New Orleans is known for its entertainment, whether it be street performers all the way through Jazz clubs. A special addition to the vast array of entertainment in the 2011-2012 season at the beautifully renovated Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts has been “Broadway comes to New Orleans”. It is located at the edge of the French Quarter in Louis Armstrong Park, at 801 N. Rampart Street. Post Hurricane Katrina, the Mahalia Jackson Theater has transformed into a state of the art facility in a beautiful setting. Audiences have already enjoyed The Addams Family, Rock of Ages and South Pacific as part of this series. Two excellent shows remain. Catch some of the flavor that helps make New Orleans diverse as it once again absorbs more of the world around it into its local flavor.
Blue Man Group – January 31- February 5
Founded in 1987 they are described as a mix of comedy, music and multimedia theatrics with a spot of blue. All of the organization’s appearances star a trio of performers called Blue Men, who all wear a blue “skin”. They are an experimental musical theatre troupe with an unforgettable and unique style. For more information about them visit http://www.blueman.com
The Lion King March 14-April 15, 2012
The anticipation for this show is putting it up as the most popular and in-demand production of the 2011-2012 BAA Season, The Lion King had an estimated 500 people waiting on line at the Mahalia Jackson Theater box office on the day tickets went on sale in mid-November. This production is very unique from its costume style through the way the animal characters are portrayed by the performers. The performance is powerful and unforgettable for all ages. It is based on the multi-award-winning Disney animated feature, you will experience the phenomenon of this heartwarming story. You will marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. To see a clip of this amazing performance visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pgZtzDj_7o
Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-800-218-7469 or purchased at the theater box office in Louis Armstrong Park. For more information about individual shows go to the Broadway Across America website.