Is it possible to see Broadway shows in Atlanta? You bet. There's a stellar season coming up in 2020. Even better, every performance occurs at the fabulous Fox Theatre.
1. "The Band's Visit," Jan. 21-26
"The Band’s Visit" won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. A band of musicians arrives in a town off the beaten path and subsequently brings the town to life in unexpected ways.
Editor's note: I would see this just to hear the song, "Omar Sharif" one more time. If that song doesn't move you, check your blood pressure.
2. "Hello Dolly," Feb. 11-16
Carolee Carmello as Dolly. (📷 Julieta Cervantes)
You may have seen it before, but if reviews of this particular show are any indication, you'd best see it again. NPR called it the best show of the year.
Editor's note: I would go to this just to pay tribute to the late, great Carol Channing. I met her once and was quite tongue-tied. She, on the other hand, couldn't have been more gracious.
3. "Miss Saigon," March 17-22
"Miss Saigon" is based on Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Bring tissues. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
I need say no more than this: You can just imagine the emotion of this story of a young Vietnamese woman who met an American G.I. during the Vietnam War.
Editor's note: I lived through the war, and this amazing show brought all the heartache back home to me when I saw it years ago at Atlanta Civic Center. And, yes, the helicopter did land on stage.
4. "Hamilton," March 31-May 3
Pictured here are Julia K. Harriman, Sabrina Sloan and Isa Briones (Photo by Joan Marcus)
The story of our country's founding, told in rap, has become one of the most popular shows ever.
Editor's note: Could this production be more relevant than during our current political times?
5. Blue Man Group "Speechless," June 2-7
Reviewer Lance Carter describes the show as "nonstop craziness."
"Speechless" features new and original compositions, acts and instruments as well as iconic Blue Man Group moments.
Editor's note: I've not seen one of their shows, but by all accounts they are like nothing you've ever experienced before. Bring on the paint balls.
6. "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," June 23-28
You'll see the star at various stages of her life. (📷 Matthew Murphy)
Best of all, the musical features more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits.
Editor's note: This is bound to be some "Hot Stuff."
7. "Anastasia," July 28-Aug. 2
Pictured above are Lila Coogan as Anya and Stephen Brower as Dmitry. (📷 Matthew Murphy)
You'll meet a brave young woman, a ruthless Soviet officer, a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat.
Editor's note: What's not to like?
As the year progresses, more Broadway in Atlanta shows will be announced. Stay tuned.
Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.