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The Arts in July
July 2017

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Visitors to New Orleans in July, especially those traveling with kids on summer vacation, will find no shortage of musical and dramatic stage performances to choose from – f rom Shakespeare to Disney and everything in between.

Here is what July has to offer:

The Vic-Tones
Through June 28, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Sponsoring 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.

The Last Lagniappe
July 1-30, 2017

Venue: The Theatre at St. Claude
Sponsoring Organization: The Theatre at St. Claude
Tickets: The Theatre at St. Claude

Race, gentrification, and politics all lurk under the surface of New Orleans and, for better or worse, they play a vital role in the daily life of our hallowed city. No topic is taboo, no subject is too sacred. Join Jim Fitzmorris in his one-man show as he sifts through the cemeteries, the courthouses, and even beloved City Park to expose the darker side of The Big Easy.

Featuring three original songs by the renowned Paul Sanchez (formerly of Cowboy Mouth), “The Last Lagniappe” runs the entire month of July and promises to be an unforgettable night of theatre in The City That Care Forgot.

Thursday - Saturday shows at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

Ice Scream Theater
July 1, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: The Creativity Collective
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Avant-garde ballads and burlesque-influenced dance punctuate this play based on the book of poetry, These are the Rooms to my Mother’s House by New Orleans multi-disciplinary artist, C.M. Soto.

Soto, as her performance alter ego, “Vinylux,” stars in Ice Scream Theater. Set to a score of original music by UFO Death Cult, this performance art musical echoes Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Tom Waits’ What’s He Building in There?
The show runs from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. both nights. Student discounts available.
WARNING: Adult themes.

Jambalaya the Musical
July 6-9, 2017

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

Created by Nancy Gregory with music by Grammy Award winner Jeff Barry, Jambalaya the Musical is a contemporary musical set on the shores of a lush Louisiana bayou. The music extends from Broadway Rock to Zydeco, Cajun and Hip Hop. This is a ‘coming-of-age’ story with fiery music, dance, magic and a cast of colorful characters.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Thursdays at Twilight: Boogiemen Swing Band
July 6, 2017

Venue: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
Sponsoring Organizations: Boogiemen Swing Band and City Park
Tickets: City Park

The Boogiemen Swing Band will be singing the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr. and more. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00.

You must pre-pay and print your ticket(s) ahead of time and bring it with you to the event. See more here.

For more information about the band, visit www.boogiemen-nola.com.

Wine Lovers: The Musical
July 7-16, 2017

Venue: Teatro Wego
Sponsoring Organization: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Tickets: Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Michael Green is Gourmet magazine’s wine and spirits consultant. He’s also appeared on a variety of Food Network shows. He’s now done something truly new and different, writing a musical about wine.

Wine Lovers tells the story of two mismatched students attending a wine class led by an effervescent teacher and their journey of discovery. During the show, audience members enjoy six delightful wines along with the class, and everyone learns a little about wine...and love.

Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The Tempest
July 7-23, 2017

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

Wrongly accused and exiled for twelve years, Prospero sets out for revenge in this Shakespearean classic from 1610. However, he finds redemption in the process. Both magical and moving, The Great Bard’s masterpiece questions what it means to love and to forgive. It’s a tale that the whole family will enjoy.

Show times at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1:30 matinees on Sundays.

The Spirit of Cowboy Jim
July 9, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Marigny Opera House
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

According to young performing artist Robin Sherman, “Not long ago, I discovered a musical spirit named Cowboy Jim. After becoming better acquainted with him, it became clear to me that I had been chosen to share his songs with the world.”

These songs, powerful statements of real felt emotion, reflect the issues that Cowboy Jim cares about the most: love, BBQ and what it means to be a real man. At this special “Musical Meditation,” Sherman will sing his songs with a variety of accompaniment ranging from acoustic guitar to a chamber orchestra.”

Show time is 5:00 p.m.

"Anything You Can Do..." with Bon Operatit!
July 12, 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

Birdfoot Festival
Bon Operatit!

Opera and Broadway battle it out as Bon Operatit! features selections from the operas Roméo et Juliette, Madama Butterfly, and La Bohème and their musical theatre counterparts West Side Story, Miss Saigon, and Rent. The performance will run from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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, www.bonoperatit.com.

Thursdays at Twilight: Bon Operatit!
July 13, 2017

Venue: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
Sponsoring Organizations: Bon Operatit! and City Park
Tickets: City Park

As part of the ongoing series, “Thursdays at Twilight,” the talented singers from Bon Operatit! perform favorites from the standard operatic repertoire, Broadway classic show tunes and other works from the Great American Songbook. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00.

You must pre-pay and print your ticket(s) ahead of time and bring it with you to the event. See more
here.

For more information about the group, visit www.bonoperatit.com.

Hairspray
July 13-16, 2017

Venue: Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Tickets: Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Hairspray has been described as “having the pleasures of an old-fashioned musical without being old-fashioned.” In keeping with its mission of producing “classic” musical theatre of all eras, Summer Lyric Theatre brings this exuberant show to the Dixon Hall stage. Set in 1960s Baltimore, Hairspray depicts the struggle of segregation and the will of a community to overcome their differences and bind together.

The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score, Hairspray is sure to having you dancing in the aisles. Show times on July 28-30 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

The Little Mermaid
July 13-23, 2017

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

Based on the Disney animated film and the hit Broadway musical Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Closing out its 2016-17 season, Rivertown has assembled an all-star cast of children and adults, along with top-flight direction from Ricky Graham, choreography by Lindsey Romig, and musical direction from Alan Payne.

Call the theater for show times, tickets and other information.

Alice in Wonderland Jr.
July 14-16, 2017

Venue: Westwego Performing Arts Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Tickets: Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Lewis Carroll’s treasured, fanciful story comes to life again on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, just 15 miles from downtown New Orleans.

Reenacted by a group of talented 3rd through 8th graders, this show is fun and exciting for all ages – from children to their parents and even their grandparents, for whom the story entertained their generation as well. Performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The Victory Belles
July 15, 2017

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

Birdfoot Festival
Victory Belles

The Victory Belles are a delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s, serenading audiences at The National WWII Museum and across the globe. The music of the 1940s brought hope and joy to our GIs and those on the Home Front alike, and the Victory Belles keep that tradition alive in rich, three-part harmony. Their repertoire includes all the treasured gems of the WWII era, plus patriotic classics including a musical salute to each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Show and dinner packages are offered. Call or visit website for details and to make reservations.

By Any Scenes Necessary: Romeo and Juliet
July 19, 2017

Venue: Lupin Theatre, Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organizations: The NOLA Project and New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Tickets: New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

Back by popular demand!

The Festival is delighted to once again partner with The NOLA Project  for a unique, one night only event. By Any Scenes Necessary is a riotous theatre/improv hybrid that will attempt to recreate Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo & Juliet...without a script. Actors and long-form improvisers will come together to tell the story using only their wits and imagination.

Please note that this show may contain adult language and situations. Performance is at 7:30 p.m.

Debauchery
July 19, 2017

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

Debauchery

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.

Now in its seventh season, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera is more hilariously histrionic than ever!  Join in on the family drama as sisters Chanel and Cartier flounce and fight their way through a maze of outrageous exploits. Every month, a new episode, and “Yes, there will always be cocktails!”

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

Thursdays at Twilight: Ladies of Soul
July 20, 2017

Venue: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
Sponsoring Organization: City Park
Tickets: City Park

Naydja Cojoe, Rechelle Cook and Sharon Martin are “The Ladies of Soul” and they will not only sing classic Motown, but also jazz, R&B, and familiar New Orleans tunes. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00.

You must pre-pay and print your ticket(s) ahead of time and bring it with you to the event. See more
here.

There is a free parking lot across the street from the Botanical Garden.

Thursdays at Twilight: Ronnie Kole
July 27, 2017

Venue: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
Sponsoring Organization: City Park
Tickets: City Park

Jazz pianist Ronnie Kole's smooth sound and elegant demeanor have earned him respect from musicians across the globe. Playing everything from boogie woogie to his signature rendition of “Amazing Grace,” Kole demonstrates his versatility and virtuosity on the 88s. After sharpening his skills in Al Hirt’s club and Kole's Corner on Bourbon Street he has played for presidents, popes and royalty and has recorded 32 CD/LP's.

The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00.

You must pre-pay and print your ticket(s) ahead of time and bring it with you to the event. See more
here.

There is a free parking lot across the street from the Botanical Garden. 

For more information about the band, visit www.ronniekole.com.

Singin' in the Rain Jr.
July 28-30, 2017

Venue: Teatro Wego
Sponsoring Organization: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Tickets: Jefferson Performing Arts Society

In Singin’ in the Rain Jr, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things are not as they appear on the big screen. Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, fast paced tap numbers, a multitude of speaking/singing roles and a hit-parade of Hollywood standards make this splashy adaptation an extraordinary opportunity for the talented young performers of the JPAS Summer Youth program.

Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

New Orleans Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute
July 28-30, 2017

Venue: Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University
Sponsoring Organization: Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
Tickets: Musical Arts Society of New Orleans

Celebrating its 36th year, the annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival presents a series of three guest artist recitals by past medalists of the competition in the Louis Roussel Performance Hall on the campus of Loyola University.

Kenny Broberg, a 2014 bronze medalist and recent silver medal winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, will perform works by Bach, Liszt and Chopin on Friday July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Re Zhang, a 2016 silver medalist, will perform works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Konstantin Soukhovetski, a gold medalist in 2007, will perform his own transcription of Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs. The rest of his program will feature a collection of his own opera transcriptions.

Tickets per recital are $20 regular, $15 student/senior and the Three Recital Package is $50 regular, $35 student/senior. For more information or to purchase tickets or call (504) 899-4826.

Camino Real
July 28-August 13, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Camino Real is Tennessee Williams’ symbolic, expressionistic masterpiece about making it in a world that is seemingly too real for romance and ideals. It takes place in a mythic town square somewhere on the American continent.

When a young man with a fighting spirit enters this purgatorial arena, will he succumb to the allure of the Camino Real, or will he break out, tearing down its walls with him? Find out as he navigates the treacherous police state governed by a huckster-despot, and populated by such characters as Lord Byron, Camille, and Don Quixote.

 
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