WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Still image from To Kill a Mockingbird, showing on Sunday, July 14th as part of the Fox Theatre’s Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival

Opening this weekend

Hairspray. Runs July 12 – 21. City Springs Theatre Company @ Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. In 1962 in Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show. Tracy fights against exclusion because of her size, and stands beside her friends who are fighting against exclusion based on race. In 2003, Hairspray won eight of its 13 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and has since toured the country and been adapted into a musical film.  Hairspray is full of laughter, romance, and toe-tapping songs! Tickets and information on the City Springs Theatre Company website.

Coca-Cola Film Festival. Select dates. Fox Theatre. Don’t miss this year’s screenings of timeless classics and special sing-a-long events. Read more about the festival and special events on our overview of films and special events! Special meet-and-greet events in the Marquee Club will give movie lovers opportunities to enjoy themed food and drinks, character look-a-likes, and, of course, the magic of the Marquee Club!

Sunday, July 14 @ 2:00 p.m.: Disney’s The Little Mermaid sing-along.

  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid Marquee Club event – $40 per person 
    Club attendees will enjoy a meet-and-greet opportunity with a magical mermaid princess, adult and kid-friendly “Under the Sea” specialty drinks, and movie-themed menu items. Club amenities include early, private entry with expedited security, premium bars, rooftop access and private restrooms.

Sunday, July 14 @ 6:30 p.m.: To Kill a Mockingbird

  • To Kill a Mockingbird Marquee Club event – $40 per person
    Prior to the screening, guests will have a Q&A opportunity with actress Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout Finch in the original To Kill a Mockingbird film. Club attendees can ask the actress questions about the film, its impact, and how she continues to spread knowledge about social injustice to future generations. This special event will be moderated by Chris Escobar, executive director for the Atlanta Film Society. Guests can also enjoy pre-show, locally sourced food from a seasonally rotating menu, access to private bars, restrooms and entrance to a rooftop view of Midtown’s iconic skyline. Club amenities include early, private entry with expedited security, premium bars, rooftop access and private restrooms.

Coming soon

East Texas Hot Links. Runs July 16 – August 11. True Colors Theatre Company. It’s summer 1955 in playwright Eugene Lee’s volatile 90-minute drama East Texas Hot Links. The locals visit Charlesetta’s Top o’ the Hill Cafe almost every night for comfort, solace and companionship, but the times are changing. The Ku Klux Klan is active, and young black men are disappearing and dying. All of their lives change on one warm, pivotal night. Lee’s script was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the 1990s. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com. Information on the True Colors Theatre Company website.

Head Over Heels. Runs July 17 – August 25. Actor’s Express. Head Over Heels is a jukebox musical comedy about the mythical kingdom of Arcadia set to the sounds of The Go-Go’s. Head Over Heels adapts the plot of “The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia” – a 16th-century prose poem by Sir Philip Sidney – into a hilarious romp of romance and self-discovery as the royal family of Arcadia journeys to defend their kingdom. The show features the beloved Go-Go’s hits “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” This wildly entertaining show is straight from Broadway and will have audiences humming along and laughing out loud. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com. Information on the Actor’s Express website.

Children of Eden. Runs July 18 – September 1. Aurora Theatre.From the same composer of Wicked and Pippin, Children of Eden portrays the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis, including the stories of creation and the great flood. Bring the whole family to see these stories of love, family, and forgiveness come to life on stage. Originally written in 1986 for a religious-oriented high school theatre camp, Children of Eden was adapted by Stephen Schwartz into a full-length musical. Children of Eden is directed by Justin Anderson, music directed by Ann-Carol Pence, and choreographed by Ricardo Aponte. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com. Information on the Aurora Theatre website.

Save the date

Cats. Runs August 6 – 11. Broadway in Atlanta @ Fox Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is a record-breaking audience favorite, and has been enjoyed by theatre goes in more than 30 countries and 15 languages. At the Fox Theatre, rediscover this beloved musical with all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables). With original iconic scenic and costume design and, of course, the breathtaking score, Cats tells the story of an extraordinary tribe of cats at their annual ball on one magical night. Tickets and information on the Fox Theatre website.