In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in JULY
HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU
July 13 - August 19
Second in Horizon's New American Dreams Series is How Black Mothers Say I Love You, a powerful story about a mother and her daughters. Hard-working Daphne left her two young daughters in Jamaica for six years to create a better life for them in America. Now thirty years later, proud and private, Daphne is relying on church and her nearby dutiful daughter to face a health crisis. But, when feisty activist Claudette arrives unexpectedly from far away to help out, her arrival stirs up the buried past, family ghosts and the burning desire for unconditional love before it's too late.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Through July 29
A great novel becomes a great American musical. Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning triumph bolts joyously to life with soaring music and unforgettable characters. Celebrating the very best of the human spirit, The Color Purple tells the uplifting story of Celie, a woman who struggles through adversity to find strength, love and power of her own voice.
MARTIN LUTHER ON TRIAL
Friday & Saturday July 6 & 7
Ferst Center for the Arts
A dazzling evening of theatre erupts onstage in an afterlife trial for the soul of Martin Luther . . . at Lucifer's request. This fantastical courtroom drama features Hitler, Freud, MLK Jr and Pope Francis as witnesses, a reenactment of Satan's rebellion and his failed attempt to enlist Michael the Archangel! All this along with a thorough examination of Luther's life and his loving relationship with Katie Von Bora.
BOOK OF MORMON
July 17 - 22
The Fox Theatre
Back by popular demand, The Book Of Mormon, which played a record breaking two week return engagement in 2014, as well as in 2016, returns to Atlanta for a limited run, July 17-22 at the Fox Theatre. Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book Of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.
July 19 - September 2
Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Disney's Newsies kicks off the Aurora Theatre's 23rd season with rousing dance numbers and non-stop fun for the whole family. In this high-energy musical, audiences will follow charismatic Jack Kelly and his ragged band of teenaged "newsies" as they strike against an unfair system in New York City at the turn of the century. Newsies highlights publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst as they try to take advantage of newsboys to increase profits. However, everything changes when Jack Kelly and his group of "newsies" come on the scene.