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The “Kings and Queens” of Our Stage are in Macon25601920Julia Rubens

The “Kings and Queens” of Our Stage are in Macon

If, like us, you are working in live events and performance, it seems like a bleak year. COVID-19 made it clear that the essence of performance as we understand it in a common tradition, gathering closely in a space with your community in real time, is not advised in the same ways. An artist I…

“Searchin’ for a Rainbow” amidst tough times35201980Julia Rubens

“Searchin’ for a Rainbow” amidst tough times

When you serve Broadway fans and Broadway has been shut down, how do you solve a problem like Maria a global pandemic? We don’t have all the answers, but we’ve started trying with Broadway Does Southern Rock. This was our first fire escape concert that utilized our parking lot as audience seating, with “pod” squares…

Grand Memories: DRUMLine Live!40323024Julia Rubens

Grand Memories: DRUMLine Live!

Back in January, we hosted DRUMLine Live! at The Grand. But… the party didn’t end in the theatre. Watch this Grand Memory from after the show, when the dancing beat led all the way out to Mulberry Street! Getting the crowd laughing, clapping along, and even impromptu drum lessons for kids by the band capped…

Our Mini-Commission Winner is Chloe Shelton!864876Julia Rubens

Our Mini-Commission Winner is Chloe Shelton!

https://youtu.be/z08YxIwPyhg Congratulations to Chloe Shelton of Macon, GA for winning our Grand Mini-Commissions submission. In the tough times we’ve been facing, Chloe’s video gave a huge amount of sunshine and hope for brighter days. Here’s a little more about our winner: Chloe is 12 years old and just finished the 5th grade. During the shelter-in-place,…

Taking a “bite” out of boredom18841076Julia Rubens

Taking a “bite” out of boredom

Since the two months of the COVID-19 emergency have hit The Grand, we’ve missed seeing you here. After our recent performance of Alash Ensemble featuring Shodekeh, I had a patron come up to me in a local brewery afterwards, itching to talk about the performance. Our GrandKids were walking out of the house trying to…

He “got rhythm” in only 38 years. Who could ask for anything more?38563024Julia Rubens

He “got rhythm” in only 38 years. Who could ask for anything more?

Gershwin’s tragedy was not that he failed to cross the tracks, but rather that he did, and once there in his new habitat, was deprived of the chance to plunge his roots firmly into the new soil. -Leonard Bernstein In honor of our first Broadway show, I wanted to give a nod to its composer…

It’s Not A UFO, It Is Throat Singing41902683Joe Patti

It’s Not A UFO, It Is Throat Singing

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Tuvan Throat Singing. Chances are, you also haven’t heard of Tuva, a small country in the Russian Federation located south of Siberia. All that is okay. We invited the group to Macon so you have an opportunity to encounter something new. Here at The Grand we have big, flashy…

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain960960thegrandmacon

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

It is probably just one of the many members of the crew working to make the magic of a show happen. For the average attendee to a show at the Grand it is just that, a show. The curtain opens to a particular scene that is a key feature for the story about to unfold…

My Grand Family372499Nikki Vincent

My Grand Family

I always tell people that I have grown up at The Grand — and that’s not a lie. I really feel like I have. Nikki dressed up as a Mercer student clerk I remember coming to the GrandKids series as an elementary school kid, being excited that I was out of school for the day…

Seeing What You Love With The People You Love In The Place You Love20481365Joe Patti

Seeing What You Love With The People You Love In The Place You Love

We love it when people ask us to present performances of different shows and musical groups. That tells us that when people want to see stuff they love, they are thinking about The Grand Opera House as the place they want to see it. We do keep a list of suggestions, but there are many…