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Music moves to the forefront again with Encore


Staff Reports

The 2012 Encore Series at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre has started with a run of “Hairspray,” performed by Pebblebrook High School.

“Hairspray” is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name. The show is a lighthearted social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s and includes downtown rhythm and blues and dance music of the era. The final shows of “Hairspray” will take place Feb. 2 -5.

The rest of the Encore season will feature a variety of old school music performers at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, which is located at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

Peter Noone, the lead singer for Herman’s Hermits, will be in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The original Herman’s Hermits began as an English pop band in the 1960’s with hits such as "I’m Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter" and "Henry the Eighth, I Am."

Next in the series will be “Twist” singer Chubby Checker at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Checker has had a long career and released more than 20 hit songs that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart.

Four-member pop group Jay and the Americans are scheduled to make their Encore appearance on Friday, March 16. The group first hit the charts in 1962 with the hit “She Cried,” followed the next year with the hit “Only in America.”

A trio of hit groups known as The Coasters, The Platters and The Marvelettes will share a night of music performances starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Each group has had its share of hits, including “Yackety Yack,” “The Great Pretender” and “Please Mr. Postman.”
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     Peter Noone

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     Chubby Checker

Country star Larry Gatlin, widely known for his performances with the Gatlin Brothers, is scheduled to close out the Encore series 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The Gatlin Brothers were one of the most successful country music acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Their biggest hits together include, “All the Gold in California” and “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby.”

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 770-528-8490 or visit ticketmaster.com.