If you have been meaning to make the time to catch one (or both) of this fall's offerings at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, make your plans quickly! Two fantastic productions, Harmony and Choir Boy, are both due to close soon, and you don't want to miss out on either show.
No, the musical does not contain "Mandy" or references to the "Copa," but Harmony does contain a few of the lush melodies we associate with its composer, Barry Manilow. In particular, one song in the first act is a grand-standing romantic declaration of devotion up there with any of Manilow's hits yet still surprisingly contemporary. The show follows the true story of a musical group based in Germany during the years before World War II. It's a moving and dramatic tale of people just trying to live their lives as the world around them crumbles. Given the current political developments in Russia, the story is especially relevant, as we all wonder whether to ignore a looming danger and go on with our own lives.
The show runs through October 6.
Choir Boy is also undeniably current, as it is a study of the effects of bullying on the students at an all-boys' school. Certainly anyone attending a private school in Atlanta can identify with the struggles of students who do not fit the accepted mold. One student, Pharus, shakes up the school just by being himself, and the play studies how the other students and faculty react to something they don't instantly understand. The story is moving and guaranteed to give you food for thought long after you leave the theater. On top of all that, the young men in the show have beautiful voices, too!
This show runs through October 13.