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Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

ATLANTA -- Many of metro Atlanta's most talented performers, directors and theater crew members descended on DeKalb County Monday night for the 2013 Suzi Bass Awards.

Every year, the Suzis honor the best theater productions in the area. Awards are given in two areas -- plays and musicals.

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The Aurora Theatre's staging of Les Misérables was one of this year's big winners. It took home five Suzi Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

WHO'S NOMINATED? | Meet this year's Suzi Awards nominees

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

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The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.

2013 Suzi Awards nominees revealed

2013 Suzi Awards nominees revealed

ATLANTA -- The nominees for the 2012-13 Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points and was hosted by past Suzi winners Ingrid Cole and Glenn Rainey.

RELATED | See last year's Suzi nominees
RELATED | See last year's Suzi winners

The Suzi Awards are named for Suzi Bass, a well-loved Atlanta actress who died of cancer in 2002. Every year, they honor some of the best theater productions in metro Atlanta.

Crossroads Guitar Festival film coming to Atlanta

Crossroads Guitar Festival film coming to Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 was held at Madison Square Garden in April.

Those who missed this gathering of legendary guitarists can still experience it -- without leaving metro Atlanta.

A special film presentation of the festival will screen at several theaters on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. It features behind-the-scenes footage and some of the best concerts from the two-day jam session.

Musicians featured in the film include Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Keith Urban and, of course, Eric Clapton.

"The Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival has long been one of the premiere events in music, and communities of fans nationwide will enjoy the ultimate concert experience on the big screen with amazing sound and front row seats," Dan Diamond, senior vice president of business development for NCM Fathom, said in a statement. Fathom will host the Aug. 13 film screenings.

'Les Misérables' coming to Aurora Theatre

'Les Misérables' coming to Aurora Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- One of the most popular musicals of all time will make its way to the Aurora Theatre stage this month.

The Lawrenceville theater's production of Les Misérables will open Thursday, July 25 and run through Sunday, Sept. 8.

Les Misérables tells the classic story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who breaks his parole and spends his life dodging the persistent Inspector Javert. He becomes adoptive father to a little girl named Cosette and eventually arrives in Paris, where a student uprising is about to take to the streets.

Aurora Theatre is the very first local professional theater company to produce Les Misérables.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $30 to $40. There will also be $20 Wednesday matinees on Aug. 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.

Josh Groban film to have encore screening

Josh Groban film to have encore screening

ATLANTA -- A film of Josh Groban's February concert at New York City's Allen Room will return to metro Atlanta in July.

All That Echoes Artist Cut will be screened in select theaters on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The movie includes the entire Feb. 4 concert, as well as a behind-the-scenes journey through production of Groban's sixth studio album, All That Echoes, and a Q&A session with the singer's fans.

"The event will include a lot of new footage, a huge amount of behind-the-scenes of the making of 'All That Echoes' and everything that went into it," Groban said in a statement. "If you weren't able to go last time, maybe you can come this time, and if you did go last time and you want to do it again, come bring a friend."