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was in­stru­men­tal in start­ing the AIDS Memo­rial Quilt.

As part of the run, 7 Stages will be host­ing “Gen­er­a­tions Pos­i­tive: Ex­plor­ing The Im­pact of HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ Com­mu­ni­ties, Past & Present” on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.

Out per­former David Grindrod is part of the en­sem­ble in the tour­ing ver­sion of “Beauty and the Beast,” play­ing sev­eral char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing a pep­per shaker. A re­cent alum­nus of Pace Univer­sity in New York, the An­napo­lis, Mary­land, na­tive grad­u­ated in May and re­al­ized that—as a mu­si­cal the­ater per­former wannabe—much of his time would be spent au­di­tion­ing. This is not the first big tour for him; he played Mark, one of the gay char­ac­ters in “A Cho­rus Line,” as well. Yet this is his first ma­jor gig af­ter school. Luck­ily he was cast with­out much fan­fare and started in Septem­ber.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a mu­si­cal that he has learned ap­peals to all au­di­ences, but he does think that LGBT peo­ple can em­pathize with the Beast, who is an out­sider. “It’s about look­ing past some­one’s ex­te­rior to re­ally see who they are,” he says. “The Beast trans­forms into some­one Belle can fall in love with. He wants her to see who he re­ally is in­side.”

‘The Miss­ing Gen­er­a­tion’

‘Beauty and the Beast’

Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St, At­lanta GA 30308 Feb. 2–7 www.broad­way­acrossamer­

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