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By JIM FARMER

From the re­turn of a beloved diva (“Hed­wig and the An­gry Inch”) to a clas­sic mu­si­cal with a twist (“Grease”), it’s an aw­fully queer time at lo­cal play­houses this spring.

As cre­ated by John Cameron Mitchell, “Hed­wig and the An­gry Inch” – about a trans­gen­der punk-rock girl fol­low­ing her for­mer lover around the United States – is one of the most iconic stage mu­si­cals of the last quar­ter-cen­tury, com­bin­ing a clas­sic out­sider story with poignant, beau­ti­ful mu­sic (“Mid­night Ra­dio,” “Wicked Lit­tle Town”). The ac­claimed na­tional tour hits the ATL for, alas, just two days – a shame, con­sid­er­ing most pro­duc­tions run for al­most a week.

Out Front Theatre, ded­i­cated to pro­duc­ing LGBT work, closes its in­au­gu­ral sea­son with the hu­mor­ous Paul Rud­nick com­edy “The Most Fab­u­lous Story Ever Told.” It fol­lows Adam and Steve and Jane and Ma­bel all the way from the Old Tes­ta­ment through mod­ern so­ci­ety.

An­other not-to-be-missed pro­duc­tion is Broad­way Across Amer­ica’s take on “The Body­guard,” based on the pop­u­lar Whit­ney Hous­ton-Kevin Cost­ner film. In it, record­ing artist Deb­o­rah Cox takes on the role of a movie star who has started to get threat­en­ing notes. How this comes to the stage re­mains to be seen, but the iconic score (“Run to You,” “I Have Noth­ing” and the im­mor­tal “I Will Al­ways Love You”) and Cox should bring the gay com­mu­nity out in droves.

At Ac­tor’s Ex­press, the just-opened “The Leg­end of Ge­or­gia McBride” fol­lows an Elvis im­per­son­ator (Nick Aro­poglou) who, need­ing ex­tra funds to take care of a preg­nant wife at home, goes on as a drag per­former, while at De­catur’s On­Stage At­lanta, out direc­tor Cathe Hall Payne helms the comedic “Sa­van­nah Sip­ping So­ci­ety,” in which four South­ern women, strangers to each other, meet by fate and be­gin weekly meet­ings to re-charge their bat­ter­ies.

Cour­tesy of 7 Stages – never afraid to pres-

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