"Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Candy Girl," "Rag Doll," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" . . . the hits just kept rolling, one after the other for The Four Seasons throughout the 1960s. But success didn't come easy or overnight for these four young, Italian-American, working-class kids from Newark, New Jersey and it certainly didn't come without its price.
Before they could develop their own unique vocal style, topped off by Frankie Valli's inimitable falsetto lead; before they could sell 175 million records worldwide, and before they could establish their worldwide following, they had to endure their own personal hardships and obstacles, some of which involved run-ins with the law and brushes with notorious gangsters. Winner of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys is their story, reaching behind the scenes of the musical milieu that made them pop icons from an era that was not as innocent as some have portrayed it. This is not just another "jukebox musical."
Good seats are still available for this third 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 BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, call the Broadway Across America Ticket Hotline at 1-800-218-SHOW (7469), fax 1-800-535-2929.
Opera Returns to Bourbon Street with 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 offering up "An Enchanted Evening" with "A Few of My Favorite Songs" from the songbook of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
For two hours Broadway music lovers will be entertained with classics from such R&H hit musicals as Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and more. This free performance will last from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter hotel in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, 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, along with their first one, will be on sale at the event.
In the world of classical guitar music, Pepe Romero is an artist without peer. Over a long career, he has performed for and been honored by kings, heads of state, and major institutions. He has communicated the richness and beauty of the classical guitar to millions of people throughout the world becoming, in the process, an ambassador of classical music with the unique ability to span generations.
Romero will perform selections from Bizet's "Carmen Suites 1 and 2," Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" and Zarzuela Preludes and Intermezzos. LPO Musical Director Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the 70-member LPO. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more detailed information, including ticket availability, call 523-6350 or visit www.lpomusic.com.
The original hit musical is back! Dust off your bellbottoms and platform shoes and get ready to take a rollicking journey through the 1970s with the groovy hits you remember. The producers guarantee you'll be dancing in the aisles!Show times vary. Check local listings for up to date information or visit the Rivertown Rep website for the show at www.rivertowntheaters.com.
Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is an lol! (laugh-out-loud) musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who arrives in New York City with big dreams but a small wallet. Quickly discovering he can't afford Manhattan, he moves into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, presumably in Queens or Brooklyn. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice and normal, this is not an ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends (including Muppet-like hand puppets) struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
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 go to www.jpas.org.
Advisory: Adult language and humor. Parental discretion is advised.
This ongoing series presents three one-act plays by New Orleans writers on each of two nights. On January 14 and 15, six local playwrights will have an opportunity to showcase their work before an audience in this Southern Rep-sponsored event.
Tickets are just $10 at the door (plus a $1.54 fee), and, yes, there will be cocktails. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. For directions and more detailed information go the Mid-City Theatre website at www.midcitytheatre.com.
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.
As a former Twyla Tharp dancer and graduate of the Juilliard School who created more than 75 stunning works for major companies, Jessica Lang became one of the most sought-after American choreographers. With credentials as impressive and prestigious as the Joffrey Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, it surprised no one when she established her own namesake dance company. She launched her brand new company, Jessica Lang Dance, at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in July 2012, and now New Orleans has the honor of being one of the first cities to feature the troupe.
The January 18 and 19 performances are at 8:00 p.m. and the January 20 performance is at 2:00 p.m. For tickets and information visit the New Orleans Ballet Association's website at www.nobadance.com.
NOTE: The January 19 performance is sold out but last minute seats may still become available.
The New Orleans Opera Association reprises its highly popular "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 starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs until 8:30. It is free and open to the public. For more information visit the New Orleans Opera Association's website and Facebook page.
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 the 6x6 Writers Group: 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 go the Mid-City Theatre website at www.midcitytheatre.com.
Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto once again leads the 70-member LPO in an evening of works by German composers. The selections for the evening are Anton Webern's "Passacaglia," Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" and Robert Schumann's "Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish."
Show time is 8:00 p.m. For more detailed information, including ticket availability, call 523-6350 or visit www.lpomusic.com.
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