8 Must-See Musicals Headed to Atlanta-Area Theaters This July

"The Color Purple" runs through July 29 at Actor's Express in West Midtown.
“The Color Purple” runs through July 29 at Actor’s Express in West Midtown. Photo by Casey Gardner courtesy of Actor’s Express.

This July, wherever you live in metro Atlanta, there are musicals hitting a stage near you with a few productions sprinkled inside the perimeter as well as several surrounding its borders.

It is a great time to kick back, relax, and be entertained by Atlanta’s talented theater community.

Mark your calendars for these must-see musical theater shows on stage this month.

The Color Purple

When: Through July 29: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Actor’s Express

Cost: $21.60 to $48.60

What to Expect: A great American novel becomes a great American musical in this production in West Midtown. Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning triumph bolts joyously to life with soaring music and unforgettable characters. Celebrating the very best of the human spirit, “The Color Purple” tells the uplifting story of Celie, a woman who struggles through adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice.

Hairspray

When: July 6 through Aug. 5: Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: The Legacy Theatre

Cost: $15 to $45

What to Expect: The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! “Hairspray” is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs presented by The Legacy Theatre south of Atlanta in Tyrone.

The Book of Mormon

When: July 17 through 22: Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Fox Theater

Cost: $34 to $139

What to Expect: Broadway in Atlanta presents “The Book of Mormon” in the heart of the city at the Fox Theater. The outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Note the show contains explicit language.

Broadway in Atlanta presents "The Book of Mormon" at the Fox Theater July 17 through 22.
Broadway in Atlanta presents “The Book of Mormon” at the Fox Theater July 17 through 22. Photo by Julia Cervantes courtesy of Broadway in Atlanta.

Camelot the Musical

When: July 12 through Aug. 5: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: The Cumming Playhouse

Cost: $27 to $30

What to Expect: Venture north of Atlanta to Forsyth County to see “Camelot the Musical,” the story of King Arthur who dreams of creating a just society. Recall the beautiful melodies of “Camelot,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” and “The Lusty Month of May”. This is described as a beautiful tale of romance and intrigue.

Titanic the Musical

When: July 11 through August 12, Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Where: The Inn Lake at Serenbe

Cost: $35 to $60

What to Expect: For Titanic, Serenbe has an ensemble cast of 40 Playhouse favorites and Atlanta all-stars who will board a three-story structure representing the largest and fastest ship of its time: Titanic, constructed in the middle of a lake, which will be submerged nightly. This show is rated PG and recommended for ages 8 and up. Rain insurance is available for purchase with your ticket.

See "Disney's NEWSIES" July 19 through Sept. 2 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
See “Disney’s NEWSIES” July 19 through Sept. 2 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Image courtesy of Aurora Theatre.

Disney’s NEWSIES

When: July 19 through Sept. 2: Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Aurora Theatre

Cost: $30 to $65

What to Expect: This musical is produced Northeast of the perimeter in Lawrenceville. Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, “Disney’s NEWSIES” features rousing dance numbers and non-stop fun for the whole family! This high-energy musical follows charismatic Jack Kelly and his ragged band of teenaged “newsies” as they strike against an unfair system in New York City at the turn of the century.

The Bikinis

When: July 12 through 29: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: ART Station

Cost: $24 to $28

What to Expect: For this show in Stone Mountain the girl group everybody loves is back, with all the sun and fun, and great songs they sang down on the Jersey Boardwalk in 1964. Reminisce and be transported back to a simpler time with favorites like “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “It’s Raining Men” and more.

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