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Best Shows to Ever Move Off Broadway

Best Shows to Ever Move Off Broadway

Broadway musicals are a popular American pastime; each year, thousands of people flock to New York City to see one of these world-class shows. Luckily, a few of Broadway’s best shows have toured the country so the rest of the world can experience one of these fabulous performances. Here in Atlanta, we’ve been lucky to get our share of off-Broadway productions. These are some of our favorites.

Wicked

This Wizard of Oz spin-off has been a popular story for many years. Wicked tells the Wizard of Oz story from the perspective of Oz’s infamous Wicked Witch of the West, showing her transformation from innocent, gawky, and bullied child into an evil and resentful adult. The storyline focuses on the Wicked Witch’s friendship and rivalry with the flirty and popular Glinda, their struggle over the same boy, and ultimately, the Wicked Witch’s sad ending. The fabulous music and witty lyrics are written by the talented Stephen Schartz and keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Cats

This Andrew Lloyd Weber classic is popular for crowd interaction, detail-oriented costumes, and clever storyline. The tale follows a town tribe of cats who must decide which of them gets to ascend to heaven and claim a new life. Cats, the musical, goes through a series of scenes in which each of the candidates are introduced and described in lyrical detail. The former “Glamour Cat” named Grizelda is eventually chosen, and the final scene shows her transformation and acceptance into her next life. It’s a unique tale fully of catchy tunes that can’t be missed!

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Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is full of religious satire and pokes fun at the highly religious Church of Latter Day Saints. The comedic musical follows two Mormon missionaries in their quest to convert an African community and highlights their challenges in connecting with their audience. The book, music, and lyrics were co-written by the fabulous trio of Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, and the musical has won several high-end awards including nine Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Beauty and the Beast

This classic childhood fairytale is a definite Broadway hit. It follows the love story of a young cursed prince and a beautiful down-to-earth town girl as they race to break the spell of an age-old curse. The costuming and set design are impeccable, and the music and dialogue will have guests reminiscing about their younger years as one of their favorite childhood tales is brought to life.

Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairytale that comes to life in an off-Broadway production.
Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairytale that comes to life in an off-Broadway production.

These are just a few of the many classic musicals offered off Broadway. We’d like to thank our local supporter, Great Guys Moving, an Atlanta-based nationwide local and long distance mover for backing this post. When these guys aren’t busy one of the nation’s best moving companies, they love supporting the arts and taking in shows at the Fox. Keep them in mind if you’re looking for great rates on your next move, whether it’s in-town or out-of-state.

 

 

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The Top 5 Productions You Won’t Want to Miss in 2017

The Top 5 Productions You Won’t Want to Miss in 2017

Atlanta offers so much excitement for the theater enthusiast. As 2016 draws to a close, don’t miss out on the upcoming season’s best. Check out this list of 5 of Atlanta’s best stage productions for 2017.

 1. The Phantom of the Opera

This well-loved masterpiece will run February 22nd-28th at the Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta. The story of Christine, a young theater girl who is torn between an old friend and her mysterious voice tutor, has captivated audiences for decades. This production promises fresh takes on the familiar music and the stunning sets you expect. Purchase your tickets online, find out about the cast, and more here.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera has kept theatre patrons on the edge of their seats for decades.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera has kept theatre patrons on the edge of their seats for decades.

2. Riverdance

This spectacular show explores various facets of Irish dance, music, and song. Riverdance celebrates its 20th year in 2017 and will run from May 5th-7th. You will be awed by the fast-paced footwork and choreography that recalls everything from traditional Irish jigs to the Spanish influence within the island’s history. Ethereal singing tells of the human struggle that is as timeless as the music itself. For tickets and more information on this Fabulous Fox Theater production, visit the Riverdance site.

3. Mama Mia

This smart production was nominated for Best Musical and Best Orchestration. Though the show left Broadway in September 2015, Atlanta is lucky to have this musical playing from June 13th-18th, 2017. The story centers on Sophie, who is planning her wedding to Sky, and Sophie’s mother Donna, who must make peace with her past when three former flames arrive for the wedding. Questions unanswered and unexplored rise to the surface for the cast as you wonder with them: how will the past affect the future? This entertaining musical is all set to an energetic soundtrack of tunes from ABBA, a Swedish pop group popular in the 70s.

Mamma Mia left Broadway in 2015, but is currently touring the U.S.
Mamma Mia left Broadway in 2015, but is currently touring the U.S.

4. And Then There Were None

Produced by Act3 Productions, this show, based on the work of beloved crime novelist Agatha Christie runs February 10-25th. Summoned to a mysterious island for reasons only they may know, ten strangers begin to die one by one. A simple nursery rhyme foretells the fate of each. What guilty secrets does each character hold? Who will be the last to die? Visit their website at to view the current season. To purchase tickets, visit this site and click through to February’s page to select this play.

5. Urinetown

In this musical satire, a greedy company monopolizes the bathrooms in a dark and struggling city. Humorous and bleak, watch what happens when one person dares to challenge the system. With music by Mark Hollman and lyrics by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis, this production won numerous awards, including 3 Tony Awards and 2 Obie Awards. This musical is also featured by Act3 Productions. Don’t miss out on the chance to purchase tickets for Urinetown, playing April 14-29th.

 

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