Catch a Broadway-Style Dolphin Show in Georgia

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It's almost show time at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, when the world's largest aquarium debuts "Dolphin Tales," its new dolphin attraction, on April 2.

The 1.8 million-gallon exhibit features a gallery, a 1,800-seat theater and a 25-foot underwater viewing window where visitors can peek at 11 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, reports the Associated Press.

Don't imagine a standard performance of dolphins, swimming through rings and jumping for fish. Think more along the lines of a Broadway show, with professional actors in elaborate costumes, colorful animation on a giant screen at the back of the performance tank and original music by composer Tim Williams, recorded by a 61-piece orchestra at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.


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Despite opening six months late, the aquarium has already sold out multiple shows in advance ticket sales. Aquarium officials say they expect several hundred thousand more visitors compared to last year because of the dolphins, reports the AP.

"We want to reinvent ourselves at least every five years," said Billy Hurley, chief animal officer at the aquarium. "The delay in opening was just an issue of pursuing perfection. We knew we had something great, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect."

The 25-minute show features a story line about a battle with a sea creature that can only be settled by dolphins leaping, twisting and spinning the audience out of captivity.

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