In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in JuLY
July 14 - August 27
Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer in this emotionally charged stage musical with unforgettable stories of love, hope, survival, and redemption. It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler (played by TC Carson of Living Single fame), weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. Herman is a charismatic ladies man, but he's plagued by a dark past.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
July 15- August 20
In this deviously delicious musical comedy, budding botanist Seymour Krelbourn is down on his luck and secretly in love with his coworker Audrey. When he discovers a new species of plant that promises him unending fame and fortune, he thinks all his problems are solved â€“ the only catch is the plant is a bloodthirsty carnivore bent on world domination! Don't miss AE's horrifically hilarious take on one of the longest-running musicals in off-Broadway history. Originally heralded "a fiendish musical creature feature" by the New York Times, the cult classic will follow up on past summer hits Company, Rent and The Rocky Horror Show. Actor's Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
July 20 - August 27
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo with songs from the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame transports audiences to 1482 Paris. There they follow the tales of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower who discovers his inner strength, a conflicted priest, Frollo, who battles the specter of damnation and Phoebus, a dashing soldier who shuns duty to pursue Esmeralda, a beautiful Gypsy dancer. At every turn, a malevolent force propels each of them toward fate. This musical retelling of the beloved medieval love story features a lush score by Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) â€” the only stage collaboration between the two giants of the American musical theatre.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
August 15 - 20
The Fox Theatre
An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony AwardsÂ®, will play Atlanta's Fox Theatre for a limited one-week engagement August 15-20. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, "An American in Paris" is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015.