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5 must-see live performances to keep you entertained this weekend

Stomp, January 2013
The legendary performers of Stomp come to the Paramount this weekend. Photo by © Steven McNicholas
Felicia Dinwiddie, Tim Curry, and Judy Arnold in ZACH Theatre's The Gospel at Colonus
The Gospel at Colonus begins its run at the ZACH this week. Photo by Kirk Tuck
characters from Sesame Street Live Make a New Friend
Find out how to get to Sesame Street with the family at Sesame Street Live. Photo courtesy of
Stomp, January 2013
Felicia Dinwiddie, Tim Curry, and Judy Arnold in ZACH Theatre's The Gospel at Colonus
characters from Sesame Street Live Make a New Friend

This weekend in Austin is filled with great theatrical performances, from traveling shows to local takes on national favorites. Treat yourself to a diverse array of performances that will satiate any taste, whether you want a musical, family fun or something adult-oriented.

Sesame Street Live, “Make a New Friend”: Thursday, April 3 – Sunday, April 6
It doesn’t matter how old you are, the friendly gang from Sesame Street will always bring a smile to your face. Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and the rest of the gang for a fun time of friendship, dancing, singing and sharing whatever cookies are left over from the Cookie Monster.

ZACH Theatre presents The Gospel at Colonus: Thursday, April 3 – Sunday, April 6
This week sees the first run of ZACH’s major spring production. The Gospel at Colonus is a musical rendition of Sophocles’ final play, Oedipus at Colonus, which recounts the finals days of the cursed king’s life. But this show adds a healthy dose of gospel music, with some of Austin’s best singers providing an electrifying and uplifting take on a tale about redemption and forgiveness.

Paramount Theatre presents Stomp: Thursday, April 3 – Sunday, April 6
Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1990s when Stomp comes to town. Featuring a group of performers that took the world by storm with a mix of dance, theatrics and percussion music made with everyday objects, Stomp brings heart-pounding magic to the stage.

V-Day Austin presents The Vagina Monologues: Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6
One of the most iconic standards in American theatre, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is a must-see due to its groundbreaking impact on sexuality and feminism. Members of V-Day Austin will perform the monologues to help raise money and awareness for local organizations that work to stop violence against women and children.

Austin City Ballet presents Coppelia: Friday, April 4 – Saturday, April 5
The Austin City Ballet has you covered this weekend with ballet magic. The comedic ballet Coppelia is centered around the story of an inventor and his life-size dancing doll that becomes involved in an unlikely and enchanting love triangle.

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