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Original Star Wars parody to premiere in Atlanta

Original Star Wars parody to premiere in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Spirit of Broadway presents an original show for 2013, The Skywalkers, benefiting the Compassion Programs of the Metropolitan Community Center in Atlanta.

This hysterical atypical Star Wars parody, written by Woodstock resident Trevor Petty, is "honest and respectful to each and every action in the six film saga." However, Petty saw an opportunity to create story lines, motives and intentions not originally in any of the movies. The Skywalkers will be performed on Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m. at the First MCC Theatre.

Atlanta Opera opens season with 'Tosca'

Atlanta Opera opens season with 'Tosca'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera will kick off its 2013-14 season with a production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca.

The opera will come to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage in October. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m., and range in price from $26 to $133.

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Tosca tells the story of a strong-willed woman trapped between two men: her lover Cavaradossi and police chief Scarpia, who loves her and will stop at nothing to take her for himself. The Atlanta Opera production will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

Learn more about the production at atlantaopera.org.

Morgan Stanley’s Michael Merlin joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

Morgan Stanley’s Michael Merlin joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

ATLANTA -- Michael Merlin, an Executive Director at Hansberger & Merlin of Morgan Stanley in Atlanta has recently been named to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

“We are excited and pleased that Michael Merlin will be joining our Board of Directors,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. “Michael has been a tremendous supporter of the ASO, and we look forward to having his superb leadership and business expertise help shape the future of this renowned Orchestra.”

Mr. Merlin commented, “I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board.  The dedication that the ASO has to music education for all members of our community is inspiring.  I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the ASO to increase the impact of this great organization.”

Atlanta reality show 'Catering Wars' to premiere Tuesday

Atlanta reality show 'Catering Wars' to premiere Tuesday

ATLANTA -- State and city officials are set to celebrate the kickoff of a new television series featuring Atlanta caterers and eateries.

Lifetime's "Catering Wars Atlanta" is set to premiere Tuesday at 10 p.m. The show follows four Atlanta catering companies as they compete against each other for recognition as the area's best catering company.

Officials from the Georgia State Film Commission and the National Catering Association of Atlanta will gather on the south steps of the state Capitol Tuesday at 11 a.m. to discuss the show's projected economic impact on the region.

Producer Rhona Silver and executives from Lifetime Entertainment and A&E are also expected to be on hand Tuesday.

Companies featured on "Catering Wars Atlanta" include Atlanta's Finest, Hottie Hawg's Barbecue, Ocean Catering Company and Pat's Party Perfect.

Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

ATLANTA -- Even to Piedmont Park regulars, it's easy to overlook.

The giant rock with a metal Mohawk is actually the work of a famous artist, and it's been honoring Nelson Mandela in Atlanta for decades.

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The people who know the large sculpture exists probably don't know the official name for it. The title is "Nelson Mandela Must Be Free to Lead His People and South Africa to Peace and Prosperity." That long title is more often summed up with the three words etched in stone: "Free Nelson Mandela."

'Menopause the Musical' returns to Midtown

'Menopause the Musical' returns to Midtown

ATLANTA -- An international hit musical will return to Midtown for only seven performances.

Menopause the Musical will play at the Alliance Theatre from July 30 to Aug. 4.

The GFour Productions phenomenon is set in a department store and tells the story of four women who bond over a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. It is filled with fun parodies of popular songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Menopause the Musical has played thousands of shows in 15 countries since making its debut in Florida in 2001.

Tickets are currently on sale and range in price from $35 to $60. Visit woodruffcentertickets.org to learn more and reserve your seat.

The Alliance Theatre is located inside the Woodruff Arts Center at 1280 Peachtree Street.

Buddy Holly musical canceled

Buddy Holly musical canceled

ATLANTA -- Theater of the Stars has cancelled its upcoming engagement of Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story.

The musical was supposed to play July 9-14 at the Fox Theatre.

Customers who bought single and group tickets should receive refunds within five to 10 business days. Season ticket holders are asked to contact Theater of the Stars at 404-252-8960 to get their money back.

The Fox Theatre announced Thursday that Theater of the Stars is in need of money and must hold an emergency fundraising campaign or risk shutting down.