Don’t miss: “In the Heights”
Atlanta audiences will be among the first outside New York to see the 2008 Tony Award winner for best new musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s love letter to his Washington Heights, N.Y., barrio is, in its way, a kinder, gentler “West Side Story” — a salsa-and-merengue-driven tale of immigrants who discover the meaning of home and family in a complicated and challenging New World. The book is by Pulitzer Prize nominee Quiara Alegria Hudes, who Alliance Theatre patrons know from this year’s “26 Miles” and the eloquent “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fuge.” After opening in Tampa in October, the Broadway Across America-Atlanta production heads directly to the Fox Theatre.
Nov. 3-8. $19-$55. Fox Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Midtown. 1-800-278-4447. wwww.ticketmaster.com
Also consider: “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”
How cool that the definitive ’60s musical about peace, love and racial harmony is coming to Atlanta’s epicenter of herb and tie-dye. As a celebrated Broadway revival plays on, Little Five Points’ 7 Stages will stage its own rendition of the prescient and trippy rock anthem, featuring a black character who calls himself “the president of the United States of Love.” Let the sun shine in.
Sept. 11-Oct. 10. $20-$25. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave., Little Five Points. 404-523-7647, 7stages.org
Under the radar: “Hominid”
Theater Emory and Out of Hand Theater’s dextrous physical comedians explore the connections between chimpanzee and human politics in a new play by Ken Weitzman. Sponsored by Emory’s Program in Science and Society and the Yerkes National Primate Center.
7 p.m. Nov. 12-14, 18-21; 2 p.m. Nov. 15, 22. $6-$18 (at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 is a Pay-What-You-Can Performance, tickets only available at the door). Mary Gray Munroe Theatre, Dobbs University Center, Coca-Cola Commons, 605 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Emory University
– Wendell Brock, for the AJC