What a feeling!

“Flashdance the Musical” is at the Fox Theatre on Feb. 5-10. What makes a musical successful? Sensational theatrics and mesmerizing choreography? Or the story and the music? How do you …

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This weekend's best bets: Jan. 24

Looking for something cultural to do in the next week or so? Here’s a select list of recommendations from Encore Atlanta, including violinist Vadim Gluzman with the ASO, “Bob” and “Petite Rouge” at Aurora Theatre, “Good People” at the Alliance and Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project.

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The Producers

THE PRODUCERS, a big Broadway Musical, won a record 12 Tony Awards and wowed capacity crowds night after night. It returns to Atlanta after an 8 year absence and sets the standard …

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Dance dance revolution

Much has changed since a 27-year-old Texan named Alvin Ailey launched his eponymous dance troupe in 1958, but his company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has kept their founder’s principles powerfully intact: modern dance that draws from other artistic mediums; strong, acrobatic performers; and and a vivid illustration of diversity through movement.

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New-play series brewing at 7 Stages

7 Stages this week launched its new — and free — Home Brew Series of new-play readings with a piece titled “Mass Transit Muse” by Michael Molina. The series continues Sunday with “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” by Atlanta playwright Nathaniel Lachenmeyer.

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This weekend's best bets: Jan. 17

Opening this week are the fast-paced comedy “Bob” (Aurora Theatre) and David Lindsay-Abaire’s much-praised “Good People” (Alliance). Closing: “Waiting for Balloon” at the Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young. Worth checking out: 7 Stages’ new Home Brew Series of new-play readings; “Swell Party,” which is swell, if long, at Georgia Ensemble; and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” which is still stirring buzz as it hits week two in its six-week run at Actor’s Express.

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