Music Entertainment

Duke Ellington’s SOPHISTICATED LADIES

The musical legacy of “The Duke” is celebrated in Duke Ellington’s SOPHISTICATED LADIES, a stylish and brassy retrospective that has taken audiences and critics alike by storm throughout the world. Winner of two Tony Awards, SOPHISTICATED LADIES is a glorious re-creation of the Duke Ellington big band sound and features all his most famous numbers, from the infamous Speak Easy era of the Cotton Club up to his death, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Satin Doll,” and the haunting “In a Sentimental Mood.” Featuring The Atlanta Lyric Orchestra and some of the metro area’s most talented performers, this song and dance extravaganza is an abundance of riches from the most sophisticated and sassy jazz king of them all

Local talent is phenomenal.  Kennesaw is represented by the tapping feet of Zach Everhart, Michael Perrson and Aaron Carter — Zach and Michael have studied under Tammy Everhart, Great Gig Dance since they were seven and Aaron is a product of Impact Dance of Atlanta, owned by Kari Carter in Acworth.  Just seeing the dancing was worth going, but we can’t leave out the voice of Kayce Grogan-Wallace, who teaches theater at Marietta Middle School.  She is amazing.  A graduate of KSU, she is this year’s teacher of the year for her school.

This is the last weekend to enjoy the smooth jazz sounds of Duke Ellington.  Tickets are available at www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.    The show is at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, 30060.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in Dahlonega

Seven_Brides_for_Seven_Brothers_London_recordingThe Holly Theater is going to the backwoods of Oregon in the 1850’s with an audience favorite, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, for their upcoming musical production.    This energetic and fun-filled show will be performed for 3 consecutive weekends:  July 19 -21, July 26 – 28 and August 2 – 4.

Based on the popular movie, this production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was adapted by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay with music by Gene de Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  The story tells of the Pontipee brothers who are living a rough and lonely existence on their woodland farm.  The eldest brother, Adam –makes the trip from the farm in the rugged Oregon Territory countryside to town to pick up some goods for the months ahead – including a wife.

He stumbles upon Milly, a serving girl with passion and sass, who falls for his sweet talk about the farming life. They are quickly married, but when Milly returns with Adam to his home, she finds there are also six rowdy brothers living there.   Milly valiantly attempts to civilize the brothers so that they can find brides of their own.  But Milly’s plan backfires when the brothers decide to go find six women to be their brides.  What follows is a hilarious series of events full of dancing, fighting and even kidnapping.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is chock-full of delightful comedy, show-stopping dances, and charming melodies including “Wonderful, Wonderful Day,” “Bless Your Beautiful Hide”, “Sobbin’ Women”, and “Goin’ Courtin’.”

Shows on Friday and Saturday nights begin at 8:00PM and Sunday Matinees begin at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $18.00 for Adults and $12.00 for Children & Students. Tickets available on line at www.hollytheater.com

Directed by Jamie Fambrough, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is full of the boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.  Join us for a rip-roarin’ good time!

The Holly Theater is located at 69 West Main Street, Dahlonega, Ga 30533.  Visit www.hollytheater.com for more information.