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Culture notes: Twice the Twyla as Theater of the Stars announces season; Ga. Shakespeare reveals schedule too

Twice the Twyla

Atlantans will get a double dose of choreographer Twyla Tharp over the next year.

Theater of the Stars announced Tuesday that its summer season at the Fox Theatre will include the tour of Tharp’s “Come Fly Away” (Aug. 2-7), which had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in 2009 before a hit Broadway run.

Atlanta Ballet also recently revealed that it had co-commissioned a world premiere from Tharp, to be danced to the music of Franz Schubert, Feb. 10-19 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (

Here’s Theater of the Stars’s 59th season: “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (June 3-5), “The Color Purple” (June 15-19), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (June 21-26), “Rock of Ages” with “American Idol” finalist and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (July 5-10),  “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 19-24), “Come Fly Away” (Aug. 2-7), “Guys and Dolls” (Aug. 16-21) and “Annie” (Jan. 14-22).

Tickets for the summer season go on sale April 28. 404-252-8960, HOWARD POUSNER

Shakespeare dates

Having announced last week that its Shake at the Lake production in Piedmont Park will be delayed from May until August or September (and only if additional funds can be raised), Georgia Shakespeare has now unveiled its 26th anniversary season at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

The schedule: Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (June 8-July 23) and “Antony and Cleopatra” (June 23-July 22) in repertory; and Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” (July 28-Aug. 14). Also in July, the company’s Family Classics Series presents a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” (July 5-22). And the troupe’s annual fall staging will be Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie” (Oct. 6-30).

Georgia Shaekespeare’s holiday show is up in the air. The company, of course, would like to remount its hit staging of “A Christmas Story,” but is having trouble securing the rights. Producing artistic director Richard Garner promises “something equally exciting on deck just in case,” with a final announcement expected this spring.

Finally, the troupe will host a Shakespeare’s Birthday and Open House free family event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,[April 23] with performances, arts and crafts, games, prizes and, of course, cake. If you’re buying a card, the Bard will be 447.

Subscriptions are on sale; single tickets go on sale Saturday.[April 23] 404-264-0020, HOWARD POUSNER