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'Memphis' coming to Classic Center Theatre

'Memphis' coming to Classic Center Theatre

ATHENS, Ga. -- Memphis is the next production in the Classic Center Theatre's 2013-14 Broadway Entertainment Series.

The Best Musical winner at the 2010 Tony Awards will be staged Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

According to the Classic Center:

The show takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white disc jockey named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. The musical is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.

Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

Sally Struthers in 'Hello, Dolly!' coming to Classic Center

Sally Struthers in 'Hello, Dolly!' coming to Classic Center

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers will grace the Classic Center stage next month.

The musical will perform on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Hello, Dolly! tells the story of Dolly, a matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, N.Y., to find a match for a wealthy yet ornery client. It includes such popular songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By" and, of course, "Hello, Dolly!"

Visit classiccenter.com to learn more and buy tickets.

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

(WXIA) -- This week's review is for a movie you may not have heard of -- but you'll know about it come awards season.

The Spectacular Now is home grown; it was shot in and around Athens.

It's the love story of a popular high school senior, Miles Teller, who's a little more troubled than he lets on. He doesn't care about the future -- just living in the now and the quiet girl he dates on the rebound.

The Spectacular Now is not one of those summer thrill ride movies. It feels more natural. You want to tell the guy (Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights") to make good decisions and the girl (Shailene Woodley, The Descendants) to protect herself.

Both actors should be nominated for major awards, especially Woodley, who wears almost no makeup for the entire movie. Nothing amazing happens in the film -- it's just real.

Theater camp presents 'Super Duck'

Theater camp presents 'Super Duck'

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens Creative Theatre Performance Camp will present a production of Brian D. Taylor's "Super Duck" later this month.

The play will be Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Morton Theatre. Tickets are $6.

"Super Duck" tells the story of an ugly duckling with a secret -- he's really a superhero. Joined by sidekick Squishy the Worm, Super Duck battles the evil Dr. Tabby Clawslice and proves himself (or is it herself?) to everyone in the pond.

Learn more and buy tickets at mortontheatre.com.

The Morton Theatre is located at 195 West Washington Street.

Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

ATLANTA -- The incredible voices of the 10 teen finalists in Variety of Georgia’s Stars of Tomorrow competition echoed through the halls of the Fox Theatre Sunday evening, but one voice in particular carried above the rest. Meagan Sharp, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, dazzled the crowd with her outstanding performance and was crowned the winner of Variety’s second annual vocal competition.

“The level of talent was off the charts,” said Variety of Georgia Executive Director Chase Evangeline Andrews. “Each of the finalists gave stunning performances, and I’m sure the judges had a difficult time determining the winner of the evening.”

Technical colleges expanding global reach

Technical colleges expanding global reach

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Technical College of Georgia is expanding its global reach with new international contracts.

Officials expect to sign a $3 million contract with the African nation of Kenya soon.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said recently that Athens Technical College and two other system colleges already are working with Saudi Arabia's King Faisal University under an $8 million contract.

He said other Saudi Arabian universities also are interested in contracting with the Georgia technical college system.

Under the existing contract with King Faisal University, administrators and teachers at Athens Tech and two other system colleges are setting up a new school, King Faisal University Community College, in Saudi Arabia.

Jackson said Kenyan officials aren't asking for a new school, but help in setting up a curriculum for technical colleges.

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"