Fennelly: Theater heats up winter in Middle Georgia

January 24, 2014 

The weather’s been cold lately, but the entertainment’s been hot -- and it’s about to get still hotter.

The next few weeks will bring perhaps the best theatrical opportunities of the year, including Macon’s Grey Henson and “The Book of Mormon” at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, opening Tuesday.

But first, the big music event this weekend is the Tubman African American Museum’s “All That Jazz” concert ball at the City Auditorium. This event is always popular, but with work resuming on the museum’s new home, there’s added excitement.

GPB listeners will be elated to learn that Vineville United Methodist’s Music and the Arts series is hosting Bruce Adolphe, NPR’s “Piano Puzzler” on Sunday afternoon. Next weekend will see the Macon chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosting its annual Hymn Festival on Feb. 2 at Mulberry United Methodist. The following week, the Macon Concert Association will bring award-winning pianist Steven Lin to Wesleyan College on Feb. 6.

Theater and film

Opening Wednesday at the Grand Opera House is the Macon Civic Club’s annual revue, this year themed “Soulshine.” These fun shows benefit local charities each night and are guaranteed to feature a load of local talent.

The other big news is the opening of “The Book of Mormon” in the Broadway in Atlanta series. The career of Macon native Grey Henson is off to a catapult-like start, as he has gone directly from college at Carnegie Mellon University to the role of Elder McKinley in this multi-Tony Award winner.

Another powerful theater experience will come to the Douglass Theatre via technology. The National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” will be broadcast Thursday and Feb. 2 from London. If you saw the article about the NT series in Monday’s newspaper, you know that theater lovers come from Atlanta and all over the state to experience these live high-definition broadcasts from the banks of the Thames River.

Several films also are due into the Douglass. The College Town Film Festival, the combined effort of Mercer University, Wesleyan and Middle Georgia State College opens Feb. 6 with the theme “Bad Girls.” “Klute” will be followed on successive Thursdays by “Tank Girl” and “Vera Drake.”

In other film news, I should also note that the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will be presenting more than 70 films between Wednesday and Feb. 20.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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