World-famous musicians, huge productions this season at the Grand Opera House

January 3, 2014 

“Beauty and the Beast” will be at the Grand Opera House on March 12-13.

JOAN MARCUS — Special to The Telegraph

This year is going to be grand for the Grand Opera House, and it’s beginning with two noteworthy concerts in January.

“We are coming out of the gate swinging in the new year with some awesome music,” said Cindy Hill, arts marketing coordinator for Mercer University and the Grand. “Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band sold out his Dec. 27 concert in less than half an hour. In honor of that fact, he has added another concert Jan. 14. It’s also looking to be a sold out show, so get tickets now. We are following that event with a Jan. 15 performance by Don Williams. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and his concert will be just amazing.”

From there, according to Hill, “the shows will just keep getting better.”

Art Garfunkel is performing Feb. 8. Half of Simon and Garfunkel, Hill said “pretty much everyone alive has heard his music, whether it’s performed by him or a cover. This is an intimate venue for him and will give attendees an unforgettable experience. It is exciting to be starting 2014 with music like this. It’s been years since we’ve had a dedicated music series like this and fans have been overwhelmingly supportive.”

But musicians aren’t all that will grace the Grand’s stage this year. There’s also the annual Broadway Series.

“On Jan. 21-22, we will showcase ‘Bring It On,’ based on the famous cheerleader movies from the 1990s. The music in this show is amazing and you will see ridiculously awesome acrobatics from the cheerleading routines. It is absolutely worth coming to and it is more than just a rehash of the movie,” Hill said. “We follow that up with some classic Broadway, ‘The Man of La Mancha.’ We usually try to book a classic musical, but people are crazy about this musical. The music is memorable and exciting, and we are very happy to see how many young people are excited about this show.”

On March 12-13, “Beauty and the Beast” will be on stage, which Hill said is the biggest show they’ve ever had, by far, at the Grand.

“It’s the Disney production and will include all of the songs from the movie. It is nothing short of astonishing. Young and old, you will be amazed. Get your tickets as soon as you can; it will sell out for sure. The cool thing about this show is that we’ve never taken a risk on such a big show, but the response has been so overwhelming that we anticipate being able to do it again,” she said.

The Broadway season will wrap up with a new show, “The Ten Tenors: On Broadway.”

“This company has been to Macon before, but it has been years and this particular show definitely promises to be a big hit,” Hill said.

Other than that, there are a few other performances in the works, “including some Irish music sung by beautiful Irish people and a show featuring ‘American Idol’ performers,” she said. “It is going to just be a fantastic lineup for all of 2014.”

For more information on any of the Grand’s performances, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 478-301-5470.

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