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Be­tween the­ater gigs, spe­cial events, com­edy, opera and con­certs, the spring is a hot­bed of LGBTQ of­fer­ings.

One of the most-an­tic­i­pated treats of the sea­son is “Out of Dark­ness: Two Re­main,” staged by At­lanta Opera and di­rected by the com­pany’s in­no­va­tive artis­tic di­rec­tor, Tomer Zvu­lun. Com­poser Jake Heg­gie’s and li­bret­tist Gene Scheer‘s opera, in two acts, deals with Holo­caust sur­vivors be­ing vis­ited by ghosts from their past. It’s based on true sto­ries by sur­vivors in­clud­ing gay Ger­man Jew Gad Beck. The work is be­ing done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The­atri­cal Out­fit.

Openly gay comic, ac­tor and YouTube sen­sa­tion Randy Rain­bow is bring­ing his patented sense of hu­mor to town in April. His mu­si­cal trib­ute to the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate in 2016 was seen by more than 25 mil­lion peo­ple in just two days, and his comedic videos are start­ing to pop up ev­ery­where.

Look­ing for even more laughs? A night with Kathleen Madi­gan might be the cure. Over her lengthy ca­reer, she has been seen on ev­ery late night show imag­in­able, and her com­edy show “Gone Madi­gan” has been seen on Show­time and Net­flix. Also look for the queen of mean, funny lady (and gay fave) Lisa Lam­pan­elli, vis­it­ing the city next week­end, and the im­prov mad­ness of “Whose Line is it Any­way?” in May.

Ground­break­ing gay artist To­drick Hall fol­lows up a run in Broad­way’s “Chicago” with his new “Amer­i­can: The For­bid­den” world tour, mak­ing a stop at the Fox Theatre in May.

An evening of mu­sic, com­edy and drag is promised at drag god­dess Trixie Mat­tel’s Now With Mov­ing Parts Tour, while the At­lanta Bal­let’s “Bach to Broad­way” is set to mu­sic by Ge­orge Gersh­win.

Out Front Theatre Com­pany has a slew of events, in­clud­ing a pro­duc­tion of the be- Clock­wise from bot­tom left: ‘Out of Dark­ness: Two Re­main,’ ‘The Lit­tle Mer­maid’ and Trixie Mat­tel. (Cour­tesy pho­tos) loved “Sor­did Lives” and a new show with “Sor­did Lives” cre­ator Del Shores ti­tled “Six Char­ac­ters in Search of a Play.” Other the­ater high­lights in­clude Serenbe Play­house’s “The Lit­tle Mer­maid” and Ac­tor’s Ex­press’ “The Color Pur­ple.” As well, Aurora Theatre is tak­ing its adorable ver­sion of the crowd-pleas­ing “Mamma Mia!” to the Ferst

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Cen­ter in June af­ter it closes it cur­rent run.

Fi­nally, the big­gest ticket of the sea­son looks to be the long awaited bow of Lin-Manuel Mi­randa’s “Hamil­ton,” the win­ner of sev­eral Tony Awards and a pop cul­ture phe­nom­e­non. It comes to town via the Broad­way in At­lanta se­ries and looks to cause the stir here it has ev­ery­where else. Lisa Lam­pan­elli March 24 Cen­ter Stage Theatre “The Lit­tle Mer­maid” March 28 – April 22 Serenbe Play­house “Out of Dark­ness: Two Re­main” April 5 – 15 At­lanta Opera The Balzer Theatre at Her­ren’s Randy Rain­bow Live April 12 The Buck­head Theatre Kathleen Madi­gan: Boxed Wine and Big­foot April 13 – 14 The Buck­head Theatre Trixie Mat­tel — Now With Mov­ing Parts Tour April 23 The Buck­head Theatre “Sor­did Lives” May 3 – 20 Out Front Theatre To­drick Hall Amer­i­can: The For­bid­den Tour May 6 Fox Theatre Whose Line is it Any­way? May 8 Taber­na­cle At­lanta “Bach to Broad­way” May 11 – 13 At­lanta Bal­let Cobb Energy Cen­tre “Six Char­ac­ters in Search of a Play” May 20 Out Front Theatre “Hamil­ton” May 22 – June 10 Fox Theatre “Mamma Mia!” June 9 – 24 Ferst Cen­ter for the Arts “The Color Pur­ple” June 16 – July 29 Ac­tor’s Ex­press

By JIM FARMER

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