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Review: Old meets new at Horizon’s ‘Avenue Q’

avenue q review art for story by bo shell

It's not unlikely that you've seen super-popular and super-gay "Avenue Q" in at least one of its incarnations over the past several years, but unless you saw the show in its early days off Broadway, you've never seen it done quite like Horizon Theatre.

Often and correctly dubbed "Sesame Street meets South Park," "Avenue Q" is the hilarious story of 20-something puppets and people searching for purpose on the outskirts of New York City.

Fresh out of college, Princeton moves to the close-knit neighborhood of Avenue Q where he meets Brian and Christmas Eve, a young human couple engaged to be married; Nicky and Rod, who are puppet roommates; Kate Monster, the girl puppet next door; Trekkie, an internet porn addict; and Gary Coleman, the building superintendent.

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‘Fusion’ marks Brian Wallenberg’s final regular performance with the Atlanta Ballet

Brian Wallenberg retiring from Atlanta Ballet

As the Atlanta Ballet prepares to open the new show “Fusion” next week, long-time company member Brian Wallenberg has decided to retire.

A 13-year member of the company, Wallenberg, who is gay, decided earlier in the season to call it quits. It was a tough decision but one he knew was right. He is happy to go out with this mixed production, one he is very excited about.

“Fusion” is divided into three dances. “Lambarena” is choreographed by Val Caniporali and combines traditional African dance with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. It debuted in San Francisco 16 years and has been performed around the world.

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Singular sensation ‘A Chorus Line’ comes to Atlanta

'A Chorus Line' at Cobb Energy Centre

It’s an iconic image: 17 eager dancers on a bare stage auditioning to get a role in an upcoming musical. “A Chorus Line” — the longest running American Broadway musical ever and winner of nine Tony awards — is about to return to Atlanta as part of the Gas South Broadway Series, with openly gay actor Paul Flanagan in the cast.

Flanagan stars as Al in the musical. Al is 30 years old, from the Bronx, and a very experienced dancer who is in the audition with his wife, Christine.  “He is ready to settle down and is at the audition to settle down Christine,” he says.

The actor has been in “A Chorus Line” once before, back in a Hilton Head production when he was 20. He started with this tour back in the fall and will be with it until the late spring, when the tour goes international in Tokyo.

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Dave Koz concert

Saxophonist Dave Koz releases first CD since coming out

Acclaimed saxophonist plays concert tonight at Cobb Energy Centre