "Freaky Friday is full to the brim with heart," said director Heidi Cline McKerley. "At the show's core are the beautiful complexities of the mother-daughter relationship, what it means to be a family and how the power of empathy can improve every circumstance. The humor in the book translates well into this adaptation and plays an important role in the score, which audiences will find simultaneously catchy, soul-stirring and clever." Freaky Friday employs rousing pop-rock harmonies and sharp choreography to breathe new life into this American classic
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
April 13 - 28
In the midst of vying for prom queen and the hearts of their crushes, The Wonderettes are asked to entertain their peers at the 1958 Springfield High School prom. Written and created by Roger Bean, the tribute to the timeless tunes from the 1950s and 1960s is set to take audiences on a melodic journey back in time when boys, big hair and bigger singing dreams occupied the minds of the Springfield High School Wonderettes.
April 17 - 22
The Fox Theatre
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance Rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first musical. With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten! Nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Something Rotten! comes to Atlanta with three principal cast members direct from Broadway.
THE FLOWER ROOM
April 21 - May 13
King Plow Arts Center
Actor's Express will produce the World Premiere of Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio's The Flower Room, a hilarious madcap comedy about sexual discovery directed by AE Associate Artist Melissa Foulger. Ingrid is an uptight academic who researches sexual behavior in primitive cultures while remaining completely closed off from her own sexual self. When she loses her university job, she turns to writing erotica to pay the bills â€“ unleashing her own journey of sexual discovery. This hilarious madcap comedy was included in AE's Threshold Festival of New Plays. Funny and naughty, but more so that it centers on a woman who awakens her sexual self on her own terms.