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Cultural Arts in February
February 2013

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The cultural season in New Orleans takes a brief, two-week hiatus in early February to make way for Mardi Gras on the 12th. Then the season kicks up into high gear again with a full slate of musicals, stage plays, live dance, classical concerts and the next extravaganza in the Broadway Across America series, the multi-award-winning Flashdance.

The glamorous and talented Bernadette Peters headlines the month with a February 28 performance with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company alights on the stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater, and the newly adapted stage version of the groundbreaking 1960s film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, debuts at the Joy Theater.

All this and more is on the boards for "America's First City of Culture." Here's how the New Orleans cultural season plays out in February:

Opera Returns to Bourbon Street with Bon Operatit!
February 13, 2013

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
Sponsoring Organizations: Four Points by Sheraton and Bon Operatit!
Tickets: FREE and Open to the Public; $5.00 Valet Parking Rate Available for Attendees

Bon Operatit!

A talented trio of classically trained singers, consisting of tenor Jesse Nolan, mezzo-soprano Mary Penick Akin and soprano Lauren Mouney Gisclair, Bon Operatit! will be singing "Songs of Love" ("Chanson D'Amour," in French) at this free performance in the heart of the French Quarter.

For two hours aficionados of romantic music will be entertained with classic love songs. The performance will last from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter hotel at Bourbon and Toulouse streets and the public is invited. Valet parking is available for a nominal $5 charge.

For more information about Bon Operatit! visit their website at www.bonoperatit.com. Copies of their newly released CD, Sensatiable, will be on sale at the event, along with their first CD.

Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2
February 15, 2013

Venue: First Baptist Church of Kenner
Presenting Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the 70-member LPO in an evening of works by some of Europe's greatest 19th century composers. The selections for the evening are Georges Bizet's Selections from "Carmen" Suite, Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol."

Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more detailed information, including ticket availability, call 523-6350 or visit www.lpomusic.com.

The Full Monty
February 16-24, 2013

Venue: Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Presenting Organization: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Tickets: Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their "Girls' Night Out," unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun.

As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties (over everything from being overweight to child custody, bigotry to being gay), they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them.

The show runs for approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday and ticket discounts are available for children under 12, students, and seniors over 65. For more information call (504) 885-2000 or go to www.jpas.org.

Advisory: Family Rating is "R" with adult humor and brief nudity. Parental discretion advised.

Pan-American Life Fiesta Sinfonica
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
February 16, 2013

Venue: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Presenting Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the 70-member LPO in performances of Stephen Dankner's "Symphony No. 10," Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Sergey Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2.

Show time is 8:00 p.m. on both nights. For more information, including ticket availability, call 523-6350 or visit www.lpomusic.com.

Debauchery
February 20, 2013

Venue: Mid-City Theatre
Sponsoring Organizations: Southern Repertory Theater
Tickets: Southern Repertory Theater

Pat Bourgeois brings you Debauchery! The Soap Opera about a wealthy, eccentric family just trying to find love, family, and infamy in New Orleans. Will Buff tell Cartier that he is really Nick long lost husband of her sister, Chanel? Will Chanel continue her marriage to dull, predictable Larsen, or will she consummate her coitus-interuptus honeymoon with Nick, who is now Buff? And, if Buff was impotent during his marriage to Cartier, who fathered the twins?

Come join the fun and find out! Performances start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information call (504) 488-1460 or email info@MidCityTheatre.com.

Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony
February 21, 2013

Venue: First Baptist Church
Presenting Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the 70-member LPO in performances of Michael Torke's "Ash," Aaron Copland's "Clarinet Concerto" and Ludwig Van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, including ticket availability, call 523-6350 or visit www.lpomusic.com.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
February 22-March 3, 2013

Venue: The Joy Theater
Presenting Organization: The Joy Theater
Tickets:The Joy Theater

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was a groundbreaking 1967 film about interracial marriage. Adapted for the stage by Todd Kreidler from the screenplay by William Rose, the show is coming to the Joy Theater for eight performances over two weekends. Produced and directed by Tommye Myrick, the production stars Vicky Illk as Jo Anna "Joey" Drayton, the young Caucasian woman in love with African American doctor John Prentice (Nicoye Banks). The stage play version of the multi-award-winning film premiered in Atlanta this past summer, making New Orleans one of the first cities to stage it.

The story line revolves around the dilemma faced by both sets of parents and how they eventually reconcile their beliefs with their reservations to the union. The cast includes a host of veteran performers: Carol Sutton (Matilda Banks), Dane Rhodes (Matt Drayton), Janet Shea (Christina Drayton), Harold Evans (John Prentice Sr.), Gwendolyn Foxworth (Mary Prentice), Garth Currie (Monsignor Ryan) and Margeaux Fanning (Hillary St. George).

Friday and Saturday night performances start at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 3:00. For ticket information/reservations, visit www.thejoytheater.com, or contact Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about the show go to www.thejoytheater.com.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
February 23, 2013

Venue: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Presenting Organization: New Orleans Ballet Association
Tickets: New Orleans Ballet Association

Hailed by The New York Times as "a breath of fresh air," and "one of the most talented dance companies in America" by the Maui News, the sleek and sharp Aspen Santa Fe Ballet continues to be at the forefront of American dance. The company has been praised for its innovative style, adventurous repertoire and dedication to commissioning new work from top international choreographers. Led by Jean-Philippe Malaty and celebrated Joffrey Ballet dancer Tom Mossbrucker, the company brings a stellar program, including works by emerging talent and Juilliard graduate Norbert De La Cruz III and dance icons Jirí Kylián and Jorma Elo. Artistic Directors are Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty.

The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. For tickets and information visit the New Orleans Ballet Association's website at www.nobadance.com.

Flashdance
February 26-March 3, 2013

Venue: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Presenting Organization: Broadway Across America
Tickets: Broadway Across America, Ticketmaster or Mahalia Jackson Theater

Flashdance tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh with a dream of becoming a professional dancer. She works by day as a steel mill welder, and a bar dancer at night while aspiring to be accepted at a prestigious ballet academy. When Alex catches the eye of her boss Nick Hurley, their romance shows her the meaning of love and drives her ambition to pursue her dream.

Flashdance The Musical features a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack that includes the Top Ten hit songs from the early 1980s movie of the same name. They include the title song, "Flashdance What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," "I Love Rock & Roll" and more. In addition to these hits, 16 brand new original songs have been written for the stage by Robbie Roth and Robert Cary. Flashdance features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas), and Robert Cary, music by Robbie Roth, lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth and direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).

Good seats are still available for this fourth official production of the 2012-2013 season by Broadway in New Orleans. Show times vary. For more information about tickets, show times and the shows themselves, patrons can visit http://BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, call the Broadway Across America Ticket Hotline at 1-800-218-SHOW (7469), fax 1-800-535-2929 or email http://neworleans.broadway.com/tickets/show/6144.

Opera on Tap
February 27, 2013

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
Sponsoring Organizations: New Orleans Opera Association
Tickets: FREE and Open to the Public; $5.00 Valet Parking Rate Available for Attendees

Opera on Tap

The New Orleans Opera Association reprises its highly popular, free, "Opera on Tap" program of light operatic and live stage fare at the French Quarter hotel that stands on the site of the historic, former French Opera House (1859-1919). Before you enter, be sure to read the plaque on the wall facing Bourbon Street adjacent to the main entrance. It will give you some of the history of the building that once served as the focal point for New Orleans' cultural scene.

Founded in 2007, Opera on Tap is enjoying ever-growing popularity, as evidenced by the increasing size of the audiences that come to hear them sing familiar (and not-so-familiar) opera arias and classic songs from hit musicals. The performance runs from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 and is open to the public. For more information visit the New Orleans Opera Association's website at http://neworleansopera.org/2011-2012-season/opera-on-tap/ and check out their Facebook page as well.

6x6
February 27, 2013

Venue: Mid-City Theatre
Sponsoring Organizations: Southern Repertory Theater
Tickets: Southern Repertory Theater
and Mid-City Theatre

6x6 translates to 6 ten-minute plays by 6 playwrights. These six staged readings of six brand new ten-minute plays will explore themes close to the heart of New Orleans.

An ensemble of actors and directors will interpret and present staged, script-in-hand readings of the six new short plays written by members of the 6x6 Writers Group, which includes James Bartelle, Gamal Chasten, Michael Aaron Santos, Lisa Shattuck, Jared Gore, Jon Broder, Paul Werner, Mike Harkins, Andy Vaught, Brittain Valenti, Lucy Faust, Brian Sands, Kerry Cahill, Mandy Zirkenbach, Pat Bourgeois and Madison Curry.

Tickets are just $10 at the door and, yes, there will be cocktails. For directions and more detailed information call (504) 488-1460 or go the Mid-City Theatre website at www.midcitytheatre.com.

Bernadette Peters: Live with the LPO
February 28, 2013

Venue: New Orleans Morial Convention Center Theater
Presenting Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Fresh from her triumph in the Broadway revival of "Follies," Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters will join the LPO for a night of music from some of her greatest Broadway shows. Throughout an illustrious performing career, which includes feature films, musicals and solo concerts, Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, as well as in concert and on recordings.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, including ticket availability, call 523-6350 or visit www.lpomusic.com.

 
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