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The Arts in January
January 2017

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Start the New Year off right with a sampling of the great cultural offerings New Orleans has to offer, featuring Broadway musicals, classical concerts, dance and live stage performances and more.

The Lion King
January 4-29, 2017

Venue: Saenger Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: East Jefferson General Hospital and Broadway in New Orleans
Tickets: Saenger Theatre and Ticketmaster

The Lion King
The Lion King

One of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage and winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most creative teams in Broadway history. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and music by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

Show times vary; call or check the Saenger website for times and ticket availability.

*NOTE: 2016-2017 season subscription packages do not include The Lion King. Additional purchase is required.

Anne-Marie McDermott Plays Mozart
January 5, 2017

Venue: Orpheum Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Orpheum Theatre

World-renowned concert pianist Anne-Marie McDermott returns to New Orleans, bringing her delicate touch to Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21.” The program opens on a humorous note with “Moz-Art a la Haydn,” Alfred Schnittke’s tongue-and-cheek homage to both composers. Following the melodies of Mozart’s concerto, the concert concludes with Jean Sibelius’ expansive “Symphony No. 5.”

Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts. Program duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes, with 20 minute intermission. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to this performance.

Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer
January 7, 2017

Venue: Joy Theater
Sponsoring Organization: Jonathan Mares Productions and Joy Productions
Tickets: Joy Theater

Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer

Singer/performer Anais St. John reprises her tribute to the late “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer, that sold out three shows at the former AllWays Theatre in 2014. St. John will belt out such disco classics as  “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” and others. The evening’s selections will also include some of the songs Summer recorded during her post-disco years.

The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Valet parking is offered. For more information and tickets go to the Joy Theater website.

MASNO PiaNOLA Showcase
January 8, 2017

Venue: Roussel Hall, Loyola University of New Orleans
Sponsoring Organizations: Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and MASNO

An afternoon of piano concertos is on the program, as the three medalists from the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The performers will be Xiaohui Yang, China (Gold Medalist), Re Zhang, China (Silver Medalist) and Scott Cuellar, USA (Bronze Medalist). Featured works will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major; Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19”; and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3, in C Major, Op. 26.”

LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto will conduct. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m.

"Wunderbar!" with Bon Operatit!
January 11, 2017

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!
Mary Akin of Bon Operatit!
Photo by Rebecca Ratliff

The musically gifted quartet of singers in Bon Operatit! will be singing selections from some of the greatest German-language composers on the site of the historic old French Opera House. Included will be selections from Johann Strauss II, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner and other prominent German and Austrian composers.

The performance will run from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Bon Operatit! ensemble features Joseph Akin (tenor), Lauren Mouney Gisclair (soprano), Mary Penick Akin (mezzo-soprano) and Jacob Penick (bass), plus a piano accompanist and various guest artists. The group was founded in 2009 and they have recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, each containing 14 tracks which may be sampled and ordered from their website,

January 11, 2017

Venue: The Theatre at St. Claude
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Rep Theatre
Tickets: Southern Rep Theatre and The Theatre at St. Claude

Sometimes, the name says it all. Certainly in this case it does. Playwright Pat Bourgeois presents “Debauchery! The Soap Opera” about a wealthy, eccentric Uptown family just trying to find love, family, and infamy in New Orleans.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Follow the show on Facebook at

So this is Heaven? and Yiddishe Shtunde
January 12-14, 2017

Venue: The Theatre at St. Claude
Sponsoring Organization: The Theatre at St. Claude
Tickets: The Theatre at St. Claude and Brown Paper Tickets

Yiddishe Shtunde (“The Jewish Hour”) is about the old Jewish radio programs in New York and other big cities from the 1930s through the 1950s. So this is Heaven? is about an elderly Jewish man who receives a sex organ transplant and goes to heaven.

A former New Yorker, playwright Elliott Raisen drew much of his material from early childhood memories of growing up there. Featured in these works will be ethnic singers, comedians, dancers, an “advice to the lovelorn” columnist and other quirky characters representing early Jewish families and life in America. So this is Heaven? runs for about 25 minutes, followed by Yiddishe Shtunde which is about 75 minutes.

Call the theatre for show times and tickets.

The Art of Broken Pieces
January 13-14, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organizations: Narcisse Movement Project & Marigny Opera House
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Choreographer Maritza Mercado-Narcisse presents an evening of work in collaboration with her company, the Narcisse Movement Project. The evening consists of new works and reimagined pieces that span Maritza’s 15 years of creating and choreographing in New Orleans. The dances will be accompanied by live music by cellist Monica McIntyre.

Performances at 8:00 p.m.

Two Gentlemen of Verona
January 13, 2017

Venue: Dixon Hall, Tulane University
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Tickets: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane will offer a one-night-only public performance of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. The production brings to the stage a local cast of 13 actors, and a dog, “Pippa,” making her world debut!

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy – with a twist, of course – gives us some of the Bard’s most memorable moments. Proteus has a devoted best friend and a girlfriend who adores him, but all that changes when he meets Sylvia. Cross-dressing, music, bandits, broken hearts, plus Pippa, the scene-stealing pooch make this one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies.

Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Billy Elliot
January 13-29, 2017

Venue: Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Presenting Organization: Theatre 13
Tickets: Theatre 13

​Millions of fans, thousands of standing ovations, 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Time Magazine’s “Best Musical of the Decade”...this is Billy Elliot The Musical: a spectacular show with the heart, humor and passion.

Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring a score by Elton John, Billy Elliot is set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike. It is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true; from the boxing ring into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever.

Performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Advisory: Adult language, recommended for mature audiences.

Bryan Hymel, Tenor
January 18, 2017

Venue: Dixon Hall, Tulane University
Presenting Organization: New Orleans Friends of Music
Tickets: New Orleans Friends of Music

Bryan Hymel, Tenor
Bryan Hymel

New Orleans born and raised tenor, Bryan Hymel, continues to perform leading repertoire in the music capitals of the world.

In addition to The Met and Royal Opera, Hymel has sung at many prestigious venues around the world, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, National Opera of Paris, Washington Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and many other performance halls.

The concert starts at 8:00 p.m.

The Vic-Tones
January 18-June 28, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Presenting Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

The Vic-Tones, a dynamic male vocal trio with their own distinctive sound, are the newest addition to The National WWII Museum’s entertainment roster. These talented singers celebrate the music of the 1940s each Wednesday through June 28.

Swing, big band, jazz, Latin and country music dominated and defined this decade, and the Vic-Tones bring it all to life in three-part harmony. You’ll hear such ageless classics as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and many others.

A Matinee Buffet is offered, starting at 11:45. Call to make reservations.

January 20, 2017

Venue: Contemporary Arts Center
Sponsoring Organization: Contemporary Arts Center
Tickets: Contemporary Arts Center

New Orleans-born visual and performance artist, Rashaad Newsome, returns to the Contemporary Arts Center for this interdisciplinary presentation which he titled Mélange.

Including films and recent works on paper, as well as the artist’s vogue performance, this assembly of genre-bending works frames both Newsome’s live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of formal material to investigate layered constructions of social identity, Mélange borrows from dance, technology, gaming, and hand-crafted collage for a transformative presentation of art in motion.

In the Mélange performances, five dancers represent the five elements of vogue femme - hands, cat walk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck walking. As each dancer takes the floor, a hip-hop emcee, an operatic vocalist and local musicians improvise an interactive soundtrack, building to a beautifully-structured crescendo of sound and movement.

Two performances are scheduled, at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Film with Live Orchestra
January 20-22, 2017

Venue: Orpheum Theater
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Orpheum Theater

Steven Spielberg’s classic 1982 film about a boy and his newfound alien friend captured the imagination of the world.  Now experience E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial like never before with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the LPO to the film, projected on a massive HD screen.

Constantine Kitsopoulos is the guest conductor. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Program duration is 2 hours with short intermission.

Shen Yun 2017
January 20-21, 2017

Venue: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Sponsoring Organization: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts and Ticketmaster

Five thousand years of culture and civilization come to life as Shen Yun takes the stage for two performances. Combining music, dance, colorful costumes, acrobatics, breathtaking scenery and other art forms from ancient times to the present, Shen Yun explores the mystical connection between heaven and earth.

Based in New York, Shen Yun is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to keeping authentic Chinese culture, traditions and art forms alive through the present and into the future.

Show times for the performances are 8:00 p.m. Friday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday. For more information and to view a video trailer visit the Shen Yun website at

Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers
January 22, 2017

Venue: St. Patrick’s Church
Sponsoring Organization: Crescent Chamber Artists
Tickets: Free. Contributions welcomed.

The Selve Morale et Spirituale (Moral and Spiritual Forest) of 1640 anthologizes Italian baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi’s final works. The work is now enjoying a revival of popularity in performance and recording. It is being performed in its entirety in New Orleans for the first time.

Founded in 2014, the all-professional musicians of Crescent Chamber Artists will present this performance in historic St. Patrick’s Church in downtown New Orleans. Performers include eight vocalists, two violins, a cello and a harpsichord/chamber organ. Steven Edwards, musical director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will conduct.

The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

Opera on Tap
January 25, 2017

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Opera Association
Tickets: None. Free and open to the public.

The New Orleans Opera Association continues its highly popular, free, Opera on Tap program of light operatic and live stage fare at various watering holes around New Orleans. This appearance of the NOOA’s offshoot troupe will be on the site of former French Opera House.

Admission is free. The performance runs from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 and is open to the public.

Valet parking is available for $5.00.

American Portraits
January 26 & 28, 2017

Venue: Old U.S. Mint
Sponsoring Organization: American Portraits & Old U.S. Mint
Tickets: Free and open to the public

Comprised of tenor Tyrone Chambers, soprano Elana Gleason and accompanied by Jonathan Levin on piano, “American Portraits” is a cross-section of some of the greatest American music related to the history and culture of the American South. The music sung by these talented vocalists touch on the subjects of national pride, racial struggles, conflicts of war and reconciliation and the overarching theme of peace and unity.

Show times at 2:00 p.m.

A Few Good Men
January 26-February 11, 2017

Venue: Tim Baker Theatre, Delgado Community College
Sponsoring Organization: The NOLA Project and Delgado Community College
Tickets: The NOLA Project

The NOLA Project partners with Delgado Community College for the first time ever to present Aaron Sorkin’s thrilling courtroom drama about the U.S. Marine Corps. The play will be the first professional production to appear in the brand-new Tim Baker Theatre and will feature a large cast of NOLA Project actors.

This Broadway hit play depicts the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

All show times are at 8:00 p.m. except for one Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. on January 29.

Jelly's Last Jam
January 27-February 12, 2017

Venue: Le Petit Theatre 
Sponsoring Organization: Le Petit Theatre

Tickets: Le Petit Theatre 

Making its premiere in the city where this story began, Le Petit produces the Tony Award-winning musical that recounts the tuneful journey of Ferdinand Joseph LeMothe, a.k.a. Jelly Roll Morton.

Born a Creole American in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, Morton took the music he found in the cribs of Storyville out into the wider world outside his home city. He became a star in Harlem, Chicago and Los Angeles, and even claimed to be the “creator of jazz.”

This musical features explosive dancing to go along with the musical score inspired by the best musical traditions of New Orleans.

Thursday-Saturday evening performances at 7:30; Sunday afternoons at 3:00. Run time is approximately 2 hours, 50 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. Recommended for ages 13 and older.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
January 27-29, 2017

Venue: Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA)
Sponsoring Organizations: New Orleans Ballet Association and NOCCA
Tickets: New Orleans Ballet Association

With a gift for telling stories, Ronald K. Brown masterfully creates spiritual and earthy dances that move the mind and the heart. The dancers embody his unique style of blending contemporary dance with African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms and dance forms.

Capturing the spirit of community, the company will be joined by a multigenerational New Orleans-based cast for the uplifting finale On Earth Together, set to the timeless music of Stevie Wonder.

Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 pm.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

American Portraits
January 27, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: American Portraits and Marigny Opera House
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

 “American Portraits” is a cross-section of some of the greatest American music related to the history and culture of the American South. The music sung by these talented vocalists touch on the subjects of national pride, racial struggles, conflicts of war and reconciliation and the overarching theme of peace and unity.

Show times at 7:00 p.m.

The LPO Moves Around the World
January 29, 2017

Venue: Orpheum Theater
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Orpheum Theater

Discover the many ways an orchestra can move its audience in the LPO's second family concert of the season.

Admission to LPO Family Concerts is free for children age 15 and under.

David Torns is the guest conductor. Concert time is 2:30 p.m. Arrive early at 1:45 p.m. to interact with LPO musicians and their instruments.

"Go Gentle into that Good Night"
January 30-31, 2017

Venues: First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, 5212 So. Claiborne Avenue, and Munholland Methodist Church,1201 Metairie Road, Metairie
Sponsoring Organization: Musaica Chamber Ensemble
Tickets: Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Musaica, a nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, continues its 11th season with a pair of free concerts on January 30 and the following evening in two local churches.

The concerts, the second of a series of three presented by the group during the 2016-17 season, will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on the 30th and at the Munholland Church on the 31st. Featured works will be selections from the canon of 17th century composer Domenico Gabrielli, plus pieces by Mozart, Bach, Arnold and Musaica bassist Dave Anderson’s “Elegy for Van” for Trombone Choir.

The concerts are dedicated to Clarence “Pete” Wolbrette, a trumpeter with the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra who recorded all of Musaica’s concerts before his death on May 5, 2016. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

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